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Watch: Trailer for Michael Bay's '90s Set 'Pain & Gain' with Wahlberg, Johnson & Mackie

Oh, Michael Bay. Keep milking the pockets of teenage boys and overgrown manchildren as long as you can, because one day--there is hope--the dominating movie tastes will change. In Bay's upcoming "Pain & Gain," out April 26, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie star...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2013 1:27 PM
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Director Kormakur Literally Jumped Into Iceland's 'Deep' with Oscar Entry, Plans Viking Adventure

Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry "The Deep" (spring 2013) is based on the true story of the sole survivor of a downed fishing boat. Baltasar Kormakur is a member of a growing band of truly international filmmakers who make films at home as well as Hollywood. Producer-star Mark Wahlberg starred in "Contraband," Kormakur's remake of his own "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," took a shine to the rugged Iceland actor-director, and went on to make another film with him, the upcoming $80-million actioner "Two Guns," co-starring Denzel Washington. Wahlberg is also producing an HBO pilot with him, "The Missionary."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 4:54 PM
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Berg's SEAL Team 10 Drama 'Lone Survivor' Now Shooting with Wahlberg, Bana, Foster, Kitsch & Hirsch; Herrick Producing

Norton Herrick has come on board to share producing duties with director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for "Lone Survivor," which is currently shooting in New Mexico with co-stars Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 3:54 PM
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Wahlberg Joins Michael Bay's Next Testosterone Fest, 'Transformers 4'

The combined testosterone of Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg will fuel "Transformers 4" for Paramount. The director confirms that Wahlberg, who stars in his "Pain & Gain," is "the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers’ legacy."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 1:42 PM
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Career Watch: Marky Mark Wahlberg - A Big, Bright, Shining Star

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" opened strong this past weekend, and while it's no awards contender, it does prove Wahlberg's box office power. Although none of his upcoming projects scream "Oscar nom #2!" one must admit that Marky Mark has come a long way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 3, 2012 4:11 PM
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AFI's Master Class Looks at Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg

TCM Presents AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg is filmed in front of an audience of AFI fellows studying at the AFI Conservatory. It's the second in AFI's series exploring artistic film collaborations; the first was between Steven Spielberg and John Williams.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 1:04 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Fukunaga, McConaughey & Harrelson Go TV with 'True Detective' plus Wahlberg's 'Partner' and Camargo's 'Seagull'

Now this is an exciting pairing: Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") will direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in an eight-part TV series written by Nic Pizzolatto, "True Detective." McConaughey and Harrelson will play two cops, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively, whose lives intertwine through a seventeen-year search for a Louisiana serial killer. The story spans the 1995 murder to the reopening of the case in 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2012 2:24 PM
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MLK Weekend Box Office: 'Contraband' Steals Thunder from 3-D 'Beauty and the Beast' UPDATED

With three new films opening in wide release, Universal’s “Contraband” easily captured the top spot at the boxoffice. During the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend the Working Title film tracked an estimated $28.8 million at theaters, which exceeded pre-release expectations, which had “Contraband” and “Beauty” in a race for the top spot. The opening marked a company best for Working Title. Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in the R-rated action thriller, about a criminal who has given up his errant ways and gets pulled back into the business one more time.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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