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Mark Wahlberg Could Rejuvenate John Grisham Movies With 'The Partner'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 11, 2012 8:05 AM
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Fact: after the 1990s seemingly burned through his entire catalogue, the last big screen adaptation of a John Grisham novel was not 2003's "Runaway Jury" but 2004's "Christmas With the Kranks." Now Grisham's 1997 novel "The Partner" could be the next to make it to the big screen, with Mark Wahlberg circling the project to potentially star in and produce for New Regency.

Michael Bay Adds European Actress/Model Yolanthe Cabau To 'Pain And Gain'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 10, 2012 9:22 AM
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Michael Bay is all about T&A up and coming talent, isn't he? The helmer is continuing the trend, plucking little known Spanish-Dutch actress/model Yolanthe Cabau out of obscurity for his upcoming dark comedy-thriller "Pain And Gain."

Watch: Seth MacFarlane Goes Hard R In First Trailer For 'Ted' With Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2012 10:05 PM
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Here's the thing about Seth MacFarlane...when "Family Guy" first came on the air, it was a breath of fresh air, an irreverant, rude and very hilarious animated show that took "The Simpsons" template and pushed the envelope even further. And then he didn't really know what else to do. As he got more comfortable, MacFarlane and co. got less concered with using their voice for making political or social commentary, and instead just aimed for whatever lowbrow target they could hit. "Family Guy" became less a show than a string of random, barely connected jokes whose punchlines and subject matter got increasingly more obvious.

Discuss: Why Are There So Few Reliable Leading Men, And Who Might Yet Become One?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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The box office is up in 2012, but of the ten biggest grossers of the year so far, only one, "Safe House" was sold on the back of an established A-list star, namely Denzel Washington. The rest, for the most part, featured total unknowns, or in the case of "Act of Valor," active Navy SEALs, rather than actors. This is not, it should be said, a new trend. From "Avatar" to "Star Trek," big movies have been shunning established names in the favor of new faces for quite a while. But it is indicative of a problem that Hollywood has been facing lately: a distinct lack of new leading men.

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch & Ben Foster To Suit Up As Navy SEALs In Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 8:32 PM
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"It was pretty obvious to me [Universal] weren't jumping head over heels to make a war film in the Middle East right now," Peter Berg said way back in 2009. "So they said, 'What if you give us 'Battleship' for July 2011, and we guarantee you'll follow with 'Lone Survivor'? " While the timeline may have shifted, it looks like a deal is a deal and the studio is making good on their word (it probably didn't hurt that "Act Of Valor" topped the box office over the weekend either) and ramping up Peter Berg's Navy SEALs flick "Lone Survivor."

Mark Wahlberg Hoping To Star In Sacha Gervasi's Remake Of Hit Norwegian Thriller 'Headhunters'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 11:23 AM
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Something happened at some point in the last few years when we weren't looking: Mark Wahlberg became a bona-fide A-lister. Of course, he's been a movie star for nearly fifteen years, but wasn't necessarily a guy who could open a movie on his own, with box-office disappointemnts going back as recently as 2008's "Max Payne." But off the back of "The Other Guys" and the Oscar-nominated success of "The Fighter," Wahlberg seems to have become a major star, as proven by the fact that he single-handedly opened thriller "Contraband" in the January wastelands to an impressive $25 million weekend, and a total getting near $70 million to date.

Do Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Have Competition? Mark Wahlberg Says Whitey Bulger Wants To Meet With Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 10:24 AM
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So, who is the right filmmaker to bring the story of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger to the big screen? One of the biggest news stories of the last year, the FBI made headlines worldwide when they finally nabbed Bulger—on their top ten Most Wanted list for the past few decades—who had been hiding out in California for years. The head of the notorious Boston outfit the Winter Hill gang, Bulger ruled with an iron fist, stacking up 21 bodies in addition to numerous other charges including racketeering. The great irony here of course, is that Bulger was at one time an informant for the FBI and his agent/handler John J. Connolly had initially tipped him off that the feds were closing in. So yeah, the screenplay for this writes itself and last fall, Boston boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon announced there were planning a movie with "Boardwalk Empire" writer Terence Winter penning the script. But it seems another Boston native may want to stomp on their turf.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Smuggle 'Contraband' Into The Number One Spot Over 'Beauty & The Beast 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 15, 2012 1:43 PM
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After a year which sported the lowest attendance numbers in sixteen years, studios are looking for all the bright sides they can find. Thus far, 2012 has provided them, with big number one debuts for a cheap horror acquisition and, now, a solidly mid-budgeted star vehicle. "Contraband" nailed the top spot this weekend, of the four day holiday weekend, that was slightly down from last year. However, this is a solid win for Universal, who spent $40 million on the Mark Wahlberg project, gambling that the film would open uncharacteristically big for an R-rated January offering.

Mark Wahlberg Talks "First Choice" Casting & Giovanni Ribisi Reveals What Docs Helped Him Prep For 'Contraband'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 12, 2012 4:08 PM
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Whenever Mark Wahlberg is a producer on a film he's starring in, he sits down with the director and the casting director (usually Sheila Jaffe) and comes up with a wish list of who he'd like to be in the cast -- "Contraband" is the first time he got "our first choice for most of the parts in the film."

Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2012 6:30 PM
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Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doesn’t seem to have done much for him. Clad in form-fitting jeans and tee-shirts, he still hangs out at the same ratty bars with his low-life former criminal acquaintances. It’s a character as walking, talking movie shorthand: we know what he was, what he is, and, likely, what he’ll have to become again.

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