NBC10 and “Rocky Balboa”

If you’ve been following Sly‘s filming of “Rocky Balboa” in Philly, you know that the best coverage is coming from the Channel 10, the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia. They’re doing a really great job, so you can imagine how pleased I was to receive the following e-mail from Lucy Barnett, the Senior Editor for NBC10.com:

I saw that you linked to our Rocky story. Feel free to link to our Rocky section, where we will post all the stories we do on the new movie and the filming in Philadelphia

Lucy Barnett
Senior Editor

Thanks Ms. Barnett. I’ll add a link directly to NBC10’s coverage on the front page of the SZ! – Craig

Sly Still “Lord of the Ring”

SZoner, Tony Gardner sent in the following:

Hi Craig,

My name is Tony Gardner from Newcastle in the UK, I sent you some art work of mine a while back. I would just like to mention again on what a great job you are doing with the website and all this Rocky Balboa news is so exciting its just blowing my mind away.

Anyway the main reason i have emailed you is to send you a scan of what the papers have to say over here about Sly and ROCKY BALBOA and its all good stuff. I have seen a few articles in news papers and magazines and everyone seems blown away by Stallone‘s physique at the age of 59 so i decided to scan one and let you have a look or maybe use it for your next site update, keep up the great work.

All the best,

Tony Gardner

Thanks for sharing, Tony! – Craig

Sly Water

Sly recently inked a deal with Glacia Nova to produce bottled water from the 10,000-year-old Mount Rainier Carbon Glacier. Glacia Nova has been in business for 16 years producing Vivali health and performance water, Akali functional water, and Serac glacial milk.

Sly water will be an upscale brand and sell for about $2.50 per 20-ounce bottle. This year, only 6 million cases will be produced and Sly Water will be available only in restaurants, hotels, and the company website.

For more details click HERE or visit the Glacia Nova website HERE. – Craig

SZoner, Joe Breen Attends Vegas Filming

Dear Mr. Zablo,

I have visited your web site for a number of years. As a lifelong Stallone fan it is a pleasure to see someone dedicate a site to those who share the same sentiment about the powerful influence of this man’s works. Recently I traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the filming of “Rocky Balboa”, I have enclosed several photos of thje trip which you can share with fellow Zoners.

As a young actior and writer, it was more then the ideal opportunity to see the man who inspired me to begin on this path. Because of Mr. Stallone I was inspired to write my first script “Favelas” which I co-wrote with my good friend John Smalbein, who happens to be a mutual acquatence of both of us. Enjoy the pics and keep up the good work. – Joe Breen


Thanks, Joe! Best of Luck to you and John with your script. – Craig Zablo

Sly’s a Flyer

Sylvester Stallone, wearing a Philadelphia Flyers sweater with the number 6 and Balboa on the back, waves to the crowd at the Colorado Avalanche-Flyers NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Avalanche won 4-3 in overtime. Stallone is in town filming ‘Rocky Balboa.’

(AP Photo/George Widman)

– Craig

Sly in USA Weekend

The January 13 – 15, 2006 issue of USA Weekend’s “Who’s News” section featured the following item about Sly:

Q: I hear that there is going to be a sixth Rocky movie. Details, please.
– Angel Marie Moll
Bellingham, Mass.

It won’t be out until 2007, but filming started last month and will continue with shoots in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In this movie, the retired Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, who turns 60 this year) is lured back to the ring for one last fight. Titled “Rocky Balboa,” it is written and directed by Stallone, who was Oscar-nominated for writing and starring in the original 1976 film.

A different pic runs with the question. – Craig

New “Rocky” Figures Coming

Jeremy Padawer [Vice President of Boy’s Entertainment Marketing at Jakks Pacific, the 3rd largest toy company in the US, behind Mattel and Hasbro] has posted some photos of the new Rocky figures which will be released later this year and in 2007. The faces are covered because these are just prototypes.

Here’s more from Jeremy: “When I say we’re doing Rocky, I mean we’re going ALL OUT. We’re going to create R.A. style figures for the entire Rocky series – Rocky I through Rocky Balboa (VI). In total, I estimate that we will develop and release approximately 45-55 figures. The goal will be to not only celebrate the most important characters in the Rocky series (Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa, Ivan Drago and about 15-20 more that fit into the obvious category), but we will also recreate key secondary and tertiary characters!”

I think it’s cool that Jeremy is a long time fan of the Rocky series and that we’re going to see figures from all of the movies. Jakks is a major player in the action figure market [my youngest son must have hundreds of the wrestling figures] and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

For the full report, click HERE.

– Craig

Sly to Punch Up Casino

Here’s an excerpt from an article entitled Casino Dreams Hitched to the Stars by Suzette Parmley [The Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News]:

Dec. 30–Assembling teams to develop casinos apparently is a lot like choosing up sides for a pickup basketball game.

Good athletes (especially former pros) are in demand, everyone wants a celebrity (pop stars and actors), but it is critical to be solid down the lane (high-profile lawyers and developers).

Planet Hollywood will have Sylvester Stallone to punch up its Riverwalk Casino.

For the full article, click [HERE] – Craig

Ruling in Favor of Sly Over Sly

A federal judge ruled that there’s little chance people will confuse Sylvester Stallone‘s Sly magazine with a foot fetish web site of the same name. The web site had filed a $1 million copyright infringement suit against Sly’s magazine.

“There is a little difference between shoe fetish and Mr. Sylvester Stallone,” Manhattan Judge Richard Casey said while ruling in favor of Sly publishers American Media. This ruling allowed Sly and American Media to continue publication.

However, American Media attorney Susan Coleman was quoted as saying, “The last issue is on the newsstand and there will be no additional issues.”

You can read more about the ruling HERE, and HERE, among other places on the web. – Craig

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