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Conti named musical director for 78th Academy Awards

21 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marking his 18th Oscar stint, composer Bill Conti will return to the podium as musical director of the 78th Annual Academy Awards, telecast producer Gil Cates said Wednesday. Conti, who won an Oscar in 1983 for scoring The Right Stuff, also earned nominations in the original song category in 1976 for "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky and in 1981 for the title song from For Your Eyes Only. Additionally, he received 11 Emmy nominations and is a three-time winner for his work on Academy Awards telecasts. His other film credits include 1999's The Thomas Crown Affair, The Karate Kid, Broadcast News, Private Benjamin, Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky V. The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live March 5 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. »

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Stallone Holds Open Audition for 'Rocky VI'

5 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Producers working on Rocky Balboa, the fifth Rocky sequel, held an open audition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday which attracted hundreds of hopefuls. Sylvester Stallone, who was Oscar-nominated in 1976 for his leading role and screenplay for the original Rocky movie, has already started filming in Las Vegas, Nevada. And when filming switches to Rocky's hometown Philadelphia next year, producers have set aside a role for a local aspiring actor because they want the film to be as authentic as possible. Casting director Diane Heery says, "They want the character and personality of Philadelphia. We're looking for the face to the story of Philadelphia. We're looking for real people." »

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Stallone To Make New Rambo Movie

31 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie hardman Sylvester Stallone is making a fourth Rambo movie, seventeen years after the last film was made. The news comes shortly after Stallone announced plans for a sixth Rocky film in 2006. Rambo IV will see former Vietnam veteran John J. Rambo retired into a quiet life until he gets involved in the case of a missing child. The movie will be shot between Mexico and the United States. Filming is scheduled to start in the spring. »

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Stallone's Notorious BIG Film Gets the Go-Ahead

5 July 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sylvester Stallone has chosen to take his Notorious BIG biopic to the small screen after signing a deal to debut the controversial movie on America's HBO network. The Rocky star's long-awaited film - based on the murder of the rapper - was initially intended for a cinematic release. According to website StalloneZone.com, the film, in which Stallone is to play Los Angeles Police homicide Detective Russell Poole, will now air on HBO. Stallone's character Poole probed the rapper's still-unsolved murder and became the first investigator to suggest that crooked cops with ties to rival rap label Death Row Records might be mixed up in the his 1997 murder. Poole later quit the force, claiming former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks and other department heads had squashed his efforts to probe cop corruption and the truth about Biggie's slaying. The Notorious BIG's death has become a hot issue in Los Angeles in recent weeks as legal experts lock heads at the rapper's wrongful death trial. »

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Toback tribute set for 31st Deauville fest

28 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- Actor-writer-director James Toback will be honored at the 31st Deauville Festival of American Cinema, which runs Sept. 2-11 in the chic resort town in Northern France, organizers said Tuesday. The festival plans to screen all of Toback's films as part of the tribute, including the 1978 Harvey Keitel starrer Fingers, which was recently remade as The Beat That My Heart Skipped by French helmer Jacques Audiard. Toback's 2004 When Will I Be Loved, starring Neve Campbell, and Nicholas Jarecki's 2005 documentary, Toback: The Outsider, also will unspool. Celebrated French director Alain Corneau (All the Mornings of the World) is presiding over the 31st edition of the festival. It will include a retrospective of boxing cinema, including screenings of Rocky, Raging Bull, When We Were Kings and Million Dollar Baby. The competition lineup remains to be announced. »

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Schwarzenegger "Suspects Stallone of Nazi Smear Campaign"

25 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger suspects his former rival Sylvester Stallone of leading a secret 1980s campaign to give the Terminator star a reputation as a Nazi sympathizer, according to a new book. The two Hollywood action stars were bitter enemies in 1988, after Schwarzenegger enjoyed an affair with Stallone's ex-wife Brigitte Nielsen and accused the Rocky actor of hiring publicity agents to save his image. And in new book Fantastic: The Life Of Arnold Schwarzenegger, biographer Laurence Leamer claims Stallone sought vengeance by telling British journalist Wendy Leigh that Schwarzenegger's Austrian father helped round up Jews during the Holocaust and that Schwarzenegger was a "secret admirer of Hitler". Leigh claims Stallone paid her legal fees and covered her settlement to the Austrian actor, after he sued Leigh for libel when she published Stallone's alleged comments in a book. And although Stallone insists he did not contribute to Leigh's controversial tome, Leamer claims Schwarzenegger "reluctantly" confirmed he still believes Stallone worked to smear him as a fascist sympathizer, reports America's New York Daily News newspaper. The pair have since settled their differences and are firm friends again. »

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Stallone Believes His Show Is Not Responsible for Suicide

22 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sylvester Stallone refuses to accept his upcoming reality TV show The Contender is to blame for the apparent suicide of promising boxer Najai Turpin. Turpin, a contestant on the Rocky star's boxing reality show, shot himself last week, to the astonishment of both producers and his fellow contenders. And while Stallone, who attended Turpin's funeral with Sugar Ray Leonard on Friday, is shocked by the incident, he doubts his show is linked to the tragedy. He says, "This unfortunate occurrence seems to have nothing to do with boxing but other personal issues that we really don't know much about." Stallone says Turpin's presence will remain throughout the series, which is set to premiere in America on March 7. The actor adds, "I loved this man. I loved what he stood for. He was incredibly brave. When he was with his child, you saw the child in him come out." »

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