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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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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
For months I have been pointing at a John Cena heel turn knowing full well that such a thing is simply fantasy in this day and age. His being the face of the company and a role model to all the annoying kiddies watching WWE lately mean it is becoming harder and harder for big Vince to take that oh so desperate plunge into the shock value bin, regardless of whether the fans are screaming to boo him. It’s not that we don’t respect John and his image, far from it in my opinion; we just wish he was fresh again. WWE are currently celebrating Cena’s 10 years in the company, which is a grand accomplishment to be sure. Over that time though I would argue he has simply not changed. Of course he entered our living rooms at first as the ruthless aggression guy and then later »
- Chris Wood
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