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04/19/2007


High and Low Culture Battle it Out in SF MUNI Station

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On the left, an official piece of key art for the upcoming Sylvester Stallone sequel in San Francisco's Church Street MUNI Station, and a lesson in phonetics from a street artist via the 19th century French gay poet.

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Ravaged Serbian Village Unveils Monument to Rocky Balboa

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Ravaged by floods, landslides, unemployment, murder, and diseases on farms in recent years, the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade in Serbia, has gained a "disaster-prone" reputation, according to the Associated Press.

So locals came up with the idea of creating something that might both attract tourists and stand as a symbol of strength, courage, and victory — a good luck symbol, if you will.

The solution: a 9 ft. monument to Rocky Balboa. And on Sunday, they had the unveiling:


Sly: Rambo's Back with a Youthful, Ripped Musculature

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Sylvester Stallone, 60, has been shooting the latest Rambo sequel in the jungles of Thailand.

"Stallone threw himself into his new project shortly after being charged with importing a banned bodybuilding drug in Australia. The actor and his entourage of minders were stopped last month at Sydney airport en route to the Australian premiere of his sixth Rocky movie when a routine X-ray of the party's baggage revealed 48 vials of Jintropin, a so-called miracle drug."

Actually, there's a second miracle at work here. The actor has been using more than steroids to summon back his youthful strength. He has hired a hot body double 30 years his junior (above, right) to do the dirty work. Hmm, perhaps double deserves his own sequel?

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Milo Ventimiglia, Once More with Feeling

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Part two of the Milo Ventimiglia Flaunt photo shoot.

Ventimiglia recently spoke to CanMag on what it was like shooting with Sylvester Stallone in his role as Rocky's son in Rocky Balboa: "The emotion, I can tell you, looking into Sly’s eyes when we were doing that scene, he was right there, man, he was right there and I’d be damned if I wasn’t going to give it right back to him."

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Milo Ventimiglia Flaunts It

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Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the spawn of Rocky Balboa in the sequel which seems to be receiving quite a nice reception, shows off a few scratches for Flaunt magazine this month. Check a video interview of Milo here. Two more shots after the jump...

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Sly Stallone: Richard Gere Thinks I Started Gerbil Rumor

Sylvester Stallone, readying for his reemergence as Rocky Balboa, answered a few questions recently for film site Ain't It Cool News. In response to a query about the 1974 film The Lords of Flatbush, Sly revealed that his would-be co-star Richard Gere believes to this day that Stallone was the source of one of the most famous urban legends of all time — Gere's alleged trip to the hospital with a gerbil:

Stallone_gereStallone: "Yeah, the original part of Chico, which was played by Perry King, was originally supposed to be played by Richard Gere, but we never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with. Then we were rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, and the only place that was warm was in the backseat of a Toyota. I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' He said, 'Don’t worry about it.' I said, 'If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I’m the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true… but that’s the rumor."

I dunno. All that macho posturing and talk about dripping fluids, hotdogs, and the warm back seat of a Toyota makes me think that the gerbil tale isn't the only fantasy Stallone has been holding on to after all these years.


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