“Champs” Filming

GARTH over at Dark Horizons has uncovered more filming locations for “Champs.” This Sunday filming will take place at the Detroit Grand Prix. Several scenes are scheduled to be filmed in front of the expected crowd of 200,000.

Then during the weekend of July 14-16, filming will move to the Molson Indy Track in Toronto. MolsonIndy.com has posted the following:


CART’s SLY Strategy”… In an effort to increase public awareness of Champ Car racing, actor SYLVESTER STALLONE has created a feature movie based on the FedEx Championship Series. The film, whose working title is ‘Champs’ will be produced by Franchise Pictures in cooperation with CART, and portions of the film will be shot at the Molson Indy track in Toronto. “CART‘s brand of open-wheel auto racing provides some of the most thrilling, emotionally involving and inspiring racing in the world,” says STALLONE.” It is extremely important to me that we create a film that accurately depicts the true sense of CART – the emotion, excitement, speed, technology and glamour that is Champ Car racing.” Stallone has begun shooting at various tracks on the FedEx Championship Series circuit. Watch for STALLONE and the cast of ‘Champs’ both on and off-track at the Molson Indy in Toronto.

– Craig Zablo (June 16, 2000)

“Champs” Filming

SYLVESTER STALLONE‘s CART-Based Movie ‘Champs’ Continues Filming at Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix Of Detroit

DETROIT, June 14 /PRNewswire/ — Franchise Pictures, the production company for the Champ Car-based film preliminarily entitled “Champs,” will continue shooting footage for the feature at this weekend’s 19th Annual Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit.

SYLVESTER STALLONE, featured star and producer of the film, will be at The Raceway on Belle Isle to continue work on the project. Cast members joining STALLONE at Detroit are supermodel ESTELLA WARREN and German actor TILL SCHWEIGER.

The focal points of this weekend’s filming will be post-race celebrations and Victory Circle activities. This will occur after the formal victory ceremonies for the CART FedEx Championship Series race on Sunday afternoon. Additionally, over 200 film crew members will gather aerial footage from helicopters over Belle Isle, shoot on-track action from the pace cars, and do work in the pits throughout the race weekend which is sanctioned by Troy, Mich.-based Championship Auto Racing Teams.

“Champs” is scheduled for release to more than 3,000 movie theaters in the summer 2001. The film is being distributed by Warner Brothers.

The Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit will be held June 16-18 at The Raceway on Belle Isle. To order tickets, call 1-800-498-RACE or 313-870-7223 or visit any TicketMaster location. Anyone interested in being a part of the race as a volunteer should contact the Detroit Grand Prix Association at 313-872-3472. For further event and ticket information, visit www.imgmotorsports.com .

SOURCE: IMG Motorsports

Craig Zablo (June 14, 2000]



The June 20, 2000 issue of STAR contains the following item in Janet Charlton’s STARPEOPLE section: SYLVESTER STALLONE’S wife JENNIFER has put him on a curfew. He wears an alarm watch set for 1 a.m. when he’s out with the boys. When the alarm sounds, Sly heads for home…

The July issue of Movieline contains a piece called “100 Factoids of Love” by Leigh Niles. Factoid #49 contains the following along with a small picture of SLY and JENNIFER: Sylvester Stallone broke up with his girlfriend of five years, model Jennifer Flavin, by FedEx-ing her a letter in 1994, when he began dating Angie Everhart; a year and a half later, he went back to Flavin and she married him.

– Craig Zablo (June 14, 2000)



While surfing the net I discovered the above statue up for auction at e-Bay.com. Because of the rarity of the piece, I thought it would be of interest to SYLVESTER STALLONE fans. Although no images appear with the auction listing, the owner of the statute quickly responded to my e-mail request for pictures and gave his permission for me to publish them on the SZ. Listed below is the description of the piece as it appears on e-Bay as well as detailed photos of the state. If you are interested in bidding on the piece, please click |HERE|.

This is a fantastic collectible and a must for the ROCKY and Sylvester Stallone fan.

This statue was commissioned and issued in a very limited number by United Artists Corporation in 1979 for the film ROCKY II starring Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers.

It was created by renowned sculptor Giovanni Schoeman.

It depicts Rocky Balboa “The Italian Stallion” and Apollo Creed fighting it out in the ring with incredible detail, power and grace.

Stallone’s and Weather’s signature appear on the bottom.

The artist’s signature appears on the left side; the United Artists Corporation logo appears on the right side.

It is plaster cast with bronze enamel paint.

The appearance is gorgeous.

I have owned and treasured this item for 21 years!

It is in excellent condition with only a small number of extremely tiny paint chips on the bottom and in no way detracts from the beauty of this piece.

Measures 10.5″ long x 6.25″ wide x 12″ tall.

This is an extremely rare item and I know you will love it as much as I have.

I will pack it with special care and ship anywhere worldwide; buyer pays actual shipping cost depending upon your location.

PLEASE forgive me but I cannot figure out how to add pictures to my eBay ad.

So PLEASE email me at LMSPR@aol.com.

I will email you several pictures immediately.

Thank you for bidding and good luck!

(June 12, 2000)

Time Capsule: June 10, 1985

Time Capsule: June 10, 1985

In the June 16, 2000, issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY the following item appears in the TIME CAPSULE section:

AT THE MOVIES: SYLVESTER STALLONE’S RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II is the No. 1 movie at the box office, having grossed $70 million in three weeks.

A small picture of Rambo also appears with the item.

– Craig Zablo (June 10, 2000)

Two Movieline Tidbits

In the Spotted column: SYLVESTER STALLONE and STEPHEN BALDWIN having dinner at separate tables at Bambu on Meridian Ave. in Miami Beach.

In the Hollywood Ink column: … Our favorite what-are-they-thinking? casting of the month is news that the suave, sophisticated bank robber in Seven Arts International’s “Morton Orwell” will be played by SYLVESTER STALLONE. Jeez, this outdoes BRUCE WILLIS being cast as that sophisticated thief in “Hudson Hawk“…

Yo! Stella!

SYLVESTER STALLONE might want to brush up on his “Yo, Juliet!” speech. The buzz is that the under-employed action hero is hot to hit the stage and do some serious theater, particularly in England. Theater performances have boosted or revivied the careers of such stars as NICOLE KIDMAN (“The Blue Room”) and KATHLEEN TURNER, who has been getting raves in London for baring it all in “The Graduate.” STALLONE‘s career could certainly use a boost. “I have not made a dime in two years, ” the one-time hot star complained to Stiffed author SUSAN FALUDI last year. “I see everyone else working and I’m not doing (bleep). I’m in total limbo.”

A spokesman for STALLONE denies that he wants to do theater, but London’s Express quoted a “theatrical agent” as saying, “It’s on the QT that we’ve been asked to find out if there are any suitable projects floating around for him.”

While some theater sources scoffed at the idea of the star of “Rambo” and “Rocky” doing theater, others were less skeptical. “He’d make a great Stanley Kowalski,” says a source, refering to the leas in “A Streetcar Made Desire.”