Ivan Drago in Creed 2

Update: This past weekend, Sylvester Stallone posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #drago, which is yet another piece of confirmation that a member of the Drago family will be a character in Creed 2. Read our original article from July 5 below for speculation about how this might play out in the sequel.

Ever since Creed hit theaters in the fall of 2015, surprising us all with just how outstanding a spin-off of Rocky could be, fans have been wondering when/if a sequel would come together. Though MGM CEO Gary Barber once mentioned that he would like to get a Creed sequel together for release in November of this year, that’s certainly not happening. But that doesn’t mean the prospect of a sequel is dead altogether.

Sylvester Stallone has been taking to Instagram over the past couple of weeks with some interesting nostalgic posts that seem to hint at what’s in store for Creed 2. In fact, one of them seems to flat-out confirm what kind of territory the story could be heading, and it includes a face from the past who could really make things interesting. Read More »

/Answers: Favorite Movie Mentor

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Who is your favorite movie mentor?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by Cars 3 director Brian Fee.

If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie mentor, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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John G. Alvidsen Dead

After delivering two of the most iconic sports movies of all time, the Best Picture winning Rocky and the 1980s classic The Karate Kid, director John G. Avildsen has passed away at age 81. We remember the filmmaker’s career and contributions to cinema below. Read More »

Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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What Is Your Favorite Sports Movie?

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I’m excited to introduce a new feature on /Film called “/Answers” where the SlashFilm.com staff answers a question each week. In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl 51, we thought no better way to start this off with the questions of “What is your favorite sports movie?” I will say this much about the /Film team’s favorite sports movies: it isn’t as limited to football and baseball as you might expect. Six out of the ten picks are from other sports.

And of course, this isn’t just about us; it’s also about YOU. We want to hear your thoughts on our picks as well as your personal favorites in the comments below.

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AT&T Everywhere Commercial

Not many people pay attention to commercials on TV anymore, mostly because we’re either streaming content with limited to no commercials, or we’re just watching stuff on our DVR that just allows us to fast forward through them. But while watching the Golden Globes live this past weekend, a recent ad from AT&T caught my eyes (actually, my ears first) because it mashed up a ton of movies and TV shows.

In a new AT&T advertisement promoting the ability to watch a plethora of movies and TV shows on demand from your phone, you’ll find references to Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones, Knight Rider, Cheers, Rocky, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Sesame Street and more.

Watch the AT&T Everywhere commercial after the jump. Read More »

Rocky IV Set Photos

You may not have realized it yet, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky. The film release in November of 1976 went on to win Best Picture, and it’s easily Sylvester Stallone‘s greatest contribution to cinema. Recently the franchise has taken a new form with the successful spin-off Creed, and we’re still hoping for a sequel to come together sooner than later. In the meantime, we have a cool little stroll down memory lane from one of the older installments of the Rocky franchise.

It appears Sylvester Stallone has been taking a stroll down memory lane recently, and he decided to share some photos from behind the scenes of Rocky IV that even he hadn’t previously seen. Check out the rarely seen Rocky IV set photos after the jump. Read More »

Anthony Petrie Charts 2 - Godzilla

While this weekend brings Mass Hysteria 2 to Gallery 1988 with some outstanding new pieces from 100% Soft, next weekend brings another sophomore show from one of our favorite artists. Anthony Petrie is known for his details maps and charts artwork, and he rounded up a bunch of them for his first art show last year. Simply called Charts, the show features incredible pieces paying tribute to Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and more. And now he’s back with more.

Charts 2 brings Anthony Petrie back to Gallery 1988 with a whole new batch of artwork inspired by films such as Up, Godzilla, Rocky, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Grand Budapest Hotel and even television shows such as The Walking Dead. We have all those pieces available for you to check out after the jump, a couple of which haven’t been seen anywhere else until today. Read More »

Baby Does the Rocky 2 Training Montage

“In anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you need a montage. Even Rocky had a montage.” The lyrics from the Team America: World Police song (which actually originated on South Park) don’t lie as every single Rocky film features a training montage where Sylvester Stallone is getting ready for the next big fight. It’s something you just expect in every movie, and even Creed had their own variation on the sports drama trope.

Now an adorable home video shot by a presumably proud parent shows a young baby, who is literally a beginner at life, training to be a pro boxer just like Rocky Balboa in the cutest way possible. This baby knows every single part of the training montage from Rocky II and goes through every single motion just like he was training himself. It’s delightful.

Watch how this baby does the Rocky 2 training montage after the jump. Read More »

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Movie Make-Up Transformations

The work of make-up artists doesn’t always get the recognition it should. While some make-up jobs are more obvious when you have tons of prosthetic and face paint work in movies such as X-Men: Apocalypse or Men in Black, others require the creation of more traditional effects such as The Revenant or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Now one make-up artist shows how she can transform herself into a myriad of characters, celebrities and more, and she does it all without the use of prosthetics. In the video below, see make-up artist Lucia Pittalis transform into the likes of Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, Al Pacino as Scarface, Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, John Belushi as Joliet Jake from The Blues Brothers and more. Read More »