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For those filmgoers who venture out on Christmas Day to their local cinemas, Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures has the perfect film for you – Daddy’S Home.
In Daddy’S Home, a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate and Chinese online video platform iQIYI have entered a long-term output deal for movies from the studio as well as third-party titles. The pact gives iQIYI an exclusive Svod and Tvod window on the films and includes a major promotional commitment. Under the deal are such upcoming movies as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; Divergent Series: Allegiant; and action-thriller Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Dylan… »
Perhaps with an eye on a new Walking Dead, or a Lost, or a mixture of the two, Universal Cable Productions have just snapped up the rights to Boom! Studios' comic The Woods. Boom!'s Ross Richie will executive produce the show, along with Universal's Stephen Christie and Josh Levy.The Woods was created by James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal) and Michael Dialynas, and was Boom!'s most successful title of last year. It involves a field trip students, teachers and supplementary staff from a Milwaukee high school who vanish without trace and find themselves transported to a primordial wilderness on the other side of the universe.Boom! was the studio that published 2 Guns, filmed a couple of years ago by Baltasar Kormakur, with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. In the other direction they also do a nice line in screen-to-comic adaptations, publishing strong series of Hellraiser, Planet Of The Apes and others. »
[[tmz:video id="0_3wdxuvue"]] It's like the Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker of men's undies coming together -- Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber ... chilling in Bev Hills ... fully clothed. Sorry. Bieber -- fresh off the jet from Bora Bora -- was strolling with Hailey Baldwin on Wednesday when they bumped into Wahlberg. Mark gave Justin a few attaboy taps on the shoulder during their brief chat, but we have no clue what they bro'd down about. Of course, they both »
- TMZ Staff
Earlier this year, Paramount and Hasbro brought together a writers' room of scribes to help map out the future of the Transformers films.
Headed up by Batman & Robin and A Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman, the room featured the likes of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man's Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost's Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk's Zak Penn. The idea was that between them all, they'd flesh out and pitch a bunch of films that would carry the Transformers series forward.
And so it's turned out.
Hasbro Studios president Stephen J Davis has declared the exercise an overwhelming success. In his address at Mip Junior in Cannes (which sounds posh, so naturally we weren't there), Davis said that "as some of you may have read, just an incredible experience. We decided that »
More “Transformers” — much more, in fact — is on the way.
“We just finished, as some of you may have read, just an incredible experience,” he said. “We decided that we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise, so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time.”
“Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and written a bunch of great movies,” he went on. “And they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers. Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8.”
- Alex Stedman
Chandor, who directed A Most Violent Year and All Is Lost, had been circling the project back in June but since deciding against taking on oil spill film Deepwater Horizon (now directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg), he has now been able to sign on for Frontier.
Previously, the project had director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) attached, with Tom Hanks and Will Smith interested in a role at one time or another. The film is “set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. It has five main roles.”
- Scott J. Davis
Take heart fans of Patrick Rothfuss' amazing fantasy books, as Lionsgate has worked a deal with the author to develop movies, a television series, and even video games based on his popular Kingkiller Chronicles! Come inside to learn more.
I'm trying to keep the fanboy in me down as I report on this one...but it's tough. Patrick Rothfuss has created a ridiculously amazing fantasy world with The Kingkiller Chronicles (starting with The Name of the Wind, and it's sequel The Wise Man's Fear) and now Lionsgate has worked out a deal to help bring it to life in a variety of ways. We've heard rumblings of this in the past, and the author has met with several studios over the last couple years about the property, but Lionsgate has snagged the deal. THR got the scoop on the deal:
The deal sets up the simultaneous development of movies, television »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Lionsgate has closed a complex multiplatform rights deal the pick up The Kingkiller Chronicle, the best-selling fantasy book series by Patrick Rothfuss. The deal sets up the simultaneous development of movies, television series and video games with the goal to adapt the many stories across the mediums at the same time. It also caps off interest and dealmaking that has gone on since mid-July, when Rothfuss met with studios such as Warner Bros., MGM and Lionsgate, among others, at Comic-Con. Robert Lawrence, whose credits include 1990s classic Clueless as well as the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Rock Star
- Borys Kit
On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 28-Oct. 4 Entourage (pictured below) Now a studio head, Ari Gold has offered Vincent Chase the starring role in Gold’s first feature film. Turtle, Drama and E are also back with many great stars — including Jessica Alba, Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey — making appearances. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly (R, 1:44) 9/29 Poltergeist In 1982, a film that uttered the simple phrase “They’re here” sent chills up the spines of audiences everywhere. In this contemporary reimagining of that classic tale, a peaceful suburban home is invaded by angry spirits, and a … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 28-Oct. 4 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Tough crowd. Mark Wahlberg decided to make a return to comedy at the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia Saturday when he couldn't help but crack a joke about his movie, Ted. Normally, this would've probably been beyond Ok, but he was speaking in front of Pope Francis and a couple of other members of the clergy. Bobby Hill, a 14-year-old opera singer who performed at the event, embraced the 42-year-old "Good Vibrations" after he sang. Wahlberg then turned to the microphone to talk to the crowd, where he explained what went down during his and Hill's embrace. "That right there was truly the voice of an angel," Wahlberg said. "But then he whispered in my ear that he »
To begin wrapping his historic Stateside visit, Pope Francis on Saturday night dropped by the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Mark Wahlberg (yep, really) emceed the proceedings for the event — a worldwide Catholic gathering that focuses on community and this year included an extra star-studded lineup of musical performances — and took the opportunity to indulge in the sacrament of Reconciliation. For what did he want to atone? The Ted movies of course. Wahlberg told the pontiff he hoped God has a sense of humor — so do we. Possibility for penance: bringing back Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for their own "Kyrie Eleison"? Your call, Pope.Religious politics aside, it was a big pop-culture week for Francis, who also received a nifty Rocky tribute, announced he'd spread the Good News with a prog-rock album titled Wake Up!, and got his own special Aretha Franklin mini-concert: Until next time, Francis. For more Pope coverage, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Seth MacFarlane's Ted is most definitely a raunchy movie. It's titular character is a foul-mouthed, drug-loving, perverted teddy bear, and his best friend, played by Mark Wahlberg, has plenty of shared interests. Being a Catholic, it seems that Wahlberg carries a bit of guilt for the project, and as a result, found himself actually apologizing to Pope Francis for it (albeit jokingly). This weekend, the actor served as host at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which the pope was attending as part of his six-day visit here in the United States of America. During the event, a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Hill performed an opera solo in honor of the guest, and Wahlberg spoke to the audience about a personal interaction he had with the kid backstage. Apparently Hill really enjoyed the R-rated Ted, which gave Wahlberg a pang of guilt. He said, He whispered in my »
Mark Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, asked Pope Francis for forgiveness for his raunchy R-rated comedy “Ted.” The actor-producer made the plea in jest, during an appearance at the World Meeting of Families Saturday in Philadelphia. Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra performed at the event, and Wahlberg served as host. After 14-year-old Bobby Hill of the Keystone State Boychoir performed an opera solo, he told Wahlberg that he liked his performance in the hit film about a potty-mouthed talking teddy bear. Also Read: Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2' Stomped by Dinos, Turned 'Inside Out »
- Todd Cunningham
Say what? Mark Wahlberg couldn’t resist cracking a joke with Pope Francis about his R-rated 2012 comedy Ted on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia. The actor, 48, was the master of ceremonies at the event, which featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and The Fray. Comedian Jim Gaffigan also sat onstage alongside Wahlberg and Pope Francis, 78, who is wrapping up a six-day visit to the U.S. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Bobby Hill, a 14-year-old opera singer who sang at [...] »
Before he shipwrecked with "Aloha," a couple of years back Cameron Crowe was shepherding along an adaptation of David Sheff's memoir, "Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction." After working through some script issues, Mark Wahlberg circled the movie but Crowe decided to make his Hawaii rom-com instead. Well, producer Brad Pitt is ready to get the wheels in motion again and he's found a new filmmaker to take charge. Felix van Groeningen, the filmmaker behind the lovely, heartbreaking and Oscar nominated "The Broken Circle Breakdown," has now been tasked to helm "Beautiful Boy." Luke Davies (Anton Corbijn's "Life," and the novel "Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction") has penned the script which also uses Nic Sheff's memoir “Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines” for source material, to tell the story of a father watches his son struggle through meth addiction and recovery. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
New Regency and Plan B Entertainment have set Felix van Groeningen ("The Broken Circle Breakdown") to direct the film adaptation of David Sheff's memoir "Beautiful Boy," a project once earmarked for Cameron Crowe.
Nic Scheff's "Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines" is also incorporated into this story which follows meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.
The project was well into pre-production and Mark Wahlberg was being sought to star, but Crowe dropped out to direct "Aloha" instead. It has taken a while but Plan B finally found a new helmer in the form of van Groeningen.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Moviegoers can’t wait to see Katniss Everdeen lead the people of Panem to freedom or witness the Millennium Falcon roar across the screen after three decades in dry-dock, according to a recent survey by Piedmont Media Research.
The consumer tracking company polled 3,000 people about upcoming fall movies and found that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were the most hotly anticipated upcoming releases. In fact, both films scored some of the highest ratings Piedmont has recorded since it began polling audiences five years ago. The company rates consumer engagement on a scale of zero to 1,000, and the fourth and final “Hunger Games” had a 514 rating, beating last summer’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and its score of 509, as the best overall number it has ever recorded.
The “Star Wars” sequel posted a 495 rating, the third best figure since Piedmont began its surveys. It »
- Brent Lang
Mark Wahlberg might be adding another athlete to his entourage ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned that the A-lister is in talks with NBA star Caron Butler about bringing his life story to the big screen. Butler has a brand new book out called "Tuff Juice" -- in which the Sacramento Kings forward details how he overcame a hard life as a drug dealing youth to make it to the NBA. Wahlberg has been all over »
- TMZ Staff
Based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” the story follows meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.
Cameron Crowe was originally on board to direct and so far along in the pre-production process that he was courting Mark Wahlberg to star, but the director subsequently left the project to direct “Aloha.” Pitt is producing the film through Plan B. Sources say the project is moving forward quickly with “Candy” scribe Luke Davies having recently handed in his rewrite. The filmmakers plan to go out to talent shortly.
Van Groeningen broke out with Belgium pic “The Broken Circle Breakdown, »
- Justin Kroll
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