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Blu-ray Review – Paradise Alley (1978)

Paradise Alley, 1978.

Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Anne Archer, Frank McRae, Joe Spinell, Terry Funk, Frank Stallone, and Tom Waits.

Synopsis:

Three brothers in the slums of 1940s New York try to make their fortune by training the youngest sibling to become an underground wrestler.

After the success of Rocky in 1976 Sylvester Stallone was a hot property in Hollywood and was pretty much able to get any passion projects he wanted a green light, which is why between Rocky and Rocky II we got trucking federation drama F.I.S.T. and, more significantly, Paradise Alley. Significant because as well as writing it Stallone also directed it (and in true Little Britain style, also sang the theme tune), which marked his first time behind the camera, setting him up to direct Rocky II the same year, and also because despite sharing many themes and plot threads as Rocky,
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It Came From The Tube: The Night Stalker (1972)

Sometimes it’s hard to put a fresh coat of paint on an old house. The colors can bleed through no matter how many new layers are added, giving the house a look of desperation from a block away. But sometimes the right paint is used, the restoration is done with love and affection, and the new owners actually care about their surroundings. Such is the case with The Night Stalker (1972), the ABC TV movie that took the vampire out of his crumbling castle and transported him to the seedier side of the modern day Las Vegas strip; and in doing so created one of the most endearingly reluctant monster hunters of all time, Carl Kolchak.

Originally airing as the ABC Movie of the Week on Tuesday, January 11th, 1972, The Night Stalker slayed the competition in the ratings, including CBS’s successful Hawaii Five-o/Cannon lineup. And I mean destroyed
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Throwback Thursday: “Bad Labor – No Coffee Break” Movies

Hollywood is filled with movies honoring working people and labor unions. I like labor unions but not everyone does – and well, labor unions (or union leaders) haven’t always been perfect. On Labor Day, we ran a pro-labor list but to reflect that other viewpoint, this edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on a Labor Behaving Badly list – films about bad or crooked union bosses, strikes gone wrong, workers behaving badly, and even a few anti-union films.

On The Waterfront (1954)

This excellent drama from director Elia Kazan is the gold standard of this kind of film, with a corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who have become a virtual dictator, treating the union like his own little army to do his bidding. One man, Terry Malone (Marlon Brando), stands up to him and breaks the power of the boss. Bad behavior indeed, and one heck of a good movie.

Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

Union corruption,
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Cleveland According to Movies and Television

Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.

All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.

Cleveland Rocks

It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the
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Antony Gibbs, Editor of ‘Dune,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 90

Antony Gibbs, a British-born film editor who cut dozens of pictures, including such ’60s classics as “Tom Jones” as well as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Rollerball,” “Dune” and “Ronin,” died February 26. He was 90.

The Guild of British Film and Television Editors reported his death on Facebook.

Gibbs was nominated for four of the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards, including for “Tom Jones” in 1964 and “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1972. He won Eddies in 1998 for his work on John Frankenheimer’s TNT miniseries “George Wallace,” starring Gary Sinise, and in 2002 for his editing of Mark Rydell’s TNT TV movie “James Dean,” starring James Franco (a film for which he also picked up an Emmy nomination). Also in 2002, he received an Ace career achievement award.

The Ace said of Gibbs in 2002: “With ‘Reindeer Games’ he continued his successful collaboration with John Frankenheimer, but his friend director Mark Rydell allowed Tony to
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Sylvester Stallone Says ‘Creed’ Feels Like Rocky Balboa’s Last Ride

Sylvester Stallone Says ‘Creed’ Feels Like Rocky Balboa’s Last Ride
Santa Barbara, Calif. — Oscar-nominated “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone stopped by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tuesday night for one of the week’s many tributes and to accept the Montecito Award from friend and “Rocky” co-star Carl Weathers. When prompted about a sequel to Ryan Coogler’s fresh take on the material, however, he seemed quite reticent, perhaps concerned about diminishing returns or souring such a storybook experience.

“I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously,” he said. “I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”

Ostensibly a career retrospective, the program still never strayed too far from the Balboa narrative, a full-circle experience for
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Sylvester Stallone To Receive Montecito Award At Santa Barbara Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theater.

Sylvester Stallone’s performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created. Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honor his legacy,
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Examining the prison movies of Sylvester Stallone

Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02

With Escape Plan out today, we look back at the strange prominence of prisons in Sylvester Stallone movies...

In his blockbuster movies, Tom Cruise likes to ride motorcycles and run with his fingers outstretched. Jean-Claude Van Damme likes to wear tight lycra and do the splits a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to make that sort of guttural "graargh" noise when he gets into fights.

Sylvester Stallone, on the other hand, has his own set of interests and habits. He likes to fire machine guns one-handed, scream while flying helicopters, and making a "hurgh!" noise when he does something athletic. Also, he has a tendency to star in films that involve prisons.

Now, admittedly, Stallone's appeared in lots of films where there's no sign of jail cells, sadistic prison wardens or metal trays with hideous food piled up on them. But then again, he has appeared in these.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’
A passion project about a passionate man takes surprisingly flat form in “Cesar Chavez,” demonstrating that however effective the tactic may be in real life, starving oneself for social justice doesn’t necessarily make for the most compelling screen entertainment — but then, preaching the virtues of nonviolence has never been cinema’s strong suit. Recognizing that Chavez’s victory in earning equal rights for migrant workers remains scandalously under-taught in classrooms, director Diego Luna responds with a biopic that feels more polite than political, counting on the worthiness of his subject and the participation of a well-meaning ensemble to galvanize mostly Latino auds.

Too young (or young-looking) to play Chavez himself, Luna cast sterling character actor Michael Pena in a rare leading role — the sort of opportunity that ought to mark a turning point in his career. However, while playing Chavez may sound like an irresistible opportunity for any Mexican-American actor,
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The Hurricane Review – Denzel Washington d: Norman Jewison

The Hurricane (1999) Direction: Norman Jewison Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya, Debbi Morgan, Clancy Brown, Harris Yulin, David Paymer, Rod Steiger Screenplay: Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon; from Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter's The 16th Round, and Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton's Lazarus and the Hurricane Oscar Movies Denzel Washington as Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, The Hurricane Like Stanley Kramer, Norman Jewison has often been dedicated to commercial filmmaking with a socially conscious edge: labor relations in F.I.S.T.; corruption in the U.S. justice system in …And Justice for All; religious fanaticism in Agnes of God; anti-Semitism in Fiddler on the Roof; and racism in both A Soldier's Story and the Academy Award-winning In the Heat of the Night. Though never a brilliant director, Jewison has managed to imbue most of his films with at least a modicum of depth. The Hurricane, the
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Sylvester Stallone, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Director Tom Hooper to be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Hollywood icon and Academy Award-nominated Sylvester Stallone will receive the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary will be recognized with the “Hollywood Innovator Award,” and director Tom Hooper will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award” at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Sylvester Stallone’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career, as well as the great innovative work of Morgan Freeman and Lorie McCreary in the convergence of technology and filmmaking, and the outstanding directing talent of Tom Hooper in his new film “The King’s Speech,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala..

Previously announced honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Annette Bening for the “Actress
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Interviews: TV Stars at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show

Chicago – The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is back in Chicago this weekend, September 25th and 26th, and the last time it came around some popular TV stars of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s participated. Dawn Wells, Willie Aames, James MacArthur and Ken Kercheval were there.

HollywoodChicago talked with them all, and Hc ace photographer Joe Arce put the finishing touch on the interviews with his vivid shots.

The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a biannual event where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the comprehensive memorabilia market. Click here for details about the show.

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island

The most famous castaways in television history were only on the air in their original run for three short seasons, 1964-1967, on CBS. But in an explosion of syndicated popularity “Gilligan’s Island” in essence has never left the airwaves.
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A day of The Expendables: the UK press conference and premiere

The stars of The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham, turned out for the explosive movie's press conference and premiere...

It's not every day you get to meet one of your heroes, let alone three of them. My day of The Expendables is almost indescribable, as my body endlessly pumped out adrenalin in an attempt to keep me conscious.

The press conference took place around noon and, to give you an insight, lasted about half an hour and involves giving a hand gesture to the panel adjudicator at the front, to request a chance to ask a question, much like an auction bid.

The main problem I had was facing off the absolute need to ask questions against the sheer prospect of getting a coherent sentence out in front of Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham.

With everyone keen to ask questions, you also have to hope
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Picturing Sylvester Stallone as Mob Boss John Gotti

Can you imagine Sly Stallone playing John Gotti? According to TMZ, the actor is in talks to do just that, playing the notorious mob boss in a new biopic based on the recollections of Gotti's son, "Junior" John, who wanted to attach Stallone.

John Gotti took over as boss of the Gambino crime family after Paul Castellano was murdered. Cocky, loud, and with a flamboyant style, he managed to draw attention to himself, contributing to his own downfall.

In 1992, Gotti was convicted of numerous charges including 13 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, and tax evasion. All of the charges lead to the verdict of life in prison without parole. After 10 years incarcerated, Gotti died of throat cancer.

According to the site, the project is far enough in development that a search for a screenwriter is about to begin.

Could this be Stallone's own shot at a Godfather film? It's hard to say,
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Hollywood Pays Tribute to Steiger

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Steiger
A host of top Hollywood stars including Sidney Poitier, Sylvester Stallone and Pierce Brosnan have paid tribute to late actor Rod Steiger. Steiger, who won an Oscar for his role in In the Heat of the Night, died yesterday at the age of 77. Norman Jewison, who directed Steiger in that film opposite Sidney Poitier, called him "one of the most creative actors I ever worked with." With Steiger's death coming less than a week after the passing of legendary director John Frankenheimer, Jewison said, "It is as though we are losing the lions from the arena. Rod was a lion of a man." Jewison, who also directed Steiger in the 1978 Sylvester Stallone union drama F*I*S*T and one of his last major film performances in 1999's The Hurricane, said Steiger was the "anchor" in any movie. He said, "I always tried to put him in every film I did because to me, he was like an anchor for the rest of the cast. He was so deeply committed." Poitier said his former co-star was a "quintessential actor" who, unlike the role he played in Heat of the Night, was "such a gentle soul." He added, "He will be remembered as one of America's great actors." Stallone, who in addition to F*I*S*T worked with Steiger on The Specialist, said, "Rod was one of the greatest actors of our time," while Brosnan, who starred with him in Mars Attacks! said, "'The legend' is now legend, and I'll miss him."

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