Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reviews of Contraband on DVD

Mark Wahlberg's movie "Contraband" is out on DVD and Blue Ray today. Here are some reviews of the movie!

Vancouver Sun
Crime thriller doesn't pay

Crave Online
Blu-Ray Review: Contraband

Fox 31 KDVR.com
Weekly Release Rundown (4-24-12)

RTT News
Mark Wahlberg's 'Contraband' Among Top DVD Releases this Week

Mark Wahlberg's New Orleans-shot 'Contraband' debuts today on DVD

Victoria Times Colonist
Wahlberg makes best of bad script

Film School Rejects
This Week In DVD: Adorable Innkeepers, A Laughable Wicker Man Sequel, and Mark ...

The Province
New on DVD: Contraband

WJXT Jacksonville
'Contraband' star finally connects with Wahlberg

CultureMob (blog)
Movie Review: Mark Wahlberg and Gritty Thrills Bolster CONTRABAND

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Short circuits 4/24: Wahlberg back in action in 'Contraband'

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mark Wahlberg in Avon Man?

Dealine New York reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to join the cast of the movie "Avon Man". Here is the article:

Mark Wahlberg Knocking On The Door For Fox Comedy ‘Avon Man’

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg is in talks to come aboard Avon Man, the 20th Century Fox comedy that once had Hugh Jackman ready to star and Kevin Lima to direct. I’m told that Wahlberg and partner Stephen Levinson will board the projects as producers alongside Krasnoff Foster’s Gary Foster and it will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Wahlberg. Lima is no longer involved.

Michael McCullers will come aboard and write a new draft of a script originated by Kevin Bisch. Jackman stepped out because he expected to do The Wolverine and had a schedule clash before that project was pushed back. In the film, a group of guys are laid off from an auto dealership, and one reluctantly becomes an Avon salesman. He survives the emasculation, relies on his charm and becomes a top seller. He then tries to save his town and help his struggling family by pulling in his macho unemployed pals to hawk beauty products so they can win a regional contest. Wahlberg and McCullers are repped by WME and Wahlberg is managed by Leverage.

Wahlberg has been mixing dramas and comedies and will soon be seen starring in the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted. He wrapped the drama Broken City opposite Russell Crowe and is now starring with Dwayne Johnson in the Michael Bay-directed Pain and Gain. He then stars with Denzel Washington in 2 Guns and the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor, both of which are being made by Emmatt/Furla and Universal.

Mark Wahlberg on TCM on May 8

Mark will be featured in AFI’s (American Film Institute) Master Class: The Art of Collaboration on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Tuesday, May 8, at 10 p.m. (ET). For more information, go to RBR.com.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Watch behind-the-scenes clip from Contraband

The Blue Ray version of Contraband will include a behind-the-scenes featurette, and here is a clip:

A local New Orleans publication NOLA.com posted an article about Mark's upcoming movie "2 Guns" filming in the city from June 11, 2012 to August 14, 2012.

'2 Guns' to bring Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton back to NOLA

The crime thriller "2 Guns" will be bringing some big guns to New Orleans this summer. The big-budget, Universal Pictures-backed project is set to shoot in town in June with a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton.

Between them, Wahlberg, Washington and Patton are responsible for three of the biggest action films of the past six months, in "Contraband," "Safe House" and "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," respectively.

"2 Guns," with a reported budget of $80 million, will mark a return to the city for all three actors.

For Wahlberg, it will be his third stint in New Orleans in just two years. Earlier this year, he wrapped on the political thriller "Broken City," with Russell Crowe; and in early 2011, he shot the crime drama "Contraband" in town.

Washington and Patton co-starred in the locally shot, locally set 2006 thriller "Déjà Vu."

Emmett/Fulra Films, a near-constant presence in the Louisiana film industry over the past few years, is producing.

"2 Guns," which will reunite Wahlberg with "Contraband" writer-director Baltasar Kormakur, tells the story of a DEA agent and a Navy intelligence officer who -- assigned to investigate each other -- realize that they are pawns in an elaborate mob scheme.

It is based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant and, after splitting time between New Orleans and New Mexico, is scheduled for release in late 2013, according to Variety.

"2 Guns" is one of the newer additions to the most recently released state-issued listing of film and TV projects either shooting, or preparing to shoot, in Louisiana.

Mark Wahlberg's partnership with GNC

Here is a press release from MarketWatch.com about Mark teaming up with GNC on a new line of sports nutrition supplements.

Mark Wahlberg and GNC Team Up on New MARKED Sports Nutrition Line
First Nutritional Supplements Developed by Actor / Producer Mark Wahlberg to be Launched in 2012

PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc., the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, is proud to announce a partnership with Academy Award-nominated actor/producer Mark Wahlberg to develop, market and sell MARKED, a new nutritional supplement line designed to meet the demanding lifestyles of active, results-driven fitness consumers who want to get the most out of their workout and improve overall health.

"I'm excited to join forces with GNC, a brand I trust for quality and integrity, to develop the MARKED products," said Mark Wahlberg. "I attribute much of my own success to my dedication to living healthy and fit, so it is important for me to create products that will help motivate others to pursue their own personal wellness goals."

The MARKED line - consisting of seven sports and active nutrition products - was designed by leading GNC scientists and wellness experts in partnership with Wahlberg. The products are free of banned substances and are based on cutting edge nutritional science and the highest quality ingredients to deliver optimal performance and results.

"I have known Mark for several years and during that time period I have been impressed by Mark's continued personal efforts in regards to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. GNC and Mark share a strong mutual passion for helping people improve their quality of life through proper exercise, diet and supplementation. I have seen Mark repetitively reinforce this message in his everyday life and could not be more pleased that together we are undertaking this initiative, as it is a perfect alignment with our customer base," said Joe Fortunato, President and CEO. "This also represents a unique strategy for us as we introduce this comprehensive line of leading nutritional products that will be available through various channels of distribution in the U.S. and overseas."

MARKED will launch in GNC stores and on GNC.com, and is expected to be widely available through other leading retailers. A portion of all sales are being donated to the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for inner city youth.

"Our new partnership with Mark Wahlberg is a natural fit given our shared commitment to 'living well'," said Tom Dowd, EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer and General Manager. "We are pleased that MARKED will also help contribute to a great resource for inner city youth and look forward to growing this brand with the combined marketing resources of GNC and Mark Wahlberg behind it."

As part of this partnership, Wahlberg will serve as the leading brand ambassador and will drive the marketing approach for the MARKED product line. Wahlberg will also appear at GNC stores at various locations across the U.S. throughout 2012. More information about MARKED and further details on the MARKED launch, product line and availability will be available in the coming months.

About the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

Mark Wahlberg and his family established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation on the belief that no child should be prevented from living up to his or her potential due to financial hardship. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life for teens living in urban communities and distributes funds to support local youth service and enrichment programs nationwide. A life-long member and advocate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Mark comes from a family of nine children with limited means and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club. He credits a large part of his success to the fact that he was fortunate to spend his free time in a positive and nurturing environment. Visit www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.com .

About GNC

GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."

As of December 31, 2011, GNC has more than 7,600 locations, of which more than 5,900 retail locations are in the United States (including 924 franchise and 2,125 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 53 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company -- which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well -- has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. Our broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, GNC Total Lean, Pro Performance® and Pro Performance® AMP, and under nationally recognized third party brands.

For more than 75 years, GNC has been committed to bringing people superior GNC brand products using only the highest quality ingredients, manufactured under the strictest quality controls. Managing every stage of the process - from formulation to retailing - allows GNC to guarantee quality, purity and potency of GNC products.

Web: GNC.com l Twitter: @GNCLiveWell l Facebook: facebook.com/GNCLiveWell

Media Contact:Diana Torres-Bixbydiana.torres@edelman.com212-819-4895

SOURCE GNC Holdings, Inc.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More Mark Wahlberg Photos from Pain and Gain

Check out some new photos posted at DailyMail.co.uk of Mark in a ninja outfit and business man attire on the set of Pain and Gain in Miami, Florida.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mark Wahlberg to star with Will Ferrell in 3 Mississippi

The Hollywood Reporter posted a new article about Mark's upcoming movie "3 Mississippi":

Sean Anders and John Morris are in negotiations to join Warner Bros.' "3 Mississippi."

The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg football comedy 3 Mississippi has nabbed a director-writer team to the bring the project into the end zone.
The team of Sean Anders and John Morris is in negotiations to rewrite the Warner Bros. project known as Turkey Bowl. Anders will direct.

Set up in May 2011, it tells of the feud between two families over an annual Thanksgiving touch football game that has existed for 50 years. Ferrell and Wahlberg, who teamed up for box-office success with 2010's The Other Guys, are attached to play the heads of the opposing households.

The boarding of the duo gives a jolt to the project, with the studio now hoping to start production in September.

Ferrell is producing with his Gary Sanchez Productions partner Adam McKay and Chris Henchy.

Anders and Morris are known for their comedy screenplays, having worked on such films as Hot Tub Time Machine, She’s Out of My League and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Anders made his directorial debut with Sex Drive, a 2008 comedy from Summit that he and Morris wrote. He’s is directing That’s My Boy, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, which Columbia opens June 15.

The duo are repped by CAA, Mosaic and Morris Yorn.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Mark Wahlberg movie: The Partner

According to Collider.com, Mark Wahlberg will be starring in and producing the upcoming movie "The Partner" which is based on the John Grisham novel.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Recent photos of Mark Wahlberg

Here are some links to recent photos of Mark Wahlberg:

Rumor Fix has some new photos of Mark working on the rooftop wall of Miami’s Sun Gym.
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Celebuzz has some photos of Mark on the balcony of a Miami hotel.
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Coming Soon.net has some photos from the set of Pain and Gain
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Mark Wahlberg on memorizing lines for his movies

In an article from Entertainment Weekly, Mark talks about having to memorize some his toughest lines yet for the movie "Ted" - a list of white trash girls’ names. Here's an excerpt:

“I was just sitting here trying to think if I can do that again,” Walhberg told EW last month after MacFarlane presented roughly 10 minutes of footage from his film at the SXSW Film Festival. “I always pride myself on knowing my lines and showing up on time and being prepared. But that’s the only time I ever had trouble with it.” Wahlberg said he usually starts working on a script a couple months before production, but for that scene in particular, he wrote out each name by hand “something like 1,000 times.” 
“He’s being very modest,” countered MacFarlane. “[He is] the single most prepared human being. It’s astonishing. I would be dead in the water if I had to memorize that many names in a row. I was expecting to have to have cue cards. And Mark said, ‘No, I got it.’ He just rattled them all off from memory. It was insane.” 
And how hard was it for MacFarlane to come up with all those names in the first place? “Oh, this is America,” laughed MacFarlane. “Not too hard.”

Monday, April 2, 2012