There are a number of ways you can read Creed as a movie. First of all there’s the cynical view that movie producers were looking for a way to capitalize on a vaunted Hollywood name – in this case, Rocky – in order to make box office money without really trying. Then there’s the view that Ryan Coogler and his Fruitvale Station collaborator Michael B. Jordan were trying to create a simple story about testing the limits of one’s capability and family legacy out of the whole cloth of Rocky’s history. But there’s also a third reading of Creed, what if it’s a movie about filmmakers trying to use the comfort of nostalgia and familiarity to deconstruct the Rocky mythos. (more…)
If you are a child of the 80’s, your opinion of Sylvester Stallone is definitely much higher than those who weren’t alive during his heyday. You remember when Rocky Balboa was in his prime, rather than just an aged boxer who won’t give up. You remember when John Rambo pushed shrapnel out of his own body before cauterizing the wound by opening a bullet, then pouring the gunpowder into the wound before lighting it on fire. You remember that a man named Marion “Cobra” Cobretti was once one of the most feared cops on the streets of Los Angeles. In other words, if you are a child of the 80’s, you are probably a Stallone fan. Well, Stallone fans, you can now own a piece of movie history, nay, a piece of your childhood, thanks to an auction which will focus on Stallone’s movie memorabilia. (more…)
Sylvester Stallone has not had the best of years when it comes to domestic Box Office figures. With his last four movies – Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match, and The Expendables 3 – all underperforming well below expectations, it’s no wonder seeing he is revisiting one of his iconic characters to try and reignite some Box Office appeal. This has worked for Sly before with Rocky Balboa in 2006 and Rambo V in back in 2008. Currently over in Philly prepping for his role in the Rocky spin-off Creed, Sly has been making a couple of announcements via his twitter account. (more…)
Sylvester Stallone is the reigning champion of dramatic franchises that also bring the pain. Between the Rambo and Expendables franchises alone, the body count could populate a small country. Arguably, the Rocky franchise is the best of the bunch. A series that was built on a foundation of a never-give-up mentality, Rocky has made generations of fans cheer in their seats (and maybe shed a tear or two) for their favorite underdog boxer. 2006’s Rocky Balboa was a perfect farewell to the character that made Sylvester Stallone a household name. However, if the rumor is to be believed, it may not be the last time we see The Italian Stallion near the ring. (more…)
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Every year hundreds of manufacturers, distributors, and sales agents from around the globe gather in one location to showcase their toy and entertainment products for the coming year.
You know what that means?
It’s time for the international New York Toy Fair. If there was one place where you could let your inner child go absolutely crazy it would be here. With over a thousand exhibitors, it’s hard not to.
There are all types of toys to choose from, classic toys from yesteryear, new movie tie-in toys, and toys for all ages, brought forth from the wacky minds of the toy masters at Mattel, Lego, Hasbro and many, many more. These are the products that will be hitting store shelves everywhere all year long that may flop, or become the hottest must have toy for Christmas.
Take a stroll through the New York Toy Fair courtesy of NerdBastards “Gallery of Toys” below and let your fellow NerdBastards know which are keepers and which will clutter store shelves until their thrown into the 50% off bin in the comments section below.
In the gallery below you will find images for:
-Marvel and DC ‘Super Hero’ LEGO sets. (via)
-Lord of the Rings LEGO Set (via)
-Playmates new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line of action figures, vehicles and playsets (via)
-Bane and Catwoman Figures from Movie Masters (via)
-Mattel’s latest additions to their Ghostbusters line (via)
-Mattel’s DCU, Justice League, Young Justice and More (via)
-Mattel’s Voltron Line (via)
-Mattel’s newest addition to their massive Master of the Universe line (via)
-Batman Arkham City Figures from Square Enix (via)
-E.T., Rocky, Predator and other figures from NECA (via)
-HASBRO’s ‘Avengers’ Line(via)
-HASBRO’s reintroduction to Marvel Legends (via)
For further details, including figure specs and release dates please hit up the respective via links
Rocky is by far my favorite film franchise. Hell, eye of the tiger is my sex background music. Every time I climb a mild to moderate hill I throw my hands in the air and scream “DRAGO!!!!” I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, the southpaw underdog with an iron jaw, is a pop culture hero. If the average American isn’t fucking to eye of the tiger, they’re working out to it. The films (except for the 5th one, which sucked farts) are emotional, motivational and inspirational. Need to pump yourself up, then watch the training montage in Rocky IV. Need to watch a good movie for the sake of watching a good movie, then watch Rocky 1. No matter the reason, no matter how many times you watch em’, these flicks never get old. With that said would your appreciation of Rocky be improved or ruined if the characters emotional journey was retold via a musical? Yea that’s right…jazz hands, show tunes and boxing. Sounds crazy enough to work!
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Stallone is set to produce, along with the Klitschkos and producer Kevin King Templeton (The Expendables). Tony Award-winning Producers writer Thomas Meehan is set to pen the story, with Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directing. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty — frequent collaborators who won Tonys for their work on Ragtime — will provide the music, which will include several songs from the Rocky films including “Eye of the Tiger,” “Gonna Fly Now,” and “Take You Back.” In addition, the Klitschkos will be on hand to train the as-yet-uncast lead actor in the sport.
While the original films revolve primarily around, y’know, boxing, Stallone says the musical will focus more heavily on the romantic angle of the tale. “At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone explained. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”
Budgeted at $15 million, Rocky: The Musical will have its world debut, in German, in Hamburg November 2012. Stallone plans to then take an English version of the musical on the road to stages worldwide.
I’m such a fan of Rocky that Stallone can manufacturer any related product and I’ll gladly fork over my cash for it. I’m also privy to showtunes, so this is a win-win for me. While I am bit blinded with fan-boy-ism, I do think the material lends itself well to musical theater. Athletic dance numbers. Sweeping love story. Corny yes, but it could work.
What do you think?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Think you can take a punch? Maybe you can, but then maybe you just think you can. The characters on today’s list have a proven track record of taking a beating and rising up to get beat on again and again. There will be blood, oh yes there will be blood. So read this list you little girly men and women, because you can’t take the punishment these characters take. Not and keep that wonderfully cheery Nerd Bastard disposition, but don’t worry, as the Black Knight is often quoted, “It’s only a flesh wound!”
What’s up bastards! Here we are with the first Tuesday for the month of October and it seems business is picking up as we got five movies that we either recommend as a BUY, RENT, or a PASS. Two of the movies are reboots in which one may be worth watching and the other can just burn for its existence (you’ll see what I did there). We also have another movie that may be worth your time, one that is just there, and another that has the concept of ass to mouth.
That’s not it folks as we have what may be the most STACKED list of Old Movies Are New. How stacked you ask? Well it’s a list of 31 releases and I’m sure there is something you wouldn’t mind upgrading the hi-def version of. We also got the TV Show DVD section that consist not only two Syfy shows but a Doctor Who animated feature. So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!