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Tom Jolliffe digs deep into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of straight to video actioners featuring some of the biggest stars of the squared circle…
During the 80’s when the WWE was developing into the larger than life, sometimes cartoony drama that introduced the world to things like Hulkamania and story arcs straight out of soaps, to be one of the top wrestlers you needed presence, personality and showmanship. There were some strong personalities in the wrestling arena, and the immense popularity of Vince McMahon’s entertainment machine seemed to suggest that for a select few, the transition from wrestler to acting superstar could be an easy, and potentially lucrative one.
Long before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson broke into movies and became the big box-office draw that he is today, a host of grapplers in years gone by have attempted the same, without hitting those heights. Arguably the »
- Gary Collinson
Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money
The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...
"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director
Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France
Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)
Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »
Rocky The Musical is to close down on Broadway after six months.
The production - based on Sylvester Stallone's Oscar-winning film - will end on August 17 after just 188 regular performances.
Co-written by Stallone, the musical received mixed reviews upon its debut in March.
It premiered back in November 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, before moving to New York this year.
Like the film, the musical is set in 1975 Philadelphia and follows amateur boxer Rocky who aims for the heavyweight championship.
Yesterday, Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me was also confirmed to be closing down. »
Looks like the doomed Tupac musical will have a pal to commiserate with in Broadway Musical Heaven: The New York Times reports that Rocky the Musical, based on the 1976 Sylvester Stallone movie, will end its U.S. run on August 17 (the original German incarnation, Hamburg's Rocky das Musical, is still going strong). While not a total disaster, Rocky received mixed reviews, had difficulty filling seats over the course of its five month run, and failed to garner a Tony best musical nomination. Here's hoping Rocky the Musicals II through V have better luck. »
- Anna Silman
Dutch entertainment mogul Joop van den Ende is one of Europe’s savviest producers of movies, TV and legit, but he just can’t catch a break on Broadway. His latest venture, the musical adaptation of Rocky, was a hit on the Continent — it’s still selling out in Hamburg — but the tuner will shutter August 17 at the Winter Garden Theatre at a complete loss of its estimated $16 million-plus capitalization. Van den Ende will share the pain with a four-star roster of partners including Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, MGM, the two leading Broadway landlords, the Shubert Organization (which owns the Winter […] »
It looks like Rocky is out for the count.
The musical adaptation of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone film will close on Broadway on August 17 after only 28 previews and 188 regular performances at the Winter Garden Theatre. Though the show was able to perform at last month’s Tony Awards, taking home a prize for scenic design, a lack of best musical nomination and lukewarm reviews resulted in a dwindling box office for the show.
- Jake Perlman
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
Stallone’s Scarpa gets a director; Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson may join Hail Caesar!; Elle Fanning will star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties; and Warner Bros confirms Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe for The Nice Guys.
Scarpa will feature the Rocky and Rambo star as Gregory Scarpa, a former enforcer for the Colombo crime family. In addition to protecting Colombo boss Carmine Persico, Scarpa also worked as an FBI informant and helped the bureau find missing civil rights workers in Mississippi.
- Anthony Taormina
I’d have to say that 1987 was one of my favorite years to be a young movie fan. Because we didn’t have a ton of money, my mom and I would spend most of our weekends at the drive-in taking in double features of all kinds of now-classic films, which included John McTiernan’s eternally badass Predator.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Shane Black, Sonny Landham and Kevin Peter Hall as the titular intergalactic hunter, Predator opened at number one the weekend of June 12th despite receiving a lackluster response from critics at the time. Predator’s theatrical success would continue for another six weeks, with McTiernan’s genre-bending blockbuster eventually taking in almost $60 million during its run that summer.
- Heather Wixson
With the third Expendables film set to hit theatres mid-August, Sylvester Stallone is already lining up his next project. The New York Post were first to scoop with the news that Stallone will reunite with producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky) to portray former mob hitman Gregory Scarpa.
Scarpa was a career criminal and mob enforcer for the Colombo family, turned FBI informant. The film will focus on his involvement in the “Mississippi Burning” case which he helped solve by allegedly pistol whipping and kidnapping a member of the Klu Klux Klan in 1964. After pleading guilty to three murders in 1993, Scarpa later died of complications from AIDS in 1994.
The film will be scripted by Mob film specialist Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino) and directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner). All under the roof of Avi Lerner and Millennium Films who have a solid history with Stallone now.
Outside of his franchises such as Rocky, »
- Gary Collinson
If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well. Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote Goodfellas and Casino for director Martin Scorsese, will write the film with the hopes of going in front of cameras before the end of 2014. Stallone will also reteam with his Rocky producer Irwin Winkler on a »
- Ethan Anderton
Stallone will star as Gregory Scarpa, a chief enforcer for Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico. Scarpa was also known as the 'Grim Reaper' and was one of the most famous sociopaths in the world of organized crime.
Scarpo boasted of fifty murders in the name of the 'family' and became an FBI informant. He was ultimately indicted for multiple murders and died of AIDS-related complications in a Minnesota prison.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The script was written by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay Goodfellas. This project will reunite Stallone with Rocky prodcuer Irwin Winkler, who is onboard to produce Scarpa along with Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner.
Gregory Scarpa, also known as The Grim Reaper, worked as an enforcer for the Colombo family for many years before becoming an FBI informant after his family was murdered. According to Scarpa himself, while under the employment of the Colombo family he killed at least 50 people. »
- Chancellor Agard
If you were crossing your fingers and toes for a Goodfellas/Casino reunion between Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi on Pileggi’s latest film Scarpa, I have bad news: Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) just got put at the helm of the upcoming mob movie.
Not that Scorsese was ever really in the running for the film – he’s been kind of busy lately – but it would have been fun to see what he did with the story of mob enforcer Gregory Scarpa, a man affectionately known as the Grim Reaper. Furman is a good addition, though; The Lincoln Lawyer helped along with the revamping of Matthew McConaughey’s career, so it will be interesting to see what the director does with Pileggi’s script.
Scarpa will tell the story of the titular enforcer for the Colombo crime family – a man so nasty that his own daughter compared living »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The project will re-team Stallone with “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler with a screenplay by “Goodfellas” and “Casino” writer Nicholas Pileggi. Avi Lerner, who teamed with Stallone on “The Expendables” movies, will also produce.
Scarpa was a career criminal and an enforcer for the Colombo family. The project will focus on his work as an informant for the FBI and helping solve the “Mississippi Burning” case by allegedly pistol-whipping and kidnapping a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
Scarpa pleaded guilty in 1993 to three murders and died of complications from AIDS in prison in 1994.
Stallone, Furman and Pileggi are repped by Wme.
- Dave McNary
Hollywood’s fascination with the mob continues. Brad Furman has come aboard to direct Sylvester Stallone in Scarpa for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, a high-profile project currently being pulled together and one they hope to put before the cameras next year, possibly in the first quarter. The project will be produced by Irwin Winkler (Rocky). Stallone will star as Gregory Scarpa, a former capo and enforcer (hitman) for the Colombo crime family known as the Grim Reaper. The script is by crime aficionado Nicholas Pileggi, whose screenplay for Goodfellas was nominated for an Oscar and whose Casino was also critically acclaimed. (And, […] »
As a general rule, I’m a big believer in cinema moving forward. It’s vital for an artform to constantly renew and reinvigorate itself, in order to remain interesting and avoid stagnation. That’s why bold and visionary filmmakers are so important. To date, the writer and director of Reach Me – John Herzfeld – has been neither of those things (2 Days In The Valley, anyone?), but the new trailer for his latest movie suggests a move in a new, more intriguing direction.
The film is about a large collection of characters and their respective connections to a self-help book – titled ‘Reach Me’ – written by a reclusive author, played by Tom Berenger. Now, here’s the thing – it would seem that while this film represents the all-important forward motion for helmer Herzfeld, it may also prove to be the opposite for many in its cast – and that’s just fine. For »
- Sarah Myles
In honor of the star's 68th birthday, we celebrate some of the weirdest names he's ever written for films.
Hollywood heavyweight Sylvester Stallone turns 68 today, June 6, and he still looks like he could kill anyone he wanted with one hand tied behind is back - and his other hand inside a hungry crocodile.
What some may not know is that Stallone has had a prolific career as a screenwriter in addition to his acting career. He got nominated for his script for Rocky in 1976 right alongside his Best Actor nomination. He's also written all the Rambo films – including the acclaimed one, First Blood – and all of his Expendable films, not to mention several others.
One common thread that Stallone loves is giving his characters some crazy names. In celebration of the beloved action star's 68th birthday, let's take a look at some of the bonkers names he's given characters in his films.
Expendables Franchise »
The last time Sylvester Stallone tried to take on a real dramatic role, the results were… creatively successful. He put on 40 lbs for James Mangold’s “Copland” in 1997, but reviews were semi-mixed. Mangold insists even though Stallone really delivered best intentions, he had engendered ill will among certain audiences with his mindless action films. “When ‘Cop Land’ came out, a lot of daggers were out for Sly,” Mangold said in 2011. “He had made a bunch of shittier moves, he’s the first to admit, that weren’t aimed for the highest result each time out.” Even though the role did earn him good will in the end, Stallone claimed at the time, the movie hurt his career — a bit of a head scratcher when you consider it’s probably his best work since the early “Rocky” movies. Evidently, he wasn’t fully discouraged from serious roles. Seventeen years later (minus »
- Edward Davis
The sixth film in the long-running Rocky series, Rocky Balboa is director/writer Sly Stallone's Lion in Winter take on the aging prizefighter, now retired and managing a restaurant in Philadelphia. Critics were kind to the film and in particular Stallone's touching take on his bowed-but-unbroken alter-ego. The 2006 release was a box office success, due in no small part to the canny use of many of the original film's signature touches including a rousing Bill Conti score that puts Rocky's character right up there on Olympus with the other mythological gladiators.
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