SZ EXCLUSIVE: “DRIVEN” PREMIERE PHOTOS

Chris Heathcoat is a longtime Sly Stallone fan and STALLONEZONE “regular.”  Chris was lucky enough to attend the Driven premiere and generous enough to share his pics with us. (Chris did the same for the Get Carter premiere.

Unfortunately, there was a delay in getting the photos to us… still Chris did capture a REALLY great shot of SLY and and this to say:
“Craig:
Not requesting that it is a must, but if there is anything printed about my feeling about the clearest shot of Sly, as I look at it in my 22 years of experience with him it is this…

…From Fans to Critics, many people look at this man and think of his movies repeating a few quotes from his characters that fascinate them. I however see a man who kept me away form temporary highs and gave me one thrill film a year from 1979 (Rocky II) to 2001 (Driven) and when I see this picture I see a man who proves dreams do come true. Thank you Sylvester Stallone!” – Christopher E. Heathcoat

+++++

And thank you, Chris!  – Craig Zablo (May 13, 2001)

SLY STALLONE: EW THREE WEEKS IN A ROW

The May 18, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly contains the artwork above by David Cowles in the Random Quote section.

“A four-cylindar Volvo station wagon.” – Sylvester Stallone, the Driven star and father of two pre-schoolers, on what he’s driving now


And in EW’s BOX OFFICE section:

 RANK
TITLE
Weekend Gross
WEEKS
 Gross to Date
1.
The Mummy Returns
$68.1 million
1
$68.1 million
2.
Driven
$6.0 million
2

 

 $21.5 million


David Cowles does great work in EW each week! – Craig Zablo (May 13, 2001)

SYLVESTER STALLONE: “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!”

The May 21, 2001 issue of US Weekly contains the picture to the above in the INTERNET QUICK CLICKS section
by Tom Samiljan.

The following text also appears:

CELEBRITYGM.AOL.COM

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through May 29, guess the “mystery” celebrity who voices AOL’s now ubiquitous phrase “You’ve got mail.”  Get it right, and you could win a trip to Los Angeles or a Mazda Miata. So far, correct answers have included Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. No word on whether Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will participate. – Craig Zablo (May 13, 2001)

JENNIFER FLAVIN Opens the Doors to the STALLONE House

The May 8th issue of Hello contains the article: JENNIFER FLAVIN Opens the Doors to the New Hollywood Home She Shares with SYLVESTER STALLONE. The five page piece features an interview by Kathleen Beaulieu-Sclafani with eight photos by Ralph Merlino. Below are excerpts and quotes from the article/interview:

“Either SLY or I are always with the children.”

“I would love to have another daughter, but SLY would like to have two more.”Although JENNIFER‘s cosmetics business is flourishing and has made her a multimillionaire in her own right, her children SISTINE and SOPHIA and husband SYLVESTER are still her top priorities.

I feel I’m a very lucky lady. SLY is my best friend. He’s very funny, an excellent father and just fun to be around.”

Hello magazine originates in the UK. It can be found out most Barnes & Noble bookstores and the like. This issue is worth tracking down.

I’d love a chance to see all of SLY‘s memorabilia. He has some cool stuff on the shelves in the pic to the right that I’ve never seen before!

Thanks to Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes for the heads-up!

Craig Zablo

Jennifer Opens the Stallone House to Hello

The May 8th issue of Hello contains the article: JENNIFER FLAVIN Opens the Doors to the New Hollywood Home She Shares with SYLVESTER STALLONE. The five page piece features an interview by Kathleen Beaulieu-Sclafani with eight photos by Ralph Merlino. Below are excerpts and quotes from the article/interview:

“Either SLY or I are always with the children.”

“I would love to have another daughter, but SLY would like to have two more.”AlthoughJENNIFER‘s cosmetics business is flourishing and has made her a multimillionaire in her own right, her children SISTINE and SOPHIA and husbandSYLVESTER are still her top priorities.

I feel I’m a very lucky lady. SLY is my best friend. He’s very funny, an excellent father and just fun to be around.”

Hello magazine originates in the UK. It can be found out most Barnes & Noble bookstores and the like. This issue is worth tracking down.

I’d love a chance to see all of SLY‘s memorabilia. He has some cool stuff on the shelves in the pic to the right that I’ve never seen before!

Thanks to Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes for the heads-up and the photo scans!

– Craig Zablo

Sly Set to Star with Brad Renfro in…

Dark Horizons reported that SYLVESTER STALLONE is set to play an “alcoholic and violently abusive” father in the film “Iron Man” to be directed by ALAN RUDOLPH. “Iron Man” is described as a coming of age drama about JT Steele [BRAD RENFRO].
JT is a gifted high school wrestler who travels cross country to compete and never loses a match [“a skill honed by his alcoholic and violently abusive father SYLVESTER STALLONE“]. NATHAN ADAMS is the screenwriter with production likely to begin later this year.

 

SYLVESTERSTALLONE.COM OPENS!

Sly fans have anxiously hoped for an official Sylvester Stallone site for years. Last October while promoting Get Carter, Sly mentioned that he was going to start an officially sanctioned site and that he was able to secure his name to use for the domain (sylvesterstallone.com). This just kicked up the anticipation… and now the wait is over!

SYLVESTERSTALLONE.COM has opened and it is going to make a lot of fans very happy. The site is FLASH intensive, and features a unique design. In addition to sections containing NEWS, a BIOGRAPHY, a FILMOGRAPHY, CHAT, and a MESSAGE BOARD, there is a section with very rare and in some cases exculsive pictures. Additional areas are coming. Hopefully the site will be updated regularly and Sly will have interaction with his many fans. Check it out and tell them that the SZ sent ya!

– Craig Zablo (May 5, 2001)

STALLONE IN FHM

The May 2001 issue of FHM contains the picture above as well as the following:

 DRIVEN 4/27

A hotshot rookie driver hits a slump and realizes he needs the help of a grizzled old vetern who, incidentally, looks a lot like Rocky Balboa.
With Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue and Gina Gershon
Go speed racer In a feat that never ceases to amaze, screenwriter Stallone strung together enough words to pen an entire script. At least you can count on director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) to make stellar racing scenes.
Get this While filming, Harlin was planning the DVD, which will let the viewer watch the races from various angles: high above, on the side or in the driver’s seat.


5 THINGS THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ROCKY

1 Sylvester Stallone wrote his first draft of the script in three frenzied days. That version ended with Rocky throwing the fight.

2 Even though he had only $105 in the bank, Stallone originally turned down offers of as much as $350,000 for the script from producers who wouldn’t let him play Rocky.

3 To get the green light from the studio, the producers had to agree to keep their budget below $1 million and agree to cover any extra charges out of their own pockets. Both producers ended up mortgaging their house.

4 When production moved from LA to Philadelphia, Stallone could only afford to travel by train. Accompanying him on the 3-day ride was his dog Butkus, who appears in the film and who had putrid gas throughout the trip. In Arizona, Sly literally picked up the pooch and squeezed him, but the dog refused to empty its bowels until they got to Philadelphia and Sly’s hotel carpet.

5 The famous shot of Rocky celebrating at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps was originally filmed as a tight shot on Rocky with a zoom out. Later, the director decided he wanted to start wide and zoom in. In the film, the footage is actually playing backward.

Thanks to Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes! – Craig Zablo (May 5, 2001)