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‘Boogie Nights’ Turns 20! Looking Back on Mark Wahlberg and the Ensemble Cast’s Breakthrough Performances

10 October 2017 7:53 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Dirk Diggler has great manners.

Every character in Boogie Nights has small details like this that encapsulate everything about them. Some of these qualities, such as Diggler's obsessive politeness whenever he's pulled away from a conversation, are written on the page. Others appear to be specific choices made by actors, like the way Philip Seymour Hoffman's Scotty J. nervously holds his arm during Jack and Dirk's confrontation.

As the film turns 20, Et is reexamining the breakthrough performances in Boogie Nights and Paul Thomas Anderson's showcase of incredible character actors.

Set in the late '70s, Boogie Nights chronicles 17-year-old busboy Eddie Adams’ (Mark Wahlberg) journey as he’s taken under the wing of pornography auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) and into a world where he could finally become the bright shining star he always felt destined to be. Adams quickly transforms into the neon sign dynamite that is Dirk Diggler and takes the industry by storm »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Da Vinci in Upcoming Biopic

13 August 2017 3:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Well, this just seems perfect. It has been officially announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the painter/scientist and fellow Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci in a biopic based off of author Walter Isaacson's book called, you guessed it, Leonardo da Vinci. As it turns out, Paramount won an intense bidding war for the project over Universal who was reportedly bringing out the big guns to acquire the biopic. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce the movie for their Appian Way banner.

Deadline reported the news while also sharing that DiCaprio was allegedly named after da Vinci. The story goes that DiCaprio's mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in Italy while pregnant with the superstar actor. Legend has it that DiCaprio kicked for the first time while his mother was looking at the painting and gained a name. It is not clear what painting that his mother was looking at, »

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Star Wars Prequels Almost Got a Totally Different Anakin Skywalker

13 August 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.

There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting »

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Killings said to have been inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries spotlighted on CopyCat Killers

24 June 2017 2:09 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A high-school shooting claimed to have been inspired by a scene from Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries is spotlighted tonight on REELZChannel documentary series CopyCat Killers. The shooting at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, in December 1997 saw 14-year-old Michael Carneal shoot dead three students and injure five others. It was later claimed he may have been inspired from a dream-sequence scene from 1995 film The Basketball Diaries in which DiCaprio’s character Jim Carroll shoots students at his school. In 1999 the parents of the three victims, Nicole Hadley, 14, Jessica James, 17, and Kayce Steger, 15, more »

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Top Five Mark Wahlberg Movie Performances Ever

6 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It was a relatively tough road before Mark Wahlberg’s exciting acting career. He experienced a troubled upbringing in his childhood years in Boston that led him to becoming Marky Mark as a rapper. It was during his rapping career and Calvin Klein modeling that he became noticed. It was also at this time when he decided to begin his acting career.  With bit parts in movies like Renaissance Man and The Basketball Diaries, Wahlberg proved he belonged on screen.  Today, Wahlberg is known in Hollywood as one of the most popular leading men in film.   But all of his movies,

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Why Mark Wahlberg Almost Said No to Boogie Nights

3 May 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This fall, the movie that put both star Mark Wahlberg and director Paul Thomas Anderson on the map turns 20, the modern classic Boogie Nights. At the time of the movie's release, Mark Wahlberg was best known as Marky Mark, a pop singer and Calvin Klein underwear pitchman, but he had started branching out into acting in the early 1990s with roles in Renaissance Man, The Basketball Diaries and Fear, before his breakout role in 1997's Boogie Nights. According to the actor, he almost didn't take the role. In fact, at first, he even refused to read the script for one important reason.

ABC News caught up with Mark Wahlberg, who said when he was first approached with the role of Dirk Diggler, he wouldn't read the script because it was about the adult film industry. Eventually, he changed his mind, but he still wasn't sure about the story. Here's what »

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CinemaCon: Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg Dominate ‘Transformers’ Footage

28 March 2017 7:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount opted to highlight its most successful franchise Tuesday at CimemaCon, concluding its presentation by offering a well-received 15-minute sneak peak at”Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Aside from the usual barrage of mechanized transformers — both good and bad — battling each other, the action-packed footage was dominated by Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner and newcomer Anthony Hopkins. To introduce the footage, the studio offered comment from Michael Bay, who is directing his final “Transformers.” A  lively Bay touted the film as being the first to be shot entirely in Imax 3D.

“The scale of the ‘Transformers’ is meant to be seen on the big screen,” Bay asserted.

Moner’s portrayal of a street kid who’s wise beyond her years included a tearful goodbye to one of the Bots who had been trying to protect her. And Hopkins was particularly well-liked by the crowd in the key role of Sir Edmund Burton, »

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Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg Plan to Make Action Movie ‘Mile 22’ a Trilogy

28 March 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a surprise announcement at CinemaCon on Tuesday, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg declared they are moving ahead with “Mile 22” as an action franchise at Stx Entertainment.

Wahlberg described the project as “an intelligent, adult action film” and said he and Berg want to make the first film as the start of a trilogy. “I still don’t feel like I have the movie, the role, that defines me,” he added.

The duo, who were brought on stage by Stx Chairman Adam Fogelson but did not give details on how soon the project might go into production. Wahlberg noted that Fogelson had been key in getting him his first major comedy role in “Ted,” while Fogelson was running Universal.

Wahlberg and Berg have collaborated on “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day.” Berg directed and produced all three while Wahlberg was a producer on all three.

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David Phillips, ‘The Basketball Diaries’ Cinematographer, Dies at 60

23 February 2017 1:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinematographer David Phillips, who served as the Dp on Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1995 film “The Basketball Diaries,” died Feb. 4 of natural causes in New York City, his family announced. He was 60.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University, Phillips spent his early years working on music videos including New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step” and Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night.” He also shot several music documentaries, such as “Midnight Oil: Black Rain Falls” and “Cyndi Lauper: 12 Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.”

Phillips is additionally credited with filming Mark Wahlberg’s popular 1993 workout video “Form… Focus… Fitness, the Marky Mark Workout.”

His first major film was also DiCaprio’s first lead role: “The Basketball Diaries.” The adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiographical memoir, directed by Scott Kalvert, also starred a young Wahlberg.

He worked on both the 1996 HBO series “The High Life »

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David Phillips, Cinematographer on DiCaprio's 'The Basketball Diaries,' Dies at 60

23 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

David Phillips, who served as the cinematographer on The Basketball Diaries, the 1995 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, died Feb. 4 of natural causes in New York City, his family announced. He was 60.

Phillips worked on dozens of music videos in the 1980s and '90s, including those for New Kids on the Block's "Step by Step" and Cyndi Lauper's "I Drove All Night." He also directed and shot the 2011 video Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues Live.

The Basketball Diaries, DiCaprio's first starring role in a feature, was directed by Scott Kalvert, who also made his mark with music »

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