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Sylvester Stallone Brutally Criticizes Rocky’s Drago Spinoff Film

Sylvester Stallone is revealing his displeasure at the news of Rocky spinoff Drago. Stallone starred and wrote the original 1976 Rocky, a film that went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, and a massive franchise starter. Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in 2015’s Creed, a legacy sequel that saw Stallone in a supporting role and earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards.

Stallone however will not return as the Italian station in the upcoming film Creed III. Recently, Stallone accused Rocky producer Irwin Winkler of withholding the film rights to the character from him, which was likely a major factor in Stallone departing the franchise he created. Shortly after, it was announced that MGM was developing a spinoff film centered on Rocky IV villain Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and his son Viktor Drago ( Florian Munteanu) who made his big screen debut in Creed II, which Lundgren also returned in.

Related: Rocky’s Movie Rights Ownership & Controversy Explained

While many Rocky fans were excited by the announcement, Stallone was not and went on Instagram to publicly slam the spin-off film. He called out Winkler and his two sons David and Charles Winkler, who are also producers of the Creed films. Stallone, however, remains respectful to his former co-star Lundgren, even calling him a true friend. See Stallone’s full post below:

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Stallone’s criticism of Winkler’s control of the Rocky franchise comes when various film franchises from the 1970s and 1980s are now in court battles over control of the character rights. The film rights to Friday the 13th have reportedly reverted back to original screenwriter Victor Miller. The screenwriting duo of 1987’s Predator attempted to take Disney to court, however, a deal was reached and Disney moved forward with Prey, the Predator prequel which lands on Hulu on August 5.

The Winkler family’s decision to expand the Rocky franchise comes at an interesting time. MGM, the studio that has released all entries in the Rocky franchise, was recently acquired by Amazon and Rocky is likely a valuable property that the studio wants to continue. They’ve already shown that they can grow franchises successfully with Creed and they probably want multiple avenues so they aren’t reliant on one star. They also recently delayed the release of Creed III which will now open in March 2023, likely to cash in on star Jonathan Major’s appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania the month before showing they have big plans for the series. How fast Drago will go into production remains to be seen, as does whether or not Stallone’s comments will have any impact on it.

Next: 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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