Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week:

CBS Wins Stallone & Lundgren’s “The International”


Sly Stallone and Dolph Lundgren’s The International, a one-hour on-going series will appear on CBS.  Lundgren is set to serve as star and Producer with Stallone taking the role of Executive Producer and the series coming from Stallone’s Balboa Productions.  

Lundgren plays…

…Anders Soto, described as a one-man covert black-ops team working for the U.N., who is called in to find asymmetrical solutions to the world’s most delicate and complex problems. He is part negotiator and part international spy….

Fans are hopeful that Stallone will make an appearance(s) and perhaps direct some of the episodes.

Sources: Deadline and Variety.

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week

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11 Surprising Facts About Sylvester Stallone

Jake Rossen and Mental Floss posted 11 Surprising Facts About Sylvester Stallone.  How could I not play along even if, my guess is correct, and readers here, aren’t surprised?  Here’s my top three…

1. AN ERRANT PAIR OF FORCEPS GAVE SYLVESTER STALLONE HIS DISTINCTIVE LOOK.
Many comedians have paid their bills over the decades by adopting Sylvester Stallone’s distinctive lip droop and guttural baritone voice. The facial feature was the result of some slight mishandling at birth. When Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in Manhattan, the physician used a pair of forceps to deliver him. The malpractice left his lip, chin, and part of his tongue partially paralyzed due to a severed nerve. Stallone later said his face and awkward demeanor earned him the nickname “Sylvia” and authority figures telling him his brain was “dormant.” Burdened with low self-esteem, Stallone turned to bodybuilding and later performing as a way of breaking through what seemed to be a consensus of low expectations.

5. SYLVESTER STALLONE WROTE A NOVEL.
In addition to his acting ambitions, Stallone decided to pursue a career in writing. After numerous screenplays, he wrote Paradise Alley, a novel about siblings who get caught up in the circus world of professional wrestling in Hell’s Kitchen. Stallone finished the novel before deciding to turn it into a screenplay. Paradise Alley was eventually produced in 1978. The book, which was perceived as a novelization, was published that same year. (It appeared in hard cover and mass market paperback. – Craig)

10. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ONCE TRICKED SYLVESTER STALLONE INTO STARRING IN A BOX OFFICE BOMB.
Stallone has often discussed his rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the two action stars were believed to be the two biggest marquee attractions in the 1980s. Recalling his 1992 bomb Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Stallone told a journalist in 2014 that he believed Schwarzenegger was to blame. “I heard Arnold wanted to do that movie and after hearing that, I said I wanted to do it,” he said. “He tricked me. He’s always been clever.”

“Rambo: Last Blood” (2019) / Z-View

Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Director: Adrian Grunberg

Screenplay:  Matthew Cirulnick & Sylvester Stallone from a story by Dan Gordon & Sylvester Stallone based on the character created by David Morrell.

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega and Yvette Monreal.

The Pitch: “Sly Stallone is ready to do another Rambo!”

Tagline: They Drew First Blood. He Will Draw Last.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Rambo: Last Blood takes place ten years after Rambo has returned home to the farm of his childhood.  All of his friends and family are dead except for his adopted family of Maria (his housekeeper) and her daughter Gabrielle who is about to leave for college.

When Gabrielle doesn’t return from a trip across the border to confront the father that deserted her years ago, Rambo goes to find her.  In Mexico, Rambo learns that Gabrielle has been kidnapped by a gang led by two brothers who are sex-traffickers.  It’s not giving away anything to say that he goes to rescue her and the fight begins in Mexico and culminates on Rambo’s ranch in Arizona.

Rambo: Last Blood is not for everyone (is any film?).  It is excessively brutal.  It’s not a feel-good film.  I liked it, but understand why some folks don’t.  I’ll tell you more about what I liked and address some criticisms after the trailer — be advised spoilers will follow.

Rating:

Rambo: Last Blood seemed like a natural extension of Rambo (the last movie).  Rambo has returned to his childhood farm where he lives with his adopted family.  I liked that while Rambo has made progress, he still suffers from memories of the war, but is getting medical help.  I liked that although Gabrielle’s father is a horrible person, he wasn’t a member of the gang.

I’m not a fan of overly gory movies.  I don’t like slasher movies.  I agree that the violence in Rambo: Last Blood is excessive, but complaining about violence in a Rambo movie (especially one that advertises itself as being “savage”) is like going out into the rain and complaining when you get wet.

It is strange to me that folks who loved First Blood (where Rambo did terrible physical damage to innocent police officers and National Guard troops, and destroyed businesses of innocent citizens) are finding fault with the violence in this movie.

There were a couple of twists that I liked: Rambo being caught watching the house and when he tries to walk away is met by overwhelming force.  It was unexpected of how bad a beating he took and that Gabrielle died after Rambo rescued her.  I liked that Rambo went back in without his gun or knife and used a hammer.  It seemed like a real choice.

Some folks are complaining that all Mexicans are being portrayed as evil.  I get the concern but it reminds me of the same complaints that Italians made about The Godfather.  Not all Mexicans are bad and to get that message from the movie is extremely simplistic.

The movie focuses on Rambo and the revenge he takes upon the gang members that kidnapped, drugged, raped and killed his adopted  niece.  The people who did that are not good people.  These outlaws don’t represent all of Mexico just as Rambo doesn’t represent all of America.  Had the movie focused on the Mexican reporter or other good people in Mexico it would have been a different film.  Perhaps some would have liked that film better, but to judge a movie on what it isn’t, doesn’t seem right to me.

There has been a lot of criticism leveled at the last act where Rambo has lured the gang members back to his ranch which has been riddled with traps.  Did these people not see a single trailer?  Wouldn’t that be like going to a McDonalds after watching ads for a Big Mac and then complaining when you got what you saw in the commercial?

I think that some of the complaints against Rambo: Last Blood may have been from folks who’ve romanticized John Rambo.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s the guy you’d want in the fox hole next to you. He’s also the same guy who was described as “slipping up” when he didn’t kill Teasle and all his deputies in First Blood.  Rambo is a guy fighting to keep the lid on and when he loses it, he becomes war.  And war is brutal and unforgiving.

I’m a huge Stallone fan and that plays into my enjoyment of his movies.  I liked Rambo: Last Blood a lot more than I thought I would.  As with anyone’s review of anything, your mileage may vary.