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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeltung O Thursday August O 7A Attractions Sylvester Stallone Back in action wi By Joey Berlin Copley News Service While the Rocky and Rambo movie franchises have been wildly popular around the world numbing violence and simplistic politics stripped the quality from the sequels to the critically acclaimed original films Remember the first Rocky won the Academy Award as the Best Picture of 1976 and First Blood 1982 was an unusually powerful and moving action film Sylvester Stallone who found stupendous fame and fortune as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo is not proud of what became of the two series He is even more embarrassed about his a little something extra Ijustfelt that it was the last chance to do something to perhaps make me feel some sort of t Stallone From Stallone Robert de Niro and Ray Llotta in the new Mirllmax release Cop subsequent missteps as a movie star including such lamebrained stiffs as Judge Dredd and not to mention his pathetic stabs at comedy in Oscar and Stop Or My Mom Will Now as the hype for Rambo 4 might scream Hes Only this time he is surrounded by not only his most impressive supposing cast ever but by 40 flab In Cop Stallone gets to test his acting skills playing a halfdeaf New Jersey sheriff forced to confront a gang of rogue New York City policemen played by such acclaimed actors as Robert De Niro Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta I just felt that it was the last chance to do something to perhaps make me feel some sort of Stallone whispers nervously In fact he is the soul of humility throughout the conversation about Cop heaping praise on his costars James Mangold and Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein who assembled the all star cast After so many years of coasting on his action hero image and celebrity Stallone needed to dig down deep to hold his own in such heavyweight company That meant letting himself go not on the set but at the table which wasnt as easy as you might think 1 didnt realize the psychological impact of gaining that amount of weight in a short amount of lie says Fortunately his new wife Jennifer Flavin was pregnant at the time and loved seeing him balloon With her enthusiastic support he came to enjoy the food fests Snd the break from his training regime I felt really liberated and non narcissistic for the first he reports I think staying in shape is great but theres a point where the muscles are purely designer and they dont have a function other than to display them And by displaying them it shows how little you think of yourself You have to have your shoulders or your arms do your talking A hundred years ago if you had big muscles it was associated with a job like coal mining Today were all equally strong because everyone can push a button on a forklift and off you go So how you display yourself is quite different I learned that the hard way Mangold insisted and Stallone agreed that a doughy look was necessary for his Cop Land character who has been sleepwalking through his job in the cozy suburbs for a decade But the weight gain was also important for another reason Psychologically I had to get rid of my security blanket which I used for 15 Stallone explains After I became pretty well identified as a physical monosyllabic nonverbal person Even though 1 didnt believe it I was seduced by it It was a great toy That toy was action Obviously Stallone has thought Love Elvis but not his films By David Elliott Copley News Service Youll never be a Bubba or maybe a Buddha in the current American scale of things spiritual if you dont love Elvis But youre sort of a booby if you love Elvis films Oh theyre not all terrible But sit down for a Kingspread of the best a few and the worst and you know that Elvis Presley was no king of the screen He was a sawedoff prince in a land of giants The giant he mostly looked up to was James Dean the young meteor who got Elvis all shook up in 1955 just as Presley was wiring his atomic pelvis to launch the full thrust of the rock n roll revolution with lets recall more than a little waxing of the national soul platter by such black artists as Little Richard Chuck Berry and Bo Presley like nearly every other teen though he was two years past teendom in 55 who can deny him everlasting found in Dean the avatar and icon of adolescence But Dean had genius for acting and worked very hard at it before martyrizing himself in the most remembered car crash of the 50s The same year that Dean died Elvis was thrown into films he finally appeared in 33 counting documentaries mostly to extend his reign as a record star and satisfy his and manager Tom Parkers ego He yearned to become Dean but had no training except hillbilly chutzpah and his genius for music translated awkwardly to acting He had to fight innate shyness and his Mamasboy distaste for public intimacy give him a song though and he could switch from anxious hell to shakin His nice manners charmed Ed Sullivan on television but were a poor substitute for Deans often loutish zeal to burn down the Personalized messages adorn the wall surrounding Elvis Presleys Graceland mansion in Memphis Tennessee rules Presley a famous rebel in hunk starlets George Nader and Bob song had little of the thespian audacity of Dean and Marlon Brando Still he was more than a later bud of promise Elvis was a beautiful camera object a graceful mover and poser With his surly twist of mouth he brooded well Sadly he tended to open the mouth like a boy at Sunday supper asking for an extra splash of gravy please The lion of rock entered a scene tossed his mane purred kitty He tried hard in the 56 debut of Love Me Tender and impressed some critics and industry insiders as a Most crucial defining the career the title tune hit big Still he was one step above Wagner He was let loose for some good rockin in Jailhouse Rock 1957 and King Creole and was earnestly touching as a halfbreed in the soft western Flaming Star directed sharply by Don Siegel But as the world ripped open in the 60s Elvis congealed caught in the claw of formula as a utility star of sterilized crud like Fun in Acapulco Roustabout Speedway 68 they go down easy like a pill you know is a placebo Parker and the studio handlers made sure Elvis would become not a new Dean but a bigger Pat Boone He was sanitized turned into white loaf without grain The songs were mostly tin panned from a plastic alley The costars like Sally Field as a nun in 1969s Change of were accomplices in trivia though Tuesday Weld stirred him to some response in 1961s Wild in the which had a Clifford Odets script Viva Las Vegas 1964 juiced his talent It had the right kitschy take on Vegas the King looked great tooling around town and looked even better singing and twitching with AnnMargret and her lush sibling lips The film is a ripe overture of all ElvisinVegas spoofs including Honeymoon in Vegas Nick Cage can be like Elvis plus acting Just a year after that back in the Parker pit reduced to stardom by rote and looking about as bored as another king Sinatra in the dullest Rat Pack Elvis was in Harum To describe it is to jeer it as in this from a film book Motion picture and singing star Johnny Tyronne Presley is kidnapped while on a tour of the Middle East In between Arabian adventures he falls for Princess Shalimar Mary Ann Mobley and sings Go East Young That same year not even a full decade after shaking the foundations of Eisenhower America as a rocker he also gave us Girl Happy and Tickle Mercifully he did not appear with Francis the Talking Mule but Elvis was too busy filling his gold coffer coffin with easy money to grow into much acting technique Elvis might have been a fine silent film star a sort of Memphis Valentino except that fans needed to hear him sing about once every 10 minutes The songs staved off total rigor mortis though most of the film tunes were antirock fluff After his death the Elvis musicals enjoyed long TV life because they are TV with sitcom plots voided visual values and songs like commercial breaks pitching the Elvis of sacred memory The best Elvis on film is of course the concert stuff A compilation only of his best filmed music called Thats Elvis might be worth an eternal run at the Graceland Multiplex But most of the movies are stacked near the toilet where so says tabloid legend it all ended for El in 1977 Catfish JI Boot LIVE MU igtat American Legion Post 179 4io w Coll New Across from the library 6250179 long and hard about this genre which he believes Rambo revolutionized He maintains that the actors have been replaced as the engines of action movies by the so the actors became interchangeable in one man army stories Before I knew it I was being paid a great deal of money and being perceived as this bigger thanlife figure and its he continues The die is cast You cant go home again I could have but I wasnt smart enough to split the two up and go from big movie to small movie and Now hopefully smarter after Cop and with his self confidence restored by the pictures enthusiastic reception Stallone is ready to go back to work He had been waiting for Cop praying it would allow him to change his downward career spiral A military drama directed by William Friedkin will mostly likely be his next picture I hope this isnt considered a desperate he says of Cop Land finally Its just an acting piece something that I havent done in 20 years I hope its not seen as a man crying out even though it is I dont want it to be perceived that way His last words as he exits are for himself as well as his critics and fans I promise I wont go in Mr Gattis Pizza IH 35 at Walnut Avenue 6255165 GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE AH shows before Adults Kids Seniors WALNUT 6 62964OO IH 35 and Walnut Avc flood tfant C Air Force One Doily I R 1 r Event Horizon Dolly fin IPG Conspiracy Theory Doily IK A   

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