Directors sure do love Mark Wahlberg. After making Pain and Gain with Michael Bay, the action-prone filmmaker brought the actor back to star in Transformers 4. In between, Wahlberg shot a movie called Lone Survivor with Peter Berg. Now, Berg’s asked the actor to team up with him once again.
Wahlberg and Berg will make American Desperado, the real life story of “super criminal” Jon Roberts who worked in the mafia, with Columbian drug cartels, and eventually with the American government. Based on a novel by Roberts and Evan Wright (Generation Kill), the film will be adapted by the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed William Monahan. Paramount Pictures hopes the film will be up and running next year. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Michael Bay must have really liked working with his Pain & Gain co-stars. We know he’ll next be teaming up with Mark Wahlberg for Transformers 4, but the Oscar-nominee was not the director’s first choice. That honor goes to Wahlberg’s Pain & Gain co-star, Dwayne Johnson. Johnson revealed in a Twitter interview that Bay offered the lead role to him, but he had to turn it down because he’s starring in Brett Ratner’s Hercules. Read More »
We’ve come to know Michael Bay as the maestro behind a very specific type of huge movie, as he has defined the image of glossy pictures full of gorgeous women and explosions. His work, as that suggests, isn’t really known for subtlety.
But since before Bay latched on to the Transformers franchise, he has wanted to shoot a film based on the story of a few Miami bodybuilders who concocted a plan to kidnap a businessman and steal his wealth. Years later, that story has become Bay’s “little movie,” Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and Dwayne Johnson. The movie isn’t likely to change Bay’s image, but it does represent something (slightly) different from the director. Reviews have been coming in for a few days, but now we want to know what you think about Bay’s true-crime tale. Read More »
Michael Bay has never attempted a movie as complex as Pain and Gain. He’s made plenty of films that flaunt action, crime and sex, but Pain and Gain isn’t one of them, at all. Below its glossy surface, Pain and Gain is a dark, terrifying true story of one man’s twisted view of the American dream and how he strives to achieve it. That means the film’s main characters — played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie — are not good people. They have good traits, maybe even good hearts, but though they’re presented as muscle-bound super men, they’re not good people.
Making an entertaining and thought-provoking movie filled with despicable characters is not an easy task. It’s a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm. Read More »
2 Guns obviously isn’t a thriller, because it gives up the basic mystery right off the bat: apparent bank robbers Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Marcus (Mark Wahlberg) are really undercover agents, each of which doesn’t realize the other is also a lawman. Forced to team up after being disavowed in the wake of a messy operation, the two get into the sort of comedic action shenanigans that powered the mid-’80s career of Mel Gibson.
Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband. (Which remade Reykjavik-Rotterdam, in which Kormakur starred.) This trailer suggests something a bit more fun, as it displays what seems like a deep love (or an abiding envy) for the films of Shane Black. It also suggests real silliness, as evidenced by what could be a very entertaining appearance from Bill Paxton, who drawls lines like “have I properly incentivized you?”
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Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie are about to get the full, Michael Bay Miami treatment in the action comedy Pain & Gain. A new red-band trailer for the April 26 film has just been released and it gives a great idea of the humor in the film, complete with language, violence and plenty of skin. Check it out below, along with a new TV spot and a few new stills. Read More »
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Now that he’s done with Pain & Gain, which opens April 26, Michael Bay is moving on to Transformers 4. The new film is stepping away from the human cast of the first three films, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor, with Brenton Thwaites and Nicola Peltz. It will develop a new story that picks up four years after the Chicago battle seen in the third movie, and will reportedly feature many redesigned elements.
The film is going to shoot in Detroit, among other places, and a press release from the Michigan Film Office gives some new info about the movie.
Update: Paramount claims the plot info below is incorrect, and has evidently had it removed from the original MFO posting.
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