A DVD-quality copy of Sylvester Stallone's action-packed The Expendables 3 has leaked online, three weeks before its scheduled release. The whole movie appeared on various piracy websites last week (23Jul14) and quickly became a big hit among torrent users, with over 100,000 copies of the film downloaded within the first 12 hours.
By early Monday (28Jul14), it had been ranked the most pirated movie of the week on TorrentFreak.com, with more than 65,000 users downloading the new The Expendables sequel from a single torrent.
Studio bosses at Lionsgate, the company behind the film, have declined to comment on the leak, which appeared to have been ripped from a screening DVD.
The Expendables 3, starring a slew of top action men - including Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is not due to open in U.S. cinemas until 15 August (14).
The Expendables 3 is the first high-profile film to be leaked since 2009, when an unfinished copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine surfaced online almost a month before its theatrical release.
If you're asking if I would consider being in the EXPENDABLES franchise - then the answer is yes. BUT... I don't want to be on their team and be buddies with them. F**k that noise. I want to hunt every single one of them down and tell them to 'send your soul to heaven cause your a** is mine'." Dwayne Johnson admits he would love to play a villain in Sylvester Stallone's Expendables action movie franchise in a recent Reddit.com webchat.
Sylvester Stallone's musical adaptation of his hit film Rocky is set to close on Broadway due to declining ticket sales. The Hollywood action man spent almost 15 years revamping his 1976 boxing movie for the stage, but producers of the show announced on Tuesday (15Jul14) that the production is down for the count.
Rocky is set to close on 17 August (14), after five months and just over 200 performances at New York City's Winter Garden Theatre.
The show opened with glowing reviews and earned a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design last month (Jun14), but ticket sales have dwindled over the past few months.
However, a production of Rocky in Hamburg, Germany, where the show had its world premiere in 2012, continues to be a box office hit.
Sylvester Stallone's younger brother Frank has checked into rehab in a bid to conquer his battle with alcohol.
The singer and actor turned to professionals at the Betty Ford Center in California over the weekend (05-06Jul14). Frank Stallone's manager, Randi Siegel, tells People.com, "With the support of his friends and family, Frank is taking a much needed break from his professional activities to regroup and focus on his health and well-being. "This opportunity will enable him to move forward in his career from a solid foundation."
Sylvester has given his 63-year-old sibling his backing for seeking treatment. A representative for The Expendables star says, "Sylvester Stallone supports his brother's decision and this process."
Singer/actress Selena Gomez will be named a Kids Global Icon at a film festival on the Italian island of Ischia. Organisers of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest have chosen the Come & Get It singer as a recipient of the prize, which celebrates young artists in Hollywood.
The male recipient of the Kids Global Icon award is 16-year-old Leo Howard, who stars in Disney TV programme Kickin' It.
Festival boss Pascal Vicedomini praises Gomez as a "stylistic model and a true artist" in a statement released to Variety.com.
Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sylvester Stallone have previously been announced as winners of acting awards at the festival, which runs from 12 to 20 July (14).
Actor Sylvester Stallone is reportedly in talks to portray real-life hitman Greg Scarpa in a new biopic. If the Rambo star signs on for the film it will reunite him with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler and The Expendables producer Avi Lerner.
The movie centres on Scarpa's time as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informer.
Screenwriter Nick Pileggi tells the New York Post, "It's a fabulous story. Stallone is interested. He likes the script."
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Bond star Pierce Brosnan is keen to return to action movies and is eyeing a role in blockbuster film franchise The Expendables.
The Irish star has been largely absent from action films since vacating his role as 007 in 2002, but he has been approached by Expendables producer Avi Lerner about joining the franchise's star-packed cast for a future installment.
Brosnan is eager to unite with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li in the series, telling ComingSoon.net, "I said to Avi Lerner, 'If it works out and you have a good script, Avi, you know where to find me if you still want me.' It's as simple as that really. I had a grand time in his company. Sylvester Stallone is the one that's given us these wonderful platforms for actors who have and had careers to go play and have fun and to entertain. To bring a bunch of guys together who saved the world, fought the bad guys, and put them all on the same stage, that's crazy good."
"It's just about entertainment. Avi is somebody I've heard about and his movies always have big brash entertainment value to them. You can really change the world and that's great, but The Expendables? Yeah, I'd love to do The Expendables. It's just a kick in the pants."
Brosnan also defends the casting of sitcom icon Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, which is set for release in August (14), adding, "He's a fantastic actor, Kelsey Grammer. You don't have that kind of career without having a talent, without having something to say and to give to an audience."
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has gone under the knife to have her 30-year-old breast implants replaced. The 59 year old's consultation and operation was filmed for U.S. reality show Botched, which features Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif's attempts to correct cosmetic surgery procedures gone wrong.
Her breast augmentation op to fix the cleavage ripples and ridges caused by her previous boob job was featured on an episode which aired on Sunday (29Jun14), during which Dubrow expressed his shock at how long Dickinson had lived with the same implants.
He also raised concerns for the star's health after feeling potentially-cancerous lumps in her breasts, but she was given the all clear after he completed the operation.
After making a full recovery from the surgery, Dickinson, who briefly romanced Sylvester Stallone, marvelled at her new curves and declared, "I can't wait to get on a pogo stick naked and just bounce up and down!"
Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor will be named actress and actor of the year at a film festival on the Italian island of Ischia. The Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, which is held in July (14), will dedicate an evening to the Zero Dark Thirty actress and host the Italian premiere of her latest film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them. The drama was first unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May (14).
The 12 Years A Slave star will receive a similar honour, but further details had not been released as WENN went to press.
Sylvester Stallone and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb will also been feted during the festival, which runs from 12 to 20 July (14).
Cult wartime soccer movie Escape To Victory is set for a remake. The 1981 film, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and a group of real sportsmen like Pele, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles, will be revamped for the big screen by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.
The movie centres around a group of World War Two prisoners of war, who plan an escape around a soccer match between captive allies and their German guards.
The news of the new Hollywood film comes a day after the U.S. national team lost a crucial World Cup game to Germany 1-0 but still made it through to the tournament's knock-out round thanks to goal difference.