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The Original ‘Rocky’ Is 40 Years Old? Absolutely
Stoogeypedia   |  

Rocky Poster

Rocky, the 1976 film in which a down on his luck boxer gets an improbable shot at the World Championship, and made a superstar and eventual Hollywood legend into its star and writer Sylvester Stallone, celebrates its 40th anniversary today.

Originally released in the United States on November 21, 1976, Rocky gave a jolting uppercut to the industry that was only just handling what a true blockbuster was thanks to the overwhelming success of JAWS, released about 15 months prior. Before that, films in Hollywood that weren’t Best Picture winners were gritty and tough with uneasy and uncensored narratives, awash with characters and plots that didn’t always end sunny and resolute. With Rocky, there was a re-ushering in the industry and the theaters of the type of story that hadn’t existed since the heyday of these types of films churned out in the 1940s, where boxers were Palooka Joe-style guys who had mob ties and odds that they always overcame by the last reel. Whereas the genre became a dried-up dime a dozen by the mid-20th century, Rocky was a fresh jolt in the arm of Hollywood. Only the most curmudgeonly critics couldn’t be swayed by their built-in cynicism to give it the free pass of the fresh air that it deserved for being the kind of necessarily for the times throwback film that it was.

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Valentine’s Day 2016: 9 Love Stories That Won Best Picture
Dr. Zaius   |  

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs Best Picture

With it being Valentine’s Day weekend, and all the buzz of the Oscars coming up later this month, it seemed like a perfect time for a COMBO LIST! When most think of Best Picture winners, you think sprawling historical epics like Gone With the Wind (1939), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) or Ben Hur (1959). War is a good place to find Oscar champions as well, such as Patton (1970), Schindler’s List (1993), and Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). But what about love? What about a sweeping romance? With that idea, I’ve scoured the 87 winners of the Best Picture Oscar and found the nine best love stories. Why nine? Because ten is what you were expecting, and with love being the theme, love should be unexpected and spontaneous… and also I could only really think of these 9. Any of these movies would be great to pop open a bottle of wine, dim the lights, and cuddle up with your significant other.

Check out the 9 choices below.

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Movie Review: Creed
Adam Frazier   |  

Creed starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone

Creed
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, Wood Harris, Gabriel Rosado, Andre Ward
MGM | Warner Bros.
Rated PG-13 |133 Minutes
Release Date: November 25, 2015

A great fighter once said, “It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Creed stars Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four) as Adonis Johnson, the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed – Carl Weathers’ fleet-footed fighter from the Rocky franchise.

The product of an extramarital affair, Adonis never knew his famous father, who died in the ring during a bout with Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV. After losing his mother, Adonis grew up in foster homes before his penchant for fighting landed him in juvenile detention. Adonis gets a second chance in Creed’s widow, Mary Anne (Phylicia Rashād), who takes the boy in.

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‘Creed’ Trailer: Rocky Franchise Finds New Life In Spinoff
eelyajekiM   |  

Creed header

Warner Brothers has released a brand new trailer for Creed, the spinoff to the Rocky franchise that focuses on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky Balboa’s former foe and eventual best friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The film centers on Adonis, a raw and undisciplined fighter who Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) saves from prison, then trains to become the fighter he was destined to be. Standing in Adonis’ way is his past, the shadow of his father, and the anxiety of being labelled a loser because of his fighting heritage.

Check out the latest trailer for the film here below.

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First Trailer For ‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed’
The Movie God   |  

Creed Movie Trailer

Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for Creed, the spinoff to the Rocky franchise focusing on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky Balboa’s former foe and eventual best friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who was killed in his fight against Ivan Drago before Adonis was born.

Despite not knowing his father, Adonis is also a boxer who ends up heading to Philly to train with Rocky (once again played by Sylvester Stallone). You can read a full synopsis and check out the first trailer for Creed below.

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‘Creed’ First Look: Rocky Mentors Apollo’s Son Adonis
eelyajekiM   |  

Apollo Creed Rocky

Rocky Balboa may have had iconic boxing matches in the Rocky film franchise run, but none are more memorable than the first two films where he goes up against Apollo Creed. Rocky’s former rival turned friend met an unfortunate end in Rocky IV, when a crushing blow delivered by Ivan Drago killed him. But Apollo’s legacy did not end with his death. In the Ryan Coogler film Creed, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has the potential to be a great boxer like his father, and the person to help him hone his skills is none other than Rocky (Sylvester Stallone).

Now, a newly released photo reveals the training process the two characters are undergoing to prep for an upcoming fight in the film. Hit the jump for more.

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‘Creed’ Official Synopsis Hits Rocky Fans
Olympus Athens   |  

Apollo Creed Rocky

Warner Brothers and MGM released the official synopsis for Creed, the Rocky spinoff set to hit theaters this November. This time, the fighter who needs focus is Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan, The Fantastic Four), the son of the late “master of disaster” Apollo Creed. So who do you turn to when you want to become the greatest fighter in the world? The Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), of course.

Check out the full official synopsis for Creed here below.

No word on what the “deadly” is in the synopsis that Balboa will be facing. We can assume it is an illness or injury. But what I think we can definitely look forward to is an inspirational underdog story, including a workout montage with music that will make you want to go back to the gym. And isn’t that all we really want from Rocky?

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Fans Run Up ‘Rocky’ Steps, Find Real Rocky There (Image)
The Movie God   |  

Rocky Steps

Since the release of Rocky in 1977 and its sequels lots and lots and lots of people have run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just as Rocky himself (played by Sylvester Stallone) did as part of his training regiment in the movies. There’s even a statue there that was used in Rocky III.

Recently a group of friends visiting Philly did the same thing all of these other fans of the movies have done. But instead of finding just steps or the Rocky statue, this particular group of friends found the real Rocky, Stallone himself, there.

You can check out the picture they took of the encounter below.

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Sylvester Stallone Reveals ‘Rambo 5’ Title; ‘Creed’ To Start Filming In Philly
Empress Eve   |  

Rambo

A fifth Rambo film has been officially on the table since 2009, when Millennium Films and Nu Image gave the Sylvester Stallone action sequel the green light.

Now, Stallone has revealed the title for the new film — Rambo: Last Blood.

The actor, who’s starred as John Rambo in the previous installments — First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), and Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008) — posted to his Twitter account that he’d be working on what he called Last Blood.

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Theatre Review: Rocky
Olympus Athens   |  

Rocky Broadway

Rocky
Written by Sylvester Stallone and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Alex Timbers
Music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Starring Andy Karl, Margo Seibert, Terence Archie, Dakin Matthews, Danny Mastrogiorgio
Winter Garden Theatre
The Shubert Organization
Premiered March 13, 2014

A southpaw underdog wants to make it as a big time fighter, but he just can’t catch a break. He gets kicked out of his locker at the local gym, run by Mickey. He’s just a little too soft for his job as a loan shark’s muscle (won’t break bones). And the girl he’s crushing on won’t give him the time of day. That is, until Apollo Creed unexpectedly needs a new opponent when his original opponent for the world heavyweight title drops out because of an injury.

Ever the businessman, he wants to fight one of Philly’s own, a nobody that gets a shot at the title. He chooses “The Italian Stallion,” Rocky Balboa. Rocky wins over shy pet shop girl Adrian with a little help from her brother Paulie, gains Mickey as a trainer, has a training montage complete with running up those famous steps, and wows everyone in the climactic fight.

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