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'Rocky' director John Avildsen reflects on career ahead of Chesapeake Film Festival honor

'Rocky' director John Avildsen reflects on career ahead of Chesapeake Film Festival honor

More than a decade has passed since director John G. Avildsen saw one of his feature films released in theaters, but his body of work is such that he's far from forgotten. This is, after all, the man who brought "Rocky" to the screen (and won an Oscar for it), who turned a one-legged martial-arts stance into a rite of passage in "The Karate Kid," who made a hero of a tough-love educator in "Lean On Me."

And if Hollywood comes calling again, he's ready. Directing movies "is the most fun in the world," says Avildsen, 80, who will be in Easton this weekend to accept the inaugural Chesapeake Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. "I have...

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