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‘Creed’-Inspired Change.Org Petition Successfully Trolls, Wins Internet

3 July 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

If you were wowed this week by the excellent first trailer for Creed, the upcoming Rocky spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan, you’re not alone. The story of how the son of Rocky’s rival/best friend/trainer Apollo (who died in 1985’s Rocky IV) becomes a boxer in his own right looks fantastic. But lost in the outpouring of praise is the fact that the mononym “Creed” already belongs to the now-defunct Christian/Alternative band led by Scott Stapp. Won’t someone think about… »

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Back to the Future turns 30: How the world looked in 1955, 1985 and 2015

1 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.

Has it really been 30 years since Back to the Future first arrived in cinemas? The '80s classic is one of those films that stands firm under repeat viewings, retaining its humour, heart and on-point performances from Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and co. Simply put, there isn't a frame out of place in Back to the Future.

Though Robert Zemeckis's film still feels as fresh as ever, the world has changed dramatically across the three main periods the Back to the Future series spans. Digital Spy digs deep into the history books to find out how the world looked in 1955, 1984, and where we are now.

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Marty sweeps to victory at the Oscars, winning for Best Picture, Director and Actor

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Creed: first trailer for the Rocky spin-off

30 June 2015 11:03 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's a sort of Rocky 7, as Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star in Creed. Here's the trailer...

Heading into cinemas at the end of the year is the sort-of continuation of the Rocky Balboa movie saga, Creed. In this one, the focus is on Michael B Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, going by the name of Adonis Johnson.

Adonis never had a chance to meet his father, although if he digs out a disc of Rocky IV then he gets to see the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world turned into mincemeat by the priceless Ivan Drago. Whether he watched his Rocky boxset or not, Adonis has the boxing bug, and convinces Rocky Balboa himself - that'd be the returning Sylvester Stallone - to be his trainer. Thus, it seems we're back adhering to the Rocky template.

Ryan Coogler is directing this one, from a script he penned with Aaron Covington, »

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Watch The New Trailer For Creed Starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan

30 June 2015 7:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© 2015 Metro-goldwyn-mayer Pictures Inc. And Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher

Michael B. Jordan is Adonis Johnson and Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa in Warner Bros. Pictures’, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama Creed.

The original Rocky was released in December 1976. The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million and shot in 28 days, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts becoming the highest grossing film of 1976 and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. It is still one of the greatest Best Picture wins in Academy history!

In addition to the series of films, there was also a Broadway musical – Rocky Broadway.

Listen to Bill Conti’s iconic score here.

If you aren’t already sobbing over the trailer, you will be over the final talk between Rocky and Apollo Creed in this clip from Rocky IV.

The film »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Creed’ First Trailer Gives ‘Rocky’ Franchise New Life

30 June 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first trailer for “Creed,” the seventh Rocky Balboa film, has hit the Web, but this time, it’s Michael B. Jordan who dons the boxing gloves.

“Fantastic Four” star Jordan plays the son of Balboa’s arch nemesis-turned-friend Apollo Creed, who was played by Carl Weathers in the first four “Rocky” films. Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone, even appears in the trailer as the iconic athlete, becoming a mentor for Jordan’s character, Adonis — much like Burgess Meredith’s Mickey served as a mentor to Balboa.

There’s plenty of callbacks to previous films in the franchise, including Jordan running around Philadelphia in a black beanie and grey sweats. Adonis Creed reveals he never met his father, who died in “Rocky IV,” but he does don patriotic trunks in the ring, just like Weathers’ character did.

Dear White People” star Tessa Thompson co-stars as Creed’s love interest, and can »

- Alex Stedman

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Songs on Screen: 'Streets of Fire's Lost Masterpiece 'I Can Dream About You'

25 June 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here.  When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill.  Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies.   In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill."  Some great.  Some solid.  (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.)  There were clunkers »

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'WWE Raw': Laughing All the Way to the 'Bank'

9 June 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Whether it's 3Mb (R.I.P.) hitting Bourbon Street to bring the rock or Dean Ambrose taking Seth Rollins' Heavyweight Championship belt on an Instagram tour of the French Quarter, WWE loves to make New Orleans a character in its own right when descending upon the Crescent City. In fact, they may as well have entered New Orleans as a final participant in Sunday's Money in the Bank ladder match, since it's already a fairly unwieldy affair.

But then, all that would have taken away from the surprise of Kofi Kingston not winning. »

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9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo

6 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films »

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9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo

6 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films »

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

23 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Ivan Dragon to get his own Rocky spin-off?

16 May 2015 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Could a Rocky Balboa shared cinematic universe be on the cards?

We already know that Sylvester Stallone is set to return to the role of the Italian Stallion as mentor to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis (son of Apollo) Creed in Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Creed, and now TotalRocky has word that an Ivan Drago spin-off could be in the works.

The site reports that a screenplay entitled Drago has been filed with the U.S. copyright office, which is based upon Rocky’s nemesis in the 1985 sequel Rocky IV, played by Dolph Lundgren. Based upon an earlier script entitled Communist Boxing Redemption Movie, the new version would see Ivan Dragon fighting his way through prison en route to a confrontation with world heavyweight champion Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon (played by Antonio Tarver in Rocky Balboa) in order to save his mafia boss brother.

The script for Drago has been penned by Andrew LeMay, »

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Exclusive Video Interview: Dolph Lundgren And Tony Jaa Talk Skin Trade

7 May 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Skin Trade unites two very different kinds of action stars, which makes for a pretty exciting ride. In one corner we have Dolph Lundgren, a veteran of the genre who has appeared in classics like Rocky IV, Universal Soldiers and The Expendables trilogy. In the other corner we have Tony Jaa, the Thai martial artist who starred in the Ong Bak trilogy and had a memorable supporting role in Furious 7

Lundgren, who also wrote and produced Skin Trade, stars as Nick Cassidy, a New Jersey detective intent on shutting down a human trafficking network run by Serbian mobster Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman). But after shooting Viktor’s son, Nick finds his life left in ruins after his wife and daughter are killed as revenge.

Looking to settle the score, he travels to Thailand to find Viktor and take him out for once and for all. In the process though, »

- Ben Kenber

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Dolph Lundgren Talks His and Channing Tatum's Roles in the Coens Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!'

7 May 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Even a Swedish brute like Ivan Drago -- ahem, Dolph Lundgren -- understands that when you're offered a role in a Coen brothers film, you don't turn it down, even if you feel you might be just a tiny bit out of place. "The casting was a bit of a shocker. They called me out of nowhere a few months ago," tells Lundgren of his small role in the Coens' next film, Hail, Caesar! "I'm a huge fan of theirs and I never expected to be in any Coen brothers movies, but I guess I am!" The quotes come from a recent interview with Creative Screenwriting, in which Lundgren speaks mostly of his upcoming film Skin Trade, which he wrote, but also informs us a bit about his experience on the set of the Joel and Ethan Coen's latest project. "It's a movie set in the 1950s called Hail, »

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Contest: Win Tickets To See Skin Trade In Los Angeles

5 May 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren come from very different camps within the action genre. Weaned on a diet of martial arts before making his breakout in high-octane fighting series Ong Bak, the former is among some of the best fighters to break into Hollywood. On the other hand, Lundgren is best known for his role as the unyielding man-mountain Ivan Drogo in Rocky IV, before flexing his muscles alongside his genre contemporaries Stallone and Schwarzenegger for The Expendables franchise.

Fast forward to 2015 and the fresh-faced Jaa is set to team up with the action stalwart for Ekachai Uekrongtham’s Skin Trade, a hard-boiled thriller that puts them in pursuit of Ron Perlman’s elusive Serbian mobster.

Due to premiere in Los Angeles tomorrow, Wednesday 6, there’s a buzz of excitement for the arrival of Uekrongtham’s actioner, and We Got This Covered has 5 pairs of tickets to give away to our readers. »

- Michael Briers

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

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CinemaCon 2015: WB Debuts Creed, Black Mass, Vacation & More

22 April 2015 1:03 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You’ve got to give it to Warner Bros., they don’t mess around. Not content to bring out the stars from a couple of its biggest upcoming hits, the studio managed to corral the leads from almost all the films on its slate, parading A-listers through the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum like so many cocktail waitresses. But among all the many exciting properties on display, the one that most impressed was a first look at the MGM co-produced CreedRyan Coogler’s Rocky spin-of.Walking on stage accompanied by stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Coogler described how this very personal film sprang from his relationship with his own father. Starring Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of Carl Weathers’ Apollo, who died fighting Ivan Danko (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV, the film is the story of a boy born into boxing royalty but who wants to earn his »

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23 specially-shot movie teaser trailers

21 April 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Psycho to Jurassic Park, here are 23 teaser trailers that don't show a frame of footage from the movies they're advertising...

These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.

But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »

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Ross Gallichotte Dies at 63; Art Director Worked on Universal Theme Parks

20 April 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Art Director and set designer Ross Gallichotte died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, Calif. on April 7. He was 63.

He was one of five architects who designed Universal’s theme park in Japan, and he was the architect for the New York street location in the Florida theme park and also worked as architect and set designer at the studio’s theme parks in Malaysia and California.

He worked for Stephen J. Cannell Productions for many years and also for Aaron Spelling Productions.

His credits as art director include television series “Hunter” and “The Father Dowling Mysteries.” As a set designer he worked on the films “Red Dawn” (1984), “Fright Night” (1985), “Rocky IV” (1985), “Over the Top” (1987) and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006) as well as on the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Gallichotte is survived by his parents; four brothers; and a sister. A date »

- Variety Staff

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Sylvester Stallone Shows Up In A New Creed Image

14 April 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There have been a couple of pictures out in the world from Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spin-off Creed, but this must be considered the... um... money shot? Point your eyes towards the image above of Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan training in the boxing ring.Written by Coogler and Aaron Covington, Creed follows the exploits of Adonis Creed (Jordan), the grandson of Apollo, who met a bloody, fist-driven death at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. While Adonis never knew his grandfather, he feels the fire of the boxer coursing through his veins and heads to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky Balboa (Stallone).Hoping that Rocky will train him, Adonis battles through the older fighter’s insistence that he’s out of the game, and Rocky sees the strength and determination of his fierce rival and, later, closet friend in the young man. Reluctantly agreeing to help him out, »

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‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed’ First Look Features Sylvester Stallone Training Michael B. Jordan (Photo)

14 April 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sylvester Stallone has given “Rocky” fans the first look at upcoming spinoff “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan. The photo shows Stallone in character as Rocky Balboa training the grandson of his fellow boxing alumnus, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who was permanently knocked out by Russian boxer Ivan Drago during an exhibition match in “Rocky IV.” “Creed,” which is currently shooting in Philadelphia, is being directed by Ryan Coogler, who caught Hollywood’s eye in 2013 when he wrote and directed “Fruitvale Station.” Jordan played the lead role in the film, which was based on the real-life story of Oscar Grant, who was. »

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