The Expendables franchise

An Expendables 4 was scheduled to close out the series next year, but it might have to move forward without its star, Sylvester Stallone. The actor, who directed the first film in the series, has left the franchise over creative differences. Stallone may have been offered more than $20 million to play Barney Ross again – his upfront biggest paycheck to date – but disagreements with Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner led to his departure.

Below, learn more about why Stallone is finished with the series.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Cast

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been in the can for quite some time now. Therefore, it comes as a bit of a surprise that with just about a month and a half to go before the movie hits theaters that we’re hearing about a new cast member.

Straight from director James Gunn we have word that a cast member from the Superman TV series Smallville has joined his Marvel sequel. Furthermore, this previously unheard of cast member is reportedly “very important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and they seem to have ties to another key cast member, who is also a newcomer to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Find out about the new addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast after the jump. Read More »

escape plan sequel

It was a mild surprise when we learned Sylvester Stallone was going to star in an Escape Plan sequelMikael Håfström‘s light thriller underperformed in the States, making only around $25 million, but it made over $100 million overseas. It was enough of an international hit to bring back everybody’s favorite escape artist, Ray Breslin (Stallone), back for another round. Stallone is in good company with the sequel, too, as he’s now being joined by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Below, learn more about the Escape Plan sequel.

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ultimate beastmaster trailer

When I first saw that Sylvester Stallone was executive producing a new Netflix series called Ultimate Beastmaster, I thought it made perfect sense that a tough guy like him would put his weight behind a new version of the 1982 fantasy adventure film The Beastmaster, which was later adapted into a television series that ran from 1999 to 2002. But I was way off, because Ultimate Beastmaster isn’t a sword and sorcery epic, but rather Netflix’s attempt to get in on that sweet “skilled athletes participate in punishing physical challenges for our couch-bound amusement” business. You can watch the first trailer below.

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new sylvester stallone project

Sylvester Stallone and Adam Driver co-starring in a movie sounds good, but Stallone directing that film sounds great. It’s been nearly seven years since Stallone has stepped behind the camera. Thankfully, we now know the actor’s next directorial effort might be Tough as They Come, based on the life of United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.

Below, learn more about the new Sylvester Stallone project.

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Escape Plan 2

The prospect of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone teaming up would have been something truly exciting in the 1990s. Sadly, the film that brought them together, Escape Plan, didn’t hit theaters until 2013. And while it was a modest success that pulled in $137 million worldwide, it certainly didn’t live up to what fans hoped to see from seeing these guys leading a movie together. But that’s not stopping Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Lionsgate Premiere from putting together a sequel.

Straight out the American Film Market, we have word that Escape Plan 2 is in the works with Sylvester Stallone slated to return (unlike the Rambo reboot that was just announced). But what about Arnold Schwarzenegger? Find out more 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 »

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 »

sylvester stallone jim mickle

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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omerta tv series

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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