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Continuing his admirable trend of fluctuating between studio blockbusters and more narratively ambitious projects, Mark Wahlberg has entered into talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, which will tell the dramatic true tale of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig, who worked to rescue men in the water on that disastrous day. The project, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” specifically highlights the courage of those on the rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others, as they attempted to salvage the rig and save their colleagues.
- Isaac Feldberg
Earlier this year, I found myself unwittingly made the subject of a segment produced by Fox News, aired one afternoon beneath the headline “Editorial calls Lone Survivor movie military propaganda.” The editorial in question was an essay I had written the week before for The Atlantic, in which, as accused, I had described Peter Berg’s then-recent blockbuster war film as essentially propagandistic, or “a feature-length recruitment ad” possessed of “excessively nationalistic elements” that was “almost pornographic in its excess.” Needless to say, the right-wing Fox News anchors who saw fit to profile my piece found these conclusions distasteful. Many of the program’s conservative viewers agreed, and flocked to social media to let me know: I was inundated for several days thereafter with emails, tweets and even private Facebook messages attacking my apparently unpatriotic opinions, which had of course been rapidly shorn of nuance and reduced to something more palatably simplistic. »
“We are thrilled to bring back ‘The Leftovers’ for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain.”
Set in a small New York suburb, “The Leftovers” focuses on the residents of the fictional town of Mapleton, whose preconceptions are shattered in the wake of a global event dubbed “The Sudden Departure.” Three years after the fateful day when 140 million people disappeared without a trace, the series looks at the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events that can unite or divide families and communities, examining how their untold grief and the strain of »
- Laura Prudom
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. How do I convince my staunchly atheist boyfriend to watch The Leftovers? I've tried talking up its pedigree — it's HBO, the initial Peter Berg association, the numerous positive reviews — and trying to explain it's Not Left Behind, but none of it seems to work. I feel like there are a lot of interesting themes and stories that go beyond the religious idea of the Rapture — it's just interesting television. Please help! (For the record, I'm not terribly religious myself, but the idea of faith is interesting, and he watches things »
- Margaret Lyons
Michael Mann made his Comic-Con debut today alongside "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, at the Legendary Pictures panel. Footage of his cyber thriller was screened, but the only real news is this: it has a title, "Blackhat." Deadline is reporting that it will be qualified for Oscars this year ahead of a Jan. 2015 release, but Universal denies that report. (Update: Indeed, Deadline has changed its language to "may qualify.") If indeed the studio sets it up for a Dec. qualifying run, it would be a strategy very similar to what they did with Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" last year and one a great many are anticipating. The fact is, Universal has seen a lot of box office luck opening films in January, but this would give them the chance to offer the film an even bigger boost by insinuating it into the awards conversation. Plus, they only have "Get On Up »
- Kristopher Tapley
Movie News - Is Mark Wahlberg the star of a film remake of The Six Million Dollar Man? The 43-year-old actor is said to be in talks with Universal Pictures to take on the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the 70s sci-fi TV series, The Tracking Board reports. The story would follow astronaut Steve Austin - who was played by Lee Majors in the original series - whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after suffering traumatic injuries in an aircraft crash, and Wahlberg is said to be in negotiations to reprise the role. 'Battleship' filmmaker Peter Berg is reportedly attached to produce and possibly direct if the project comes together, which would see him reunite with his 'Lone Survivor' colleague Wahlberg. Harvey Weinstein is also said to be taking on a producing role in some capacity. 'The Six Million Dollar Man' has been the subject »
The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 2, “Penguin One, Us Zero”
Directed by Peter Berg
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
While the pilot was almost pure set up, and in this mostly disappointing second episode we have a further muddling of that set-up, what has at least become clearer now is that despite its literary origins, The Leftovers is definitely shaping up to be, for better or worse, Lost’s direct successor.
There are no extended flashbacks (although there are flashbacks), no smoke monster, no strangers in an isolated setting, but the structure of a supernatural mystery, and tiny character advancements while interacting sideways with that mystery, is still intact. Also, in a way, people in The Leftovers—neighbors, whole families—have become strangers to each other, even if they weren’t before. Characters like Laurie and Tom have taken on new personae in this brave new, »
(Cbr) Fresh off of one big-budget action film with Michael Bay’s "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Mark Wahlberg has a bionic eye trained on another. That’s if you believe the latest rumor. According to The Tracking Board, he’s tipped to star in Universal Pictures’ adaptation of "Six Million Dollar Man," the popular 1970s television series that featured Lee Majors as a former astronaut who, after sustaining severe injuries in an accident, is given bionic replacements for right arm, left eye and both legs. With enhanced strength, speed and vision, he becomes a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Peter Berg, who worked with Wahlberg on "Lone Survivor," is said to be attached to produce and possibly direct. There have been several attempts to make a "Six Million Dollar Man" feature — Kevin Smith wrote a movie script in 1998 that eventually was transformed into a comic book — but »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
"We can adapt it. We're Hollywood."
Looks like a big screen take of The Six Million Dollar Man may finally be slow-mo running into theaters fairly soon. Peter Berg is set to produce, and possibly direct, and it looks like he's looking to his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg for the titular role. Wahlberg is rumored to be in the running to play Steve Austin, the character that audiences first fell in love with in the 1970s TV show.
Tracking Board reports that an adaptation of the show, which itself was based on the novel, Cyborg by Martin Caldin, has been in some form of development for nearly 20 years. Along the way, the likes of Kevin Smith, Jim Carrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bryan Singer have been involved with potential adaptations. But with Berg onboard, and the star of Transformers: Age of Extinction potentially ready to take the project on, it »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Mark Wahlberg may become The Six Million Dollar Man. The 1970′s sci-fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man may be made into a motion picture with Mark Wahlberg possibly in the starring role. The movie may be directed and produced Peter Berg. After watching Lone [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Does Universal Pictures have the technology to make Mark Wahlberg better, faster and stronger? Sources have told The Tracking Board Wahlberg will star in the studios' big screen version of the 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man. The site is also reporting Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor director Peter Berg and Harvey Weinstein are attached to produce the project, and Berg might direct the film as well. The original TV series ran for five series on ABC and »
- Jesse Giroux
Mark Wahlberg is riding high on box office success right now. Released just in the waning days of last month, Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction - in which Wahlberg stars as hero Cade Yeager - has already banked $174 million domestically and $575 million globally. While a lot of credit goes to the power of the Transformers brand and even Michael Bay's name, executives are still looking at Wahlberg now like he's a big 'ol bag of cash. It's not too hard to believe that other franchises are interesting in bringing him aboard - which is where this latest rumor comes from. The Tracking Board is now saying that Universal is looking to bring the 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man to the big screen and that Mark Wahlberg is being eyed to star. What's more, they claim that Peter Berg is both producing and possibly directing. »
Last week’s premiere of The Leftovers left me a little uncertain about whether the series would be able to hold my attention for long. After all, there’s a difference between being miserable and being profound – and the pilot episode, though intriguing, didn’t convince me that showrunner Damon Lindelof and his writing staff have been able to delineate the boundaries between the two. “Penguin One, Us Zero” is a slow, slack hour (certainly not the episode to win over those fans hesitant after last week), and if it’s setting the tone for what The Leftovers is going to be week after week, I’m not sure I’m a fan. There’s too much dreariness and overwrought piano music in place of genuine emotion and character development, and the mysteries Lindelof has put out there could very easily last longer than my patience can stand.
This week, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by Michael Bay.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Victoria Summer, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver and Li Bingbing and featuring the voice talents of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe and Mark Ryan.
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots – and a paranoid government official – on them.
During my screening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction I could hear a man a few rows away from me talking out loud. I looked over and saw he was telling the kid behind him to stop kicking his chair; the kid didn’t hear him at first so he spoke a bit loud and the message was understood. It dawned on me at this point that this brief dialogue between two strangers had captivated my attention in a way the action on screen had failed »
- Gary Collinson
We've heard murmurs of Universal Pictures attempting to resurrect the old 1974 TV series The Six Million Dollar Man for sometime now. It looks as though the studio is ready to get serious about the project, and they want Mark Wahlberg to take on the role of Steve Austin in this new big screen franchise.
This latest news comes from Tracking Board, and should be considered a rumor until otherwise confirmed. Universal Pictures has no comment at this time.
The Six Million Dollar Man follows the story of astronaut Steve Austin, whose body gets rebuilt with new cybernetic technology after a nearly fatal aircraft accident. With super human powers and strength, he becomes a special agent for the government.
They can rebuild him. They have the technology. But will audiences even care? That’s the question that Universal is facing now, as The Tracking Board reports that the studio is trying yet again to assemble a reboot of the beloved 1974 series The Six Million Dollar Man.
A remake of The Six Million Dollar Man has been in the works for decades. First came a screenplay from Kevin Smith in the 1990s that he eventually adapted into a comic book titled The Bionic Man. Then came a comedic take starring Jim Carrey from The Hangover writer/director Todd Phillips, followed by an attempt in 2006 from Richard Anderson (who had a supporting role in the original series), which never materialized due to a fight between Miramax and Universal over the rights to the property. Universal then tried again in 2011, with Bryan Singer in the director’s chair and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. »
- James Garcia
Over the years, there have been many attempts at turning the 1970s sci-fi TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" into a film. At one point, Jim Carrey was attached to star in a comedic version for director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Then in 2011, it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead with Bryan Singer (X-Men) directing. Nothing worked out and the film never left the development phase. But now comes word that Universal Pictures is once again working on the project and has attached the "Lone Survivor" team of Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg. "The Six Million Dollar Man" revolves around an astronaut whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after a traumatic injury from an aircraft crash. »
Having taken on the lead in the Transformers series with Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s being reported that Mark Wahlberg is now being eyed for another potential franchise, with Tracking Board claiming that Wahlberg could be in line for a reunion with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg on an adaptation of the 70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
Universal Pictures is behind this latest attempt at bringing former astronaut turned bionic man Steve Austin to the big screen, with Berg attached in a producing capacity as well as potentially directing. Previous attempts at a Six Million Dollar Man movie include a script from Kevin Smith (Clerks) which was rumoured to have Chris Rock (Dogma) in contention for the role made famous by Lee Majors, while Jim Carrey and Leonardo DiCaprio were both reportedly attached to various projects over the past decade.
The Six Million Dollar Man began »
- Gary Collinson
The original show followed astronaut Steve Austin whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after a traumatic injury from an aircraft crash.
Several attempts have been made to adapt the property before, mostly as a comedy, with the likes of Jim Carrey and Leonardo Di Caprio linked. However, the property was often stuck in a rights tussle between TV series rights owner Universal and the Weinsteins who own the Martin Caidin novel on which the show was based.
The site claims Wahlberg's "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg is attached to produce and possibly direct should the project come together, and it would also undergo a title change to "The Six Billion Dollar Man" according to Wahlberg in a recent interview. »
- Garth Franklin
Over the past couple decades, there's been several attempts to adapt The Six Million Dollar Man into a feature-length film. As recently as 2011, Leonardo DiCaprio ("Titanic") was said to be in negotiations to star with Bryan Singer ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") set to direct, but that fell through. Also in 2011, screenwriter/director Kevin Smith ("Clerks") adapted his screenplay for The Six Million Dollar Man into a comic book. It was published by Dynamite Comics and was titled, "The Bionic Man." Now, tracking-board.com is claiming that the star and director of Lone Survivor will reteam for Universal's next attempt at making The Six Million Dollar Man film. "We’re hearing that Mark Wahlberg will star in Universal Pictures’ film remake of the 1970s sci-fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man. The story follows an astronaut, Steve Austin, whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after a traumatic injury from an aircraft crash. »
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