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Sylvester Stallone Says Rocky Would Never Be Made Today

Sylvester Stallone says that Rocky, the movie that would launch his career, wouldn’t be made today. Arguably the greatest film about boxing ever made, the 1976 multi-Oscar winner spawned five sequels and two spin-off films with a third one, Creed III,  on the way. What’s more, Rocky launched Stallone’s career in a big way, turning him into a household name over the course of the franchise’s lifespan.

Aside from Rocky, some of the biggest films in cinematic history were made during the 1970s, including two of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather epics, Star Wars, and Jaws, to name just a few. It was during this time that Rocky found its foothold, telling the story of small-time Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa (Stallone) who finds himself in the unique position of taking on world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed in an exhibition bout. Though the film was very much entrenched in the world of boxing, its story went far deeper and explored themes like perseverance, self-confidence, honor, and love.
Related: Who Is The Rocky Franchise’s Best Boxing Trainer? Why It’s Not Balboa

Yet, as beloved as Rocky is, it belongs to a time that no longer exists. Today’s cinema has changed the entire industry in a big way, resulting in a complete change in everything from how films are consumed to how they’re distributed. At 75, Stallone understands this better than most, having been in the film industry for decades. During an interview with David Rubenstein, Stallone addressed filmmaking today, stating that a film like Rocky (and The Godfather) wouldn’t be made today, citing the shifting cinematic landscape. Check out the full video below:

Stallone isn’t the first veteran filmmaker to decry the impact of new technology on film, which allows audiences to view on mobile devices. This issue has been debated before, with some filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino being vehemently opposed to it. However, despite Stallone’s extensive experience in the film industry, the argument could be made that phones have nothing to do with the quality of a film and if a film is engaging – as Rocky was and is.

Hearing Stallone say that he believes films like Rocky and The Godfather would never be made today is disheartening. For those who treasure the cinema from the 70s – or even for those who care about the state of filmmaking in general, it’s definitely a tough pill to swallow. That being said, there are still films being made that will one day also be considered classics. But it seems that spirit Stallone that made Rocky possible may be in his past.

Next: Rocky Balboa Isn’t A Good Boxer (And That’s Secretly Perfect)

Source: David Rubenstein

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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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