Screen Junkies » mark wahlberg http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:43:02 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Mark Wahlberg In Talks To Star In ‘Deepwater Horizon’ About The BP Gulf Oil Spill http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-in-talks-to-star-in-deepwater-horizon-about-the-bp-gulf-oil-spill/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-in-talks-to-star-in-deepwater-horizon-about-the-bp-gulf-oil-spill/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:33:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264296 He gets to dust off his "I'm being serious, but also completely confused" face.

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Mark Wahlberg‘s reputation as a dramatic actor is a little spotty, which is probably due more to his choice in some questionable roles (The Happening?) than it has to do with his chops (The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Fear). In what might be his most Oscar-baity role yet, he’s circling starring in Deepwater Horizon, a film that will recount the final hours of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ravaged the coastal areas.

The film is based on a New Yorker Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour.” In that “final hour,” 11 people were killed and 16 injured as the oil rig exploded.

Wahlberg would play the second-in-command in a script coming from the writer of World War Z, Matthew Michael Carnahan. No word on release date yet, but…soon.

(Deadline)

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Screen Junkies Show: Craziest Cult Movies! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-craziest-cult-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-craziest-cult-movies/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:32:38 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262923 Sharknado 2 is on the horizon, and it's just the latest b-movie to be hailed as the new generation of cult films. But is it a cult movie? And which ones are the craziest of all time?

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Sharknado 2 is on the horizon, and it’s just the latest b-movie to be hailed as the new generation of cult films. But is it a cult movie? And which ones are the craziest of all time? We assembled a panel to get to the bottom of it. Oh hai, Mark!

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Honest Trailers – Planet of the Apes (2001) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-planet-of-the-apes-2001/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-planet-of-the-apes-2001/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:33:55 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262644 With a new Planet of the Apes sequel dawning soon, we revisit the franchise's most disastrous hour: Tim Burton's ill-advised 2001 remake. It's a madhouse!!!!

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With a new Planet of the Apes sequel dawning soon, we revisit the franchise’s most disastrous hour: Tim Burton’s ill-advised 2001 remake. It’s a madhouse!!!!

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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Pulled In $100 Million At The Box Office This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/transformers-age-of-extinction-pulled-in-100-million-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/transformers-age-of-extinction-pulled-in-100-million-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:29:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262611 It would seem with this installment of Transformers, many critics sought to create a backlash against the backlash, insisting that many criticisms against the films and franchise were too harsh,...

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It would seem with this installment of Transformers, many critics sought to create a backlash against the backlash, insisting that many criticisms against the films and franchise were too harsh, and that the films weren’t THAT bad. Some people even said they were good.

It would also seem, with the box office draw of Transformer: Age of Extinction, that the public doesn’t care about that. Because the fourth installment pulled in about $100 million this weekend (exact figures should come out tomorrow), which is just a few million less than the previous iteration, Dark of the Moon.

Of course, that can’t totally be chalked up to the public’s indifference to whether or not the films are any good. They could have just like this one slightly less because a) they might be a little tired of Transformers movies, and b) they might have a Shia Labeouf-sized hole in their heart that needs filling, and Mark Wahlberg, the new star of the franchise, is no Shia LaBeouf.

But honestly, I’m thinking people just might be a little more tired of Transformers than they were last time around.

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Mark Wahlberg And Will Ferrell May Team Back Up For ‘Daddy’s Home’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-and-will-ferrell-may-team-back-up-for-daddys-home/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-and-will-ferrell-may-team-back-up-for-daddys-home/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:55:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262027 They both can be pretty loud and are hard to take seriously. Great pairing!

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Look for Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg to re-create that awkward, hilarious chemistry they shared onscreen in The Other Guys with the comedy Daddy’s Home. Taking the similarities one step further, Daddy’s Home was even co-written by Adam McKay, who directed and co-wrote The Other Guys. However, this time around, directing duties will be shared by Horrible Bosses 2 director Sean Anders and John Morris.

According to Deadline, the plot is as follows:

Daddy’s Home casts Ferrell as a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children. Complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing the stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids.

Ok. This sounds like it could be pretty terrific. I could see Wahlberg playing a disaffected jackass as much as I could see Ferrell playing a desperate one at the end of his rope. I wonder who will play the hot wife?

 

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Mark Wahlberg Has Said Some Unintentionally Funny Things About The New ‘Transformers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-has-said-some-unintentionally-funny-things-about-the-new-transformers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-has-said-some-unintentionally-funny-things-about-the-new-transformers/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:21:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260484 He's the one talkin' here. Not you, not you, and not you!

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Mark Wahlberg says a lot of unintentionally funny stuff. Anything he says is unintentionally funny if you remember to say it in his voice. So when he says the new Transformers film, which he’s starring in, will be “bigger and better than the other three combined,” a writer with editorial authority decides, “Yes. This is news.”

And then you wonder what kind of calculator can sum up the bigness and goodness of three old Transformers.

“For moviegoers all over the world, I guarantee this will take it up a notch.”

HOW BIG IS A NOTCH, MARK?

Transformers is “probably the most iconic franchise in movie history.”

ONLY PLANET OF THE APES COMES CLOSE, MR. WAHLBERG.

“This will be the biggest movie of 2014.”

Sadly, that’s probably true.

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‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Finally Made A Movie About Dinosaur Robots http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-age-of-extinction-trailer-mark-wahlberg-finally-made-a-movie-about-dinosaur-robots/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-age-of-extinction-trailer-mark-wahlberg-finally-made-a-movie-about-dinosaur-robots/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:43:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259063 If you ever wanted to see Optimus Prime ride a dinosaur like a horse, here's your chance.

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Michael Bay is back with more confusing heaps of metal banging into each other. But this time there are subtle differences. For instance, Mark Wahlberg is now the guy yelling things at the robots and Optimus Prime rides a robot dinosaur while swinging a huge sword. Like I said, subtle.

 

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Now The Real Vincent Chase Is Trying To Keep An ‘Entourage’ Movie Away From Cinema Lovers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-the-real-vincent-chase-is-trying-to-keep-an-entourage-movie-away-from-cinema-lovers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-the-real-vincent-chase-is-trying-to-keep-an-entourage-movie-away-from-cinema-lovers/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:02:41 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258135 If only there were enough money to solve this problem.

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Because the Entourage movie is related to Entourage, it must suffer a great number of goofy setbacks that would cause Turtle to say, “Oh no. Now Vince can’t do da movie!” The latest of which is appropriately goofy.

Vincent Chase, the legendary acting coach and man who trained Tommy Wiseau, has served Warner Bros. with a cease-and-desist letter demanding that the studio not use the name “Vincent Chase,” which is kind of difficult when that’s the name of your main character. A little backstory: Chase and Entourage inspiration Mark Wahlberg became friends in the late 90′s. This friendship was so treasured by Wahlberg that he decided to steal the man’s name as a confusing homage.

Considering most of the characters from Entourage were direct lifts from people who’d touched the special life of Mark Wahlberg, these suits are nothing new. It’s doubtful that Chase has a real case here but if Adrian Grenier is suddenly playing “Chincent Vase” when the big-screen adaptation hits theaters, you’ll know why. (TMZ)

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Jeremy Piven Is Getting Paid Too Much For The ‘Entourage’ Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeremy-piven-is-getting-paid-too-much-for-the-entourage-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeremy-piven-is-getting-paid-too-much-for-the-entourage-movie/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:31:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257678 Can't they just replace him with Billy Zane or something?

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Mark Wahlberg recently went on record to say that production of the Entourage movie is being held up by “greedy” members of the cast. Since that time, Vinnie and the guys have spoken out to say that the film will happen but they want equal pay because the spirit of Entourage is in sharing the success. What a noble gesture. Except, oops. New details have surfaced that the four stars want equal pay to Jeremy Piven (who should really only be getting 20% of whatever Adrian Grenier gets if they’re going to keep to the spirit of Entourage). They should just replace him with Billy Zane or something.

Oh no! Vin isn’t making PivenBucks so now he can’t make da movie! Things will never work out!! Until they just do!! Talk about keeping to the spirit of Entourage. (THR)

 

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SJ Show: Rock Superfan Does Worst Interview Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sj-show-rock-superfan-does-worst-interview-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sj-show-rock-superfan-does-worst-interview-ever/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:08:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254560 We've sent our very own Nick Mundy to embarrass himself in front of his childhood hero. Mark Wahlberg was not impressed.

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When we were invited to the World Premiere of Pain & Gain in Miami, Florida with Mark Wahlberg & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – we decided it would be much funnier to send our very own, Rock-obsessed superfan: Nick Mundy.

With no experience or coaching, will Nick’s nerves get the best of him when he’s thrust into the world of “Film Junket Interviews” for the first time? Will they actually let him within thirty feet of The Rock?? Will Mark Wahlberg give him the stinkeye??? Those answers and more on this episode of The Screen Junkies Show.

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’2 Guns’ Trailer: Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington Finally Get Around To Doing A Movie Together http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/2-guns-trailer-mark-wahlberg-denzel-washington-finally-get-around-to-doing-a-movie-together/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/2-guns-trailer-mark-wahlberg-denzel-washington-finally-get-around-to-doing-a-movie-together/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:23:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254191 I'm getting too old for this sh*t.

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So, all of a sudden there’s a trailer for a Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action-comedy that nobody knew existed called 2 Guns. The poorly-titled film stars Wahlberg and Washington as a Naval Intelligence officer and a DEA agent respectively working undercover to steal money from the mob. However, neither realize the other is an undercover agent so they rationally try to kill one another until they’re forced to team up and talk smack to one another and roll around and wrestle and stuff and argue over whom will do the driving. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a film about guys trying not to be violently murdered by Edward James Olmos.

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‘Pain & Gain’ Red Band Trailer: The Comedy Stylings Of Michael Bay http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-gain-red-band-trailer-the-comedy-stylings-of-michael-bay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-gain-red-band-trailer-the-comedy-stylings-of-michael-bay/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:53:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254160 It's funny because the fat characters act like normal, sexy people.

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There’s a new, uncensored trailer for Michael Bay’s “small” movie Pain & Gain. It’s got just about everything you’d expect from a Michael Bay movie except aerial stunts, expensive CGI, and Hans Zimmer. But that leaves plenty of room for shoot outs, babes, explosions, and awkward attempts at comedy that suck the air out of the room. R.I.P. Rebel Wilson’s buzz factor 2011 – Pain & Gain.

Additionally, FilmDrunk pointed out Mark Wahlberg’s tiny dinosaur arms and now it’s the only thing I see when I look at him. Just like the tooth in the exact center of Tom Cruise’s face.

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‘Pain And Gain’ Trailer Looks Just Like ‘Bad Boys’, But With No Neck http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-and-gain-trailer-looks-just-like-bad-boys-but-with-no-neck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-and-gain-trailer-looks-just-like-bad-boys-but-with-no-neck/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:50:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252550 I heard the tank top budget on this film was in the millions.

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Only Michael Bay would consider this undertaking indie or low-budget. If you’re the kind of girl that likes muscles (and/or really wealthy Hollywood actors), this might be something you’re interested in.

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Mark Wahlberg To Star In A Film Based On A ‘GQ’ Article About Hackers. Sounds About Right. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-to-star-in-a-film-based-on-a-gq-article-about-hackers-sounds-about-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-to-star-in-a-film-based-on-a-gq-article-about-hackers-sounds-about-right/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:14:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252431 "I'm the one hackin' here. Not you, not you, and not you."

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There’s not a single part of that title that I don’t love. Here’s to hoping that Mark Wahlberg just found out about hacking like two weeks ago and has spent the interim on a tear, reading every tech-y script out there, and asking his guy at CAA if now is not a good time to remake Disclosure, then when is?

The project is untitled, but will probably end up being called something like Trojan Code, so let’s just call it Trojan Code until it’s released. The source material is an article from men’s lifestyle mag GQ and can be found here.

Other guesses about the projects:

  • Wahlberg’s character will either be named or fight someone named Cypher Phreak.
  • There will be at least twenty scenes that show hackers as really edgy members of a subculture who drink at a hacker bar and have very well-attended underground hacker competitions.
  • The antagonist (undoubtedly a corporate man) will be brought down thanks to the camaraderie and grassroots efforts of hundreds of hackers working together as though they were a brotherhood.
  • A maximum of one hacker will be fat and lethargic, and will be shown in a comedic light, and not a light that makes the audience feel sad that his health is in jeopardy and that’s what’s wrong with America these days.

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Mark Wahlberg Producing Show About Boston’s Most Civilized Women http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-producing-show-about-bostons-most-civilized-women/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-producing-show-about-bostons-most-civilized-women/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:36:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252063 I predict bitches get beat up.

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Before he ships off to China for Transformers 4: The One That We Really Don’t Need, Mark Wahlberg is getting some more work done here in the good old U-S-of-A. More specifically, in Bawston. Inspired by the cartoonishly-trashy sisters in his film The Fighter, Wahlberg is executive producing a pilot order for A&E that will follow the real lives of four tough as nails, kooky, Boston bitches.

Although it’s just in the pilot stage right now, I urge A&E to move forward with the untitled Mark Wahlberg Boston Women Project. Why? Because it will be exactly like this:

Television needs more stuff like that. (Deadline)

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Michael Bay DID Throw Mark Wahlberg A ‘Transformers’ Bone http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-did-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-did-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:38:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251927 Oh, I hope he plays someone bemused and befuddled.

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A few days after pressure mounted from the Internet to put Mark Wahlberg in a Transformers movie (Really, Internet? You’re better than that.), it’s been announced that Mark Wahlberg will star in a new Transformers movie.

While the “Internet forces Michael Bay to Cast Mark Wahlberg” headline makes for a fun little news story, the fact is that Michael Bay just got done working on a much smaller film about criminal bodybuilders that starred Wahlberg, so Bay probably just wanted to work with him again.

Little does he know that Mark Wahlberg is the property of David O. Russell, and that if he wants to use someone from Pain and Gain in Transformers, The Rock is a plenty good fit, seeing as how he pretty much resembles a Transformer already.

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Michael Bay Might Throw Mark Wahlberg A ‘Transformers’ Bone http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-might-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-might-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:28:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251894 Hollywood's new besties.

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Move over The Hulk and Iron Man. Hollywood has a hot new bromance. With Wahlberg never ever ever getting back together with David O. Russell, he has a bro-shaped hole to fill. Can Pain & Gain director Michael Bay fill his hole? After originally dismissing the Internet’s notion that Wahlberg join Transformers 4, the director has now reconsidered. He writes in his online diary:

“I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.”

God Michael Bay, don’t jump into this heart first. You now how much passion you have to give and we don’t want to see you get the rebound treatment. Please protect your heart, you special man.

And learn how to spell your leading man’s name.

 

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9 Movie & TV Foods Grosser Than Pink “Slime” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movie-tv-foods-grosser-than-pink-slime/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movie-tv-foods-grosser-than-pink-slime/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:04:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247144 IMHO.

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Pink slime is in the news today, and no, it’s not because Viggo the Carpathian is attempting to walk the Earth in a human vessel yet again. Thankfully.

Actually, this story is much worse depending on your perspective. Pink slime is actually a real life additive found in beef that fights off e. coli, salmonella, and over bacteria. That’s good. However, the slime is made from animal byproducts. That’s bad.

Personally, I’d rather eat a few pureed micrograms of a cow’s anus than contract e. coli, but that’s just me. I’m not too grossed out. In fact, I far prefer pink slime to these movie and TV foods.

The Road Trip French Toast

You’re already putting your health in jeopardy by eating anything from a greasy roadside diner. But to actually complain and send the food back is a daredevil stunt that will always result in the chef placing his taint upon your meal. DJ Qualls is none the wiser when he befalls this fate in Road Trip at the hands and sweaty ass of Horatio Sanz.

Sheep Balls

Chevy Chase just can’t get enough when he tries the local cuisine in Funny Farm. In fact, he sets a new town record by eating almost three dozen lamb fries before learning what lamb fries actually are.

Spunked-In Apple Pie

Thankfully, nobody ends up eating the titular recently-f***ed pie in American Pie but the thought is enough to turn my stomach. That pie could be pregnant after all.

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9 Idiotic Celebrity Quotes About September 11th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-idiotic-celebrity-quotes-about-september-11th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-idiotic-celebrity-quotes-about-september-11th/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:52:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242876 Thanks for weighing in, idiots.

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We all know that Mark Wahlberg is very, very tough. We know this because he won’t stop telling us. In fact, if he had been on Flight 11 on 9/11, there would not have been a 9/11. It’s true! According to Mark Wahlberg (who didn’t offer to enlist in the military and fight the forces of Al Qaeda).

He has since apologized, but the Invincible star came under fire today for this quote:

“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did,” Wahlberg said. “There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.”

There still would have been a Planet of the Apes remake though. He can’t prevent every tragedy, you guys.

In honor of this incredibly insensitive claim, we’ve rounded up 11 more dumb and selfish things celebrities said about 9/11. Thanks for sharing!

Marion Cotillard

“We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes. Are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed.”

“It was a money-sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, by 1973, and to re-cable all that, to bring up-to-date all the technology and everything, it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them.”

Marion Cotillard believes it was just easier to hijack three planes, attack The Pentagon, and get the President involved than to hire to contractors to re-cable the World Trade Center.

Lee Ryan of Blue

“What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that’s more important. This New York thing is being blown out of proportion. Who gives a f**k about New York when elephants are being killed. I’m not afraid to say this, it has to be said. I’m not afraid to say it and that’s why I’m the outspoken one from the band.”

Thank God someone so important is thinking of the whales.

Rachel Uchitel

“I believe Andy was meant to die because he was too good. I’m almost happy it ended the way it did because I’ve learned so many lessons from him. It would have been tragic if we got into fights and then divorced. I would be a fat housewife with three kids in Sands Point, LI.”

On her fiance’s death in the World Trade Center. She maintains she was misquoted.

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Mark Wahlberg Would Have Stopped The 9/11 Hijackers Because He’s So Awesome http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-would-have-stopped-the-911-hijackers-because-hes-so-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-would-have-stopped-the-911-hijackers-because-hes-so-awesome/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:37:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242870 Donnie would have been in the corner, cowering like a little bitch.

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In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, Mark Wahlberg claimed that things would have gone much differently on September 11th had he been travelling on one of the doomed planes with his children. Namely, that there would be “a lot of blood in the first-class cabin” and he would eventually announce to the cabin “Ok we’re going to land somewhere safely. Don’t worry.” 

The fictitious passengers in Wahlberg’s mind would stop worrying, put on a brave face, then, after collecting Cinnabon and neck pillows from the emergency airport, they would continue on to their final destination while watching The Happening and Four Brothers, unaware that the war on terror was over before it began.

Kudos to Men’s Journal for their interview tactics. Let this be a lesson to aspiring journalists – if you ever want to make national news with your dumb little interview, ask the famous subject what he or she would have done differently to save the country from 9/11. Gold, Men’s Journal. Gold.

UPDATE: It would appear that Wahlberg realized his comments may have offended pretty much everyone, so he issued this apology. That was issued quickly. Probably as quickly as he would have taken down those terrorists on that plane.

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Contraband http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:21:57 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241137 Director: Baltasar Kormákur Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. Release Date:...

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Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale

Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Release Date: January 13, 2012

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“Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s 7 Most Mediocre Action Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/marky-mark-wahlbergs-7-most-mediocre-action-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/marky-mark-wahlbergs-7-most-mediocre-action-films/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:04:28 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242213 They aren't awful, but they sure aren't good.

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It’s no news Mark Wahlberg has had a bizarre and impressive career throughout his life. We’ve known him as everything from Marky Mark, to Monk D, to Dirk Diggler. And on top of being a famous musician and actor, he’s starred in a mob of successful, award winning films like The Fighter and The Departed. But he doesn’t always hit the mark on his film choices. And with his new Counterfeit Gangster film Contraband coming out Friday, let’s take a look at some of his other Action/Crime films that have slipped through the cracks.

Max Payne (2008)

Being a fan of the games, I was excited to see Wahlberg play Max Payne. Unfortunately, it just didn’t quite hit the…mark. In fact, given the talent involved, I will go as far as to say it was a bad movie. I’ll keep the logline simple: When Max Payne’s family dies from a massive conspiracy, he joins a hot assassin to find answers. If that doesn’t entice you to watch, you’re not alone. John Moore, who directed the fun-but-throwaway Behind Enemy Lines, managed to get the look of the games down, and Mila Kunis was fun to watch, but other than that, Max Payne is a laughable piece of action schlock that will be forgotten, and for good reason. On another note, Max Payne 3 comes out soon, and that will be an awesome game.

Shooter (2007)

If Shooter came out in 1987, it’d be remembered as a great action movie. Instead, it came out 20 years later, after we’ve seen this story five-billion times.  Wahlberg plays a sniper who becomes wrongfully accused for trying to snipe the president. Naturally, there’s a conspiracy he unravels with the help of an FBI Agent (Michael Pena), blah blah blah blah. I’m not going to say Shooter is a bad movie, but it’s certainly not a good one. It moves well and has some decent action, and Danny Glover‘s mustache twirling villainy warrants a few smirks, but unless you’ve got NOTHING to do, I’d skip it.

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Michael Bay Wants Mark Wahlberg, The Rock For ‘Pain And Gain’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-calling-on-mark-wahlberg-and-the-rock-for-pain-and-gain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-calling-on-mark-wahlberg-and-the-rock-for-pain-and-gain/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:19:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238757 Is The Rock the right choice to play a bodybuilder? Only time will tell....

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If you’re looking for actors to play funny meatheads, you could do a lot worse than pursuing Mark Wahlberg and The Rock, both of whom Michael Bay is courting to star in his labor-of-love project Pain and Gain. The film focuses on two bodybuilders who try their hands at criminal pursuits, with little success.

The Rock is, according to this Variety exclusive, close to signing on, while Wahlberg requires a little more work to fit this into his busy schedule. The film’s budget is supposedly about $20 million, so it will be interesting to see how the stars fit into that, considering the two of these guys could eclipse that number with just their salaries.

While Michael Bay is being courted for Transformers 4, it’s likely that he’ll get after this project next, regardless of whether he signs on for yet another installment of the toy franchise.

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In Honor Of Joe Frazier: Our 8 Favorite Boxers In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-joe-frazier-our-8-favorite-boxers-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-joe-frazier-our-8-favorite-boxers-in-film/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:51:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235560 Yeah, Rocky's on it.

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Last night saw the passing of a boxing legend, Smokin’ Joe Frazier at the age of 67. Frazier’s story, like so many other boxing stories, was a remarkable one. Raised on a farm, he spent seven years beating on a homemade heavy bag hanging from an oak tree. He went on to win Olympic gold medals and heavyweight championships, becoming one of the most iconic figures in a sport filled with icons.

His career, like many others, was filled with vitriol and controversy, but upon news of his terminal struggle with liver cancer only a few days ago, the public and his contemporaries were quick to set aside their criticisms and differences in honoring this boxing legend.

In the wake of Smokin’ Joe’s passing, we offer up eight film fighters who’s fictional careers weren’t as rich and interesting as Frazier’s.

Rocky

Not going for subtlety here, folks. Rocky is one of the most beloved characters, not just in boxing movies, not just in American film, but possibly in American culture. As such, he gets the first spot on this list. If you don’t know why, please run, don’t walk to the video store (if one still exists by the time you read this) and rent Rocky I-IV.

The man trains by chopping wood and punching meat. He’s tenderizing as he trains! Also, he ended communism in Rocky IV, so we all owe him a pretty big debt of gratitude.

Jake LaMotta

Raging Bull’s Jake LaMotta is not a likeable character, but he sure is an enthralling one. His rage, coupled with his complex and flawed relationships with his own family, makes him a ticking time bomb who lives up to the title of the film. Based on the bio of Jake La Motta (notice the space), the film was widely praised, though the violent content served as something of a turn-off for many moviegoers.

Beyond that, Robert De Niro’s weight gain for this film remains the gold standard for physical transformations for a role (besides Fat Mac from Always Sunny, of course).

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‘Contraband’ Trailer Pulls Mark Wahlberg Back In http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/contraband-trailer-pulls-mark-wahlberg-back-in/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/contraband-trailer-pulls-mark-wahlberg-back-in/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:25:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=230600 Also features a semi-dressed Kate Beckinsale.

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If Mark Wahlberg overpowers you and puts a gun to your head while warning you not to harm his wife and kid, the last thing you should up and do is harm his wife or kid. Obviously Giovanni Ribisi didn’t get that memo. Here he is in this Contraband trailer harming wives and kids like nobody’s business. Get a clue, guy.

The trailer also features a short montage of Kate Beckinsale getting dressed. I don’t want to tell you trailer editors how to do your job, but you might want to consider playing that footage backward. And slowly. Oh yeah, that’s more like it.

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7 Lesser-Known Celebrity-Owned Restaurants http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-lesser-known-celebrity-owned-restaurants/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-lesser-known-celebrity-owned-restaurants/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:28:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225958 Check out these celeb-owned off-the-radar establishments.

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Mark Wahlberg and his brother Donnie are getting into the restaurant game. The Boston Herald reports they will open their own grill restaurant under the cutesy moniker, “Wahlburgers.” Whoopi Goldberg is probably kicking herself.

However, that got us to wondering which other celebrities have delved into the restaurant biz? Sure, there are your House Of Blues chains and Michael Jordan’s Steakhouses, but what of the smaller establishments that might not be on the map yet? Check them out.

Tim Curry Heaven

Christian Bale’s O, Goooooood Food Youuuuuuuu!

Churrascaria of a Mad Black Woman

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So Now Bradley Cooper Isn’t Playing ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/so-now-bradley-cooper-isnt-playing-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/so-now-bradley-cooper-isnt-playing-the-crow/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:23:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224628 Quick! Get the second-most improbable actor's agent on the phone.

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Hollywood’s most Goth actor, Bradley Cooper, has decided he will not play the role he was born for. The Hangover star has walked from The Crow due to schedule conflicts — he has David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook this fall and Paradise Lost after that. Relativity is eager to get this Crow thing shooting with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo so they have chosen to recast.

But what other actor in Hollywood could be so totally wrong for the role?

Mark Wahlberg‘s name has come up again. He was originally offered the film but a deal was never put into place. However, if he still has access to the wig he wore in Rock Star, this could be the right fit. Another name being floated out there is Channing Tatum, who could also work in a that-totally-doesn’t-work kind of way. All I know is that the filmmakers only have a handful of chances to screw up this reboot, and casting is the best place to start. That’s why they should take a chance and look into David Hyde Pierce’s availability. (THR)

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As Mark Wahlberg Joins ’2 Guns’ David O. Russell And Vince Vaughn Walk Away http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/as-mark-wahlberg-joins-2-guns-david-o-russell-and-vince-vaughn-walk-away/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/as-mark-wahlberg-joins-2-guns-david-o-russell-and-vince-vaughn-walk-away/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:15:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224171 My theory: He goes a little heavy on "Woods" by Abercrombie & Fitch.

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It’s appears to be a coincidence, but it’s our job in the media to turn this into some sort of anti-Wahlberg vendetta. As 2 Guns eyes a winter start, David O. Russell is reported to have walked away due to a scheduling conflict with The Silver Linings Playbook, while Vince Vaughn‘s reason for departure is unknown. Crippling co-dependence on David O. Russell, perhaps.

2 Guns is the film adaptation of a comic book of the same name, in which a Naval officer and a DEA agent unwittingly investigate each other while stealing mob money for the CIA. However, they soon learn that they’ve been stealing from the CIA for the mob. Stuff ensues.

It’s unknown if Wahlberg will be playing Vaughn’s character or the other lead. It really doesn’t matter, because Wahlberg, with that vacant, befuddled stare, has demonstrated he can nail “unwitting.”

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Russell Crowe Rules ‘Broken City’ With An Iron Fist http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-rules-broken-city-with-an-iron-fist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-rules-broken-city-with-an-iron-fist/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:34:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223932 There's something about Crowe that screams corrupt mayor.

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Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe are squaring off. Crowe has just signed on for the Allen Hughes-directed noir thriller Broken City. In the film, He’ll play a mayor who suspects that his wife is cheating. In turn, he hires Mark Wahlberg’s detective character to investigate. When the wife’s lover is found dead with a phone shoved up his butt, Wahlberg looks into the Mayor and discovers he’s profiting from a real estate scandal.

Seems like pretty solid casting. I can easily buy Crowe as a corrupt mayor who punches his problems away. I bet that he’s nothing short of hilarious during city debates. (Deadline)

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‘The Silver Lining Playbook’ Gets Some Jennifer Lawrence http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-continues-her-hollywood-ascent-with-a-part-in-the-silver-lining-playbook/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-continues-her-hollywood-ascent-with-a-part-in-the-silver-lining-playbook/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:42:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221163 She's going to play a wacky neighbor, but "wacky" in the sense that she has some serious mental issues. Sad.

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Jennifer Lawrence has been offered the lead for the David O. Russell-directed The Silver Linings Playbook, a character-driven study that will star Mark Wahlberg as the male lead.

The film focuses on Wahlberg’s character, an institutionalized teacher who returns home to live with his mom, hoping to win back his ex-wife. During his stay at home, he befriends a neighbor girl (Lawrence’s character) who has her own set of problems she’s contending with.

It’s believed that Blake Lively, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway all had expressed interest in the coveted role. Jennifer Lawrence is currently keeping herself busy with The Hunger Games, which is actually going to be four films, because, hey, four films will make more money than three, right? After that, this should be the next project on her docket. She’s shown some serious dramatic chops in Winter’s Bone, so this should be right in her wheelhouse. She’ll just have to remember not to giggle when Wahlberg acts all exasperated. (Deadline)

 

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