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November 16, 1990 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The thought of "Rocky V" may leave some moviegoers feeling pummeled, pounded and downright punchy. But if it's easy to take jabs at the Rocky series--and the critics have dealt plenty of kidney punches--there is no denying the series' popularity. Consider: the total worldwide purse tops $762 million. Fans have made star/creator Sylvester Stallone a household name, and the films have launched the careers of a trio of athletic actors who've portrayed his opponents.
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December 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Few of us will know what it means to have a genuine legacy, something that really needs to be cared for, protected, regarded. Performers such as Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone must know that issue all too well, each having created a coterie of legendary characters in their long careers. So in the new film "Grudge Match," which plays with the imagery and iconography of two of their best-known creations, are we all sharing a wink and a laugh as the points of reference somehow add something deeper to our understanding?
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November 16, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rock 'n' roll may never die. What about Rocky? In "Rocky V" (citywide), the fifth and presumably last episode of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa saga, the writer-star once again contrives a way to make his hulking, sad-eyed gladiator the underdog. And we get whiffs of funkiness and humanity stirring around for the first time since the original "Rocky." Supposedly this is the ultimate round, the "Final Bell," the last myth of Sylvester.
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November 6, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Here's the thing about having a long, busy acting career: one moment a performer finds himself at the extreme margin of agony, trudging the stage with Cordelia in his arms, and the next he's having a moment of blood, sweat and glory in Rocky Balboa's corner. Dakin Matthews, one of Southern California's most admired stage actors - including a 2010 turn as King Lear with the Antaeus Company, the North Hollywood classical ensemble he co-founded in 1991 - is headed to Broadway as Mickey, the crusty trainer played by Burgess Meredith in the first three "Rocky" movies, in "Rocky the Musical.
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December 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Few of us will know what it means to have a genuine legacy, something that really needs to be cared for, protected, regarded. Performers such as Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone must know that issue all too well, each having created a coterie of legendary characters in their long careers. So in the new film "Grudge Match," which plays with the imagery and iconography of two of their best-known creations, are we all sharing a wink and a laugh as the points of reference somehow add something deeper to our understanding?
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October 18, 2005
Rocky returns: Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as boxing champ Rocky Balboa in "Rocky Balboa." In the film, the sixth in the boxing flick series, Rocky has long since retired but returns to the ring one last time. Shooting is scheduled to begin in December in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
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November 16, 2007 | From Playbill.com
Rocky Balboa sings. Playbill reports that a musical version of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone hit film "Rocky" is being developed for stage with book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan ("Annie," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein"). "It was made to be a musical," Meehan says on the magazine's website. "It's got all the elements."
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December 24, 2006
I wish that over-the-hill Rocky Balboa would just get permanently knocked out so we don't have to see the dreary, worn-out, sorry-faced Sylvester Stallone anymore ["Down for the Count? Guess Again," Dec. 17]. Rather than as an underdog I would rather see Rocky 6 feet under. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
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November 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone has a case of sequelitis. The 59-year-old celebrity will write and direct "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in that franchise, with shooting set to begin next year. When that's finished, he will reprise his role as gun-toting John Rambo in "Rambo IV," said Ben Nedivi of Millennium Films, which is producing the project with Emmett/Furla Films.
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November 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone sure wouldn't have played it that way. Rocky Balboa fought in Philadelphia on Monday night. But he lost, in a bout so devoid of drama it was stopped by the referee in the fifth round. The story of Jaime (Rocky) Balboa has little in common with the Philadelphia prizefighter Stallone played in the 1976 smash movie hit "Rocky" and its sequels. For one thing, the real "Rocky" is a welterweight, not a heavyweight.
WORLD
October 6, 2009 | Chris Kraul
Rio de Janeiro's landing of the 2016 Olympics last week gave Brazilians reason to cheer for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, their popular president who lobbied heavily on behalf of the city's bid. Soon, they'll be able to applaud his image on the big screen. The $10-million film "Lula, Son of Brazil" will be released across the country in January. According to producers at LC Barreto Productions, the film will dramatize the president's early years, which they describe with Hollywood-worthy hyperbole as "mythic" and "heroic."
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November 16, 2007 | From Playbill.com
Rocky Balboa sings. Playbill reports that a musical version of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone hit film "Rocky" is being developed for stage with book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan ("Annie," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein"). "It was made to be a musical," Meehan says on the magazine's website. "It's got all the elements."
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March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone faces a stiff fine for allegedly trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movie franchises, represented him in a Sydney court on Tuesday where he faces one charge of importing a banned substance.
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December 24, 2006
I wish that over-the-hill Rocky Balboa would just get permanently knocked out so we don't have to see the dreary, worn-out, sorry-faced Sylvester Stallone anymore ["Down for the Count? Guess Again," Dec. 17]. Rather than as an underdog I would rather see Rocky 6 feet under. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
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December 23, 2006
SORRY, but in this day of plastic and soulless heroes, Kenneth Turan is not going to take away one of our last movie heroes ["Punch Drunk and Down for the Count," Dec. 20]. I'm sure this film is probably intended to play out to a certain demographic, of which I'm included, but there are lots of us out here who actually place values in front of mere spectacle. "Rocky Balboa" effectively and entertainingly addresses the generation gap between young and old, father and son, old school and new. It's pointless to allow real-world logistics to stand in the way of a chance to revisit a very real hero in the minds of those of us who believe.
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December 20, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
THINK of "Rocky Balboa" as the "Rocky" film for those who can't be bothered counting up to six, or maybe for fighters who've taken so many punches to the head they need help remembering their hero's last name. Above all this is a film for gluttons for punishment, for those who never ever can get enough of Sylvester Stallone. Everyone else, please leave the building. Directed, written by and starring Mr.
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February 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Fans queued up by the thousands outside the Civic Center, and some spent the night waiting, for a chance to get tickets to the climactic fight scene in Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky V." Within about an hour Thursday, people had grabbed up 16,000 of the 20,000 tickets for two days of filming in Stallone's latest installment of the Rocky Balboa saga. Ten thousand people are needed for a boxing match audience each day of filming, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.
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December 17, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
THE drive up to Sylvester Stallone's Tuscan-style mansion in the ultra-rich Beverly Park enclave winds through the brush-covered canyons of Beverly Hills, ending at an imposing iron gate. A statue of a stallion's head stands nearby, and just beyond, guarding each side of the driveway, carved lions raise their heads in mid-roar. The gate swings open revealing first a sign -- "Watch Out for Insane Dog" -- and then a Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog with eerie blue eyes. Nice dog. Pretty dog.
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December 12, 2006 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
ON the back wall of Irwin Winkler's office at his home in Beverly Hills is a framed copy of Vincent Canby's New York Times review of "Rocky," which Winkler and his partner Robert Chartoff produced 30 years ago. According to Canby, then one of the country's most influential critics, "Rocky" was a "sentimental little slum movie" whose star, Sylvester Stallone, was so terrible that his performance reminded the critic of "Rodney Dangerfield doing a nightclub monologue."
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