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During the introduction of Robert De Niro’s tribute tonight at the Cannes Film Festival that preceded a special screening of Hands Of Stone, Harvey Weinstein told the packed house at the Grand Theatre Lumiere just how much of a mensch the actor is. It was during the production of Miramax’s Cop Land, which marked director James Mangold’s sophomore directorial effort. Mangold was literally graduating from a $300,000 production with his first feature Heavy to a $35 million… »
The Rocky star will star in the potential event series, which The Weinstein Company soon will shop to networks, our sister site Deadline reports.
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39 years ago, an unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone received his first Oscar nominations (best actor, best original screenplay) for the 1977 best picture winning boxing film, Rocky. A series of sequels and a handful of other franchises later, Stallone finds himself nominated once more, this time in the supporting category, for the character who made his career in Creed.
Stallone seems to be the likely front runner in this year’s best supporting actor race, scoring knockout wins at both the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, however his career has been far from stellar since his last nomination in the original Rocky.
Over the course of his nearly four-decade-long career, Stallone has appeared in a number of movies that have been panned by critics and audiences, alike. In fact, the Golden Raspberry Awards, popularly known as the Razzies, “awards” the worst actor in film »
- Patrick Shanley
Santa Barbara, Calif. — Oscar-nominated “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone stopped by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tuesday night for one of the week’s many tributes and to accept the Montecito Award from friend and “Rocky” co-star Carl Weathers. When prompted about a sequel to Ryan Coogler’s fresh take on the material, however, he seemed quite reticent, perhaps concerned about diminishing returns or souring such a storybook experience.
“I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously,” he said. “I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”
Ostensibly a career retrospective, the program still never strayed too far from the Balboa narrative, a full-circle experience for »
- Kristopher Tapley
(Spoiler alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched Thursday night’s episode of “Shades of Blue”) Ray Liotta has played plenty of tough-guys on screen, from “Goodfellas” and “Cop Land.” So far NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” in which the actor portrays NYPD Lt. Matt Wozniak, has given viewers the Ray Liotta they’ve come to expect. But Thursday night they saw different side of Liotta, one that probably caught them off guard. Midway through Episode 3, during a heated exchange, Liotta’s corrupt cop Wozniak shares a kiss with internal affairs chief Donnie Pomp, played by Michael Esper. »
- Daniel Holloway
Nearly 40 years after Sylvester Stallone introduced audiences to Rocky Balboa, the actor’s return for his seventh shot at the character in “Creed” has propelled him into a surprise awards-season contender — a status he hasn’t claimed for a long time.
“I actually am startled,” says Stallone, 69, in a recent interview at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. “It’s a character that I love and never thought I’d play again. I didn’t think it would resonate like it did, especially with a newer generation. I never went into the film thinking this is going to be a transformative performance. I just thought Rocky has a lot of issues, a lot of problems. He’s like all of us.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
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