Looking back, it wasn’t the military might, economic power, or moral right that won the Cold War for the United States and its Western European allies, but onetime underdog turned world heavyweight champion and Reagan-era propagandist Rocky Balboa (writer-director-actor Sylvester Stallone) who entered the ring against symbolic incarnation of the Russian Soviet Empire, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), and knocked him down flat. America won, but it took another four years before the Soviet Empire dissolved into Russian and former Eastern and Southern satellite countries. Thirty years later, the Soviet Empire might be a half-forgotten memory, but for Rocky and Drago, the Cold War never really ended. It just went into a deep Artic freeze, waiting for the perfect opportunity – a stealthy, unexpected, ultimately rousing combo of carefully calculated nostalgia and the one-two punch of filmmaker Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan – to thaw and get the sequel Stallone apparently always wanted. (more…)
Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)
After enjoying box office successes with The Book of Eli and Rogue one, Gary Whitta is a pretty hot screenwriting property right now. His next project is an adaptation of Mark Millar’s six-issue miniseries Starlight. News about the Sci-fi project has been scarce up to now, but rumours about FOX’s favourite to play the lead have begun to circulate, and let’s just say that lead character Duke McQueen’s day is going to get off to a Rocky start… (more…)
With less than 17 days, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will hit theaters. The sequel to the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe surprise hit is expected to make a killing it’s opening weekend (minimum $150 million are some projections) and pretty much kickstarts the summer movie season. One very interesting thing about the movie is that James Gunn and the production crew have managed to keep most of the plot well hidden as most of the trailers did not give away “the whole” plot. We know a few details here and there for the film: Ego The Living Planet (Kurt Russell), Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and The Ravagers will be in the film. But other than that, it’s an open book. There were rumors that Sylvester Stallone will be in the film in an unspecified role. Some suspected he would be an extra Ravager, and other rumors had him playing a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy from the 31st Century (probably Vance Astro). It looks like we now know who he may possibly be.
Who is Sylvester Stallone? That’s a deep, probing psychological and philosophical question so let’s narrow this down: Who is Sylvester Stallone playing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? The man once known as “The Italian Stallion” has been known to have a substantial part in the Marvel Studios sequel for a while, but the mystery was second to that of Kurt Russell, who, as it turned out, was playing Star-Lord’s father, Ego the Living Planet. But with a month until the sequel’s release, it’s getting hard to keep secrets, and now we think we may know who Stallone is playing. (more…)
Things go boom. People die. That’s pretty much the extent of the Expendables franchise, right? So why the deuce is making an Expendables 4, which was scheduled to roll out next year, so hard? Why are things so complicated that Sylvester Stallone is now in a position to leave the series? It seems that guns, geriatrics, and Hollywood don’t mesh together as easily as one would assume.
Since defining themselves as not only a platform for great programming but also a formidable creator, Netflix has found space for its output in almost every genre of television, film and various other forms of broadcast specials. Now dropping the new trailer for its latest venture, Ultimate Beastmaster, it has broached the territory of the obstacle and assault course physical challenge shows. While it might sound niche, there are plenty of these getting great ratings on channels around the world, from the original Japanese Sasuke – or Ninja Warrior in the English speaking countries it has reached – to the downright silly British Total Wipeout. (more…)
Fans are gonna be out for First Blood on this one. Hollywood has gone and done it again. They’re rebooting another classic film franchise. Nu Image / Millennium Films are moving forward with another Rambo movie. This isn’t a sequel or spin-off. Nor does Sylvester Stallone have anything to do with it. This is a complete reboot through and through.
You hear that? That sound of a million fans screaming “NOoooOOoOoo” with drooped lower lips, whilst firing automatic rifles in the air in protest. Kind of like the image above, or rather exactly like the above image (more…)
When you’re as big as Marvel Studios, you just attract this kind of talent. Robert Redford appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Alexander Pierce, Michael Douglas co-starred in Ant-Man as Hank Pym, and the latest stunning bit of casting is the rumored Sylvester Stallone appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Stallone’s role is so secret, he hasn’t been officially confirmed to appear in the film yet, but as revealed here yesterday, he has been spotted on set at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. So who might Stallone be playing and how big is the role going to end up being? Prepare for supposition and half-answers! (more…)
We know that when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper will be back as Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket respectively. We also know that Michael Rooker will return as Yondu, that Karen Gillan will be looking for a new fight as Nebula, and that Glenn Close will class the place up as Nova Prime. Although sadly Benicio del Toro won’t be as the Collector, we are now getting word that a member of the Collector’s menagerie will appear in an encore in the Guardians sequel. Spoilers may follow… (more…)