November 28, 1989 |
"Back To The Future Part II," the long-awaited sequel to Michael J. Fox's first time travel tale, revved up in the holiday movie pole position last week, and there's no telling how many box office records it will leave in the dust before it runs out of gas. The film opened last Wednesday to $7 million, in what Universal Pictures called the biggest ever Wednesday box-office gross. By Sunday, it had had the biggest non-summer weekend ever, gobbling up nearly $40 million at the box office during the Thanksgiving weekend.
January 20, 2015 |
HE'S HERE! Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone , was spotted in town this weekend, especially in the Midtown Village area, where I got reports of Sly shopping at I. Goldberg (1300 Chestnut St.) and strolling down 13th Street with a pal. I'm sure he'll catch a bite or two with buddy Harry Jay Katz while here, as well. Stallone, of course, is in town to start shooting "Creed," the "Rocky" sequel starring Michael B. Jordan ("Friday Night Lights," "Fruitvale Station") as Adonis Creed, the grandson of the Italian Stallion's rival-turned-bestie, Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers in the original "Rocky," who was, alas, killed by Communism in the form of Dolph Lundgren 's Ivan Drago, in 1985's "Rocky IV")
August 15, 2014
NORMALLY WE journalists like to conduct no-holds-barred interviews, but exceptions can be made. Here's one: "Expendables 3" star Ronda Rousey, the popular MMA champion known for bending human limbs until joints separate. Ms. Rousey is free to take the conversation in any direction she wishes, and on this day she wishes to talk about her debt to "Expendables" writer/star/producer Sylvester Stallone, who fought to find room for her when bigger Hollywood names wanted the job. "There were much more high-profile women, better known names than me, and he was the one pushing for me and taking the risk," Rousey said.
January 15, 1990 |
Six weeks of filming gets under way here today on the much-awaited, much- ballyhooed Rocky V, purported to be the concluding chapter for Philadelphia's most famous export in years, fighter Rocky Balboa. But despite the hubbub about the movie and star Sylvester Stallone, a hush has fallen over the production company and city officials about the film's plot, the locations where they'll be filming and a host of other tidbits of trivia that would be fun for area residents to know. Here's what's known, or thought to be known, for the moment: THE PLOT.
November 18, 1990 |
I love the character too much to do a "Rocky IV" and have people go away disappointed and say we bled it dry. So this is it. - Sylvester Stallone, discussing Rocky III on Feb. 17, 1983. Rocky V concludes with Rocky Balboa scaling the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps for what is devoutly promised to be the last time - but as the above disclaimer indicates, take that with a grain of smelling salts. The climb leaves the Italian Stallion badly winded, but he musters the strength for a Sly aside.
January 23, 1986 |
Luther Vandross was charged yesterday in Los Angeles with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving in a Jan. 12 three-car accident that resulted in the death of a passenger in the soul singer's 1985 Mercedes- Benz. A prosecutor said the charges were filed against Vandross because he had been doing 50 in a 35-m.p.h. zone when he drifted across the center line of a winding road. "We intend to vigorously defend against these charges," said Vandross' attorney, Anthony Glassman.
July 28, 1996 |
Dolph Lundgren is on an olympian crusade that is taking him, appropriately, to the Olympics. The karate-star-turned-action-film hero is headed for Atlanta with the U.S. modern pentathlon team. He arrives not as a participant - at 37 years old, that would be a feat even for Lundgren - but as high-profile team leader and all-around booster for the arcane five-event sport. As the U.S. team prepares for Tuesday's events - shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian riding and cross-country running - Lundgren will be backstage, coordinating such things as food, transportation and equipment, while using his international celebrity to help save the modern pentathlon from permanent exile in future games.
October 5, 1986 |
Contrary to popular belief, the Rocky movies contain almost no boxing. Sure, Sylvester Stallone puts on Tufwear boxing gloves and wears baggy satin trunks, but when he starts swinging his fists, that's where the resemblance to the real thing ends. "It's so exaggerated it's ridiculous," said a real Rocky, Rocky Graziano, during a recent telephone conversation. Graziano reigned as middleweight boxing champ from 1947 to 1948. "People don't fight like that, people don't slug each other for 20 straight minutes," he added.
March 11, 1986 |
NBC is offering a triple threat to sanity tonight, with three of producer Stephen J. Cannell's silliest shows running one after another. And if that's not enough, there's always the 12th Annual People's Choice Awards. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS NOVA: RETURN OF THE OSPREY (7:45 p.m., Ch. 12) - For centuries, one sign of spring in the Northeast was the return of the osprey to its nesting grounds along the coast between New York and Boston. But in the mid-1950s, this magnificent bird of prey began to disappear mysteriously.
March 8, 1993 |
What could be worse than a sequel to "Best of the Best," arguably the dumbest entry ever in the martial arts movie genre? Well, surprise. "Best of the Best 2" is not second "Best. " It's got superior production values, better acting, a more interesting story and Wayne Newton. Starring the original karate competition team of Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee and (briefly) Christopher Penn, "Best 2" is as different from "Best 1" as, well, "Rocky IV" was from "Rocky. " "Best 2" unfolds in Las Vegas and the surrounding desert.