Sly in Racer

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes sent in the following: In the June 2001 issue of Racer there is a profile on racing movies by Adam Cooper entitled Last Action Heroes Some excerpts … “SYLVESTER STALLONEand director RENNY HARLIN faced a long , hard struggle to realize their pet project that originally began life with an F1 theme.”

“…Of course, STALLONE knows a little about sports movies. In 1976 he shot to stardom on “Rocky,” a project he conceived and fought to bring to life, and which earned the best picture Oscar. Will “Driven” be a knockout ?”

Text for pic … Former Indy 500 winner and formula 1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve makes a cameo appearance in “Driven.”

Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo

Sly InSyle

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes has checked in with another “heads-up” for SYLVESTER STALLONEfans:

In the June 2001 issue of InStyle magazine in the BODY + SOUL column there is a feature entitled … ‘ SHAPE SHIFTERS . It talks about physically prepping for roles.

There is a section called Hall of Gain: Expanding Their Range. “When it comes to actorly sacrifices for roles, sometimes the thighs have no limit.”

They list 5 actors/ actresses who have gained weight for roles . SLY is # 4…. SYLVESTER STALLONEsported 40 extra pounds in 1997’s “Cop Land.”

Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo

“Rocky” Selected As DVD of the Month

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes returns with yet another SZ NEWS item. The pics and text can be found in the June issue of Total Film.

Rocky Special Edition

The Film: The only real knockout in the Rocky series has aged pretty well. Grittier and nastier [well, relatively] than the four sequels, the dingy look, solid performances and triumphantly teary ending make it easy to understand how this bagged itself nine Oscar nominations and three statuettes [including Best Film].

The extras: Audio commentary with cast and crew, video commentary with SYLVESTER STALLONE , behind the scenes featurette with director JOHN ALVIDSEN, tribute to BURGESS MEREDITH, tribute to JAMES CRABE, trailers.

The verdict: Not exactly championship material but still able to go the distance, this is an enjoyable, well-assembled package. The video commentary [basically a glorified interview with Mr. SLY] is entertaining stuff, especially if you never realized just how much of a shoestring affair making the film was [dodging
in and around Philadelphia trying not to get nabbed by the authorities, grabbing shots wherever they could ]. Also look out for JOHN ALVIDSEN‘s 8 mm behind – the – scenes footage [an amusing peek at how the fight was assembled] and the genuinely touching tributes to BURGESS MEREDITH and JAMES CRABBE. Completists will be glad to know that the Special Edition is also available as part of the Rocky Anthology box set, but, let’s face it, this is the only one worth owning.

Cerl Thomas Film: **** Disc: ****

During rehearsals Rocky director JOHN ALVIDSEN shot cheap 8mm films of his stars prancing around the ring. He talks us through it on the Special Edition disc…

“When the time came to rehearse, what I wanted to rehearse more than anything was the fighting ‘cos I knew that the film wasn’t going to look good unless the fighting looked good. A couple of weeks before we started shooting I got SYLVESTER and CARL WEATHERS into the ring to see what it was going to look like. Well they got into the ring and one guy said: “I’m gonna do this” and the other guy said: “I’m gonna do that!” I realized that we weren’t gonna get anywhere.So I suggested to SYLVESTER : “Why don’t you go home and write this thing out? A left and a right, an uppercut, you fall down, he falls down. Whatever you want, write it out and bring it back and we’ll learn it like a ballet. It’ll be choreographed and we’ll do the same thing in the ring day after day until we really get it down. So when you do this, he does that and we put a big whack on the soundtrack and people will believe it.

So SYLVESTER liked the idea and the next day he came back with 32 pages of lefts and rights and that’s what we learned.”


 – Craig

“DRIVEN” DVD PACKED WITH EXTRAS

The May 25th issue of USA Today features an article by Scott Bowles about the extra bonus material found on DVDs. References to Driven are made which will excite most Stallone fans.

“After five takes of an elaborate race scene for his movie Driven, director Renny Harlin requested yet another shoot. The crew was growing tired and frustrated. Didn’t they have enough footage? ‘Yes, for the film,’ Harlin responded. ‘But we need more for the DVD.'”

Later in the article there is more…

“It’s enough to leave even veteran directors overwhelmed with choices. Director Harlin still isn’t sure what he wants his picture to look like on DVD. (No release date has been set.) Harlin shot 1.5 million feet of film – 150 times longer than the movie itself – and his first cut of Driven ran longer than 4 1/2 hours. You can’t see that race epic at the local cineplex, but you may on DVD, he says. Harlin also hopes to turn the disc into a video game of sorts, allowing viewers to take “virtual races” in the movie, as well as choose camera angles and character perspectives. “That’s the great thing about it,” he says. “You can make a totally different film if you want.

“Can you imagine how sweet this DVD will be? – Craig Zablo (May 27, 2001)

“Driven” DVD Extras

USA Today features an article by Scott Bowles about the extra bonus material found on DVDs. References to “Driven” are made which will excite most STALLONE fans.

“After five takes of an elaborate race scene for his movie Driven, director RENNY HARLIN requested yet another shoot. The crew was growing tired and frustrated. Didn’t they have enough footage? ‘Yes, for the film,’ HARLIN responded. ‘But we need more for the DVD…’ “HARLIN shot 1.5 million feet of film – 150 times longer than the movie itself – and his first cut of Driven ran longer than 4 1/2 hours. You can’t see that race epic at the local cineplex, but you may on DVD, he says.  HARLIN also hopes to turn the disc into a video game of sorts, allowing viewers to take “virtual races” in the movie, as well as choose camera angles and character perspectives.”

SLY IN HELLO

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes is back with another scoop!

In the May 15, 2001 issue (#662) of HELLO! mag there is a feature entitled MICHAEL SCHUMACHER AND HIS WIFE CORINNA. The pic above appears (much smaller) with the caption: “A rare celebrity moment for Michael
as he poses with Sylvester Stallone while making the film Driven.”

Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo (May 24, 2001)

Sly & Jen: Race Against MS

Last Friday Sly and Jen attended the Race Against MS dinner at the Century Plaza.

Performers for the charity gala included Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Cher, Montel Williams, Nelly Furtado, Brian McKnight, Bill Maher, Tony Danza, Tom Arnold and Billy Connolly. Celebrities in attendance included Dustin Hoffman, Anjelica Huston, Terri Garr, David Foster and many others.

  • Craig Zablo (May 22, 2001)

SLY IN STYLE

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes has checked in with another “heads-up” for Sylvester Stallone fans:

In the June 2001 issue of In Style magazine in the BODY + SOUL column there is a feature entitled SHAPE SHIFTERS. It talks about physically prepping for roles.  There is a section called Hall of Gain: Expanding Their Range.

“When it comes to actorly sacrifices for roles, sometimes the thighs have no limit.”

They list 5 actors/ actresses who have gained weight for roles . Sly is # 4….

Sylvester Stallone sported 40 extra pounds in 1997’s Cop Land.

Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo (May 22, 2001)

SLY IN JUNE ISSUE OF RACER

Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes sent in the following:

In the June 2001 issue of RACER there is a profile on racing movies by Adam Cooper entitled LAST ACTION HEROES. Some excerpts …

Sylvester Stallone and director Renny Harlin faced a long , hard struggle to realize their pet project that originally began life with an F1 theme.”

“…Of course, Stallone knows a little about sports movies. In 1976 he shot to stardom on Rocky , a project he conceived and fought to bring to life, and which earned the best picture Oscar. Will Driven be a knockout ?”

Former Indy 500 winner and formula 1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve makes a cameo appearance in Driven.

Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo (May 21, 2001)