With an average age of 57 years old, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, and the rest of the cast of The Expendables 3 — in theaters on August 15 — are no spring chickens. But these men weren’t always greybeards. Check out vintage pics of the stars, including Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer, when they were the fresh faces of Hollywood.
The fact we’re even writing about Sylvester Stallone‘s personal life lets you know this story is going to be jacked. Our skin just crawled right out of our cubicle after learning that the Bullet to the Head actor allegedly paid his half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti millions of dollars in blackmail to hush up her accusations of “claims for personal injury, including physical injury” allegedly perpetrated by Stallone. According to the New York Post, in 1987 the Expendables II star paid Filiti $2 million dollars, with an agreement to maintain a $50,000 annual trust and a $16,666.66 per month stipend in the future. Is anyone else even more weirded out that the Number of the Beast happens to be in the stipend amount? Just us? Why would anyone ever pay such a bizarre amount, even in blackmail money?
Now, we know what you’re thinking: don’t you need some kind of evidence to blackmail someone? If someone called us demanding money in exchange for silence about abusing our half-sister, we would point out we don’t have any half-siblings and hang up. According to Stallone’s mom, however, the story is kind of par for the course for the now deceased Filiti. “This was nothing more than a shakedown,” Jaqueline Stallone told the Post, claiming Filiti was a drug addict attempting to finagle money out of her rich relative. “Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous, she didn’t have to hook. He was trying to help her. He caved in,” she alleges. A drug addict? Oh yes, there it is: the only thing as sad as if her allegations against Sylvester Stallone turned out to be true.
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Brad Pitt’s latest role is an unusual one: Furniture designer! The 48-year-old is teaming up with famed craftsman Frank Pollaro for a line of luxury home furnishings to be unveiled in New York on November 13th. The pieces include a 17-foot dining room table finished in 24K gold, and an epically huge bed.
Apparently Brad has been harboring secret carpentry ambitions for many years. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” the actor told Architectural Digest. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”
The duo hit it off when Frank was installing a custom commissioned desk in Brad’s home and caught a glimpse of his sketch book. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” Frank said. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.” But Brad is by no means the first celebrity who’s gone out of their comfort zone with a side project. Although some have succeeded more than others. Head on down to the gallery below to see a few of our favorites from over the years!
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Some might be surprised that Sylvester Stallone is making the rounds to promote his new movie, The Expendables 2, just a month after son Sage Stallone died of yet-undetermined cause. But the actor spoke on Good Morning America this morning and explained why he was back at work.
“I think it’s important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral,” he said, appearing on the show with co-stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren.
It was his first interview since Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead in his apartment on July 13.
The horrifying news about how Sylvester Stallone‘s son, Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead in his apartment on Friday, broke the hearts of family, friends and fans all over the world. His surprising death lead to a lot of heartbreaking allegations that we couldn’t even stand to watch roll in.
Sage was an actor, director and screenwriter. Remember Rocky Balboa’s son in Stallone’s 1990 film, Rocky V? That adorable dark-haired kid was Sage Stallone. Cue tears.
Sylvester told TMZ that he is completely devastated by the death of his son and how badly he wants “the speculation and questionable reporting” to stop. We couldn’t agree more. Stallone went on to say “when a parent loses a child there is no greater pain.” Sly is begging the public to show compassion and respect for Sage’s “loving mother Sasha.”
When speaking about how this would affect his family, Sylvester said “this agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives,” adding, “Sage was our first child and the center of our universe, and I am humbly begging for all to have my son’s memory and soul left in peace.”
We here at VH1 send our thoughts and good wishes out to the Sly, Sasha, and the entire family during this incredibly difficult time.
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When we first saw this picture of big screen action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone posing in twin hospital beds, we assumed it was a promo for the biggest bummer buddy movie ever. But sadly, it appears that Sly and The Governator really are laid up. “After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder,” Arnold wrote when he posted this photo to his website. All of you who read that caption in his trademark “Ah-Nuld Voice”, raise your hands. We thought so.
Stallone happened to be visiting the hospital at the same time to get fixed up from a rematch with Apollo Creed (we imagine). We guess it’s nice that the old friends are doing stuff together…we just wish it didn’t include surgeries. It’s way too real. Get well soon, guys! The aging stars are set to team up outside the recovery room to film The Tomb this spring. We’ll be happier for that reunion.
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Hung‘s Thomas Jane thinks he knows why he got fired from the Sylvester Stallone film Headshot, and no, it’s not because no one has any idea who Thomas Jane is. Apparently the Thomas Jane Sylvester Stallone beef started when producer Joel Silver joined the filmmaking team. “Well, Joel Silver came onboard the project and said that he has a quote-unquote Ã¢â‚¬ËœformulaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for these quote-unquote Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbuddy moviesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and it has to be a white guy and a quote-unquote Ã¢â‚¬Ëœethnic guy,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â Jane explained. “And they relieved me of duty and basically paid me off, which I was really upset about, you know?” Call us crazy, but that formula can’t be that precise. What about Lethal WeapÃ¢â‚¬Â¦no, okay, how about Training DÃ¢â‚¬Â¦oh no, wait. Well, there’s always True Lies. And if Stallone went True Lies with this film, we might actually see it. We demand more underwear dance scenes!
Perhaps remembering for a moment the dozens upon dozens of action films that don’t follow such a rigid racial partnerships, like Rush Hour, Live Free or Die Hard and most importantly, Big Mama’s: Like Father, Like Son, Jane randomly throws out another theory about why The Expendables star might not have been too sad to see his partner go. “I didn’t get a call from Stallone. I was a little upset about that,” Jane said, rationalizing, “Maybe they didn’t want anybody on the movie with a bigger d— than him.” So, it’ll basically have to be Kindergarten Cop 2 then, right?
Is it just us, or do there seem to be more and more televised award shows each year? That means one thing (and it has nothing to do with awards)—there’s more red carpet fashion than ever. When we compiled our list of favorite fashion moments from 2010, we had quite a crop to choose from. Gone are the days where the only shows worth mentioning were the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars. This year’s style compilation comes to you courtesy of the Creative Arts Emmys, the SAG Awards, and even the ESPYs. Oh, and a couple dozen film premieres, too. Check out who made our cut for best dressed celebs of 2010 in the gallery below—including just about everyone from Mad Men, a very GOOP-y celeb we love to hate, and the most famous half-vampire couple ever.
45. Carey On
43. Yes, We Cannes
42. Zoe’s Glowy
37. Sexy Sookie
35. Hot Mama
34. Lookin’ Liveley
32. With Honors
28. Glee-n With Envy
27. Berry Sparkly
24. Kelly, Re-Born
23. Pretty Peggy
21. Pretty On Pink
20. Mila Dollar Baby
19. Red Hot Rihanna
17. Morning Glorious
15. Katie Got Back
14. Leighton Up
12. Bewitching Emma
11. Dashing Don
10. Swift N’ Sparkly
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If you’re an actor and you weren’t at last night’s 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala, then fire your agent immediately because everyone else was. We aren’t even actors and we’re still sort of hurt we weren’t invited. Come on guys, we’re fun!
A dazzling array of A-listers turned up at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel, including Halle Berry who shone in a darlingly low cut sequined dress. Hilary Swank, Milla Jovovich, Jodie Foster and Helena Bonham Carter were just a few of the many mega-celebs who looked radiant as they made their way inside.
But looking fabulous on the red carpet was just the half of it. The Tinsel Crew then settled down for some hardcore award presentations. Among those honored wereÃ‚Â Sean Penn for his humanitarian work,Ã‚Â Sylvester Stallone who was presented with a Career Achievement Award. MiaÃ‚Â Wasikowska and Andrew Garfield were singled out as the most promising break through stars, andÃ‚Â Zach Galifanakis won- what else?- Best Comedy Actor. But The Social Network made out the best, netting an award for Best Ensemble Cast as well as Best Screenwriting for Aaron Sorkin.
Get your fill of all the gala glamour in the gallery below!
A bunch of actors got together last night to watch a movie they shot for the express purpose of reliving their former glory and to see if they could identify their plastic surgery scars on the big screen. Right??
Cheap aging jokes aside, we’re actually super excited for The Expendables because we l.o.v.e. 80′s action movies, and this movie features almost every action star from that time. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger took time out from governing California to appear in the film, though he didn’t walk the red carpet.
The film was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote Rocky, so the guy knows what he’s doing), and also stars Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Stone Cold Steve Austin, just to name a few (Dear God, we don’t ask you for much, but please letÃ‚Â Carl Weathers make an uncredited cameo). If nothing else, at least we know that this bunch of actors knows how to clean up for a movie premiere, the whole lot of them look dapper.