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Romanian Boxer Florian Munteanu to Play Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed 2’

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have found their Drago of the Creed franchise. According to Tracking Board, Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has signed on to Creed 2 to play the son of Ivan Drago. The 27 year old Munteanu is known as “Big Nasty” in the boxing world and an official Under Armour pro athlete. appeared in a short film titled Bogat.

Though the plot of the film is kept under wraps, we can imagine that Michael B. Jordan’s character Adonis Johnson, whose the son of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the Rocky films, will step into the ring to avenge his father’s death. In Rocky IV, the Russian Ivan Drago portrayed by Dolph Lundgren, killed Apollo during a bout.

Part of this is an interesting idea but there’s also a part of me that thinks that this is just a remake of Rocky IV where Rocky Balboa
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‘Creed 2’ Casts Ivan Drago’s Son

Creed was an outstanding legacyquel for the Rocky franchise, but it looks like Creed 2 is going to follow in the steps of Rocky by releasing lesser sequels that take obvious routes. It was reported that the upcoming sequel would have Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) facing off against the son of Ivan Drago, and now we know who’s playing Lil’ Drago. The Tracking Board reports and Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that Romanian boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu has landed the role. He’ll star alongside Jordan and Stallone as well as Tessa Thompson and Dolph Lundgren. Steven Caple …
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Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu Cast as Ivan Drago's Son in Creed 2

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We've known for some time that it will be Adonis Creed vs the son of Ivan Drago when Creed 2 releases later this year, but we didn't know Who would play the young Drago, until now.  More inside!

While most of the films in the Rocky franchise are considered iconic, in their own right, the one that most people look to as being the best of the series is Rocky IV.  It's got drama, intriguing, and downright patriotic moments, as Sylvester Stallone's Rocky went into the heart of Soviet Russia to take on Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) after he killed Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Adonis' father.  Creed 2 will attempt to find retribution for the Creed family when Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) takes on Ivan Drago's son.  A role that hadn't been cast, until now.

According to a report by The Tracking Board, Romanian Boxer Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu has earned
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Florian Munteanu to Play Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed 2’

Florian Munteanu to Play Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed 2’
Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has joined Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in “Creed 2,” sources confirmed to Variety, with production expected to start in spring 2018.

Along with Jordan and Stallone, Munteanu also joins Tessa Thompson, who will also return for the sequel, reprising her role as Bianca.

Munteanu is set to play Ivan Drago’s son. Drago, portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in “Rocky IV”, is the character that killed Apollo Creed, Jordan’s father, in a boxing match. Lundgren is also set to reprise role in “Creed 2.”

While plot details are vague, a match between Jordan and Munteanu’s characters seems highly likely.

Steven Caple Jr.will direct from an original screenplay written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (showrunner of “Luke Cage”) based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is being produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King-Templeton. Jordan and Guy Riedel will executive produce.

The movie is
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Boxer Florian Munteanu Is Ivan Drago's Son in Creed 2

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu has landed the pivotal role of Ivan Drago's son in MGM's highly-anticipated sequel Creed 2. The role will mark the boxer's feature film debut, which was reported earlier today by The Tracking Board and confirmed by star Sylvester Stallone in an Instagram post. There had been rumors of Ivan Drago's son featured in this sequel for months, with Ufc fighter Sage Northcutt revealing in an interview that he auditioned to play Ivan Drago's son back in early November. Here's what Sylvester Stallone had to say on Instagram earlier today.

"Congratulations to Florian 'Big Nasty' Munteanu for getting the part as Ivan Dragos son! 27 years old , 6 feet four, 245 pounds of talent.#mgm #creed #creed2."

We reported in October that Creed 2 will start production in February 2018, but this report reveals filming will start this March in Philadelphia, so there will likely be several more casting announcements to come.
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Sylvester Stallone Teases Expendables 4 Production

Actor-director Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that The Expendables 4 is happening. Following his breakthrough with the Best Picture Oscar-winning boxing drama Rocky in 1976, Stallone quickly transitioned into becoming an action star, beginning with box office hit First Blood in 1982, where audiences were introduced to who would soon become an iconic character John Rambo. After two Rambo sequels in the 1980s, Stallone, found himself vying for the title of action movie king against former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who quickly rose to prominence thanks to his Conan movies, as well The TerminatorCommando, and Predator.
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Creed Screenwriter To Write Black Panther Comic

The upcoming Black Panther film is written in part by Ryan Coogler, who also happens to be the writer and director of Creed, the seventh film in the Rocky franchise. Creed was co-written by Aaron Covington, and just like Coogler, he’s now getting a chance to write Marvel’s King of Wakanda. Covington was announced today to be writing two issues of Marvel’s digital Black Panther: Long Live the King series.

Related: Black Panther Lives (for the Beat) in the Latest TV Spot
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Entertainment Predictions for 2018: Best Picture Winner, B.O. Rebound, Netflix’s Ambitions

Entertainment Predictions for 2018: Best Picture Winner, B.O. Rebound, Netflix’s Ambitions
For sheer head-smacking shock value, how do you top a year that saw Rupert Murdoch become a seller, Harvey Weinstein become an irredeemable pariah, Bill O’Reilly become unemployed, “Wonder Woman” become the superhero box office champ and the president of the United States become the nation’s most widely read media critic?

Yes, 2017 was a roller-coaster ride from start to finish. And the year ahead promises to be shaped by plenty of fallout from the previous 12 months. We’ll learn the fate of At&T and Time Warner’s merger — probably to be decided in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. We’ll find out if the Disney brand can coexist under the same enormous roof as Fox. We’ll undoubtedly be astounded more than once by Twitter missives from the commander-in-chief. And we’ll likely be reeling from further examples of digital giants muscling into the content business, as audiences embrace an ever-growing number of providers and platforms
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Festival Movies To Look Forward To In 2018 (Hopefully)

Rafael Motamayor lists the best festival movies that we hope get distribution in the new year…

I love film festivals. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people who share a passion for movies, which you get to see before anyone else. The downside is that a lot of festival movies don’t get distribution, and you are left with the frustration that it will take months before you can tell your friends about that wonderful Thai movie you saw the previous year.

In the spirit of list-making season, I thought of writing about some movies that played in film festivals in 2017, but will get a theatrical (or VOD) release in 2018 – hopefully, but you never really know with this kind of movie.

Anna and the Apocalypse

Your new favourite Scottish Christmas zombie high school horror musical comedy is here and it’s as fun as it sounds! Snow is falling,
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Video Breaks Down How Iconic Rocky Theme Came to Be

The first film that anyone thinks of when they think of boxing films is undoubtedly Rocky. Directed by Oscar-winning John G. Avildsen – and winning him an Oscar for Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards – this film will go down in history as one of the best rags-to-riches stories in America. As you know, the film follows small-time boxer Rocky Balboa as he struggles to just get by in life. He is a debt collector during the day, and a fighter at low-end clubs at night. He finally gets his break when he is chosen at random by

Video Breaks Down How Iconic Rocky Theme Came to Be
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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017
The past year saw the loss of some renowned character actors, including John Hurt, Bill Paxton and Harry Dean Stanton. We were both shaken and stirred by the death of Roger Moore, who played James Bond more than any other actor. On the other side of the camera, directors Jonathan Demme as well as horror masters Tobe Hooper and George A. Romero died in 2017.

Here’s a month-to-month look at some of the biggest names in the film world who died in 2017.

In January, “The Elephant Man” star Hurt died on Jan. 27. The 77-year old actor also starred in “Alien” and “Midnight Express.” Emmanuelle Riva, the French star of “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and more recently, “Amour,” died on Jan. 27 at 89.

Bill Paxton, who appeared on TV in “Big Love” and in films including “Titanic” and “Aliens,” died Feb. 25. He was just 61.

The Silence of the Lambs” director Demme, who had been suffering from cancer, died April 26 at
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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Pump Up Christmas

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Pump Up Christmas
Rocky and the Terminator got into the Christmas spirit together this year.

Sylvester Stallone tweeted a holiday photo of himself alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger at his home on Monday, with the caption, “Well look who drop by on Christmas! @schwarzenegger always fills the room with positive energy!”

The Expendables costars posed arm-in-arm in front of Stallone’s in-house Rocky statue, with Schwarzenegger, 70, wearing a festive red sweater and Stallone, 71, in a white button-down.

Related: Katherine Schwarzenegger On Puppy Pampering & Dad Arnold’s Love Of Animals

The muscle-bound duo have become friendly after appearing together in films like Escape Plan and The Expendables,
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Greenlit: Big Projects with Stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael B. Jordan Eye Additional Casting

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Creed II”The follow up to the “Rocky” spinoff has found its director in Steven Caple Jr. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone will return for the “Creed” sequel, along with Tessa Thompson. Dolph Lundgren will also join the returning cast as Ivan Drago. “Creed” director Ryan Coogler is expected to stick around in an executive producer role. Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker wrote the script, which follows Creed grappling with fame, family issues, and the ongoing desire to become a champion. Production is expected to begin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March for a Nov. 21, 2018 release. No additional casting announcements have been made on the film, which is in pre-production, and Lindsay Graham and Mary Vernieu at Betty Mae,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Caple Jr.

Okay, first things first — Sylvester Stallone is stepping down as the director of the much-anticipated Creed 2. There is so much history behind this film and legacy of Stallone. Stallone was dirt poor and on his last leg when “Rocky” broke through and made him a box office sensation. There would be no Rambo if it wasn’t for Rocky. So, as the 71-year-old actor, writer, and director steps aside, we salute him. Stallone has passed off the directorial duties to the visionary Steven Caple Jr. According to Stallone, Adonis Creed is a representation of the current generation and it

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Caple Jr.
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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – Possible Main Event for The Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho Attacks Kenny Omega, Brock Lesnar Movie Role?

Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…

Main Event for The Royal Rumble

In the main event of last night’s Raw [read our review here], Kane fought Braun Strowman to determine the new number 1 contender for the Universal Championship. The bout, which was disappointing, ending in a double count-out for both men, meaning that it is still unclear as to who The Beast will face at the Rumble.

Many people online, however, are speculating that Braun Strowman and Kane will both face Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match at the Rumble. While this would be a nice way of protecting Braun, it seems crazy to think that Kane could be in a PPV main event, competing for a top title in 2018, while the likes of Finn Balor sit on the sidelines. Stranger things have happened, though, and this definitely looks like the way they are moving forward.

Chris Jericho
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Sylvester Stallone Replaced As The Director of Creed 2

Sylvester Stallone was originally set supposed to direct Creed 2 and I was actually excited about that. Deadline is now reporting that he is no longer directing the film that he's already been replaced by Steven Caple Jr. I'm not really familiar with his work, but he worked on series called Class and film called The Land.

According to the report, it was Stallone's decision to hire a new director for the film. The actor, who will still reprise his role as Rocky in the film, had this to say in a statement:

"The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges. I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible. We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director.
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New ‘Creed II’ Director Found; Stallone Will Still Co-Star

A new director has been found for the planned Creed sequel, which is currently being referred to as Creed II. Variety is reporting that Steven Caple Jr., who has one title to his name with the skateboarding drama The Land, is the new filmmaker to direct Michael B. Jordan, Stallone and Tessa Thompson in the follow-up to 2016’s Rocky saga rebirth. Creed II will kick off shooting in March, with a release date of November 21, 2018, penciled in. So, less than a year to go until the release of the new Creed sequel!

Creed Creed Sequel Attracts New Director

“We could not be more fortunate and excited for the collaboration of Steven, Sly, Michael and the producers, to build upon the success of ‘Creed,’” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s president, motion picture group to the trade. “The combination of Steven’s talent and unique vision makes him the perfect director to
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Creed 2 announces new director as Sylvester Stallone steps aside

While he’ll reprise his role as the legendary Italian Stallion, Sylvester Stallone will not return to the Rocky franchise as director on the upcoming Creed 2.

In a statement revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Stallone announce that the new ringmaster would be Steven Caple Jr., who will direct from a script co-written by Sly and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. The statement read:-

“The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges. I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible. We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director. I am confident that he and Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park!”

Adonis Creed himself, Michael B. Jordan, also enthused about the decision via his Twitter account.
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‘Creed 2’ Gets a New Director in Steven Caple Jr., Will Hit Theaters in 2018

‘Creed 2’ Gets a New Director in Steven Caple Jr., Will Hit Theaters in 2018
A few months ago, Sylvester Stallone revealed on his Instagram page that he would be directing Creed 2, the follow-up to Ryan Coogler‘s acclaimed Rocky spin-off from 2015. The silence that followed was deafening and now it seems like we know why – he’s not directing it. In fact, a brand new director whose name […]

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Creed 2 Gets Up-And-Coming Director Steven Caple Jr.

Creed 2 Gets Up-And-Coming Director Steven Caple Jr.
The highly-anticipated sequel Creed 2 has finally, officially locked down a director and it's a name that nobody would have expected. A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone indicated that he was going to step up and direct the Creed sequel himself, but that didn't pan out. Now, it's been announced that up-and-coming director Steven Caple Jr. is going to take the reins on Creed 2, which will serve as his first directorial effort for a major studio. No pressure.

Reportedly, Creed star Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone hand-picked Steven Caple Jr. for the gig, after a very long search. Stallone was considering taking the gig, but after talking it over with the rest of the creative team, they decided to find someone else to direct the movie. Jonathan Glickman, MGM's president, motion picture group, had this to say about the news in a statement.

"We could not be more fortunate
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