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October 2, 1986 | DICK WAGNER, Times Staff Writer
Jazz flowed from speakers, a softer beat than the basketball bouncing on cement. But for John Rambo, these sounds of the city blended beautifully. Rambo was holding a two-on-two tournament to make money (each player contributed $20) to help youngsters in the neighborhood. He put aside his cigar and played too, a tall, slender man who wore glasses and a red headband.
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June 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Sylvester Stallone has listed a lakefront retreat in Thousand Oaks for $4,495,000. Set on about 1.75-acres on Lake Sherwood, the property has more than 500 feet of waterfront. The 3,600-square-foot main house, built in 1946, has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Additional structures include a boat house, guest quarters and caretaker's quarters. Stallone, 64, starred as boxer Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies starting in 1976 and John Rambo in the series that started with "First Blood" (1982)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
John Rambo may be able to mow down entire Soviet divisions at one go, but he has been unable to defeat a much smaller group that has a much greater impact on his cinematic life: the British Board of Film Classification. The board announced Tuesday it had made 24 cuts to "Rambo III" amounting to just over a minute, deleting violent scenes and "glamorous" displays of weaponry, prior to the film's British release.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2008 | Peter Rainer, Special to The Times
The posters for "Rambo" that have been proliferating like kudzu across the urban landscape feature a blurry black-and-white rendering of our hero's iconic mug. It's a pop abstraction -- part Che Guevara, part Jesus, part FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list. The posters are telling us: He's back and, boy, do we ever need him. This Rambo Redux makes sense in a post-9/11 world where nobody in Hollywood seems willing to invent new-style heroes to match up with new-style villains.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1987 | PAT H. BROESKE
Sylvester Stallone was in his Rambo get-up, seated on the steps of his trailer in afternoon heat of 120-plus. It was a curious image: Instead of brandishing his glistening "survival" knife, Stallone was wielding a fly swatter. Never missing a beat during an interview, he idly swatted at flies that landed on his pants and bare chest. And he whapped at flies that settled on the khaki-clad legs of the interviewer alongside him. "Did you meet this one?," Stallone said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1985
Much as I enjoyed your cover illustration Oct. 27 ("The Curious Evolution of John Rambo," by Pat H. Broeske), I still have one question: Are you sure your illustrator Warren Chang didn't have it backwards? JOAN LEWIS Santa Monica
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1985 | From Reuters
Rambo has been shot down by the BBC. The British Broadcasting Corp. has canceled plans to show "First Blood" as part of its Christmas schedule. The announcement came three days after Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said the government was considering action to curb the amount of violence and sex on British TV.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1988
I'm not surprised in the least at the new "un-macho" ad campaign for "Rambo III" ("John Rambo--Mr. Sensitive?," by Nina J. Easton, June 10). This sort of thing is apparently the latest trend among run-of-the-mill film makers, and it is hardly for the better. I think it's safe to say that we thinking women want well-made, well-written, good-looking films with coherent plots. Which is why I won't go to see "Rambo III" (whose makers apparently don't think too highly of their male audiences either--"action-loving male degenerates"?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1988
Pat H. Broeske is all wet. Despite her effusion of purple prose, she missed the point entirely ("Rambo Without a Cause," July 3). John Rambo wasn't a cause--he was an effect. Her convoluted analysis of why "Rambo III" met the box-office equivalent of the Soviet winter is a pipe dream that makes her a good creative writer but a lousy investigative reporter. Because of interminable delays and internecine strife, Stallone's film crew was forced to tail-gate real events . . . and he was sucker-punched by Chairman Gorbachev.
SPORTS
July 23, 1985 | Scott Ostler
Views behind the news . . . News: NFL players Renaldo Nehemiah, Willie Gault appeal to have amateur track status reinstated; appeal rejected by IAAF. Views: Whew, that was close. Once again the world of amateur athletics is saved from contamination by professionals. Letting Nehemiah and Gault run in the Olympics would be like letting street walkers sell Girl Scout cookies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2008 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Since drawing "First Blood" in 1982, John Rambo, a taciturn, nihilistic Vietnam vet who favors a bow and arrow and knife over modern weaponry (but can pretty much wipe out an entire regiment single-handedly with anything in reach), became the ultimate symbol of action-movie excess.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2008 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
You've no doubt seen the posters around town for the new movie "Rambo," Sylvester Stallone's Vietnam-era warrior-martyr John Rambo made into a street-graffiti-like icon. In a city where massive billboards for movies and TV shows hover over every intersection like demigods, the "Rambo" poster stands out; it's at once eye-catching and subtle, more evocative of a hipster's T-shirt than a marketing scheme to promote the fourth (and first, in 20 years) installment in the "Rambo" series.
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October 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"Rambo" is preparing to return from retirement in Thailand early next year, and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington will also come here next month to play a drug lord in "American Gangster," a Thai film official said Thursday. Sylvester Stallone will spend several weeks in Thailand early next year, shooting "Rambo IV: In the Serpent's Eye" in the country's lush, mountainous northern provinces, said Wanasiri Morakul, director of the Thailand Film Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
John Rambo may be able to mow down entire Soviet divisions at one go, but he has been unable to defeat a much smaller group that has a much greater impact on his cinematic life: the British Board of Film Classification. The board announced Tuesday it had made 24 cuts to "Rambo III" amounting to just over a minute, deleting violent scenes and "glamorous" displays of weaponry, prior to the film's British release.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1988
Pat H. Broeske is all wet. Despite her effusion of purple prose, she missed the point entirely ("Rambo Without a Cause," July 3). John Rambo wasn't a cause--he was an effect. Her convoluted analysis of why "Rambo III" met the box-office equivalent of the Soviet winter is a pipe dream that makes her a good creative writer but a lousy investigative reporter. Because of interminable delays and internecine strife, Stallone's film crew was forced to tail-gate real events . . . and he was sucker-punched by Chairman Gorbachev.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 1988 | Pat H. Broeske
Listen up, John Rambo: The U.S. Army wants YOU! Or maybe not. . . . The ad agency that represents the U.S. Army made inquiries of IVE video company about possible "sponsorship" of the "Rambo III" vid, due on shelves about eight months after the film's May 25 release. But, stressed an IVE spokesman, it was just an inquiry: "They asked us what it would cost to put an Army plug on the tape, we told them, and we haven't heard back." And probably won't--a U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 1985 | From United Press International
A group of Communist youths in Italy's "red belt" staged a mock trial of movie tough-man Rambo but absolved him on grounds of diminished responsibility, Italian newspapers reported. Staunchly Marxist Bologna's Federation of Young Communists organized the stunt to dramatize opposition to violence in films featuring the fictional Vietnam avenger and former Green Beret played by actor Sylvester Stallone, the newspapers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988 | PAT H. BROESKE
So "Rambo's" being buried at the box office by wimpy types like Tom Hanks and Roger Rabbit. And industry analysts are trying to figure out why. Hey, it's no big question mark for us action fans (and Rambo fanatics). From the moment we got an early look at the film's poster, we knew there were problems. Instead of brandishing a humongous, furious gun, Our Hero was shown in a passive stance. Weaponless . And wearing a shirt! There's something very wrong with that picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1988
I'm not surprised in the least at the new "un-macho" ad campaign for "Rambo III" ("John Rambo--Mr. Sensitive?," by Nina J. Easton, June 10). This sort of thing is apparently the latest trend among run-of-the-mill film makers, and it is hardly for the better. I think it's safe to say that we thinking women want well-made, well-written, good-looking films with coherent plots. Which is why I won't go to see "Rambo III" (whose makers apparently don't think too highly of their male audiences either--"action-loving male degenerates"?
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