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Each of these training moments contain within them various elements of ridiculousness: Balboa guzzles half a dozen raw eggs in the original Rocky, jerks the combined weight of his trainer and brother-in-law while they sit on a wagon in Rocky IV and, according to Philly Post writer Dan McQuade, even runs past a marathon distance at the crack of dawn in Rocky II. »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “How Far Did Rocky Go in His Training Run in Rocky II?” — Dan McQuade from The Philly Post became everyone’s hero by calculating The Italian Stallion’s triumphant trip to the Art Museum. Funny what you force your characters to do when you want a montage of landmarks. “The East and Sound of My Voice Writer-Director Zal Batmanglij Shares His Top 10 Documentaries” — Over at Nonfics, the indie darling provides some food for your queue. “‘Bad’ cinema lost its cult appeal when the big studios started making it” — Bobby MacPherson at Screen Robot laments B-movies getting the studio polish. “Did Jesse Pinkman Really Matter?” — Cindy Davis at Pajiba struggles to understand her apathy toward the Breaking Bad bitch-sayer. “The Role of Today’s Studio Chief Has Been Redefined” — Rachel Abrams at Variety explores what the new exec class has »
- Scott Beggs
Rocky from the Rocky movies was super good at boxing. We all know this — it was, like, his thing. Well, apparently he was also super good at running. Today, Philadelphia magazine put up an incredible post that proved just that. By analyzing the landmarks along the way, the author figured out exactly how far Rocky ran in the famous Rocky II training scene — you know, the one that ends with him running up all those steps (watch below). The answer: 30.61 miles. That is so many miles. If we ran that many miles, we sure wouldn't be jumping up and down with a bunch of Philadelphian kids. »
- Jesse David Fox
Amazon has some great deals on a number of DVDs/Blu-rays and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Rocky fan and don't yet own the films on Blu-ray, Amazon's Gold Box Deal is all six films for $19.49 (which is 72% off). Like all gold box deals, it's only good while supplies last or until midnight tonight. Rocky: The Undisputed Collection (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa) [Blu-ray] - $19.49 (72% off) Up to 69% on select hit TV titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries, Chuck, Smallville, and many more Up to 53% on popular classic TV including Charlie's Angels, Sanford and Son, Good Times, Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, Tj Hooker, Soap, and many more. Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
From Jesus Quintana to Apollo Creed, via a Sheffield United hero and a chubby wide-eyed tricycle-loving kid called Champion
Football has never really lent itself to the silver screen. Somehow things just don't work – the movement is too forced, the celebrations too cartoonish, the plots too hackneyed, the acting too stilted, the need to get a few real-life players in there (for some reason) too hard to resist. When Saturday Comes is no different. The football scenes don't work, the plot would've been turned down by Boy's Own for being too far-fetched, and Mel Sterland and Tony Currie pop up and make Ally McCoist look like Robert De Niro. The climax should be pretty clear before the opening titles have ended.
If you're expecting an "And yet …" at this point, think again. You can't dress this up as a moment of cinematic brilliance any more »
- Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown
We've known for a long while that Sylvester Stallone has plans to bring Vietnam veteran John J. Rambo back for a fifth outing, but before then he looks set to return to another past glory, reprising the role of Rocky Balboa for a spin-off entitled Creed.
According to Deadline, MGM is in early talks with Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) about taking on the lead role of Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) grandson in a project that would reunite him with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. Creed is said to be a dream project of Coogler's, and his vision suitably impressed Stallone enough for them to take the project to the studio.
The plot for Creed is pretty much what you'd expect (no, he's not out for revenge against Ivan Drago)...
"Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to »
- Flickering Myth
You can’t keep the champ down, apparently. Sylvester Stallone is coming back to Rocky, the role that defined his career, for another more go-round. For those that were mystified and surprised when it happened in 2006 with Rocky Balboa, consider that it an additional eight years will have passed before we see the character again. Of course, this time a few things are different. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler is at the helm and Balboa won’t be the title character this time.
Instead, the 27-year-old Coogler will be penning a script called Creed that will follow the well-to-do grandson of Apollo Creed who gets into boxing despite his family’s wishes, and turns to Rocky for a mentoring relationship. After Coogler was connected with Stallone, he pitched the project to the star and then together they approached MGM about doing it. For anyone who has seen Fruitvale Station, there »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Michael B. Jordan is in early talks to play the grandson of Apollo Creed, portrayed by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky movies, with Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time.
The story follows the grandson, who was raised in the lap of luxury but still possesses a natural instinct for boxing, even though both he and his family do not want him to pursue a career in the sweet science. Rocky Balboa, who is now a fight trainer, steps in to mentor the young man.
Ryan Coogler will direct from a screenplay he is co-writing with Aaron Covington, that will also delve through the mythology of Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky III. Sylvester Stallone is also producing alongside Robert Chartoff, »
A seventh installment to that long-lived bruiser "Rocky" franchise is happening, people, but before you start groaning, you should know that this time Mr. Balboa won't be throwing himself into the ring again ('cause, yah, that would just be absurd. Enough already). Instead, he'll be rustling up the old gloves to train none other than Apollo Creed's grandson.
And, yo, Adrian, we kinda like that idea.
According to Deadline, Sylvester Stallone has now gotten himself a little "Creed" dream team in the form of the celebrated "Fruitvale Station" duo, writer-director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, so things are bound to start moving quickly on the project. We can already picture a montage of the trio locked in a room, sweating bullets as they hammer out the script, set to "Eye of the Tiger." We digress.
It's been a long time since Dolph Lungdren's Drago took Rocky's former »
- Amanda Bell
Cue Bill Conti’s infamous score. For the longest time we were wondering when this Sundance breakout was going to have his name attached to a sophomore project, and it turns out the answer is close to his cinephile heart. We knew he was a fan of the Rocky series (he detailed how consumed he was by parts I thru VI), but Deadline reports that with a smart pitch, Sylvester Stallone’s full commitment and Fruitvale Station lead Michael B. Jordan in-place, the Cannes directing award winner Ryan Coogler will hit the gym sort speak and continue the Rocky franchise with a spin-off called Creed. To be co-written with Aaron Covington, the MGM film will be produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, along with Stallone and Kevin King.
Gist: The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised »
- Eric Lavallee
Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This filmmaker’s feature debut won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, it would be picked up approximately 48 hours after it’s premiere by the Weinsteins and under its new title, the filmmaker was bestowed a special (a Halley’s Comet, once in a blue moon type honor) “Best First Film” jury prize by the Un Certain Regard jurors. Fruitvale Station receives its NYC and L.A release this Friday, July 12th and will expand nationally in the weeks to come. Here is our profile on Ryan Coogler and stay tuned….he’ll soon be sharing his Top Ten Films List with us.
Eric Lavallee: What films were important to you during your childhood?
Ryan Coogler: My father took me to see Boyz »
- Eric Lavallee
Cheers Season 1, Episode 1 ‘Give Me A Ring Sometime’
Directed by James Burrows
Aired 9/30/1982 on NBC
Every time I watch the Cheers pilot, I’m always amazed at just how low-key it is. ‘Give Me a Ring Sometime’ doesn’t try to get anybody’s attention with flashy characters or some convoluted premise: as the cold open suggests, this is just another day at a bar in Boston, where an ex-baseball player serves his friends and lends his ear to the working man. It’s suck a quiet, unassuming scene, it’s no surprise that it didn’t draw in a huge audience for the second episode (or the entire first season, really). As Sam prepares the bar for work, a clearly underage kid comes in and tries to order a beer with a military ID. Sam can see the it coming a mile away, »
Any sport at its best can serve as a motivational metaphor for life ... while any sport at its worst can still beat the Houston Astros. And then there's boxing, which is just two people literally beating each other up for money.
But with "42" (the story of Jackie Robinson's inspirational journey to integrate the major leagues) hitting theaters April 12, we thought we'd take a moment to pay tribute to the less celebrated sports films; the ones that teach us to never try and to always give up because life is just a string of disappointments sandwiched between birth and death.
'Rocky II' (1979)
Remember how great "Rocky" was? Remember the heartwarming story of a boxer past his prime finally getting a shot at the title? Remember how moved you felt when Rocky loses to Apollo but wins the respect of the world? Well, this unsubtle sequel has a message »
- Ben Freiburger
"I don't trust anybody, that's how you stay in the game."
At 66, Sylvester Stallone is reaching that age when most action movie stars contemplate retirement or transition into playing kindly grandfathers, grumpy old men, and butlers (no offense, Sir Michael), yet 'Sly' continues to make the kind of movies that made him famous when he was a young man. After surprising everyone but his hardcore fans with the success of his throwback action movies The Expendables 1 & 2, Stallone stumbled a bit with his solo movie Bullet to the Head, but he's got the support of great co-stars in his upcoming action movie The Tomb with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the boxing comedy Grudge Match with Robert De Niro, currently in production. The Expendables had a bigger opening weekend than any of Stallone's previous movies, but is it also his best movie? Does Barney Ross deserve a spot alongside John Rambo and Rocky Balboa? »
- BrentJS Sprecher
In the 1979 "Rocky" sequel, Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa character buys a house after losing a boxing match to Apollo Creed. Now that South Philadelphia house is on sale. The asking price is $139,000. The filmmakers behind "Rocky II" picked the house for the movie because they liked how the front of the home looked. They then knocked on the door and made a deal to use it in the film. The 1,036 sq-ft house has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a basement. The reason the home is for sale is because the woman who lived there since the time of filming has recently died. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Rocky Balboa is the ultimate underdog -- and it appears that his home is one, too. The Philadelphia house featured in 'Rocky II' is up for grabs, and the price tag doesn't quite live up to its legacy. On sale for only $139,900, this quaint house can be found at 2313 South Lambert Street.
The 90-year-old residence is a two-story row house covering 1,036 square feet, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a basement. It's situated in a South Philadelphia neighborhood in walking distance of Girard Park. And it definitely doesn't hurt that it's been touched by a little bit of film magic. If you're interested in the home, take a look for yourself and click through our photos of the property, courtesy of Realtor.com.
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Do you have a home story idea or tip? Email us at homesubmissions@huffingtonpost. »
- The Huffington Post
Dancing on Ice series eight concluded with 6.69 million viewers last night, overnight data reveals.
The show's ratings have been underwhelming in comparison to previous series, but it still managed to collect an overall audience share of 24.5% between 7pm and 9pm.
ITV's Mr Selfridge bowed out with 5.32 million (21.3%), while earlier in the evening Manchester United and Chelsea's Fa Cup Quarter-Final picked up 5.33 million from 4pm.
On BBC One, Call The Midwife still proved to be Sunday night's biggest hit with 8.59 million (29.1%) from 8pm.
The period drama provided a strong lead-in for new BBC crime drama Shetland, which pulled in 6.37m (25.5%) at 9pm. Later in the evening, Match Of The Day was watched by 2.48 million (19.1%).
Channel 4's coverage of Crufts had an average audience of 1.64 million (7.19%) from 5.30pm, »
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-Internet and pre-cable TV 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The actor revealed to Shortlist that it's nearly impossible for any actor to remain as toned in real life as they are on the big screen.
[Sylvester Stallone in 'Bullet to the Head]
"Looking as ripped as I do on the Bullet to the Head film poster is a temporary situation - you can't maintain it," he explained.
The star then quipped: "When I first saw myself [on the poster] I thought, 'F**k, I look sickly!' I'm actually very smooth in real life."
Stallone also acknowledged that he has been very self-conscious about his body at times, especially as he's grown older.
© Rex Features / Action Press
"It got worse and worse, »
[Stallone murders a bad guy.]
Stallone sidekick (aghast): "You don't just kill a guy like that!"
Stallone (satisfied): "I just did."
This type of scene is ubiquitous in the Stallone canon; either a nobody supporting character serves up an alley-oop that Stallone confidently finishes (not unlike the above exchange) or Stallone delivers the gold by himself. Either way, we're all winners.
With so many cheesy lines, it was tough to choose just ten. But someone had to do it.
(Special thanks to this video for most of the material, even though its midpoint is unfortunately a creepy shot of Stallone's character in "Spy Kids 3D.")
10. 'Lock-Up' (1989)
The Scene: A guard at a prison threatens to rape Sly's girlfriend. In turn, bad things happen to the guard's genitals.
9. 'Cobra' (1986)
The Scene: »
- Nick Blake
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