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When “Creed” arrived two years ago, it proved that the “Rocky” franchise had plenty of life left in it, particularly if you put Sylvester Stallone to the side. Ryan Coogler wrote the script and directed the film which brought a …

As an incredibly cinematic sport, boxing films are often rife with clichés. So then, what a welcome surprise it was to have a “Rocky” movie that actually delivered the thrills and goosebumps that made the original 1976 film so great. Although the story might be familiar, Ryan Coogler‘s “Creed” had a freshness and vitality that only a young, talented filmmaker and actor could bring to the table. Continue reading ‘Creed 2’: Sylvester Stallone Says Ivan Drago Will Return at The Playlist.

It didn’t take long after the release of “Creed” for sequel talk to start stirring. The “Rocky” spinoff directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan was a huge crowd-pleaser and box office hit, while still maintaining a connection to the mainline series thanks to Sylvester Stallone taking on a mentor role to the young Adonis Creed. Among the ideas batted around for a followup was a prequel reuniting Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers‘ Apollo Creed (who died in “Rocky IV“), but that was squashed by producer Irwin Winkler, who confirmed that any sequel would focus on Adonis. Continue reading Sylvester Stallone Teases ‘Creed’ Sequel That Connects To ‘Rocky IV’ at The Playlist.

Just for a change, Marvel Studios are currently opening their gates to dump trucks of money that are being delivered to them. 15 movies in, and the company haven’t really had a true flop, and this past weekend’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” looks like it’ll be one of their biggest, taking nearly $150 million in three days domestically to add to the $275 million or so it’s racked up in ten days in the rest of the world. Continue reading The Best & Worst Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ at The Playlist.

  Amidst all the big names in “Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” — not just the returning quintet of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, but also newcomers Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki — there’s one name who’s mostly been absent from the movie’s gargantuan marketing efforts, arguably a bigger star than any of the others. Continue reading Rumor: Sylvester Stallone To Star In Adaptation Of Mark Millar Comic ‘Starlight’ at The Playlist.

How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion. Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original. Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist.