October 15, 2014 |
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.
October 15, 2014 |
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.
November 20, 1989 |
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.
March 20, 1992 |
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.
December 19, 2006 |
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.
October 22, 2005 |
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.
November 13, 1989 |
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.
December 4, 2005 |
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.
February 27, 1990 |
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.
December 20, 2006 |
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.