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Peter Berg Keeps Recovering Perfectly From Battleship, Takes On American Desperado
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 Turned Down Transformers 4 Role
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?
Why Pain & Gain Is A Masterpiece Of Star Power
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
Pain & Gain Clip Is The Beginning Of A Dumb Heist Gone Wrong
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
Pain & Gain Poster: The Rock's American Dream Is Bigger Than Yours
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
Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington Bring Back Buddy-Cop Fun In 2 Guns
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.
Transformers 4 Synopsis Makes Scientists And Businessmen The Bad Guys
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
J.J. Abrams Asked Mark Wahlberg To Play Captain Kirk's Father In Star Trek
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.
Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington Stare Down Crime In First 2 Guns Photo
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 To Produce True-Life Hacker Thriller For Universal
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.
Mark Wahlberg Confirmed To Star In Transformers 4
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 May Put Mark Wahlberg In Transformers 4 After All
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.
Mark Wahlberg Won't Be In Transformers 4, But Will Reunite With Michael Bay Somehow
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
Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe Fix Broken City In Film's First Trailer
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
Mark Wahlberg And Liam Neeson Up For Vincenzo Natali's Neuromancer
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...