United Artists/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Saturday, December 3, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rocky.
The 1976 film was made for around $1 million and ended up grossing $117 million domestically, taking home Best Picture at the Oscars the next year. Not bad for Sylvester Stallone, a down-on-his-luck character actor with about $100 in the bank who wrote the movie in three days after watching a fight between Muhammad Ali and beleaguered brawler Chuck Wepner.
"I was watching the fight ... and I said to myself, 'Let's talk about stifled ambition and broken dreams and people who sit on the curb looking at their dreams go down the drain,'" Stallone told The New York Times 40 years ago.
Studios wanted Rocky, but they didn't want Stallone to headline the original underdog story. They offered him money, as much as $265,000 for just the script, yet he turned it down.
"I never would have sold it ... I'd rather bury it in the backyard and let the caterpillars play Rocky. I would have hated myself for selling out," he told The Times.
He finally got what he wanted though and put everything he and the crew had into the film.
"When we finally knew that Rocky was going to be made and I was going to play Rocky, I knew this wasn't only my shot, this was my life. Everything had to be perfect. I was hard on the crew when we were shooting -- they thought I was a miserable b****** -- but I had to give the movie my best shot," he told film critic Roger Ebert in 1976.
"People say Rocky is realistic, but I don't want realism, I want romance,” Stallone told Ebert all those years back.
Marvel - 2016(SAN PAULO) -- Although no footage has leaked, due to tight security, fans are buzzing about footage of Spider-Man: Homecoming that screened Friday at Brazil Comic-Con in San Paulo.
The snippet, said to be from the trailer that will first be seen officially running before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is being described by people who were there to witness it, including Ryan Penagos, the Vice President and Executive Editor, Marvel's Digital Media Group, who tweeted about it.
Tom Holland, introduced as Peter Parker/Spider Man in Captain America: Civil War, is said to be seen receiving a suitcase from Tony Stark's bodyguard "Happy" Hogan, again played by Jon Favreau.
The suitcase apparently contains another upgraded Spidey suit, courtesy of Robert Downey Jr.'s billionaire genius Stark/Iron Man, who appears in Homecoming, but apparently not the trailer.
The suit features a fan favorite feature -- Spidey's underarm "web wings," which others report he's seen using to fly through the air in an attack against The Vulture, the winged baddie played by Michael Keaton in the film. Penagos didn't mention that, but allowed, "That classic underarm webbing look was just so rad."
Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also stars Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, and Marisa Tomei, opens July 7, 2017.
Getty Images/Jonathan Leibson(SAO PAULO) -- Vin Diesel says he is still reeling, nearly three years to the day since he lost his dear friend Paul Walker. Walker died in a fiery car crash in 2013, a passenger in a Porsche driven by friend Roger Rodas, who also perished.
"The last three years have been some of the hardest of my life because of losing my brother like that," Diesel told Entertainment Tonight about Walker.
In fact, he spoke to ET at Brazil Comic-Con and said being there felt wrong, being that, "both times that I’ve been here, I’ve always been with my brother, Pablo. It was a lot of tissues and it was a hard morning for me yesterday because I was here," he said.
"But the irony is the whole cast reached out and his daughter, Meadow, reached out and all that stuff helps you get through it.”
Diesel was in Brazil also promoting his new xXx movie, and said after finishing Furious 7 without Walker, this was a welcome change. Diesel had worked with Walker on the Furious franchise since it began 15 years ago.
"Never in my life did I need to do a movie where I could laugh and smile and enjoy myself more than right now, more than the time I made this movie," he said.
Karwai Tang/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, along with Broadway producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman, have announced plans that could bring the U.K. smash, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre.
The 1,900-seat theatre, Broadway’s largest, is currently home to Cirque Du Soleil’s $25 million Broadway Paramour, which is slated to relocate after its final performance on April 16, 2017.
The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which owns The Lyric, plans a multi-million dollar renovation to reconfigure the theatre to create a more intimate -- but still impressive -- 1,500 seat venue.
In a joint statement announcing the plans, J.K. Rowling noted, "I’m delighted we are one step closer in bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway and very excited by the proposed plans."
According to HarryPotterThePlay.com, the two-part, six-hour Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is sold out in the U.K. for most of the next two years; advanced sales have logged upwards of a record $50 million. The play finds Harry as an adult father of three, whose son Albus struggles with his family's magical legacy.
Amanda Edwards/Getty ImagesThe Celebrity Apprentice's new boss Arnold Schwarzenegger, will get a hand from six additional boardroom advisors when he takes over.
Deadline reports Entertainment Tonight alum and previous Celebrity Apprentice champ Leeza Gibbons, chef Rocco DiSpirito, Extra co-host Tracey Edmonds, YouTube star Justine Ezarik, British finance expert Gemma Godfrey and The Biggest Loser host Bob Harper will join previously announced advisers Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.
Competitors include Laila Ali, Boy George, Carson Kressley, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Carnie Wilson.
Of course, Donald Trump, the show's previous boss, has a new job: President of the United States of America.
The Celebrity Apprentice's eighth season premieres January 2 on NBC.
Photo by David Bornfriend, courtesy of A24(LOS ANGELES) -- The nominations in the movie categories have been announced for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and the musical La La Land leads this year with 12.
Along with scoring a Best Picture nod, La La Land earned nominations for the movie's stars, Ryan Goslingand Emma Stone.
The indie smash hit Moonlight and the Amy Adams sci-fi film Arrival followed in second place with 10 nominations each.
Mel Gibson, in full comeback mode, scored a Best Director nomination for his war film Hacksaw Ridge, which also earned a nod for Best Action Movie and a nod in the lead actor category for Andrew Garfield, as well as a host of technical honors.
FX's hit The People v. O.J. Simpson leads the TV nominations, which were previously announced. HBO was the network that received the most nods with 22, including five for Game of Thrones.
The Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best in TV and film, airs Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on A&E. Silicon Valley and Deadpool star T.J. Miller is set to host.
Here are the main categories for the film nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards -- the full list can be found here:
BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Sully
BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea Joel Edgerton – Loving Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling – La La Land Tom Hanks – Sully Denzel Washington – Fences
BEST ACTRESS Amy Adams – Arrival Annette Bening – 20th Century Women Isabelle Huppert – Elle Ruth Negga – Loving Natalie Portman – Jackie Emma Stone – La La Land
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mahershala Ali – Moonlight Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water Ben Foster – Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea Dev Patel – Lion Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Viola Davis – Fences Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women Naomie Harris – Moonlight Nicole Kidman – Lion Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe Sunny Pawar - Lion Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE 20th Century Women Fences Hell or High Water Hidden Figures Manchester by the Sea Moonlight
BEST DIRECTOR Damien Chazelle – La La Land Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge Barry Jenkins – Moonlight Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water Denis Villeneuve – Arrival Denzel Washington – Fences
BEST ACTION MOVIE Captain America: Civil War Deadpool Doctor Strange Hacksaw Ridge Jason Bourne
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange Matt Damon – Jason Bourne Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange
BEST COMEDY Central Intelligence Deadpool Don’t Think Twice The Edge of Seventeen Hail, Caesar! The Nice Guys
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE 10 Cloverfield Lane Arrival Doctor Strange Don’t Breathe Star Trek Beyond The Witch
Natalie Portman in "Jackie"; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
* Jackie -- Natalie Portman stars as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who, in the wake of husband President John F. Kennedy's assasination, must deal with her grief, and that of her children, while examining her husband's legacy. Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup and John Hurt also star. Jackie opens in limited release only. Rated R.
* Incarnate -- This horror thriller from the producers of Insidious, Paranormal and The Purge stars Aaron Eckhart as an unconventional exorcist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed. However, he meets his match when he's asked to help an innocent 11-year-old boy -- Gotham's David Mazouz -- possessed by a powerful demon from his past. Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten also stars. Rated PG-13.
L-R: Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy; Pablo Larrain/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- As if her Oscar for Black Swan weren't enough, in Jackie, Natalie Portman continues to prove that her performances in the Star Wars movies were a function of bad directing, not a reflection of her ability as a world-class actress.
Director Pablo Larrain takes a script written by Noah Oppenheim and pulls off a neat cinematic trick: he turns Jackie Kennedy, an icon of opulence, glamour and grace, into the tragic and heroic protagonist of a narrative steeped in neorealism and David Lynch-like surrealism.
We meet Jackie Kennedy a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. She’s at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, where she greets a journalist (Billy Crudup) at the door. While Portman looks as poised and composed as we ever imagine Jackie Kennedy was or should be, her eyes, the quiver in her voice, and the way she smokes her cigarette suggest something otherwise.
Jackie proceeds to tells the story of the assassination. Oppenheim’s script weaves that story via Kennedy’s first-hand account to the journalist, which includes graphic, sobering flashbacks to the assassination, and its immediate fallout. There’s also a remarkable recreation of Jackie Kennedy’s famous live televised tour of the White House.
Through that lens, we get terrific performances from Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, and Greta Gerwig as Jackie’s assistant. Caspar Phillipson makes an impressive JFK, and Billy Crudup’s performance as the unnamed journalist interviewing Jackie Kennedy -- firm one moment, fumbling and backtracking the next, almost cowering when Mrs. Kennedy calls him on the carpet -- is organic and up to the task.
This is Jackie Kennedy as we’ve never really seen her before -- raw as raw can be and doing everything she can, in the days following the worst moment of her life, to protect her husband’s legacy, knowing full well his flaws as a husband.
Even with its stylistic panache and a tour de force performance from Portman, Jackie drags in places, and manipulates in others where it doesn’t need to. Nonetheless, it’s a stunning historical snapshot and nifty piece of filmmaking.
Vera Anderson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Kurt Sutter, the Emmy nominated creator of FX's Sons of Anarchy is moving full speed ahead with a spin-off, centering on the Mayans, the Latino biker gang that crossed paths with the titular Sons.
The Hollywood Reporter notes a pilot has been ordered for the series, which will not be set in Northern California as its original predecessor was, and will take place after the events in the finale of the original series.
Sons, which ran seven seasons, remains FX's highest-rated drama series.
The new pilot is tentatively titled Mayans MC, according to the trade.
The home was purchased in August, but at the time, the realtor declined to say who bought it. Well, surprise!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Franklin, who created the famed 90s sitcom that starred John Stamos and Bob Saget, said he purchased the home in San Francisco to use in filming on the reboot Fuller House. He plans on renting the home at a later date.
It was on the market for more than $4 million.
"The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house," he told the magazine about the home used in filming three decades ago. "I'm so sentimental about the house. It's great to have the house in our Full House family and be able to preserve it for the fans."
Franklin said hundreds of fans come each day to take photos outside the home. Over the next few months, the home will be updated and brought to code, and the front door will be red once again, like on the show. Previous owners had changed it.
Full House aired from 1987 to 1995. Fuller House debuted on Netflix earlier this year.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(MEXICO CITY) -- Passengers co-starsChris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are known to be goofballs: while she's famous for photobombing her fellow stars, he's now turning the tables by pranking her subtly on Instagram.
The two celebs have been touring the world promoting their new sci-fi film, which hits theaters Dec. 25. On Wednesday, Pratt took a selfie with her, captioned, "Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie." However, he cropped her out of the pic.
A subsequent group shot has the two-time Oscar winning actress cropped mostly out; with this: photographic afterthought. "Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf," the Guardians of the Galaxy star wrote.
And in a video posted by Pratt, J-Law also is shown -- again, barely -- running out of frame to avoid being splashed by glasses of liquid held in place by physics as her co star swings them upside down.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Star and producer Tom Cruise took to Twitter Thursday morning to give fans their first peek of The Mummy, his reboot of the classic monster movie series.
In a teaser to the full trailer -- which will hit the Interwebs Sunday -- both Cruise and co-star Russell Crowe are shown, as is Sofia Boutella, who played Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond. In this film, she plays Ahmahnet, the fearsome mummy.
"I saw her!" Cruis's character says of Ahmahnet. "She is real!"
"Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters," a title card reads, hinting at Universal's hopes for a Marvel-like "shared universe" for some of the studio's oldest properties. Another hint: Crowe plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fame.
Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Bruce Banner/The Hulk; Marvel, Copyright 2015(SAN FRANCISCO) -- BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and digital resource, released the results of its renowned Baby Names Survey for 2016, and with it its anticipated rankings of the Top 100 Names of 2016.
For the seventh year in a row, Sophia was most popular name for girls, while Jackson topped the list for boys for the fourth year straight.
However, names from comic books, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and those from tech titans have begun marching quickly up the charts, according toLinda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. "It's a direct reflection of millennial parents' enthusiasm for shaking up the status quo," she notes.
New millennial faves include Elon (as in real-life billionaire genius Elon Musk) Tony (as in fictional billionaire genius Tony Stark AKA Iron Man), and Jessica (up 6% thanks to Marvel’s Jessica Jones).
Banner of The Hulk fame shot up 48% from last year; Harley -- after Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn jumped up 35%; Scarlett after Johansson's roles in The Avengers and Captain America, bumped up 20%.
Even Rocket -- the name of Bradley Cooper's wise-cracking animated raccoon hero from Guardians of the Galaxy -- jumped 25%.
Walking Dead fan parents were also responsible for the climb of Tyreese (up 48% since 2015), Hershel(up 37%), and Carol (up 18%).
Stranger Things viewers led to a 32% jump for Dustin, Mike (up 28%), and Joyce (23%).
The name Iris, Kathy Bates' character from American Horror Story: Hotel jumped 16%.
Even virtual assistants like Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa saw some movement, with bumps of 36% and 10%, respectively.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling's spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise, has topped the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Sue Kroll, Warner Brothers’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution announced Wednesday.
The film, starring Eddie Redmayne, opened at number one in the United States on November 18, earning $74.4 million its first weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past weekend, it had its premiere in China, where it grossed $41.1 million, beating out Disney’s Moana.
So far, Fantastic Beasts has taken in $161 million domestically and $344 million internationally. As of Tuesday, the film's global box-office stood at $505 million in just its second weekend of release.