The following item appeared in the June 30, 2000 issue of USAToday:

Stars learn the phrase ‘Never say never’

By Josh Chetwynd and Andy Seiler, USA TODAY

Hit movies from the ’80s and early ’90s – and the actors who became stars in them – are trying to revive the magic.

Harrison Ford is waiting for a script from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) for a fourth Indiana Jones. Sharon Stone is ready to do Basic Instinct 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning for a third Terminator. Sylvester Stallone is “in talks” for Rocky 6. Paul Hogan is shooting a third “Crocodile” Dundee. And Under Siege 3 is being developed for Steven Seagal.

Many of the stars vowed they’d never go back. But now, with the possible exception of Ford, their signature characters are their best bet for a career boost.

“Their careers have not been as great as they once were,” says syndicated columnist Marylin Beck. “So they are more susceptible to offers to a sequel that – on the way up – they said they wouldn’t do.”

More old favorites might be returning without their original stars. Planet of the Apes is returning with Mark Wahlberg in the Charlton Heston role.
Several producers are considering another Fletch, but someone younger than Chevy Chase likely would star. And writers are working on the script for Pink Panther 10, though attempts with Alan Arkin, Ted Wass and Roberto Benigni in the late Peter Sellers’ role failed.

Why the rush to bring back old movies? Hollywood is not making good new ones, Beck says. “Ask somebody, ‘Seen any good movies this year?'” and their list probably begins and ends with Erin Brockovich and Gladiator. You have to hunt out the art houses to find the foreign films to watch a decent story. So Hollywood leans more and more on the tried and true.”

Rocky VI anyone? Thanks to Andrew for posting this item on the SZ message board as well!

– Craig Zablo

(July 02, 2000)



In the June 20, 2000 issue of The National Enquirer there is a tidbit about SYLVESTER STALLONE in an article by Alan Smith, titled “Lust and Love in H’wood: Producer Bares All in Tattletale Book.” The article discusses American Rhapsody, the new book, by Joe Eszterhaus. Eszterhaus the well-known screenwriter of movies such as “Basic Instinct,” “Flashdance, and “F.I.S.T.” has written a tell-all account which has “Hollywood… quaking in their boots over the revelations.” According to the article, which provides a peek at some of the celebrities dissed or uh, discussed in the book; after the completion of “F.I.S.T.,” SLY “approached Eszterhaus and said that he wanted to be Jesus Christ in a movie.”
If the Stallone incident is an example of a story that will “bare all and have Hollywood quaking”… I think that the book will go the way of “Showgirls!”
-Craig Zablo
In the June 23, 2000 issue of Entertainment Weekly there is an article about special edition DVDs by Scott Brown entitled, “Isn’t That Special.” The article discusses directors who favor the extra treatment their films can get on DVD as well as some of the extras the discs include. In addition to the mention of the “Cliffhanger” special edition DVD which is now available, the article also quotes Renny Harlin about what we can look forward to on the “Champs” DVD! Renny is “already planning custom photography for the DVD release of his next movie, the Sylvester Stallone car-racing actioner tentatively titled “Champs” – though shooting hasn’t yet begun.” “The audience will be able to choose whether they want to watch the actor driving or look at what the actor is seeing through the windshield,” says Harlin, who adds that he adores DVD and the creative flexibility it affords him. “I’d say I have about 100 percent creative control (over my special editions)… I’ll take the blame and I’ll take the glory.”
This absolutely is good news!
-Craig Zablo

(June 20, 2000)



The June 20, 2000 issue of STAR contains the following item in Janet Charlton’s STARPEOPLE section: SYLVESTER STALLONE’S wife JENNIFER has put him on a curfew. He wears an alarm watch set for 1 a.m. when he’s out with the boys. When the alarm sounds, Sly heads for home…

The July issue of Movieline contains a piece called “100 Factoids of Love” by Leigh Niles. Factoid #49 contains the following along with a small picture of SLY and JENNIFER: Sylvester Stallone broke up with his girlfriend of five years, model Jennifer Flavin, by FedEx-ing her a letter in 1994, when he began dating Angie Everhart; a year and a half later, he went back to Flavin and she married him.

– Craig Zablo (June 14, 2000)



The Associated Press published two pieces about Sly on March 24, 2000. The following is the second item.
-Craig Zablo (May 27, 2000)

U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone meets former U.S. boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard during the Laureus Celebrity Golf tournament in Monaco, Wednesday, May 24, 2000. They will participate Thursday in Monaco, at the Laureus Sports Awards ceremony.This first annual ceremony to celebrate sporting excellence across all disciplines and all continents,will honor sporting achievement.



 The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Estella Warren has joined the cast of Champs which is scheduled to begin filming in July. Warren who is best known for being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, has appeared in independent films in the past, but this will be her first “major budget studio feature.” Thanks to Dark Horizons and “The Grim Reaping Lots of Money” for the tip.
-Craig Zablo (May 27, 2000)

First Look: Rocky Matchbox

Way back on January 15, 2000, we announced that Rocky would be given the star treatment with a special edition Matchbox car accompanied by a “big head” figurine. StalloneZone is happy to provide a preview of some of the figures that will appear in the Matchbox Star Cars series. Along with Rocky Balboa and Camero, collectors will also find The Mask and Squad Car, Gilligan and the S.S. Minnow, Fonzie and his Motorcycle, and more. A firm release date has not been set, so keep your eyes peeled!

Craig Zablo

Sly Attends Irwin Winkler Ceremony

Actor Sylvester Stallone, right, lands a mock punch on the chin of producer Irwin Winkler during Walk of Fame ceremony for Winkler in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, April 28, 2000. Winkler produced the film “Rocky,” starring Stallone(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Sylvester Stallone, right, and Carl Weathers, left, pose with producer Irwin Winkler at the Walk of Fame ceremony for Winkler in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, April 28, 2000. Stallone and Weathers were opponents in the original “Rocky” film,  produced by Winkler
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)



In the February 29, 2000 issue of Star, there the following writeup appears in the STARPEOPLE section:
Now that ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has jumped ship, SYLVESTER STALLONE wants to be the hero that saves Planet Hollywood. Not long after ARNOLD cut his ties with the troubled restaurant chain, SLY made an unscheduled appearance at the Los Vegas location. He gave employees an impromptu pep talk, assuring them he could rescue the restaurants. Before he left, SLY asked the staff to remove the life-size cutout of ARNOLD that stood in the restaurant’s entrance.

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