First TED 2 Image Has Mark Wahlberg and Ted Ready to Do Some Scuba Diving

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A Million Ways to Die in the West and the 2013 Oscar Ceremony taught us that people don’t want to see Seth MacFarlane; they just want to hear him.  Ted is one of the most successful R-rated comedies of all-time, and now we have the first Ted 2 image.  We still don’t know much what John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted will be up to in the sequel other than part of the movie will take place at Comic-Con, Ted will need a civil rights lawyer (played by Morgan Freeman), and Amanda Seyfried has replaced Mila Kunis as the female lead.  Also, MacFarlane tells EW that there won’t be any new talking creatures in the sequel.  “It’s basically the way we treated Stewie in Family Guy,” says MacFarlane. ”He’s the only one of his kind who can talk.”

Hit the jump to check out the new Ted 2 image.  The film opens June 26, 2015, and also stars Jessica Barth and John Slattery.

Mark Wahlberg Says He’ll Probably Be Back for TRANSFORMERS 5

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Despite being one of the more underwhelming films released this year (though not as bad as Need for Speed), the fourth Transformers movie made a lot of money.  Like, over $1 billion worldwide a lot.  Needless to say, Paramount Pictures will be making Transformers 5; that much was never in doubt.  What is up in the air is whether Michael Bay will return to direct.  Paramount and the producers will be doing everything they can to get Bay back (after all, under his stewardship this franchise has made them insane amounts of money), but Bay has yet to officially commit to returning.  He recently entered talks to helm 13 Hours, a film about the embassy attack in Benghazi, but the filmmaker has yet to announce his next movie.

Though Bay may or may not be back, it appears that the franchise’s new star, Mark Wahlberg, will indeed be returning for Transformers 5, as the actor revealed in a new interview that he’s committed to doing “a couple more” entires in the franchise and could even start filming T5 soon.  More after the jump.

Director J.C. Chandor Discusses His DEEPWATER HORIZON Movie; Confirms Mark Wahlberg Will Lead the “Big, Dramatic Blockbuster”

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Writer/director J.C. Chandor has made three feature films now, and each one couldn’t be more different from the others.  His debut, Margin Call, is a talky drama that takes place in a Wall Street investment bank over the course of one 36-hour period during the initial stages of the financial crisis.  His second film, All Is Lost, is a nearly silent survival movie dripping with subtext.  And his most recent film, the upcoming A Most Violent Year, is a character-centric crime drama set against the backdrop of a family-run heating oil business in 1981 New York City.  So it didn’t come as a huge shock when Chandor agreed to next tackle Deepwater Horizon, a Mark Wahlberg-fronted film that tells the story of the oil rig disaster of April 2010 that killed 11 people.

Perri caught up with Chandor recently in anticipation of the release of A Most Violent Year, and during the course of their interview the filmmaker spoke quite a bit about his plans and vision for the Deepwater Horizon movie.  He revealed that they’re building a replica of the rig in the Six Flags Great Adventure parking lot, adding that the “big, dramatic blockbuster” will focus on the events on the rig and is solely based on what factually happened during the event.  Read on after the jump.

UNCHARTED Brings on THE HURT LOCKER Screenwriter Mark Boal to Work on Script; Film Still Looking for Lead

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When we last checked in on Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted, they had set a release date for June 10, 2016 with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) with an eye to start filming in early 2015.  However, it looks like the script still isn’t ready yet as THR reports that Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is coming in to work on the screenplay.  He’s the latest in a long line of screenwriters that includes Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer (the writer of Sahara, not the director The Act of Killing), David Guggenheim, and Cormac & Marianne Wibberley.  Boal, a former journalist who also wrote Zero Dark Thirty, is an unexpected choice to work on a screenplay for a blockbuster that’s in the vein of Indiana Jones, but THR says he’s a fan of the video game.

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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Blu-ray Review

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Transformers: Age of Extinction was initially pitched as something of a reboot.  Though franchise helmer Michael Bay was set to return to the director’s chair, Shia LaBeouf was out as Mark Wahlberg took the lead role.  But even with the new cast, it has the same bloated and confused approach that marked all the sequels, and the fourth film – which is the longest of the series – features all the same problems of the previous movies, but only some of the pluses.  My Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

Mark Wahlberg Will Be the THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN for Director Peter Berg

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Mark Wahlberg is set to reteam with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for somewhat lighter fare.  Earlier this year Wahlberg told us that he was circling The Six Billion Dollar Man, an adaptation of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a test pilot who is outfitted with bionic limbs, implants, and a unique sound effect to become a super-powered secret agent.  Inflation being what it is, six million isn’t going to cut it today for a bionic superpowers.  It’s going to cost at least six billion.

According to Deadline, Berg will produce alongside Bob Weinstein for Dimension Films, and various writers are circling the project.  Hit the jump for more.

Full-Length THE GAMBLER Trailer Finds Mark Wahlberg Wrestling with Very High Stakes

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Paramount Pictures has released the first full-length The Gambler trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, which was written by Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  Maybe it’s the use of The Rolling Stones, but this trailer gives off a very heavy Martin Scorsese vibe to me.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and Wahlberg really looks to be giving a hell of a performance as his face evokes the toll this kind of stress takes on his spirit.  I’m also happy to see Brie Larson getting a co-lead role in a major studio film, and I’m eager to see where Wyatt takes this particular story.  So far, so good.

Watch The Gambler trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 2, 2015.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Confirmed to Reunite for DADDY’S HOME; Filming Starts This Year

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The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are officially set to reunite.  We heard a few months ago that Wahlberg might be replacing Vince Vaughn in the comedy Daddy’s Home, and Paramount announced today that indeed Ferrell and Wahlberg will be toplining the film.  Ferrell will star as a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father turns up.  Ferrell and Wahlberg subsequently compete for the affection of the kids.  That’s My Boy and Horrible Bosses 2 helmer Sean Anders will direct, and filming is expected to get underway later this year.  Ferrell and Wahlberg had great chemistry in The Other Guys, so I’m excited by the prospect of them playing off of one another once again.

Brian Burns (Entourage) wrote the initial screenplay, but Paramount notes that the script has revisions by Adam McKay, Anders and John Morris (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Henchy (The Other Guys), and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).  Ferrell, McKay, and Henchy are producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with Anders also onboard as a producer.  Read the full press release after the jump.

THE GAMBLER Red-Band Trailer and Poster: John Goodman Has Some Choice Words of Caution for Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler red-band trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, which was written by Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  This is very much a teaser, as it’s essentially a sweaty onslaught of footage anchored by some excellent, expletive-filled dialogue from John Goodman, but it’s a really solid first look at the film.  Wyatt appears to be tapping into the anxiety and stretched-thin nature of Wahlberg’s lead character with his visual take on the film, and I’ve gotta say it’s really promising stuff.  I look forward to getting a better read on the movie when the theatrical trailer arrives, but for now this is a very swell tease.

Watch the first The Gambler red-band trailer and check out the first poster after the jump.  The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 2, 2015.

Mark Wahlberg Drops 60 Pounds in First THE GAMBLER Images

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Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler images from director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, and the first thing you’ll notice is that star Mark Wahlberg has undergone a pretty striking physical transformation for the role—especially in relation to his appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The actor plays a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, and Wahlberg lost 60 pounds to play the role.  Speaking with USA Today, though, Wahlberg says dropping the weight wasn’t the toughest part of the film: “Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding. It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words.”  Paramount is releasing the film in the heat of awards season, so it’ll be interesting to see if the pic can land Wahlberg another Oscar nod.

Take a look at the first The Gambler images after the jump.  A trailer should be debuting shortly.  The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th.

New TED 2 Image Promises More Flash Gordon

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While Seth MacFarlane’s second feature directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, was a bit of a bust at the box office, it’s likely that his third film will do just fine.  The Family Guy creator is currently in production on the comedy sequel Ted 2, and considering the R-rated first film made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, it’s safe to assume that interest is high for the follow-up.  We still don’t really know much about the pic other than the fact that Mila Kunis has a reduced role while Amanda Seyfried takes on leading lady duties, but a new Ted 2 image has arrived thanks to star Mark Wahlberg, who shared a sneak peek on his Twitter.  The image doesn’t show Ted himself, but fans of the heavy Flash Gordon references from the first film will be pleased to know that John’s Gordon fandom has not been diminished.

Take a look at the Ted 2 image in full after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on June 26, 2015.

Morgan Freeman to Play Civil Rights Lawyer in TED 2

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Ted is coming back to the big screen on June 26, 2015 and we know he’s bringing Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth and a little Mila Kunis with him, but that’s not all.  It’s being reported that Morgan Freeman has officially joined the cast of Ted 2 as well.

We don’t have any plot details yet, but apparently Freeman is set to play an iconic civil rights lawyer who steps in to help Ted out with some legal issues.  Hit the jump for more on the sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 hit.

Mark Wahlberg in Talks for DEEPWATER HORIZON; Sigourney Weaver Joins A MONSTER CALLS, Passes on EXPENDABELLES

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The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man.  All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role.  The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit.  The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie.

“Never Send a Monkey to Do a Man’s Job”: Looking Back at the Remake of PLANET OF THE APES

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[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.]

Battle for the Planet of the Apes chose to end the original 5-film saga on a message of hope, and then the franchise lay dormant for almost thirty years.  Interest had waned, fans had grown up, and that’s usually the signal for a studio to dig back into the archive to try and reinvent a property—no matter how classic or untouchable—for modern audiences, i.e. male teenagers with disposable income.  Planet of the Apes had endured to where the mainstream was aware of the original insofar as the twist, the final shot, and “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

But after watching the first five movies, I think the franchise’s most admirable trait is its tonal flexibility in service of various themes.  These movies were radically different, but they each had a distinct personality.  Tim Burton‘s 2001 remake “re-invented” the franchise by removing any personality whatsoever.

LONE SURVIVOR Blu-ray Review

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‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray.  Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war.  Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers.

Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review.

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