I happened to stumble upon a set of Rocky and Mr. T boxing puppets that were for sale on Etsy, and, oh boy, talk about nightmare material: You can see them pictured above, and, if you care to purchase these dreadful babies, you can get them as a pair for $44.66.
Almost two years ago, I wrote a piece about the Rocky running route in Rocky II. It turned out Rocky’s montage run (when connected arbitrarily, by me) in the film was nearly a 50K — a number so incredible it led to its own entry on a Google search and an actual race tracing the route.
Recently, I re-watched the film again. As far as sequels catching you up on the original, Rocky II is a hoot: The first few minutes of the film are actually just the final few minutes of Rocky. What better way to start a sequel than to literally pick up where it left off!
When the original footage ends, though, things get weird.
Come October, you could own a piece of Rocky history for the right price–you know, if living on the film’s set isn’t enough for you. AP reports that Sylvester Stallone will put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year film career on the auction block, including Rocky Balboa’s gloves, robe and boxing trunks.
Here it is folks, your first look at Creed.
Italian makeup artist Lucia Pittalis is giving drag queens a run for their money, proving that anything is possible with few brushes and some expert contouring. Just check out her Instagram account, where she shares photos of herself transformed into famous figures by the power of makeup. A lot of makeup. I mean, this woman must clear the aisles at CVS to be able to turn herself into some of these people. (Look at her Keith Richards!)
Among the other celebs she’s taken on is one very close to our hearts, fictional Philly boxing champ Rocky Balboa. She goes for the young Rocky here, and a moment when he just came out of the ring, with a jacked-up eye, a little blood on his lip and a bandage around his paws. Check him out below, and a few other notables. See more on her Instagram account here.
Robert Chartoff, the Oscar-winning producer of Rocky and a slew of other iconic films from the mid-’70s and ’80s, passed away yesterday at his home in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
Chartoff, a New York native, began his film career in the 1960s producing films like Point Blank, The Split and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? The last of which was nominated for nine Oscars. Rocky came out in 1976, and he won a Best Picture Oscar for it the following year with his partner Irwin Winkler. He also got Best Picture nods for Raging Bull and 1983’s The Right Stuff.
Check out video from his Rocky win in the video below. He’s the guy to the right of Stallone.
Philly photographer HughE Dillon is on the scene this afternoon while Rocky spinoff Creed is filming at the Art Museum steps. He was able to grab this shot, but apparently “production and police are very aggressive in blocking Sly Stallone.”
So this appeared today in the Philadelphia Daily News, under Chuck Darrow’s byline:
“Rocky,” the musical based on the iconic 1976 rags-to-riches film about a ham-and-egg boxer from Kensington, closed its Broadway run last August, a mere five months after its much-hyped debut. But just because New York wasn’t a hospitable host doesn’t mean that Rocky Balboa’s hometown couldn’t be. From this vantage point, bringing the musical to Philly as a permanent attraction is a no-brainer.
Darrow’s being an unabashed cheerleader for our city — something we like to try every now and again ourselves — and, hey, we’re big Rocky fans too. Our Victor Fiorillo heaped praise on the musical when it debuted on Broadway last year.
But this is a terrible idea. One that would probably end in tears.
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