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Blu-ray Review – Paradise Alley (1978)

Paradise Alley, 1978.

Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Anne Archer, Frank McRae, Joe Spinell, Terry Funk, Frank Stallone, and Tom Waits.

Synopsis:

Three brothers in the slums of 1940s New York try to make their fortune by training the youngest sibling to become an underground wrestler.

After the success of Rocky in 1976 Sylvester Stallone was a hot property in Hollywood and was pretty much able to get any passion projects he wanted a green light, which is why between Rocky and Rocky II we got trucking federation drama F.I.S.T. and, more significantly, Paradise Alley. Significant because as well as writing it Stallone also directed it (and in true Little Britain style, also sang the theme tune), which marked his first time behind the camera, setting him up to direct Rocky II the same year, and also because despite sharing many themes and plot threads as Rocky,
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Creed 2 Release Date Announced

Creed 2 Release Date Announced
After months of speculation, Sylvester Stallone's Creed 2 now has an official release date of November 18th, 2018. Stallone has previously been cryptic about the follow-up, but he announced earlier this month that he will direct and produce the sequel that will see the return of star Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa's late friend and previous rival, Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as Creed's trainer and mentor in the upcoming continuation of the Rocky franchise, which has been eagerly awaited ever since there were rumblings of it officially happening.

Sylvester Stallone has been hinting at a 2018 theatrical release for Creed 2 over the last few months, even before the movie was greenlit. Taking a cue from Creed, the sequel will hit theaters right before Thanksgiving, on November 18th, 2018. MGM revealed the news. The release date will see the movie go toe
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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Rocky Creator Sylvester Stallone Will Direct Creed 2

Rocky Creator Sylvester Stallone Will Direct Creed 2
The pieces of the puzzle for Creed 2 are really starting to fall into place now. Sylvester Stallone recently finished writing the script for the movie and it looks like the sequel is going to start shooting February 2018. Now, we know who's going to be directing the next movie in the Rocky franchise and, in a somewhat surprising yet not surprising at all announcement, Sylvester Stallone has announced that he is going to direct the movie himself.

Many had assumed that, given the success of Creed, director Ryan Coogler would return. However, he's been busy filming Black Panther for Marvel and it looks like he's not going to be able to make it back for Creed 2 in time. So Sylvester Stallone, the man who built the Rocky franchise with his blood, sweat and tears, is going to step behind the camera once again and direct this thing. That means that Stallone is going to write,
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Sylvester Stallone to direct Creed 2

Having been working on the screenplay these past few months, Sylvester Stallone has now taken to Instagram to announce that he’ll be succeeding Ryan Coogler as director of the upcoming Creed sequel.

See Also: How Creed 2 can work, and the pitfalls it must avoid

Stallone does of course have plenty of experience behind the camera on the Rocky franchise, having directed Rocky II, III, IV and Rocky Balboa. The Creed sequel will see him returning to his iconic role alongside Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, while Dolph Lundgren is also confirmed as reprising the role of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. Filming is expected to get underway early in the New Year.
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Creed 2 Begins Shooting This February

Creed 2 Begins Shooting This February
Rocky and Adonis are finally coming back. And this time, they're bringing Ivan Drago with them. After a pretty long delay, work is finally getting underway for Creed 2, as the highly-anticipated sequel is set to begin filming in February of 2018. No director has been announced yet, but since Ryan Coogler should be done with his commitments to Black Panther by then, it seems likely that he'll return to helm the sequel.

The news comes to us courtesy of My Entertainment World and the site states that Creed 2 is slated to begin production on February 5, 2018, in Philadelphia. Not a whole lot more information was provided, but the side does provide a very brief synopsis for the sequel, which reads, "Adonis Creed tries to seek revenge when he goes toe to toe with the man who killed his father." Those of you who know the Rocky franchise know that means that Ivan
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Sequelitis!: The Necessary Disease Ravaging Hollywood

Remember 2011? Not a particularly memorable year, but some highlights stand out. That was the year Obama released his long form birth certificate, it was the year of a major tsunami hitting Japan, it was the year we got Osama bin Laden…it was also the year of 27 sequels.

27 Sequels!?!

Yeah, that sounds like a bad title to 26 Sequels, my favorite Cambodian/Peruvian film (sarcasm), but how crazy is that? Now, I want to point out that this year…it’s 30. That’s right, 30 sequels. This isn’t counting reboots mind you, or universe expanding films, this is the straight sequel. “We are carrying out the story from one onto the next, enjoy it.” That kind of sequel.

Before you grab your pitchforks and torches, and certainly before you start screaming: “Hollywood Has No Original Ideals! Booo, Protest! Hiss! Rabble Rabble,” you need to hear me out on this.

Sequels Are
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Five Movie Scenes Where Chickens Played a Big Role

Poultry usually only has one place in a film and that’s on the plate right before it gets devoured. In some films though it plays a different role largely because let’s face it, chickens can be very funny. Even if the chicken wasn’t the star of the film, it played a noticeable role that people tend to remember. In some films it was actually the most notable role of all. Here’s just a few films where chickens were a driving part of the scene and were remembered as a big part of the movie. Rocky II Rocky doesn’t look to

Five Movie Scenes Where Chickens Played a Big Role
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John G. Avildsen, Rocky and Karate Kid Director, Passes Away at 81

John G. Avildsen, Rocky and Karate Kid Director, Passes Away at 81
John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the iconic Rocky and also helmed all three Karate Kid movies, has passed away at 81. While no cause of death was revealed, the director's representative confirmed his death in Los Angeles today. The filmmaker leaves behind a lasting legacy of telling some of the best underdog stories ever put on film.

Variety confirmed the director's death with his rep earlier today, although no further details were given. It hasn't been revealed yet if there will be any sort of public memorial service for the filmmaker. The man was born December 21 1935, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, graduating from the prestigious Hotchkiss School and Nyu. He got his start in the movie business by serving as assistant director on movies helmed by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger.

The late filmmaker made his feature directorial debut in 1969 with Turn To Love, which he also served as the cinematographer on.
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John G. Avildsen, 'Rocky,' 'The Karate Kid' Director, Dead at 81

John G. Avildsen, 'Rocky,' 'The Karate Kid' Director, Dead at 81
John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, died Friday in Los Angeles following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Avildsen’s son Anthony confirmed the filmmaker's death to the Los Angeles Times, adding that Avildsen died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Avildsen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his work on 1976's Rocky. Like the titular boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, the film was an underdog itself: Despite a minuscule million-dollar budget, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning three Oscars
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Wamg Ranks The Rocky Films

One of the most beloved film franchises in Hollywood history – and arguably one of the best – is the Rocky franchise. After the original came out in 1976, fans could not get enough of the Italian Stallion and his brilliant and sometimes painful journey from zero to hero.

This weekend sees the release of Chuck, the story of small-time boxer Chuck Wepner, who in 1975 went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, and became the inspiration that led a young writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky.

Not only was Rocky a box office success, it went on to win 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for John G.Avildsen. It also led to 6 sequels that kept fans cheering for Rocky for nearly 40 years.

Clearly everyone has their favorite Rocky movie, but here is our ranking, in order of favorites, of the films in the Rocky franchise. So agree, disagree, or even better,
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Tribeca 2017 Interview(s): The cast and crew of ‘Chuck’

Rocky. Rocky II. Rocky III. Rocky IV….I could keep going and somehow we’ll end with Creed, but that doesn’t matter. What does, however, is who Rocky was inspired after, and what that man has to lay claim to fame.

Chuck Wepner is his name. He’s the man that went fifteen rounds in the ring with the man of the hour, Muhammad Ali. Chuck also happens to be the name of the new film coming out about his life in and out of the ring and show business. Directed by Philippe Falardeau (who had previously directed The Good Lie), the film stars Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner, Naomi Watts as Linda, Elisabeth Moss as Phyliss, Jim Gaffigan as John, and Ron Perlman as Al Braverman.

Of course, since this is a dramatic version of real life events, it wouldn’t be a film without having Sylvester Stallone
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New Trailer For ‘Chuck’: Liev Schreiber Plays Real-Life ‘Rocky’ In Boxing Biopic

Everybody knows the story of Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone’s downtrodden Philadelphia boxer who receives a one-in-a-million shot at the heavyweight title (which he doesn’t win until “Rocky II”). Yet few remember the story of Chuck Wepner, the real-life boxer who provided Stallone with the inspiration behind his 1976 Oscar-winner. That’s about to change thanks to “Chuck”, an […]
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Hulk Hogan Sent Three Stuntmen to Hospital Playing Thunderlips in Rocky III

I think we can all agree that Ivan Drago is far and away the greatest villain in all of the Rocky movies. Mr. T’s Clubber Lang is a very close second. Don’t get me wrong, Apollo’s Independence day outfit in Rocky and his smear campaign from Rocky II are amazing but it’s hard to even consider Apollo a villain when the two eventually became friends and were truly linked from the beginning. But there’s another pseudo villain in the Rocky films that everyone loves: Thunderlips. Played by Hulk Hogan, Thunderlips is a professional wrestler who’s been commissioned to do a

Hulk Hogan Sent Three Stuntmen to Hospital Playing Thunderlips in Rocky III
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Rotterdam reveals Bright Future selection

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Rotterdam reveals Bright Future selection
Exclusive: Iffr reveals lineup and jury for programme focused on emerging filmmakers.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) (25 Jan – 5 Feb) has announced the full line-up of its Bright Future programme, including the titles that will compete for the Bright Future Award.

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The competition for the Bright Future Award 2017 consists of sixteen debut films, including Chinese documentary Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts by Rong Guang Rong and Caroline Leone’s melancholy Brazilian road movie Pela Janela. Also competing are Belgian title Inside the Distance and German feature Self-Criticism Of A Bourgeois Dog.

The jury for the award will be made up of Italian film producer Marta Donzelli (Le Quattro Volte); Marleen Slot, Netherlands producer for Viking Film (Neon Bull) and chair of Film Producers Netherlands (Fpn); and Jean-Pierre Rehm, director of the French film festival Fid Marseille.

Outside of this competition, Bright Future also presents
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Which Rocky Movie Hits The Hardest?

From gaining dignity in defeat in the first movie to essentially averting nuclear war by toppling a Russian superman in the fourth, it’s certainly been an up and down journey for Rocky over the years.

Though a uniformly iconic series of films that generally land on the intensely emotional end of the spectrum or the so-bad-its-good guilty pleasure category, there can be no denying that some Rocky movies have been objectively better than others over the course of the franchise’s 40-year cycle.

In this article, we’ve attempted to rank the seven Rocky films currently in existence as fairly as possible in a bid to get readers in the mood to try out Playtech’s heavyweight Rocky slot machine. Essentially an amalgamation of the Italian Stallion’s best moments, you can read about the Rocky slot at Mobile Casino Man, but before you do that why not refresh
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Dolph Lundgren Helps Set the Record Straight on ‘Rocky IV’ — Fantastic Fest Video

Dolph Lundgren Helps Set the Record Straight on ‘Rocky IV’ — Fantastic Fest Video
While most of America was anticipating the historic showdown of Hillary vs. Donald, on Friday night in Austin, it all came down to Dolph Lundgren. At Fantastic Fest’s famous “Fantastic Feuds” event, a heated conversation about whether or not “Rocky IV” was the best boxing movie of all time was abruptly resolved when no less than the beefy action star himself — aka Russian villain Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” — walked through a curtain of smoke to set the record straight for good.

The crowd shrieked and hollered as an American flag waved in the ring. No, this wasn’t some ill-advised sketch comedy set envisioning a rally of redneck cinephiles supporting Arthouse Trump, but rather the essence of the silly-serious approach to movie fandom that Fantastic Fest uniquely conjures up.

The Alamo Drafthouse-hosted genre festival showcases edgy storytelling from around the world, but it also brings that sensibility to the ring.
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[Locarno Review] Where Is Rocky II?

It was around the time Pierre Bismuth won his Oscar as an original story creator on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that he stumbled upon an unknown work by Edward Ruscha via a BBC documentary. This tape captured the artist as he created a fake rock dubbed “Rocky II,” a fiberglass/resin creation that ultimately replaced “Rocky I” once it was proven unsuitable for longevity in the desert (having been manufactured from wheat paste). It’s a fascinating discovery—a piece by a renowned figure that nobody’s seen or even knows exists because it’s missing from his resume of work. So, posing as a journalist in 2009 to enter a Ruscha retrospective, Bismuth confronts the pop artist with the titular question of his feature debut: Where Is Rocky II?

Ruscha admits its existence, bidding Bismuth “good luck” in finding it. So of course he drops everything to do exactly that.
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Mongrel International to sell Locarno title 'Where Is Rocky II?'

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Mongrel International to sell Locarno title 'Where Is Rocky II?'
Exclusive: Charlotte Mickie and her Toronto-based team have acquired international sales rights to The Ink Connection’s ‘fake fiction’ feature ahead of its European festival premiere in Switzerland.

Pierre Bismuth directed and Gregoire Gensollen produced Where Is Rocky II?, which will screen in Locarno’s Fuori Concorso section.

The film follows the efforts of Bismuth, who wrote the story to Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, in tracking down a fabled and undocumented work of art by Ed Ruscha.

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.

It features
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2-Year-Old Perfectly Mimics Sylvester Stallone's Famous Rocky II Training Scene: 'He Watches It Every Other Day'

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2-Year-Old Perfectly Mimics Sylvester Stallone's Famous Rocky II Training Scene: 'He Watches It Every Other Day'
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
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