August 05, 2014

Sylvester Stallone: Not Feeling Old!


I am not a fan of boxing but I enjoyed "Rocky" when it was released.This movie is about lots more than fighting for a living.

The story was inspiring and uplifting.
And who can forget the theme song?

I was impressed that Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and made no compromises with its production. 

Although he was virtually on the breadline back then  he still wouldn't sell his script to just anyone. He stuck to his principles.This lead him to a become a Hollywood legend eventually, and he's still going strong! 
Good for him!  He has made many movies since then.


WHEN Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Actor at the 49th Academy Awards for his role in Rocky (1976), Jimmy Carter had just assumed the US Presidency and Kellan Lutz was yet to be born. 
Kellan who? If you know Stallone, you probably don’t know Lutz. He was born in 1985, grew up to become a model-slash-actor and made his big break in the first two Twilight films (2008-09).

Twilight is like Rocky, except instead of an out-of-work boxer with an ambition to be the best in the world and marry his shy sweetheart there is a vampire who stops buses with his hands. Other than that, the films are almost identical.

Which is how Lutz and Stallone have wound up together in Stallone’s latest vehicle, Expendables 3.

If Lutz’s youthfulness doesn’t make you feel old, Stallone’s should. In the short, he rocks a black singlet over a freshly tattooed torso, smirking the same way he did when he was making debt-collection visits in Rocky or, presumably, seducing his co-stars in the softcore porno The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970).

The profitability of the Expendables franchise (collective box office for the first two films was $494 million) is testimony not only to Hollywood plastic surgeons and digital enhancement technology, but to the enviable immaturity of its roster of grandpa stars.

Apart from Stallone, 68, the cast has in the past included Arnold Schwarzenegger, 67, Dolph Ludgren, 56, Mel Gibson, 58, Antonio Banderas, 53, Bruce Willis, 59, and Chuck Norris, 74, chomping on cigars, shooting from the hip and making glib observations while under fire.
The best generation X can offer in reply is to dress Johnny Knoxville up as a real septuagenarian and drive him across the US in Bad Grandpa, causing mayhem and outrage as he goes.

Knoxville’s antics were done using hidden cameras set amid real-life situations. The Expendables’ antics are done with stunt doubles and pyrotechnics. But a certain verisimilitude shines through anyway. These are not actors descending into Philip Seymour Hoffman-esque anguish of character appropriation. They are possibly the last generation of American heroes to convince themselves that youthfulness is plausible at any age.

And as if to prove the point, Stallone looked pleased with himself attending the London premiere of the movie with his wife Jennifer Flavin, who was a mere eight years old when Rocky made him a star.


With many thanks to The Australian

Daniel Day-Lewis Receives A Knighthood 

Oscar Winners 2016: The Full List

How Sergio Leone’s Westerns Changed Cinema

Top 10 Movie Twists of All Time

Burt Bacharach Brings Back The Hits: From Marlene Dietrich to Glastonbury 

Joni Mitchell: Why She Blocked Taylor Swift For Biopic Role 

Tina Turner: What’s Age Got To Do With It? 

Sylvester Stallone: Not Feeling Old!

Michael Douglas: The Hemsworth Brothers And Hugh Jackman Are Hollywood Gold 

Hedy Lamarr - Beauty And Brains in Abundance

Charlie Chaplin: The Birth Of The Tramp

"Rush" - An Under-rated Ron Howard Movie

Carlos Gardel And The Tango In Movies 

The 100 Most Iconic Movie Lines of All Time

The Importance of Costume in Films: Some Iconic Images of our Culture

Hollywood Costume Exhibit In Los Angeles

Biopics Now Focus On Key Moments Rather Than A Whole Life 

Some Biopic Actors And Their Real-Life Counterparts

Edith Piaf: In search of La Vie en Rose 

Is "Gone with the Wind" America’s Strangest Film? 

A Look at a Legend: Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor Quotes

Top 10 Best Actress Oscar Winners Ever? 

10 Historically Inaccurate Movies

Robert Mitchum: Film Noir Legend 

Clint Eastwood - A True "Renaissance Man" - Updated

John Wayne 7th Most Popular Star - Still!

How Marlon Brando Almost Missed His Defining Role

A Look at a Legend: Elizabeth Taylor

Top 10 Best Actress Oscar Winners Ever?

The Book Every Movie Lover Should Own:David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

Paul Newman - Hollywood Legend 

Rita Hayworth - The Dancing Queen

Orry-Kelly:The untold story Of A Hollywood legend - "Women He's Undressed" Review

Top 10 Movie Sets Ever Built

A Look at a Legend: Rita Hayworth

Maggie Smith: Michael Coveney’s Biography 

Dolly Parton: A Biography Movie And A Time Capsule For Her 100th Birthday

Temple Grandin

Woman in Gold: Another Biopic For Dame Helen Mirren  

Loretta Lynn

The Best Movies of 2015

Sophia Loren Quotes 

The Man Behind the Most Iconic Movie Posters of the ’80s and ’90s

George Lucas Defends Greedo Shooting Han First

The 100 Most Iconic Movie Lines of All Time

The Importance of Costume in Films: Some Iconic Images of our Culture

Hollywood Costume Exhibit In Los Angeles

Benedict Cumberbatch And Eddie Redmayne: The Changing Face Of Hollywood 

Frank Sinatra: 100 Years of Great Music - December 12th
 Star Wars Veterans Ford, Fisher and Hamill Return For New Film

The 10 Greatest Movie Sequels Of All Time 

Star Wars Lightsabers Finally Invented - Almost! 

Researchers Have Created Glasses-free 3D Holograms Using Graphene

Hans Solo's 'Chewie, We're Home' Teaser Trailer For New Star Wars Film Delights Fans 

The 10 Greatest Movie Sequels Of All Time

Star Wars: How The Science Is Actually Real

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Carrie Fisher on return of Leia

 Alfred Hitchcock: Mysteries Of The Master Of Suspense

After Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, The Hemsworths, Where Are The Men Of The Movies? 

How Groucho Marx Invented Modern Comedy