Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his powers when Paramount asked to write, direct and star in a third Godfather movie in 1983. The Rocky and First Blood star declined (reportedly saying “This is the worst idea since my conception”) and Francis Ford Coppola would cap off the series he began with The Godfather Part III seven years later.
This piece of trivia is now prologue to a very interesting new development that will once again see Stallone brush shoulders with the work of author Mario Puzo. The beloved actor is set to star in a television adaptation of Omertà, which will bring Puzo’s final novel, the climax of his “mafia trilogy,” to the small screen.
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Shortly after running our last piece, How Did This Get Made: A Conversation with Frank Dux, the Real-Life Inspiration for Bloodsport, I was put in touch with Sheldon Lettich. This was significant not only because he wrote the screenplay for Bloodsport, but also because Dux had said some unflattering things about the writer.
So when I finally connected with Lettich, I worried that there might be some not-so-flattering words headed my way. But to my pleasant surprise, Lettich was a complete gentleman. And when I told about him the purpose of this How Did This Get Made series—to investigate how movies got made, and the careers of those involved—he was happy to clear up any misconceptions and provide additional insights into the making of Bloodsport, his two decades of collaboration with Jean-Claude Van Damme and what it takes to write a badass, blow-em-up action film.
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Just earlier this week, one of our editions of Superhero Bits featured a rumor that Sylvester Stallone may have a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The actor had been spotted staying at the same hotel that at which the cast and crew of the Marvel Studios sequel has been put up, and he apparently left the hotel in a car usually designated to take Chris Pratt to and from set.
Now some new details confirming Stallone’s involvement have come to light, but there’s conflicting information as to who he’s playing. Find out more about Sylvester Stallone in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 after the jump, but beware of possible spoilers. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Rumblings about a sequel to Creed began as soon as the first film became a box office hit and a critical darling. The possibilities for future Adonis Creed stories feel limitless – you just have to ask his mentor Rocky Balboa, who has graced the screen seven times now.
And while director Ryan Coogler probably won’t be back for Creed 2, the sequel certainly feels like it’s going to happen. It already has a 2017 release date and everything. However, Sylvester Stallone recently revealed that the first film may very well be the swan song for the Italian Stallion himself. Adonis still has an entire life ahead of him, but Rocky himself may be done.
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Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The Expendables 4 is already in development, with plans to film in China as many American blockbusters are prone to do. Although Sylvester Stallone has been the driving force behind the franchise, Expendables star Terry Crews believes that could now change. Find out why after the jump.
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2008’s Rambo said everything it needed to about its titular character. Writer, director, and star Sylvester Stallone gave the character closure, just as he did for Rocky Balboa with 2006’s Rocky Balboa. Nevertheless, the Creed star has expressed interest over the years in making another sequel, possibly called Last Blood Rambo. But apparently he’s had a change of heart.
Learn why Stallone will not direct another Rambo sequel after the jump.
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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 »