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Creed II Review

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In 2015, Ryan Coogler’s Creed came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest box office surprises of the year after taking a tired Rocky franchise and turning it into something fresh, original and highly lucrative. Coogler did this by managing to stay true to the essence of the original films and by adding his own twist on a much-loved story.

Relinquishing his directorial duties in Creed II in favour of writing and producing, Coogler has handed the baton to newcomer Steven Caple Jr in this impressive sequel which sees Michael B Jordan back as boxer Adonis Creed (son of Apollo Creed) and Sylvester Stallone as the iconic Rocky Balboa and Creed’s boxing coach.

After a triumphant win which sees him crowned world champion and with his singer girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) expecting their first child, Adonis Creed seems to be finally on his way to achieving everything he’s ever dreamt of.
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Ranking Every Training Montage in the ‘Rocky’ Franchise

In any self-respecting sports flick, you can expect to find a training montage or two. In the case of the Rocky franchise, we’ve been treated to an abundance of them, putting our heroes through rigorous exercises and methods to prepare them for their big final act bout, often set to the beat of a catchy tune.

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With Creed II and the promise of a new training montage with us, let’s count down what it has to match up to when it comes to that all important sequence. Warning: this feature may make you eat lightning and crap thunder.

‘Tommy The Machine Gunn Rises’ – Rocky V

It seems fitting that the worst montage comes from the worst Rocky movie. I stand by the opinion that Rocky V has some merits (I’ve always quite liked Stallone’s performance in it), but this montage isn’t one of them.
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All Eight Rocky Movies Ranked Including ‘Creed II’

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All Eight Rocky Movies Ranked Including ‘Creed II’
Even after the baton has been passed, and a new hero has laid just claim to our allegiance, the uniquely enduring Rocky legend continues.

More than four decades ago, “Rocky” appeared, seemingly from out of nowhere, to introduce relatively-unknown Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote the screenplay) as Philadelphia club fighter Rocky Balboa (aka The Italian Stallion), a battered but proud palooka who’s inspired by shy sweetheart Adrian Pennino (Talia Shire), her boozy brother Paulie (Burt Young), and crusty trainer/manager Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) to take his best shot in an improbable matchup with heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). This week, Rocky returns as supportive mentor to the new champ, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), in “Creed II,” the latest entry in what now stands as an eight-film franchise. Here are all the films in the franchise ranked from worst to best.

Rocky II (1979)

The first sequel in
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‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel

  • The Wrap
‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel
How in the world did we get two spinoffs out of “Rocky IV”? Granted, it’s not the most pressing question on your mind as you watch the agreeably paint-by-numbers “Creed II,” the inevitable sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 hit. “Creed” reignited the “Rocky” franchise with the story of the late Apollo Creed’s outside-of-marriage son Adonis, played by Michael B. Jordan as a brooding young man contending with the legacy of a champion he never knew.

But it is a bit of a head-scratcher that the worst entry in Sylvester Stallone’s initial series — in which Rocky Balboa’s fight against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) was really jingoistic America versus a cartoon Soviet Union, which was really aging action star versus bulked-up newcomer, but which was Really Stallone’s terrible direction pummeling the crap out of Eisenstein’s theory of montage — also sowed the seeds for its newfound appreciation and reworked survival.
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‘Assault on Precinct 13: 40th Anniversary Limited Edition’ Review

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Stars: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, John J. Fox, Henry Brandon, Kim Richards, Frank Doubleday | Written and Directed by John Carpenter

I class myself as a John Carpenter fan, but the fact that I’d not seen Assault on Precinct 13 bugged me. Now thankfully with the Second Sight release of Assault on Precinct 13: 40th Anniversary Limited Edition on Blu-ray, I finally got to fix that.

When police sergeant Ethan Bishop (Austin) is given the job of holding the fort at a closing La precinct office on New Year’s Eve he hopes the night will go smoothly. When a man turns up in shock, chased by a group of gang members though, it seems things will hardly go smoothly.

The premise for Assault on Precinct 13 isn’t a unique one, in fact director John Carpenter even mentions
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Blu-ray Review – Assault on Precinct 13: 40th Anniversary Edition

Assault on Precinct 13, 1976.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton, Nancy Loomis, Martin West.

Synopsis:

A cop and a ragtag collection of criminals defend a closing police station against an invading gang.

Often lauded as ‘the ultimate siege move’, John Carpenter’s second full-length feature Assault on Precinct 13 is 40 years old this month and has been given an HD makeover by Second Sight Films in a rather splendid special edition Blu-ray (and DVD) set. With Carpenter back in the headlines as he is currently touring the UK performing the themes from his movies, what better time for a reissue of one of his often overlooked early works?

Perhaps the reason for this film being considered as ‘the ultimate…’ is in its simplicity. Lieutenant Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker – Sheba, Baby) is sent to a closing-down police station to cover for the
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Hulk Hogan Sues Gawker Again, This Time Over Alleged Racist Comments

Hulk Hogan Sues Gawker Again, This Time Over Alleged Racist Comments
Fresh off his $140 million judgement against Gawker, Hulk Hogan is going back for more with a new lawsuit filed Monday. In a new suit filed in Florida, Hogan alleges that Michael “Cowhead” Calta and Matthew “Spice Boy” Christian Loyd, both employees of Cox Radio, and talent agent Tony Burton sent a DVD of Hogan’s sex tape to Gawker. He goes on to allege that the Cox employees and Burton tried to extort $1 million from him. “Davidson, representing and acting on behalf of and in concert with the Extortionists, also told Plaintiff’s counsel that the Extortionists … arranged for the 30 Minute.
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Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Incude Abe Vigoda, Tony Burton, Uggie the Dog (Video)

Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Incude Abe Vigoda, Tony Burton, Uggie the Dog (Video)
Dave Grohl sang a moving rendition of “Blackbird” along with the yearly In Memoriam tribute at the 2016 Academy Awards, and just like always, some names were left off the list. “The Godfather” star Abe Vigoda, “Rocky” star Tony Burton and Uggie, the dog star of Best Picture Oscar winner “The Artist,” were just a few who were not included. Also Read: Oscars: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live) While the montage paid tribute to various figures in the entertainment industry, including high profile actors David Bowie and Alan Rickman, they also left off such influential figures as French New Wave director.
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Tony Burton: Trainer Duke in Rocky Movies, Dies at 78 and Twitter Mourns his Loss

Tony Burton, who played the tough-talking boxing trainer Duke in six of the “Rocky” movies with Sylvester Stallone, died on Thursday in a California hospital, his family said. He was 78. The cause was complications of pneumonia, Aurelian Burton, his wife of 36 years, said. She said her husband had been in and out of the hospital recently while struggling with various ailments, including a bladder infection and adverse reactions to a cholesterol medicine. He had also been falling, she said. Mr. Burton’s daughter, Juanita, said he was suffering from dementia. While Burton initially played Creed’s trainer, he later trained

Tony Burton: Trainer Duke in Rocky Movies, Dies at 78 and Twitter Mourns his Loss
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Rocky's Tony Burton Dead at 78: Sylvester Stallone Remembers His Onscreen Trainer With Sweet Instagram

Rocky's Tony Burton Dead at 78: Sylvester Stallone Remembers His Onscreen Trainer With Sweet Instagram
"You're gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you've ever dreamed. But when it's over, I know you'll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it." That was just one of the many inspiring lines spoken by Tony Burton while portraying his memorable role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the iconic Rocky franchise, and his work will continue to live on in the hearts of his fans as we mourn his death. Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to share a throwback photo of himself with Burton from the movie, with the message, "Tony Burton who played the character of Duke brilliantly in all six Rocky movies… Rest in peace." Burton, who played a boxing...
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Lennie Baker, Sha Na Na Singer and Saxophone Player, Dies at 69

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Lennie Baker, Sha Na Na Singer and Saxophone Player, Dies at 69
Leonard “Lennie” Baker, a member of the band Sha Na Na, died on Wednesday at the age of 69. The musician’s nephew, David Baker, confirmed the news with an online obituary. “Lennie was a people person,” the obit reads. “He had many friends and truly enjoyed time spent with all of them. His generosity was abundant. He was always willing to share all he had with friends and family. Lennie also adored the three Jack Russell Terriers that he raised over the years, Lucy, Tessa and Jill.” Also read: Tony Burton, 'Rocky' Actor, Dies at 78 Baker was best known as a vocalist.
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Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78

Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78
Tony Burton, who played the boxing trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in the long-running Rocky movie franchise, passed away in Los Angeles earlier today, at the age of 78. M Live confirmed the actor's death with his sister, Loretta "Peaches" Kelly. His sister revealed that the actor had been hospitalized several times over the past year, but he was never officially diagnosed with any illness at the time of his death. Due to his health, the actor was never able to see the Rocky spinoff Creed.

Tony Burton was born March 23, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, USA, and long before he portrayed Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) trainer Duke in all six Rocky movies, the actor was a boxer himself. Tony Burton won two Flint Golden Gloves trophies in the light heavyweight division in 1955 and 1957, after excelling in football and baseball for Flint Northern High School. He went on to box professionally, with a 16-3 professional boxing record,
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Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to Late ‘Rocky’ Co-Star Tony Burton

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Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to Late ‘Rocky’ Co-Star Tony Burton
Sylvester Stallone has expressed his grief at the loss of his former “Rocky” co-star Tony Burton. “Tony Burton who played the character of Duke brilliantly in all six Rocky movies… Rest in peace,” Stallone posted on Instagram, along with a photo of himself, Burton, and Carl Weathers. Burton, the actor who played Apollo Creed’s and later Rocky Balboa’s boxing trainer Tony “Duke” Evers, died on Thursday. He was 78. Also Read: Tony Burton, 'Rocky' Actor, Dies at 78 The former football player and boxer appeared alongside Stallone and Weathers in the first six films of the hit franchise as Apollo Creed’s trainer.
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'Rocky' Actor Tony Burton Passes Away at 78

Actor Tony Burton, who is perhaps best known for his role as Duke in the Rocky series has passed away, TheWrap is reporting. The actor was 78 years old.

Apart from the character of Paulie, Duke was one of those characters who managed to find his way into each of the original six Rocky films, first as Apollo Creed's trainer, and then as Rocky's.

Check out one of my favorite scenes for the character from 2005's Rocky Balboa.

There has been no comment on what Burton passed away from, but regardless, Hollywood has lost a great talent. May he rest in peace.

Rest in Peace, Tony https://t.co/l9pzR65eCc

— MGM Studios (@MGM_Studios) February 26, 2016

Source: TheWrap

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Tony Burton’s Most Inspirational ‘Rocky’ Scenes (Videos)

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Tony Burton’s Most Inspirational ‘Rocky’ Scenes (Videos)
Tony Burton may not have been a main character in the “Rocky” franchise, but his scenes packed as much of a punch as any of his co-stars. The former boxer and actor best known for playing Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa’s trainer Duke Evers in the “Rocky” franchise, passed away at the age of 78 on Thursday. In honor of his life and career, TheWrap looks back on some of the scenes from the iconic franchise that still give us goosebumps. Also Read: Tony Burton, 'Rocky' Actor, Dies at 78 Burton was right there in the thick of the action for some of the.
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Tony Burton, ‘Rocky’ Actor, Dies At 78

Tony Burton, the actor who appeared in the first six Rocky movies, has died. He was 78. Tony Burton Dead At 78 Burton passed away in California Thursday afternoon, his sister, Loretta “Peaches” Kelley, told MLive. Kelley revealed that there is no official cause of death yet, and that Burton had been in and out of […]

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Rip, Tony Burton, who gave great speech as Duke in the 'Rocky' films

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Rip, Tony Burton, who gave great speech as Duke in the 'Rocky' films
Tony Burton was never the star of any of the Rocky films. He didn't get nominated for awards, didn't appear on the posters, and his character, Apollo Creed corner man Tony "Duke" Evers, wasn't even the most famous trainer of the series. (That would be either Burgess Meredith's Mickey, or, if we're counting Creed, Rocky himself.) But what Burton, who has died at the age of 78, gave the franchise was simple: Great, chill-inducing speeches, time after time after time. Sometimes, they could be quiet yet forceful, like his failed attempt to talk Apollo out of a Balboa rematch in Rocky II: or his pep talk to Rocky as the two men prepared to avenge Apollo's death at the hands of Ivan Drago: But when Burton had to crank up the volume, like Duke's adrenalized response to Rocky finally cutting the big Russian, holy cow: And then, of course,
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Tony Burton Dies: ‘Rocky’ Star Was 78

Tony Burton, who starred as Apollo Creed’s trainer Duke in the Rocky franchise, has died. The Flint, Michigan, native died Thursday in California, his sister Loretta Kelley told Michigan news site MLive. He was 78. The cause of death is not known, but Kelly told MLive he had been in and out of the hospital the past year with no official diagnosis. Because of his ill health, Kelley told the news site Burton was unable to see the film Creed, centered on the son of Rocky’s…
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Tony Burton Dies: ‘Rocky’ Star Was 78

Tony Burton Dies: ‘Rocky’ Star Was 78
Tony Burton, who starred as Apollo Creed’s trainer Duke in the Rocky franchise, has died. The Flint, Michigan, native died Thursday in California, his sister Loretta Kelley told Michigan news site MLive. He was 78. The cause of death is not known, but Kelly told MLive he had been in and out of the hospital the past year with no official diagnosis. Because of his ill health, Kelley told the news site Burton was unable to see the film Creed, centered on the son of Rocky’s…
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Rip Tony Burton: ‘Rocky’ actor passes away aged 78

Tony Burton, the actor who starred in six of the Rocky movies opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 78. The cause of Burton’s death isn’t known.

As well as the Rocky films, Burton also had roles in The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Kojak, The Shining, Stir Crazy and Twin Peaks.

Burton played the role Tony “Duke” Evers, who trained both Rocky and Apollo Creed.

Carl Weathers, who appeared in the first four Rocky films as Apollo Creed, tweeted: “Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful.”

Rest In Peace Duke.

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