Friday, February 12, 2016

Rocky Balboa and Jake La Motta to spar in new fight flick

Sylvester Stallone is keeping busy with a slate of new projects, including a 2013 boxing picture, "Grudge Match," opposite Robert De Niro.

Rocky Balboa and Jake La Motta to spar in new fight flick


Fresh from the entirely expendable Expendables 2, which he co-wrote as well as starred in, Sylvester Stallone has lined up a slate of new projects, one of which revisits the pugilist arena of the franchise that made him famous (and rich): namely, Rocky. The 2013 fight film is called Grudge Match, and Stallone is booked to star opposite Robert De Niro. The duo play aging boxing rivals enticed by a promoter (Kevin Hart) to go back into the ring one more time. Think Rocky Balboa vs. Jake LaMotta, as senior citizens, and think comedy. Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart) is directing.

The other titles on Stallone’s soon-come list: Reach Me, an indie written and directed by Stallone’s Cobra co-star John Herzfeld, and also starring rapper Nelly, Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Henstridge, Danny Aiello and Rebekah Chaney;  Bullet to the Head,  with Walter Hill directing, based on the Alexis Nolent graphic novel about a cop and a hit man who join forces, and The Tomb which teams Stallone with The Expendables cameo-ing former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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