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Monster Blog Wednesday – Our Favorite Golden Globe Moments

The Golden Globes took place Sunday, and there was a lot to love about them. Ricky Gervais was naturally hysterical, and I will burn my own home to the ground before I dislike any awards show host who drinks a beer all night. The speeches were good, as were the presenters, and Denzel even won a makeshift lifetime achievement award. What were our favorite moments? Well, that’s what we’re hear for.

Sly Stallone Wins Best Supporting Actor

Sly Stallone has been in movies for 5 decades now, and while you’ll never hear him mentioned in the ‘greatest actors of our generation’ conversation, the characters he’s created will last forever. In that vain, it was pretty awesome to see him get recognized for his role in ‘Creed’, as the aging, wise and still emotionally fragile Rocky Balboa. Rocky is hands down one of the most iconic characters in movie history, and Stallone has found a way to breath life back into a character that we thought had thrown his final punch. ‘Creed’ was a very good movie, and the combination of Stallone and Michael B. Jordan was a fun one to watch. His speech was unjustly criticized, as he forgot to mention his fellow actors and director, but that’s just the society we live in now. We refuse to let anyone enjoy the moment, and even though this is Stallone’s first Golden Globe nomination in THIRTY EIGHT years, it’s much more accepted now to criticize his speech than congratulate the man who’s making it. My favorite part of his acceptance speech was when he proclaimed “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met.” I really like that line, and I hope he has another chance to speak come Oscar night.

-Ryan

Jonah Hill puts a bear head on and Channing Tatum laughs like a school girl

The bartender at the Globes was over pouring and I LOVED it. It seemed like everyone who went to the mic was hammered off their ass. When Channing went up and introduced the Bear from The Revenant I knew exactly who would be lumbering on stage, Jonah “fluctuating weight” Hill. He did a hilarious little bit from the perspective of a bear on a big Hollywood set. The banter was funny, but was was even funnier was Channing laughing hysterically behind him. Its like he slipped a little bit of the drug from 21 Jump Street before going on stage.

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I love that Jonah and Channing are best friends. If Ryan and I had the opportunity to get on stage during the Golden Globes I feel this is exactly what would happen. Moments later Ryan would be singing ‘Fast Car” and I would be screaming into the mic looking for Bill Paxton. That’s when we get banned from every hollywood event for the rest of our lives. Until that moment comes we will have to live vicariously through Jonah and Channing.

-Matt

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Adorably Congratulated Sylvester Stallone On His Golden Globe Win Via Snapchat

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One of my favorite parts about last night’s Golden Globe’s was Sylvester Stallone’s incredibly deserving best supporting actor win for his role in ‘Creed’. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should really go out of your way to check it out, because both Stallone and the movie itself are really great. Stallone’s speech was great as well, and both during and the after the ceremony, Sly received congratulations from a lot of his peers and fans. One of those congratulations came in the form of his good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger, who congratulated Sly via Snapchat with an adorable video. Is the Oscar next for Sly? Arnie seems to think so, and I’m not going to disagree with the Terminator.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert: Creed

Avon Barksdale is training Wallace andddd I’m in. I stopped doubting the characters Sly Stallone created around Rambo 2, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this movie is going to be great. The guy just knows how to create characters for the big screen, and the fact that this is directed by Ryan Coogler, who directed Michael B. Jordan in ‘Fruitvale Station’, only makes it that much better. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky Balboa’s frenemy Apollo Creed who was killed by Dolph Lundgren (in real life!). A couple ‘Wire’ alums chumming it up mixed in with some good old fashioned sage advice from Sylvester Stallone? Sign me up. I will buy all the tickets to this one.

– Ryan

“Rocky” Spinoff In The Works

EXCLUSIVE: MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’s Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer. This comes in the wake of a strong summer platform opening for Fruitvale Station, the film that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance, and captured Prize Of The Future at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coogler and Jordan were the toast of the Croisette. Coogler intends for this to be his directorial follow-up to Fruitvale Station so the intention is to make it happen quickly.  Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s hard to get excited about what amounts to the seventh film in the Rocky series. This feels different to me, mostly because of how it came together. Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King. The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return. Balboa was Apollo Creed’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985′s Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating. What is intriguing is how Coogler intends to plug back into the mythology of the first three Rocky films, which were the best ones, and then move the story forward. Jordan seems perfect for the role, given his charisma and intensity, and the fact he’s a natural athlete and was a most convincing quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights. Coogler played college football on a scholarship as a wide receiver, so he has a background in jock culture. The deal is being finalized by WME, which reps Coogler, Jordan and Stallone. Jordan is managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett. – Deadline

I couldn’t be more excited about this. Admittedly I’m not a fan of franchises making sequels just for the sake of money, but as Deadline reports, this feels different. A slight spinoff of the greatest sports movie franchise in history can’t be viewed as a bad thing. If MGM can lockup Michael B. Jordan for the lead role of Apollo Creed’s grandson, then this a definite home run caliber film. Jordan rose to fame as Wallace, the troubled yet compassionate corner boy in The Wire, and his new film, Fruitvale Station, won The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and The Prize Of The Future award at Cannes. Sly Stallone would reprise his role as Rocky, this time acting as a trainer to his best frenemy’s grandson, hopefully played by Jordan. I’m a sucker for underdog stories and great acting, and if this film comes to fruition, it could deliver a knock out punch to audiences worldwide.

– Ryan

P.S. I need Dolph Lundgren in this movie. Need it like I need air to breathe.

P.P.S Recreate this scene with an older Rocky and Apollo’s grandson. Solid gold.

Arnold and Sly Stealing The Show At Comic Con

Over two decades ago, they were testosterone  fuelled rivals in the Hollywood action hero arena. But after teaming up in two films over the  past couple years, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have clearly  decided to become a super duo as they reclaim their macho careers. The ageing muscle-men joined forces on the  red carpet at Comic Con in San Diego, California, to promote their upcoming  prison break movie Escape Plan, on Thursday.” – DailyUK

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Just a couple of best friends hanging out at Comic Con to promote their new movie. Their is no cooler duo in the world than Arnold and Sly. They have the combined acting talent of a piece of wood, but that didn’t stop them from both becoming incredibly rich, iconic American heroes. One of them was even..wait for it…the fucking governor of California. They’re roided out, they can barely move, but we love them all the same. I feel bad for everyone else at Comic Con this weekend. Once you see the dynamic duo everyone else must seem so boring. Did you beat Drago and save America? Where you an integral part of saving humanity from robots in a post apocalyptic future? Didn’t think so.

Ryan

P.S. If it cost me $1 million to see Escape Plan my only question would be where do I deliver the money.

The Last Movie I’ll Ever See

I just saw the trailer for the last movie ill ever see. It’s called Escape Plan starring 2 of the 3 greatest actors of all time. Stallone and Schwarzenegger the Jordan and Pippen of Hollywood. Sly plays some dude who breaks out of prisons for a living and guess what it’s a setup. He’s trapped in a hell of a prison and has to get out. He calls on good ol Arnold who makes it clear he means business, goatee and all. I’m beyond pumped for this movie. I may go stand in line tomorrow morning so I don’t miss it. Oh yea and 50 cent is in it too, so you know it’s good. Check out the trailer here.

+Berno

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