Sly Makes an Impact


The March 2001 issue of Impact, features an article entitled “SYLVESTER STALLONE: On the SLY.” The four page article provides an overview of SLY’s career and features eleven pictures [including the one above]. Although hard core fans will learn nothing new, and at one picture is obviously labeled incorrectly, it still is a positive article which looks forward to SLY’s next decade of films.
Thanks for the tip to – Paul Corr from Ireland and Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes for the mag!
– Craig Zablo

ROCKY: “THE BEST OF THE BEST”

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. Avildsen 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?

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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 (February 24, 2001)

SLY ATTENDS 15 MINUTES PREMIERE

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) – It’s not often Salman Rushdie is seen at an L.A. movie premiere (and until recently he wasn’t seen almost anywhere, what with a death sentence hanging over his head), but the novelist was at the Century City Cineplex for New Line’s “15 Minutes” premiere Thursday.Though there was joking in the crowd as he searched for a seat (”Lord, please not next to me” was the general tone), afterward at the Century Club party Rushdie said he was “a great admirer of De Niro” and thought the film was “very well performed.” He added he was in L.A. to work on a screenplay adaptation of his novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet for Gemini Films.Among those on hand were writer-director John Herzfeld, stars Edward BurnsRobert De NiroKelsey Grammer and Melina Kanakaredes; plus guests Albert Brooks, Don CheadleVin DieselRobbie RobertsonSylvester Stallone and Christy Turlington.

– Craig Zablo (February 24, 2001)

Positively “Driven”

The March/April issue of Cinescape contains a very positive article by Steve Hockensmith called “Hot Wheels” which gives us a preview of what to expect when “Driven” premieres on April 27th. In addition to the picture to the left there are 4 other small [2 of which contain SLY] pics from behind-the-scenes. The buzz just keeps getting better!
– Craig Zablo [February 24, 2001]

Cinescape Lists the Best Stallone Sites

The March/April issue of Cinescape contains a section called Movies.com. This month they look at SYLVESTER STALLONE web sites and have this to say:

Rambo’s not exactly hacker material, and it’s hard to imagine Rocky Balboa pulling off the boxing gloves for a few hours surfing the ‘net. But that hasn’t stopped hardcore SYLVESTER STALLONE fans from erecting cyber-shrines to the actor and his most famous characters. And that’s a good thing. If fans had to rely on the official website for info about SLY’s latest flick, they’d be out of luck: When looked at using our MacG4s, the Driven site (www.what-drives-you.com) was little more than a menu and the word “LOADING” – which proved disingenuous since nothing ever loaded.

Craig Zablo’s StalloneZone: Pine for a world in which Entertainment Weekly covers nothing but SLY, SLY, SLY? Craig Zablo shares your dream. His STALLONE website features weekly doses of STALLONE news, rumors, and paparazzi-style pictures. http://www.stallonezone.com

Stallone World: For a more sly take on SLY, try this Brit site. Though it’s loaded with typical fan site features [biography, filmography, news, photos, links, sound files], it’s also got a heaping dose of snarky English cheek. Take this news flash about STALLONE’s next project, a mob spoof: “Few phrases chill quite like ‘A SYLVESTER STALLONE comedy,’ but the man who dared to remake Get Carter is at it again.” http://www.stalloneworld.com

John Rambo Homepage: You might expect web sites celebrating Commie-killing machine John Rambo to be a purely red, white and blue affair, but this Dutch site proves that’s not the case. In addition to detailed descriptions of Rambo’s friends, foes, weapons, and wardrobe, you’ll also find the kind of biographical detail only a non-native speaker can provide. “Rambo is able to ignore pain and badd (sic) weather,” the site tells us. “Rambo will eat things where a billy goat would puke.” http://www.geocities.com/john_rambo_site

Pretty cool, huh?

Let me begin by congratulating the web masters of Stallone World and the John Rambo Homepage for being selected to represent the best SYLVESTER STALLONE sites on the net. I also think that it’s interesting to note that three sites were selected and each makes its home in a different country, which I think emphasizes the point that SLY is an international superstar

As for the SZ being listed… what a cool [I use that word again] experience. I want to thank the three guys on staff here at the SZ [John “Big” Beatty, Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes, and rOb DeVera – it’s a team effort and I’m blessed to have a STRONG team!]. I would be remiss if I also didn’t thank the SZ “regulars” [there are too many to list, but you guys/girls know who you are] and SLY’s fans throughout the world. Finally I have to thank SLY [da man] for the positive impact he’s had on so many people. Now before this starts to sound like an acceptance speech (what? too late? opps – sorry!), it’s back to the news desk!

– Craig Zablo [February 24, 2001]

Stallone: Philly Style

The Winter 2001 issue of Philadelphia Style magazine features a really nicely done piece entitled “SLY and the Family STALLONE” by A.D. Amorosi [with really awesome photos by John Russo]. The mag is not found nationwide but I was able to pick one up on e-Bay for $15.00 postage-paid [it originally sold for just $2.95, but due to it’s limited nature and quality – I feel it was a steal!]
– Craig Zablo [February 24, 2001]

“Rocky” One of the ‘Best of the Best’

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

HARLIN TALKS “DRIVEN”

Cinescape.com posted a report today quoting RENNY HARLIN as saying that Driven tested so well in a advance screening that Warner Bros. sees no reason for further testing. HARLIN says that the film tested extremely well and that he “…was surprised women rated it even higher than men!”

For full details click |HERE|.– Craig Zablo (February 22, 2001)