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We recently told you about plans being made to stage a musical based on the Rocky franchise, with Sylvester Stallone serious enough about the idea that he hired some Broadway veterans to carve out a show using many of the songs made famous by the movie, like Eye of the Tiger and Gonna Fly Now. The show, titled Rocky: The Musical, is budgeted at around $15 million, and will debut next November in Hamburg, Germany, because when you think of an Italian growing up on the streets of Philadelphia, you immediately think Hamburg! Good news for you Rocky fans out there is that one part of the opening musical number has leaked online. Seems a little rough around the edges, but that's Rocky for ya. When you listen, just try to picture an entire ensemble dressed in grey hooded jumpsuits...
- Erik Davis
In the last three months, I've seen some incredible things. I experienced the fame and wonder of Times Square; worked out with overly-compensating gentlemen at the Muscle Beach in La; and tried - in vain it would seem - to train a pug. And yet, despite each great and awe inspiring experience, few could compare to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Now, for those of you unaware of its cinematic relevance, allow me to explain. 35 years ago, a body-builder possessing a Mensa-worthy I.Q. wrote a script...a simple script...of a true underdog rising up from the slums before achieving greatness. His name...was Rocky. Yes, despite its magnificent galleries, presentations and exhibitions, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is better known by the iconic stairs leading up to it; stairs forever associated with the Rocky montage (see below:)
I apologize for the tardiness of this week's New Girl SnapCap. My DVR ate New Girl on Tuesday night the way Glee Ate My Soul. But I'm here now and I don't want to throttle Fox anymore, thanks in large part to the brain massage Zooey Deschanel gave me when she let her Ensembells perform "Eye of the Tiger" — a song so cool it ended the Cold War. (All Rocky references are always all right with me!)
Even though New Girl gets better and better every week, it doesn't seem to be getting much AfterEllen Bait-ier. I need to start seeing more of CeCe, you know? Or I need them to hurry up and hook us up with June Diane Raphael as Jess' lesbian gynecologist. I mean, don't get me wrong: The dudes — especially (shockingly!) Schmidt — are growing on me. But where my ladies at?
Feelings, Feelings, Feelings »
- Heather Hogan
Publisher: Nordic Games
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Number of players: Four max
Number of microphones included in bundle: Four
For those about to Rock We Salute you
When I was invited to review the latest in the We Sing stable I thought I could either slaughter this or I could go an get someone who could really sing. Now, it just so happens that I'm fairly well connected, and I know just the person to bring along...a real rock star. Enter Mr Mark Thompson-Smith, ex front man to Praying Mantis and one of the founders of Fay Wray. The venue was also perfect – a genuine Karaoke bar under Yo Sushi in the heart of London. We met up with Nordic Games’ Senior Producer Kevin Leathers. Kevin was very brave to agree to be filmed whilst doing a live demo and singing. Kevin mate – we salute you!
Now, as the home goes, »
The Sing-Off finale delivered two hours worth of filler before finally naming a champion.
Following a group performance of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," the finalists sang for a variety of causes in order to remind us that there's a special Christmas episode next week. Yes, NBC is this desperate for programming...
Pentatonix - "Without You" – The five performers went to the Trevor project, which continued to emphasize the outcast-factor that Pentatonix possessed. It was just weird having Avi talk about being Jewish when there was an obvious pink elephant in the room that we’ll continue to ignore. The opening was a bit off and throughout the song the group sounded pitchy. Is this what groups actually sound like live? The mixing just made come across as noise and the group sounded like they were yelping the whole time. Pentatonix was my favorite of the whole season, »
- email@example.com (Michael Pascua)
Nowadays it seems like a given that almost every hit musical will eventually get turned into a movie, and increasingly we've been finding that the reverse is also true: a lot of popular movies are being turned into musicals. Everything from The Evil Dead to The Toxic Avenger to Spider-Man have recently received stage adaptations, partially in an attempt to woo genre fans and other folks who wouldn't normally be interested in musicals. Now it appears that one of the manliest franchises of all time is finally about to get turned into a musical: the tale of the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa. Yes, it's true, Rocky: The Musical is set to open next year in Germany, and Sylvester Stallone is even involved as a co-producer. Who's in? When you think about it, Rocky is actually a perfect movie to turn into a musical since music has played such »
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" looks to soon have competition for the weirdest (or worst) idea for a musical. Sylvester Stallone announced on Monday (Nov. 21) that he's looking to turn "Rocky" in to a musical.
Now please take a minute to digest this concept. Ok, now let's resume.
Stallone, who wrote and starred in the 1976 Oscar-winning film will co-produce "Rocky: The Musical" according to the Daily Mail. The production will focus on the love story between Rocky and Adrian rather than the boxing theme the movie presented.
Stallone says, "I've always thought Rocky had the right stuff for a musical and have wanted to do it for a long time."
The musical, which is slated to open in Nov. 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, will employ the skills of Tony-award winner Thomas Meehan ("The Producers") to write the story and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty to handle the music.
Of course the »
As a boxer, Rocky Balboa was famous for his tenacity. In the face of impossible odds, the guy just wouldn't quit. Sylvester Stallone, the man who created and portrayed Rocky, is sort of the same way. He retired Rocky once after 1990's "Rocky V" then brought him back sixteen years later for "Rocky Balboa." Now, five years after the latest "last" "Rocky," he's bringing the character back again, this time on the stage.
That's right. Get ready for "Rocky: The Musical."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Stallone is producing a "Rocky" musical which will premiere in Germany next fall in advance of an English language world tour. If you're wondering whether classic "Rocky" musical moments like "Eye of the Tiger" will be recreated on the stage, the answer, apparently, is yes. From THR's article:
- Matt Singer
Sylvester Stallone is turning Rocky into a musical, co-produced by heavyweight champion boxers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Because nothing musical theater does can possibly shock or disappoint us anymore, rather than make fun of this ridiculous announcement, we’re just gonna sit back and embrace it. Putting our combined knowledge of Rocky and predictable pop-inspired musicals together, let’s predict 10 Songs From The Upcoming And Necessary Rocky Musical: 1. “Overture / Gonna Fly Now” (Rocky and Company) 2. “The Thrill Of The Punch!” (Rocky and Spider Riko) 3. “Drinkin’ Some Eggs, Punchin’ Some Meat” (Mickey and Rocky) 4. “Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Glasses” (Rocky, Adrian and Turtles) 5. “I’m Evil But Turn Wacky After A Couple Movies” (Paulie) 6. “Ain’t No Bum, Mick (The Bum Song)” (Rocky, Mickey, and Bums) 7. “You Can’t Catch Me!” (Chicken and Chicken Chorus) 8. “We’re Boxing Each Other Now” (Rocky and Apollo) 9. “(Aaadrian is) All I Want (Adrian »
- Dan Hopper
Five sequels may be enough as Stallone is now teaming up with with world champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko to make a theatrical version of the original movie.
Speaking from Hamburg today, Stallone said that the musical will focus on Rocky’s romantic side. “At the end of the day, ‘Rocky’ is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” he explained. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”
- Leah Farrar
Today marks the 35th anniversary of Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky," which earned three Oscars and spawned five sequels. And now comes word that Stallone is teaming with world champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko to make a musical version of the original film. Speaking from Hamburg today, Stallone said that the musical will focus on Rocky's romantic side. "At the end of the day, 'Rocky' is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian," he explained. "To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud." Broadway veteran Thomas Meehan (The Producers) will write the script to "Rocky: the Musical." Tony-award winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty will re-team for the music, which will include songs from the "Rocky" films, among them "Eye of the Tiger," "Gonna Fly Now" and "Take You Back. »
 From the files of "so crazy it just might work" comes Rocky: The Musical, a new stage show being developed by star Sylvester Stallone and world champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. And though my initial reaction was to dismiss it as another Broadway disaster -- Rocky belting out showtunes? Really? -- there's something about the idea that actually makes a weird sort of sense. The fact that Stallone's getting together a crack team to bring the story to the stage doesn't hurt matters, either. More details after the jump. The Hollywood Reporter  writes that Stallone is set to produce, along with the Klitschkos and producer Kevin King Templeton (The Expendables). Tony Award-winning Producers writer Thomas Meehan is set to pen the story, with Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directing. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty -- frequent collaborators who won Tonys for their work on »
- Angie Han
Sylvester Stallone and two boxing brothers will co-produce a stage version of the 1976 film. But will it be a thinker or a stinker?
Stallone said he had long thought that a musical transfer for the 1976 Oscar-winning drama was a good idea, in particular if its romantic side was amped up. "At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian. To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud."
Numbers which will move from the film to the stage version include Eye of the Tiger and Gonna Fly Now, although it's not clear whether they will be translated into German, the language in which the musical has been written. »
- Catherine Shoard
Can you picture Sylvester Stallone’s famous Rocky character bursting into song after winning a boxing match? Because that might just happen when Rocky: The Musical becomes a reality. “I always had the idea of Rocky as a musical,” says Stallone, who has teamed up with boxers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko to create the German stage show, opening next November. “At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone continues. The musical will, of course, include “Eye of the Tiger” and other classics from the film, the »
- Evann Gastaldo
Geek Girl Navigating the World – Supernatural will top my list for a long, long time
I am kind of a TV junkie. I’ll admit that. There are several shows that I watch frequently and have a tendency to recommend to anyone who’ll hold still long enough to express even the barest hint of interest. There are also several shows that I have purchased in their entirety on DVD. For a long time, if I were asked what my favorite show was, I wouldn’t have been able to name one.
That all changed in 2005. I considered the WB to be a haven for soapy and fairly ridiculous teen-drama fair after they’d pretty much abolished and animation line-up that I’d loved to watch. There was a new show premiering, though, that looked promising. As a sci-fi/fantasy fan, the lack of anything to take the place of “The X-Files” was disconcerting. »
Nordic Games Publishing have revealed the UK release date full tracklist for the upcoming release of We Sing Rock! for the Nintendo Wii, showcasing an all time classic array of sing-a-long rock anthems. The game will be released on November 11th in (as usual) two formats: a pack with two mics, or just the game itself sans microphones; and the full track listing includes:
Artist Song 30 Seconds to Mars Kings and Queens 4 Non Blondes What’s Up Alice Cooper Poison Bloc Party The Prayer The Cardigans My Favourite Game Coldplay Violet Hill Creedence Clearwater Revival Proud Mary The Darkness I Believe in a Thing Called Love Daughtry What About Now Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds Europe The Final Countdown Evanescence Bring Me to Life Extreme More Than Words Faith No More Epic Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out Free All Right Now Garbage I Think »
Double trouble came to Supernatural last Friday, as Dean and Sam found themselves on the FBI's Most Wanted List.
From predictions to analysis, our Round Table panel of Carissa Pavlica, Kate Moon and Sean McKenna has gathered below to pick apart "Slash Fiction," as all readers are encouraged to pull up a chair and chime in...
What was your favorite scene, moment or quote?
Carissa: Hands down it was Dean singing Air Supply. I watched it over and over and couldn't stop laughing. You were spot on in your review, Sean, comparing it to the Eye of the Tiger moment. Historic! Second runner up would be the scene when the fake bros were discussing how much they hated real Sam and Dean and being stuck in their skin.
Kate: I thought the episode was really hilarious. Supernatural is really good at breaking the fourth wall and making fun of itself, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
One huge question: why are the Leviathan after Sam and Dean?
We know the Leviathan can't be killed... as of yet. The Leviathan know that no one knows how to kill them. So, why are they spending a huge amount of time and energy on hunting down two brothers that couldn't do anything anyway? For a group of evil creatures with a larger plan, it seems rather odd that they would even bother with Sam and Dean when they could be infiltrating and eating their way up the human ladder.
Of course, now, and by pure accident, Sam and Dean figured out how to slow the Leviathan down and cause serious damage. Who knew that borax would be the first key to defeating them? Guess Leviathan persistence backfired and gave the brothers a real chance at stopping them.
Although, I would say that it was fun watching the evil doppelganger versions of Sam and Dean. »
- email@example.com (Sean McKenna)
The movie montage — particularly in the 1980s — wouldn't be complete without a song to set the mood. Unfortunately for the band or singer, their tune is often ruined or overshadowed thanks to the screen images associated with it that are hard to get out of our heads. Think back to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," which was used as the theme song in Rocky III. It sat at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for weeks when the movie was released. When you think of Survivor you think of Rocky and there's really no way to separate them in our collective memory. The same goes for Footloose and other movies, which Rue the Day has shared their thoughts about. Meanwhile, check out these songs below and try not to think about Kevin Bacon or Carl...
- Alison Nastasi
3 October 2011 7:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, presents arguments why music publishers must accede to his attempt to terminate copyright grants on 32 songs. Meanwhile, other artists are about to terminate the rights to other songs -- including rock anthem "Eye of the Tiger"
- Eriq Gardner
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