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Probably not much of a surprise for anyone who caught wind of his incredible Avengers paycheck-- Robert Downey Jr. is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes, having made $75 million between June of last year and this year
For years Peter Berg had a fairly strong reputation as a director who took on tough-guy projects in style. He directed the Friday Night Lights movie and eventually directed the TV show, revealing the soul behind all those musclebound high school linebackers. He directed the 2003 crime caper The Rundown, which revealed the greatness of The Rock as a movie star long before most of us noticed
The Rock himself has admitted that he's "franchise Viagra," the vital force to add in to a series that seems to have lost its way. So we assumed he was right there with us in being confused when it was his Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg brought in to lead Michael Bay's Transformers 4 instead of The Rock. Wahlberg's great and all, but why wouldn't Bay at least try to get them both?
Pain & Gain, which at $25 million is unquestionably Bay's smallest movie, relies entirely on the language of star power to make itself clear. A dark, dark comedy featuring startling violence and abhorrent behavior by nearly everyone involved, Pain & Gain threads a fine needle of satire that practically no one thought Bay could accomplish. But by casting nearly everyone in roles that comment on or subvert their public personas, Bay puts the satire entirely on the surface
When you see tires squealing and muscled dudes jumping out of cars in a Michael Bay movie, you usually expect it to be followed by some giant robots, or aliens, or some combination of the two. But in Pain & Gain Bay is taking his familiar aesthetic of chaotic action cinema and bringing it into something he's usually been straight-up awful at: comedy
Michael Bay has a whole lot to make up for after three straight Transformers films, but we can't help but feel excited about his first movie in 8 years not to feature giant robots. Not only that, but it manages to feature two of the most lovable meatheads on earth-- Mark Wahlberg and The Rock-- plus a murderer's row of fantastic supporting players, from Anthony Mackie (featured on the poster above) to Tony Shalhoub to Rebel Wilson to Ed Harris
The first official trailer for 2 Guns confirms what you probably already assumed about the shoot-them-up buddy-crime thriller. Charismatic Mark Wahlberg and smooth-as-silk Denzel Washington make a tremendous pair, and audiences likely will happily line up and fork over their $15 to watch these two in just about ANYTHING.
The state of Michigan continues offering serious financial incentives for film productions to set up shop within their borders, and now they've landed a seriously big fish. The Michigan Film Office announced today at their website that Transformers 4 has been approved for a film incentive from the state, and will start shooting in metro Detroit this spring
With the May 17 release of Star Trek Into Darkness seemingly taking an eternity to get here, a lot of its initial buzz is getting Dagobah swamped by news of J.J. Abrams' next project, Star Wars Episode VII. It wasn’t as if the two fictional properties weren’t oft mentioned in the same breath before, but now it’s become mandatory.
The movie will be adapted from a Steven Grant graphic novel. His story casts Wahlberg and Washington as an undercover DEA agent and a Naval intelligence officer, respectively, who plot to steal from a mob-controlled bank (without realizing that they’re both being manipulated by the Mafia behind the scenes).
Mark Wahlberg has been behind a surprising number of critically-acclaimed television shows and movies as a producer, from The Fighter to HBO shows Entourage and Boardwalk Empire, and now he hopes to bring his magic touch to a new project about a digital terrorist. The star is pairing with Universal Pictures to make a new currently-untitled film about real-life incident involving a hacker and the student population of a high school.
Michael Bay needed a human actor to lead his Transformers franchise after it was revealed that Shia LaBeouf would not be coming back for a fourth installment, but today it's been announced that Bay's search is over. As has been rumored, the director has cast Mark Wahlberg as the human lead in Transformers 4.
Michael Bay is pretty much a blockbuster machine. Sure, critics tend to cringe at his flashy—and by flashy I mean explosion-stuffed—spectacles, but guys, he doesn't care about us. He cares about you, the movie-going public who buys tickets to see his latest massively budgeted marvels.
Michael Bay is finally stepping way from the Transformers franchise next year by making, of all things, a dark comedy, teaming up with the dynamic meathead duo of Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg for Pain and Gain, due next year. It seems like a promising direction for a guy who started his career with the wry Bad Boys
As you can see, Hughes taps Russell Crowe to play a suspicious politician who hires a seasoned cop (Mark Wahlberg) to investigate his cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). As the detective probes, though, he blows the lid off of a much bigger issue eating away at the corrupt city from within
Inspiring much of the cyberpunk movement and influencing countless sci-fi tales, William Gibson's seminal novel Neuromancer has long struggled to earn a full-fledged movie adaptation. It's story of a hotheaded hacker who gets burned when he messes with the wrong people seems perfect for a taut and tense thriller, yet a film version hasn't yet gotten off the ground. The latest filmmaker to lead the charge is Splice writer-director Vincenzo Natali...
Back in 2010, during the run-up to the release of Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, our own Katey Rich wrote an editorial titled "Rant: Mark Wahlberg Is Not That Funny, And We Need To Stop Telling Him He Is.” In the article she argued that while the actor has his moments, his particular style suffers from diminishing returns and that he would be better off sticking to the dramas and action flicks that made him a star. Let’s now fast forward to the present...
As you may have already heard, Ted is one seriously funny movie. Due out this weekend, the film is completely irreverent and filled with belly laughs, but it also features a great amount of heart and does a surprisingly good job avoiding many of the problems that plague other raunchy comedies. It’s an interesting mix to say the least, and it was just as interesting to hear what the director and actors had to say about the making of it.
Prior to the seventh season of Dexter, I'm not sure that I could have picture Edward James Olmos in a villainous context. Between numerous notable film appearances, including a starring role in Stand and Deliver, and of course, his fantastic performance as Admiral William Adam on Syfy's Battlestar Galactica reboot, it was too easy to picture him as the reliable, responsible, dependable type.
Back in August of 2010, Hugh Jackman was forced to drop out of the comedy Avon Man because of his commitments to The Wolverine, the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As you may have noticed, however, The Wolverine still hasn't been made and Avon Man is still in development.
3 Mississippi follows two families who are feuding over their annual Thanksgiving touch football game, which has apparently been a tradition for 50 years. Ferrell and Wahlberg will play the heads of the opposing families. Warner Bros. is hoping to begin production on the film in September, and with Anders and Morris on board, that may be a possibility.
The actor is now in talks to star in The Partner, a legal thriller based on Grisham's 2005 novel. The story follows Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a law firm who devises a way to cheat his company: he fakes his death, steals a fortune, and moves to Brazil. But while Mark Wahlberg is in the midst of making a deal, the project has some major gaps to fill.
Rosenberg will polish Bay’s shooting script, which follows two Miami bodybuilders who dabbled in kidnapping and extortion but saw their criminal “empire” come to a convoluted close when things go awry. Comparisons have been made between this based-on-true-events story and the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, which sounds fantastic … if Bay can pull it off.
The movie is based on the book by Marcus Luttrell about a group of four Navy SEALs who were captured by the Taliban while on a mission to kill a terrorist leader in 2005. As you can probably guess by now, Wahlberg, Kitsch and Foster, should they sign on, will play three of the four members of the team with Wahlberg taking the role of Luttrell.
If Wahlberg’s able to get his version of Headhunters off the ground, he’d likely play a corporate recruiter (or “headhunter”) who routinely steals valuable works of art to fund his extravagant personal lifestyle. In time, he boosts precious art from the wrong people, and ends up paying the price.