Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington have each done their fair share of action thrillers, but they’re only now teaming up for the first time in 2 Guns. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant, the film follows a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence agent who are investigating each other.

An earlier incarnation of the project had David O. Russell looking to direct with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the lead roles, but now that the more comedic trio has been replaced by Kormakur, Wahlberg, and Washington, the movie looks like a straightforwardly gritty affair. Check out the first image after the jump.

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Mark Wahlberg‘s 2 Guns might have just gotten a huge boost in the person of Denzel Washington. Deadline reports the Oscar-winner, whose latest action film Safe House opens this week, is in talks to join the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film, based on a graphic novel by Steven Grant. 2 Guns sounds like a cousin of The Departed as it’s about an undercover Navel intelligence officer and DEA agent who are both investigating each other. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The trailer for Contraband put me to sleep. How many times have we seen an action movie where a former crook is drawn back into the life he left to save his family? That, coupled with the January release date, usually a kiss of death, had me going into the Baltasar Kormákur-directed film with expectations suitably low. As it turns out Contraband, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi, has plenty of entertaining elements. It’s noticeably flawed but those problems aren’t fatal and you get exactly what you paid for. Two hours of forgettable, forgivable entertainment. Read More »

Briefly: The film 2 Guns is one of the most recent films to line up Mark Wahlberg as a lead actor. The movie is about two undercover law officers who end up investigating each other, with each failing to realize that the other is a lawman. There was a point when Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were going to be in the film, and David O. Russell was once set to direct.

Now Baltasar Kormakur, who directed the film Contraband (trailer here), a remake which also stars Wahlberg, will make the movie. Read More »


Here’s the trailer for Contraband, the remake of smuggling thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Giovanni Ribisi. Wahlberg plays a guy who escaped his former criminal life, but is drawn back into smuggling when his wife’s brother (Caleb Landry Jones, from X-Men: First Class) gets into trouble.

Baltasar Kormákur, an actor and producer on the original film, directs this version. Contraband looks just a bit more visually polished than the original, and sadly like a pretty routine thriller. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Add one more to the cast of McG‘s This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy go to war over the affections of Reese Witherspoon. (Angela Bassett was just cast the other day.) Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer has signed on; she’ll play Tom Hardy’s ex-wife. Personally, I might do more fighting over her than Reese Witherspoon, but that’s just me. [THR]

After the break, Ben Foster joins a Mark Wahlberg movie, and John Singleton will direct the younger Hemsworth. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

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