Steven Caple Jr. will direct Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson in the next installment of the 'Rocky' franchise.
After Ryan Coogler revitalized the “Rocky” franchise Stallone created, the star announced on Instagram he will return to direct and produce the sequel.
Sylvester Stallone in ‘Creed’ (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) In one of the biggest upsets at Sunday’s Oscars, Creed star Sylvester Stallone lost in the Best Supporting Actor category to Mark Rylance from Bridge of Spies. Stallone has never won an Academy Award — the first Rocky won Best Picture and Director in 1977, but nothing for Stallone’s screenplay or performance — and who knows if he’ll ever get another chance? But don’t worry, you guys, because Sly is just fine, and he let the world know on Instagram today.
Since nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced last Thursday and — for the second consecutive year —consisted of an entirely white pool of acting contenders, demands to better diversify the Oscars have come from the likes of Spike Lee, George Clooney, Michael Moore, recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and the Academy’s African-American president herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott, which was seconded by her husband, Will Smith. With high-profile snubs of films that included Straight Outta Compton and Creed and performances from Will Smith (Concussion) and Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), all coming a year after the Best Picture nominee Selma’s director, Ava DuVernay, and leading man, David Oyelowo, were left off the ballot, it’s clear Oscar’s voting system is broken.
The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, and Golden Globe winners like Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Brie Larson (Room) are as close as you can get to sure things. But Oscar always has a few surprises up his sleeve and occasionally a long-shot contender makes the cut. Below are 13 unlikely actors and movies we’d love to see named on Thursday morning.
After a successful comeback in Creed, which has grossed $103 million at the U.S. box office,Sylvester Stallone revealed in a new interview with Variety that he’s already getting ready to step back in the ring for another sequel where he’ll play Rocky Balboa. MGM, which financed the Warner Bros. release with New Line, is onboard. It’s not clear if Ryan Coogler, who is in negotiations for Marvel’s Black Panther, will return as director of the next Creed.
A few weeks ago, Sylvester Stallone posted a behind-the-scenes video from Creed to his Twitter account, showing star Michael B. Jordan taking a real punch from boxing world champion Tony Bellow (who played his onscreen rival “Pretty” Ricky Conlan). Turns out that getting KO’d by a pro is a Rocky tradition. On Monday’s Tonight Show, franchise creator Stallone (who produced and co-stars in Creed) told host Jimmy Fallon that Jordan’s knockout was his “initiation” into the Rocky family. Watch the clip above.
To the delight of studios and fans alike, 2015 was the year that audiences decided to go back to the movies. Films like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens became full-blown cinematic events, attracting massive crowds and shattering box-office records. This week, industry analysts confidently declared that domestic box office would surpass $11 billion by the end of the year , an all-time high. While tentpole films made waves, it was also a good year for low-budget cult movies and limited-release Oscar contenders, as well as demographics that have often been underrepresented in Hollywood (like films starring African-American characters and/or female protagonists). Click through for a sampling of 2015’s biggest box-office winners. (Stay tuned for tomorrow for a roundup of the biggest losers.)
Creed star Michael B. Jordan wasn’t nominated for a SAG Award or a Golden Globe, but he’s won something even more valuable: co-star Sylvester Stallone’s respect. “But he got up and did it again! That’s called guts!!” Michael B Jordon, “young creed and "getting KO’d for real! But he got up and did it again! That’s called guts!! pic.twitter.com/yFo3PVmvhA— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) December 9, 2015 And after six Rocky films — along with plenty of Expendables and Rambo flicks — Stallone knows a little something about guts.
Katniss Everdeen, a lovable dinosaur, and an aging Rocky Balboa made for an appetizing feast at the Thanksgiving box office, where revenue was up sharply from last year.
Release date: Nov. 25, 2015 Written by: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa Tessa Thompson as Bianca
Sylvester Stallone in the original ‘Rocky’ (Everett) By Carrie Rickey In 1986, when I told my nephew that I was moving to Philadelphia, the L.A. high-school junior asked, “Is that near Boston?” “It’s between New York and D.C.,” I replied. I wondered then — and I still do now, as the Italian Stallion passes the boxing gloves to the son of his onetime rival Apollo Creed in director Ryan Coogler’s new drama Creed that’s hitting theaters on Thanksgiving. From The Philadelphia Story to Trading Places, the Philly story onscreen has mostly been about blue bloods and blue collars initially at odds, but ultimately finding common cause. “Stallone made the Horatio Alger story, tarnished and suspect during Vietnam, credible again,” film historian Jeanine Basinger told me in 2001.
In fact, as Michael B. Jordan told Yahoo Movies in the video above, he requested that the caterers brought cheesesteaks to the set after he finished all of his boxing scenes, so the actor could pig out. In fact, that was the controversial preference offered up by nearly everyone that Yahoo spoke to from the film, including director Ryan Coogler. Tessa Thompson, who co-stars in the film, is also on the chicken bandwagon — but even more controversially, doesn’t like ketchup.
The latest trailer for Creed, a new sequel/spinoff of the Rocky franchise by Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler, offers some details about its characters, and a gut-punch to fans of the long-running boxing franchise. Creed is meant to function as a generational torch-passing: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), the underdog boxer at the center of six films, becomes the mentor of a fresh-faced young fighter named Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), who just so happens to be the son of Rock’s old pal/rival Apollo.