July 09, 2012 | 12:39 p.m.
Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And Terry Crews and Randy Couture. And Dolph Lundgren. And Jean-Claude Van Damme. You can almost smell the cordite, can’t you? That’s the announced panel for “The Expendables 2”; it will convene late Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con International. The panelists will be sitting on the dais in Hall H but, really, shouldn’t this collective gather in a Texas steel cage? Or a bunker with a bare-bones weight room and an oak and brass cigar bar? At right is the first look at the collectors poster that Lionsgate will be handing out (while supplies last) at the San Diego pop culture expo. The original is an oil on canvas piece, which was used to create the poster as well as 250 limited-edition prints on specialty canvas paper, to be distributed at Comic Con and signed by the cast. […]
Jan. 28, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.
Bill Chartoff and David Winkler were knee-high to a grasshopper when their fathers began striking Hollywood gold, producing films as “Raging Bull” and “Rocky.” Though Robert Chartoff’s clan lived in New York and Irwin Winkler’s lived in California, the two families were close — often spending Jewish holidays together, and even vacationing in Africa. Eventually, the sons –- who are about a year apart in age — followed their fathers into Hollywood filmmaking careers of their own, producing and directing movies. Though they’ve pursued solo projects, they are also bound by their fathers’ legacies. In 2006, the second generation teamed up as producers on “Rocky Balboa,” essentially the sixth movie in their fathers’ Sylvester Stallone boxing franchise. But it’s perhaps more fitting that the two men have now teamed up to produce a remake of their fathers’ film “The Mechanic”: […]
Sept. 09, 2010 | 8:19 a.m.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the screen in “The Expendables,” and they are forever linked in the public mind by their 1980s-era rivalry as box-office action stars. But their history, according to Stallone, goes back to a glittery night in January 1977 when the two Hollywood newcomers shared a table at the 34th Golden Globes, and each walked away with a trophy. Other winners that night included Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford. Here’s how Stallone remembers that first meeting of future Hollywood titans: “We were the outsiders, believe me. People were looking at us. I think that was the very first time we met, if I remember right. We were seated at the same table, and I remember thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ I had heard of him, but I didn’t know what he was all about. I’m there for ‘Rocky,’ and he […]