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When Bismuth heard that the renowned artist had created a rock out of resin, named it Rocky II and deposited it somewhere in California’s Mojave Desert in 1976, he hired a private investigator and two Hollywood screenwriters to find it and construct their own theories about the mystery.
The film debuted at Hot Docs in Toronto earlier this year and opened Art Basel’s film programme last month with an exclusive screening.
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Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the new Heavyweight Champion of the world… Baby Balboa! Little Charlie Magilavy has captured the Internet's heart in a video showing the diaper-clad 2-year-old perfectly mimicking Rocky's famous training scene in Rocky II. "He's seen [the movie] like 60 or 70 times," Charlie's father, Zack Magilavy, tells People. "He watches it every other day." Magilavy uploaded the video to Facebook on July 6 and the clip has since received over 2 million views. Even Sylvester Stallone took to social media to pay his respect to the super-fan. "This kid makes me so proud that it touches A heart so young… Maybe »
- Rose Minutaglio, @RoseMinutaglio
“In anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you need a montage. Even Rocky had a montage.” The lyrics from the Team America: World Police song (which actually originated on South Park) don’t lie as every single Rocky film features a training montage where Sylvester Stallone is getting ready […]
The post Lol: A Baby Does the ‘Rocky II’ Training Montage, Will Knock You Out with Cuteness appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
When you're a parent and movie lover, you're inclined to share with your kids the movies that meant a lot to you growing up. Sometimes that's all kinds of different movies, and sometimes it's just Rocky II. All Rocky II, all the time. We're not sure just how many times this baby has watched the training montage from Rocky II, but they've seen it enough times to not only have all the moves memorized, and not only do them in sync with the movie, but to actually have pretty good form, too. This is a baby we would not want to get in the ring with. This baby is fierce. This baby wants to take Apollo out! Here's the full Rocky II training montage for you to compare. And next up, we want to see Baby Rocky take on the training...
- Erik Davis
When you're a parent and movie lover, you're inclined to share with your kids the movies that meant a lot to you growing up. Sometimes that's all kinds of different movies, and sometimes it's just Rocky II. All Rocky II, all the time. We're not sure just how many times this baby has watched the training montage from Rocky II, but the little one has seen it enough times to not only have all the moves memorized, and not only do them in sync with the movie, but to...
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Tony Burton was never the star of any of the Rocky films. He didn't get nominated for awards, didn't appear on the posters, and his character, Apollo Creed corner man Tony "Duke" Evers, wasn't even the most famous trainer of the series. (That would be either Burgess Meredith's Mickey, or, if we're counting Creed, Rocky himself.) But what Burton, who has died at the age of 78, gave the franchise was simple: Great, chill-inducing speeches, time after time after time. Sometimes, they could be quiet yet forceful, like his failed attempt to talk Apollo out of a Balboa rematch in Rocky II: or his pep talk to Rocky as the two men prepared to avenge Apollo's death at the hands of Ivan Drago: But when Burton had to crank up the volume, like Duke's adrenalized response to Rocky finally cutting the big Russian, holy cow: And then, of course, »
- Alan Sepinwall
More Best Picture Oscar winners have had sequels than you may think. This lot, in fact...
There’s still an element of snobbery where sequels to certain films is concerned. Whereas it’s now almost compulsory to greenlight a blockbuster with a view of a franchise in mind, it’s hard to think of most Best Picture Oscar winners being made with a follow-up in mind. Yet in perhaps a surprising number of cases, a sequel – or in the case of Rocky, lots of sequels – have followed.
These cases, in fact…
Followed by: The Road Back
Don’t be fooled into thinking sequels for prestigious movies are a relatively new phenomenon. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, and its brutal account of World War I, is still regarded as something of a classic. A solid box office success, »
Who came up with the idea that we're supposed to feel guilty about the films, TV shows and music that we like?
Every now and then, I emerge from the Den Of Geek shed and take a mooch around other websites and publications. I tend to like them a lot. There’s nothing to keep us and me on our toes more than seeing the wonderful work being done around the internet. Because there is lots of it.
There’s also, though, a breed of article I’m decreasingly keen on. Anything that starts with ‘x reasons why this will be that’, or ‘why so and so will suck’. The content of said articles may be great, but the whole approach tends to put me off.
Yet there’s nothing on guilty pleasures, a phrase that, to my mind, seems invented by playground bullies to try and »
It’s my opinion that Clubber Lang is easily one of the best if not the best sports movie villain of all time. And it got me thinking. Have there been any sports villain lists? Yeah, there have. There have actually been plenty. But I will admit this. I was one of the first. I wrote this back in 2008 and it still holds up today. Plus I think many lists still forget some key villains that I’ve included. And speaking of Rocky movies, was Apollo really a villain in Rocky? He was more of a villain in Rocky II. Definitely
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- Nat Berman
On Jan. 10, we'll find out if Sylvester Stallone takes home a Golden Globe for his role in the newest Rocky movie. Of course, Stallone's turn in the newest installment in the franchise is very different from all his previous rounds as the beloved character. It got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie, not best Best Actor, and it's not a Rocky movie, exactly: It's a Creed movie, and ostensibly the beginning of a new series of boxing epics. So yes, in the time since the first Rocky came out - 40 years ago this November - Rocky Balboa has had quite the journey, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
With “Creed” passing $100 million at the domestic box office, it’s safe to say filmmaker Ryan Coogler is off to the races. He had already established a vital voice with 2013’s “Fruitvale Station,” and now, as he wades into the shark-filled waters of a Hollywood career, holding onto that voice is more important than ever.
But he knows that. He’s incredibly talented, yes, but incredibly sharp when it comes to navigating this business. As a deep-dive supplement to our sidebar interview with the filmmaker this week, here’s a lengthy Q&A with Coogler addressing everything from his personal connections to the “Rocky” franchise, to the importance of diversity in the film business, to when it felt right to needle-drop what might be the most iconic film music ever.
The film is doing well. Congratulations!
Yeah. I’m happy people like it. That’s always nice, man. When you work so hard on something, »
- Kristopher Tapley
11 items from 2016
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