As Rocky IV turns 30, here are 4 things you never knew about the film

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Creed review: Rocky franchise is in safe hands.

How do you breathe new life into a forty-year-old film series? And almost 40 years later it looks like Sylvester Stallone could find himself in a similar position following reports the veteran action star has been tipped for an Academy Award for his potrayal of the famous fictional boxer in the latest installment of the franchise, Creed.Rocky Balboa is back, but in a good way – as a crucial yet not central figure in a new movie that bequeaths the fighter franchise to the next generation.Nearly 40 years ago, Hollywood gave us one of the most popular underdog stories of all time: A small-time boxer from Philadelphia who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title.

•Creed: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. •Victor Frankenstein: Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man — and the legend — we know today. •Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicentre. The 69-year-old actor has been surrounded by Oscar buzz for his performance, which sees him play the trainer of Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson (Michael B.

Jordan) and his trainer Rocky Balboa (an Oscar-buzzed Sylvester Stallone); “Good Dinosaur” (Disney); and “Victor Frankenstein” (20th Century Fox), with former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as lab assistant Igor, are all playing this weekend. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. •The Night Before: On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. •The Secret in Their Eyes: A tight-knit team of rising investigators — Ray, Jess and Claire — is torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Broccoli you hire Daniel Craig, but if you’re Sylvester Stallone gracefully you pass the torch. “Creed” is the “Rocky 1.0,” the evolution of a story that began in 1976. And on the red carpet to promote the return of the Rocky franchise after a nine year gap the star made it clear the decision was not made for financial reasons. “It’s almost biographical.

If you haven’t seen the Finnish delight “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (you really should), see a psycho Santa for the first time in “Krampus” (Dec. 4, Universal). Now, 13 years later, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can resolve the case. •The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. •Spotlight: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and coverup within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. •Love the Coopers: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down. •Room: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. •Suffragette: The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state. •Spectre: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.

So the feel of this is extremely personal, as a opposed to just a movie: ‘Well let’s see if we can keep the film going on, perhaps for financial reasons’. He hits it out of the park, and if there’s a vote, I’ll be voting for him,’ producer Charles Winkler told Variety regarding the rumours. ‘The talk has happened without us having to boost it at all, and deservedly so. And in Rocky IV, Creed died after a brutal pummelling by a Russian fighter, leaving Rocky—who was in his corner—to agonize over whether he could have saved his life by throwing in the towel earlier.

Following that, the Weinstein Co. will release “Macbeth” (Dec. 11), a new adaptation of the Shakespeare play by Justin Kerzel (now aptly filming “Assassin’s Creed”) with Michael Fassbender as the Thane of Glamis and Marion Cotillard as his unraveling Lady. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. •The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. •The Martian: During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Jordan also starred in Coogler’s debut film, Fruitvale Station, based on a true story, which showed the last 24 hours in the life of a young African-American man killed in an encounter with transit police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Let’s hope it’s more Orson Welles and “Throne of Blood” than “Men of Respect.” We’ll see It Girl Alicia Vikander and Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne in the real-life, pioneering, transgender drama “The Danish Girl” (Dec. 11, Focus). Despite the former boxing champ battling an opponent deadlier than any in the ring, he agrees to mentor the young boxer and soon helps him attain a title shot, though whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

He wins his 15th straight fight, quits his job, and suddenly we’re in a flashback, with a young Adonis, fatherless and disturbed, in a correctional facility. Accompanied by Sophia, 19, Sistine, 17, and 13-year-old Scarlet accompanied their dad to the Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, the star could not have looked prouder flanked by his girls.

In his second feature, Coogler makes a well thought out, energetic film about legacy and aspiration that should work equally well for Rocky aficionados and for people with little memory of what has gone before. Sylvester certainly dressed the part for the occasion in a sharp navy suit and crisp white button down shirt at the event, where he was also joined by co-stars Michael and Tessa Thompson.

But it is the drama of human frailty, and the ability to succeed in spite of it, to “get hit and keep moving forward”, that makes generations identify with it. He’s the little guy who becomes the champ; he falls in love with an awkward girl; he makes a fortune, and then loses it; he befriends a rival, and fights to defend his honour; he loves his son, but they have a strained relationship.

Born after his father’s death, Adonis, or Donnie as he is known, never knew his dad but seems to have inherited the old man’s love of boxing and much of his skill as well but can Rocky whip him into shape for a title match? “Creed” satisfies on two levels. We learn that Adonis was the product of an affair, and that Apollo’s widow, Mary Anne (Phylicia Rashad), took charge of him when he was young, seeking out the troubled youngster at a children’s home and bringing him up in comfort.

It’s not a remake — although in a way it almost feels like a remake of the entire “Rocky” series — but attempts to bring the same kind fist-in-the-air triumphant feel as Stallone’s other boxing flicks. The heartfelt franchise film has become a rarity nowadays—and it makes sense that a spin-off of Rocky, the very model of a heart-on-sleeve sports movie, would be the one to fill the breach. With a story ripe with underdog theatrics, the signature “Rocky” swelling trumpet score and familiar characters and situations, “Creed” clicks in the part of your brain that grew up watching the “Rocky” movies on VHS. My guess is they’re hoping to kick off another “Fast & Furious”-type franchise with Luke Bracey (“The November Man”) in the Keanu Reeves role and Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”) in the role played by the late Patrick Swayze.

Also on that day in limited release are: Quentin Tarantino’s latest neo-Western “The Hateful Eight” (Weinstein), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s follow-up to “Gravity”; “The Revenant” (Fox), with Leonardo DiCaprio as a real-life 19th century wilderness trapper trying to survive after a gruesome grizzly attack; and “Joy” (Fox), David O. They start training and, in the spirit of the series, Adonis finds himself up against the heavyweight champion of the world, “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew). Stallone’s Rocky is a genial, solitary figure who has moved away from the fight scene; he spends his time at his restaurant, rather than at the gym or ringside. He plays Balboa as a lion in winter, an old man who has trouble climbing (let alone sprinting) the 72 stone steps leading up to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art made iconic in the first movie.

Nothing impedes the film’s onward drive: not Adonis’ daddy issues, or his taking a liking to a singer called Bianca (Tessa Thompson), or the revelation that Rocky has cancer. You can sense the film’s affection for him in the way it allows him to ramble on, to say old-man things in that familiar semi-indecipherable gurgle of his.

But Coogler knows how to film a fight, with exhilarating tracking shots, the camera at shoulder level, creating a dance of aggression and percussive intensity. As Johnson runs through the city with stunt bikers for company, mimicking Rocky’s run, and as he steps out to fight in stars and striped shorts, Coogler sacrifices subtlety for the plainly obvious.

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