John Beatty’s Quick Carter

My buddy John Beatty recently did this quick sketch of Sly as Jack Carter.  Not too long ago John began doing a weekly Wednesday Night Sketch Session live on UStream.  These are full figure pieces and fans have the option of getting them with or without gray tones.  Here are a few of examples [with tones /without tones / and again with tones]. Fans get on his list, John let’s them know the date he’ll be doing their piece and they can tune in [along with others] and interact with John as he completes the art.  This has been going over so well, that John is booked through the end of the year.

In addition, John set aside a monthly time [usually a Saturday midday] that he goes live on UStream and does Ten Dollar Head Sketches.  Because these move at a much faster pace [usually 20 to 30 minutes] and the turnout is so great, I serve as co-host.   Here are two of my favorites – Captain America and Two-Face from the last session.

If you’re interested in getting in contact with John, just click here!

Rourke Considers Sly a Friend

On November 7, 2009, the Daily Mail ran an interview with Mickey Rourke.    If you’re a fan, it’s worth a read. A point of interest for Sly fans is this exchange:

A lot of those who let you down are those who seemed the closest to you.

They’re the ones running out of your house with the silver when it all goes wrong, and when they jump ship that hurts. There are some people who stuck with me: Sly Stallone has always been a good friend to me…

“Rambo: The Savage Hunt”

On November 4, 2009, Clint Morris did a report on the American Film Market for  At this event companies try to get distribution deals for their films.  One of the films marketed was “Rambo V: The Savage Hunt”.  Here’s what was said:

Rambo 5Nu Image/Millennium Films will be selling shares in the latest bullet-in-the-abdomen commercial. The flyer says the Sylvester Stallone is now in pre-production, which means it’ll be the big guy’s next film. I’m assuming Lionsgate have the U.S rights in the bag – since they released “Rambo” – but I’m not certain. Either way, if you represent a Croatian distributor, and know there’s an audience out there who’d kill to see another protein shake advert headlined by a 65-year-old mass of mutton, then pull up a seat…. Avi Lerner has a number he wants to show you.

One suggestion, I would change the title to simply “Rambo: The Savage Hunt”.


On November 6, 2009, posted an article by Mark Lisanti about the American Film Market and “Ten Modestly Budgeted Mindblowing Films to Watch”“Rambo V: The Savage Hunt” was listed first under the subheading :“The Big One”.  Here’s what was said:

2008’s surprisingly excellent Rambo (and by “surprisingly excellent,” we mean “so incredibly ultramegaviolent that the entire theater whooped with delight each time an evil Burmese soldier was sheared in half by machine-gun fire”) left many unanswered questions: How will our mom-jeans-wearing hero readjust to life in an ass-hugging, boot-cut world? Can Stallone improve upon his frenetic 2.59 kills-per-minutes pace? Will a back-to-basics Rambo abandon high-powered weaponry in favor of eviscerating each foe with his bare hands, jamming his meaty, battle-hardened paws into the soft bellies of his enemies and withdrawing steaming handfuls of wriggling, soupy guts? We may finally get those answers, and sooner rather than later. (More on the actual plot here, for those who aren’t content to let their imaginations run wild.)

Bill Marimon is “Expendable”

Bill “The Raytrix” Marimon is back with his take on Sly from “The Expendables”.  I got this piece from Bill at the Mini-MegaCon.  He wasn’t set up as a guest, but I was able to persuade him to do a couple of Stallone sketches.  This is the second.  I posted the first here.  In the mean time check out Bill’s home on the web.  There’s plenty there to hold you over.

Miguel Insignares’ Rambo

The last time we heard from Miguel Insignares was back in May when we posted a sketch that he’d done for my Stallone art theme. At that time, I said that Miguel was working on a pretty cool concept for a comic/movie. We’ll get to that in a second, but first… Miguel created the cool Rambo art that sits a top of this post. Miguel says:

Hope all is well. I wanted to send you a brand-new Rambo drawing I did that has never been seen before on the net! I also wanted to give you an update about my upcoming comic book along with a list of the talent involved. If your readers dig the art style I used on the Rambo piece, they’re gonna get plenty of it in my new comic! In addition, I have other brand new RAMBO & ROCKY illustrations that I would love to debut on your site every couple of weeks leading up to the release of my comic on January 29 2010!! The Press Release can be found at the official website:

Thanks again for your support and keep up the great work.

Miguel — we’d love to see more of your Stallone art here at the SZ.  I also look forward to your The Rufnex: Island of the Dead comic.  You’ve hit on to a great concept and it should be a winner for everyone involved — especially the fans!

EW’s “Expendables” Exclusive

Yesterday Entertainment Weekly posted an “exclusive” mini-interview with Sly about his recent filming for ‘The Expendables” with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzengger. Here’s a taste of what Sly had to say:

“I was just looking at the dailies, saying, ‘Jesus, this is amazing!'”…  

“Arnold, who plays my old rival, walks in. We have a history together. And we go back and forth and I tell him that I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. Then it goes on from there. And here we are, the three of us trying to man up to one another, playing off of who we are, using our baggage in this one scene.”

You can read the full piece by clicking here.

The Big 3: Coverage Everywhere

Last week I posted about Sly, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis filming their scenes for “The Expendables”.  SZoners knew history was being made when the three action icons filmed together for the first time… but it wasn’t only SZoners who took notice!

  • Peace FM Online: Bruce Willis, Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in New Movie
  • News in Film: Stallone Shot a Scene with Arnold and Bruce
  • Worst Previews: Arnold, Bruce and Sly Shot Their “Expendables” Scene on Saturday
  • Movie Web: Details on The Expendables Scene with Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger!
  • Filmonic: Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis finally shoot their Expendables scene
  • We Are Movie Geeks: Sly, Arnie, and Bruno Together Again for EXPENDABLES
  • Digital Spy: Stallone, Arnie, Willis film ‘Expendables’
  • Den of Geek: The Expendables news update
  • CinemaBlend: Bruce, Arnie, and Sly
  • Heavy: Schwarzenegger, Stallone, And Willis: The Unholy Three