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December 08, 2006

As Real As It Gets

Rocky [SYLVESTER STALLONE] takes a hard shot from Mason Dixon [ANTONIO TARVER] when the final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise hits theatres on December 20, 2006. Written and directed by SYLVESTER STALLONE. Sly and former light heavyweight champ, Antonio Tarver traded real blows in an effort to make Rocky's last fight his most realistic.
-Craig Zablo



Photo by: John Bramley

2006 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., and Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC

And now as an added bonus, an interview question and answer from Sly!

QUESTION: What motivated you to bring back Rocky for a final chapter?

SYLVESTER STALLONE: I just didn't like the way the last one ended. Truthfully I thought the last one it, it just wasn't over, you know, you think it's over, and you really go back and you rehash it in your own mind like an athlete. You go, "God, you know, maybe I just retired too soon. Maybe Rocky just retired too soon." And yeah, someone told him he had problems. He had health problems. He, he had a little brain damage, but he never even had a second opinion. He just automatically assumed it. We do have our ups and downs, and it was a down side of his life. But I think that the real affirmation of life is what comes after that? Do you come out of that valley or not, you know?

Sly fans will also want to check out the great questions and answers that Sly is delivering each day at AIN'T IT COOL NEWS! Click HERE to get there!
-Craig Zablo

48 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROCKY IS LA BEST!!

CAN"T WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE TO FINALLY ARRIVE

ROCKY!! ROCKY!! ROCKY!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Ricardo - Brazil said...

Sly, you are THE MAN!!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous james said...

fantastic!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another great picture. I can't wait for this movie. keep up the good work craig!!!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all , thanks a lot Craig for this material , photos and comments , I´m a great Rockyfan from Santiago de Chile and visit this blog is like a feel part of the movie .... Thank you again and ....

.... GO FOR IT ROCKOOOOO !!!!!

Isaac .
itahaster@gmail.com

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Sly on Jay Leno last night. I guess we'll be seeing a lot more of him on TV as he continues to promote Rocky Balboa. Each clip I see is getting longer, and is different. It's a nice way to get your attention for this movie. I'm sure even the non-Rocky fans will make an attempt to see this movie. I've heard it's as good as the first Rocky. Betcha it gets nominated for an Oscar, just like the very first Rocky was. Nobody expected that movie to make it, either. This will be the ultimate ending to one of the greatest stories ever told. Jay Leno announced the release date as December 20th, so check your theater listings! I personally thought the release was December 22nd. Get psyched people! The cable and satellite channels have been playing Rocky movies. The world is ready for Rocky Balboa! I know I am.

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Ed said...

With all that is going on in this country, I think it's great that we have a bit of a reminder that not everything is about money, glamour, war, corruption, but something else, something about the human spirit to try, to overcome obstacles, to dig deep and find something "in the basement."

Thank you. Can't wait.

Cheers!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it. It show what a real sport both men are. Sly is one of the best actors ever. He has been My Idol for as long as I can remember. He one of the few actor who will mold hiimself to the role. I am so ready for Dec. 22nd......I will be the first in line..Thank you Sly ..Franco C

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Raúl Cerezo said...

What a beautiful photo! Could you put a link for big view?

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great picture cant wait
rob

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous charlotte said...

OMG !! Sly is crazy lol.
Respect Sly,respect.T'es le meilleur.
Thx Craig.It's great!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous doug said...

check out the a new rocky 6 clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1AhXpElaw

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fruchter Industries. Where Paulie works. Best name for a company I every heard of. Goes right up there with Schlumberger and Ajax.

Stallone has a great imagination!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THATS HOW TOUGH STALLONE IS!! i cant wait till december 20th.


-Big J

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's also another YouTube.com clip that has a scene from "Rocky Balboa"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158Amgo95VM

Rocky reflects of what's left of a certain place he and Adrian used to be at. Nice flashback. Nostalgic ... Paulie speaks out as well.

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous CMoney said...

Ouch, that's gonna hurt the next day!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this movie is going to be the BEST!

-Dave

I love all of the clips I have seen so far!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YA SE PREVEIA,Y LA PRIMERA EN DARSE CUENTA FUE MI MADRE ,AL MIRAR EL TRAILER,CUANDO ME PREGUNTO:SE PEGAN DE VERDAD?
SOLO SYLVESTER SE ANIMA A TOMAR ESTOS RIESGOS Y A SALIR AIROSOS DE LOS MISMOS.EXCELENTE FOTO,E IMAGINO QUE TODOS ESTAN COMO YO,LOCOS DE ANSIEDAD PARA VERLA!!SALUDOS ! ,RICARDO,A FAN FROM URUGUAY

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next to going to church on Christmas morning, my adult children and I cannot wait, and I mean, cannot wait to see this movie. Sly is the best when it comes to writing and directing the best under dog stories. Way to Go!!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unbelievable.. that clip with rocky and paulie at the ice rink is great!!

December 09, 2006  
Anonymous rohit said...

hey sly i hope u reaD THIS BLOG I AM A VERY BIG FAN FROM SINGAPORE N THE BAD THINGS IS I HAF SEARCHED EVERY THEATRE FOR UR NEW MOVIE S RELEASE BUT ITS NOT COMING OUT OUT IN SINGAPORE. PLS REPLY BACK IN UR BLOG HELP OR ILL NVR WATCH IT

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could just go up to Sly, face to face, shake his hand and say thank you. These Rocky films have touched peoples lives and I know the 6th one will as well. Go get him Rock.

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Neelam said...

ROCKY VI RELEASE
Will the movie will release worldwide?
I mean will I be able to see it in India (Chandigarh). PLeaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....................................................

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is suppose to have happened to Andrianne?

December 10, 2006  
Blogger D.J. said...

http://densilwilson.blogspot.com/2006/12/rocky-i.html

Keep up the good work!!!!!

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading all of the comments written in every single blog or forum on the net there's just one thing i can certainly say from the bottom of my heart:
"Sly you save the world a lot!"

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Frank Wright said...

Could Rocky Balboa beat Aaron Vaughan in a fight? I doubt it!! Pound for pound, Aaron Vaughan, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is the most lethal fighting force there is!!

December 10, 2006  
Blogger Slash said...

Man... it's weird. Rocky has been part of my life since I was in the 3rd grade! I saw the movie and loved it then. I've seen every Rocky since. I own every Rocky on DVD, and, thanks to technology, have them all loaded on my video i-pod. There's no place I go where I don't have Rocky with me.

Between third grade and now, I see much more in each movie (even Rocky 4 :P ) than I ever did the first time around.

Interactions between Rocky and Micky (Burgess Merideth - Rest in Piece) tug at my heartstrings to this day. One line especially, from Rocky... "It's a waste of life"... echos in my brain and I know I have to live my life in such a way that's it's not wasted.

I'm already thinking of ways I can get out of work on December 20th. I wanna be one of the first to see this movie!

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Slash said...

Man... it's weird. Rocky has been part of my life since I was in the 3rd grade! I saw the movie and loved it then. I've seen every Rocky since. I own every Rocky on DVD, and, thanks to technology, have them all loaded on my video i-pod. There's no place I go where I don't have Rocky with me.

Between third grade and now, I see much more in each movie (even Rocky 4 :P ) than I ever did the first time around.

Interactions between Rocky and Micky (Burgess Merideth - Rest in Piece) tug at my heartstrings to this day. One line especially, from Rocky... "It's a waste of life"... echos in my brain and I know I have to live my life in such a way that's it's not wasted.

I'm already thinking of ways I can get out of work on December 20th. I wanna be one of the first to see this movie!

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch!

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that Rocky and Paulie at the ice rink clip, I started to choked up, fought back a tear in my eye. It's amazing, Rocky always seems to hit the heart and brings emotions out of you. It's all about heart Rocko and you carry alot of it. This movie looks great, I think it will be up there with Rocky 1.

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous rocky jr said...

rocky iam french fan. You are the best. you are the eyes of the tiger

rockyyyy c le meilleur

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Philly Boy Roy said...

Hey, Rock.

I'm waitin' outside the Ritz on Walnut. Me and Center City Sid are both in costume. come by and give us auto graphs. Hey, wouldn't ya rather go check out Blue Oyster Cult at the spectrum instead of gettin killed by that guy?

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://brettchatz.blogspot.com/2006/12/rocky-makes-comeback.html


The iconic people's champion, Rocky Balboa, returns for one final knockout!

It may have taken 24 years, but the Philadelphia Museum of Art voted 6-2 in favour of moving an eight foot six-inch tall bronze Rocky Balboa statue back to its rightful place, outside the museum.

The symbolism of the Rocky Balboa character is immense. He reflects our fears; our determination and our passions. To think that Stallone, now 60 years of age, is ready to deliver the sixth instalment of this series is mind boggling. Critics have reacted with mixed emotion to the latest film, but Stallone has maintained that he's still in great shape and he's intimated that he's got a fine story to tell with the new film. Talia Shire is set to star alongside Sly Stallone as the inimitable Adrian Balboa, a doting wife to her pugilistic partner.

Rocky Balboa is everyone and no one at the same time; he's the guy who took his one shot at glory, offered by Apollo Creed, and made it count. The character reflects the hopes of those who've fallen by the wayside and of those who've been trampled upon. Many people can relate to his emotional anguish and that's the sole reason why these films are hugely successful.

16 years after Rocky V and Sylvester Stallone and his alter-ego Rocky Balboa have officially stepped out of retirement. The stoic Italian actor, a legend in his own right, has announced his comeback with the same role that officially put him on the map in 1976. Rocky Balboa, the former heavyweight champion pits himself against a tough, hard-hitting champion in Mason "The Line" Dixon.

That Stallone has reached the autumn of his years, didn't even factor into the equation. He is still one of the world's most-loved action heroes. According to Sly Stallone "Rocky Balboa is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the race of life, rather than be a bystander," Stallone announced "You're never too old to climb a mountain, if that's your desire."

Rocky VI or simply Rocky Balboa, as it is known, was a film stuck in limbo for almost 5 years. Hollywood production houses and distributors were reluctant to give the film the green light, for fear that the Rocky franchise had long lost its shine. MGM; Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios have bankrolled the final chapter and it is toted to be among Stallone's best. Come December 20th 2006, Rocky Balboa will be exploding into cinemas across the world.

Stallone certainly can't turn back the clock, but what he has cannot be imitated by any other man: He is Rocky Balboa; there will never be another actor to replace him. Stallone is not only the lead actor, but he also directs, produces and writes the screenplay for Rocky Balboa. This is officially the last in a series of Rocky films, spanning four decades on screen. Rocky is both loved and revered by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. He defies the myth, that only the privileged get a crack at hitting it big. Rocky Balboa, like Sylvester Stallone, tells the story of a man with vaulting ambition, guts and determination.

This sixth film in the saga neatly ties up all the loose ends in the Italian Stallion's life. Rocky is managing a restaurant in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where his patrons come in to listen to the stories of a living legend. After a computer-simulated game shows Rocky beating the reigning champion, Mason Dixon, Balboa decides to get relicensed as a fighter. Both boxing camps are eager to prove their fighters' worth and so it begins.

Besides for the return of Burt Young as Uncle Paulie and Rocky's son, Robert Junior (not Sage Stallone this time around) there won't be any special appearances by Apollo Creed or his trainer Mickey, as they both died. Audiences will get a peek at former champ, Clubber Lang though, played by Mr. T (Stallone's former bodyguard) If you're wondering about Adrian Balboa, rumours are rife that the doting wife and mother of his child has since passed on, but that needn't detract from what promises to be a riveting slice of explosive action!

BRETT CHATZ

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The iconic people's champion, Rocky Balboa, returns for one final knockout!

It may have taken 24 years, but the Philadelphia Museum of Art voted 6-2 in favour of moving an eight foot six-inch tall bronze Rocky Balboa statue back to its rightful place, outside the museum.

The symbolism of the Rocky Balboa character is immense. He reflects our fears; our determination and our passions. To think that Stallone, now 60 years of age, is ready to deliver the sixth instalment of this series is mind boggling. Critics have reacted with mixed emotion to the latest film, but Stallone has maintained that he's still in great shape and he's intimated that he's got a fine story to tell with the new film. Talia Shire is set to star alongside Sly Stallone as the inimitable Adrian Balboa, a doting wife to her pugilistic partner.

Rocky Balboa is everyone and no one at the same time; he's the guy who took his one shot at glory, offered by Apollo Creed, and made it count. The character reflects the hopes of those who've fallen by the wayside and of those who've been trampled upon. Many people can relate to his emotional anguish and that's the sole reason why these films are hugely successful.

16 years after Rocky V and Sylvester Stallone and his alter-ego Rocky Balboa have officially stepped out of retirement. The stoic Italian actor, a legend in his own right, has announced his comeback with the same role that officially put him on the map in 1976. Rocky Balboa, the former heavyweight champion pits himself against a tough, hard-hitting champion in Mason "The Line" Dixon.

That Stallone has reached the autumn of his years, didn't even factor into the equation. He is still one of the world's most-loved action heroes. According to Sly Stallone "Rocky Balboa is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the race of life, rather than be a bystander," Stallone announced "You're never too old to climb a mountain, if that's your desire."

Rocky VI or simply Rocky Balboa, as it is known, was a film stuck in limbo for almost 5 years. Hollywood production houses and distributors were reluctant to give the film the green light, for fear that the Rocky franchise had long lost its shine. MGM; Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios have bankrolled the final chapter and it is toted to be among Stallone's best. Come December 20th 2006, Rocky Balboa will be exploding into cinemas across the world.

Stallone certainly can't turn back the clock, but what he has cannot be imitated by any other man: He is Rocky Balboa; there will never be another actor to replace him. Stallone is not only the lead actor, but he also directs, produces and writes the screenplay for Rocky Balboa. This is officially the last in a series of Rocky films, spanning four decades on screen. Rocky is both loved and revered by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. He defies the myth, that only the privileged get a crack at hitting it big. Rocky Balboa, like Sylvester Stallone, tells the story of a man with vaulting ambition, guts and determination.

This sixth film in the saga neatly ties up all the loose ends in the Italian Stallion's life. Rocky is managing a restaurant in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where his patrons come in to listen to the stories of a living legend. After a computer-simulated game shows Rocky beating the reigning champion, Mason Dixon, Balboa decides to get relicensed as a fighter. Both boxing camps are eager to prove their fighters' worth and so it begins.

Besides for the return of Burt Young as Uncle Paulie and Rocky's son, Robert Junior (not Sage Stallone this time around) there won't be any special appearances by Apollo Creed or his trainer Mickey, as they both died. Audiences will get a peek at former champ, Clubber Lang though, played by Mr. T (Stallone's former bodyguard) If you're wondering about Adrian Balboa, rumours are rife that the doting wife and mother of his child has since passed on, but that needn't detract from what promises to be a riveting slice of explosive action!


BRETT CHATZ

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Butkus said...

For those who haven't seen the clip with Rocky and Paulie at the ice rink check it out. Usually I have to see the movie from the begining to get emotionally involved, but I gotta tell ya. It choked me up. Maybe because we already know the characters and can sympathize with them because we know them so well. But I really think this was a powerful scene. And it doesn't give too much away either. I think Adrian will still be a prominent figure in the film even if Talia Shire didn't participate. Kinda like Brando in Godfather Part II. Brando was supposed to be there for the last scene of the movie but due to problems with salary he didn't make it. So Coppola improvised and Vito Corleone's presence is even stronger and more mythical by not showing him on screen. Same effect I think will be felt in this movie.

December 12, 2006  
Blogger Edmundo Falcão said...

Mason Dixon is younger e is the current champion, although this it goes to suffer in the fight with the man of Rock. This is the end of a historical series. Edmundo, a super fan of Brazil!

December 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocky is the bomb!

December 12, 2006  
Blogger ChicagoItalianDog said...

Rock is the bomb!

December 12, 2006  
Blogger ChicagoItalianDog said...

Go Rocky. I can't wait for number 6.

December 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone missed out, play these YouTube videos that show certain scenes in "Rocky Balboa" (one is the simulated fight scene between Balboa & Dixon and the other shows Rocky and Paulie in an emotional conversation while visiting what's left of the ice rink) ... You won't be disappointed.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1AhXpElaw

- and -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158Amgo95VM

December 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oef! tarver gives him a hard blow in that one!

December 12, 2006  
Blogger 2write said...

YO ROCKY !!!

Make another Cobra and Tango-Cash as well :-)

Love and Regards,
Ujjwal Dey
Bomb-aye, INDIA.

December 13, 2006  
Blogger Edmundo Falcão said...

Mason prunes to touch, but vai to be difficult to overcome or homem of Rocha. Edmundo, um super fã do Brazil!

December 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE BEST YET!!!!!

December 28, 2006  
Anonymous younes said...

THe man go like rocky the man

January 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'day All! Just watched Rocky 6 here in Australia, finally has ending it deserves! 10/10 Mr. Stallone!Looking for a quote when Rocky asks the girl if she likes dancing & he replies with a comment that sends movie theatre with laughter! Can anyone help? Cheers!

January 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'day All! Just watched Rocky 6 here in Australia, finally has ending it deserves! 10/10 Mr. Stallone!Looking for a quote when Rocky asks the girl if she likes dancing & he replies with a comment that sends movie theatre with laughter! Can anyone help? Cheers!

January 17, 2007  

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