Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mark Wahlberg in talks to star in 'Neuromancer' movie

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who cast Mark Wahlberg in such movies as “Four Brothers” and “Shooter", has a new movie project in the works based off the book “Neuromancer” by William Gibson. Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have recieved offers to star in the movie, no one has officially signed on. The movie is expected to be released in 2014. For more details, check out MovieHole.net.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mark Wahlberg in Louisiana working on '2 Guns'

Mark is currently in Louisiana filming the movie "2 Guns". On Location Vacations has posted some photos of him and Denzel Washington on location.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Boston Herald: Mark Wahlberg to star in The Armory Wars

Here is a quick article about one of Mark's new upcoming projects!

MARK WAHLBERG has another big project in the works. The former Dot rat and his producing partner Stephen Levinson scored the rights to “The Armory Wars,”which Hollywood trade mag Variety describes as “an epic fantasy set in a futuristic alternate universe.” The comic book series is written by Coheed and Cambria lead singer Claudio Sanchez, who also based several albums on the comic.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Update on Wahlburgers restaurants

Wahlburgers, the restaurant owned by Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg has announced they have hired former Panera CEO Rick Vanzura and that plans to open more Wahlburgers locations! Here is an article from PR Newswire:

Wahlberg Brothers, Paul, Mark and Donnie, Name New CEO to Lead Expansion of Wahlburgers


HINGHAM, Mass., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wahlberg brothers have named Rick Vanzura Chief Executive Officer of Wahlburgers to lead the expansion of this burger restaurant concept with its flagship location in Hingham, MA, just 15 miles south of Boston. Wahlburgers debuted last October following the successful launch in June 2010 of the brothers' first venture, Alma Nove, a fine dining waterfront restaurant named for their mother and nine siblings.

Formerly Executive Vice President and co-Chief Operating Officer of Panera, LLC, Vanzura will focus on growing the Wahlburgers brand with plans to open more nationwide beginning in the Boston area. "I'm extremely impressed by the Wahlbergs' commitment to build a world-class concept offering extraordinary food," said Vanzura. "This is not just another celebrity-driven restaurant. Paul is an exceptional chef, and his commitment to quality shows up in the restaurant every day."

According to Vanzura, Wahlburgers is a hometown Boston brand inspired by memories of the Wahlberg brothers' pre-celebrity days growing up in their Dorchester neighborhood. "We hope to share a little bit of our childhood times with our guests," explains Paul. "Our family has had some humble beginnings and some amazing success, but at Wahlburgers, it's all about the food."

"Mark and I are pleased to pair a proven executive like Rick with an outstanding chef like Paul to continue to develop Wahlburgers and grow our family business," said Donnie Wahlberg.

Wahlburgers menu features fresh ground beef burgers made from an exclusive blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, as well as turkey burgers, salmon burgers, all beef hot dogs, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots, signature ice cream frappes, house made desserts and more. With full liquor service, Wahlburgers serves enticing adult frappes, cocktails and brews including the Wahlbrewski, unfiltered Pale Ale made by Harpoon especially for Wahlburgers.

Wahlburgers is located at 19 Shipyard Drive at the Launch at the Hingham Shipyard, in Hingham, MA. Lunch and dinner are served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information call 781-749-2110, or visit www.wahlburgers.com.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mark Wahlberg interview on 94.7 Fresh FM

Here is a really short interview Mark did with 94.7 Fresh FM where he is asked about the reference to Lou Gehrig’s disease in the movie "Ted".

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mark Wahlberg talks to The Telegraph

Mark Wahlberg was interviewed by The Telegraph, here is the article:

Mark Wahlberg, the star of Boogie Nights and The Fighter, might have cleaned up his act – the drugs, violence and the spell in prison are now just distant memories – but the 41-year-old reformed bad boy still flirts with trouble on occasion.

He cites a recent example, involving his wife, former model Rhea Durham, two of their four children and the TV cartoon series Family Guy.

“Now, I had never seen Family Guy,” begins Wahlberg, “but I had figured as it was a cartoon that I could sit down and watch it with my two eldest kids; the oldest is eight.” He figured wrong. “We watched the 150th episode.” Oh dear.

In this particular episode, two of the main characters, Stewie, a talking baby, and Brian, a talking dog, get locked in a bank vault and things get out of hand.

“The baby is locked in with the dog; the dog eats poo out of the baby’s diaper; then they are drinking alcohol; then they get this gun out of a safety deposit box... All this crazy stuff is going on and my wife comes barging in from the other room because she hears all this laughter and she immediately turns the TV off and yells at me for letting the kids watch it.”

Wahlberg looks momentarily sheepish but then leans in conspiratorially and whispers, as if his wife might still be next door, “But my kids and I were like, 'Okay, we want to see that again'. It was really funny stuff.”

In Wahlberg’s defence, the Family Guy viewings were a professional duty. He had just received the script for a movie called Ted, a live-action comedy written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who also launched the cartoon shows American Dad and The Cleveland Show, and who would direct the film. The film came to Wahlberg via a recommendation from actress Mila Kunis, with whom the actor shot the 2008 computer-game adaptation Max Payne and the 2010 action-comedy Date Night. Kunis has voiced the Family Guy character Meg for more than a decade and has the same agent as Wahlberg.

“The script for Ted came in and was absolutely hilarious,” he recalls. “Then I started watching some of Seth MacFarlane’s work. We met, and we hit it off and so I committed to making Seth’s movie.”

The movie, which opens next month, introduces the audience to a young boy, who, lacking friends, wishes one Christmas that his teddy bear would come to life and be his best friend for ever. He gets his wish. The bear, Ted, becomes a celebrity, then fame passes and we pick up the story proper with a fully-grown boy (Wahlberg) pursuing a dope-hazed and mostly aimless existence with his now quite unruly bear. He is also dating a very attractive girl (Kunis). Ribald adventures ensue; Flash Gordon fans are in for a treat.

“It is a live-action film with this motion-capture teddy bear,” explains Wahlberg. The writer-director, MacFarlane, voices the bear, a knee-high wiseacre whose personality recalls those of Peter and Brian from Family Guy.

“The humour in the movie I guess you could say is similar to Family Guy,” continues Wahlberg, “but Seth is probably pushing things a little bit more in this movie.

"I think it is going to offend more people than Family Guy does but, hey I didn’t write it.” He laughs, “I told them I want that as a disclaimer!”
The film represents something of a departure for Wahlberg. His Hollywood career stretches back almost 20 years but comedies are rare – there’s Rock Star, I Heart Huckerbees, Date Night, The Other Guys but only the latter two are played for straight up laughs, and both are squarely rooted in the action genre.

“I grew up in a tough neighbourhood and it’s cool if you’re playing a tough guy,” he says, “but playing the vulnerable guy or someone who’s not so cool, that used to be a concern for me.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Wahlberg grew up in the small town of Dorchester. After his father left when he was 11 years old, Wahlberg, the youngest of five, slipped into a life of drugs and petty crime. At the age of 16, he robbed a pharmacy while under the influence of a hallucinogenic, knocking one man unconscious and leaving another blinded in one eye. He pleaded guilty to assault and was given a two-year sentence, serving 45 days.

The stint in jail changed his life, and upon release he worked hard to find fame as a pop star, recording two albums with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Even as he progressed into film, however, in the wake of his breakout performance as Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 hit Boogie Nights, he struggled at times to shake off the residue of his youth.

“It is no problem playing a bad-ass or a hard guy, I love doing that,” he adds, “but I decided I wanted to be an actor. Too often I have wanted approval from my peers back home and respect from guys in general, but to be a good actor you’ve got to be able to do all kinds of different things and certainly be vulnerable.”

There is no doubt that Wahlberg is most at home when proving invulnerable. His CV is riddled with adrenalin-pumped actioners, like Three Kings, The Italian Job, Four Brothers, The Departed, Shooter, We Own the Night and The Fighter. In some of them, he’s rather good.

He’s a successful filmmaker off-camera, too, executive producing the hit TV series Entourage that ran between 2004-2011 and which was loosely drawn upon Wahlberg’s own experiences in showbiz, and the current HBO Prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire. He also undertook producer duties on The Fighter and his most recent action film, Contraband. An English-language remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam, with Wahlberg in the leading role, Contraband scooped almost $100 million at the worldwide box office, a good return on a $25 million budget.

“I just thought that Contraband would be an interesting, fresh spin on the heist thriller,” says Wahlberg of his decision to produce the movie. “Usually these days you have to go outside Hollywood to find something interesting and different.

“There are a lot of really talented filmmakers and storytellers out there.” To direct Contraband, he hired Baltasar Korm├íkur, who was the lead actor in the Icelandic original. Wahlberg smiles. “So for me it was either go and look for interesting material out there, or just do a superhero sequel!”

He hopes his next project might be another English-language remake of a Scandinavian hit – he’s been lobbying for the chance to produce and star in a version of the Norwegian crime-thriller Headhunters, which was based on the best-selling novel by Jo Nesbo, with Morten Tyldum as director.

“I am campaigning to be able to remake Headhunters and also to have that filmmaker direct it with me as producer,” says Wahlberg. “I saw it for the first time and couldn’t take my eyes off it. It’s probably the slickest movie I have seen in ten years.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, his research landed him in hot water again. “I was supposed to pick up my wife and kids at the airport but I couldn’t tear myself away from the film. I was like, 'I need to go get my wife and the kids but I am finding it hard to stop watching this thing’.”

He eventually made the pick up, but it was close. Wahlberg might have cleaned up his act, but he still flirts with trouble on occasion.
'Contraband’ is released on DVD/Blu Ray on Monday, July 16. 'Ted’ opens on Aug 1

Monday, July 2, 2012

Watch clips of Mark Wahlberg on Piers Morgan Tonight

Here are some clips of Mark Wahlberg on Piers Morgan Tonight. He talks about the importance of knowing his lines and the dedication he puts into acting and in the second clip he talks about getting his high school diaploma.



Mark's son meets Dwayne Johnson

Here is a short article from Star Pulse in which he talks about what happened when his son met The Rock.

On the set of his new movie "Pain and Gain," Mark Wahlberg's 3-year-old son punched his father's co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the genitals.

During filming, Wahlberg asked Johnson to stop by his trailer so his children could meet the former wrestler. He didn't realize his son's painful penchant for greeting men would apply to the three year old's hero.

Wahlberg recalls, "They're in the trailer, he gives my one son a high five and then the next one he goes to give him a high five and my son... (punched him) right in the nuts. I'm like, 'What are you doing, dude?' And he (Johnson) looks at me like I made him do it or something. I thought he was gonna try to, like, pick me up and slam me."

The film centers on a group of bodybuilding criminals and is directed by Michael Bay.

Listen to Mark Wahlberg on the Dan Patrick Show

Mark did an interview on the Dan Patrick Show last week. He talks about basketball, his "man cave", boxing, a movie version of "Entourage" and more.

Click here to download! (Mark's interview is about 11 minutes into it)


Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Ted" is Number 1 movie in America

Here are some early box office reports for Ted's opening weekend.

Washington Post
‘Ted’ outstrips ‘Mike,’ $54M to $39M, in big box-office weekend for Hollywood

Alt Film Guide
Box office: Ted Movie far surpasses expectations.


Newser
Ted Tops Magic Mike With $54M Debut


Mark Wahlberg talks about his childhood fantasies

In this short clip from On the Red Carpet Mark says he used to have a toy monkey and one of the childhood dreams was to play for the Boston Celtics.

Mark Wahlberg talks about the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl

Contact Music reports that Mark was so upset over the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl that it even started a fight with his wife. Here is the article:

Mark Wahlberg has been banned from watching the Super Bowl at home with friends following a row with his wife after his beloved New England Patriots lost to rivals the New York Giants in February (12). 
The passionate Boston, Massachusetts sports fan was so upset when the Giants won he kicked all his pals out of his house and then yelled at his wife Rhea Durham when she told him to calm down. 
The movie star admits he has regretted the confrontation ever since and now he accepts he may never be able to watch his Patriots in the American football final if his wife is at home. 
He says, "She was so upset I wasn't able to make it up to her until Valentine's Day... She said, 'You know, you're never watching the game again (at home),' but now she just hopes that the Patriots make it back to the Super Bowl so she can go on, like, a week vacation." 
Wahlberg admits he's still coming to terms with the Giants' come-from-behind victory: "It was bad. I always tell myself I'm not gonna get upset, but you just can't help it." 
In fact, he's more cut up about the defeat that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. 
Wahlberg adds, "He's doing good. He handled it better than I did. He came to visit me... and Tom feels, like, they're gonna win this year."

Mark Wahlberg interview with ABC News

In this clip, Mark talks to ABC News about the movie "Ted". Mark also does some "Family Guy" impressions and they show some behind the scenes footage from the set of "Ted"!

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Read movie reviews for the movie "Ted"

Here are some reviews for the movie "Ted":

Kansas City Star
Review: 'Ted': So cuddly, so wrong, so hilarious

A.V. Club
Ted Review

New York Times
'Ted,' by Seth MacFarlane, With Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis

USA TODAY
Mark Wahlberg's 'Ted' is funny but frayed

MLive.com
Movie review: 'Ted' pairs Mark Wahlberg with Seth McFarlane's profane plush bear in crude comedy


Roger Ebert
Movie Review: Ted