‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut Has a Release Date and Knock-Out Poster Reveal

Sylvester Stallone has been keeping himself busy during the pandemic with his long-awaited director’s cut of Rocky IV. The film’s writer, director, and ridiculously ripped star has been teasing this release for months now, but Stallone finally announced a release date, as well as a gorgeous poster reveal for the occasion. While the 35th anniversary of […] The post ‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut Has a Release Date and Knock-Out Poster Reveal appeared first on /Film.

‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut Has a Release Date and Knock-Out Poster Reveal

Sylvester Stallone has been keeping himself busy during the pandemic with his long-awaited director’s cut of Rocky IV. The film’s writer, director, and ridiculously ripped star has been teasing this release for months now, but Stallone finally announced a release date, as well as a gorgeous poster reveal for the occasion. While the 35th anniversary of the 1985 epic sports drama was technically on November 27, 2020, it’s nice to still be able to celebrate Rocky Balboa’s victory all over again on the big screen.

As Stallone wrote on his Instagram: “Opening in theaters Nov.11 th! WIDE SCREEN AND 4 K … So proud of all the technicians that did a great job in bringing this film & battle back to life in an amazing way! Thank you. Poster by @john_rivoli”

So there you go: Rocky IV will hit theaters again on November 11, 2021. And now, let’s check out this beauty.

The old-school aesthetic is a lot more visually appealing than the first poster that Stallone teased. John Rivoli‘s limited edition poster is available for $125 and the artist has even offered to hand sign a few upon request via his Instagram. A renowned artist for over two decades, Rivoli has also created art for other MGM properties such as RoboCop and Pink Panther. Naturally, this poster spotlights the epic final fight between Rocky Balboa and Russian fighter Ivan Drago (“Whatever he hits, he destroys!”).

It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

Rocky IV is the most successful film in the Rocky franchise, grossing a total of $127.8 million in the United States and Canada and $300 million worldwide. It held the champion spot as the highest-grossing sports film for an impressive 24 years before it was usurped by The Blind Side.

The film follows reigning world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Balboa (Stallone) who plans to retire and live quietly with his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire). However, during an exhibition match, Rocky’s friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is ruthlessly beaten to death by bulky Russian newcomer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Rocky vows revenge against Drago and flies to Russia to train for a Christmas Day fight. Despite their different training methods, Rocky and Drago face a long and intense fight for victory. 

The Director’s Cut will be slightly different from the original. Stallone has said it will feature new footage of the Apollo vs. Drago fight and Paulie’s robot will be omitted. While this part of the film is very ’80s and completely ridiculous, I kind of love it and wish it could remain. Hell, so many rad movies during this time period had robots like Flight of the Navigator, Short Circuit, and Chopping Mall. It’s a whole thing!

But hey, I’m all here for extended fight scenes nonetheless. 

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Jack Black Falls for Ice Cube’s Mom in Upcoming Comedy ‘Oh Hell No’

Jack Black is ditching kid-friendly horror and jungle-infused adventures to fall in love again on screen. Black is in talks to star alongside Ice Cube in an upcoming Sony comedy film entitled Oh Hell No, an apt phrase and title for what sounds like an awkward plot. The news broke via The Hollywood Reporter, who relayed details about […] The post Jack Black Falls for Ice Cube’s Mom in Upcoming Comedy ‘Oh Hell No’ appeared first on /Film.

Jack Black Falls for Ice Cube’s Mom in Upcoming Comedy ‘Oh Hell No’

Jack Black is ditching kid-friendly horror and jungle-infused adventures to fall in love again on screen. Black is in talks to star alongside Ice Cube in an upcoming Sony comedy film entitled Oh Hell No, an apt phrase and title for what sounds like an awkward plot.

The news broke via The Hollywood Reporter, who relayed details about the film’s plot. The story follows the relationship of Sherman (Black) and Will (Cube) after Sherman falls in love with Will’s mom. While the synopsis is pretty vague, one can only cringe at the premise. However, that can make for some great comedy, especially with the right people on board.

Filmmaker Kitao Sakurai (Bad Trip) is set to direct while the script comes from writers Scot Armstrong (Old School), Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Jessica Gao (She-Hulk), and Rodney Rothman (Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse).

It’s really refreshing to see a diverse group of writers behind the script and Ice Cube seems like a perfect foil to the types of off-the-wall characters played by Black. As a fan of N.W.A, Friday, Anaconda (yeah, I said it) and, Boyz in the Hood, I’m actually looking forward to Ice Cube check Jack Black in a presumably outrageous comedy. Sakurai also has a long history of comedy – he was the director and executive producer for several seasons of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show from 2012-2020. He also recently directed episodes for the second season of FX comedy Dave and BJ Novak’s upcoming series Platform.

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Love is a Battlefield

I can only assume there will be a lot of conflict in this film between Sherman and Will. Given the writing crew, it could be a combination of insults, witty humor, satire, and slapstick. However, I do embrace the notion that we could see a love story between an older woman and a younger man. While there are no details on who will play Will’s mom, it will be entertaining to see how that on-screen chemistry (or lack thereof) will unfold.

There are few films that successfully capture romances with large age differences and that allow women to age without judgment. The ultimate (and one of my favorite films ever) is Harold and Maude. The 1971 Hal Ashby dark-comedy classic has an authentic heart that is difficult to replicate in today’s age without seeming corny or predatory. So, at first glance, my reaction to this new film was on par with its title and was emphasized by my long Texas drawl. But I’m ultimately rooting for it! I just hope that lessons were learned from the fat-shaming rom-com, Shallow Hal. I guess we’ll see in April of 2022.

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