Mike Torrance and Snaps

Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he’s brought Angelo “Snaps” Provolone 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.

 

Sly’s Chaos Watch for Montegrappa

On October 29, 2014, Classic Driver posted Horological Horrors: Watches to be Seen Dead with at Halloween.   Chaos, the watch Sly designed for Montegrappa was featured and here’s what they had to say…

The 101-year-old Italian firm of Montegrappa is best known for its pens, but it makes watches, too. Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone is famed for his action hero roles and less well known for his design skills – yet Montegrappa gave him carte blanche to create a limited-edition watch called the ‘Chaos’, to go with the Chaos pen he commissioned for use in the first Expendables movie. Those with a taste for the Gothic will appreciate the skull and entwined snakes that make up the case of the watch, silver versions of which cost around £3,500.

8 Most Inspirational Sports Movies of All Time

On October 26, 2014, WhoSay created their list of the 8 Most Inspirational Sports Movies of All Time.  Rocky  made the list (but not #1?).   Here’s what they said…

It’s impossible to think about boxing, or hear the song “Eye of The Tiger” for that matter, without remembering of the iconic film, Rocky. The Oscar-winning film made Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky Balboa a household name, and the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a cultural landmark.

Well, since they list Rocky but talk about Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III) it’s an easy jump to their confusion in not listing Rocky  in first place.  ; )   - Craig

Peterik, Sly and “Eye of the Tiger”

Jim Peterik of Survivor, recently spoke to Dan Weiss about his career and working with Sly to create Eye of the Tiger.   Here’s a taste…

Were you a big fan of the prior Rocky movies or boxing before Stallone approached you?

Huge fan of Rocky I, and II was good, too, my wife and I were really into it. So when I got home that fateful day in early 1982, I had a message on my answering machine that went: “Jim, nice answering machine you got there, give me a call, it’s Sylvester Stallone.” So I thought, yeah, right, c’mon. Stallone would have a handler or an agent…it’s not every day you get a message from Stallone. So I thought somebody was pranking me. I called my buddy Sal who did an imitation of him: “Come on, don’t do this to me.” He’s like “Do what?” So I called him back and Stallone answers, “Yo.” And I said, “Is this Sylvester Stallone?” And he goes [affects Stallone voice], “Yeah, call me Sly.” So I go, “Hi Sly, how you doing?” And he goes, “Yeah, I like the sound of your band. I want that sound for my new movie, can you help me out?” And I said, “Is the pope Catholic?” I knew this was the chance of a lifetime.

He sent us a rough cut of the movie, the first three and a half minutes of a montage. So me and [Survivor guitarist] Frankie Sullivan just watch this thing, and he’s got a Les Paul and starts playing the “chugga, chugga, chugga” thing. I see the punches, you know, Mr. T knocking the daylights out of Stallone, and I go “bom…bom bom bom.” Literally syncing the guitar part to the punches we see onscreen. So we had a really good start, and then we begged Stallone to send us the whole movie, which he finally did the next day. Begrudgingly, because he wasn’t supposed to. But that’s when everything took shape, because that’s when we see Burgess Meredith‘s character going “Roc, you’re losing the eye of the tiger!” And we go, “There’s our song.”

The Peterik interview is a good one.  His first hit was Vehicle  which he wrote for Ides of March.  The song appears in Sly’s movie Lock Up.   Check out the full interview here.

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.