Although Mark Wahlberg is the kind of A-list star that’s constantly in the public eye, he actually hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010’s The Fighter. Next week’s Contraband marks the end of that streak, however, and it looks like Wahberg will be returning to his usual busy ways after that. The actor has already finished shooting this summer’s Ted, is currently filming Allen Hughes’ Broken City, and has Good Time Gang and 2 Guns on his upcoming slate as well.

And then on top of that, there’s also The Fighter sequel, the Entourage movie, and possibly Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain — which, contrary to previous reports, Wahlberg says he has not declined. In a recent interview, the star gave some status updates on each of those projects. Basically, it sounds like each of them are waiting on a script. Read his comments after the jump.

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[UPDATE: According to Variety’s Jeff Snieder, Mark Wahlberg has officially passed on this film. Headline and photo updated. Original article follows.]

Even though Steven Spielberg, Hasbro and a legion of robot fans want Michael Bay to make a fourth Transformers, after three in a row, he’s earned the right to do a film for himself. That movie will be a dark comedy called Pain and Gain, based on the true story of two Miami bodybuilders who get wrapped up in a world of crime. Pumping Iron meets Fargo. It’ll reportedly “only” cost $20 million and Bay is now close to locking down his two leads. Variety reports talks are well underway between Bay and both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg however, with Wahlberg kind of busy, Johnson is closer to locking a deal down. Read more after the jump. Read More »

On Thursday, April 14th 2011, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable conversation with Michael Bay, to talk about his upcoming film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. You can read my report about the footage we screened in another article. After the jump, I’ve included the complete massive 7,200 word transcript.

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Michael Bay Testing 3D for Transformers 3


Michael Bay has been vocally against the growing popularity of 3D films, at last year’s theatrical exhibitors ShoWest convention making the very unpopular statement that “I think it might be a gimmick.” He added that he didn’t know for sure, and that he was “looking forward to [James] Cameron’s picture.” And Avatar came, and became the biggest grossing film of all time — that’s what they call a game changer.

We’ve heard that Paramount is pushing to film Transformers 3 in 3D, but will Bay budge? Bay appeared on Starz’ “In the House” last night, where he talked about many things, including the possibility of seeing big giant robots on the big screen in 3D:

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Today is day one of Michael Bay‘s hard graft on Transformers 3. He has, apparently overnight, flown to Rhode Island to talk to Hasbro about incorporating new characters into the film and is now working with Ehren Kruger on the screenplay. The final day of his travails will be on July 1st, 2011 which is now the date set for the film’s release – just like Paramount and Dreamworks had initially promised us back in March. But what does this mean for his ‘smaller film’, Pain and Gain? And is Megan Fox coming back for more punishment?

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