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Stallone Accuses Rocky Producer Of Withholding Ownership Rights

Sylvester Stallone accuses Rocky producer Irwin Winkler of withholding ownership rights to the film franchise in a new social media post. The first Rocky movie was released in 1976 and became a box-office smash hit. The film would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and would become the highest-grossing film of the year. Rocky’s success led to four more sequels, as well as a sequel series of films that began with 2015’s Creed.

Stallone, playing the titular role of Rocky Balboa, has so far appeared in all eight Rocky and Creed movies. Stallone stated in April of 2021 that he will not be appearing in the upcoming Creed III, but that there are have been ongoing discussions of a Rocky prequel series. Alongside Stallone’s long-standing involvement with the franchise, Winkler has been the producer on every Rocky film and spinoff. In 2019, Stallone revealed that despite writing the original Rocky film and appearing in every single franchise installment, he had zero ownership of the property.

Related: How The Creed Movies Can Beat The Rocky Franchise

In a post on social media, Stallone accuses the 93-year-old Winkler of withholding ownership rights to Rocky. Stallone posts a highly stylized image of Winkler’s face on a snake’s body, with a knife for a tongue. Alongside the image, Stallone’s caption says that after 47 years of Winkler controlling Rocky, he wants “what’s left of [his] rights back.” Stallone goes on to say that while this is a very painful subject for him to discuss, he wants something of Rocky to leave behind for his children, and thanks his loyal fans for standing by him. See Stallone’s post below:

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Over the past several years, Stallone has been voicing his frustrations over his lack of ownership in the Rocky franchise. In a 2019 interview, Winkler said he was surprised to learn that Stallone was displeased with the situation, because while Stallone doesn’t have ownership rights, he still made millions off of the franchise. Starring in and producing both Creed and Creed II, Stallone made more than $10 million on both films, though he still doesn’t have an ownership stake. Stallone admitted to being furious that he was told to stop complaining over the ownership debate solely because of the amount of money he made on the Rocky films.

While Stallone’s cut in the Rocky profits is incredibly substantial, Stallone’s continued displeasure over ownership rights seems to stem from wanting to leave the Rocky legacy for his children. A father of five, Stallone’s late son Sage even appeared in Rocky V as the boxer’s son, showing how entwined the Stallone family is with the Rocky franchise. While there hasn’t been any comment from Winkler or any public discussion about Stallone gaining the rights to the Rocky series, both Stallone and his loyal fans aren’t pulling punches when it comes to demanding that Stallone have partial ownership.

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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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