Despite being full of theatricality and staged fights, professional wrestling is still thriving in the world of sports and entertainment. It gets a bad reputation for being fake and just plain silly, but there are plenty of people who look up to wrestling icons as heroes, no matter how unreal all the rivalries and matches may be. And a new documentary takes a closer look at life in the ring and all that comes with it.
Nine Legends features interviews with Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Dynamite Kid, Amy Dumas, Rob Van Dam, Ted Dibiase, Randy Couture, and more, each talking about the sport of wrestling, and what it means to them and all of their fans. Get a taste of what the documentary has to offer with the Nine Legends trailer below. Read More »
One of the biggest television events of the year is coming up this weekend with the live broadcast of Super Bowl 50. The NFL has dropped the Roman numerals from the game, because people are apparently too ignorant to know that “L” means 50 — it isn’t just a typo in the graphics. But that’s beside the point, because no matter what we call the game, it’s going to be sweetened by the comedic stylings of Key and Peele.
Squarespace has announced that they will have Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele providing live commentary for the big game as their characters Lee and Morris (seen above), but it might be a little tricky because of the rules they have to follow due to the NFL’s strict copyrights regarding the Super Bowl. Find out more about the Key and Peele Super Bowl commentary below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It may have been almost entirely snubbed at the Oscar nominations, but Creed is still a miracle of a movie and one the best entires in the entire Rocky series. And while Michael B. Jordan provides fresh blood and Sylvester Stallone supplies plenty of old soul, the film really works because of director Ryan Coogler. His stylish, intimate direction is a shot of adrenaline for a 40-year old franchise, leaving the door open for, yes, a sequel. Or even an entire new series of films.
Unfortunately, some super-sized commitments may keep Coogler from committing to the next chapter of the Adonis Creed saga.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
A Rocky spinoff about Apollo Creed’s son may have sounded like a terrible idea on paper, but when Creed actually opened it was an unqualified success. Audiences loved it — it’s made $105 million so far in the U.S. and counting — and critics adored it. It made a creaky old franchise feel fresh again, without undoing all the earlier installments. Heck, it even won Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe last night.
All of which is to say a Creed sequel was only a question of when, not if, and now we have our answer. MGM is reportedly eyeing a November 2017 release date for the film, putting it about two years after Creed‘s release. That’s the good news. The bad news is what this might mean for director Ryan Coogler‘s involvement. Read More »
In order to star in boxing movies like Creed, actors like Michael B. Jordan have to train with real boxers. Not only does it get the actors in the right shape, but it helps them appear as if they could be real boxers and aren’t just pretending. And when it comes to the Rocky movies, there’s something else that makes the actors really feel like they’re in the ring.
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, co-star Sylvester Stallone explained that in the Rocky films, there is a tradition of shooting what is called a “dead man walking scene” where the actor in the ring actually gets punched in the face by a real pro fighter. And that tradition ended with Michael B. Jordan knocked out on the set of Creed. Read More »
Creed just crossed the $100 million mark domestically at the box office. By this point, following the glowing reviews and the tremendous audience response, it’s fair to say director Ryan Coogler hit this sequel/spinoff out of the park. The film left you excited to see more of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) taking on more personal and physical challenges.
Following the success of Creed, it’s been confirmed we will see a sequel, but it’s only a matter of when. Find out more about the Creed sequel after the jump.
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone cleverly called attention to the cliché of training montages with a little musical number in Team America: World Police. However, that hasn’t stopped montages, especially with our heroes gearing up for the final fight, from being a mainstay in motion pictures. But have you ever stopped to think about what it’s like to be in that kind of scene when the music that drives the scene doesn’t actually exist?
A new video imagines what the classic stair scene from Rocky would be like with realistic audio instead of the inspirational music that helped make the scene so iconic, and it’s pretty awkward. Read More »
While this year saw the return of Rocky Balboa training the son of Apollo Creed on the path of becoming a new boxing champion, Jeremy Renner is looking to tell the story of a real boxer named Rocky in a new biopic.
The Bourne Legacy and The Avengers franchise star is attached to star in Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story, and as you may have guessed, it will tell the story of the iconic boxer from his childhood to his untimely death. As the title implies, he’s the only heavyweight boxing champion to retire from the sport with an undefeated record. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s early to make predictions about the 2016 movie slate, but it’s hard to imagine we’ll get many more feel-good sports movies than Eddie the Eagle. Based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the first British competitor in Olympic ski jumping, the Dexter Fletcher-directed biopic got a glowing warm reception at Butt-Numb-A-Thon and has trying to win us over ever since. The first international trailer debuted online a few days ago, and now a new U.S. trailer has hit with tons of new footage.
Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Taron Egerton plays Eddie, the underdoggiest of underdogs. He’s dreamt all his life of entering the Olympics, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to get there — even if it means taking up the dangerous sport of ski jumping, and hiring a rebellious new coach played by Hugh Jackman. Watch the Eddie the Eagle trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Taron Egerton had a big 2015, bursting onto the scene with Kingsman: The Secret Service and following up with appearances in Testament of Youth and Legend. Next year he’ll hope to continue his winning streak by going on the ultimate losing streak, playing British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic. Edwards entered the 1988 Olympics as the ultimate underdog, and seemed to get more popular the more he lost.
Eddie the Eagle reunites Egerton with his Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, although he’s only producing this time; Dexter Fletcher directs. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s coach. Watch the Eddie the Eagle international trailer after the jump. Read More »