Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS 4, Rupert Wyatt’s THE GAMBLER, Peter Berg’s AMERICAN DESPERADO, William Monahan’s MOJAVE, and More

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Just a short time ago in Las Vegas, I landed a great video interview with Mark Wahlberg on the red carpet before Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon.  During the interview Wahlberg talked about making Transformers: Age of Extinction, the action sequences, working for director Michael Bay on a big budget summer movie versus a smaller film like Pain & GainRupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, Peter Berg’s American DesperadoWilliam Monahan’s Mojave, and the New England Patriots (we’re both fans of the team).

The big news is that Wahlberg revealed American Desperados will be shooting this September and he has a small role in Monahan’s Mojave (which hadn’t been revealed until tonight).  For those unfamiliar with the story for American Desperado, it’s based on a series of interviews between Generation Kill author/journalist Evan Wright and super-criminal Jon Roberts, who was the focus of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.  Roberts’ life story can be filed under “stranger than fiction,” as he recounts being born into Mafia royalty, running guns for the CIA, smuggling cocaine for the Medellin cartel, and brushing elbows with the likes of Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Brie Larson Talks SHORT TERM 12, Rupert Wyatt’s THE GAMBLER, Receiving the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award, and More

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Actress Brie Larson has garnered quite a bit of recognition for her role in the indie drama Short Term 12, as Grace, a supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility who is learning to cope with pain of her own.  It’s no surprise that she was honored for her performance with a Virtuosos Award at SBIFF, and Collider was there to cover and attend the event, compiling the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Brie Larson talked about what it’s been like to be a part of awards season, how she approached bringing this character to life, the music that got her into the needed headspace, that this was one of the best experiences she’s ever had, playing the duality of emotions, and the response she’s gotten from people who have had similar experiences to the characters.  She also talked about her unusual character in Don Jon, how she’s currently working on a remake of The Gambler, which she says isn’t really a remake, and what it’s been like to work with director Rupert Wyatt on that film.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

John Goodman Talks THE MONUMENTS MEN, Honoring the World War II Generation, THE GAMBLER, Looking Back on THE BIG LEBOWSKI, SPEED RACER, and More

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John Goodman turns in a moving performance in The Monuments Men as Walter Garfield, a role inspired by real-life Monuments Man Walker Hancock who was an acclaimed artist and St. Louis sculptor.  Goodman’s character is part of a motley crew of art historians and museum curators who rush to the front lines of WWII in a race against time to save priceless works of art from Nazi thieves.  Opening February 7th, the buddy action thriller directed by and starring George Clooney boasts an impressive cast that also includes Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balazar, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Goodman who spoke about what attracted him to the role, why he said yes to the project before reading the script and had the same reaction when the Coen Brothers offered him Inside Llewyn Davis, why honoring the generation that sacrificed so much to win the war was a big hook for him, how his acting process has changed over the years, his upcoming role in The Gambler and his reaction to William Monahan’s script, working with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, hosting SNL and his favorite sketch, the possibility of a Monsters University sequel, and looking back on making The Big Lebowski.  Check out the interview after the jump.

John Goodman Joins THE GAMBLER with Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson

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After starring in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, John Goodman is set to join Paramount’s remake of The Gambler.  Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the picture which features Mark Wahlberg in the title role.  James Toback scripted the original 1974 version starring James Caan, and William Monahan penned a draft of the remake, which sees “a literature professor whose gambling addiction lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, his mother and some unsavory gangsters.”  Goodman stars as “a Jewish loan shark, to whom Wahlberg finds himself indebted.”  Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams and Travis Tope also star. (Via The Wrap)

Brie Larson in Talks to Star Opposite Mark Wahlberg in THE GAMBLER; Rupert Wyatt Confirmed to Direct

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Actress Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years now, but her breakthrough role in this year’s highly regarded indie Short Term 12 finally gave her the chance to shine as a leading lady.  As a result, the actress has landed the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s remake of the 1974 James Caan film The Gambler, which has gone through a number of iterations over the years.  Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan penned the initial script for Martin Scorsese to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star, then The Hangover director Todd Phillips entered talks to take over when Scorsese left the project.  Hit the jump for more on the project, including who will now be taking the helm.

Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt Take a Chance on THE GAMBLER at Paramount; Wyatt Unofficially Endorsed by J.J. Abrams to Direct STAR TREK 3

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Paramount’s remake of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler had previously courted director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio.  When Scorsese left, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was in talks to direct.  Now, it looks as if Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) could be sitting in the captain’s chair while Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns) could land the role originally played by James Caan.  While no offer is officially on the table, the studio is keen to keep Wyatt involved, including the possibility of him helming Star Trek 3 even if The Gambler doesn’t work out.  Hit the jump for more.

Todd Phillips in Talks to Direct Crime Drama THE GAMBLER

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Though he’s currently gearing up to direct the comedy sequel The Hangover Part III in September, director Todd Phillips is planning on trying his hand at a straight drama in the near future.  THR reports that Phillips is in talks to direct the crime drama The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name starring James Caan.  The Paramount project previously had Martin Scorsese attached to direct with Leonardo DiCaprio circling the starring role, but it now appears that Scorsese has left the remake.  Hit the jump for more details.

TOP 5: TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE THREE MUSKETEERS Interviews, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, William Monahan on SIN CITY 2 and More

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I’m writing to you this week in full “World Series Mode.” While there are plenty of things going on around the Midwest this time of year (homemade haunted houses are always a welcomed annual treat), a majority of my focus is on trying to will my beloved Cardinals to Fall Classic glory. Combine that with the fact that Batman: Arkham City is consistently calling my name and it’s a wonder that I’m even writing this right now. Hold on, what’s that, Arkham City? Okay, okay…I’ll be there in a second…

…In this week’s installment, you’ll find talk of Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 shooting back-to-back with Jason Statham potentially starring, a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises being attached to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s IMAX release, interviews with director Paul W.S. Anderson and the cast of The Three Musketeers, David Fincher and Rooney Mara talking about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and William Monahan discussing projects including London Boulevard, The Departed sequel, Sin City 2 and more. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

Exclusive: William Monahan Talks LONDON BOULEVARD, THE DEPARTED Sequel, SIN CITY 2, THE GAMBLER, MOJAVE, TRIPOLI, More

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Almost a year ago, I ran an extended interview with William Monahan for his directorial debut London Boulevard.  Starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Anna Friel, Jamie Bower, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Chaplin, the film is about a man just released from prison (Farrell) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Winstone).  At the time, the movie was about to hit theaters in the United Kingdom, and our wide-ranging conversation covered the making of the film and all the other projects he was involved with.  When I posted the interview, I said it was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with any filmmaker.

However, with London Boulevard now available on VOD in the United States and hitting theaters November 11, I recently sat down with Monahan again and we have bested our last conversation.  During our 45 minutes conversation we covered everything from his thoughts on VOD and what changes were made to the film, the digital revolution, the crime genre, writing dialogue, and working with actors.  In addition, he gave me updates on The Departed sequel/prequel, Sin City 2, The Gambler, Tripoli, Becket, Mojave (which might be his next film), and revealed there is another version of Kingdom of Heaven that no one has seen.  Hit the jump for more.

Exclusive: Screenwriter William Monahan Talks SIN CITY 2 and THE GAMBLER Remake

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One of the most popular Best Picture winners of the past decade was 2006’s The Departed. The film had it all: a legendary director in Martin Scorsese, a star-studded cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg, and screenwriter William Monahan. The writer instantly became a household name and he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Now, Monahan is hard at work on two highly anticipated projects: a remake of The Gambler and Sin City 2. A remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler reunites Monahan with his Departed director Scorsese and possibly DiCaprio too. The long-awaited Sin City sequel features the return of director Robert Rodriguez, bringing Frank Miller’s graphic novel to life once again.

A few days ago I got to speak with Monahan about his directorial debut London Boulevard (which is currently playing on VOD and opens in theaters November 11th). During the extended interview we talked about a wide variety of subjects and in the coming days you can expect the full interview.  However, as a tease, after the jump I’m offering updates on both The Gambler and Sin City 2, including what changes he’s making to The Gambler, how he views remakes, what approach he’s taking to adapting Frank Miller’s material on Sin City and more.

Martin Scorsese Reunites with THE DEPARTED Writer William Monahan for THE GAMBLER Remake; Paramount Eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to Star

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Considering it won four Oscars, I’d venture to say that, for the most part, people liked 2006′s The Departed. By that same logic, one would think that reuniting some of the most prominent talent from that film for another crime drama is a good recipe for success. At least Paramount hopes. According to THR, the studio has tapped Martin Scorsese to direct a remake of 1974′s The Gambler starring James Caan and has brought screenwriter William Monahan on board to pen the script. But wait, the good news doesn’t stop there.

Per the report, Paramount is also interested in landing Leonardo DiCaprio to reprise Caan’s role (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe) as Axel Freed, an English professor from New York whose gambling addiction causes a slew of twists and turns. Unlike Scorsese and Monahan, DiCaprio is not yet attached to the remake. Nevertheless, I’d guess that the talent behind it has to be enough for the film to at least be on the highly coveted actor’s radar. Directed by Karel Reisz, the original was based on a short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. For a little more on the pic, hit the jump for a full plot synopsis.

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