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February 14, 1988 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
As Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers departed this mortal ring in the early rounds of Rocky IV, when he took a lethal punch to the jaw from the Soviet heavyweight champion. Like most of us, Weathers was not all that keen on dying. The critics might say he was well off to be out of the progressively more punch-drunk series of Sylvester Stallone vanity productions, but Apollo Creed demurs. "I was not a happy kid," said Weathers. "Who wants to die and, let's face it, lose a large chunk of income and a character that made me identifiable around the world?
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November 23, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
There's a scene early in Creed inside Adrian's, that famous South Philly eatery run by the mumbling restaurateur Rocky Balboa. A young man walks in and eyes the pictures on the wall - photographs of the heavyweight champ's legendary bouts, most notably his epic collisions with Apollo Creed. "Apollo? Yeah, he was great," Rocky says to the stranger, played with a beautiful, burning intensity by Michael B. Jordan. "He was the perfect fighter. Ain't nobody ever better. " "So how'd you beat him?"
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August 7, 2015
AFTER a full day fielding questions about playing Johnny Storm in "The Fantastic Four," Michael B. Jordan was bushed. "I spoke my piece," said Jordan, referring to a magazine essay he wrote about crossing racial lines to play the character. Stan Lee has endorsed Jordan's casting whole-heartedly, but some fans have objected to a black actor being cast to play a character who was white in the comics. What does Jordan think of the controversy online? "I honestly couldn't tell you. I haven't really been paying attention.
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October 22, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
R OB McELHENNEY is getting behind the camera to direct his first movie, and it's nothing like his TV show, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The St. Joe's Prep grad (and booster - he regularly speaks at alumni events) will direct a children's movie. Yep, the co-creator of the wonderfully perverse "It's Always Sunny" is going the family-film route with "Figment," a "Goonies"-style adventure movie about a boy and his family whose fears come to life. So, how'd he get the gig his first time out of the gate (although, to be fair, McElhenney directed two episodes of "It's Always Sunny" in its early run)
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December 27, 2015
No openings scheduled. Reviewed by critics Steven Rea (S.R.), Tirdad Derakhshani (T.D.), Molly Eichel (M.E.), and Gary Thompson (G.T.). W.S. denotes a wire-service review. Brooklyn Saoirse Ronan is an Irish country girl who travels to New York in search of a new life. It's the early 1950s, and she is full of courage, dread, and loneliness. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to exquisite life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the smart, steady direction of John Crowley.
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November 29, 2015 | Steven Rea, Inquirer staff writer
Brooklyn Saoirse Ronan is an Irish country girl who travels to New York in search of a new life. It's the early '50s, and she's full of courage, fear, and loneliness. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to exquisite life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the savvy direction of John Crowley. Moving and magnificent. PG-13 Creed From Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, in collaboration with screenwriter Aaron Covington and with the generous, genuinely inspiring participation of Sylvester Stallone.
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October 31, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When ESPN sports anchor Kevin Negandhi covered sports for the Temple News in the mid-1990s, "we won a total of seven games in the four years I was there. "And here we are 7-0 in one season," he said Friday. "It's pretty amazing. " Negandhi, 40, will be on campus at 7 a.m. Saturday to anchor ESPN's segment taking the temperature of Temple students' temperament before College GameDay starts at 9 a.m. The weekly college football GameDay show will be broadcast live here Saturday from near Independence Mall.
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February 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
THE ELKINS ESTATE has been a site for famous folks as of late, including Harrison Ford and Victoria's Secret models. Now, add Apollo Creed's son to the list. I hear that "Creed," the "Rocky" sequel featuring Sylvester Stallone, as well as Michael B. Jordan as the titular son of Carl Weathers ' character, was filming on the property of the Dominican Retreat House. In 2012, Ford filmed the little-seen thriller "Paranoia" there, along with Liam Hemsworth (who brought then-gal pal Miley Cyrus along for the ride)
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February 9, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
G EORGE CLOONEY may be a movie star. But he ain't a panda. "Kung Fu Panda 3" showed its might again by beating Clooney's "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" at the Super Bowl weekend box office. The "Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates yesterday. Joel and Ethan Coen 's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. The Nicholas Sparks ' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate.
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January 25, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
C reed is my second-favorite Rocky movie so far, the original being my all-time favorite. In fairness, I've said that about every Rocky sequel or spin-off. I loved them all - except for Rocky IV . That one was so over-the-top red, white, and blue ridiculous from the moment Apollo Creed is beaten to death in a U.S.-U.S.S.R. "exhibition" bout by the remorseless inhumanoid Soviet champion, Ivan Drago, half man, half Dolph Lundgren. The 1985 sequel ends in a Moscow sports arena filled with Rocky-chanting Russkies after the "smaller, weaker" American boxer beat the Iron Curtain out of the suddenly human Soviet champ.
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January 17, 2016
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut feature, nominated for a foreign-language Academy Award, follows five sisters in northern Turkey whose innocent games at the end of a school year scandalize a community, forcing them to be virtual prisoners in their home. Beautifully shot and beautifully performed, there is nothing beautiful in the depiction of a culture where women are at once oppressed and sexualized, where strict religious tenets and an entrenched patriarchy combine to keep them in subservient roles.
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January 4, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
It would have been so easy to make Creed a mockery of Rocky , his home city, and American urban life in 2015, warts and all. Imagine the possibilities from the fairy tale peddlers of no-plastic-surgery-is-too-much-plastic-surgery Hollywood: a 21st-century franchise reboot of a lucrative 1970s working-class-hero classic in which Adonis Johnson, fabulously wealthy son of onetime world boxing champ Apollo Creed, flies first class to ...
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January 3, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion animation piece follows a customer service guru on a lonely sojourn to Cincinnati, where he meets a young and passionate devotee. David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan provide the voices for this daring, darkly funny enterprise. R The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19th-century frontiersman left for dead in the wilds, hellbent on revenge, in director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's followup to Birdman . Tom Hardy co-stars.
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December 12, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The original Rocky movie arrived in 1976, just as Philadelphia was hitting bottom, and it unfolded against a background of shuttered factories and ravaged neighborhoods. Working-class men, suddenly rendered unnecessary, were shown huddling around trash-can fires. The club fighter Rocky, who earns a living as a loan shark's enforcer, serves as the personification of the broken-down city, an underdog with nothing to lose. Forty years have passed and Philadelphia is in the midst of its own Rocky-like comeback.
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December 1, 2015 | Daily News Staff
Speaking of turkeys! Sorry, Beliebers. While you were Tweeting your sincere concerns for  Justin Bieber's  well-being after he canceled on the  Macy's Thanksgiving Parade , the Beebs was out comporting himself in a most un-Pilgrimlike manner, according to E! News. Wednesday, he hit up a "historic biker bar" in Orange County, Calif., according to an E! eyewitness. Friday, he pregamed at a University of Southern California campus bar in Los Angeles prior to attending a concert by  The Chainsmokers  at the Shrine Auditorium.
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