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Selma star Tessa Thompson has joined the cast of Creed, the upcoming Rocky spin-off from director Ryan Coogler, which is set to reunite him with Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone will also feature in the cast, reprising the role of the now-retired Italian Stallion, as well as real life boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew.
The synopsis for Creed reads: “Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.”
- Gary Collinson
The sporting biopic is one that Hollywood loves to revisit. Whenever a studio is in need of a little cash they turn to the sports biopic. Over the years we have seen The Fighter, The Wrestler, Ali, Friday Night Lights, Rush, The Damned United and many, many more. And, although it may appear that we have more than enough sporting biopics, we all know that will not be the case. So which sporting achievements will be turned into movies in the future?
Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League success
English football club Liverpool were underwhelming the Premier League in the 2004/05 season – finishing a lowly fifth – yet somehow managed to win the Champions League, the biggest club prize in football. What makes Liverpool’s success worthy of Hollywood was the amount of comebacks that they had to undertake.
The first said comeback was against Olympiakos, who they needed to beat by two clear goals. »
- David Agnew
Part 2 of our two-part epic team up is also a dynamite episode that focuses on Oliver and his furthering journey to walk the line between himself and his vigilante alter ego. I’d be remiss not to mention the title cards this season, particularly with this crossover; brilliant work. The Arrow crew is hard at working tracking down their mysterious boomerang packing foe that eluded them in Central City (was he visiting some fellow Rogues? Time will most likely tell) and coming up short; but they did find out Argus is involved. This ties into the theme of the episode where we see Oliver being put through Guantanamo Bay training by Waller; he has to torture a man to get information about a hidden bomb in Hong Kong. His detainee informs him he needs conviction, a sentiment Oliver chimes to Barry »
- Jessie Robertson
Did you know ... Sylvester Stallone sparred with Real championship boxer Roberto Duran when he shot "Rocky II?"Well, he did ... and according to Sly -- Duran took him to school. Sly brought up the memory while talking about Bernard Hopkins out in Beverly Hills yesterday -- explaining why B-Hop is the "real" Rocky Balboa.But when we asked Stallone if he thinks he could spar with the 49-year-old champ, Sly told us he already learned »
- TMZ Staff
Fun-run organizers who are planning to retrace Rocky Balboa.s training steps from Rocky II have been forced to re-name their event after MGM threatened to sue. Rebecca Schaefer hails from Philadelphia, the setting for pretty much all of Rocky.s boxing trials and tribulations. She had been inspired by the work of a Philadelphia Magazine columnist after he had figured out the exact route that Sly took in the 1979 sequel as he trained to fight Apollo Creed for the second time. Schaefer decided to poetically name her event the "Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run." This is where MGM intervened, though. Apparently the film has already sponsored an official run, and the studio -- which owns the rights to the franchise -- decided to protest the name on trademark grounds. The Rocky Run is held on a yearly basis in Philadelphia. This year.s gathering will take place on Saturday, »
With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…
Question 8 The Expendables 3 »
- Gary Collinson
If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.
Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.
"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »
- Tim Hayne
The first five “Rocky” films starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa are scheduled to expire from Netflix’s streaming service as of July 1 — but after a one-month hiatus, will return on Aug. 1, according to a Netflix rep.
The MGM films include 1976′s “Rocky,” which won three Academy Awards: best picture, director for John G. Avildsen and film editing, as well as “Rocky II” (1979), “Rocky III” (1982), “Rocky IV” (1985) and “Rocky V” (1990). The sixth movie in the franchise, 2006′s “Rocky Balboa,” has not been available on the streaming service.
Asked why the films were rolling off, then returning, the Netflix rep said the the streaming service is “dynamic” and that the content lineup changes almost daily.
- Todd Spangler
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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
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