18 items from 2016
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 »
- The Hollywood News
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. »
- Eric Kohn
Martin Carr reviews the third episode of The Strain season 3…
For fans of the book trilogy this is their episode. I say it because Quinlan remains a firm favourite of those who discovered The Strain, before television got their mucky little paws on the written word. What happens in and around those events this week unfortunately feel like window dressing, designed to pad out the main draw. Penry-Jones gets his moment in the sun and there are elements of Elephant Man and Rocky III as well as good solid writing. Such is the dramatic content of these moments that taking things elsewhere feels like a distraction.
In all fairness there is a culmination of events carried over from episode two, but ultimately you feel robbed of a truly Quinlancentric episode. Gus and Angel seem dropped in just to remind us they are still alive and well, while Setrakian and Fet merely continue their pursuit. »
- Amie Cranswick
[[tmz:video id="0_vryk0jdu"]] It was like a scene from "Rocky III" ... LeBron James walked into a Vegas club Monday night complete with his own marching band and fireworks -- and the crowd went insane! It all went down at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan hotel -- where the club hosted a Cavs championship celebration for King James. LeBron -- following his own party advice -- got on the dance floor and jammed out to Drake's "Forever." Not a bad »
- TMZ Staff
It’s only 117 days until Christmas. So if you’re struggling to figure out what to get that fanboy or fangirl in your life, we have the answer for you. It just might be a little costly Over the course of the next couple days, the website Invaluable.com is giving people the chance to own part of Hollywood history. Some Star Wars items up for auction include a Stormtrooper Blaster (current bid: $20,000), Luke Skywalker’s combat suit (minimum bid: $10,000) and an original Star Wars script signed by George Lucas (current bid: $15,000). For those into other types of movies and TV shows, they have that too. Marty McFly’s Mattel Hoverboard could be yours for as little as $40,000. Also available is Tom Cruise "Cole Trickle" racing helmet from Days of Thunder (minimum bid: $1,500) or the Wilma Flintstone dress, as worn by Elizabeth Perkins. That will only set you back $2,500 or so. »
- David Eckstein
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
Mike Huckabee is still paying for his failed presidential campaign. The former candidate has been ordered to pay $25,000 for using the Survivor hit song “Eye of the Tiger” at a political event last year without the band’s permission, CNNMoney reported. Huckabee played the triumphant song — best known as the theme for “Rocky III” — at a rally he held for Kim Davis, the controversial Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Also Read: Led Zeppelin Trial: 5 Reasons Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Won The Republican hopeful — who suspended his campaign on Feb. 1 — agreed to »
- Debbie Emery
Mr T's 1985 autobiography, The Man With The Gold, is jam-packed with tree-felling, door-smashing, people-throwing anecdotes...
“I live by the Golden Rule – the man with the gold rules.”
Mr. T. My lifelong hero. A man who has and thrown more “suckers” around than an octopus in a washing machine, and taught aviophobes everywhere that “I aint gettin’ on no plane” is a phrase that can be dished out with attitude.
But what do we actually know about this 80s legend besides the gold chains, Mohawk and fool-based catchphrases?
I suppose we could just trawl through the big man’s Wikipedia profile. It’s surprisingly extensive. But when we’re talking about a lyrical genius responsible for phrases like “I was on him like ugly on an ape” and “the entire place got quiet, so quiet you could hear a mosquito urinate on cotton”, it’s best to go straight to the source. »
It was eventful week on Fox’s Gotham, as Edward laid out an intricate trap, Bruce went to bat for Selina and Penguin got a fresh start.
RelatedGotham Renewed for Season 3 at Fox
I suspect the key to already renewed Gotham’s future success will be to keep its rotation of supervillains fresh — and Oswald/Penguin, though winningly personified by Robin Lord Taylor, has been at risk of overexposure (just as Fish had been one year ago, perhaps sealing her own fate, temporarily). So, yes, while it was heartwarming to see Oswald be welcomed into a new, cushy home »
In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…
Tito Santana vs. The Executioner
WWF Womens Title: Lelani Kai (C) vs. Wendy Richter w/Cyndi Lauper
Over the years, we’ve grown fairly used to WWE massaging certain ‘facts’ for their own benefit. »
- Jackson Ball
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Having posted various behind-the-scenes photos over the past few weeks, Vin Diesel has used his social media accounts to now post the first official still from the upcoming "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage". A shot of him and co-star Deepika Padukone holding knives to each other's throats, the film itself is still very much in production ahead of its release early next year. [Source: Facebook]
' Having just wrapped its second season run, there's a lot of talk right now with many wondering about the fate of ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter". Talking with IGN, Atwell says none of those involved will know if the show will be back either way until the network upfronts in May.
The recent second season has proven more critically acclaimed than the first, and the studio executives love it, but ratings have been decidedly underwhelming which has led »
- Garth Franklin
Creed was one of a select few movies last year that hit the sweet spot of both critical and commercial success. The hit spinoff of the beloved Rocky franchise scored a whopping 94% "Fresh" rating with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and it took in $173.2 million worldwide, from just a $35 million budget. During Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Oscars special last weekend, the late-night talk show host teamed up with Tracy Morgan and a slew of other stars to present the Creed parody "Clubber."
Anyone familiar with the Rocky franchise will surely remember the name Clubber, as in Clubber Lang, the ferocious fighter played by Mr. T in Rocky III. This spoof toys with the Creed concept, but instead of Apollo Creed's son coming to "Rocky" (Jimmy Kimmel), it's Clubber Lang Jr. (Tracy Morgan), who wants Rocky to train him. The spoof features a number of memorable cameos as well, including J.K. Simmons, »
It’s hard to think of a single person who didn’t love the hell out of Creed. Although Sylvester Stallone ultimately didn’t get his Oscar for the long-awaited Rocky spinoff, it’s abundantly clear that we have seen the beginning of a new franchise led by Michael B. Jordan. There’s only one real question left: where specifically will the Creed franchise go from here? According to a recent skit from Jimmy Kimmel Live, it will see Tracy Morgan as the son of another iconic Rocky opponent, Clubber Lang. Check it out below. Combining the comedic talents of Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Kimmel, the spoof aired during a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. In a similar fashion to last year’s Creed, the video shows the son of Mr.T's Clubber Lang from Rocky III – portrayed enthusiastically by »
His cause of death has not been disclosed, but his sister, Loretta Kelly, told the Michigan news site MLive that he had been hospitalized several times in the last year.
Burton played Tony “Duke” Evers alongside Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers in the franchise’s first six films. He retired from acting in 2007, the year after his final “Rocky” movie, “Rocky Balboa,” was released.
Weathers confirmed Burton’s death Thursday night on Twitter.
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) February 26, 2016
MGM, the studio behind the “Rocky” films, also paid tribute to Burton, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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 »
Directed by Ryan Coogler.
Like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the new entry in ‘The Rocky Legacy’ is punching the refresh button, with a new take on a traditional story. Ryan Coogler’s Creed, an underdog tale sharing the DNA of Rocky marks itself apart within minutes in the fully realized Adonis Johnson, expertly portrayed by Michael B. Jordan. Together with Stallone reprising his role, this ambitious, challenging new perspective adds to the fascinating Philadelphia world whereby men are built and broken by their boxing dreams.
With a release in the Us far ahead of this weekend’s UK date, Creed has been »
- Simon Columb
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
18 items from 2016
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