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.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Review

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Going into Transformers: Age of Extinction, I wondered who was excited for this movie?  What in the marketing convinced them that, to quote the tagline, “The Rules Have Changed”?  If anything, these movies hew closely to the rules of the franchise: Create as much mayhem as possible, make the plot insultingly stupid, the characters should be dull as dishwater, and bonus points for squeezing in any racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.  Yes, these movies are “criticproof”.  They’re not for people who watch movies for a living; they’re for people who want to “turn off their brains”.  But the latest Transformers is the most mind-numbing yet.  It’s an exhausting experience that tries to do everything, and yet accomplishes absolutely nothing.  It doesn’t excite.  It doesn’t engage.  It just wastes time and space.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Clip Pits Mark Wahlberg against Jack Reynor in a Battle of Wits

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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction stomps into theaters this Friday, but if you need a little additional content to help you decide to see it, well then you’ve come to the right place, my friend!  A new clip was released today that centers on the relationship between a father (Mark Wahlberg) and the boy (Jack Reynor) who’s attempting to date his daughter (Nicola Peltz).  We’ve seen cars that turn into giant robots (and vice versa) and rampaging destruction that wipes out entire cities, so it’s nice to get this humorous moment between two human characters.

Also starring Kelsey GrammerStanley TucciSophia MylesLi BingbingT.J. MillerHan Geng, and Titus WelliverTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.  Hit the jump to watch the new clip.

Over 20 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Images Feature Mark Wahlberg, Running, and Fire-Breathing Dinobots

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We’re only days away from the release of the fourth entry in the Transformers franchise, but if you just can’t wait any longer, Paramount Pictures has released a collection of new high-resolution Transformers: Age of Extinction to tide you over.  Everything we’ve seen from the film promises something bigger, badder, and (hopefully) different movie than the previous three installments, with director Michael Bay now turning his attention to an entirely new set of human protagonists.  These hi-res images offer a further tease of what to expect, including plenty of robot-on-robot action captured in singularly “Michael Bay” fashion.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Transformers: Age of Extinction images, and be sure to watch Steve’s recent video interview with star Mark Wahlberg.  The film also stars Kelsey GrammerNicola PeltzJack ReynorStanley TucciSophia MylesLi BingbingT.J. MillerHan Geng, and Titus WelliverTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Michael Bay, If He’s Thanked Paul Thomas Anderson, TED 2, Other Future Projects, More

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Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers movie universe.  Also, throughout the fourth installment, director Michael Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will start to unravel the mysteries.  While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions, and am looking forward to where it goes from here.

A few days ago in Hong Kong I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Wahlberg.  He talked about what it was like working with Bay, filming the action, how the cast was placed in the heart of the explosions, if he’s thanked Paul Thomas Anderson for getting him this role, the last time he sang “The Touch,” how the most scared he’s ever been making a movie was while filming a sequence in Hong Kong, and future projects like Ted 2, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell, Uncharted, The Six Billion Dollar Man, American Desperados, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Mark Wahlberg Talks ENTOURAGE Movie, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman’s Cameos, Moving up the Release Date, a Sequel, and More

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Next year, Entourage will be headed to the big screen.  However, while promoting his new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction, producer Mark Wahlberg says he wants the adaptation of the HBO comedy series to come out sooner than June 2015.  “I don’t think we’re going to be able to wait a year to release the movie. We’re going to show the studio sooner, rather than later,” Wahlberg tells Access Hollywood.  “If it makes most sense to wait until June, we’ll wait until June.”

Hit the jump for what Wahlberg had to say about his eagerness to already start work on an Entourage sequel and the cameos we can expect from New England Patriots players Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTICTION Behind-the-Scenes Footage Reveals How Michael Bay Uses His IMAX Cameras

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Paramount has released seven minutes of Transformers: Age of Extinction B-roll. Some of the footage is mundane such as an actress walking out of a car, and then other parts are amazing like pulling back to show that they’re filming on the Great Wall of China.  Not surprisingly, there are also multiple shots of the actors surrounded by explosions and running towards the camera.  But the real money shot comes at the very end and involves an IMAX camera.  Say what you will about Michael Bay (and much has been said), but he knows how to do some cool things behind-the-scenes.  It may be in service of a script that was written on a cocktail napkin, but there’s still cinematic craft involved.

Hit the jump to check out the Transformers: Age of Extinction B-roll footage.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus Welliver.  Click on the respective links for our set visit coverage and interviews with Tucci and Myles, Reynor and Peltz, Wahlberg, and Bay.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Drawing on His Experience as a Father, Big Action Movies & Possibly Singing the Title Track

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Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay took their relationship from Pain & Gain and pumped it up to even bigger levels for the upcoming action film, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  While on the Detroit-based set that acted as a stand-in for Hong Kong, I got the awesome opportunity to join a small group of journalists in interviewing the cast and crew throughout the day before watching an insane stunt sequence to wrap it all up.

Between quick takes on a smaller action sequence, Wahlberg was kind enough to take some time for us on the sidelines, where he talked about drawing on his experience as a father to develop his character, why he chose to get back into a big action movie, his take on stuntwork, and the responsibility he feels for being the new face of this franchise.  He also teased an idea that could have him singing the film’s title track.  Hit the jump for all of that and more.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell May Reunite in DADDY’S HOME

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When last we spoke about the project titled Daddy’s Home, it had Will Ferrell set to star opposite Vince Vaughn with Etan Cohen directing.  A fair amount has changed in the last year, since now word has it that Ferrell will reunite with The Other Guys’ co-star Mark Wahlberg, and that Sean Anders and John Morris are in talks to direct.  The Gary Sanchez production was originally scripted by Brian Burns, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy with Cohen, and is scheduled to begin production this fall.  Hit the jump for more on the plot.

New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXCTINCTION Poster Featuring Mark Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg’s Swordgun

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Paramount has released a new Transformers: Age of Extinction poster online.  In the movie, Mark Wahlberg plays a burgeoning inventor/family man who runs into trouble when he accidentally discovers a beat-up Transformer.  As you can see from this poster, he must also struggle with the fact that his daughter (played by Nicola Peltz) was born with a tree branch for an arm.

Hit the jump to check out the new poster.  The film also stars Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus WelliverTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 3D on June 27th.

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