July 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

Grapevine: 'Expendables 3' springs a leak

Sylvester Stallone's latest film is already on the Internet. (Millennium Films)

'Expendables' springs a leak

The upcoming old folks action extravaganza “The Expendables 3” had an unexpected premiere online this week. A pirated copy of the film, which stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a host of other Ronald
Reagan-era action studs, was uploaded to the Internet this week and was downloaded 189,000 times in a 24-hour period, Variety reports. If we pretend each of those downloads represents a $10 movie ticket, then the film is already losing millions of dollars at the box office. Bummer. A similar leak occurred in 2009 when a rough cut of “Wolverine” hit file-sharing sites ahead of the film’s theatrical debut. Fox estimated 15 million people downloaded the movie, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of lost revenue. The film went on to gross more than $179 million at the domestic box office.

McCurdy passes on 'role model' title

Jennette McCurdy is pulling a Charles Barkley and telling her fans that she’s not a role model. The former “Sam and Cat” star posted an essay on Reddit this week explaining how she has no interest in being someone to whom others look up to. “I am not a role model,” the 22-year-old wrote. “I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be.” At one time she looked to live up to the role model standards thrust upon her, she goes onto explain, but is no longer interested in that ideal. The essay came after McCurdy posted a picture of herself in her underwear on Instagram. “It’s good to have heroes, but you have to look for them in the right places,” said McCurdy, who also starred on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.”

Lil Wayne expands empire to sports management

Lil
Wayne’slatest collaboration might be in the soccer world instead of the rap world. TMZ reported Friday that Weezy is set to ink Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to his new sports management firm and will handle Ronaldo’s U.S. business affairs, including his marketing and branding deals and his modeling gigs. The move makes Wayne the latest rapper to jump in the sports management biz, following in the footsteps of Master P and Jay Z. Whether Ronaldo is ready to jump on the mic and spit a verse or two, we’ll have to wait to find out.

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