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While this film is basically Rocky VII, it's also much more than that, and perhaps the best in the series as it tells a standalone story with energy and skill. Reteaming writer-director Ryan Coogler with actor Michael B. Jordan after their underrated gem Fruitvale Station, this pulsing drama is also one of the best boxing movies in recent memory, harking back to classics in the genre while reinventing them with textured storytelling and raw performances.
Jordan plays Adonis, who never met his father, the iconic boxer Apollo Creed. He also refuses to take his surname, even after being adopted by Apollo's widow (Phylicia Rashad) and raised in a Los Angeles mansion with a great education. But he also can't resist the temptation to box, starting out in backroom Tijuana brawls. Finally he realises that something's got to give, so he heads to Philadelphia to explore his roots, meeting his father's former friend and rival Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and asking him to teach him a few tricks to help further his career. But Rocky is battling his own issues, so these two mismatched men push each other forward. Adonis finds romance with the feisty Bianca (Thompson), and Rocky decides to help Adonis train to face the tough British champ (Tony Bellew).
The essence of this story is that we have to make peace with the past to move on to the future. This is woven into the script beautifully, without ever preaching, as Coogler encourages the audience to constantly see what's happening beneath the surface. This requires the actors to deliver unusually complex performances, and Jordan is wonderfully conflicted as a man whose inner nice guy is warring against his own history. Stallone, meanwhile, delivers one of his best performances ever as the sardonic, battered champion. He's relaxed and open, reminding us why we fell in love with Rocky to begin with.
Continue reading: Creed Review
Because there's still a long way to go for diversity.
Academy Award sceptics are expecting another white-washed year, with diversity in Hollywood still not as broad as we need it to be. If you're one of the cynics, you'd be right to think that way, because even going through the ton of blockbusters seen in 2015, only a handful have any actors of colour.
We thought we'd throw a few of our own suggestions into the mix, ahead of the official announcement of this year's Oscar nominations. They're all deserving of a nod, so fingers crossed for each one of these:
'Creed' landed one Golden Globe win this year
It's one of the best sports for film.
The sequel to the 'Rocky' franchise 'Creed' has proved to be one of the champions at the box office during its opening week, which is just as well given the gruelling preparation Michael B. Jordan undertook to get ready for the role. And whilst it's an exciting tale about the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's former rival and friend, it's got us thinking about some of the best boxing films there have been.
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone team up in 'Creed'
It's a popular subject in sports dramas - after all, who doesn't love a good fist fight? And martial arts have always played a big part in movies. Filmmakers just can't seem to put down the gloves, but it's easy to see why:
Continue reading: 9 Must-See Boxing Films If You Loved 'Creed'
To prepare for his role in the boxing drama Creed, Michael B. Jordan spent nearly a year working on his body.
The actor ate nothing but grilled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli while working out six days a week. "It was brutal!" Michael B. Jordan says. "Half the time you're eating you're not even hungry. You don't even want to eat, you just know you have to put food in your body just to keep going. And you're pretty antisocial because that's your life. Your alarm goes off and you're shoving food in your face and then you have to hit the gym." But even as he transformed his physique and performed all of his fight scenes himself, he keeps things in perspective. "I'm an actor, I am not a boxer," he says. "Not at all! It was very humbling to get in the ring with a real boxer. We had all professional fighters in our film, and I believe that helped me a lot, because they were quick to point out anything that was inauthentic. The way we approached it was that every punch was a line. Every fight was its own scene."
The film reunited Jordan with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, who are already planning to work together again. "I really value the actor-director relationship," Jordan explains, "and we have a shorthand, a way of communicating on the set that makes things very comfortable. We push each other to be better." Of course, Creed brought additional pressures as the seventh film in the Rocky saga. But Jordan said that having Sylvester Stallone on the set as a costar made a huge difference. "Sly assured me that I didn't have to worry about competing with anything," Jordan says. "He'd say, 'You're Creed, and I'm here to support you.' When you have the man himself reminding you of that day in and day out, there is no pressure. The guy is incredible! He's been doing this for over 40 years, and he's really a solid, respectable guy."
Continue reading: Creed Was A Transformation For Michael B. Jordan
The latest try at bringing the comic book franchise to life on the big screen turned off critics and turned away audiences over the weekend.
The latest Fantastic Four movie starring Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller opened at the US box office with a disappointing $26.2 million over the weekend, taking the number two spot and falling way short of its predicted $40million opening. The film had a budget of around $120 million and studio Fox has already lined-up a sequel for 2017.
Fantastic Four fell short of expectations at the US box office.
Fantastic Four will now go down as one of the worst openings for a film based on a Marvel property, taking a little more than Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, which opened with $22.1 million in 2012. The film suffered from bad reviews and currently holds an embarrassing 8% rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Continue reading: 'Fantastic Four' Becomes A Fantastic Flop At US Box Office
'Fruitvale Station' star Michael B. Jordan arrives on the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his latest film, sports drama 'We Could Be King', in New York alongside the movie's director Judd Ehrlich.
Both 'Wolverine' and 'Fantastic Four' have been given sequels whilst a new project is kept closely shrouded.
Fox has scheduled three more upcoming Marvel movie dates so that the studios can keep continually churning out new superhero movies in the years ahead. The new films - a Wolverine and a Fantastic Four sequel and a mystery Marvel project - are plotted for release from 2017 and onwards. The next Wolverine is set for March 3, 2017, the Fantastic Four sequel is pencilled in for July 14, 2017, and the last one is due to arrive on July 13, 2018, according to Variety.
Fox Have Plotted A Release Date For The Next 'Wolverine' Movie, For 2017.
Whilst details on the latter two projects are a lot more vague, it was announced last November that Hugh Jackman will be returning to the role of the iconic mutant for a follow-up to 2013's franchise-boosting The Wolverine alongside director James Mangold.
Fox has been trying to make Fantastic Four happen for years, could they finally have it right?
The “Fantastic Four” reboot cast has been finalized (almost). The release date has been set – June 19, 2015, according to Deadline – and now the movie has its four leads as well. As predicted, Fantastic Four will star Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Fruitvale Station breakout Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as The Thing. The deals are still being negotiated, but all look fairly solid. Deadline reports that Bell and Jordan’s involvement is certain.
Mara is most likely to fill Jessica Alba's shoes as Sue Storm.
The script is being penned by Simon Kinberg and Fox is handing the direction to Josh Trank. Trank has previously worked on Chronicle, so it could be said that he has some experience with sci-fi. On the other hand, this is only his second feature film, meaning that Fox is banking on a relative newcomer to kick off what will likely become the studio’s attempt at a superhero franchise, a la Avengers.
A quick profile of the actors chosen to be the cast of the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four.
It’s been over two months since Thor: The Dark World came out, which means that we’re itching for some superhero news to tide us over! Luckily, rumors are flying around that the cast for the 2015 movie The Fantastic Four reboot, has finally been picked. For those who aren’t already Fantastic Four fans, this bunch of superheroes/astronauts gained their powers after they were exposed to cosmic rays whilst hanging out in outer space. You know, that old chestnut.
Let’s take a look at the potential The Fantastic Four reboot cast.
Johnny Storm/The Human Torch
Continue reading: Kate, Michael, Miles And Jamie: Meet The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Cast
A 20-something male perspective. There's something we've never seen before.
That Awkward Moment, an upcoming comedy starring Zac Efron, is being marketed as a romcom for the guys’ guy. We’ve already seen the male perspective on action, thriller, adventure, sci-fi and practically every other film genre in existence. What That Awkward Moment promises is a male version of a romantic comedy.
It's sort of like Sex and the City, except not quite as pink and sparkly.
Efron, who has now firmly moved on from his High School Musical days, plays Jason, a confused 20-something living in the big city, trying to maneuver around the perils of jobs, dating and relationships with his small group of likeminded friends. It’s a familiar scenario, except obviously, he’s a dude. The film is set to open in theatres this coming Friday.
Zac Efron is going to be OK and so is Michael B Jordan.
Zac Ephron is hurting, but he’ll be ok – his jaw, that is. So said pal Michael B. Jordan for E! News, during last night’s GQ Man of the Year event. In case you haven’t heard, Zephron broke his jaw over the weekend, when he slipped outside his apartment on Sunday. He also managed to acquire a gash in his face, which required stitches. According to Jordan, however, the Hairspray star is doing fine and resting up.
Efron sustained an unpleasant injury over the weekend, while exiting his LA home.
"He's good," Jordan said during the GQ event (he is among this year's honorees). "He's going to be OK."
Continue reading: Zac Efron "Going To Be Ok" Says Actor Michael B. Jordan
Cheap laughs, genitalia jokes and a chilling sexism underpin the movie: no bro, just no.
Next up in the world of vacuous teen flicks is That Awkward Moment, a film about three middle class dudes looking to 'score some chicks' in that thorny world of dating that presents us with such impossible conundrums as 'bros vs. hoes.'
Three Guys Make A Pact To Stay Single: What Could Go Wrong?
The movie focuses on three early-twenties guys, Jason, Daniel and Mikey, who enter into a pact to stay single together after Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) splits from his girlfriend. Predictably, Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) meet girls and try to keep their new flings on the low whilst pretending there's nothing more than casual sex going on.
Continue reading: 'That Awkward Moment': Zac Efron's Bromance Movie Takes Flight [Trailer]
Zac Efron is set to appear in new romantic comedy 'That Awkward Moment' opposite Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.
The first picture of Zac Efron in his upcoming romantic comedy 'That Awkward Moment' has been unveiled ahead of its January release.
Efron really isn't the innocent Disney star he once was, is he? Since 'High School Musical 3' he's been peed on by Nicole Kidman in 'The Paperboy', become a boy racer in 'At Any Price' and smoked pot as a hippy in 'Liberal Arts'. Now he plays a young bachelor who is on a mission to go through as many girls as possible without falling into the trap of a relationship in 'That Awkward Moment'; unfortunately, there's no clear cut line between friends and lovers these days. His cohorts are being played by Miles Teller ('The Spectacular Now') and Michael B. Jordan ('Fruitvale Station') but, like any film about bachelorism (yes, that's a word), Efron's character Jason will no doubt fall head over heels for some girl-next-door type who's 'different' from other girls.
It's not just the movie roles that have got more adult either; his personal troubles would shock Disney fans as he was only fairly recently discharged from rehab after secretly struggling with a serious cocaine addiction. His habit had a serious impact on the filming of another of his upcoming movies 'Neighbours' when he regularly failed to turn up to the set. Sources close to him admitted to TMZ, 'It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine.'
'Fruitvale Station' is, as expected, generating huge Oscars buzz.
The Weinstein Company's hard-hitting drama Fruitvale Station starring The Wire's Michael B. Jordan has seen its odds slashed to just 14/1 to win Best Picture at the Oscars in 2014. After slew of positive reviews and a box office taking of almost $54,000 per screen on a limited release, Ryan Coogler's retelling of the shooting of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in creating massive buzz.
The movie won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, with Sundance jury member Tom Rothman telling Coogler, "This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium," according to the Los Angeles Times.
It's likely that Fruitvale Station will collect more honors as the year goes on, though can it maintain the momentum until next February and peep its head above Oscar bait movies The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Monuments Men, Captain Phillips and American Hustle? That's not to mention the likes of Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, The Counselor, Out Of The Furnace, Fox Catcher and the excellent Before Midnight. It's a huge ask and one that this writer believes may well be out of reach.
Continue reading: Can Superb 'Fruitvale Station' Maintain Momentum Until Oscar Season?
'Fruitvale Station' is released today (Friday 12th July) in US cinemas. The movie is based on the true story of Oscar Grant III, a man who was shot by police officers on January 1st 2008. The film has been praised by critics across the board who consider Ryan Coogler's debut as "radical" and "magnificent".
Fruitvale Station is released on Friday 12th July. The movie follows 22-year-old Oscar as he encountered acquaintances around San Francisco Bay on New Year's Eve 2008. His day ended in tragedy when he was accidentally shot by police officers. The film has been widely praised by critics.
Michael B. Jordan at a screening of Fruitvale Station, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant III who was shot by police officers at a railway station in Oakland, California. Grant was restrained by police officers who believed him to be armed; the death caused controversy throughout the US.His death appears to be accidental with Police Officer Mehserle using his gun instead of his Taser.
Continue reading: Critics Say Ryan Coogler's Debut 'Fruitvale Station' Is "Magnificent"
Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' is a good outside bet for the Oscars.
Based on a true story, it stars The Wire's Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant - the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot dead by BART officers on New Year's Day.
Harvey Weinstein's company spent around $2 million in acquiring the rights to the drama 'Fruitvale' following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on record, reports the Los Angeles Times. The independent festival - founded by actor Robert Redford - is a hunting ground for Hollywood big-wigs searching for the next hit movie.
A couple of years ago, he snapped up The Details and My Idiot Brother at the festival, two independent movies that did well critically, though provided little commercially. However, The Weinstein company has plenty of room to take risks following successes in the form of The Kings Speech, The Reader, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained and David O Russell comedy, Silver Linings Playbook. The company's latest acquirement, Fruitvale, is based on the 2009 shooting of the 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists. It stars the up-and-coming Michael B. Jordan in the lead role, best known for playing Wallace in HBO's critically acclaimed series The Wire, and as Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights. The movie is written and directed by Ryan Coogler and follows Grant in the 24 hours leading up to his death, during which he spends time with his family and decides to stop dealing marijuana.
The acquisition comes hot on the heels of Relatively Media's purchase of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story "Don Jon's Addiction" for around $4 million. The company is behind movies such as The Fighter, Dear John and the huge grossing Immortals.
Continue reading: Prepare Yourself, Oscars 2014: Harvey Weinstein Just Bought 'Fruitvale'
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