February 14, 1988 |
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?
November 23, 2015 |
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?"
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.
October 22, 2014 |
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)
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.
November 29, 2015 |
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.
October 31, 2015 |
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.
February 17, 2015 |
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)