Thursday night was an exciting one in the city, as Sylvester Stallone came to Philadelphia live and in person! The guy who is forever "Rocky" was at the Philadelphia Film Center on Chestnut Street. It was a movie premiere, with lights and pictures and excited fans. Here's the pic of Stallone last night, and a selfie of Sly and I I took 15 years ago in 2006, at the top of the Art Museum Steps. It just so happened I spotted him there on my way to the Philadelphia premiere of "Rocky Balboa,", the sixth and final installment in the franchise, and snapped a pic with a camera (before selfies were selfies), and interviewed him with my voice recorder! We didn't have cell phones back then, but it turned out to be one of the scoops of my career.
At 8pm last night Stallone took the stage for a Q & A with Turner Classic Movie's Ben Mankiewicz to talk about his new director's cut ‘ROCKY V. DRAGO: THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR’S CUT’, in theaters and On Demand and Digital today. Sly added 40 minutes of never before seen footage from the most popular film in the "Rocky" series, "Rocky IV", which made 300 million after it's release in 1985. This director’s cut, which screened after the Q & A, boosts the run time of "Rocky IV" from 91 minutes to more than two hours. Cue the Rocky music! What a night in Philadelphia!
Photo: Valerie Knight