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The Important News New Directors/New Gigs: Paul Thomas Anderson is working on a live-action Pinocchio movie. Peter Berg will direct Mark Wahlberg again for Mile 22. Franchise Fever: Top Gun 2 will be about drones. Tom Cruise once fired his Mission: Impossible insurance company. The next Spider-Man will be like a John Hughes movie. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Trek 3 revealed official titles. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed more images. Deadpool also shared another promo image. Remake Round-Up: Robert Zemeckis revealed why there may never be a Back to the Future remake. Fatal Attraction is going to be a TV series. Box Office: Jurassic...
- Christopher Campbell
This new film will be based around a CIA agent's quest to escort a compromised asset to a waiting plane through the dangerous streets of Indonesia.
22 Miles is the latest in a string of collaborations between Wahlberg and filmmaker Berg.
The duo are currently working on Deepwater Horizon, a dramatisation of the infamous 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.
There is no release date yet set for 22 Miles. »
Wahlberg would play a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia who is tasked with transporting a compromised informant from the center of the city to an awaiting getaway plane at an airport twenty-two miles away.
While en route they must battle corrupt police, crime bosses and heavily armed locals who are all hell-bent on taking them out before they reach their plane.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The collaboration between actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and director/producer Peter Berg soldiers on following Entourage, Lone Survivor, and Ballers. Now Berg will make a film called Mile 22, an espionage thriller starring Wahlberg as a CIA agent stationed far from home, who has to deal with a whole variety of gun-toting enemies as he transports an […]
- Russ Fischer
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg seem to enjoying quite the working relationship as of late; the pair worked together on Lone Survivor, are currently shooting the disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, and have an updated version of The Six Million Dollar Man in development as well. We can now add one more film to the list of Wahlberg/Berg collaborations, THR reports that Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are in negotiations... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are set to ride with Stx Entertainment for the action thriller “22 Miles,” TheWrap has learned. The script, about a CIA operative responsible for transporting a compromised asset through the streets of Indonesia to a waiting plane, was written by “The Returned” scribe Graham Roland. Ufc fighter Ronda Rousey, who appeared in this summer’s “Entourage,” and Iko Uwais of “The Raid” films are set to costar under the direction of Berg. Also Read: Mark Wahlberg Takes Head Shots With Jimmy Fallon (Video) Wahlberg and Berg should be plenty chummy by the time cameras roll, as the men are. »
- Matt Donnelly
Berg will direct from a script written by Graham Roland. The film follows a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia who has to transport an informant from a city to a getaway plane at an airport 22 miles away.
Year-old Stx, headed by Robert Simonds, has been aggressively seeking to fill the vacuum in mid-price films. Its first release “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, opens August 7, followed by “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Oct. 23.
Wahlberg and Berg are repped by Wme. »
- Dave McNary
The bromance between Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg has been unfolding for a while now. The helmer has taken roles in the Wahlberg-produced HBO series "Entourage" and "Ballers," directed the actor in "Lone Survivor" and the currently shooting "Deepwater Horizon," and they've also got the blockbuster "Six Billion Dollar Man" brewing. And they've lined up yet another to collaborate on. Read More: 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Will Pen The Screenplay For Mark Wahlberg's 'Six Billion Dollar Man' THR reports that Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey (who starred in the Wahlberg-produced "Entourage" movie), and "The Raid" star Iko Uwais will team up for "Mile 22," with Berg behind the camera. Penned by Graham Roland ("Fringe," "Lost"), the story sounds pretty rote, following a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia who has to take his informant 22 miles from the city to the airport, with, of course, many »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When J.C. Chandor dropped out of directing Deepwater Horizon, star Mark Wahlberg enlisted his Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg to take over the reins. Now it appears that the duo are planning yet another reteam, this time on a diversely casted actioner set in Indonesia. THR reports that Wahlberg will topline an action film called Mile 22 for Stx Entertainment with Berg attached to direct and produce. Additionally, Ufc champion Ronda Rousey and The Raid star Iko Uwais are also set to star alongside Wahlberg, ensuring there will be plenty of fisticuffs to go around. Written by Graham Roland, Mile 22 revolves around a CIA agent (Wahlberg) stationed in Indonesia who must transport a compromised informant from the center of a city to an awaiting getaway plane at an airport that is—surprise—22 miles away. Standing in their way are corrupt officials, criminal overlords, and heavily-armed locals. [caption id="attachment_460055" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] »
- Adam Chitwood
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are in negotiations with Stx Entertainment, the newly launched film and TV studio, to team up for action movie Mile 22. Ufc champion turned actress Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais, who starred in the acclaimed martial-arts movies The Raid: Redemption and its sequel, also are starring in the movie. Berg will direct while Wahlberg toplines. The Graham Roland-written script tells of a CIA agent (Wahlberg) stationed in Indonesia who is tasked with transporting a compromised informant from the center of the city to an awaiting getaway plane at an airport 22 miles away.
- Borys Kit
With Peter Berg already on board to produce the action thriller Mile 22, you might have wondered whether he’d reach out to Mark Wahlberg about a role. You’d be right to wonder, because Wahlberg is now locking down a deal to star in the film.Word broke back in March that The Raid stalwart Iko Uwais and Ufc champ-turned-actress Ronda Rousey were part of the film, which sees a CIA field officer (Wahlberg) and an Indonesian cop (Uwais) thrown together while transporting a compromised informant from the centre of the city to an airfield 22 miles away. En route, they have to contend with corrupt police and heavily armed locals, all of which we’d guess will make Uwais sigh, raise his fists and say, “not this again…”How Rousey fits in remains to be seen, though we could see her as a member of the squad trying to make it to the plane. »
In 2012, the adorable, foul-mouthed teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), made his film debut and quickly became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Now, the outrageous Ted and his thunder buddy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) are back in Ted 2, as Ted finds himself in a fight to be declared human, and not the property of someone else. In an attempt to sue the state and win Ted the rights that he deserves, they enlist a young, medical-marijuana aficionada named Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) who believes that Ted is entitled to the same freedoms as any American. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, done while he was in London to promote the film, Mark Wahlberg talked about how the edgy humor combined with heart really won over audiences of the first film, why he was initially hesitant about signing on for such an absurd-sounding idea, »
- Christina Radish
For the first time, HBO is offering free access to full episodes of its original programming on Facebook, a move that if nothing else shows the growing clout in the video space of the social-media giant.
“Ballers” star and exec producer Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will host the episode directly on his Facebook page, which includes an intro by Johnson. “The Brink” can be seen on the series’ page on Facebook.
According to HBO, the episodes will not be available on YouTube or any other third-party digital platform, nor will they be available on cable, satellite or telco TV services (except to HBO subs). In addition to Facebook, the episodes are also available on HBO Now — its recently introduced over-the-top service — and HBO Go, »
- Todd Spangler
Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes you may have heard about retirement: For ex-nfl players, it isn’t all about golf courses, Bingo Nights and vacation homes in Miami.
Well, actually, the Miami part is true.
But for retired Miami Dolphins linebacker Spencer Strasmore — the protagonist of HBO’s sports comedy Ballers, played by San Andreas‘ Dwayne Johnson — his post-pro football life isn’t quite what he imagined. Despite living in a beautiful Florida home, with a gorgeous woman on his arm, Spencer’s new career as a financial consultant to the current NFL stars isn’t fulfilling him. »
It’s game-on for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the rest of HBO’s “Ballers” cast and crew Sunday as the series premieres, and according to executive producer Evan Reilly, everyone involved is already gearing up for multiple seasons. “He’s over-the-moon about the material and the fact that he can invest in a character over the course of several seasons, rather than it being a two-hour movie where you kind of have to jam it all in,” Reilly told TheWrap about Johnson. Landing the wrestler-turned-Hollywood player, which occurred between Steve Levinson penning the pilot and Peter Berg signing on to direct, »
- Tony Maglio
HBO's new comedy series "Ballers" will kick off a 10-episode season starting this Sunday, June 21, at 10pm (it's a 30-minute show). Looking at the lives of former and current football players, "Ballers" follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son, in his first major acting role), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Rob Corrdry, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in the series, which is set in Miami, Fl, and is created and executive produced by Steve Levinson, with executive producing duties by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss. John David Washington is also a former college football player who had a stint in the NFL, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I know exactly why HBO wanted to make its newest comedy series, "Ballers." It's created by "Entourage" producer Steven Levinson, it takes many of that show's lifestyle porn elements and applies them to the world of the NFL and, oh yeah, it stars Dwayne Johnson in his first regular TV role since he called himself The Rock and was a full-time part of the WWE's roster. No, the question I have about "Ballers" (which debuts Sunday at 10 after the new season of "True Detective") is why exactly Johnson felt that this should be his first wholly scripted TV series. "Ballers" isn't especially bad, but nor is it especially good. It's a show that's neither fish nor fowl: not nearly funny enough to really qualify as a comedy (and it's not until the fourth and final episodes sent to critics that it even seems to be trying all that hard to »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Entourage” is currently back and in theaters, which makes “Ballers” — the sports-world version of the show — feel even more superfluous. Capitalizing on the mix of money and groupies that surround major sports in the same way they do Hollywood, this series created by an alum of that aforementioned HBO franchise, Stephen Levinson, is perhaps most notable for bringing Dwayne Johnson to TV (outside of the wresting ring), in a role that capitalizes on his football-playing past and knack for comedy. Still, he’s mostly the straight man in these opening episodes, in what could easily be marketed as “ ‘Entourage’ … with balls.”
Johnson, who starred at the U. of Miami before his wrestling/acting career, plays former NFL linebacker Spencer Strasmore, who has sought a second act beyond football by functioning as a money manager for current players. His boss, Joe (Rob Corddry), is a socially inept sort who clearly loves hanging around pro stars, »
- Brian Lowry
I have been let down by Nicolas Cage so many times in the last decade that I cannot trust anything he acts in. For every Joe there are a dozen Left BEHINDs. His latest film, The Runner, would have immediately fallen off of my radar if not for the decent cast and timely political story. Set against the backdrop of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, also being made into a bigger production from Peter Berg and... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
J.C. Chandor is teaming up with his “Margin Call” star Zachary Quinto and distributor A24 to produce a movie adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book, “The Liar’s Ball,” which Chandor is eyeing to direct. The “Most Violent Year” director will serve as producer alongside long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb as well as producer-financier Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Quinto will executive produce. “The Newsroom” writer Gideon Yago has closed a deal to write a screenplay based on Ward’s non-fiction book, which tells the full history of New York’s famed G.M. Building from before »
- Greg Gilman
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