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'Creed' Director Ryan Coogler To Hold Flint Fundraiser On Oscars Night


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Creed director Ryan Coogler has helped organise a star-studded benefit for the residents of Flint, Michigan which will take place on February 28th, the same night as the Academy Awards. Dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, the event will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress and is presented by ‘Blackout for Human Rights’, Coogler’s activist collective which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S.

Ryan CooglerRyan Coolger will hold a fundraiser for Flint, Michigan on Oscar night.

According to Buzzfeed, singer Janelle Monae, 'Grey’s Anatomy' actor Jesse Williams and Selma director Ava DuVernay will all be in attendance. The event will be held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint and will be free to attend.

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Creed Was A Passion Project For Ryan Coogler


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Rocky Balboa first appeared on-screen in 1976. This year's Creed was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, who at 29 says that Rocky has been part of life as long as he can remember. "This franchise is something that was in my bones," he says. "Before I knew what a movie was I knew Rocky. I knew Rocky's story made my dad cry, and he was the toughest, strongest dude I knew. Our generation is crazy because we grew up with all this pop culture. Like, Star Wars isn't a movie to us. It's something else."

Ryan Coogler at the London Premiere of Creed

Meeting his idol was unforgettable, especially when he began telling him stories about making the previous six movies. "Sly would become so animated," Coogler says. "He'd pretend to be this person or that person. I thought, this dude is an off-the-charts actor! I felt a little bit like a coach gets when he sees a greatly talented player. I'm a Rocky fan, but this dude's talent level reminded me of spending time with Mike," he added, referring to actor Michael B. Jordan, with whom he also made his first acclaimed feature Fruitvale Station.

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Ryan Coogler , Guest - Creed The Rocky Legacy UK premiere held at the Empire - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th January 2016

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Ryan Coogler - The European Premiere of 'Creed' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th January 2016

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Zinzi Evans , Ryan Coogler - 2015 National Board Of Review Gala - Red Carpet arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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Sylvester Stallone, Mayor Michael Nutter, Ryan Coogler, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan , Irwin Winkler - The cast of 'Creed' at a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Philadelphia Art Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

Sylvester Stallone, Mayor Michael Nutter, Ryan Coogler, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan and Irwin Winkler
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Mayor Michael Nutter, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Irwin Winkler and Sylvester Stallone
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Creed Trailer


The world of professional boxing is one that often doesn't end well even though Rocky Balboa was once crowned heavyweight champion of the world he's had his fair share of ups and downs. Having previously been diagnosed with brain damage, Rocky thinks his time fighting is well behind him.

Having lost his wife years earlier, Rocky lives in his hometown of Philadelphia with very little company and when Adonis Johnson (the son of one time foe and subsequent friend Apollo Creed) turns up on his door step asking to be trained, Rocky is incredibly reluctant to accept. However, after seeing Adonis fight, he sees a spark in the young man that similar to that of his father and agrees to take him on - all this whilst fighting a disease of his own.

After a short amount of time, Creed finds himself in with a chance of winning the title for himself, but the young protégé soon finds out that he must master much more than just physical strength to become the champion.

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Creed - First Look Trailer


Adonis Johnson Creed is the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, who died fighting in the ring after a post-retirement comeback. He has little memory of his father, but shares the same intense passion for boxing. He's always been his own trainer, reluctant to be coddled by anyone, and now he's ready to really carry on his father's legacy in his first major fight. In a bid to become the best, he decides to visit Philadelphia to meet his late father's friend and previous opponent Rocky Balboa, formerly the World Heavyweight Champion, and convince him to train him up. However, Adonis Creed has a lot more to fight than just another boxer, as he struggles with issues of the law, falling in love and underlying self-worth. If he wants to be great, he needs to start believing in himself.

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Video - Saving Mr Banks' Emma Thompson Hits The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards - Part 3


'Saving Mr Banks' star Emma Thompson was snapped by paparazzi as she walked the black carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York.

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Ryan Coogler - 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch - West Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014

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Early 'Sundance' Favourites Already Generating A Buzz For Upcoming Movies


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The Sundance Film Festival is the place to be for young, aspiring filmmakers hoping to crack into the hotly-contested business of the movies. By the end of the film festival, which this year runs from 16-26 January, there are always a selection of film titles that are revived for the following awards season, and this year people are so eager for the celluloid showcase that a number of early contenders for festival glory have been marked before their debut release.

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The dark God's Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eddie Marsan

In thirty years the film has discovered some of the most promising filmmakers out there and continues to deliver, from Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields in the festival's opening year (1985) to last year's most notable success; Fruitvale Station, the debut feature length from Ryan Coogler. With another 120 films to get through this year it seems more than likely that at least one of the releases will be leaving Park City, Utah, with more than a few skiing lessons and a commemorative t-shirt.

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10 Best Films Of 2013


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BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a hilarious Rob Lowe.
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Michelle Obama Fronts Filmmakers Workshop At White House As She Promotes Careers In Hollywood


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First Lady Michelle Obama presented a filmmakers workshop at the White House on Friday, 8 November, to promote careers in the entertainment industry to a group of high school students. Obama enlisted the help of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Coogler, Bruce Cohen, Blake Lively and a myriad of other Hollywood stars as part of an a-list forum aimed at encouraging kids to look towards the film and TV industry as a possible career path.

The all-star panel capped off a day of activities for high schools students gathered from Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York meeting in the capital. The First Lady aims to promote careers in the entertainment industry outside of acting and directing, as well as hopefully inspiring a generation of future Oscar winners.

"It just doesn’t take technical knowledge to succeed in the movie business. It is not just about being the best actor, or creating the best special effects,” the First Lady said (via The Warp). “It is about having grit.”

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Wolverine Set To Top A Steady Weekend Box Office


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The weekend box office kicks off to a predictable start this week, with a predicted $65 million opening for The Wolverine and a host of other solid flicks trailing slightly behind.

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The weekend box office appears to be in Hugh Jackman's capable hands.

After a complete turnaround in reviews, the James Mangold-directed chapter of the X-Men story is quickly shaping up to be one of the most profitable releases of the season – nowhere near Iron Man 3, of course, but that’s one benchmark that won’t be reached for a while, it would seem.

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'The Wire' Star To Play Apollo Creed's Grandson In Rocky Spin-Off


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The Wire actor Michael B. Jordan is in talks to play Apollo Creed's grandson in MGM's Rocky spin-off, directed by Fruitvale Station filmmaker Ryan Coogler. The pair worked together on the recent Sundance winning movie about the final hours of Oscar Grant's life, and the studio are keen to keep a winning team.

The movie would be a continuation of the Rocky saga, with Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa - this time a retired fighter turned trainer. 

Coogler - whose new movie won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance - fully intends Creed to be his follow-up to Fruitvale. According to Deadline, he wants things to movie quickly and getting Michael B. Jordan to sign on the dotted line is his priority.

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Ryan Coogler

Date of birth

23rd May, 1986

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

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Place of birth

Oakland, California


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Creed Movie Review

Creed Movie Review

While this film is basically Rocky VII, it's also much more than that, and perhaps...

Creed Trailer

Creed Trailer

The world of professional boxing is one that often doesn't end well even though Rocky...

Creed - First Look Trailer

Creed - First Look Trailer

Adonis Johnson Creed is the son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, who died fighting in...

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