2 Guns, a movie that seems completely indistinguishable from a million other mismatched buddy cop movies, has at least convinced a solid number of moviegoers that it's something worth seeing. According to early numbers at Deadline the Mark Wahlberg-Denzel Washington vehicle brought in $9.8 million on Friday, good enough for first place at that day's box office and for the weekend in general, which should have it bringing in around $27 million
A bearded and chubby Mark Wahlberg stars as the soldier/author Luttrell, and heís joined by an all-star squad that also includes Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig and Eric Bana. While their mission appears to be fairly cut and dry, itís soon discovered their target is among a population much larger than the military originally assumed.
Last night Mark Wahlberg showed up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and surprised the hell out of me by talking up the comedy of 2 Guns. Wahlberg had the biggest hit of his career last summer with Ted, and he was showing up on a comedian-friendly late night show, so the topic made sense, but nothing I had seen from 2 Guns suggested the slightest possibility of being funny. Now here comes this red-band trailer, via IGN, which actually backs Wahlberg up
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 wasnít as if the two fictional properties werenít oft mentioned in the same breath before, but now itís 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 theyíre 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.