10 items from 2014
When it comes to would be blockbusters, spring is now seen as just as viable a time to unleash the oversized spectacle most associate with movies released in the summer months. Last month we got things like "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Noah," movies stuffed to the gills with movie starts, sophisticated special effects, and the kind of budgets that could rescue the economies of most third would nations. The latest in the springtime frenzy is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," that stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a wimpy kid who, during World War II, is injected with a super soldier serum that turns him into an agreeably square super-soldier.
In the sequel, set in the modern day, Cap is dealing with the moral nebulousness of the current intelligence programs and, of course, the fact that he's »
- Drew Taylor
Spending nearly 70 years in a deep freeze has meant that Marvel's first Avenger Captain America has missed out on a lot when it comes to social and cultural change.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Steve Rogers's third big screen outing, but he's still struggling to acclimatise to these new surroundings. The disconnection is played for laughs in the sequel's opening moments when Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson presents Steve with a 'to-do' list.
The things he needs to catch up on are:-
Berlin Wall (Up + Down)
Steve Jobs (Apple)
Star Wars / Trek
Rocky (Rocky II?)
What? No Beatles, The Godfather or Breaking Bad?!
Digital Spy spoke to Captain America stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Samuel L Jackson, and directors James Russo and Anthony Russo to quiz them on the list and »
Today is a very busy day. For starters, it’s Throwback Thursday. But it’s also the first day of spring and, wait for it, National Proposal Day! So, it only seemed fitting that I kill two birds with one stone — I refuse to celebrate spring until it’s warm outside — and throw it on back to my favorite movie/TV proposal of all time.
If asked, most women can tell you at least a little something about their dream proposal. Maybe there’s a path of rose petals involved, or perhaps they’re a fan of the sporting event jumbotron. »
- Samantha Highfill
Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02
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. »
Rocky is likely to be a Broadway success – so which of Sly's other films deserve the song and dance treatment?
Rocky is far from the first movie to be turned into a Broadway musical, but it might be the most unexpected. Ever since Sylvester Stallone and the Klitschko brothers announced their plan to inject Stallone's plucky underdog story with the requisite razzle-dazzle to make it fly on stage, the project has piqued curiosity like little else.
If the musical turns out to be a hit – and, judging by the superlative reviews it received when it debuted in Germany two years ago, it's likely – then the next step is already painfully obvious. Sylvester Stallone is a man who made five separate sequels to Rocky. The idea of restraint is completely alien to him. If people go and see a Rocky musical, he's bound to flood the market with musicals based on his other films. »
- Stuart Heritage
Fans can revisit one of the most popular film franchises of all time with the Rocky Heavyweight Collection debuting on Blu-ray February 11. This set includes all six movies - Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V and Rocky Balboa - along with three hours of bonus features including "8 mm Home Movies of Rocky," a new featurette narrated by director John G. Avildsen. If you need to make this a part of your collection, you're in luck, because we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win copies of this Blu-ray set. You better act fast because these prizes will be gone in a heartbeat.
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Review Duncan Bowles 24 Jan 2014 - 06:41
Stallone and De Niro come face to face (again) in Grudge Match. Here's our review...
When Rocky Balboa hit cinema screens back in 2006, there was an incredible amount of cynicism attached to Sylvester Stallone’s return to the cinematic franchise that catapulted his career to super stardom. For many there was easy mileage in making jokes about Stallone’s advancing age, or in accusing him of cashing in on an old brand in a desperate attempt to have one final box office hit, yet his love of the character and the sheer determination to write and direct a glorious last hurrah for the beloved Balboa (well, apart from the upcoming TV series Creed) worked and worked well.
Frighteningly, it’s now been eight years since Sly’s last big screen boxing opus, but he’s proved that punching the living daylights out of things »
Feature Nicholas Higton 14 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Action star, writer and director Sylvester Stallone gave an evening of anecdotes at the London Palladium on Saturday. Here's what went on...
Sylvester Stallone was on fine form as he entertained a near capacity crowd at London’s famous Palladium theatre last Saturday night. The evening was compèred by an excellent Jonathan Ross (here far removed from his usual television interview persona), who talked with Mr Stallone over the remarkable highs and lows of his film career to date.
Stallone spoke about his way into the acting world, performing in Death Of A Salesman while teaching physical education at a boarding school in Switzerland. Sly even sang a short duet with Jonathon Ross from the main theme of Paradise Alley, written by brother Frank Stallone, and impressed the audience with a quotation from Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors.
Discussing one of his most famous characters portrayed on the screen, »
On Saturday the celebrated London Palladium played host to a true Hollywood heavyweight. Following a week in town doing the publicity rounds for new comedy Grudge Match, an enthusiastic and energised Sylvester Stallone took to the stage to chat about his life and career in an evening which proved to be inspiring as expected. Stallone’s incredible success really is the embodiment of the American Dream, and very much reflects the rags-to-riches, going the distance world of his most famous creation and the character which put him on the road to international success, Rocky Balboa.
After a brief montage of his work, Stallone arrived to great fanfare, accompanied by (surprise, surprise) Bill Conti’s iconic Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. Relaxed and loose, the actor had an easy rapport with the audience of dedicated fans, and his jovial, good-natured journey through his life and filmography was part amusing reminiscences, part self-help-style anecdotal wisdom. »
- Adam Lowes
A kind of hopelessness had set in at the Golden Globe viewing party hosted by Fox on Sunday night. The mood only got worse and worse as the show went on. The overall sense going into the ceremony was that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were not major fans of Fox Searchlight’s harrowing 12 Years a Slave.
Still, there were a few chances … all of them lost. Almost.
- Anthony Breznican
10 items from 2014
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