SYLVESTER STALLONE and his wife JENNIFER FLAVIN attended a tribute to BARBARA STREISAND for the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001.
The February 23, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly has an article titled “The Best of the Best” in which EW ranks the 72 Best Picture Oscar winners. Here’s what they had to say about Rocky:
43 ROCKY 1976
Directed by JOHN G. ALVIDSEN Starring SYLVESTER STALLONE, TALIA SHIRE Nominations 9 Wins 3 Stiffest Competition Taxi Driver, Network
A likable triumph-of-the-underdog tale, but why this boxing fable and not SCORSESE‘s Raging Bull four years later?
Let me begin by pointing out a small error… did you catch it? The listing says that “Rocky” was nominated for 9 Oscars but the right number is 10! I’ve already e-mailed them about the error – so let’s talk about the article…
Articles like these are written to encourage discussion about the subjective rankings of personal favorites. So let me say that, personally, I feel that “Rocky” should be in the Top 10 and without a doubt the Top 20 — I am happy to see that the editors of the piece ranked “Rocky” higher than many past winners [even if they didn’t “get it exactly right.”].
– Craig Zablo
Smilin’ Jack Ruby [gotta love that name!] posted a very positive review of the script for “Dolan’s Cadillac” over at Fandom.com. Jack had some very interesting things to say…
“I had the opportunity to read the script and not being ABKing [SZ regular Andrew! – Craig Zablo], I am skeptical of all things SLY STALLONE. Well, this role is tailor-made for him.”
“He’s the ultimate heavy, the kingpin of Las Vegas organized crime and the guy who runs the Mandarin Casino, which rises high over the strip.”
“I have read the script and it’s pretty interesting. You wouldn’t think it, but it actually combines some elements of “The Shawshank Redemption” into a revenge thriller, though this story never tries to get to that level. It’s a revenge pic, pure and simple.”
“If you read the short story, you’ll find out what this big revenge thing is. Needless to say, it is something incredibly cinematic that makes me really, REALLY want to see this movie.”
“KEVIN BACON as Tom is perfect casting…”
“I’m sure this will turn into a project with a lot of good actors as the parts are well written.”
“I have to hand it to SANDY TITLE and JONATHON PENNER, this is an adaptation I want to see…”
“It is well-cast, well-written… really keeps the tone of STEPHEN KING intact in the script.”
The underlined sections are parts that I highlighted for emphasis.
To read the complete review, click |
HERE|. – Craig Zablo [February 18, 2001]
SYLVESTER STALLONE presented MARION JONES with the Female Athlete of the Year award at “The ESPY Awards” in Las Vegas on Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
On January 27, 2001 we reported that Rambo would be the first in a new line of action figures from N2Toys. At that time we even previewed a figure based on preliminary work.
Now we can show you the actual Rambo figures which were on display at a recent Toy Fair. Click on the images at the right (6″ action figure) and below (12″ version) to see larger pics.
Thanks to Dedrick of D & G Electronics and Toys for the images.
– Craig Zablo (February 11, 2001)
DVDReview.com has posted pics of the “Get Carter” dvd menus. This is just one of the five pictured there!
Thanks to Paulie for the tip! – Craig Zablo [February 7, 2001]
On January 30th, the SZ announced that SLY was planning to star in an adaptation of STEPHEN KING’s “Dolan’s Cadillac.” Fans became excited by the prospect of SLY in the role of a Las Vegas kingpin who thinks he’s gotten away with murder.
Well, it wasn’t just STALLONE fans who thought that this was newsworthy! The same day that our story ran, Dark Horizons and Chud posted the news as well! [Chud got their info from DH… and DH was sent the tip by Lilja of The World of Stephen King who had also e-mailed the SZ.]
Yesterday Zorianna Kit of The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that SLY is set to star [and KEVIN BACON is in negotiations to join him] in “Dolan’s Cadillac,” based on a STEPHEN KING novelette. The movie is scheduled to start production in May with writer-director STACY TITLE [“The Last Supper”] directing from her own adaptation.
In “Cadillac,” STALLONE will play a Las Vegas kingpin who thinks he’s gotten away with the murder of an innocent woman, though the spouse of the victim has big revenge plans.
This will be SLY’S fourth film for Franchise. He starred in “Get Carter” as well as the upcoming “Driven” and SLY will start filming “Avenging Angelo” with MADELINE STOWE in mid-April and then begin work on “Dolan’s Cadillac” in May.
– Craig Zablo [February 7, 2001]