31st Jul2013

Great German / Austria Escape Plan Poster @TheSlyStallone @Schwarzenegger

by beingsly

Just found this: The Escape Plan German /Austria Poster Tagline: Entkommen oder Sterben means Escape or Die.

Great Poster, check it out!

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Escape plan will open in Germany on November 14th and in Austria one day later on the 15th.

 

30th Jul2013

Permanent Stallone Quotes on Beingsly.com

by beingsly

Hi everybody, I have added over 160  Stallone Quotes to Beingsly.com from Stallone Movies and from the Legend Sylvester Stallone himself.

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30th Jul2013

Bill Pruitt Artist Americana – A Must See for Sly Fans

by beingsly

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Well just found Bill again on Twitter, here is his Twitter Page @BillPruitt_Art  just follow him.

Also Sylvester Stallone personally knows him very well. On his Website billpruitt.com you can see more great paintings, just visit his website, a must see for sly fans.

Also on http://pinterest.com/billpruittart/ Check it out.It´s great.

Here is a great vid on youtube:

Bill is a great artist. An amazing talent.In 2006 he painted Jack Carter for me. http://www.billpruitt.com/sly_getcarter  appreciate a lot, thanks!

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30th Jul2013

Fan Problems!

by chloebrooke

I decided to put this under “Being Stallone” as it regards my obsession with Sly, but I’m almost certain it could pass under “Being Entertained” as well! I hope you enjoy this… confession. Haha!

It was an ordinary day, and I decided to rent Bullet to the Head (BTTH) to watch with a friend. As we were leaving the rental store a guy was looking at the poster for BTTH. He proceeded to ask if that was Stallone. Being so very kind (or crazy), I answered him as well as telling him how awesome Sly is. Oh what a look I got. Learn this lesson from me, control your Sly excitement. Although I don’t I will ever learn to control it! :)

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30th Jul2013

David Morrell: Interview with Rambo´s Father (beingsly.com 2008)

by beingsly

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I am here with David Morrell, the writer of First Blood and a lot of other cool books.
This is the very first official interview for Beingsly.com.
I really appreciate that and here is my first question:

1. You are one of my favourite writers by the way, which writers do you like most and
what are some of your favourite novels?

I’m the co-founder (with Gayle Lynds) of the International Thriller Writers organization.
That makes it difficult for me to single out contemporary authors without getting into
trouble by seeming to pick favorites. But if you want to know who my influences were,
there are three. The first is Ernest Hemingway. I studied with Hemingway expert Philip
Young when I was earning my Master’s degree at Penn State. I wrote my thesis on
Hemingway’s style. I’m also indebted to the British suspense writer, Geoffrey Household,
whose brilliant thrillers ROGUE MALE and WATCHER IN THE SHADOWS depict manhunts in
dramatic outdoor settings. The forest chase scenes in my novel FIRST BLOOD show how I
learned from him. I find it amusing that when I asked Household to provide a publicity
quote for the novel, he refused, saying that he thought the book was too bloody. I guess
the title would have given him a clue. The third major influence is James M. Cain,
particularly his THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE and DOUBLE INDEMNITY. I deeply
admire the first sentence of POSTMAN: “They threw me off the hay truck around noon.” It
compels me to keep reading.

2. Once you said in an interview that Rambo is a character, that went into something that
he never wanted to be a part of and discovered that he had talents and abilities, he
never thought about. You are a truly the “Father” of all modern action novels, have you
ever thought that you will set the tone for that genre by creating Rambo?

I was a graduate student at Penn State when I first had the idea for FIRST BLOOD. That
was in the late 1960s when anti-Vietnam-war demonstrations were spreading across the
country. The basic theme of the novel was to bring the war home and dramatize what a
small version of it would feel like in the United States. Rambo was meant to be a veteran
who’d been so ravaged by the war that he became the equivalent of a disaffected radical.
The police chief who opposed him was meant to represent the Establishment. In the end,
they both died. It was an allegory about where escalation leads, and until that time, it was
hard to find that much action in a novel, which is why it has been called “the father of all
action novels.” I certainly didn’t imagine the various incarnations of the character. To my
amazement, Rambo became one of the most famous characters of the twentieth century, as
well known as Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and James Bond. Now the character has moved
into the new century, and there is talk about yet another film. My novel was published in
1972 and has never been out of print, including around the world, almost unheard of when
it comes to a 36-year-old book. No one could have predicted that kind of longevity. For that
reason, I sometimes call myself Rambo’s father. The way one’s offspring grows up is out of a
parent’s control.

3. How long, on average, does it take to write one of your books, from initial idea to
publication?

I do a lot of research, and that can be time consuming. Also I’m a compulsive reviser. I rewrite sentences
until the last minute. The result is that it takes me a minimum time of a year to complete a project. Some
books have taken as long as two years, DOUBLE IMAGE, for example, because I needed to learn a great
deal about photography. As a consequence, before I start something new, I write a letter to myself and
basically ask, “Does this story justify spending a year or more on it?” There has to be something about the
theme or the technique that makes me understand myself better as a person or else makes me a better
writer.

4. First Blood is a very interesting title why did you choose it?

The title FIRST BLOOD was meant to echo one of the rules in ancient duels that involved fencing. “He
who draws first blood shall be the victor.” Of course, in the novel, the escalation goes far beyond first
blood.

5. What is it exactly that drives you into writing this or that particular story? Are the
themes about personal anxieties and nightmares of your own or is it rather the
investigation into contemporary events and preoccupations that motivates you?

Graham Greene once said that an unhappy childhood is a goldmine for a writer. My father
died in World War Two. My mother was unable to support the two of us and was forced to
put me in an orphanage. Later, I stayed on a Mennonite farm. Eventually, my mother
remarried, but my stepfather didn’t like children. There was a lot of fighting in the house. I
was so afraid that I slept under my bed. I found an escape in thriller novels and movies. As
an adult, I discovered that they were the kind of writing that I most enjoy. They’re about
fear and how to deal with it. I discuss this in my writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST:
A LIFETIME OF WRITING AND PUBLISHING, by the way. So, yes, you could say that I write
about personal anxieties and nightmares rather than contemporary events. That might be a
reason why my novels don’t feel trapped in a certain time period. Readers contact me
through my website www.davidmorrell.net and mention that even though a book like THE
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE was published in 1984, it feels like it’s happening now. Or
look at FIRST BLOOD. It was published 36 years ago, but it could have been written
yesterday.

6. Have you seen the new Rambo and what are your thoughts about that new movie
which is written and directed by Sylvester Stallone?

I’m happy to report that overall I’m pleased. The level of violence might not be for
everyone, but it has a serious intent. This is the first time that the tone of my novel FIRST
BLOOD has been used in any of the movies. It’s spot-on in terms of how I imagined the
character—angry, burned-out, and filled with self-disgust because Rambo hates what he is
and yet knows it’s the only thing he does well. The character spends a lot of time in the rain
as if trying to cleanse his soul. There’s a nightmare scene involving vivid images from the
three previous films (they indicate the emotional burden he carries). There’s a scene in
which Rambo forges a knife and talks to himself, basically admitting that he hates himself
because all he knows is how to kill. At the start, Rambo is gathering cobras in the jungle,
and he’s so comfortable with them, it’s as if, because of his past, the most developed part of
him is his limbic brain. He has nothing to fear from another creature of death. In the
cathartic violence of the climax, he uses a machine gun that evokes the way wounded
William Holden uses a machine gun at the end of THE WILD BUNCH (one of my favorite
films). Indeed much of RAMBO has Peckinpah overtones while it also uses tropes from the
novel (again, for example, there’s an exciting sequence in which Rambo is hunted by dogs).
Another excellent element involves the film’s archetypal, mythic overtones. Rambo is hardly
ever called by his last name. Instead, he keeps being referred to as “the Boatman” because
he earns his living with a boat on a river in Thailand. But after he’s called “the Boatman”
enough, I start thinking of the River Styx and the journey of death as depicted in Greek
myth. Similarly, the knife-forging sequence reminds me of Hephaestus, the armorer of the
Greek gods (in the sequence, Rambo even talks about whether God can forgive him for
what he’s done). Sly is definitely sophisticated enough to embed these sorts of allusions.
The earlier Rambo movies were a combination of a Tarzan movie and a western. That is also
the case here. The knife (again designed by master blade-maker Gil Hibben), the bow and
arrow, Rambo racing through the jungle—these scenes are primal and breath-taking.
Some of you sent me emails, suggesting that maybe a younger actor would have been
better for the fourth movie. But it’s important to remember that Rambo (unlike James
Bond) is specific to a historical period–the Vietnam War. My novel FIRST BLOOD was
published in 1972. If Rambo were a real person, he would have been perhaps 22 at the
time. In 2008, he would be 58. Sylvester Stallone is a few years older than that, but
basically he is the correct age, and in the new movie, he interprets the character in an
older way. That’s one reason he put on the weight—so he would look different from the trim
muscular image he had in the 1980s Rambo movies.
I think some elements could have been done better. The villains are superficial, to say the
least. A lot could have been done with the connection between drug lords and the military
in what the film calls Burma, dramatizing that money earned from the heroine trade
motivates their ruthlessness. Instead, they’re merely depicted as psychopaths. In a baffling
moment, heroine somehow gets equated with meth, which is something entirely different
and has nothing to do with the poppies grown in that area of the world.
Otherwise, I think this film deserves a solid three stars. Even the NEW YORK TIMES treated
it well, emphasizing the way the character is given depth. Rambo is no longer the jingoistic
character of the second and third films. The most telling line of dialogue is, “I didn’t kill for
my country. I killed for myself. And for that, I don’t believe God can forgive me.” While that
statement is in keeping with my novel FIRST BLOOD, it’s jaw-dropping when compared with
the dialogue in the second and third Rambo films.
Some posters list me as an associate producer. This is an error. I was not involved with the
production, and this time around, I didn’t write a novelization for the movie. But I do
receive two credits. One is a single card “created by” credit before the names of the
screenwriters. At the end, after the final surprising, poetic, redeeming sequence, another
credit says “From the novel FIRST BLOOD by David Morrell.” Two credits aren’t the way
Hollywood usually treats a novelist. The second reference seems to acknowledge that the
series has returned to the tone of the original novel.
To say again, the violence is a solid R, but the intent is serious. I was blown away.

Interview: Ersen Yakin | www.beingsly.com

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29th Jul2013

Favorite Sly Movie

by chloebrooke

Hello there!

As you probably know, Sly’s movies have a wide span.

There’s the classics: Rocky and Rambo

Thrillers: Eye See You

Comedy: Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Rhinestone

Action: The Expendables, Demolition Man, Tango and Cash, and on and on and on…. Haha!

Softies: Over the Top

So, what’s your favorite Sly movie? Don’t be shy, leave a comment!

 

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29th Jul2013

#GrudgeMatch & #EscapePlan Counter on Beingsly.com

by beingsly

Hope you like our Release Date Counter for Escape Plan & Grudge Match!

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27th Jul2013

Sylvester Stallone to Return as Rocky Balboa in Spin Off Creed

by beingsly

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Great Article:

Hollywood superstar, Sylvester Stallone is all set to reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa for MGM Studio’s Creed. The studio is also in talks with Michael B. Jordan to play Apollo Creed’s grandson.

 

Ryan Coogler of Fruitvale Station will write this Rocky saga along with Aaron Covington. It will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King.

 

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/494858/20130726/sylvester-stallone-rocky-balboa-creed-apollo-expendables.htm

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25th Jul2013

Stallone Movies, Release Dates, Coming Soon

by chloebrooke

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Sly has been keeping us very excited and busy with all of his upcoming movies! It can get a little crazy if your trying to keep up with all the movie dates, so here’s a nice “little” list for your reference. Note: Dates are for US. Some may vary and all are susceptible to change.

“Reach Me”- August 15

“Escape Plan”- October 18

“Grudge Match”- December 25 get together with your Sly fan friends and have a VERY Merry Christmas!

“The Expendables 3”- August 15, 2014

For more info on these movies check out imdb.com and come back here for more updates as the movies approach!

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21st Jul2013

Escape Plan Countdown

by chloebrooke

If you’re not excited for Escape Plan, personally I’m wondering why you’re reading this. If you are crazy excited like me, then you’ll be glad to know that if you’re wondering how many more days, you can find it right here, every week!

July 21 -89 days.

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