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Stallone Leaving Expendables Means He Has No Franchises Left (& That’s Good)

With his upcoming exit from The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone is free of all classic franchise ties – which might be a very good thing. More than maybe any other movie star, Stallone recognized the value of building recurring roles for himself. After his follow-ups to Rocky all underperformed, he set his career back on track with Rocky II. In the years that followed he returned to the Rambo franchise periodically, and in 2010 launched a new series with The Expendables movies. There were some failed attempts at building IP too, including Cobra and Judge Dredd.

Stallone’s career went through a fallow period in the mid-1990s that was only broken when he returned with 2006’s Rocky Balboa. In the later years of his career, Stallone’s three big franchises not only provided him with comfortable box-office hits but also allowed him to front other projects like Grudge Match. With 2019’s Rambo: Last Blood, he provided the titular character with a melancholy finale while his ongoing feud with the producers behind the Rocky/Creed series makes him increasingly unlikely to return to that franchise either.

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Stallone’s Expendables Exit Frees Him Of His Franchise Ties

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The Expendables 4 will finally arrive in 2023 but will bring some sweeping changes to the action series. Instead of writing or directing like with past entries, Stallone and his character Barney will play a smaller role while Jason Statham’s Christmas will take over as group leader. While the sequel may leave the door open for a future return, Stallone appears to be severing ties to the series too. That means that – outside of a returning cameo in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 as Stakar Ogord – the star has no more franchise commitments in the near future.

Since the 2000s, much of the actor’s work has involved sequels, but he’s shown with the likes of Tulsa King or Samaritan he’s more than capable of delivering great work outside his established IPs. Stallone has spoken in the past of how he’s been typecast in the action genre, but now that he’s stepping back from more physically demanding parts, he has a chance to let his inner-character actor out. He’s explored pretty much every facet of Ross, Rocky and Rambo in their respective franchises, and it would be great to see him stretch out to other roles.

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Moving on from Expendables, Stallone is working harder than ever. He will return for Tulsa King’s second season and has two movies in development. The first is Hunter, his long-brewing adaptation of the horror-action novel where the title character hunts down a bio-engineered monster. He’s also set to star in Little America, an action thriller set in a dystopian future where Stallone’s character is sent to rescue a billionaire’s kidnapped daughter from “Little America,” a walled-off city in Hong Kong. He even has a reality show dubbed The Family Stallone on the way, starring himself, his wife Jennifer and daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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