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October 15, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Daily News
THE ONLY WAY to visit every site on Mike Kunda's "Yo, Philly Rocky Tour" is to take the excursion multiple times. "There are 70 locations in the city, but we don't hit them all," said Kunda, the Sylvester Stallone look-alike who created and conducts the three- to four-hour trips in his black Ford Transit van with the front license plate that reads "SOTHPAW," a tribute to Stallone's make-believe left-handed boxer. He personalizes the tours based on participants' interests. "If someone is more of a'Rocky II' fan, we hit more of those locations.
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October 15, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
WHEN Democratic National Committee members arrived in Philly this summer to scout the city's potential for the 2016 nominating convention, they were greeted by a Who's Who of local muckety-mucks including Mayor Nutter and former mayor and governor Ed Rendell. Among the business suits and power ties (and, OK, the Phillie Phanatic) was a middle-aged guy in a gray sweatshirt, well-worn fedora, leather jacket and fingerless gloves. His left eye - red and rimmed with small butterfly bandages - seemed to have suffered a recent trauma.
SPORTS
November 20, 1989 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Sylvester Stallone were calling the shots, Jaime "Rocky" Balboa would win a titanic battle over Meldrick Taylor tonight at Pennsylvania Hall. But this is the real-life Rocky Balboa, not the fictional pug whose only venue is a Hollywood set. Taylor, the International Boxing Federation junior-welterweight champion, knows little about this Rocky, but he does know that there are no happy endings in Balboa's immediate future. The champion, making his professional home-town debut, said he would try to be "spectacular" when he meets Balboa in a scheduled 10-round nontitle fight.
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March 20, 1992 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Contributors include the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, the New York Times and USA Today
Atop the cold, rain-swept Art Museum steps, the spot where Sylvester Stallone did his Balboa bounce was immortalized with two bronze footsteps in granite yesterday morning. This probably is it for Rocky, what with Stallone swearing off any more Rockys and the 8 1/2-foot statue of his boxing alter ego - which he sorely wanted permanently installed at the museum - now out of harm's way at the Spectrum. There was no acknowledgment of the event by Stallone. "We tried to contact him for months," said an organizer.
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December 19, 2006 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rocky - er, Sylvester Stallone - came home last night to a big Philly welcome. He even ran - er, jogged - up the Art Museum steps earlier in the day. The Philadelphia premiere of the sixth film in the Rocky canon, Rocky Balboa, drew stars as well as several hundred cheering fans lining Chestnut Street, where a red carpet was stretched outside the Prince Music Theater. The Rocky theme, "Gonna Fly Now," blared from speakers, and searchlights probed the sky around City Hall. People held up "We Love You Rocky" signs as Stallone, in a bright blue shirt, dark blazer and jeans, grinned and waved.
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October 22, 2005 | By Don Steinberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the new installment . . . titled simply "Rocky Balboa" . . . Rocky, lonely and retired in Philadelphia, comes out of retirement. . . . "In many ways, the screenplay really took me back to the original 'Rocky,' " Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth said. . . . Shooting is scheduled to begin in December. - Hollywood Reporter Rocky Balboa, the working script ========================== SCENE: INTERIOR - NIGHT. A crowd surrounds a boxing ring at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, which is festooned with red, white and blue banners.
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November 13, 1989 | By Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
It might turn out that he has the name but not the game. It is, however, about as suitable a moniker as anyone could want for a fighter at the top of a professional boxing card in Philadelphia. The replacement opponent for International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion Meldrick Taylor's Nov. 20 non-title fight in Pennsylvania Hall is - get this - Rocky Balboa. "So they're giving me 'Rocky,' huh?" an amused Taylor said from his training camp in Virginia Beach, Va. "I don't know anything about the guy, but you have to like the name.
NEWS
December 4, 2005 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yo, so you want to be in the movies? Standing in lines stretching more than two blocks, bundled up against frigid cold and stinging winds, about 2,400 people attended an open casting call for Rocky Balboa - the sixth movie in the series about the beloved Philadelphia pugilist. Heery Casting wants to find authentic Philadelphia faces for the new movie, which will begin filming here Jan. 9 and will be directed by the Rocky series' star, Sylvester Stallone. He will also play a 60-year-old Rocky, who comes out of retirement and takes up a challenge by the reigning champion.
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February 27, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TODD BUCHANAN
THE TRIUMPHANT POSE of Rocky Balboa, and the effort to keep it at the Art Museum, fall to a conquering blow. United Artists, under contract with the museum to return the statue to the Spectrum after filming a "Rocky" sequel, sent workers to pluck Rocky from his pedestal yesterday afternoon.
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December 20, 2006 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Thirty years later Cuff and Link, Rocky's thimble-size turtles, are as big as microwave ovens. And the pouches beneath the boxer's eyes exceed the permissible size for carry-on baggage. What's touching, though, about Rocky Balboa, the sixth chapter in the saga of Philadelphia's lord of the ring, is the small-scale stuff. Not the spectacle of the has-been connecting with a punch. But the sight of an actor connecting with a character. Rocky Balboa delivers 10 platitudes in 10 rounds, the kind of corn ordinarily found only in Iowa.
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July 10, 2016
While wandering through the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum, we came across an unexpected sight: a full-size twin of the Rocky statue that is a popular tourist draw in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its clone in San Diego, on the other hand, was nestled inside a museum where it was hardly noticed. Had we just entered some sort of space/time warp? To enhance the mystery, the sports museum is just one of more than a dozen major attractions in the 1,200-acre, landscaped confines of Balboa Park, one of the largest urban cultural parks in the world.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Not quite Rocky I was amused to read the letter that said Bernie Sanders should "go the distance" like Rocky Balboa ("Sanders is Democrats' Rocky," Wednesday). But where the analogy breaks down is in realizing that the championship match is the general election in November, not the Democratic National Convention next month. Former presidential candidates George McGovern and Michael Dukakis have taught Democrats that electability matters. If I thought America was ready to elect a 74-year-old Jewish socialist as president, I'd be all in - but it ain't gonna happen.
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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.
NEWS
January 12, 2016
His famous alter-ego has a statue in Philadelphia and now Sylvester Stallone has a Golden Globe for playing an aging Rocky Balboa. The 69-year-old actor received a standing ovation Sunday as he accepted a supporting actor award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his performance in the Philadelphia-filmed Creed , 39 years after last being nominated (and not winning) for the original Rocky . "I'd like to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had," said Stallone, in what was probably the best unbleeped line of the night.
NEWS
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 ...
ENTERTAINMENT
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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November 28, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Reprinted from earlier editions.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.
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November 25, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
Drink your eggs and do your one-arm push-ups, people - looks like we'll be going several more happy rounds with "Rocky. " The new spinoff, "Creed," looks like it has legs - a movie that reminds us why we loved the original, made by people who obviously cherish it as much as we do. "Creed" (in theaters today) takes us back to Rocky the striver, the guy wanting to go the distance, to prove something, if only to himself. This time his name is Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), an L.A. kid introduced to us in a lengthy prologue - illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, disowned, raised in foster homes, adopted belatedly by Apollo's wife (Phylicia Rashad)
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