Believe it or not, a few people actually succeeded in the otherwise godforsaken 2016. Here’s to all the do-gooders, overachievers, strivers, thrivers, and folks who won so much they got tired of the winning. Read more »
The Daily Mail (yeah, we know) is reporting that Donald Trump will tap Sylvester Stallone to head the National Endowment for the Arts.
Various artists have chaired the NEA before, though most have also had more of an education/arts funding background. None have been nearly as famous as Stallone. The current chair is Jane Chu, an artist and musician with a background in philanthropy and education.
“It’s been widely and wrongly assumed that a Trump presidency will be hostile to the arts,” a source told the DailyMail’s website. “But Mr. Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs.” Read more »
Sylvester Stallone is still not an Academy Award winner.
Despite many people pegging him to get an acting win in what’s probably his best acting performance ever, Stallone did not take home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor last night at the Oscars. Mark Rylance won the award for his role in Bridge of Spies.
Sylvester Stallone is now a three-time Academy Award nominee.
The actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his seventh portrayal of Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa in Creed. It was the second time he is up for an acting award. He was previously nominated for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for Rocky in 1976. He didn’t win either award, though Rocky won Best Picture that year.
The big news in Variety today is that Creed star Sylvester Stallone is promising there will be a sequel — so, it seems likely that Philly’s going to have another shot at cinematic glory.
As a sidebar to that story, though, the magazine has an interview with director Ryan Coogler, who talks about how Philly shaped the movie, and how the Philly slang term “jawn” made its way into the movie.
Before he was a movie director, it seems, Coogler was a bright student athlete — and took a recruiting trip to Penn. His experiences ended up being reflected in the movie.
“When I was getting recruited for high school, one of the schools that I took a recruiting visit to was the University of Pennsylvania, UPENN,” he told Variety. “So Philly was one of the first places I had been to by myself, on my own, as a young adult. And I’ll never forget how much of a culture shock it was. I really liked it, but it was so much different from California in so many ways.
“I was around a lot of the young black folks in Philly and meeting some of the girls. My reaction to them was very similar to Adonis’ reaction when he first meets Bianca. You’re meeting these girls who were very sure of themselves, very direct. They kind of meet you head-on, and if you’re not coming right, they’ll run you right over to get to where they’re going. All those things kind of had an effect on me.”
As for jawn….
“It’s J-A-W-N. What’s crazy was, we had a lot of local crew and our special effects guy, he was a Philly dude and his name was Squares. And he had a bunch of Philadelphia-centric tattoos but his coolest tattoo was a compass. But instead of north, south, east, west it had J-A-W-N.”
We’d kill to see that tattoo — if anybody has a picture of it (or knows how to get in touch with Squares) let us know.
Yesterday on Twitter, Sylvester Stallone shared a video from the set of Creed where his cast mate Michael B. Jordan actually gets knocked out while shooting a boxing scene for the film.
“Michael B Jordon, young creed and getting KO’d for real! But he got up and did it again! That’s called guts!!,” Stallone tweeted along with the video. Check it out:
The news that has all the film blogs buzzing is that George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, won Best Film of 2015. (See our review of that here.) But the win that has us most excited is Sylvester Stallone nabbing Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Creed, the seventh installment in the Rocky series.
A huge crowd of Rocky fans turned up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Rocky Steps” this morning to greet Sylvester Stallone and the cast of Creed, who, as it was announced earlier this week, appeared there to share news about the seventh installation of the Rocky franchise. Stallone was joined by co-stars Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People), writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), and longtime Rocky producer Irwin Winkler. Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson were also there.
Way back in 2013, a band from Los Angeles called Caught a Ghost played an opening slot on a Thursday night at popular Fishtown bar-restaurant-nightclub Johnny Brenda’s, one of Foobooz’s Best Bars of 2015. The show didn’t get any press, and we couldn’t find a single video from the night other than a quick soundcheck clip of the headliner. But the gig was pivotal in landing Johnny Brenda’s some significant screen time in Creed, the new Rocky movie that opens nationwide on November 25th. Read more »
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.