Mike Torrance – Lock Up

Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he’s brought Frank Leone with him!

Over the coming weeks/months I’ll be posting more of Mike’s sketch card commissions.  My goal is to eventually get a card for every character Sly has played.  We’re well on our way!

You can see more of Mike’s art at his Deviant Art siteMike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable.

 

Rocky 1 -5 Makes the List

Rocky and Adrian by Aykut Aydoğdu.

On October 24, 2014, SciFighting posted the Top Ten Most Memorable Boxing Movies by Marcus Hogan.  Rocky [II, III, IV and V] came in at #1.  What?  Rocky Balboa didn’t make it?

Here’s what they had to say…

1.) Rocky (II, III, IV, V)

Rocky was the highest-grossing film in 1976, making $225 million worldwide on a $1 million budget. The film was shot in only 28 days, but won 3 Oscars including Best Picture. It is the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who is a loan shark by day and boxer by night. Although this film is not considered non-fiction, former heavyweight boxer Charles “Chuck” Wepner claims that this and all the proceeding Rocky films where based on his life.

Sly’s “Judge Dredd” Makes the List

On October 23, 2014,  Comic Book Movie.com posted their choices for the Top Ten Comic Book Movie Trailers.  Sly’s Judge Dredd made the list.  Here’s what they said followed by the trailer – click over to see the other films that made the top ten. – Craig

JUDGE DREDD (1995)

The movie? Ehh. The trailer, however, kicks so much ass, thanks to legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith‘s music. That and the classic 90s, Sylvester Stallone one liners. “Court’s adjourned”.Armand Assante was gold in Judge Dredd and the trailer gives glimpses of that. Yeah, he’s way over the top but that’s what the film called for. And, yes, that is a young Diane Lane - you’re welcome.

Sly is a Hollywood Double Threat

On October 26, 2014, Wall Street Cheat Sheet posted 7 Hollywood Double Threats Who Can Act and Write by Kristen Klahn.  Here’s what was said about Sly…

Stallone is probably most well-known for his roles in the Rocky films. Interestingly, he didn’t just play the part of a boxer — he also wrote the scripts, starting with the 1976 film Rocky. According to an excerpt from The Official Rocky Scrapbook, Stallone was inspired to write the script after attending the Muhammad Ali/Chuck Wepner fight. Wepner was supposed to lose quickly, but instead the fight went 15 rounds, and he was able to establish himself as “one of the few men who had ever gone the distance with Muhammad Ali, and he can hold his head up high forever no matter what happens,” Stallone wrote.

What do you think?

In The Official Rocky Scrapbook, Stallone states: “That night I went home and I had the beginning of my character. I had him now. I was going to make a creation called Rocky Balboa, a man from the streets, a walking cliché of sorts, the all-American tragedy, a man who didn’t have much mentality but had incredible emotion and patriotism and spirituality and good nature even though nature had not been good to him.”

What do you think?

Stallone went on to write the screenwrites for the remaining Rocky films, in addition to many others, including Paradise Alley, Staying Alive, Over the Top, and Cliffhanger. He also wrote the screenplay for Rambo: Last Blood, which is in pre-production, and has two more writing projects in the works: Rambo: The TV Series and Creed.

Trisha Yearwood and the Rocky Connection

Trisha Yearwood has a new album called Prizefighter: Hit After Hit  and the cover features Yearwood in a long dress wearing screen worn boxing gloves used (and given to her) by Sly Stallone after the filming of Rocky V.