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Sylvester Stallone may be the busiest aging action icon today (sorry Chuck Norris). In between adapting Rocky into German musical format and posing for photos on the set of Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone just finished filming Bullet to the Head. The New Orleans-set action movie stars Sly as a musclebound hitman who teams up with a young NYPD detective (Sung Kang) to investigate a pair of murders and naturally, exact revenge on anyone who stands in their way. Fortunately for us, the first caption-worthy photo from Bullet to the Head has arrived. »
The Asylum, the company behind such rip-offs as "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train," are back with a rip-off of the upcoming "Battleship" movie. Their version is called "American Battleship" and stars Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator) and Mario Van Peebles. Plot: When a fleet of mysterious ships wage war against the Earth, only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global Armageddon. The new movie is directed by Thunder Levin (Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood) and is set to appear stores and VOD on May 15th, only two days before Peter Berg's "Battleship" hits theaters. »
I’ve never been, with the exception of the Rocky movies and two Rambos, a big fan of Sylvester Stallone‘s action work, yet I find myself intrigued by Bullet to the Head. Now, this is almost expressly because it’s directed by the solid Walter Hill — but you have to start somewhere.
Our first look at the film, seen above thanks to ComingSoon, is a classic Stallone image: in peril, but just about to inflict some pain on his enemy. (Who, in this case, I think is Jason Momoa.) It tells us nothing about the film’s prospective quality or entertainment value — two things that aren’t always connected — so I’ll say that if Bullet to the Head bears some similarity to the image in terms of content, we could be getting something fun. Based on Matz‘s graphic novel, the story follows “a New Orleans hitman (Stallone »
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Chicago – Poor George Zinavoy. He’s been cursed with striking good looks, remarkable artistic talent, a dedicated mentor and a gorgeous woman who clearly desires to have sex with him. Thankfully, nothing appears to have gotten in the way of his stubborn pessimism, comfortable apathy and belief in the meaningless of existence. How can George be expected to care about his homework when he’s too busy contemplating his mortality?
For that matter, how can audiences be expected to care about such an unsympathetic, oddly soulless Holden Caulfield clone? He goes through the usual existential motions with all the urgency and conviction of a sleepwalker. As played by baby faced, moist-eyed Freddie Highmore, George registers as a mopey bore rather than a fatalist. Highmore’s genial sweetness lacks the raw edge and rebellious spirit that the character desperately needed in order to be the least bit credible.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
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Directed by John G. Avildsen.
Amateur, local underdog boxer Rocky Balboa is awarded a title shot against the World Champion, Apollo Creed. But it’s really a lot, lot more than that.
“You’ve never seen Rocky!?”
No. Have you seen L’Atalante?
L’Atalante. It’s a French film from the early 1930s. It bridges surrealist cinema to poetic realism.
“Nah, I haven’t seen Lattalong. But you should definitely watch Rocky. It’s a great film. You did Film »
We sent Caroline off to see the cast of Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows tread the red carpet for its premiere on Thursday night. And here’s what happened...
As the stars arrived in their dapper gowns and suits, and screaming Downey Jr fans crammed into Leicester Square for a glimpse of their hero, London was seasonally pouring with rain, and the many homemade shrines in danger of getting lost in the wind. Most of the cast for the eagerly awaited Sherlock Holmes sequel thoughtfully braved the weather to come and speak to us, and shed light on everything from nude scenes and villainous technique, to superheroes and the return of Mad Men.
Battling against the wind and through the sea of umbrellas were director Guy Ritchie, new Moriarty Jared Harris, former Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, and the dynamic duo of Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. »
We recently told you about plans being made to stage a musical based on the Rocky franchise, with Sylvester Stallone serious enough about the idea that he hired some Broadway veterans to carve out a show using many of the songs made famous by the movie, like Eye of the Tiger and Gonna Fly Now. The show, titled Rocky: The Musical, is budgeted at around $15 million, and will debut next November in Hamburg, Germany, because when you think of an Italian growing up on the streets of Philadelphia, you immediately think Hamburg! Good news for you Rocky fans out there is that one part of the opening musical number has leaked online. Seems a little rough around the edges, but that's Rocky for ya. When you listen, just try to picture an entire ensemble dressed in grey hooded jumpsuits...
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That's right, all you West Coast monster fans! The date is set, and the roster of celebrities is already looking like a who's who of horror! The next Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters will be held April 13th-15th, 2012, at the Marriott Burbank Convention Center in Burbank, California. You have been warned!
Presented by Eliot Brodsky's The Rubber Room, Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters features award-winning F/X artists, horror genre celebrities, monster related artwork on display and for sale, special guests and presentations, and a walk-through monster museum! Just who are the special guests, you ask? Read on...
Amongst the F/X artists already scheduled to attend are: Ve Neill (Academy Award winning F/X artist of Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean), Michael Westmore (Academy Award winning F/X artist of "The Munsters," Rocky, Raging Bull, Mask, "Star Trek" series), Steve Johnson (Blade II, »
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In the last three months, I've seen some incredible things. I experienced the fame and wonder of Times Square; worked out with overly-compensating gentlemen at the Muscle Beach in La; and tried - in vain it would seem - to train a pug. And yet, despite each great and awe inspiring experience, few could compare to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Now, for those of you unaware of its cinematic relevance, allow me to explain. 35 years ago, a body-builder possessing a Mensa-worthy I.Q. wrote a script...a simple script...of a true underdog rising up from the slums before achieving greatness. His name...was Rocky. Yes, despite its magnificent galleries, presentations and exhibitions, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is better known by the iconic stairs leading up to it; stairs forever associated with the Rocky montage (see below:)
It was only earlier this month that we learned of Elijah Wood playing the lead role of a serial killer in a remake of Maniac. However, filming has already begun and we have behind-the-scenes set photos that give us our first look at Elijah Wood attacking one of his victims.
Maniac is being directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) and is produced by Alexandre Aja. Elijah Wood is playing the role of a “a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother.”
The original film was directed by William Lustig in 1980: “Maniac stars Joe Spinell (Rocky, The Godfather, Taxi Driver) as Frank Zito, a deeply disturbed man haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. »
- Jonathan James
Nowadays it seems like a given that almost every hit musical will eventually get turned into a movie, and increasingly we've been finding that the reverse is also true: a lot of popular movies are being turned into musicals. Everything from The Evil Dead to The Toxic Avenger to Spider-Man have recently received stage adaptations, partially in an attempt to woo genre fans and other folks who wouldn't normally be interested in musicals. Now it appears that one of the manliest franchises of all time is finally about to get turned into a musical: the tale of the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa. Yes, it's true, Rocky: The Musical is set to open next year in Germany, and Sylvester Stallone is even involved as a co-producer. Who's in? When you think about it, Rocky is actually a perfect movie to turn into a musical since music has played such »
With Sylvester Stallone currently spending most of his time on "The Expendables 2," it looks like Rocky Balboa might have finally hung up his gloves on the big-screen, after the sixth entry in the series a few years back. But the blue-collar boxer is finding a new string to his bow: showtunes. Stallone and title-winning siblings and actual fighters Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are joining forces to finally bring “Rocky” to the Broadway stage, where it was... always... meant... to be. It’s hard to remember that Stallone wrote the thing, and is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and actor. »
Painfully beautiful...two simple words that sum up both the film's appeal and my viewing experience.
Confused? Allow me to explain. While other press attendees awoke to excited children - eager to experience the joys of Happy Feet 2 - I awoke to a hangover, and a painful one at that. Now, for anyone who's experienced a 3D movie recently - or is unfortunate enough to suffer from 3D headaches - you'll understand that it's hardly the most forgiving of formats, and Happy Feet 2 only made things worse.
And yet this is in no way a criticism of the film; in fact, it's sort of a back-handed compliment. At the risk of rocking many a boat - especially those aboard S.S. Avatar - I'd go as far as to say that HF2 is the most beautifully rendered 3D film of all time. Every snowflake; every blade of grass; every Krill - each, »
Sylvester Stallone's 1976 movie about underdog boxer Rocky Balboa topped a poll by Lovefilm ahead of the 1993 comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsleigh team and Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby.
Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley says, "With the (2012 London) Olympics on their way... sport is a hot topic - from living room to locker room. Whether it is football favourites, bobsleighing blunders or boxing Balboas we love to watch sporting heroes cross the finishing line in style."
A sturdy corollary emerges in the wake of the graphic artist Frank Miller's recent diatribe against the Occupy Wall Street movement ("A pack of louts, thieves, and rapists … Wake up, pond scum, America is at war against a ruthless enemy"), available for perusal at frankmillerink.com). That corollary, of which we should be reminded from time to time, is this: popular entertainment from Hollywood is – to greater or lesser extent – propaganda. And Miller has his part in that, thanks to films such as 300 and Sin City.
Perhaps you have had this thought before. Perhaps you have had it often. I can remember politics dawning on me while watching a Steven Seagal vehicle, Under Siege, in 1992. I was in my early 30s. The »
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" looks to soon have competition for the weirdest (or worst) idea for a musical. Sylvester Stallone announced on Monday (Nov. 21) that he's looking to turn "Rocky" in to a musical.
Now please take a minute to digest this concept. Ok, now let's resume.
Stallone, who wrote and starred in the 1976 Oscar-winning film will co-produce "Rocky: The Musical" according to the Daily Mail. The production will focus on the love story between Rocky and Adrian rather than the boxing theme the movie presented.
Stallone says, "I've always thought Rocky had the right stuff for a musical and have wanted to do it for a long time."
The musical, which is slated to open in Nov. 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, will employ the skills of Tony-award winner Thomas Meehan ("The Producers") to write the story and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty to handle the music.
Of course the »
A new photo from John Carter; single photos from In the Land of Blood and Honey and Underworld Awakening; and heaps of new photos from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Arthur Christmas and Hugo.
"Gary Oldman has passed on the role so the offer is now out to Oldman's "Batman Begins" co-star Ken Watanabe to play The Colonel in the live-action remake of "Akira" at Warner Bros. Pictures…" (full details)
- Garth Franklin
Hey, big Hollywood types, I think I finally understand how you think. Got a great feel-good-movie with a confident star and testosterone-soaked soundtrack that became one of the highest grossing films of its year? Reproduce the storyline and turn it into a franchise! What do you do after you've released five sequels, each progressively more trite and depressing than its predecessor? You remake the original! Wait, what did you say? You turn the original into a musical and schedule it to debut in Germany in 2012? …really? Really! Sylvester Stallone has announced his plans to open a musical version of Rocky, a film he both wrote and starred in, in Hamburg, Germany. Stallone has also teamed up with Ukrainian boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who will serve as co-producers and boxing trainers for the yet-to-be-cast lead. While this sounds like a surprising (read: stupid) project, the musical transfer [...] »
Aaaadriaaan! Aaaadriaaan! Now imagine that name sung. It could happen. Sylvester Stallone announced that he will help turns his breakthough film “Rocky” into a musical. The star and writer of the Oscar-winning 1976 movie will co-produce “Rocky: The Musical” with Ukranian boxers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko by adding power vocals and emphasizing the love story between Rocky and Adrian. In addition to producing, »
- Lyneka Little
As a boxer, Rocky Balboa was famous for his tenacity. In the face of impossible odds, the guy just wouldn't quit. Sylvester Stallone, the man who created and portrayed Rocky, is sort of the same way. He retired Rocky once after 1990's "Rocky V" then brought him back sixteen years later for "Rocky Balboa." Now, five years after the latest "last" "Rocky," he's bringing the character back again, this time on the stage.
That's right. Get ready for "Rocky: The Musical."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Stallone is producing a "Rocky" musical which will premiere in Germany next fall in advance of an English language world tour. If you're wondering whether classic "Rocky" musical moments like "Eye of the Tiger" will be recreated on the stage, the answer, apparently, is yes. From THR's article:
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