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.


David “Soop” Frison’s “Rocky” Tribute

I recently received the following e-mail with the attached video…

Hi Craig,
David Frison again.
I hope your well.
I was in Philadelphia for the first time a couple of months ago, only for a few hours.
You can imagine that I made it count!! ;-)
I only shared this video with less than 10 persons, as it is very personal and/or one must know and love Rocky.
Then I thought about you and us all on
I also feel like sharing that NONE of the photos I took were planned that way.
The framing just HAPPENED to be near perfect matches every time.
I suppose that from having seen the movie once or twice ;-), my subconscious visual memory served me right.
David “Soop” Frison
What an amazing [and amazingly well done] tribute! Thanks for sharing!  –  Craig

How “Cliffhanger” and “First Blood” Were Affected by Test Screenings

On October 10, 2014, Den of Geek posted 51 Movies and How They Were Affected by Test Screenings.  Two of Sly’s movies, Cliffhanger  and First Blood  made the list.



Interesting one, this. In the trailer for Renny Harlin’s 1993 hit Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone is seen jumping from one cliff to another. It’s a 40 foot leap, and when test audiences were presentated with this, they guffawed. The reason? They just didn’t buy it could be possible. As such, the jump was re-edited – ironically needing the help of some CG work – to make the jump appear shorter. Nobody guffawed. It made it to the film.


Another ending story this one, and in this case, Sylvester Stallone probably owes the test audiences of his first Rambo film a cut. In the original story, John Rambo perished at the hands of Trautman. This is also what happens in the novel upon which Rambo is based.

Yet the test audiences were not happy with this, and demanded that Rambo lived. Sylvester Stallone duly obliged, along came a new ending, and when Rambo went on to be a huge hit, the sequel – First Blood: Part II – followed shortly.

Now, Stallone is getting to work on Rambo 5. Every time he does a balance enquiry at his local brand of NatWest, he must do a silent grin to himself…