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On March 24th, 1975, struggling actor Sylvester Stallone spent his last few dollars to see boxing champ Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner. Thought to be an easy win, Ali surprisingly met his match: a career brawler who was having the fight of his life. Fifteen rounds and an Ali knockdown later, Wepner lost. But the scrappy no name fighter inspired Stallone, who emerged from a twenty-hour writing binge with a screenplay and an underdog character named Rocky Balboa.
The script quickly became a hot property in Hollywood, and several attempts were made to purchase it for stars like Burt Reynolds and Ryan O’Neal. But Stallone refused, knowing full well that no one could play the part like he could. Stallone eventually got his wish at United Artists, and under director John G. Avildsen, the rest became movie history. Released in 1976, Rocky was a global sensation, winning a Best Picture Oscar »
- Danilo Castro
Creed is the Rocky sequel you've always wanted. This spin-off, which finds the aging champ (Sylvester Stallone) training the son of Apollo Creed (Michael B. Jordan), has all of the humanity, grace, and tough beauty that makes the original film a masterpiece that endures to this day. It's easy to imagine many of the scenes in the film touching all the right nerves, becoming images we never forget. Not that the Rocky series is lacking in iconic moments. Tasked to select only 10 of them to celebrate the release of Creed, we had to do some pretty serious self-editing. This could have been a top 25. 10. Heavyweight Champion of the World (Rocky II) Rocky Balboa loses at the end of Rocky and it's rightfully one of the most famous conclusions in movie history...
- Jacob S. Hall
On Friday, one of the most shockingly great movies of the year opens in Creed, the sequel/spinoff to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky series. I’ll have a full on article about that one in a few days, but today I wanted to pay tribute to the franchise in a way by actually breaking down all of the films within it. Yes, I’ll be going from Rock to Creed, with everything in between, ranking them from best to worst. I did the franchise, so this will be a pleasure to me. Take a look, and remember, this is just how I see things, not necessarily the inarguable truth… Here now is how I would rank the films in the Rocky franchise. 7. Rocky V – The pretty much undisputed worst of the series, it’s the only one that even Stallone seems quick to forget about. It was an attempt to recapture the first one, »
- Joey Magidson
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I tell you to kiss my grits... "This kind of thing didn't work in Westerns, and it's not gonna work tonight." -Lou Howard Hawks' 1959 Western "Rio Bravo" didn't invent the idea of lawmen protecting a jail from outlaws looking to free one of their own. (After all, that trope's just a subset of the fort under siege premise that fueled so many Westerns.) But the movie was so entertaining(*) and so successful that Hawks and star John Wayne remade it twice more (as "El Dorado" and "Rio Lobo"), and it's served as inspiration to various unofficial remakes over the years, whether "Assault on Precinct 13," a recent episode of "Banshee," and tonight's crackling installment of "Fargo." (*) Even the musical interlude, designed to take advantage of the primary talents of Wayne's co-stars Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, is fun. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Since he was a boy, director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) has felt a connection to Apollo Creed. To motivate him before a game, his father would have him watch Rocky II. And that is what started his fascination with Apollo. And now, years later, it is those relationships, with both the fictional Apollo Creed and his own father, that inspired him to tell the story of Apollo's son, Adonis Creed, in Creed, the latest installment of the Rocky franchise. In this Fandango Movieclips...
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Academy Award-winning sound mixer Robert Alan (Bob) Minkler died of respiratory failure at home in Oregon with his wife, Patty, at his side on October 11. He was 78.
Minkler won his Oscar in 1978 for best sound on the first film in the “Star Wars” franchise.
In a Hollywood career that spanned two decades, he worked on such films as “Easy Rider,” “The Black Stallion,” “Bull Durham,” “Mask,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Rocky II,” “Hair” and “Tron,” for which he was Oscar-nominated along with his brother Lee Minkler and his nephew, three-time Oscar winner Michael Minkler.
Born in 1937 in Glendale, Calif., to audio pioneer Lee Darrell Minkler and Lorraine Jones Minkler, Bob spent many years as a musician and vocalist, touring with Nat King Cole for a time. He found his way back to the film business and began his career working alongside his brothers Donald Minkler and Lee Minkler.
He moved to Hawaii »
- Carmel Dagan
Oscar-winning sound mixer Robert Alan “Bob” Minkler died of respiratory failure Oct. 11 at home in Oregon with his wife Patty at his side. Minkler won his Oscar in 1978 for Best Sound on George Lucas‘ iconic sci-fi movie “Star Wars.” In a Hollywood career that spanned 20 years, Minkler worked on such films as “The Black Stallion,” “Easy Rider,” “Bull Durham,” “Mask,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Rocky II,” “Hair” and “Tron,” for which he was Oscar-nominated along with his brother, Lee Minkler, and his nephew, three-time Oscar winner Michael Minkler. Born in 1937 in Glendale, California to audio pioneer Lee Darrell Minkler »
- Jeff Sneider
Boxers and movie franchises have a lot in common, in that they both must decide when it's the right time to call it quits. Sports and movie fans alike have seen fighters and franchises that have continued past their prime, and it's never a pretty sight. After six successful movies, most fans thought 2006's Rocky Balboa would be the last time we'd see this iconic character on the big screen, but that all changed with the upcoming Creed, which extends the Rocky franchise while giving it a fresh spin. Warner Bros. has released a new preview, where even Sylvester Stallone himself admits that he thought his days as Rocky Balboa were all over.
Sylvester Stallone reveals that he had never thought about exploring a story focused on Apollo Creed's son, while producer Irwin Winkler also admits that he thought the franchise was over, until he heard about writer-director Ryan Coogler »
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »
- Shane Ramirez
Opening on November 25, 2015 comes the new film Creed. The film explores a new chapter in the Rocky story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
The films will be playing for one night at the B&B Wildwood 10! Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.
Rocky (1976) Synopsis:
- Movie Geeks
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
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-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 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
Remember the scene in the original "Rocky" ("Rocky II") when trainer Mickey makes Rocky chase around a chicken as part of his training, because, as Mickey told Rocky when he asked, "Chicken chasing is how we used to do it in the old days"? Well, it looks like Ryan Coogler's "Rocky" spin-off "Creed," which stars Michael B. Jordan and Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, might just include a similar scene - this time with older Rocky training the son of Balboa’s late rival (Apollo Creed), Adonis Creed. "It's how we used to do it in the old days," Rocky will probably say in reply when Adonis asks him why he's making him chase »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The term ‘hybrid’ has become increasingly debatable when discussing the divide between fiction and nonfiction, though it’s a rather apt description of the French artist Pierre Bismuth’s cinematic inquiry, Where is Rocky II? Perhaps best known for his Oscar winning collaboration with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry on the script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bismuth became obsessed with a fake rock, called Rocky II, that Ed Ruscha placed amongst its geological counterparts in the Mojave Desert around the release of the eponymous Stallone film in 1979. The pitch of Where is Rocky II?, Bismuth explained in an email, “is that a […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Yesterday action icon Sylvester Stallone delivered a half-time message encouraging fans attending the Everton v West Brom game at Goodison Park to cheer during the shooting of scenes for the upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, and now a video has surfaced online which features Sly practising his Scouse accent. It’s as bad as you’d expect. Check it out here…
Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, Apollo Creed, 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 Rocky spin-off Creed will be shooting tonight at the home of Everton, Goodison Park.
The football club revealed via Twitter that something for the movie will be shot during half-time of the Everton v West Brom game.
“I would like you to stay in your seats at half-time and keep any eye on the big screens for a very special guest to make a welcome return to Goodison Park. Be sure you make as much noise as possible – go absolutely nuts at half-time – to help us create a brilliant atmosphere. I have seen firsthand what kind of noise Evertonians create – it will be perfect for the scene.”
Remember to stay in your seats at Ht to star alongside @TheSlyStallone and @TonyBellew in the new ‘Rocky’ film. »
- Luke Owen
ABC cued up Galavant, its musical-comedy “extravaganza” on Sunday night. Did the first two episodes of the midseason series leave you whistling a happy tune?
Exec-produced by Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) and with music from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (Tangled), Galavant stars Joshua Sasse (Rogue) in the title role, as a knight whose armor loses its lustre after his lady love, Madelena (Mallory Jansen), gets kidnapped by — and then agrees to wed — the wealthy King Richard (Psych‘s Timothy Omundson).
18 items from 2015
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