Today's pop-culture roundup includes a really hot rumor, box-office news, another Duggar engagement, our mystery music video and much more.
‘THE EXPENDABLES 3’: Of tepid reviews, per the Los Angeles Times, “Fine wine or a favorite pair of blue jeans may get better with age, but the same can't be said for '80s and '90s action heroes — at least not according to reviews of "The Expendables 3," the latest installment of Sylvester Stallone and company's testosterone-powered film franchise.
“Although "The Expendables 3" finds its maturing mercenaries drafting some new recruits, including Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell and Ronda Rousey, critics say they fail to save the movie from drab mediocrity.” http://lat.ms/Xn3yzF
MEANWHILE: Limited opening does OK, per Variety, “ “The Expendables 3? flexed its muscles to the tune of $875,000 at the box office Thursday.
“Those numbers are in the range of late night preview show results for past films in the series. The first “Expendables” did $870,000 from its late night screenings, while the second one racked up $685,000, although those only consisted of midnight shows. “Expendables 3? bowed Thursday in over 2200 locations and will expand Friday to 3,221 theaters.” http://bit.ly/1AjQbhC
CANDLESTICK PARK: One final hurrah before the wrecking ball, per USA TODAY, “Paul McCartney last played Candlestick Park on Aug. 29, 1966, with some guys named John, George and Ringo. The Beatles' last concert was at the Stick that afternoon, a tidy 11-song, 35-minute performance largely drowned by the din of screaming teenagers and their admiring parents.
“On Thursday night, it was Candlestick's swan song with Sir Paul at the mike. For 2½ hours, he played a mix of songs from his latest album, New, and hits from Wings and The Beatles. . .On a cold, windy night — Candlestick, in all its infamous glory — the stands were teeming with fans clad in 49ers jerseys and Giants caps on what was a highly emotional night for many.” http://usat.ly/1t2U3PG
NEW BRADLEY COOPER PROJECT: It should be explosive, per The Wrap, “Warner Bros. has acquired Adam Higginbotham's non-fiction article ”A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite” for Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper to produce under their new banner. The article chronicles the true story of the race to stop one of history's most bizarre extortion plots, which began on Aug. 26, 1980, when a Nevada casino discovered a gigantic bomb and a ransom note sitting on its second floor.” http://bit.ly/1rcsg2Q
THE DUGGARS: Of an engagement, per People, “There's some new hand-holding going on in Springdale, Arkansas. Jessa Duggar of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting agreed to marry Ben Seewald on Thursday night. The couple began courting last year, deciding together to save holding hands until their engagement and their first kiss until their wedding day.” http://bit.ly/1vR9foy
HOOTIE: And honey from home, per Rolling Stone, “Earlier this month, Darius Rucker rejoined Hootie & the Blowfish for the group's 12th annual Homegrown concert, a benefit for schoolchildren in and around Rucker's Charleston, South Carolina, hometown. On August 25th, Rucker will revisit that homegrown theme when he releases his latest single, "Homegrown Honey." Written with Nathan Chapman and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, the song is the first taste of Rucker's upcoming fourth country album, which he's currently recording in Nashville.” http://rol.st/1t2ULfN
MICHAEL J. FOX REACTS TO WILLIAMS REVLATION: Just the facts, per The Insider, “Not even Michael J. Fox knew Robin Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Fox, who's become the public face of the disease, took to Twitter on Thursday after it had been revealed that Williams was struggling with the early stages of Parkinson's.
“(He wrote): “Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.” ’’ http://yhoo.it/1sJkWLP
BEYONCE AND RIHANNA: Of increasing chatter, per Celebuzz!, “Could it finally be happening? After all these years? Are our dreams about to come true? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps! A rumor is circulating today that Rihanna will feature on a remix of Beyoncé's "Blow" from her critically-acclaimed self-titled album.
“Fans have wanted these two pop queens to collaborate for nearly an entire decade, but certain rumors — particularly the persistent one that Jay Z had an affair with Rihanna — and a lack of public interaction between the two women have left most of them feeling like it was absolutely never going to happen.” http://celeb.bz/1BkaDQY
DUELING TOUGH GUYS: Or something like that, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Before they were The Expendables 3 co-stars, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were bitter rivals in the war of 1980s movie muscles. Stallone told Jimmy Fallon that rivalry ended up with him taking some of his most embarrassing roles. Stallone didn't reveal specifics — but he suggests either his agents or studio execs pressured him into taking roles by saying if he passed, Schwarzenegger was lined up to take the part.” http://bit.ly/1oVrk03
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: http://bit.ly/1oVJZZL