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Sly Stallone doesn’t own any rights to Rocky character and said he didn’t get paid much for first three Rocky films… plus Rocky 7 just maybe in the works soon…

Sly Stallone did this interesting interview with Variety and I think it’s a really good read. Sly talks about a lot of things with them. Sly talks about how he was robbed by the studios of ownership of the Rocky character… the studios fully own the character rights and Sly doesn’t own any of it. Sly says he didn’t get paid much of the first three Rocky movies and says he would have gotten paid a lot more even if he did own the full rights to the character. Some of you may ask yourself, “Sylvester Stallone is a millionaire and very rich, why would he care about making more money off the character???” I’m sure some of you are thinking to yourselves that Sly is just a whiner but I don’t think so… I think Sly totally deserves to own full rights for the Rocky character since the character was all his creation. After all the hard work and successes he did out of that character, I think he totally deserves to get paid fully and fairly. The studios obviously just didn’t care. They own the full rights to Rocky when they shouldn’t. It was Sly that helped make the studios millions… they should have thought about that but all the studios cared about was the money. Think about how unfair it is that when you create something and it was successful but you got paid less for your art? Sly has every right be pissed off, in my opinion.

Sly also talks about other things in his career… he talked about how his career almost came to an end and how nobody was interested in making Rocky VI (“Rocky Balboa”). Now that MGM finally agreed to make “Rocky Balboa” which came out in 2006, look where that got Sly? “Creed I & II” happened after that and now it’s looking like that MGM studios really want to make Rocky 7 now.

Sly says in this interview that he has an idea for another Rocky movie and he says that MGM is all over it and they want the movie to get made real fast. MGM is dying for another Rocky movie after them refusing to make “Rocky Balboa” in 2006 at first.

The new Rocky movie is not going to have anything to do with the Creed spinoffs and it’s looking like it’s going to be a seventh installment of the original Rocky series. People never thought a Rocky 7 would ever happen but it looks like it’s gonna happen ’cause MGM wants it pretty badly. Sly also says there might be a Rocky prequel TV series that will be streaming service exclusive which is also interesting.

Read the interview here:

Sylvester Stallone Feels Robbed of an Ownership Stake in ‘Rocky’: ‘I Was Furious’

I’m all for another Rocky movie and I’m all for that Rocky prequel TV show too. I think a Rocky prequel is a good idea. Just imagine what a young Rocky Balboa’s life would have been like? They would need to hire a young actor to play a younger version of Rocky Balboa which that idea would be very intriguing really. They would also need a younger Paully, a younger Mickey and maybe a younger Apollo Creed too.

Anyhow, I respect Sly so much. I admire him for going through so many struggles in life and somehow managed to get back on top again. He’s a pretty strong guy too. I also respect him for his honesty too ’cause not many actors admit that he’s been in some pretty horrible films. Sly’s not afraid to admit that he’s been in some pretty bad movies. I would think it’s safe to say that Sly has gotten much better at choosing his films, though.

Kev

 

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Saw “Creed II” yesterday afternoon and I thought it was an incredible film… very well done film… I was impressed…

So yesterday afternoon after I did my Christmas shopping, I went and finally saw “Creed II”. I thought it was an incredible and very well done film. Like the blog title says, I was very impressed. It’s definitely one of the best Rocky films in the series. Still won’t top the 1st one but “Creed II” is definitely the second best Rocky film.

I thought the film was very well acted by the whole cast, very well written and very well directed too. It was an all around great movie so no complaints at all and it was definitely way better than the first “Creed” movie. They really stepped their game up with “Creed II”.

Michael B. Jordan’s acting skills has been heavily criticized for the past several years of his career and I can understand why ’cause I haven’t been too thrilled with his acting skills lately. I thought Michael was really good in “Creed II”, though. It seems he is getting better and better with his acting. I wasn’t too thrilled with his acting in the first Creed movie but he was actually impressive in the second one. Michael was actually watchable this time.

In the past, a lot of people thought it would be a silly idea to bring Ivan Drago back but I think it’s a great idea and it makes total sense to bring Drago back. As a matter of fact, I always knew that Drago would come back in a Rocky film in some way whether it would be for Rocky 7 or a prequel, reboot or a spinoff. It ended up being for a spinoff. I was really impressed witih Dolph Lundgren’s acting in this movie too. He still plays Ivan Drago really well after all these years and Ivan talks a lot more in this one too. Even though Dolph was originally from Sweden, he’s very good at getting the Russian accent down. Why is Dolph so good at playing a Russian character? It’s because he played a lot of Russian characters in his direct-to-video action movies that he played in over the years. Dolph played a very good villain in the movie. Dolph still played a very scary and evil villain that you really wanted to hate just like in “Rocky IV”.

The movie had plenty of flashbacks and memories from the earlier Rocky films which is what made it interesting. I won’t spoil anything but the film did had a few surprising cameos.

The Creed spinoffs makes it looks like that it’s about celebrating the history of Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa but the way I see the Creed films, not really. The films are about avenging the death of Apollo. I see these as revenge movies ’cause that’s what they are technically. Adonis wanting to get revenge at Ivan Drago for killing his father.

“Creed II” was more powerful than the earlier Rocky films. The new film had more heart and it was a lot more sad and emotional. “Creed II” had too many mixed emotions while you watch it… it’ll also make you happy, laugh at the comedic scenes and make you have a blast watching the training scenes and boxing matches.

As far as Sly’s acting goes, he kills it like he always does really. Sly announced that “Creed II” will be the final time he’ll be playing Rocky. “Creed III” will probably end up happening but it’s going to be without Rocky sadly. That’s understandable ’cause Sly is getting old. He feels he can no longer play the Rocky Balboa character anymore due to his age.

With all this being said, “Creed II” was an amazing film and I was blown away by it. Will the film land some Oscar nominations? I don’t know, we’ll see. I can see it getting nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and that’s about it.

If you’re a Rocky fan, you definitely gotta go see this one.

Kev

 

Release date set for “Bond 25″… we won’t see another Bond movie until Nov. of 2019…

Contrary to reports that claimed Daniel Craig is returning to Bond 25, it is not yet clear on whether or not he will return… if he was confirmed to come back then the studios would have announced it themselves. A release date set for Bond 25 will be Nov. 8th in 2019. A couple of writers has been confirmed and producer has been confirmed as well.

No director has been named yet so that basically means that Sam Mendes is definitely out; he won’t be directing the third one. This also means that a new director will have to be signed for the director’s chair for the next installment.

Will Daniel Craig return? Don’t know… he hasn’t said anything yet but I’m sure we’ll hear from him soon. I hope Daniel returns for one more ’cause I really like him as Bond. Daniel is more exciting to watch than Pierce Brosnan. The only Pierce 007 movie I liked was “GoldenEye”; that film was actually a very good one!

Anyhow, no cast has been confirmed yet for Bond 25 but I’m positive Ralph Fiennes will return as M and I’m sure Naomi Harris will return as Moneypenny.

I do hope the writers will bring Christoph Waltz back as Blofeld ’cause that was a phenomenal performance. I think Bond 25 should be a continuation of Spectre and think it would be an interesting concept. The movie “Spectre” was a new introduction of Blofeld, giving you a hint that the character will appear in more films.

Kev