Paramount+ seems like one of the younger streaming services on the scene, even though it’s just a rebranded versions of CBS All Access with a beefier library of movies and TV shows. However, only now is the Viacom-owned streamer trying to run with the big dogs in their production of original content. In fact, when 2022 rolls around, Paramount+ has plans to release one original movie every single week, and they’re getting a head start by debuting Antoine Fuqua‘s movie Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this summer. Read More »
Mark Wahlberg is, somehow, one of the biggest stars on the planet. And now he’s got his own HBO documentary series called – wait for it – Wahl Street. This six-part series follows Wahlberg as he tries to balance his busy schedule, which honestly doesn’t sound like a good excuse for a documentary. “Wow, this rich and famous man is doing work!” should not be that surprising, or documentary-worthy, but here we are! Watch the Wahl Street trailer below, and then say hi to your mother for me.
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It was only a matter of time. Fyre Festival got two documentaries soon after it imploded. Multiple GameStop documentaries are in the works. There’s nothing that audiences like more than to watch a delusional business idea (or Wall Street) go up in flames. So it shouldn’t have taken this long, really, for Hollywood to point its camera at MoviePass, the doomed movie-ticket subscription service. But it’s happening, and we’re getting a MoviePass docuseries executive produced by none other than Mark Wahlberg.
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After shooting Spenser Confidential for Netflix, Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg took a brief detour away from the action genre to make Good Joe Bell, a film inspired by the true story of a man who walked across the country to crusade against bullying. The movie played on the film festival circuit and received middling reviews (including from us at /Film), but Solstice Studios has since re-edited it, given it the new title of simply Joe Bell, and will be releasing it in theaters in February 2021, in time to compete in this very strange awards season.
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After being in development for years, the big screen adaptation of the Uncharted video game franchise is finally on the way. Once slated to star Mark Wahlberg in the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake, the movie now stars Spider-Man franchise lead Tom Holland, and the first photo of the actor looking as ruggedly handsome as possible has been revealed. Mark Wahlberg isn’t being left out in the wind either, because he’s still starring in the movie, but this time as Nathan’s mentor, Victor “Sully” Sullivan.
Check out the Uncharted first look photos below, including a glimpse at a mysterious artifact. Read More »
Towards the end of Good Joe Bell, Mark Wahlberg’s titular character takes a load off his feet from his cross-country walk to condemn homophobic bullying. He sits down at a police station underneath pictures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden hanging on the wall. This bit of art direction reveals what should have been obvious from the film’s overall comportment: this is a period piece.
America at large has experienced a dramatic shift in public attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community even since the Obama era. (Heck, during Joe Bell’s walk in 2013, the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional!) While homophobia remains a present threat, particularly among young people in schools, to act like there’s not significant awareness of the issue is just at odds with reality. People largely know the bullying of gay youth is a problem. And, to be clear, even a single instance of it occurring is a stain on society. But the persistence of the threat exists not out of ignorance but out of malevolence and immaturity.
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This year has already been weird for a number of reasons. So you probably won’t even bat an eye when when we tell you that the highest paid actor of 2020 doesn’t even have a movie coming out this year. That actor is Dwayne Johnson, and thanks to a hefty paycheck from Netflix for the upcoming original movie Red Notice, not to mention his ongoing Under Armour clothing line, Project Rock, Johnson will rake in a whopping $87.5 million this year. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Rock Star
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, who found fame in hip hop as the face and shirtless body of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, returns to his musical roots in this ultimate fantasy daydream. The Boogie Nights star treads familiar territory in this story of a copy machine repairman who goes from moonlighting as the lead singer of a heavy metal cover band to the new frontman of the very band that he pays tribute to every week. Who wouldn’t want to see Mark Wahlberg belting out cheesy metal in a leather suit with flames all over it?
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Look, I’m not going to pretend that Rock Star is essential viewing, but it’s a pretty fun way to pass the time if you want a mindless music biz movie with a hell of a soundtrack, including both familiar 1980s rock hits and some catchy but cheesy metal songs by the fictional band Steel Dragon. Though it’s inspired by the real-life story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, a singer in a Judas Priest tribute band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left the band, this is a totally fictionalized journey into the world of rock. The movie is all the better for it, because it allows for all the gloriously goofy clichés you’d expect from a movie like this. Read More »
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In this edition, as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the United States, comedian Conan O’Brien brings some levity to the situation with some tips on how to avoid it on Conan. Plus, catch up on the first two seasons of Westworld before the third season premieres on HBO this Sunday, and listen as Spenser Confidential star Mark Wahlberg recaps his career on film and television. Read More »