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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
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
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
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
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, »
"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
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.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Acting can be a brutal business, as Milo Ventimiglia well knows.
So brutal, in fact, the beloved This Is Us star has been thisclose to walking away from Hollywood three separate times.
“I was just fed up,” the 39-year-old star tells People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle for the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, while recalling the second time he almost left acting following a failed attempted at a Gilmore Girls spin-off and a couple of pilots that went nowhere. “I couldn’t catch a break to lock on to some work and be creative.”
Feeling frustrated, »
- Jess Cagle
The director John Avildsen, who has died aged 81, enjoyed his greatest success with two hit movies about sporting underdogs. Rocky (1976) launched the career of its writer, Sylvester Stallone, who also starred as the down-at-heel Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer with an unlikely shot at the world heavyweight title.
Avildsen, who was initially sceptical about the project but declared himself “charmed” by the script, shot the film for $1m in just 28 days; the breakneck production visited insalubrious locations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, where Stallone noted the “hot and cold-running cockroaches.” It was precisely this griminess which distinguished the film from the largely glossy sequels which followed.
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- Ryan Gilbey
Avildsen’s son Anthony confirmed the filmmaker's death to the Los Angeles Times, adding that Avildsen died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Avildsen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his work on 1976's Rocky. Like the titular boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, the film was an underdog itself: Despite a minuscule million-dollar budget, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning three Oscars »
One of the most beloved film franchises in Hollywood history – and arguably one of the best – is the Rocky franchise. After the original came out in 1976, fans could not get enough of the Italian Stallion and his brilliant and sometimes painful journey from zero to hero.
This weekend sees the release of Chuck, the story of small-time boxer Chuck Wepner, who in 1975 went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, and became the inspiration that led a young writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky.
Not only was Rocky a box office success, it went on to win 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for John G.Avildsen. It also led to 6 sequels that kept fans cheering for Rocky for nearly 40 years.
- Movie Geeks
Action legend Sylvester Stallone will join forces with the comedic kung fu stylings of Jackie Chan in the new film, Ex-Baghdad. An unusual paring for sure, the two veterans of the screen will team up to thwart an attack on a Chinese owned, Iraqi based oil refinery.
Chan will play a private security contractor who is sent in to rescue workers after the refinery is attacked. Upon learning the true intentions of the group responsible, Chan’s security advisor will team up with Stallone’s former U.S. Marine in an attempt to stop the intruders from stealing an affluence of oil.
Related: Stallone Says Not Ready The Comics Was An Advantage
Stallone is known the world over for his tough guy roles, starting out as one of cinema’s most beloved underdogs, Rocky Balboa, he then moved on to roles in countless action movies, and most recently a turn »
- Seth McDonald
French-Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau has actually been making movies for almost twenty years, but it wasn’t until about 2011 when he first started getting attention for his drama Monsieur Lazhar, which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. Falardeau’s 2014 movie The Good Lie, didn’t get much notice despite starring Reese Witherspoon and being released by Warner Bros. Therefore, he hasn’t quite made the waves into Hollywood as his country-mates Denis Villeneuve or Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild).
Undaunted, Falardeau decided to take on the story of Bayonne, New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner, who famously went up against Ali at the height of his success in the ‘70s and managed to go 15 rounds before the fight was called due to Wepner’s famed “bleeding” during fights. Wepner was alternately known as “The Bayonne Brawler” and “The Bayonne Bleeder.”
- Edward Douglas
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
You have to love a summer month where there are just five tent-poles and a bunch of little things surrounding them. Here’s a time where you have Wonder Woman refusing to even advertise until after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 bows a month in advance. Competition is fierce and box office glory comes but once. So you need to pick your date wisely and hope one of the small budgeted flicks that exude quality rather than gimmicks don’t rain on your parade.
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- Jared Mobarak
There really was a Rocky Balboa. Well, sort of. His name was Chuck Wepner, and when he wasn’t throwing punches in the ring, he sold liquor in New Jersey. In the mid-’70s, the “Bayonne Bleeder,” so nick-named for his habit of absorbing a lot of blows to the face, was at the right weight at the right time to score an unlikely title fight against the one and only Muhammad Ali—a match that inspired a young Sylvester Stallone, watching on his television from home, to mine the basic details of the boxer’s story for his own breakout star vehicle. Chuck, the new biopic about the real Wepner, dramatizes some of those same details, with much more fidelity to the facts. At the same time, it also acknowledges how Wepner’s life was changed by there being a movie (again, sort of) about his life. Imagine, if »
- A.A. Dowd
While the surprise smash, which would go on to win Best Picture in 1977, wasn’t directly based on a true story, it certainly wasn’t fiction. The character of Rocky Balboa, with his scrappy story, was loosely based on Wepner’s career and legendary fights.
“He asked me to read for the part ,” Wepner — whose storied career included blockbuster matches against George Foreman »
- Jodi Guglielmi
Coming off the heels of his role as Stakar Ogrod in Marvel's highly-anticipated superhero sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sylvester Stallone is eyeing a different superhero project. A new report claims the action icon is currently the front runner to play Duke McQueen in 20th Century Fox's long-gestating Starlight comic book adaptation. Nothing is set in stone and the project doesn't even have a director attached at this time, but if Sylvester Stallone does in fact come aboard, it could give this project new life.
Splash Report first broke the news on this potential casting, which is the first we've heard about this project in quite some time. We first reported on this adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book way back in December 2013, when 20th Century Fox won a bidding war for the project, where the studio beat out two unnamed companies for the rights to the project. »
What is it about this big, dumb movie that gets me every time?
You can go ahead and sheathe your Tweets, we are well aware that 1987’s Over the Top is a flawed piece of cinema. It’s called Over the Top for crying out loud; if ever the writing was on the wall. However, there is something about this spectacular failed attempt to take the sport of armwrestling mainstream that continues to delight and inspire this writer and the other hosts of the Junkfood Cinema podcast. If you currently sneer at “that movie where Sylvester Stallone armwrestles for custody of his son,” allow me to offer an argument in favor of Over the Top. Look, just read it, ok? Meet me halfway.
While the popular logline for Over the Top is not entirely accurate, it’s unquestionable that it is a silly movie. Truckers getting their faces smacked before armwrestling each other in sweaty diner back »
- Brian Salisbury
With just a few days until the sequel to the amazing Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) comes out, news has already hit that writer and director James Gunn will indeed be returning to make the third installment.
Anyone who saw the first film will know that its great mix of comic book mayhem, mixed with its incredible soundtrack and hilarity, will be excited about the follow up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hits cinemas on April 27.
This time we have the full Guardian line up, set a couple of months after the events of the first, with Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) on board the rebuilt Milano. We already know that we are bound to meet Ego the Human Planet (Kurt Russell) who it turns out will be Star Lord’s dad? »
- Patrick Mclean
Disney has released two international posters for Cars 3, which show Lightning McQueen squaring off against two young racers Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). While Jackson Storm becomes his most contested rival on the Piston Cup circuit, Cruz Ramirez is actually on Lightning's side, serving as his new trainer to help him beat the young upstart. The first poster teases a scene we've previously seen in early concept art, which may be an homage to an iconic movie.
BadTaste.it debuted these posters, the first of which shows Lightning McQueen on the beach. You may recall that, back in May, Disney revealed concept art that showed Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez racing on the sand, which may or may not be an homage to the iconic oceanside race between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky 3. The second poster, however, is set at a packed racing arena, »
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