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.
Here it is folks, your first look at Creed.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have released the full synopsis for their upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed, which is filming in Philadelphia as I type. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film is described as a continuation of the Rocky story, starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky and Michael B. Jordan, who plays the son of Rocky’s nemesis Apollo Creed. The synopsis reads as follows:
HughE Dillon was camped out in Green Eggs Café this morning taking photos of the cast and crew of the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. They were across the street filming scenes at The Victor Café in South Philly, which has been transformed into “Adrian’s” for the film. We shared some of those images from Instagram earlier, but now that HughE’s back from his escapades, he’s sent us a few others showing Stallone and cast mate Michael B. Jordan (who’s playing the grandson of Apollo Creed, Adonis Creed) in the midst of a chilly shooting sesh.
I gleaned a few nuggets of wisdom from Hughe’s experience:
- “It was very serious on set.”
- “If you look closely, Sly is wearing serious lifts in his shoes.”
- They are shooting at The Victor Café until tomorrow night.
- The crew evidently screamed at HughE when they saw him taking photos, but they couldn’t do anything about it, because “I was in a private cafe, eating lunch and it wasn’t in their budget to buy the whole thing out.”
Our own gentleman paparazzo HughE Dillon is in South Philly today on the set of the new Rocky spinoff Creed, which finds Rocky training the grandson of his foe Apollo Creed. The filming is taking place at Victor Cafe, which has been made over once again as Adrian’s, the restaurant that was featured in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.
Lancaster resident Peter Rowe and his friends got a big surprise when they decided to race up the famous “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday: Sylvester Stallone was standing at the top.
“Man, you guys are fast,” Stallone told Rowe, 22, and his friends. “You make me look bad.”
Rowe (far right in the above photo) graduated from Azusa Pacific University in December with a degree in international business management and a minor in Christian ministry, and the two other guys in the photo were college friends paying him a visit.
Rowe decided to show them the sights in Philadelphia, including the Art Museum. Well, make that the Art Museum steps, which Stallone famously ran up as Rocky. Rowe admits the trio didn’t actually make it inside the world class museum.
He says that soon after their chance encounter with the star, who is in town shooting Creed, the next film in the Rocky franchise, Stallone started walking back to his car. Seeing their chance, they asked if he would pose for a selfie with them.
“He told us, ‘OK guys… look tough!'” says Rowe.
We asked Rowe if he would send us the photo. Alas, he says he sold the rights to the Associated Press (where we wound up obtaining the photo, legally) for $100.
“But now I think I didn’t get enough, based on the way people were reacting,” he says.
(AP Photo/Peter Rowe)