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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, »
Some people’s lives are best told truthfully, others more loosely.
In one corner, we have Rocky, the iconic Best Picture-winning boxing movie starring Sylvester Stallone as the made-up Rocky Balboa. In the other corner, we have Chuck, an upcoming biopic starring Liev Schreiber as real-life boxer Chuck Wepner. The latter primarily depicts the 1975 bout between Wepner and Muhammad Ali, which inspired Stallone to write the script for Rocky. He’s since tried to downplay the connection, especially after being sued by Wepner, but it’s close enough to being a film a clef as any.
Chuck received mostly positive reviews when it played the big film festivals last fall, but it’s unlikely to become the phenomenon, let alone Oscar darling, that Rocky was. Its legacy surely won’t be as lasting, in part because true biopics don’t tend to get sequels. There are a lot of benefits to fictionalized accounts of real events and »
- Christopher Campbell
Everybody knows the story of Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone’s downtrodden Philadelphia boxer who receives a one-in-a-million shot at the heavyweight title (which he doesn’t win until “Rocky II”). Yet few remember the story of Chuck Wepner, the real-life boxer who provided Stallone with the inspiration behind his 1976 Oscar-winner. That’s about to change thanks to “Chuck”, an […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Tony Sokol Apr 10, 2017
If you're a fan of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, you may want to keep an eye on Chuck. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the biopic tells the story of former New Jersey boxer and booze peddler Chuck Wepner, who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, and inspired the character Rocky Balboa.
Chuck received good reviews when it screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, so we're rather looking forward to this one. Like Balboa »
The real Rocky Balboa takes center stage in the first trailer for Philippe Falardeau’s Chuck. Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) steps into the ring to portray Chuck Wepner, the once “heavyweight champ in New Jersey,” who Sylvester Stallone used for inspiration when writing Rocky, the quintessential boxing movie. Wepner earned notoriety and attention in 1975 after almost going 15 rounds with “The Greatest” himself, Muhammad Ali. Check out the trailer here…
A Wepner movie has been long in the works, with Schreiber and his co-star (and wife) Naomi Watts (Demolition) being attached since 2011 when the movie was titled The Bleeder. The film wrapped principal photography in December 2015 and was screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival in September, so its theatrical release is a long time coming.
The few critics who were able to catch the film at Venice welcomed it with mostly positive reception, calling it familiar yet enjoyable and commending a no-punches-pulled performance from Schreiber. »
- Justin Cook
Anything combing the phrase “real life Rocky Balboa” and the name “Liev Schreiber” has got my attention. If you know your Rocky trivia you’ll know that a fighter by the name of Chuck Wepner went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali which inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the movie Rocky. Even though Stallone would later go on to deny it, come on. Look at the character Apollo Creed and look at Muhammad Ali. The entire premise of Rocky is him wanting to go the distance with the champ which was coincidentally 15 rounds. Liev Schreiber takes on the lead role in
- Nat Berman
If you know your Rocky Balboa lore, you'll likely know the name of Chuck Wepner, a professional boxer whose fifteen round fight with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in 1975 inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen the script for what would become Rocky, although Stallone would deny it. Liev Schreiber takes on the lead role in Chuck which follows Wepner through his epic life of drugs, booze, wild women,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
IFC has released the first trailer for its upcoming biopic Chuck, which is set to hit theaters on May 5. While many fans may not know Chuck Wepner by name, the New Jersey boxer served as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's iconic character Rocky Balboa. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, whose extraordinary true story is told for the first time on the big screen.
Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows in IFC's biopic.
“Sometimes Life Is Like A Movie. Sometimes It’S Better”
Watch the trailer for the upcoming movie Chuck – we can’t wait for this one! In theaters May 5th.
He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match.
It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up?
- Melissa Thompson
A subgenre which has had a resurgence in the past few years in the boxing drama. Following Creed, Southpaw, Hands of Stone, and Bleed for This, another will arrive this year with Chuck, once titled The Bleeder when it premiered at Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The latest drama from Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie) stars Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, and Naomi Watts and follows the life of New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner who was the inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky character. Ahead of a release this May, IFC Films have now released the first trailer.
We said in our review, “The Bleeder looks a bit familiar. A film of browns and greens; disco music and ‘70s rock tunes; big haircuts and even bigger lapels. Indeed, in a way reminiscent of recent period efforts such as Black Mass and David O. Russell’s last two outings, »
- Jordan Raup
Author: Matt Rodgers
Growing up in the UK’s equivalent of The Shire meant that access to the escapism of video rentals was something as distant as The Misty Mountains. The arrival of a man who looked like Stanley Uris from Stephen King’s It, driving a van that was filled to the rafters with VHS, and which glowed like the Pulp Fiction briefcase when opened, introduced me to a roll-call of the 80s Action Heroes. Monosyllabic men, who quipped their way through bullets and bodies. The first plastic case to cross my sweaty palms featured a muscular fellow, holding a gun, against a colourful heatmap backdrop. It was Predator, and that was a long time ago.
About where things began to change for the real expendables is hard to pinpoint. Why did these one-time box-office giants; Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van-Damme, and to a lesser degree Lundgren, suddenly find their powers diminishing? »
- Matt Rodgers
We pity the fool who doesn’t know who Mr. T is!
With season 24 of Dancing with the Stars just hours away, the ’80s icon is just one of the competitors who will be cutting a rug this season. Here are 5 things you need to know about the 64-year-old former A-Team star.
1. Mr. T is not his real name.He was born Laurence Tureaud in Chicago and was the youngest son in a family with 12 children.
2. He used to be a bodyguard before finding a career in Hollywood.After working as a bouncer, he turned guarding into a lucrative career »
- Brittany King
If Rocky can’t handle Pilates, who can? Joining his 20-year-old eldest daughter Sophia, actor Sylvester Stallone, known for kicking butt and taking names in the classic “Rocky” flicks, gave the trendy core exercise a try on Friday. The workout was so intense, he even compared it to taking on Rocky Balboa boxing rivals Clubber Lang […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
If Rocky can't handle Pilates, who can?
Joining his 20-year-old eldest daughter Sophia, actor Sylvester Stallone, known for kicking butt and taking names in the classic Rocky flicks, gave the trendy core exercise a try on Friday. The workout was so intense, he even compared it to taking on Rocky Balboa boxing rivals Clubber Lang and Captain Ivan Drago, but "before breakfast."
Watch: Sylvester Stallone Reacts to Daughters Being Named Miss Golden Globe 2017: 'I'm Just Along for the Ride'
"Brutal!" the 70-year-old actor captioned an Instagram testimonial featuring both him and his daughter post-Pilates. "This is an amazing workout but definitely not for the faint of heart. I've lifted weights, I have boxed, wrestled, track and field, played football and many other sports… But this workout pushes you to the limit… and beyond!"
In the clip, Stallone let his followers know what to expect if they decide to give the workout a shot.
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Sylvester Stallone is the master at making the most out of simplicity. So good is this action legend at taking a basic idea and making it exist forever, that eventually he tries to give said idea a certain degree of gravitas. How does he do this you say?
Take Rocky Balboa. In the first film, this lovable schlub just wants to have a girlfriend and go the distance in a dream title fight. By the fourth film in this wondrous saga, Rocky is defending America on Russian soil and beating a fighter who (realistically) would have Ko'd the Italian Stallion in 1 round. In fact, Rocky was almost Ko'd in one round, however, the referee let it go on. How's that for Sylvester Stallone making the most of something simple?
Three new – but familiar! – faces will be gracing the Golden Globes stage on Sunday night! Sylvester Stallone’s daughters (from left) Sistine, 18, Scarlet, 14, and Sophia, 20, will be following in the footsteps of Rumer Willis, Dakota Johnson, Greer Grammer and more of Hollywood’s daughters (and the occasional son) as Miss Golden Globe, which comes with the duty of escorting presenters and winners on and off stage during the award show. That means a lot of screen time, and a lot of thought about what their fashion and beauty looks will be. We chatted with the girls, who attended the awards »
- Jillian Ruffo
Sylvester Stallone recently returned to his most famous role of boxing legend Rocky Balboa to help train his late friend's son in Creed, but the actor is leaving his other iconic character in the past. Although another Rambo movie had been in development since Stallone directed himself blowing apart Burmese soldiers in 2008's simply but appropriately titled Rambo, Sly eventually announced his... Read More »
- Dave Davis
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