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 »
“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 »
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
After turning in the best performance of his career in Creed (and earning an Oscar nomination for his troubles), it certainly looks like Sylvester Stallone plans to keep that quality streak going. Why else would he team up with director Jim Mickle, one of the most interested and unheralded filmmakers around at the moment, if he didn’t want to make something that is, you know, really good? The aging action star and the Cold in July director are teaming for an untitled thriller and while this collaboration is still in the early stages, you should put this one on your radar.
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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 »