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Entourage writer-director Doug Ellin revealed earlier today that production is slated to begin on the highly-anticipated movie January 16. The filmmaker also posted a photo with cast members Scott Caan, Jerry Ferrara, Debi Mazar, Ellin himself, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier and Jeremy Piven.
January 16 start date. Getting pumped http://t.co/ATGIAE5h8Q
— Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) November 20, 2013
Back in October, the filmmaker revealed that the long-awaited movie was finally given the green light by Warner Bros. Production was always expected to begin sometime in January, after Jeremy Piven wraps production on his U.K. TV series Mr. Selfridge.
Now that indie producer Rachel Winter finally got the long-gestating drama Dallas Buyers Club in front of audiences and critics that are adoring it, she can focus her attention on another oft-delayed project in production with a pretty solid cast of its own. The drama Stealing Cars, with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson executive producing, will star William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Mike Epps, Emory Cohen and Paul Sparks. I.d have to steal a bunch of cars to be able to get these guys to make my movie. The film will be directed by Bradley Kaplan, best known for directing the episode "Muhammad and Larry" for Espn.s documentary series 30 for 30, with a script written by Will Aldis and Steve Mackall, who last teamed up for 2002.s completely forgettable Avenging Angelo with Sylvester Stallone. Hopefully they can turn a better tale out of the true story that »
• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time »
- Lindsey Bahr
Stealing Cars tells of a rebellious teenager who is sent to juvenile prison and learns to forgive himself in the wake of a tragic car accident.
Winter (pictured) first read the Stealing Cars screenplay 14 years ago and it has been set up at several studios with different cast and film-maker attachments.
Production entities are Winter’s Tangerine Films, alongside Benefit Street Films, Truth Entertainment and Two Ton Films. Financing comes from private equity and New York tax credits.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The project is directed by documentary filmmaker Bradley Kaplan (“Muhammad and Larry”), making his narrative directorial debut. Shooting began recently in New York.
Winter is a producer on “Dallas Buyers Club,” a film that had been in development since the mid-1990s before going into production a year ago. She first read the “Stealing Cars” script in 1999.
“Stealing Cars,” inspired by true events, centers on a tragic car accident that sends a confident yet rebellious teen (played by Cohen) spiraling downward into the grim injustice of the juvenile penal system. The script was written by Will Aldis and Steve Mackall.
Also starring are Heather Lind, »
- Dave McNary
Sneak Peek a Nsfw trailer supporting the French-language dramatic series "Maison Close"( "Whorehouse"), set in an 1879 Parisian brothel, that Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have acquired for a Us adaptation with broadcast partner HBO.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek a Nsfw trailer from "Maison Close"...
- Michael Stevens
Mark Wahlberg and the other one (Donnie Wahlberg) are going home for a new reality show, terribly titled Wahlburgers. Opening on A&E, the series will document their family restaurant and "the most talented sibling" Paul. It will also show their humble beginnings and their family owned burger joint.
Speaking about the announcement, A&E producer Stephen Levinson said, "We're thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously life the curtain to share this new side of their story."
Wahlberg is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood; he's currently wrapping Transformers: Age of Extinction, with The Lone Survivor and The Gambler also opening in 2014 alongside a packed schedule as a producer.
- Gary Collinson
The recent vogue for extreme solitary survival tales -- Life of Pi, All Is Lost, Gravity -- continues with another significant entry in Lone Survivor. A very intense, close-up visualization of the best-selling memoir about a botched Navy SEALs raid in Afghanistan written by the only man who lived to tell the tale, Marcus Luttrell, Peter Berg's film rates comparisons to Black Hawk Down as an unflinching account of a U.S. military operation in the Middle East gone very wrong. The film is concerned only with what directly confronts the characters -- and, by extension, the audience -- at any given moment. But even without any discernable political tilt in the point of view, other than for a clear enthusiasm for gung ho manliness, no »
- Todd McCarthy
The Wahlberg brothers will be the focus of one of A&E’s latest reality shows, with their signature Beantown twist.
“Wahlburgers” gives a behind-the-scenes look into a hamburger restaurant that Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg set up in their hometown of Dorchester, Ma. While Mark and Donnie have been in the public eye for decades, Paul — a chef and restaurateur — gets to shine as he takes on the challenge of running a burger joint that touts the family name.
Mark and Donnie’s original “entourage” — Johnny “Drama” Alves and Henry “Nacho” Laun — are also featured in the docuseries.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story,” said David McKillop, Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network. “This series offers viewers a new take on the celebrity reality series showcasing one of America’s favorite families. »
- AJ Marechal
A&E announced today it will premiere its latest homage to the Wahlberg brothers on January 22; Wahlburgers will show brothers Mark and Donnie heading back to Boston to join forces with brother Paul in a hamburger restaurant that’s already working on its second location, and serves as home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including, A&E says, the real Johnny “Drama” Alves, Henry “Nacho” Laun, Mark’s chidhood pal Billy Leonard, and family matriarch Alma. This is not to be confused with the teamsters reality-series pilot A&E had ordered from Mark Wahlberg, the Boston-set six-episode reality series about four female friends struggling to break through their blue-collar surroundings that A&E ordered from Mark Wahlberg, or Donnie Wahlberg’s reality series Boston Finest that somehow escaped A&E’s notice and wound up on TNT. “We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
(Cbr)Mark Wahlberg just booked a trip to ancient Rome, and he’s looking to Gotham City for some tips on how to get there. The actor and producer has joined forces with partner Stephen Levinson to produce "The Roman", an origin story centered on Julius Caesar. Deadline reports that the project is “in the vein of 'Batman Begins',” in that it chronicles the legendary general’s early years and rise to power. (Bonus points if Caesar runs around Rome in a mask and with a growly voice.) The film centers on Caesar’s youth, when he was kidnapped by pirates and enslaved on an »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Mark Wahlberg has been attached to produce The Roman alongside Stephen Levinson. The film chronicles the early life of great Roman general Julius Caesar, who did later cross the Rubicon and trigger a civil war but did not invent the chicken salad.
Though Caesar’s activities as a young man are generally not common knowledge, his life was pretty darn dramatic. A key event, which will be covered by the film, involves pirates (no, they didn’t have parrots and peg legs). In this period of the Roman Republic there was such distress between generals Marius (not the singing chap from Les Mis) and Sulla that no one payed much attention to the emergence of a seemingly insignificant group of pirates from Cilicia. Unwatched, they grew in number and power and decided it would be a good idea to take Caesar hostage and demand ransom. He spent his time with them chatting, »
- Tom Durbin
Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg and producing partner Stephen Levinson have signed on to produce The Roman, a biopic of Julius Caesar based on the rarely portrayed events in Plutarch’s Life Of Caesar, not the more commonly dramatized end of Caesar’s life. Described as an “origin story in the vein of Batman Begins”—because even historical figures get comic book-style "origin stories" these days—the drama will be written by Travis Baker and Richard Tanne of the web series Cinema Cool, and will center on an early incident involving Caesar being kidnapped by Cilician pirates, from a small »
The project is being described as a "Batman Begins"-style look at one the least explored times of Caesar's life - when he was in his mid-20s and a young general in the Roman army.
Kidnapped by Cilician pirates and enslaved on their prison island, Caesar escapes with his men. The decisions he makes during this time directly affect the political and social upheaval happening in Rome.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Mark Wahlberg and his partner Stephen Levinson are set to produce “The Roman,” which is said to be a sort of “Caesar Begins” movie that will tell of how Julius Caesar rose from being a prisoner and a slave to becoming a general and eventually the ruler of an empire. They want to focus on the rarely-discussed early years of his life because the character was just so bold and cunning. Amongst his exploits that are sure to be covered in this film are the fact that he once demanded that his captors double the ransom on his life, and eventually crucified them- as he promised he would.
The script was written by Travis Baker and Richard Tanne. Wahlberg and Levinson are working on securing a director for the project before they start shopping it around to studios. The producers are on a bit of a hot streak, with their »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The film will follow Julius Caesar's rise from a young general in the Roman army to the dictator of the area. It will depict a time in the ruler's life when he fell victim to a kidnapping by Cilician pirates and was enslaved on their prison island. Caesar finds a way to escape with his crew and crucifies the perpetrators that took him for ransom. After returning to Rome, he thrusts himself into the political spectrum and accelerates his rise to power. The project's tone is described as being in the same vein as Batman Begins.
A director has not been announced, but Travis Baker and Richard Tanne have already written the script. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are currently preparing for their remake of The Gambler, which the 2 Guns star will be headlining. Rupert Wyatt will be directing that project. »
Mark Wahlberg has been tapped to produce The Roman.
The Pain & Gain actor will team up with his creative partner Stephen Levinson on the origin story.
It will explore Ceasar's enslavement by Cilician pirates and his escape before rising up through the ranks of politics.
The duo are also said to be working on a remake of The Gambler with Wahlberg set to star.
Casting news and a release date for The Roman have yet to be announced as the film gets underway.
Watch Mark Wahlberg in the Pain & Gain trailer below: »
He isn't doing a Brando and donning the laurel wreath himself (not yet anyway), but Mark Wahlberg, along with producing partner Stephen Levinson, has just thrown his weight behind The Roman. The epic-sounding historical drama will chart the early adventures of Julius Caesar. The screenplay, by Travis Baker and Richard Tanne, apparently covers an episode in Caesar's early twenties. After his high-profile first military stint and in the early days of his career as a legal advocate, he was kidnapped by pirates on a voyage across the Aegean. He didn't give them an easy time. While a captive, he demanded that the pirates significantly up their ransom, deeming himself more valuable than their original demand. Then, once the ransom was paid and he was free again, he raised a fleet to track the pirates down, and had them crucified. That told 'em.Obviously there's plenty more drama in Caesar's early life, »
Mark Wahlberg is among the producers on a new project that aims to tell the story of a young Julius Caesar and his rise to power. Likened in tone to Batman Begins by Deadline , the script hails from Travis Baker and Richard Tanne and charts the would-be Emperor through his early days in the Roman army and his capture and subsequent escape from Cilician pirates. Baker and Tanne are best known as the creators (alongside Joe Lindquist) of the movie talk show "Cinema Cool." Stephen Levinson is also attached to produce The Roman and the plan is to attach a director to the project prior to finding the film a studio home. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
It's a go. love you all. pic.twitter.com/KcIPV5fqR8
— Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) October 29, 2013
We reported in September that the movie was being delayed because cast negotiations have not been finalized, with Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara reportedly holding out for more money. Then, earlier this month, executive producer Mark Wahlberg said the cast members were being "greedy," which lead to Adrian Grenier issuing a response through his Instagram account.
The primary issue reportedly stemmed from the deal Jeremy Piven closed in August, that gave him profit participation points from the movie's back end. Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly held out for a share of the back end as well, which Adrian Grenier hinted at in his Instagram statement. It isn't clear »
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