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Short Film Reviews – Guerrilla, Paper Kids and American Virus

23 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe reviews Shane Ryan’s Guerrilla, Paper Kids and American Virus

Independent American film-maker Shane Ryan, has tended to court a degree of controversy throughout his career. He’s directed a number of features, and shorts. A common strand running through them is a recurring theme of isolation, of being an outsider, and the dark corners that can lead to. His style is involving without being intrusive. That being said, his most high-profile films remains a trilogy titled Amateur Pornstar Killer. The title says it all. The films were shot for next to nothing, but they were picked up and released. In fact on auction sites, out of print copies of the DVD sell for figures vastly higher than the budgets to shoot them. They’ve been called glorified snuff, trash, but on the other side of the coin they’ve found themselves (and indeed Ryan as a film-maker »

- Amie Cranswick

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11 Hilarious Remixes of Sam Tarly’s ‘Soup and Poop’ Montage from ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)

19 July 2017 5:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While everyone else in Westeros is dourly assessing how they’ll fight various wars, the Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” found Samwell Tarly working the early days of training to be a maester. The montage of Sam serving soup and cleaning poop was both hilarious and gross, and has inspired the Internet to create all sorts of remixes. Here are a few of the best. 11. “Rocky IV” montage The “Rocky” films are packed with classic montages, making them pretty good inspiration for a Samwell remix. This one borrows the song “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty from “Rocky IV.” Watch it here. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Female Fight Squad Arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand August 8th

18 July 2017 11:27 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The exhilarating action film Female Fight Squad comes out swinging on DVD at Walmart, Digital HD, and On Demand August 8 from Lionsgate. Dolph Lundgren and Amy Johnston lead the action-packed story of a former fighter who returns to the secret world of illegal combat in order to save her sister and confront the club’s deranged leader. Loaded with exciting mixed martial arts battles and amazing stunts, the Female Fight Squad DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

A former fighter (Amy Johnston) reluctantly returns to the life she abandoned in order to help her sister survive the sadistic world of illegal fighting and the maniac who runs it.

Check out this exciting trailer:

Cast

Amy Johnston             DeadpoolSuicide SquadLady Bloodfight

Cortney Palm              ZombeaversSushi GirlTourbillon

Sean Farris                 Never Back Down, Yours, Mine & Ours

and Dolph Lundgren   The Expendables franchise, Rocky IV, »

- Tom Stockman

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Rambo Reboot: Sylvester Stallone Won’t Be A Part Of First Blood, Eyeing 2018 Start For Creed 2

17 July 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Similar to how Harrison Ford has circled back to portray a number of famous roles from yesteryear (see: Blade Runner 2049, Indiana Jones 5), Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone is no stranger to indulging in a little nostalgia from time to time, too – even if that nostalgia takes on the form of a tongue-in-cheek ensemble movie in the vein of The Expendables.

Case in point: Creed, Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spinoff movie that took that fundamental underdog story, slapped on a new lick of paint, and delivered a powerful, moving boxing film revolving around one Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan).

Balancing the old with the new, Coogler’s hard-hitting drama still made room for Stallone’s Rocky Balboa, who assumed the role of a mentor/father figure to coach the young, unrefined Adonis into a bona fide world beater. That arc will continue through the release of Creed 2, which is expected »

- Michael Briers

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Sylvester Stallone says he has no involvement with Bollywood Rambo remake

17 July 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in May it was announced that filmmaker Siddharth Anand and martial arts expect Tiger Shroff are teaming up for an official Bollywood remake of First Blood, which is set to begin production in 2018 under the title of Rambo [take a look at the teaser poster here].

Amid rumours that Sylvester Stallone will be involved with the production, the action icon has spoken to Deadline to clarify that  “any involvement in Tiger Sharoff’s Rambo is not happening, under any circumstances” although he has nothing against the project, and “I wish them well on their own.”

Stallone had ambitions to reprise the role of John J. Rambo for a fifth movie, Rambo: Last Blood, although the project failed to materialise. He was also linked to a Rambo TV series which would have paired the Vietnam veteran up with his son, but declined to get involved, leaving the show dead in the water.

Meanwhile, back in October of last year, »

- Gary Collinson

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Brigitte Nielsen Joins ‘Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets’ Series, Replacing Actor Busted for Child Porn (Exclusive)

14 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brigitte Nielsen has been cast in “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets” superhero-themed TV action series, taking over the villain role vacated by Mark Salling, who was indicted last year for receiving and possessing child pornography.

Shankar, who is independently producing the half-hour show, told Variety that Nielsen plays a “modified version” of Salling’s character. The director re-shot scenes with the Danish-born thesp earlier this month and said “Gods and Secrets” is now in post-production.

“I just kind of reached out to her,” Shankar said, saying he’s been in touch with Nielsen ever since he was trying to put together an all-female movie adaptation of “The Expendables” five years ago.

Nielsen’s casting in “Gods and Secrets” was confirmed by her rep at Henderson Represents Inc. She’s perhaps best known for her turns in ’80s movies “Rocky IV,” “Red Sonya” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.”

Re-shooting the scenes with Nielsen required bringing back other »

- Todd Spangler

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Cars 3 review

13 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

By not hugely popular demand, Pixar makes a third Cars film. It turns out to be an improvement on the last one...

Pixar’s least-vital series of films now brings us what, on the surface, is something of a trilogy closer. It’s also a course correction of sorts. Cars 3 heads back to the safer ground of the original Cars film, rather than exploring the kind of global espionage feature that the really not very good Cars 2 opted to venture towards. You’d hardly accuse the new film of taking much in the way of a risk, but it does at least offer a more satisfying end result.

This time, Lightning McQueen – voiced once again by Owen Wilson – is coming to the end of his career. He’s still racing, but when more experimental, cutting edge racers start overtaking – primarily Jackson Storm, the sort-of foe of the film »

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Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: Ivan Drago might actually be in Creed 2

6 July 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Ryan Coogler’s Creed was much better than anyone really predicted, which means it’s pretty much guaranteed to get a sequel at some point—even if Coogler doesn’t come back. Naturally, Sylvester Stallone couldn’t be happier about the idea of a sequel, and last January he even offered up some suggestions about where the sequel should go, including a possible fight between Michael B. Jordan’s character and “a more ferocious, big Russian.” The implication there was that Stallone would like Creed 2 to include a nod to Dolph Lundgren’s Rocky IV villain Ivan Drago, who killed Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed.

We haven’t heard much about a possible Creed sequel since then, but now Stallone has taken to Instagram to talk about Creed 2 so overtly that he’s either spoiling some big news or he’s trying way too hard to get people to »

- Sam Barsanti

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Movie News: See Sylvester Stallone Tease 'Creed 2' in Russia; 'Close Encounters' Returns to Theaters

5 July 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Creed 2: Sylvester Stallone shared an image depicting himself watching Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) from Rocky IV facing off against Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) from Creed. We previously heard that a Creed sequel is on its way, though it's been delayed. Stallone suggested: “You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian … And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America." [Instagram]   Here's a chance to stretch your imagination ... History Will Always Repeat Itself In One Form Or Another, Just Got To Be Ready! ... Sins of the Father.... #creed2 # agentnickyc #rockybalboa A post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Jul 2, 2017...

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- Peter Martin

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Movie News: See Sylvester Stallone Tease 'Creed 2' in Russia

5 July 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Creed 2: Sylvester Stallone shared an image depicting himself watching Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) from Rocky IV facing off against Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) from Creed. We previously heard that a Creed sequel is on its way, though it's been delayed. Stallone suggested: “You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian … And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America." [Instagram]...

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‘Creed 2’: Sylvester Stallone Hints at Ivan Drago’s Return

4 July 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re curious what form “Creed 2” might take on, consider visiting Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram for a few clues. The actor, who received an Academy Award nod for his performance in the 2015 “Rocky” spinoff directed by Ryan Coogler, has posted a photoshopped picture in which Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) appears next to Ivan Drago of “Rocky IV” with an intriguing caption.

Read More: Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to ‘Rocky’ Director John G. Avildsen: ‘You Will Soon Be Directing Hits in Heaven’

“Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination … History Will Always Repeat Itself In One Form Or Another, Just Got To Be Ready! … Sins of the Father…. #creed2,” Sly wrote. What exactly that means is a matter of debate, but it certainly seems to suggest that young Adonis may find himself facing off against the man who killed his father in the ring — or perhaps even »

- Michael Nordine

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Creed 2 To Bring Back Ivan Drago?

4 July 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

A couple years back, we saw the return of Rocky Balboa and the spirit of the boxing underdog with the film Creed. While a start to its own series, it also served as a seventh film in the ongoing Rocky saga, with Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Italian Stallion serving as a supporting character to Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s old friend, Apollo Creed. The film was a resounding success on all fronts, both as a boxing movie and an emotional rollercoaster, but fans were left wondering what we would be getting from an inevitable sequel.

Time has passed, and while audiences haven’t forgotten about the need for a sequel just yet, it’s been a hot minute since Creed has been a part of a conversation. Well, Sly Stallone took to Instagram to remedy the situation. In the instagram post, we see a photoshopped picture of Adonis »

- Joseph Medina

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Sylvester Stallone hints at Creed 2 plot

4 July 2017 5:26 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

When Creed dropped back in 2015 it could have gone oh-so-badly for the Rocky spin-off. But with a return to the roots of what made the southpaw from Philadelphia great a thirst for more screen time for the son of Apollo Creed couldn’t have been more prominent.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Interview on Creed

So with a Creed 2 already announced, Sylvester Stallone has been leaving subtle little hints on his social media accounts over the possible future route Creed 2 could be taking in its next battle with a nod and a wink to that fateful ding dong with the Russian Drago. Cleverly photoshopping the image of Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed in a face off against the man who killed his father, Stallone has well and truly set the tongues wagging.

It looks as though Stallone has hinted at the storyline in a previous post which has past most by, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Creed 2: How will a Russia-baiting Rocky sequel play in Trump's America?

4 July 2017 4:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sylvester Stallone has hinted that the Creed follow-up will hark back to the Cold War conflict of Rocky IV. But can it match up to the real-world Russia-us drama?

If you’re not following Sylvester Stallone on Instagram, you really should. Not only is he a leading proponent of overcooked eagle-and-flag patriotism as well as kitten pics, but the man also has some undeniable Photoshop skills.

Case in point: Stallone recently posted a picture of Adonis Creed in the boxing ring, facing a Rocky IV-era Ivan Drago while a behatted Creed-era Rocky Balboa looks on from the ropes. It is, by all accounts, something.

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- Stuart Heritage

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Creed 2: Sylvester Stallone drops hint at Rocky IV link

3 July 2017 10:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It might be a long shot, but Sylvester Stallone has dropped a Rocky IV hint on his social media account for Creed 2...

Spoilers for Rocky IV lie ahead

There might be something to this, this might just be Sylvester Stallone messing around. But when he starts referencing Rocky IV, we feel honour-bound to sit up and pay attention.

Stallone is one of those developing Creed 2, that’ll see Michael B Jordan reprise the role of Adonis Creed. Adonis is the son of Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies of course, and Apollo’s life was brought to an end in the ring, in a fight with Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago.

With that in mind, take a look at this new post from Stallone, that he’s made to his Instagram account…

Here's a chance to stretch your imagination ... History Will Always Repeat Itself In One Form Or Another, »

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Creed 2 Story Inspired by Rocky 4, Will Ivan Drago Return?

3 July 2017 5:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has been talk of a Creed sequel ever since the original Creed movie hit theaters in November 2015, and now it finally may be happening. Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram recently to share a number of behind-the-scenes photos from Rocky IV, featuring the actor/director along with Dolph Lundgren as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago and Carl Weathers as the iconic Apollo Creed, the father of Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed from the 2015 spin-off. While we haven't heard much about Creed 2 lately, it seems Sylvester Stallone could be teasing that Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago will return to fight Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed. Here's what Sylvester Stallone had to say in a cryptic photo, which had been altered to show Adonis Creed squaring off with Ivan Drago, with Stallone's Rocky Balboa in the background.

"Here's a chance to stretch your imagination ... History Will Always Repeat Itself In One Form Or Another, »

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Sylvester Stallone teases Creed 2 and a potential Ivan Drago connection

3 July 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

"I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!" Rocky Balboa's cheesy yet touching speech brought Rocky IV to a close, but apparently not everyone can change if Sylvester Stallone's tease for the upcoming Creed sequel is any indication. Stallone has spent the past week posting images of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren)... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Sylvester Stallone Teases ‘Creed’ Sequel That Connects To ‘Rocky IV’

3 July 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It didn’t take long after the release of “Creed” for sequel talk to start stirring. The “Rocky” spinoff directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan was a huge crowd-pleaser and box office hit, while still maintaining a connection to the mainline series thanks to Sylvester Stallone taking on a mentor role to the young Adonis Creed. Among the ideas batted around for a follow-up was a prequel reuniting Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers‘ Apollo Creed (who died in “Rocky IV“), but that was squashed by producer Irwin Winkler, who confirmed that any sequel would focus on Adonis.

Continue reading Sylvester Stallone Teases ‘Creed’ Sequel That Connects To ‘Rocky IV’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sylvester Stallone Teases Rocky 4-Inspired Story for Creed 2

3 July 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Sylvester Stallone teases an idea for Creed 2 that would pit Adonis Creed against Ivan Drago, the villain of the classic Rocky IV. »

- Dan Zinski

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Glow Season 1 Review

21 June 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

All ten episodes were provided prior to release.

Glow is about women battling the patriarchy with totally sweet wrestling moves.  The show (very) loosely dramatizes the real life behind the scenes turmoils of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Glow), an all-female wrestling show that aired in 1986-1990 and became a minor cult classic. Actresses, stuntwomen and models, all eager to break into the world of showbiz, auditioned – most of whom had never wrestled in their lives. From this unlikely clay, a vast array of colorful characters emerged, giving Glow the reputation as one of the most entertaining wrestling franchises around.

Netflix’s take on the material follows struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a shrimpy drama nerd whose dreams of performing Strindberg and Brecht have crashed headlong into unhappy reality. We meet her as she undergoes a humiliating audition for a servile secretary role, which she subverts by ‘mistakenly’ reading the man’s part. Post-audition she accosts the casting director, pleading for a chance to play something other than a dippy doormat. Turns out there just aren’t roles like that. Well… there is this one show that’s looking for “unconventional women”…

It’s a tip that propels Ruth into a world of turnbuckles, suplexes, sequinned costumes and self-empowerment. It turns out to be a passion project of wrestle-mad trust fund rich kid Bash Howard (Chris Lowell), who’s corralled washed up B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) into directing the inaugural season of Glow.

The rest of the season follows the Glow’s bumpy and circuitous ride to the airwaves. Leaving aside the tangled thicket of financial, creative and interpersonal dramas, the biggest hurdle the team must clear is that nobody really knows anything about wrestling. Sure, former Blaxploitation star Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel) knows how to fake a fall, and Carmen (Britney Wong) comes from a famous wrestling family, but the vast majority of them simply don’t ‘get’ professional wrestling.

And so each of the characters is on a personal journey from drab domesticity to neon-soaked wrestling superstardom, each having their own ‘eureka’ moment when they finally embrace professional wrestling in all its beautiful absurdity.

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There’s an infectious sense of joy embedded deep into Glow’s DNA. Despite its high-minded moral core (women asserting the power of their own bodies and carving out a place of strength), Glow never feels remotely preachy. Much of this is down to Marc Maron’s chain-smoking grump-with-a-heart-of-gold director, described as “more sexist than he is racist.” In between coke binges, he instructs the women in the finer arts of “cunt punching” (a phrase quickly repeated for emphasis), invents eye-bogglingly offensive wrestling personae for the ladies (the Indian-American Arthie (Sunita Mani) is told she’s to be ‘Beirut,’ a bomb-chuckin’ Middle Eastern terrorist), and sums up the whole enterprise to a stuffed-shirt network exec as “porn you can watch with your kids… finally.”

Sam’s nicotine n’ coke soaked cynicism finds the perfect foil in Ruth’s peppy idealism, with Maron and Brie positively lighting up the screen whenever they’re bouncing off one another. The duo are responsible for some of the funniest moments in the season, but the rest of the cast are no slouches, either. I’d go so far as to say that Glow features one of the best ensemble casts I’ve seen in a very, very long time – almost Altman-esque in the way it satisfyingly develops every single character and weaves a complex web of interactions and rivalries.

This all takes place in a beautifully realized 1980s Los Angeles. Glow resists the temptation to tip over into salmon pink, neon-lit cliché period fetishism, carefully choosing its costumes, scenery and set designs so as not to obscure the drama. That said, there’s a delightful episode that sees us take a trip to Bash’s Nagel-festooned yuppie pad – which contains his Rocky IV-esque robot buddy (who’s stuffed full of drugs), a spot-on skewering of Nancy Reagan WASPs against drugs, and a pitch perfect 80s pop soundtrack. My favourite bit of period detailing came when a character has to take a home pregnancy test. Nowadays you simply pee on a stick, but back in the 80s it seems to be some bizarre alchemical process, combining test tubes of chemicals and piss to byzantine instructions.

On top of all that, Glow is funny. Really goddamn funny. Alison Brie has proved her comedy credentials many times over in Community, but she’s never been funnier than she is here. Watching her camp it up as Soviet dominatrix bitch ‘Zoya the Destroyer’ is hands down hilarious. But everyone gets a fair share of belly laugh inducing punchlines, with special credit to singer-songwriter Kate Nash’s Rhonda, whose ditzy British wrestler is a particular comedy highlight.

Glow is a straight up home run for Netflix. The show had me engaged from the first episode and by the finale I was absolutely rapt. I may have even sniffed back a little tear at one critical point. Roll on season 2, and be quick about it! »

- David James

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