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Throughout his career, Mark Wahlberg has repeatedly taken on acting challenges portraying characters that are based on real people -- in 'Invincible,' 'The Perfect Storm,' 'The Basketball Diaries' and, of course, 'Planet of the Apes.' (Just kidding about that last one.) But his latest role, playing aspiring boxer Micky Ward in 'The Fighter,' Wahlberg not only had to get into character, but he also had to get into some of the best shape of his life. Meanwhile, he also produced the film and shepherded it through the tumult of multiple co-stars and directors, ultimately recruiting his 'I Heart Huckabees' and 'Three Kings' collaborator David O. Russell to take the helm, and impressively, elevate it beyond sports movie conventions to become a powerful portrait of persistence, passion, and familial solidarity.
- Todd Gilchrist
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Throughout his career, Mark Wahlberg has repeatedly taken on acting challenges portraying characters that are based on real people - in 'Invincible,' 'The Perfect Storm,' 'The Basketball Diaries,' and of course 'Planet of the Apes.' (Just kidding about that last one.) But his latest role, playing aspiring boxer Micky Ward in 'The Fighter,' Wahlberg not only had to get into character, but he also had to get into some of the best shape of his life. Meanwhile, he also produced the film and shepherded it through the tumult of multiple co-stars and directors, ultimately recruiting his 'I Heart Huckabees' and 'Three Kings' collaborator David O. Russell to take the helm, and impressively, elevate it beyond sports movie conventions to become a powerful portrait of persistence, passion, and familial solidarity. »
- Todd Gilchrist
After a couple weeks' break, we play catch-up this week with new programme starts, say goodbye with series finales, and hello once more to a very welcome return visit. All coming up in the next seven days on UK telly.
Last week, the excellent Peep Show, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, aired the first episode of its seventh series. Mark is now a dad, although a reluctant one initially, and there's evidence of plenty left in the tank for the show, even at this great running distance, as you can see in our review of the premiere here. The series continues on Channel 4 tonight, Friday, December 3rd at 10:00pm and if you want to catch up, you can watch episode 1 here. »
When it was announced that Justin Timberlake would be taking on a role in David Fincher‘s The Social Network, many bloggers and filmgoers were probably skeptical if the former boy-bander was ready for such a top-tier project. Timberlake has always been hilarious on SNL (even winning an Emmy for his participation on the sketch comedy show) but his filmography has always left much to be desired (The Love Guru, Southland Tales). With The Social Network becoming a smash hit and receiving near universal acclaim it is clear that the pop star has finally managed to deliver a performance worthy of a legitimate actor.
Casting pop stars is always a gamble as many have very little or no acting experience and often come with larger-than-life personas that don’t mix well with the films they are placed in. Stars such as Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross paved the way for »
- John Luchetti
Zac Efron is not willing to take on risky roles. The "High School Musical" star cites "Shutter Island" actor Leonardo DiCaprio as his idol but admitted he would be unwilling to take on risky parts, such as a teen heroin addict in "The Basketball Diaries" and a gay French poet in "Total Eclipse", like Leonardo did.
"It's a different time now. It's harder to get those films made," he said. "Also is has to be roles that I can identify with and relate to. I wouldn't do it just to do it."
Zac also revealed he is finding it tough to bridge the gap between teen heartthrob and respected actor, and said he would love for a top director to guide his career. The 22-year-old actor explained he would love to work with "a great director that's passionate about a project and has some kind of role for me. That's »
We may be a week or two behind the Us convoy of new series and shows, but the next seven days see UK telly pressing hard on the pedal and catching up with new episodes fresh off the showroom floors.
Those who've been left adrift with the Destiny and its crew can find out what happens next on Stargate Universe, Tuesday October 5th at 9:00pm on Sky1 in the second season opener, Intervention. It's the first of twenty episodes starring Robert Carlyle and a cast of interesting characters in space. If their fate's grown a bit blurry since you last watched, you can catch up with the maiden season cliffhanger episodes of Incursion, parts one and two, »
Where do MI5's secret agents hide out when they're not defending the Isles? Why, among comedians, that's where.
We start our weekend off in the style that only Mr Stephen Fry can deliver with a ninth series of Qi. The first of sixteen episodes welcomes Phill Jupitus, Jack Dee, Ross Noble and, of course, Alan Davies to the letter 'H' and the topic of Hodge Podge tonight, Friday, September 17th at 8:30pm on BBC1.
A little later in the evening, Jimmy Carr-hosted 8 Out Of 10 Cats returns to trump Qi with one series better (numerically, that is) in the first of five episodes at 10:00pm on Channel 4. Guests joining regulars Jason Manford and Sean Lock are Dr Christian Jessen, Jamelia, and the Jacks, »
The next seven days are full of final sips and refills beginning tomorrow morning, Saturday August 14th with a repeat broadcast from the first moments of Stargate Universe. The series' three part opener, Air, introduces the unprepared crew of Destiny and parts 1-3 will run in succession on Sky2 starting at 9:00am. The next three episodes Darkness, Light, and Water will be shown on Wednesday, August 18th beginning at 9:00pm.
Saturday night, August 14th at 10:00pm on Channel 4, the final episode of the first series of the unlikely and often unlovable superpower-imbued Misfits is repeated. It's an important one to catch if you haven't seen it, and to refresh your memory if you have. The second series, due in autumn, »
(Left) Then & Now: Wahlberg in the infamous Ck campaign in 1991. Wahlberg yesterday in Missouri.
In my weekly column at Towleroad, I barely mentioned what will likely be the big box office draw this weekend, the Mark Wahlberg/ Will Ferrell comedy The Other Guys. I note this because I was moved to discuss National Underwear Day in the same article and what modern star used underwear so successfully to boost their initial fame? Why did I ignore him so? The Other Guys poster implies that you'll be seeing a kind of self-aware satire of a buddy cop comedy. You know... the kind Edgar Wright already delivered memorably with Hot Fuzz (2007). Could these two American hams really top that Brit wit? I'm doubtful... but perhaps they're not trying. I haven't seen it. Maybe the poster is misleading.
Let's look at Wahlberg's career as told to us through movie posters. Is there »
- NATHANIEL R
With Inception about to hit cinemas, I thought I'd take a look at the highlights of its leading man, Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio. Here's what I consider to be his finest performances - and feel free to argue them in the comments below..!
DiCaprio has a small but pivotal role in Sam Raimi's 1995 western The Quick And The Dead. Starring alongside Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone and Russell Crowe, DiCaprio holds his own in his role as Fee 'The Kid' Herod.
Although the film isn't the strongest piece of work any of the key names involved have been attached to, it's a decent enough movie, with some scenes that exhibit Raimi's visual flair and a good performance from DiCaprio at a time »
Chicago – Get out the shoulder pads and parachute pants, as HollywoodChicago revisits the 1980s through interviews with four top stars of the era, as they made their appearance at the most recent Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show. Theresa Russell, Ernie Hudson, Barry Corbin and Ginger Lynn Allen were there.
HollywoodChicago talked with them all, and Hc ace photographer Joe Arce put them through their poses with his unique point of view.
The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a twice-a-year event where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the memorabilia market.
Theresa Russell made a significant debut as a film actor in “The Last Tycoon” , and went on to make several memorable films with then husband and director Nicholas Roeg, including “Bad Timing” , “Eureka”  and the infamous cult film “Insignificance” . She recently played the wife of Thomas Haden Church »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
He's 35 years of age but some people think he still looks like a baby-faced boy. Leonardo DiCaprio may look younger than his years, but he's come a very long way from playing a homeless kid on Growing Pains.
His striking good looks were complemented by a fierce intensity in This Boy's Life; he would need every ounce of courage to stand up to Robert DeNiro as his eventual stepfather, a hidden cauldron of anger and rage. DiCaprio faced up to another challenge in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, fleshing out the more demonstrative role as Johnny Depp's brain-damaged younger brother and earning an Academy Award nomination. Lesser actors would have been glad merely to have survived acting against a powerhouse like DeNiro or a young male icon like Depp; DiCaprio appeared to thrive under the pressure, moderating the showy nature of the roles with a welcome degree of subtlety. Either »
- Peter Martin
By Jeff Sneider
"Dear John" star Channing Tatum is set to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Basketball Diaries"), Heath Ledger ("Candy"), Jared Leto ("Requiem For a Dream") and Ewan McGregor ("Trainspotting") by playing a heroin addict in "What's Left of Us," an adaptation of Richard Farrell's novel that the author is writing for Berkeley Square Films, according to Deadline.
Based on a true st »
- Jeff Sneider
Based on a true story, The Basketball Diaries (1995) chronicles the life-changing times of poet Jim Carroll's youth in the early 1960s. As a talented basketball player at a Manhattan Catholic school, Jim showed lots of promise for a professional career. However, his recreational activities with high-school buddies embroiled him in petty crime and hard drugs, including heroin. Now available on Blu-ray from Palm Pictures, The Basketball Diaries provides an interesting retrospective on Leonard DiCaprio's early acting career. After winning several awards for the 1993 critically acclaimed What's Eating Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio took on the intense dramatic role of Jim Carroll.
As much as Jim enjoys basketball and writing in his diary, he spends more time hanging out and causing trouble with his friends including Mickey (Mark Wahlberg), Pedro (James Madio), and Neutron (Patrick McGaw). His best friend Bobby (Michael Imperioli) fights a losing battle with leukemia, and Jim tries to »
- Debbie Cerda
Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of Tribeca Film Festival screenings. I didn't attend as press and so have no "official" reviews to file, but this blog grows out of the experiences of its contributors, and my two screenings were definitely an experience.
On Saturday afternoon I checked out "Beware the Gonzo," from "The Basketball Diaries" scribe Bryan Goluboff. In addition to penning the script, Goluboff also makes his directorial debut with "Gonzo." He assembled a talented cast of young actors for the film, including Jesse McCartney, Zoe Kravitz (yes, the daughter of Lenny) and Ezra Miller, who was great in "City Island" and is great once again in "Gonzo" as a young Hunter S. Thompson wannabe. That's not even mentioning an adult cast that includes Campbell Scott, Amy Sedaris, James Urbaniak and Judah Friedlander.
"Gonzo" is a solid flick, a well-written high school comedy »
- Adam Rosenberg
Traditionally, late April hasn't been the most exciting time at the box office, but Hollywood has been making more and more attempts to capitalize on the days leading up to the summer movie season. Five Years Ago - 2005 The Interpreter topped the box office with $22.8 million at 2,758 theaters. It was one of the biggest-grossing debuts for a political thriller at the time. In second, The Amityville Horror (2005) had a solid second weekend hold by horror standards, while Sahara held well in third. The other nationwide debuts were a bust: A Lot Like Love opened to $7.6 million, Kung Fu Hustle mustered just $6.7 million and King's Ransom was ignored with $2.1 milllion. * Weekend Report Ten Years Ago - 2000 Trying to offer summer excitement in April, U-571 emerged with a chart-topping $19.6 million at 2,583 sites. That was and still is the highest-grossing debut ever for a submarine thriller, although it didn't pack quite as many »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular.
These esteemed examples of entertainment include Crazy Heart, Batman, Batman Returns, Fist of Legend, the first season of Merlin, the DVD release of the classic Battleship Potemkin and an obscure direct t0 dvd movie called Crimes of Fashion featuring Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and Megan Fox. And, of course, the non-3D Blu-ray release of Avatar hits stores this Thursday (pictured above with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana).
- Joe Gillis
We might be jumping the gun a bit here today, but clearly Avatar is the biggest DVD and Blu-ray release of the week -- even if it doesn't actually hit stores until Earth Day (Thursday). I wonder how many people will bring it home and wonder why they aren't seeing it in three-dimensions? Other major releases include Crazy Heart (which Jeff Bridges just won the Oscar for), Peter Jackson's much maligned The Lovely Bones, British crime drama 44 Inch Chest, and Peacock starring Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page. On Blu, we have Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, The Basketball Diaries, and the Kino release of Battleship Potemkin. Do you see anything worth buying or renting this week? Avatar  (on Apr. 22nd) (+ Blu-ray ) The Lovely Bones  (+ Blu-ray ) Crazy Heart  (+ Blu-ray ) 44 Inch Chest  (+ Blu-ray ) Peacock  The Young Victoria  (+ Blu-ray ) Summer Hours: Criterion Collection  (+ Blu-ray ) Vivre sa vie: Criterion Collection  (+ Blu-ray »
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Avatar This one doesn't hit store shelves until Thursday, April 22nd, and even though neither the DVD nor the Blu-ray comes with a single special feature, this still remains the release of the week.
This past weekend Avatar was still in 500 theaters so if you want to skip the home video version and wait for the assumed November release of the "ultimate edition" maybe you can head to the theater and catch it one last time before it's gone. Otherwise, this is your only option for the next seven months. I am expecting a review copy either in the next few days, and will post some thoughts on the video quality once I get it, but until then I can't add much more to the story other than to say I am excited to watch it again and curious to see it in 2D. »
- Brad Brevet
DVD Playhouse—April 2010
Ride With The Devil (Criterion) Ang Lee’s revisionist take on the Civil War is awash in moral ambiguity, along with some stunning cinematography, production design, and fine performances. Set during the Kansas-Missouri border war, Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich star as two friends who join up with the Confederate-sympathizing Bushwhackers, finding an odd ally in a former slave (Jeffrey Wright). While it’s fascinating to see America’s bloodiest conflict through the eyes of a foreigner, thereby allowing much of the previously mentioned ambiguity a certain latitude, the film never loses the bad taste it leaves for one simple reason: it asks us, the audience, to side with not just the Confederates, but some of the lowest trash that made up the dregs, and the fringes, of the movement. Big points for audacity, but snake eyes on the story itself. Singer Jewel is impressive in her film debut. »
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