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First Look At Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones in 'Broken City'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 10, 2012 10:56 AM
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Ever since he stopped being Marky Mark and became a proper actor, Mark Wahlberg has always seemed at his most comfortable on the big screen as part of a strong ensemble cast (a la breakout "Boogie Nights") or stealing scenes as a supporting player. Be it in the likes of “Planet of the Apes,” “The Italian Job,” “The Happening” or “Max Payne,” for a long time it looked like he just wasn’t going to cut it as a leading man. Of course there may be a few exceptions along the way (and feel free to point them out in the comments), but it seemed like two significant things happened in the last few years that have changed that.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Provides Box Office's Last Gasp Before 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 15, 2012 11:49 AM
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And lo, there was an 'Ice Age' franchise. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” looks like it will continue the winning tradition of animation studio Blue Sky’s crown jewel, opening at a decent $46 million. Despite the fact that the lead characters of this franchise should be extinct by now, this past-due series still managed to generate solid opening numbers despite a summer that has already seen openings from “Brave” and “Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

Weekend Box Office: 'Ted' & 'Magic Mike' Smash Expectations, Dominate Box Office

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2012 12:11 PM
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Rareified air. This weekend's box office took cinematic money-making to a new high, with four movies registering eight-figure Fridays for the first time in history, leading to a bonanza that almost every studio enjoyed. Leading the way and outdoing all expectations was "Ted," the teddy bear-Marky Mark bromantic comedy that brought in a spectacular $54.1 million. It marks the third highest R-rated opening of all time behind "The Hangover Part II" and "Sex And The City."

Review: Seth MacFarlane's Foul-Mouthed & Hilarious 'Ted' Can't Hide Its Narrative Problems

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2012 3:42 PM
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The comedic formula practiced, developed and recycled by animation creator Seth MacFarlane on his collection of wildly popular animated shows (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show”), is to tell a fairly standard, often hackneyed, sitcom-worthy story, embellish it with omg! "taboo" post-millennial topics (AIDS, incest, etc), and chop it up with a series of randomly selected tangents, either to emphasize pop culture references or to underline the outrageousness of the main thread. The animated comedies are tonally schizophrenic, exhausting, and somehow hugely successful, even though the gags far outweigh the actual episodes and the crassness always supersedes heart and story.

Watch: Boobs, Bros & Bud In Red Band Featurette For 'Ted' With Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 3:11 PM
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There hasn't quite been a full-on raunchy comedy this summer ("That's My Boy" is mostly just kind of mega-stupid), so just in case you're missing your fill of sex jokes, drugs and a little bit of nudity as well, not to worry as "Ted" arrives next week.

New Images Of Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis In Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2012 10:49 AM
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Can Seth MacFarlane weave the same kind of comedic and money-making magic on the big screen as he has on the small screen? Whether or not you like his brand of comedy which fits somewhere between "The Simpsons" and "South Park" in sensibility, it's undeniable that he's been hugely successful and now he's hoping his specific schtick can translate into the live-action world with "Ted," opening at the end of the month.

Mark Wahlberg Out, Adam Sandler In For Will Ferrell's Football Comedy 'Three Mississippi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 10:31 AM
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We've long lamented the evolution of Adam Sandler from the guy who made us laugh with stupid-funny stuff like "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" to the guy who basically gets paid vacations in dreck like "Just Go With It" and "Grown Ups." But every now and then, Sandler will lift his pudgy frame off the couch and actually try. Hopefully, pairing him up with the nimble and constantly improvising Will Ferrell will help him step up his game.

Jim Sturgess & Susan Sarandon Put On Steven Shainberg's 'The Big Shoe,' Mark Wahlberg Takes 'The Disciple Program'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 22, 2012 1:04 PM
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It’s been seven years since Steven Shainberg last directed a film, the mostly forgotten Nicole Kidman vehicle "Fur," but it appears from a new press release that he has finally locked down his next project.

Rob Riggle To Lead '80s Set Wall Street Comedy On HBO With Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg & Adam McKay Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 5:05 PM
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have long recognized just how funny Rob Riggle is, casting him in their projects like "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby," "Step Brothers" and "The Other Guys." Now, they are rallying behind the actor to give him the lead role he's so long deserved on a pretty amazing sounding comedy project.

Mark Wahlberg Plans To Help Make You Look Beautiful in 'Avon Man'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 20, 2012 7:58 AM
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Mark Wahlberg is loading up his schedule with almost every movie currently in development in Hollywood, sometimes even calling up studios to ask if he can make another movie of his choosing. Wahlberg will be seen next in the comedy "Ted," followed by the drama "Broken City" opposite Russell Crowe and is already shooting the dark comedy curiosity "Pain and Gain" for director Michael Bay opposite Dwayne Johnson. After that, Wahlberg will shoot "2 Guns" with Denzel Washington. As if that isn't enough, Wahlberg will also play Navy SEALs with Taylor Kitsch and Ben Forster for director Peter Berg's adaptation of "Lone Survivor" and has added two more projects to his schedule this month: the football comedy "3 Mississippi" opposite Will Ferrell and an adaptation of John Grisham's thriller "The Partner." For good measure, Wahlberg is also adding "The Avon Man."

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