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Paramount Sets 'Transformers 5,' 'GI Joe 3,' 'Hansel And Gretel 2' And 'Star Trek 3' For 2016

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 2:14 PM
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Star Trek 3, GI Joe 3, Transformers 5 Coming In 2016
"Well, they’ve talked about doing more," Mark Wahlberg told HitFix about possible future "Transformers" films. "When you make a deal on a movie like this, they’re definitely going to want to negotiate those things in advance." And while he's being cagey, he's also correct that these days, studios want to tie down their franchise actors. And let's not forget that last year, Wahlberg was a bit more definitive about his role in the series saying, "I definitely had to sign up for three." Of course, Paramount is banking on audiences showing up, and clearly they're confident they will.

Mark Wahlberg Reveals Role In 'Mojave,' Amy Ryan Joins 'Monster Trucks' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 12:46 PM
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While he'll be featuring in the self-described "biggest movie of 2014" with "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," the always busy Mark Wahlberg has a number of other movies percolating that are smaller and much more interesting (at least for us). And he's revealed the status of a few of them to the folks at Collider.

Bruce Willis Will 'Rock The Kasbah,' Lindsay Lohan Plans 'Inconceivable' Project & Much More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 21, 2014 2:44 PM
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New year, new news! (How will I introduce these news posts come February? I'd better start thinking of something now...) Let's kick it off with a double bit of casting news about Vincent Cassel, everyone's favourite menacing Frenchman, who has boarded two European flicks.

Aubrey Plaza Joins Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai,' Elijah Wood 'Sets Fire To The Stars' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 5:40 PM
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Tonight marks the 100th episode of "Parks and Recreation," and that won't be the only thing Aubrey Plaza will be celebrating. The actress, along with Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum, has joined "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp.

Jessica Lange Bets On ‘The Gambler,’ Alicia Vikander Replaces Saorise Ronan In 'Testament Of Youth' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 12:06 PM
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Alicia Vikander
With Santa Claus just hours away from leaving presents under the tree around the world, a handful of actors and actresses got some gifts early from their agents in Hollywood...

Marrakech Fest Review: Dark, Stylised 'The Gambler' From New Director Ignas Jonynas

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 8, 2013 1:34 PM
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A feature debut (we’re not counting the portmanteau “Yolki,” co-directed with Timur Bekmambetov, among others) so self-assured as to really only ever be marred by show-offiness, Latvian/Lithuanian co-production "The Gambler," which plays in competition at the Marrakech Film Festival, marks director Ignas Jonynas out as one to keep an eye on. Taking a skewed, and ever so slightly surreal, story about a team of emergency medics who develop a highly successful and lucrative game involving betting on when patients are going to die, and basing the odds on complex and arcane analyses of the medical information to which they have access, the film, to its credit, is less interested in this high concept than it is in its lead character, the bearlike Vincentas (Vytautus Kaniusonis), his moral descent and eventual redemption.

Brie Larson Bets On 'The Gambler' With Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange Eyed As Well

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 5:17 PM
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It finally looks like Brie Larson's time has arrived. The actress has wasted little time in capitalizing on the acclaim of her stint in "The United States Of Tara," lining up small roles in films by Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg"), Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") and Oren Moverman ("Rampart"). And this year, she leapt to leading lady status with a terrific turn in the tender "Short Term 12" which put her on even more radars. And while we were glad to see her in "Don Jon," it's almost criminal to cast someone of her talent in a movie and then keep her mute for most of the picture. But she won't have to worry about that with her next venture, in what is her biggest role to date.

Paramount Rolls Dice On Mark Wahlberg & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Helmer Rupert Wyatt For 'The Gambler' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 4:20 PM
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While rumors of his involvement in the studio's still-gestating "Star Trek 3" continue to pick up steam, it looks like Paramount has something else in mind for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt: a remake of their 1974 drama "The Gambler," this time starring Mark Wahlberg in the titular role originated by James Caan. Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, will be back performing similar duties for the remake, which was written by "The Departed's" William Monahan. Sounds like a pretty good bet to us.

Todd Phillips Replaces Martin Scorsese As Director Of 'The Gambler'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2012 6:59 PM
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It appears director Todd Phillips is about to get serious for the first time after he's done with his upcoming comedy trilogy. In a surprise announcement, and what will be the first dramatic feature-length effort of his career, THR is reporting that Phillips is taking over "The Gambler" from Martin Scorsese and will make it his first post-"The Hangover Part III" project.

William Monahan Talks Making The "Subversive" 'London Boulevard' & The Influence Of 'Blow-Up'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 13, 2011 12:30 PM
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Looking at William Monahan’s body of work, it’s hard to determine which is more impressive, what he’s already done, or what he has coming up. “Kingdom of Heaven” was his first produced screenplay, and that was followed by Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner “The Departed” and Ridley Scott’s Middle East opus “Body of Lies.” He has a number projects in the works after the release of his directorial debut, “London Boulevard” -- starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley -- which arrives in theaters this weekend, and those include writing duties on “Sin City 2” for director Robert Rodriguez and “The Gambler” for Scorsese. The Playlist caught up with Monahan recently for a conversation about “London Boulevard,” and he offered a detailed, no-holds-barred portrait of his creative process, examining the film’s influences, artistic aspirations, and even some of its shortcomings. Additionally, he discussed the film in the context of his increasingly eclectic career, and talked about how he wants to continue to wear multiple hats as a screenwriter producer and director.

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