Members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, the grass-roots group best known for its annual Oscar-time tribute to the worst in filmmaking, are collectively licking their chops in anticipation of "Rocky V," the latest from perennial Razzie poster boy Sylvester Stallone.
Stallone, a five-time Razzie winner for his acting, directing and screenwriting efforts on "Rhinestone," "Rocky IV" and the second and third "Rambo" movies, last year capped those achievements by being voted worst actor of the decade.
The Razzie faithful this weekend are attending a privately organized screening of "Rocky V," expected by self-described "head raspberry" John Wilson to be a major contender at next year's Razzies.
But the film and Stallone are by no means shoo-ins, Wilson warned.
"There's a lot of stiff competition, especially for worst actor -- George C. Scott in 'Exorcist III,' Stallone, Andrew Dice Clay, Anthony Quinn with two titles, Mickey Rourke with two titles, Prince for 'Graffiti Bridge'...," he said.
The "Rocky V" screening will be followed by the premiere of the 10th annual Razzies video featuring highlights of last year's awards ceremony -- including the worst-of-decade honors.
Razzie members are invited to several such "field trips" each year, Wilson said. The next event will be the annual Razzie preview night in January; this year's features probably will be "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," and clips from other Razzie contenders also will be shown.
Anyone can join the organization, but Wilson will no longer give out a phone number. "The last time I did that, we got crank calls at 2 in the morning," he said. Wilson believes Stallone himself called to complain about "us needling him," but a Stallone spokesman subsequently denied that.
For information about membership, write to the Golden Raspberry Foundation c/o P.O. Box 9206, North Hollywood, Calif. 91609.