Creed

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With Creed passing the magic $100 million mark at the domestic box office and picking up multiple award nominations, MGM CEO Gary Barber has stated that there is now, “…no doubt  that we are making a Creed 2. Sylvester Stallone, who of course reprised his most famous  role of Rocky Balboa for the film, has gone one step further and dropped some ideas he and  director Ryan Coogler may have had on the direction Creed 2 could go: (more…)

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As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.

Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)

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Word is making the Internet rounds that Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is in talks to take the director’s chair for Marvel’s Black Panther. There have been a number of well-known, successful directors in talks with Marvel about Black Panther, but Ava DuVernay (Selma) turned down the job due to creative control issues and F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) went on to take the Furious 8 job that took him out of the Black Panther running. Either would have made a fine choice, but perhaps Coogler is an even better choice. (more…)

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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…)

New “Creed” Trailer Packs A Punch

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After Rocky Balboa, the sixth entry in the most successful sports franchise in film history, fans of the aging boxer were perfectly content to hang up those gloves.  After all, after six entries over three decades, it seemed like a safe bet that Balboa’s tale had been told.  Well, many times a “safe bet” is anything but, and this year brings audiences the first spinoff of the Rocky franchise, Creed, with the super talented Michael B. Jordan taking to the screen as Balboa’s best friend/rival’s son, Adonis Johnson.  In the latest trailer for the new film, viewers will have an opportunity to see just how tough it is to live up to the name of a legend. (more…)

Rocky

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…)

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Sylvester Stallone is enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the past several years.  After years of starring in direct-to-dvd releases, the star of such fine fare as Rhinestone made his return to the big screen with Rocky Balboa back in 2006.  Thought to be the famous boxing character’s swan song, Rocky Balboa brought a close to the story that Stallone began telling back in 1976.  While Stallone may have been done with the story, Hollywood knows a good money maker when it sees it, and has decided to give fans at least one more round with the aging boxer but, this time, instead of seeing him taking punches in the ring, he will be sitting on the sidelines as a trainer in Creed, the first Rocky spinoff.  (more…)

Stallone Confirms “Rambo The Last Blood”

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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…)

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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…)