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Wahlberg Joins Michael Bay's Next Testosterone Fest, 'Transformers 4'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 9, 2012 at 1:42PM

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."
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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." Bay says he and the "awesome" Wahberg had "a blast" on the set of "Pain & Gain" (out in April) so the franchise is ready for its reboot sans Shia LaBeouf.

The fourth installment of "Transformers" will be produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, with exec producers Bay, Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

We will await casting news of the latest Victoria's Secret model.

Wahlberg also has several TV and film producing projects in the works, in addition to his slate of upcoming films which include "Broken City," "2 Guns," and "Lone Survivor." "The Fighter 2" is also in development.

Check out our Career Watch on Marky Mark Wahlberg, the Big, Bright, Shining Star.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.