Sly Goes X-Treme

Doser [a regular SZ visitor] sent in the pic to the right and the info below:

“It was a very well balanced article. It dealt with the story line for “Driven”, and how it was filmed from the racer’s POV. They really want to put the audience in the driver’s seat. The publication is from a sports supplement company, so naturally there was emphasis on the conditioning that was needed for the actors to be in shape for their roles as race car drivers.”


Doser says: “I saw Rocky in the theater in 1976 at a very impressionable age. It changed my life. I was on the brink of heading in the wrong direction, but thanks to SLY, I didn’t.”

Thanks to Doser for sending us in the cover picture and article summary. Doser is quite often found on the SZ message boards carrying on thoughtful discussions.

– Craig Zablo (April 1, 2001)

Sly in “Total Film’s Top 50 [Twice]

The April 2001 issue of Total Movie, features “Going the Distance: ‘Rocky’ at 25.” The eight page article by Edward Gross [author of Rocky and the Films of Sylvester Stallone] provides an extensive look at “Rocky” [and its sequels] with over 25 photos [including the one to the left]. The article provides quotes from SLY, TALIA SHIRE, JOHN ALVIDESEN, ROBERT CHARTOFF, CARL WEATHERS, and others involved with the films.

The magazine comes with a DVD which provides a trailer for “Rocky” and a snippet of the interview with SLY that will appear on the “Rocky” special edition dvd. All in all, easily worth the cost of the mag!

[Now I’m REALLY psyched for the “ROCKY” Boxed Collector’s Set! Click |HERE| to check it out!]

Craig Zablo

The Real Deal on “ROCKY”

The April 2001 issue of CinemaSavant [an e-magazine] features part one of an article by Alex Ben Block titled “The Real Deal on Rocky.” The opening paragraph states: “On the 25th anniversary of its landmark release, we set aside the many myths, and delve into the little known true history of “Rocky.” We pull back the curtain on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing which got SYLVESTER STALLONE‘s inspirational boxing drama made, and helped the United Artists release win an Academy Award…”

Want to get the full details? Click |HERE|.

– Craig Zablo

Sly in Premiere!

Premiere contains an article entitled “They Wuz Robbed!” which compares the results of two polls [one with 25 film professionals such as QUENTIN TARANTINO; and the other with 2,000 film fans] of who should have won Academy Awards during the last 25 years. The piece is accompanied with some spectacular artwork by ROBERTO PARADAshowing Rocky putting Travis Bickle in a headlock while Ghandi and ET look on! There’s also of SLY and ELIE SAMAHA

Harlin Talks Up Sly

On Friday, March 30, 2001, posted a very positive piece on “Driven.” The article featured several quotes from director RENNY HARLIN who talked about the problems that he and SLY had getting the movie started and why they teamed up to get it made.

HARLIN also says that his “goal was trying to do to car racing what “Matrix” did to hand-to-hand combat and that type of action movies – so the audience [would see] something that they don’t get on TV, but really use the the technology to make the film almost like a video game in the sense that when we are in the racing sequences the audience really feels like they are sitting in the car and they are steering the car and they really get what the driver gets. And then in the crash sequences, finding points of view and ways of showing that would hopefully be pretty mind-blowing for the audience.”

As to SLY, HARLIN states, “[STALLONE] didn’t want to make it a STALLONE racing movie like “Rocky” or something like that where he is the center of the story… I thought it was very interesting that he took that approach and very smart I think. HARLIN went on to say that the response to SLY in test screenings “scored through the roof because you really, really feel for him.”

Craig Zablo

“Driven” Trivia Contest



Know your STALLONE TRIVIA? Want to win a “Driven” one-sheet poster?

Then here’s what you need to do:

  • Answer the ten STALLONE TRIVIA QUESTIONS listed below.
  • E-mail your name, answers, and home address to
  • Everyone who answers all questions correctly will be entered into the prize drawing!
  • 10 lucky SZoners win a “Driven” one-sheet poster courtesy of Warner Bros. and StalloneZone!

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Ok, here’s the rules:

  • The posters can only be mailed to addresses in the US and Canada (due to mailing restrictions).
  • Only 1 entry per e-mail address.
  • The contest ends at 5 pm E.S.T. on Saturday, March 31st.
  • The contest is NOT open to any staff members of [Sorry John, Jazz, and rOb!]
  • Names of Winners [but not addresses] will be posted on this site with our Weekend Update.


1. SYLVESTER STALLONE plays Champ racer Joe Tanto in Driven. What is the name of the movie that starred SLY as a racer named Joe Viterbo?

2. RENNY HARLIN is directing SLY in Driven. What is the name of the movie that first paired SLY and RENNY?

3. SLY wrote the screenplay for Driven. What was SLY‘s original title for the film?

4. SLY is an accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter. What movie did SLY write that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

5. SLY seems to like 5 letter names for his characters. Name three of his characters that have five letters in their last name and the name ends with an “o.”

6. Most people think that Rocky was SLY‘s first feature film screenplay that sold. It was his second! What was the name of his first?

7. The “tag line” for Driven is “Welcome to the Human Race.” What was the tag line for SLY‘s last film, Get Carter?

8. SLY teams with an international cast in Driven. What actor made his US debut with SLY in Nighthawks?

9. Actors and actresses who work with SLY quite often get noticed and move on to stardom [ANNE ARCHER, ARMAND ASSANTE, TOM SIZEMORE, BENJAMIN BRATT, etc.). Who was the actress who got her big break working with SLY in Demolition Man?

10. What is YOUR favorite SYLVESTER STALLONE movie, and why?

Good Luck!

Craig Zablo [March 27, 2001]

StalloneZone Helps Promote “Driven”

There have been two promotions that have been put together [so far] to promote “Driven” and StalloneZone is proud to have been selected to particpate in both!

The first promotion involves free magnets which have the 2001 CART RACING SCHEDULE on them with a sticker that says “April 27th: DRIVEN opens.”

The second promotion is “Driven” postcards. I have been able to score a limited number of these to make available to SZoners for free!

Craig Zablo

(Update – Unfortunately I no longer have these items available.)