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Stallone: One Thing About Rocky 'Eats At My Soul'

Star says 'parasitical' producer Irwin Winkler didn't assign him ownership rights

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone has taken to social media to bash Rocky producer Irwin Winkler, arguing he's withholding rights to the movie franchise that made Stallone a star. Stallone, who wrote all six movies in the initial Rocky series and directed four, called for a "FAIR gesture" from the 91-year-old...

Oscar-Winning Rocky Director Dead at 81
Man Behind 
Rocky, Karate Kid
Dead at 81

Man Behind Rocky, Karate Kid Dead at 81

John G. Avildsen won an Oscar for the former

(Newser) - John G. Avildsen, who directed Rocky and The Karate Kid—two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises—died Friday in Los Angeles at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died from pancreatic cancer and called him "a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation."...

Rocky Spinoff Creed Is Surprisingly Good
 Rocky Spinoff Creed 
 Is Surprisingly Good 

Rocky Spinoff Creed Is Surprisingly Good

One critic says it's the best Rocky film since the original

(Newser) - The son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed turns up in Philadelphia to be trained by his dead father's once-opponent Rocky Balboa in Creed —a movie cheered by critics, who give it a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
  • "You'd expect

Sylvester Stallone Surprises Fans at 'Rocky Steps'

He was in Philadelphia filming latest 'Rocky' flick

(Newser) - Pete Rowe and two friends had just finished running up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—called the "Rocky Steps" because they were made famous during the Rocky training montage when Sylvester Stallone's character runs up them—when they heard a familiar voice this weekend. "...

Stallone: After Rocky, I Was 'Insufferable'

Old interviews make him want to punch himself in the face, he admits

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the London Palladium Hall of Fame Saturday night, but before that, he gave a revealing Q&A to Jonathan Ross. His best quotes, courtesy of the BBC and Digital Spy :
  • On Rocky: The film's success made him "insufferable," and he started acting

Runners Cover Rocky's Route— All 31 Miles of It

They imitate unlikely montage in second film

(Newser) - In Rocky II, the boxer pulls off a rather astounding feat: He appears, in a montage, to run from South Philadelphia to train tracks seven miles northeast, then suddenly back to South Philly before heading all the way to the Schuylkill River. All told, it's a 31-mile, or 50-kilometer,...

Cops Looking for Car That Drove Down Rocky Steps

Convertible drove down Philadelphia Museum of Art steps

(Newser) - Police are looking for a convertible seen driving down the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps made famous in the movie Rocky. Several people posted online videos showing the car driving down the steps in fits and starts around midnight yesterday. The car then speeds off. Police say they plan to...

Rocky V Boxer Tommy Morrison Dead at 44

Former heavyweight champ had tested positive for HIV in 1996

(Newser) - Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, best known for his role in Rocky V and a very public HIV diagnosis, died last night in Nebraska of undisclosed causes, reports the Tulsa World . He was 44. "It's true," says his former promoter. "He was with his wife...

18 Huge Oscar Upsets
 18 Huge Oscar Upsets 

18 Huge Oscar Upsets

Get ready—it could happen again tonight

(Newser) - Quite a few people will be shocked if Argo doesn't win Best Picture at the Oscars tonight—but history has shown that it could happen. Celebuzz rounds up the 18 biggest Academy Awards upsets:
  • When Adrien Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist, he beat out four previous Oscar

'Eye of the Tiger' Guitarist Suing Newt Over Song Use

Survivor's Frankie Sullivan irritated that Gingrich is using 'Rocky III' song

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich is going to have to start playing a different song as he battles his rivals, says Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan. The rocker is suing Gingrich over his use of "Eye of the Tiger" at campaign rallies, Reuters reports. Sullivan co-wrote the 1982 hit, best known as the...

Coming Soon: Rocky, the Musical

Sylvester Stallone says he always pictured it as a musical

(Newser) - Can you picture Sylvester Stallone’s famous Rocky character bursting into song after winning a boxing match? Because that might just happen when Rocky: The Musical becomes a reality. “I always had the idea of Rocky as a musical,” says Stallone, who has teamed up with boxers Wladimir...

The Greatest Sports Movies Ever Made

(Newser) - After a "bloody battle royale," the sports staff of the New York Daily News has anointed the best sports films of all time. Among the contenders:
  • Raging Bull: Robert De Niro's knockout performance as boxer Jake LaMotta makes this one of the greatest movies of any kind ever

Clinton, in Philly, Invokes Rocky
Clinton, in Philly, Invokes Rocky

Clinton, in Philly, Invokes Rocky

Candidate, fictional underdog 'have a lot in common'; bloggers come out swinging

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton compared herself to Rocky Balboa today, saying “I know what it means to get knocked down. But I've never stayed down, and I never will." Even as the RNC issued a reminder of Sylvester Stallone's fondness for John McCain, bloggers raced to weigh in:
  • "Let's

Australia Cuts Stallone Down to Size
Australia Cuts Stallone Down to Size

Australia Cuts Stallone Down to Size

Action star draws fine for importing drugs without a prescription

(Newser) - Muscle-bound "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone was hit with nearly $10,000 in fines and court costs today after being convicted of bringing body-building hormones into Australia without proper documentation. Customs officials busted him with human growth hormone and testosterone in February while he was promoting "Rocky Balboa" en...

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