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Dolph Lundgren Clarifies Drago Spinoff After Stallone Comments

Dolph Lundgren clarifies his involvement with the Rocky spinoff, Drago, following Sylvester Stallone’s fiery comments. In 1975, Stallone wrote the boxing drama Rocky and, after attempting to sell the script to multiple studios, sold the rights to Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff under the caveat that he got to play the lead. Nine years after the franchise starter won Best Picture and made him a superstar, writer/director/lead actor Stallone cast Lundgren to play villain Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV.

One film, a revival, and a Creed spin-off later, Stallone and Lundgren reprised their respective roles in Creed II, which saw Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) battle Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Lundgren’s villain. Now, the boxing franchise continues to expand. In addition to Jordan’s directorial debut, Creed III—which will not feature Stallone’s Italian Stallion—it recently leaked that MGM is developing a spinoff film centering on Ivan and Viktor Drago. Following this news, Stallone criticized the Drago spinoff and further accused producer Winkler of withholding rights and exploiting the Rocky franchise.

Related: Rocky’s Movie Rights Ownership & Controversy Explained

Lundgren has taken to Instagram to set the record straight on his involvement with a possible Drago spinoff. According to the actor, the project is merely in talks at this stage, and he was under the impression that Stallone had a hand in its development. Check out the full post below:

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This post comes after Stallone doubled down on his initial comments with another Instagram post aimed at Winkler that mentions how he (allegedly) had not received a phone call from Lundgren, who got his start in the industry after Stallone cast him in Rocky IV. The two have also worked together on the Expendables franchise and will reunite in the upcoming Expend4bles. That said, it’s entirely plausible that Lundgren thought Stallone already knew about the Drago movie before the leak. While it’s comforting to know the pair have likely reconciled their misunderstanding, it’s unfortunate Stallone is now dealing with the awful side effects of a compromise he made 47 years ago as a struggling actor.

Outside of Rocky, various franchises from the 1970s and 80s have gone to court over control of character rights. For example, the rights to Friday the 13th have reverted to screenwriter Victor Miller, and the scribes behind 1987’s Predator attempted to take Disney to court. Unfortunately, the latter duo never reached a deal, with the prequel, Prey, landing on Hulu on August 5. At a time when every proven franchise expands ad nauseam, reports of a Drago spin-off shouldn’t have surprised fans. What may be surprising is that Stallone has next-to-no control over the IP (his Rocky prequel series notwithstanding). On the one hand, Stallone’s career wouldn’t be what it is today had he not sold the rights. However, it’s understandable to want one’s family to inherit what someone created. Regardless, at least fans now know where Lundgren stands amid all of the drama outside the ring.

More: Rocky’s Drago Spinoff Completes The Creed Movies’ Best Franchise Change

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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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