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.
Mackie has proven himself capable of jumping into just about anything and making it better, from excellent second-banana work in The Hurt Locker to a slyly funny and soulful role in The Adjustment Bureau to, hey why not, Real Steel. It'll be interesting to see how he meshes his own charisma with The Rock and Wahlberg
Now, before you start laughing, remember that Lopez legitimized herself with tough performances in Selena, Out of Sight, and Oliver Stone’s U-Turn. But yes, she since has gone on to accept safe, forgettable roles in films like Maid in Manhattan, Gigli and Jersey Girl in recent years.