Sylvester Stallone Announces Retirement From Rocky/Creed Movie Franchise

 

Well, we knew this day would come. Rocky Balboa is hanging up his gloves. After six ‘Rocky‘ films and two ‘Creed‘ movies, Sylvester Stallone is ready to jump out of the ring.

In a video posted to his Instagram account this week, Stallone talked to the cast and crew of Creed II and basically passed the torch to Michael B. Jordan

“Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected. I thought Rocky was over in 2006 [Rocky Balboa]. And I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures.

And I couldn’t be happier as I step back because my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up with the audience, with this generation. Now you [pointing to Michael B. Jordan], have to carry the mantle.”

In the caption for the video, Stallone thanked all the Rocky fans out there and said although it’s sad, all things must pass and end at some point.

He’s thanking us, but really we should be thanking him for creating something truly special that has inspired millions of people around the world. Much love, Stallone.

‘Creed 2’ Begins Filming, Sylvester Stallone Shares First Behind-The-Scenes Video

 

You ‘Rocky‘ fans are in for a treat. It’s been nearly three years since ‘Creed‘ was released. The ‘Rocky’ spinoff was a huge hit with both the audience at home and the critics. It took home over $170 million at the box office and scored a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

And now, we’re preparing for Creed II, which is set to be released later this year. Sylvester Stallone went on his social media accounts today to share the good news that filming has officially started on the sequel.

He didn’t give us a look at any of the stars, but he did show us his trailer, so that counts for something. Steven Caple Jr. will be directing this sequel and both Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson have returned.

Collider provides us with more information:

“Written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage) and taking direct inspiration from Ryan Coogler‘s 2015 awards-worthy pic, Creed II will see Jordan return as Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed, to continue his training under Rocky Balboa in order to prep for what’s sure to be a brutal fight against Vitor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).”

Creed II is set to hit theaters November 21, 2018, so maybe we’ll see our first trailer by the end of summer. We will keep you posted.

‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed 2’ Gets Official Release Date, And It’s Sooner Than You Might Expect!

You have just one more year to wait for the long-waited follow-up to Creed. It was announced this week that Creed 2 is scheduled to be released inside a theater near you November 21, 2018.

As some of you know, Sylvester Stallone has been teasing the sequel for a while now. Most people thought it wouldn’t be released until 2019, but thankfully we won’t have to wait that long. Stallone will be writing and directing Creed 2, so it should be interesting to see his vision come to life.

Stallone has also teased the possibility of a connection to Rocky IV in this upcoming sequel…

“Including another Rocky vs Drago showdown – not least because Dolph Lundgren confirmed he’d be heading to the Creed sequel earlier this year. Rocky IV saw Sly’s Rocky head to Moscow to avenge the death of opponent Creed at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, so perhaps revenge is a dish best served very cold indeed.”

It should be a wild ride. If they’re planning on this November 2018 release date, we have to imagine filming will begin within the next few months.

We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.

Creed 2 Is Happening And Sylvester Stallone Just Announced He Will Be Directing It!

Some huge news just dropped on the Rocky/Creed franchise. We assumed a sequel to the 2015 film would happen, but now we have official word from Sylvester Stallone that a Creed 2 is in the making.

Not only did he announce the sequel, he also revealed that he will be the one directing it. You may remember that Ryan Coogler directed the first Creed film, and it was a hit with the critics. It received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Heck, Stallone received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the film.

Stallone announced the exciting news on his Instagram account. He posted a picture of himself standing next to Michael B. Jordan, “Looking forward to directing and producing the incredibly talented Michael B. Jordan in CREED 2 next year…One more round!”

 

I am excited for this; however, I hope Stallone really means ONE more round. Just one. I don’t want this turning into some Fast & Furious sh*t, where it starts with simple boxing matches and ends with Jordan fighting aliens on Mars.

No release date has been announced, but if they begin filming next year as the post suggests, then it will probably be released in 2019. We’ll keep you posted.

How do you feel about the news? Are you excited Stallone will be directing the project?

Sylvester Stallone Keeps It Classy After Oscar Loss, But His Brother Frank? Well That’s A Different Story…

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Almost everyone believed Sylvester Stallone was going to win the best supporting actor award at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. His performance in Creed was truly beautiful, and critics were calling his Oscar nomination before the film was even released.

And things were looking good for the 69-year-old actor after taking home the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor back in January. But unfortunately, the Academy Award voters didn’t agree with the rest of the world on this one.

Stallone lost the award to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance. Rocky fans went on social media to complain about the surprising defeat, but Stallone was quick to inject some positive vibes into the sea of negativity.

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But not everyone in the Stallone family was as tasteful. His younger brother, Frank Stallone, sent out the tweet you see below following his brother’s loss.

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Not cool, Frank. We know you’re upset, but you don’t have to insult Mr. Rylance. He’s an incredible actor. Would it have been nice to see Stallone take home the award? Sure. But that doesn’t mean Mark didn’t deserve it just as much.

By the way, Sylvester did address his brother’s comments

“Sorry, didn’t mean for this picture to go up before saying that I’m very happy and please understand my brother is so emotional because he is just very protective and only wants the best for me. Life is good!”

Sylvester Stallone Done With Rambo Franchise, But Still Has New Ideas For Creed 2

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During an extensive interview with Variety, Sylvester Stallone talked about his plans for both the Rocky/Creed franchise and the Rambo franchise. This time last year it looked like we would be getting at least one more Rambo film, but now it looks like Stallone has decided to pull the plug on the idea.

Even though he had been training for the role for almost a year, the 69-year-old actor has realized his body just can’t handle it anymore…

“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else…. [Rambo 4] was so brutal.”

But he’s not finished with the Creed franchise. Not even close. After the success of the first film, why would anybody walk away from it? He told Variety that he and director Ryan Coogler have been discussing a few story ideas for Creed 2.

“One option would be a linear story with Adonis that mirrors the plot of ‘Rocky IV.’ You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian.”

The second option? Well, it appears to be the option Stallone is most excited about. A “Godfather II”-like sequel set in the past before Apollo’s death. “There’s a lot there.” Stallone claims, while also revealing he bumped into Carl Weathers recently, who apparently looks “as imposing as ever.”

‘Creed’ Director Ryan Coogler Will Take On Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Film, Details Inside!

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It’s official now. After months of rumors, we can now confirm that Ryan Coogler will direct Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie. His name had been in the mix since rumors started flying last year, along with directors F. Gary Gray and Ava DuVernay.

Obviously, trying to decide between those talented directors was probably similar to my adventures in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. “I want that one…oh and that one…wait I want that one too! We’re gonna need a bigger cart!

But it looks like Marvel was able to make a decision. In the February issue of Empire magazine, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Coogler would be directing the film.

“This one is important. Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore.”

The whole project is important considering it will be the first Marvel Studios production featuring a black superhero as its lead. And with Coogler attached to the project now, that has to make Marvel fans feel more comfortable. He is one of the hottest directors in Hollywood after the success of Creed and Fruitvale Station. It’s also important to remember he’s only 29-years-old. He has a looong career ahead of him.

‘Black Panther’ is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.

The 2016 Golden Globes List Of Nominations, Which Films Are Up For Best Picture?

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We have officially entered awards season. While most of you are thinking about hot chocolate and Christmas gifts, we’re thinking about Golden Globes and shocking snubs.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its 2016 Golden Globe Awards nominees Thursday morning, and surprisingly there doesn’t appear to be any huge snubs, at least not on the film side of things. The biggest snub might be Johnny Depp and his film Black Mass not receiving any nominations. Most critics agree it was Depp’s best performance in years.

One nice surprise you will find in the list below is Sylvester Stallone’s name in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role category. We told you he deserved some awards for his performance in Creed, and it looks like he might get some. Sadly, that was the only nomination for the film.

The 2016 Golden Globes should be interesting for several reasons, but one of the main reasons is the return of Ricky Gervais. He will host the show for a third time on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. You can always count on Ricky to bring some inappropriate jokes to the party.

Check out the list below…

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Carol”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“The Big Short”

“Joy”

“The Martian”

“Spy”

“Trainwreck”

Best Animated Feature Film

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun The Sheep”

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redymane, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carrell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Paul Dano, Love and Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight

Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Movie Review: Creed (2015) – The Best Rocky Film Yet

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The day before Thanksgiving saw some great new releases, and coming out on top is the critically acclaimed Creed, based on the prior Rocky franchise. I’ll admit to being prejudiced, as I loved Rocky, but have to say, that this one pretty much beat out all the others, as far as I’m concerned.

Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky’s former rival and eventual friend. His father is dead but Adonis still wants to connect with him, so off he goes to Philadelphia, where we meet a contentedly retired Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) who is running his own Italian restaurant. Then, the champ comes out of retirement, this time to coach the hopeful newcomer into filling his deceased father’s shoes.

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Despite the fact that this movie comes 39 years after the release of the original, it still has a nostalgic feel that helps fans of the original identify with the film. It’s your standard movie, where the underdog makes good, but it still works. Classics are classics for a reason, after all.

Jordan plays the plucky newcomer quite well, and brings a level of depth to a character that was at risk of becoming cliché. The training montages, love interests and fight scenes don’t feel like clichés. They feel comfortable and enjoyable. While you can see the punches coming from miles away, it’s still a great, and enjoyable effort.

That’s because they also managed to make this contemporary. They didn’t just regurgitate the same old stuff, but instead created a new and exciting movie about a character we can genuinely care about. The movie isn’t dependent on nostalgia, and Creed is a standalone rather than a sequel, but I could see another franchise come out of this.

One thing I like about this movie is that it didn’t go with the inner-city cliché. In the beginning of this. Adonis is actually a white collar worker who believes there’s something more. He doesn’t go to Philadelphia because it’s his last resort. It’s an attempt to find some common ground with a father he never knew.

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It’s clear that the director has some affection for the Rocky franchise. He references the great, and the corniest moments of Rocky without being apologetic. He’s not filming this as some kind of tongue in cheek parody. Instead, it’s an homage to the original and a great work all its own.

Stallone is in his best part in decades, and kind of reminded me of Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby. He has a kind of fragile air of mortality over a steely core that makes him seem incredibly authentic and believable. He really does shine in this movie.

This is absolutely worth the watch. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to see it, you’re missing out. You don’t need to have watched any of the prior Rocky movies, but it is helpful just to get an idea of the original Apollo Creed, who was easily one of the best characters in this series.
WE GAVE IT: 5 STARS! Watch the Official Trailer and See the Official Movie Poster below

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Named The Best Movie Of 2015 By National Board Of Review

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Back in September, we told you that Mad Max: Fury Road was already taking home awards. The International Federation of Film Critics named it the best film of 2015, beating out The Assassin, Taxi and Son of Saul.

Now just a few months later, we can officially add another grand award. The National Board of Review has named George Miller‘s masterpiece the best film of 2015. The organization, founded back in 1909, has always been one of the first major film critic groups to announce their annual award-winners.

Unfortunately, the Academy Award voters don’t usually agree with their choices. The last five movies to get that special Best Film title by the National Board of review have been: A Most Violent Year, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Hugo, and The Social Network. They all failed to take home the Best Picture Oscar.

There were other awards handed out by the organization. Ridley Scott won Best Director for his work on The Martian, and Matt Damon won Best Actor for his performance in the film.

MovieSmackTalk favorite Brie Larson took home the Best Actress award for her brilliant performance in Room, and Sylvester Stallone won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

I saw Creed last week and I was surprised by Stallone’s performance. His name definitely deserves to be on the list when the Oscars come around.

Check out the full list by clicking this link.