Sylvester Stallone reportedly broke up an unscripted fight on the set of the upcoming Rocky spin-off, Creed. The veteran action movie star, who is reprising his iconic character Rocky Balboa for the new film, was on the Aston, Pennsylvania set on Monday (02Mar15), when a real fight broke out during a boxing match scene, according to TMZ.com.
Actor/boxer Tony Bellew, who plays a character called Pretty Ricky, reportedly left the ring in the middle of filming, and lunged at the actor portraying his corner coach in the movie, throwing punches at him.
It is unclear what sparked the brawl.
Stallone was among those who jumped in to break up the fight.
The extent of Bellew and the other actor's injuries is not known.
In Creed, Stallone's Balboa is a trainer and mentor to the grandson of his former rival Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan plays Creed's grandson.
Actress Tessa Thompson has landed the female lead in the upcoming Rocky spin-off, Creed. Thompson joins Sylvester Stallone as he reprises his iconic character, Rocky Balboa, who is now a trainer and mentor to the grandson of his boxing best friend Apollo Creed.
Michael B. Jordan is set to play Creed's grandson, with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler due to helm the film.
Thompson has had a successful 2014, thanks to indie hit Dear White People, for which she won the Breakthrough Actor honour at the Gotham Independent Film Awards earlier this month (Dec14), and also nabbed a Best Actress nomination for the upcoming NAAACP Image Awards.
She also appears in acclaimed civil rights film Selma.
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Even if you haven’t seen The Expendables or The Expendables 2, you’ll feel pretty confident in what sort of film you’ve signed on to watch by the end of the very first scene in Stallone and co’s latest on-in-years ensemble. Expendables 3 opens with an action sequence that lacks any visual coherence, falls short of its intended adrenaline, and hangs its sense of humor on a single meta joke about one cast member’s life outside the franchise. But then, almost instantly, you’ll be thrown for a loop. A very weird loop, in fact.
The second scene in the movie — a segue between the first high-intensity set piece and the next — is a long (and I mean long) silent shot of a helicopter landing outside of what, if memory serves, is Sylvester Stallone’s character’s HQ. It might not sound like a particularly big deal, but it takes form as a jarring, almost laughable dagger to the movie’s would-be momentum.
It’s the first of many instances of peculiarity so obtrusive it’s emotionally rewarding, and often (intentionally or otherwise… I really have no idea in most of these cases) quite funny. Between the running theme of characters staring motionlessly and wordlessly into the camera, a sullen montage documenting the empty lives of the Expendables when they’re not expendabling, and the bizarre reoccurrence of the word “s**tstorm,” you’ll discover a rare, inimitable identity in The Expendables 3: one that amounts to a better time than you might anticipate, and certainly more interesting one.
Of course, there are plenty of missed marks throughout the film. As established from minute one, the action is flagrantly uncoordinated, and a lot of the scripted comedy — the hypermasculine chiding and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s callback lines — will provoke hearty groans. But sweeping past the excess of the prerequisite bro jokes and ‘80s movie quotes, we get to the real fun. We get to the odd, often uncomfortable (and delightfully so) hiccups in pacing. We get to Mel Gibson spouting Biblical passages and tirades against big government. Best of all, we get to Antonio Banderas, prancing around the wide shot like a romantic bandit. Off to the side of the top-heavy bulk, these elements make up the real victory of Expendables 3: the fun is in the weird.
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Cult wartime soccer movie Escape To Victory is set for a remake. The 1981 film, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and a group of real sportsmen like Pele, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles, will be revamped for the big screen by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.
The movie centres around a group of World War Two prisoners of war, who plan an escape around a soccer match between captive allies and their German guards.
The news of the new Hollywood film comes a day after the U.S. national team lost a crucial World Cup game to Germany 1-0 but still made it through to the tournament's knock-out round thanks to goal difference.
The new trailer for The Expendables 3 shows off an unsurprising abundance of explosions, gunfire, and sexagenarians saying things like "Lock and load." A bit more surprising in its ubiquity, however, is the action hero's old friend the helicopter. Yes, any film bording the lethal dose of adrenaline is bound to feature a chopper or two, but the two-and-a-half minute preview for Sylvester Stallone's upcoming threequel shows off an irrational number whirlybirds. And yeah, those are the only slang words for "helicopter" I know, so we're going to have to get creative now.
We catch glimpse the first of many propellerinos swooping down over an enemy train to rescue the apparently nonexpendable Wesley Snipes from incarceration. After rendering the entire locomotive to ruins (hopefully those were Nazis or something and not, you know, just military men doing their job apprehending criminals), we move onto a slew of other hummingbots prime for adventure: one drops off a maniacal Mel Gibson. One launches explosive at the side of a dock. One hovers over the speeding car of Natalie Burn. And one hovers just out of reach of what we can only assume is a ketamine-engendered Sylvester Stallone. And that's not even counting the jets (of both the plane and Li variety) sprinkled throughout the trailer.
If the trailer offers up this many circle-spin-bumble-droids (too creative?), we can only imagine what the 103-minute runtime has in store.
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A cameo can play as a nice little Easter Egg that tucks itself into a movie. All of a sudden, a film treats you to a surprise appearance by one of your favorite actors. But then there's another person. Well, two eggs is still a pretty reasonable dish. But if the movie keeps piling them on, if can feel like you've eaten a whole basket full of them and boy does your stomach ache. There are some movies that get the recipe right and some who just overstuff themselves and spoil the entire meal.
Possibly in the "Ruined It" camp we have the trailer for They Came Together. There's a cavalcade of familiar faces that come in to support the Paul Rudd/Amy Poehler vehicle. We see people from Saturday Night Live and many Fox and NBC comedies, as well as Chris Meloni and Cobie Smulders. It got to the point that trying to guess who would be showing up next took precedent over following what the movie was about. That can be seen as a big detraction, and it remains to be seen how it might help or hurt the movie when it hits theaters.
Others in the "Ruined It" category: Saving Private Ryan. This really gritty movie opened with a scene visceral enough to make WWII vets leave theaters due to flashbacks. It was a realistic, immersive movie that opted for genuine emotion over hokey war movie stereotypes. Well, until a character portrayed by Ted Danson showed up and started shooting Nazis. "Wait... is that Sam Malone? What's next, Carla Tortelli smacking a Nazi with her serving tray?" A very poor casting choice in an otherwise stellar film.
When it comes to successes, though, we can look at movies like those in The Expendables franchise. People sit through the movies wondering what great '80s or '90s action hero is going to make an appearance. It's icing on the cake of the over-the-top feel of the films (which are riddled with scenes and people punching each other bloody). There's an almost satisfied sigh when a Chuck Norris shows up.
Additionally, a well-placed cameo can lift up the entire mood of the film: Sean Connery appearing at the end of Robin Hood, and all those superstars at the end of The Player (which was supposed to be about making a movie with a lot of no names).
Too many cameos and a movie risks actually turning people off. Without at least one recognizable person on the screen, you might never hook 'em in the first place. Like many things that come out of Hollywood, it's a guessing game as to what will or will not be successful.
Just see how full one's Easter Basket is at the end of the movie.
There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the best love songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that pumped us up and made us ready to face anything the world might throw at us.
"Change" in Vision Quest
Matthew Modine's wrestler scales a peg board while John Waite's hit drives him on. It got our heart pumping in 1985 and some things ain't ever going to change.
"Eye of the Tiger" in Rocky III
Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" was still used for the training montage in the third Rocky film, but Survivor's chart-topping smash does a nice job of getting things going as Sylvester Stallone pummels some opponents while Mr. T looks on angrily.
"That Thing You Do" in That Thing You Do
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear your song played on the radio for the first time, we're guessing that it would be pretty close to the way that The Wonders react in Tom Hanks' directorial debut. By the middle chorus, you want to jump around with Liv Tyler and Steve Zahn, too.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Okay, so it's a little bit odd that Matthew Broderick's Ferris knows all the words to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen," but let's not nitpick. There isn't anyone that wouldn't love to jump on a float and lead all of downtown Chicago in an impromptu musical number set to The Beatles.
"Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club
"Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club." We're all the same deep down was the message of the movie and Simple Minds made it unforgettable. You throw that fist up, Judd Nelson! Throw it up high!
"Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous
We've all been there… you're sick of your life and your friends and everything else. Then the perfect song comes on the radio and things melt away. Cameron Crowe managed to meld Kate Hudson and Elton John into the perfect antidote for the tedium of a tour bus.
"Footloose" in Footloose
"Let's dance!" Kevin Bacon screams just before Kenny Loggins' hit starts the joyful teen toes tapping in the '80s megahit. We're still not sure how all of them know how to breakdance since it was banned just before that, but we still dance along with Chris Penn's rhythmically challenged Willard anyway.
"You're the Best Around" in The Karate Kid
How can Ralph Macchio's Daniel possibly beat the Cobra Kai? With the love of Elisabeth Shue and the help of Joe Esposito's rousing pop ditty, of course. Not even the great William Zabka is a match for that.
"Danger Zone" in Top Gun
Loggins was the master of the soundtrack in the '80s when seemingly every movie had to have a hit song attached to it. No matter what you think of the jingoistic message of the Tom Cruise classic, it's hard not to get a little bit pumped up as he flies off into the danger zone.
"Maniac" in Flashdance
Sure, we all know that Jennifer Beals had a butt-double for the famous running in place dance warm-up set to the Michael Sembello song, but the combination of music and action made it a butt worth striving for. Years later, it still makes you want to run out and take a spin class.
"My Sharona" in Reality Bites
Janeane Garofalo's bangs are still just as unfortunate now as they were in 1994, but we still want to dance when she leads Winona Ryder and Steve Zahn into the impromptu convenience store dance party upon hearing The Knack classic on the radio.
"I Got a Name" in Django Unchained
Only Quentin Tarantino would think to stick Jim Croce's 1973 hit in a movie set in the 1800s, but as Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz ride off to fight injustice, we all know that the former slave has a name and that name is Django.
"Let It Go" in Frozen
If there's a more rousing ode to girl power than Idina Menzel's instant classic from the Disney smash, we haven't heard it.
Mike Myers' directorial debut became a star-studded affair when he reached out for celebrity feedback on legendary music manager Shep Gordon. The Austin Powers star stepped behind the camera to make a documentary about his pal, who has represented some of the world's biggest stars, and Gordon's past and present clients and friends jumped at the chance to be a part of the tribute.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon features anecdotes from Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Myers himself, who calls Gordon "the nicest person I've ever met, hands down".
And Douglas adds, "I have told Shep things I haven't told anybody, not even my wife."
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It's been 30 years since The Terminator first hit movie screens. Not anticipated to do very much, the movie became a surprise hit, turning Arnold Schwarzenegger into a bankable star and launching the careers of director James Cameron and the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton.
In the years since 1984, there have been multiple sequels and television projects that have built upon the lore of the time traveling cyborgs, but how much do you know about the one that started it all? Here are some fun facts about a modest movie that turned into one of the most influential hits of the last 30 years.
1. Cameron has said that he got the inspiration for a killer cyborg from a dream that he had while he was in Italy to promote his directorial debut, the justifiably forgotten Piranhas II: The Spawning. Just the same, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison sued the production claiming that the script plagiarized his work.
2. Franco Columbu appears briefly in the film in the sequence set in the future. Columbu is a former bodybuilder and one of Schwarzenegger's best friends. Besides The Terminator, Columbu appeared with Arnold in the documentary Pumping Iron, which first brought Schwarzenegger national attention, as well as Conan the Barbarian and The Running Man.
3. Schwarzenegger didn't want to say his iconic line "I'll be back." He was self-conscious about the way that he pronounced "I'll" with his Austrian accent and tried to convince Cameron that a futuristic cyborg wouldn't say something like that. Cameron, thankfully, refused to change it.
4. The "I'll be back" line represented three of the 58 total words that Schwarzenegger says in the film.
5. In a Sylvester Stallone/Rocky move, Cameron sold the script for the movie for exactly one dollar. The measly amount was agreed upon with the stipulation that he be allowed to direct. (Hey, what would you have done if your main claim to fame was Piranhas II?)
6. The studio originally wanted to cast O.J. Simpson in the role of the Terminator, but the director successfully argued that no one would buy the former football star as a killer.
7. In one of the early pitch meetings to get financing for the film, Cameron brought along his actor buddy Lance Henriksen dressed as the Terminator for effect. The character actor ended up playing Detective Hal Vukovich in the movie.
8. Schwarzenegger was originally considered for the role of Kyle Reese, the soldier sent back from the future to protect Connor. That role eventually went to Michael Biehn, an idea that Cameron reportedly hated. While he was taking the forced meeting with the former bodybuilder, the director made the actor stop talking so that he could sketch a picture of him with the new idea of making him the Terminator.
9. Bill Paxton had a small role in The Terminator as a blue-haired, switchblade-wielding punk who makes the mistake of messing with the time-traveling (and naked) Schwarzenegger. The actor earned a bigger role appearing with both Henricksen and Biehn in Cameron's follow-up project, the 1986 blockbuster Aliens.
10. The motorcycle that the Terminator rides to chase Sarah and Kyle is a used Honda CB750, utilized for no other reason other than it's what the production could afford. In the sequel, Schwarzenegger upgraded to a significantly cooler new Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.
11. Production had to be delayed so that Schwarzenegger could finish filming Conan. What did Cameron do while he waited? He helped Stallone complete the script for Rambo: First Blood Part II.
12. The movie had a budget of $6.4 million, not a particularly large amount even in 1984. It went on to gross just under $40 million at the box office in the U.S. and just short of $80 million worldwide, surpassing the expectations of everyone involved. Things wouldn't be so low-budget on the sequel. Seven years later, Terminator 2: Judgement Day had a budget of right around $100 million and grossed over $500 million worldwide.
There's a teaser trailer for The Expendables 3. It shows 15 people in silhouette in an airplane hanger. After a few seconds, they turn and their features become visible. A series of last-names show up ... and they are impressive action-movie actor last names: (Mel) Gibson, (Harrison) Ford, (Jet) Li, (Arnold) Schwarzenegger, (Sylvester) Stallone, (Jason) Statham, even (Ronda) Rousey. But there was one that made me scratch my head. Grammer. Wait, where have I heard that one before? Kelsey Grammer? Are you kidding me? Kelsey Grammer? Frasier Crane? He's in this movie? Did this suddenly be come a gag reel?
Sure, it's one thing to have him in the movie, but to have him hyped up as one of the bad-ass names in the teaser trailer? They might as well have had David Hyde-Pierce's name in there as well. The image of Grammer's character either trying to psychoanalyze Stallone's or spending the entire time in battles sitting there assembling and re-assembling his guns because his OCD won't let him do anything else stick in my mind. When I think of action movies, Grammer's name is about no. 150 on my list. In fact, his last name is not someone that needs to be used in a movie ad, since I had to look on imdb.com to make sure that there wasn't some new action movie actor with the same last name.
While I'm all for actors trying to push their boundaries to break out of typecasting, I just can't get the image of Grammer as the nebbish, finicky Crane out of my head. Sure, he did play a ruthless terminally ill politician in Boss, but I never saw that since I don't get Starz. It doesn't seem likely that Grammer does anything like wield machine guns in that show. There may be one saving grace with this - Grammer's character's name is Bonaparte, which would seemingly lend itself to strategy.The movie bills itself as a high-tech group vs. Stallone's more ground-and-pound foot soldiers. That could be an interesting one.
For all we know, he may be some comic relief. There's probably a part in the movie where Bonaparte gets his ass kicked by Rousey's character. I'd definitely pay to see that.