12 items from 2014
Rocky is likely to be a Broadway success – so which of Sly's other films deserve the song and dance treatment?
Rocky is far from the first movie to be turned into a Broadway musical, but it might be the most unexpected. Ever since Sylvester Stallone and the Klitschko brothers announced their plan to inject Stallone's plucky underdog story with the requisite razzle-dazzle to make it fly on stage, the project has piqued curiosity like little else.
If the musical turns out to be a hit – and, judging by the superlative reviews it received when it debuted in Germany two years ago, it's likely – then the next step is already painfully obvious. Sylvester Stallone is a man who made five separate sequels to Rocky. The idea of restraint is completely alien to him. If people go and see a Rocky musical, he's bound to flood the market with musicals based on his other films. »
- Stuart Heritage
It seems like Hollywood churns out more and more sequels every year. Some of them, like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, are pretty great. Most are pointless retreads of the original, like Grown Ups 2 or The Hangover Part II. We remain cautiously optimistic about Dumb and Dumber To, though sequels that come out decades after the original are rarely great.
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Monuments Men. Is it New, Gentler Hollywood’s answer to The Dirty Dozen? Sadly, yes. Throughout film history, ticket buyers have demanded that their men be tough, strong, and human (except for the eighties but everyone was on cocaine back then, so we press on). Today Hollywood has determined that we want more. We still crave/need action heroes, just not recycled old ones. And in order to bring in the women, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and/or Matt Damon should ideally be involved.
Hey Hollywood, we need a new Dirty Dozen. You remember? That 1967 ensemble war movie notable that pretty much created the 70′s action genre with Average Scrawny, Tough Guy-type protagonists, such as Dirty Harry, Travis Bickle, Burt Reynolds and gave new life to a war genre diluted by hippie love and The Beatles.
Your dad will tell you that the original Dirty Dozen were criminals first, »
- jay royston
Former champion is dismissive of fights involving Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at London's Copper Box Arena
David Haye's temporary detachment from the scene mirrors the way his right biceps was ripped from its moorings in a freak training injury last year that pitched him into semi-retirement. It was an exit trailed by a chorus of derision from the sport's more cynical citizens.
Chief among the doubters was Tyson Fury, who returns to the ring in London on Saturday night but remains quietly livid that Haye's two late withdrawals from fights against him in 2013 left him seriously out of pocket, and briefly killed his ambition.
In the lead-up to his ticking-over bout against the American Joey Abell on the undercard of Dereck Chisora's trickier 12-rounder against Kevin Johnson at the Copper Box Arena, Fury gave Haye the full benefit of his vocabulary, a tirade best left to the imagination. »
- Kevin Mitchell
Feud Between Porn Giants Pornhub and Redtube Could End in Foxy Boxing Bring it on. By Kate Hakala As Emma, the Community Coordinator at free porn paradise Redtube, logged on to do her Reddit Ama, little did she know her open forum would be hijacked by none other than Katie, the Community Coordinator of rival smut site Pornhub. "How many dick pics do you get sent on a daily basis?" Katie taunted. "About as many as you," Emma fired back. To which, Katie said, "I don't get any, the internet knows better than to send me their dicks." As with all fun-loving sparring between two good-looking sexually liberated employees of giant porn companies, the feud immediately escalated to foxy boxing. After Emily posted a threatening picture of herself in boxing gloves (above), excited Redditors started picturing porn versions of Rocky IV, Jell-o-filled [...] »
- Kate Hakala
Fans can revisit one of the most popular film franchises of all time with the Rocky Heavyweight Collection debuting on Blu-ray February 11. This set includes all six movies - Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V and Rocky Balboa - along with three hours of bonus features including "8 mm Home Movies of Rocky," a new featurette narrated by director John G. Avildsen. If you need to make this a part of your collection, you're in luck, because we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win copies of this Blu-ray set. You better act fast because these prizes will be gone in a heartbeat.
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I have a confession to make: I have a secret obsession with the Cold War. My friend, a high school history teacher, and I will often discuss the space race, fallout shelters, and post-wwii conspiracies over beer, so the prospect of a psychological horror game set in the Soviet Union had me excited enough that it could be considered treason. I downloaded the first two chapters of In Fear I Trust, an episodically release game for iOS from Black Wing Foundation and Chillingo, and curled up with my iPad to have my Red itch scratched.
The game starts off rather beautifully, with your character signing up for a special Soviet program with a decidedly non-Russian sounding character. This inexplicable issue continues throughout the game, with all of these allegedly Soviet characters sounding more like Tony Soprano and less like Nicolai Volkoff. It’s a weird sticking point to have, but »
- Carl Lyon
Dolph Lundgren. Whatever that name means to you, he’s had quite the career since he first came onto the scene as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Now, almost 30 years later, Dolph is still around and still making movies. Some of them even with Stallone. This isn’t one of those. Instead, Lundgren stars in Battle […]
The post Dolph Is Back In This Trailer for ‘Battle of the Dammed’ appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Joe Gillis
Throughout the day, Fox and Empire magazine will unveil what we can only presume is the entire slate of characters from their forthcoming, unnecessarily convoluted superhero epic "X-Men: Days of Future Past." A total of 25 different covers to a new issue of the magazine will be revealed throughout the day (so keep coming back, please), each featuring a different mutant superhero. This is going to get wacky!
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" features a twisty-turny plot that involves both time travel and alternate dimensions, not to mention the casts from the original "X-Men" trilogy (which began with Bryan Singer's original 2000 film) and the younger, sexier cast of 2011's swinging sixties entry "X-Men: First Class." That means that both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy will be playing the same character in the same movie at different points in the space/time continuum. Should be pretty easy to figure out, especially »
- Drew Taylor
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51
Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...
Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.
Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.
There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year, »
Director: Peter Segal.
Running Time: 113 minutes.
Synopsis: Thirty years after their last encounter, two of boxing’s greatest rivals are coaxed out of retirement for one last fight. But will the ageing titans be up to the challenge?
Grudge Match wastes no time in nailing its colours to the mast. The opening sports-show montage detailing their historic rivalry uses promotional shots from Raging Bull and Rocky and is the first of many nods to those classic fight-films throughout. Make no mistake about it, this motion picture is proud to be ‘Raging Bull vs Rocky’. And all things considered, it’s about as good as it could be.
Sly plays Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp, a former champ who, upon retiring, went back to his blue-collar job. De Niro plays his nemesis Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen who, »
- John Sharp
Feature Nicholas Higton 14 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Action star, writer and director Sylvester Stallone gave an evening of anecdotes at the London Palladium on Saturday. Here's what went on...
Sylvester Stallone was on fine form as he entertained a near capacity crowd at London’s famous Palladium theatre last Saturday night. The evening was compèred by an excellent Jonathan Ross (here far removed from his usual television interview persona), who talked with Mr Stallone over the remarkable highs and lows of his film career to date.
Stallone spoke about his way into the acting world, performing in Death Of A Salesman while teaching physical education at a boarding school in Switzerland. Sly even sang a short duet with Jonathon Ross from the main theme of Paradise Alley, written by brother Frank Stallone, and impressed the audience with a quotation from Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors.
Discussing one of his most famous characters portrayed on the screen, »
12 items from 2014
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