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Lionsgate and Millennium are one step closer to vanquishing the pirates who stole and uploaded Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3. London cops today arrested two men on suspicion of leaking the action sequel this summer ahead of its August 15 release. The film grossed just $39.3 million domestically before taking in more than $206 million globally. The first two installments of the franchise grossed a combined $580 million worldwide.
Detectives in the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit arrested the men, ages 36 and 33, who are believed to have illegally obtained a high-quality version of the film from a cloud-based system. They are suspected of uploading it online around July 25, after which it was viewed hundreds of thousands of times in a leak distributors allege cost them millions in lost ticket sales.
The London investigation was opened after Lionsgate began campaigning stateside and internationally to hunt down the culprits. Domestically, the U.S. Department of »
- Jen Yamato
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Expendables 3 (action sequel; Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes; rated PG-13) The Giver (young-adult sci-fi; Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites; rated PG-13) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (animated sequel; voices: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett; rated PG) Let's Be Cops (with deleted scenes) (comedy; Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev; rated...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
It was reported earlier this year that The Expendables 3 had leaked online in high definition quality, just weeks before its release. Many have stated that this one of the reasons why it performed so badly at the box office, outside of the negative reviews.
See Also – Sylvester Stallone admits PG-13 rating was a mistake
Two British men have been arrested for stealing the movie, supposedly from a Cloud based system before uploading it to the Internet. Both men, from the North of England, have been questioned and are currently on bail until May 2015.
The Expendables 3 had a reported budget of $90 million, but only made under $40 million domestically. Thankfully the film performed well overseas, bringing the movie’s worldwide total to $206 million.
Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott, who heads up City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said: “Today’s operation shows you the significant impact intellectual »
- Luke Owen
Stretch I don't know what happened at Universal when it came to Joe Carnahan's Stretch, but they really decided to bury it. They didn't market it, delayed it's release date, tried to dump it, finally released it as a streaming only title and now it comes to DVD (no Blu-ray) without any notice. I didn't know it was coming out today until ten minutes before posting this article. As anyone that reads this site regularly knows, I liked this movie. It's a batsh*t fun good time, give my review a read and see if it's up your alley.
The Giver I just have no interest in this film and that's a little weird I think considering it's directed by Phillip Noyce and stars the likes of Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, but I just can't bring myself to be interested.
The November Man Remember when there was going »
- Brad Brevet
"The Expendables 3" hit theaters earlier this year and went on to gross only $39 million domestically, making the film a complete flop. But thanks to international box office, the third installment ended up with a worldwide gross of $206 million, the lowest in the franchise. Now that Sylvester Stallone is promoting the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of the movie, he said that if a fourth film happens, it will definitely be R-rated. "Absolutely unequivocally yes," he confirmed. "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again." Stallone went on to hint that "The Expendables 4" has a good chance of getting made. "I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, in an of itself, creates extra »
Special investigators for the London Police arrested two men on suspicion of stealing a copy of Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 3″ and uploading it to piracy services more than three weeks prior to the film’s theatrical release.
Detectives from the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit on Tuesday arrested a 36-year-old man at his home in Upton, Wirral, and a 33-year-old man at his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Officials did not release the names of the individuals, who were taken to local police stations for questioning.
The pair are believed to have stolen the film from a “cloud-based system” before uploading it to the Internet, police said. The London Police unit didn’t identify how detectives tracked down the two men, or from which service they are believed to have purloined the film.
A high-quality copy of “Expendables 3″ hit torrent piracy sites in late July, »
- Todd Spangler
Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.
The story of Monster Republic begins with the evil Dr Lazarus Fry, who is hellbent on world domination and engineers an explosion in a nuclear power plant, patching the victims up with scavenged body parts and creating an army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. But teenage boy Cameron escapes, and joins forces with a band of rebel kids to seek revenge on Fry.
The novel was published by Random House Children’s Publishers UK (Rhcp) in January 2010. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It sounds like Sylvester Stallone is entertaining the idea of making a fourth Expendables movie even though Part 3 was supposed to be the last one. The Expendables 3 completely bombed at the box office, and fans were not happy about it having a PG-13 rating. While promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release, Stallone told Crave Online that any future Expendables will be R-rated, and admitted that they made a mistake giving the third one a PG-13 rating.
"Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again."
The Expendables 4 hasn't gone into development or anything yet, but Stallone has some ideas rolling around in his head.
"I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, »
- Joey Paur
This week: Third time's no charm for The Expendables, Brosnan goes back to Bond (sorta) with The November Man, and can you handle five and a half hours of Nymphomaniac? ► Not sure a movie that made over $200 million worldwide can be called a bomb, but The Expendables 3 was this summer.s whipping boy. Sylvester Stallone.s decision to go PG-13 didn.t interest younger viewers and seemed to piss off the older ones, making it by far the »
- John Law
As big dumb action movies go, The Expendables franchise has been among the biggest and the dumbest. Unfortunately, The Expendables 3 was not quite big and dumb enough, trying to expand the appeal of the franchise by toning down some of the madness and mayhem enough for a PG-13 rating. Sylvester Stallone now admits that this was a miscalculation, but has promised to up the ante with The Expendables 4.
Speaking with Crave Online (via /Film), Stallone confessed that attempting to broaden the appeal of the franchise was “a horrible miscalculation.” Here’s what he said:
Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.
Stallone went on to discuss the possible future of The Expendables franchise, including »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There were certainly plenty of fans who were disappointed when it was revealed that The Expendables 3 was going to be rated PG-13 in order to get some of the younger demographics into the theaters. However, the film wasn't exactly a smashing success, and now producer and star Sylvester Stallone is blaming that on the lack of an R-rating. Speaking with Crave Online, Stallone was asked if he regretted the reduction of violence in order to get that more teen friendly rating, and he said, "Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.” Read on! That's right, " it won’t happen again," which means that despite the tease of "one final ride" in the marketing for The Expendables 3, »
- Ethan Anderton
When a movie underperforms at the box office, it's natural for people to start trying to discover the root of what went wrong. Typically fingers can be pointed at a director or the screenplay or the studio, but sometimes it's more specific things. In the case of The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone is placing a good amount of blame on the film's rating. With the aforementioned blockbuster soon to be released on Blu-ray and DVD, Crave Online had the chance to sit down with the writer/star, and in the interview Stallone admitted that having The Expendables 3 be rated PG-13 was a huge mistake. Asked about the extended unrated cut that will be available on the Blu-ray and whether or not future Expendables films will go the R-rated route, Stallone said, "Absolutely, unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone.s part in trying to reach »
The Expendables series has shown diminishing returns both for fans and execs. The third movie diverted its focus away from the aging action heroes that were the driving force behind the series to begin with, and also fell vicim to pre-release piracy. (The industry is still debating the effect that leak had on the box […]
- Russ Fischer
The Expendables 3 didn’t do too well at the box office, saved only by international takings. It didn’t do too well with us here at Flickering Myth either, and you can see why here and here. And it seems that the big man himself, Sylvester Stallone, agreed. In an interview with Crave Online (which you can read here), the action star is asked if future instalments will be R-rated:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Phew. Lets hope that he sticks to that when EX4 rolls around. At least he lost that awful moustache.
- Chris Cooper
While many think that The Expendables 3 flopped at the box office because the entire movie was leaked online early, there are others, including star and franchise creator Sylvester Stallone, who believe that the sequel was actually hampered by its PG-13 rating and the introduction of a newer, younger cast. With The Expendables 3 set to hit Blu-ray on November 25, just in time for Thanksgiving, Stallone discussed some of the film's issues in detail, promising that The Expendables 4, which has not yet been officially green lit, will not succumb to the same watered down violence and language that corrupted the previous installment.
When CraveOnline asked if the PG-13 rating actually hurt The Expendables 3, the action icon responded:
"Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. »
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- Meredith Ennis
This past summer Sylvester Stallone made a return to the action franchise he started in 2010 with an entry that brought in a nice batch of old dogs and a group of newbs that added some flair to the series. With so many action gods running around the set, it had to be a crazy experience for the young guns that joined in the fun, including Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Kellan Lutz, and Glen Powell. In this exclusive featurette from the upcoming Blu-Ray we explore just that, as the young guard »
- Paul Shirey
Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »
- Brad Brevet
Attempts were made with the third film to broaden the appeal of the franchise, namely by including a bunch of younger cast members and changing over to a PG-13 rating from an R. Stallone now believes that the ratings change was a big mistake. He tells Crave Online:
"Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
Despite the third film earning $100 million less than the second, another instalment in the series is still planned. In fact, this one may be more 'out there' than expected:
"I have actually entertained the »
- Garth Franklin
There was a lot of backlash when The Expendables 3 was rated PG-13 in order to garner a wider audience. Between that move and the unfortunate leak that occurred several weeks before the film's release, the sequel didn't really hit the box office with its best foot forward. And now franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is weighing in by saying that rating the film for more family friendly audiences was a "horrible miscalculation." Incidentally, he says this on the eve of the film's Blu-ray release, which will feature an unrated version of the picture. He also promises that The Expendables 4, should it happen, will be more violent. Hit the jump Stallone's comments on The Expendables 3 rating. The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th. Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, »
- Evan Dickson
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