Sylvester Stallone Retiring Rocky Balboa

Creed II hit theaters last week, and even though it came in #2 on the box office charts behind a record-breaking haul for Ralph Breaks the Internet, the movie carved its own legacy by landing the biggest Thanksgiving opening weekend ever for a live-action movie. Now, if a new Instagram video from Sylvester Stallone holds strong, it sounds like Adonis Creed will really be setting out on his own from here on out.

Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram today with a video recorded during production on Creed II where he announces that the Rocky spin-off sequel will likely be his “last rodeo” as Rocky Balboa. So what does that mean for the future of the Creed franchise? Read More »

creed ii spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Creed II.)

Step back into the ring with Creed II, a sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed. The main cast is back, but Coogler is not. The result? An exciting, entertaining sequel that never manages to match the strength of the first film. Much like Adonis Creed himself, the Creed franchise will need to forge its own legacy if it wants to continue.

Major spoilers follow.

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rocky 3 idea

Rocky III saw Sylvester Stallone‘s persistent pugilist stepping into the ring to battle Mr. T, but according to Stallone, there was an even crazier idea for the film at first. In an old interview, Stallone revealed his original Rocky III idea had a half-blind Rocky Balboa duking it out in Roman Coliseum, with the Pope himself in the audience.

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Creed 2 Reviews Round-Up

Are you ready to step back into the ring?

Next week, one of the many new releases trying to get audiences into theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will be Creed II. The sequel to the surprisingly great Rocky spin-off is bringing in another piece of the franchise’s legacy by bringing back Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundrgren), this time managing his boxer son Viktor Drago (played by real fighter Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu) as he prepares for a match with Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). There’s no better time to say “This time, it’s personal,” since Ivan Drago is the one responsible for the death of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky IV, and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) isn’t exactly thrilled to see him back near a boxing ring again.

So how does Creed II measure up to its predecessor? Well, it sounds like the sequel suffers from dipping too much back into the Rocky franchise by providing fan service. But director Steven Caple Jr. has still delivered a solid follow-up that audiences will enjoy. Find out more in our Creed 2 reviews round-up below. Read More »

backtrace trailer

Sylvester Stallone will appear in the highly-anticipated Creed II this month, and then next month, he’ll be seen the much-less-anticipated Backtrace. This low-rent thriller finds Stallone playing a cop trying to solve a mystery surrounding a bank robbery gone wrong. The only suspect he has is a man with amnesia (played by Matthew Modine). Complicating matters is a doctor and a patient who want to exploit Modine to find his missing money. Watch the Backtrace trailer below.

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creed 2 featurette

At 6’4″ and 245 pounds, Florian Munteanu’s Viktor Drago somehow makes the none-too-shabby Michael B. Jordan looks small. At least, that’s what the new Creed II featurette makes him out to be, introducing the Romanian boxer and actor, and all of his intimidating attributes, in all his glory. MGM released the clip ahead of the upcoming release of Creed II later this month, which sees Adonis Creed readying himself for a fight for not just his legacy, but for his life.

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Creed II Featurette

While getting back together with your family could make for an awkward reunion this Thanksgiving, there’s no way it will be more tense than the reunion between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) when Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and Viktor Drago (Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu) go head-to-head in the ring in Creed II.

With Turkey Day just around the corner, studios are making their final pushes for some of the big holiday releases that will be clamoring for your family’s attention this Thanksgiving, and a new Creed II featurette certainly does a good job of tapping into the nostalgia they might feel when they recall the events of Rocky IV, which loom large in this latest boxing sequel. Read More »

rambo 5 photo

Sylvester Stallone is here to make sure everybody’s on the same page about one very important thing. John Rambo? He ain’t no city boy.

A new Rambo 5 photo has arrived, showing off Stallone in character and once again proving that the Vietnam veteran has traded in his trusty bandana for a cowboy hat.
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rambo vs monster

In 2009, a year after the uber-violent fourth Rambo movie hit theaters, Sylvester Stallone announced he was going to star in and direct Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, a film set to take his Vietnam veteran action hero into a whole new genre: science fiction. Time passed, and the sci-fi version of the movie, in which Rambo would have faced off against genetically engineered creatures, never happened. However, a different take on Rambo 5 is actually filming right now, with what appears to be more of a Western bent with Rambo battling a Mexican cartel. (Stallone is wearing a cowboy hat in the first-look photos.)

But Stallone liked that Rambo vs monsters idea so much that almost 10 years later, he’s making that one too – except he won’t be playing John Rambo in it. Read More »

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The Rambo 5 villain has been found: Snowfall and Life Itself actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta will be the latest actor to go up against Sylvester Stallone‘s John Rambo. The latest and presumably final Rambo film, titled Rambo 5: Last Blood, is filming now.

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