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Mark Wahlberg Prays God Will Forgive Him for Boogie Nights: 'I Just Always Hope That God Is a Movie Fan'

Mark Wahlberg Prays God Will Forgive Him for Boogie Nights: 'I Just Always Hope That God Is a Movie Fan'
Mark Wahlberg is asking for forgiveness.

The Oscar-nominated actor, 46, opened up about his impressive film career during an interview with the Chicago Inc on Friday, admitting he’s had a few missteps along the way.

“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” he said.

When asked if he’d ever prayed for forgiveness for any specific movies, the actor replied: “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.”

Wahlberg portrayed porn star Dirk Digger in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 classic. The
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Paul Thomas Anderson Announces Next Film, Starts His Own Religion

Paul Thomas Anderson Announces Next Film, Starts His Own Religion
Rejoice! It's time for Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman to work together again. After Sydney, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch Drunk Love, Variety reports that the two are teaming up for a new feature about a man who creates his own religion. But don't celebrate too much -- this news is still in the early stages. Anderson is said to be planning to submit a finished script to Universal, who will then decide whether or not they will greenlight it (um, yes please). And, the trade couldn't get comment from the studio, or either man's reps.

But here's what we do know. Should this go into production, there will be a $35 million price tag with Hoffman finally getting center stage playing "the Master" (as in master of ceremonies), a charismatic man who starts "a faith-based organization" in the 1950s. He teams up with a twentysomething drifter named Freddie
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Graham Has The Magic Touch - Literally

Graham Has The Magic Touch - Literally
Actress Heather Graham has swapped her Boogie Nights for the Boogeyman after becoming a low-key white witch.

The star admits to dabbling with witchcraft, and she's so taken by magic potions and spells she had penned a spooky script about her interests.

She says, "I have this group of friends and we get together and we call ourselves The Goddesses and we wish for things and then a lot of amazing things have happened to all of us. It's five girls and one guy... He's a witch.

"We burn things... We did this thing where we were honouring the elements of earth, wind, air and fire... You do spells.

"We did this thing where we were calling on the wind and the air and this whole storm started on my roof... It was amazing... It's empowering.

"One of my friends, she didn't have a lot of money and she was like, 'I want a better apartment,' and we were doing these spells for her and then her dad just bought her an apartment."

And Graham feels U.S. President Barack Obama owes her and her friends a huge debt of gratitude for helping him win last year's election.

She adds, "My friends really wanted Obama to be elected so we all did a spell... and then he got elected... It worked out good."

And Graham even credits her witchy ways for landing her a good man.

She explains, "I wanted, like, a serious boyfriend and I requested all these things, like, 'I want him to cook, I want him to turn me onto great music... and then I got that."

And she admits her new man, filmmaker Yaniv Raz, is totally "into" her magical powers: "We'll do, like, good sex spells."

Graham's Parents Still Upset About Boogie Nights Bare-All

Graham's Parents Still Upset About Boogie Nights Bare-All
Heather Graham's parent's still haven't forgiven her for baring all as RollerGirl in Boogie Nights.

The actress admits her folks were "horrified" by the sight of their daughter completely naked in the 1997 movie - and they've never come round to accepting the fact it was necessary for the project.

Graham says, "Part of me longs to have a mom and dad who love and accept me for who I am, but, if they never do, it's Ok."

And she's a little taken aback that people still think she's sweet and innocent after her role in the edgy film about the porn industry.

She adds, "There's this image out there of me being this fragile, innocent creature, but I actually love telling dirty jokes."

Interview: Philip Seymour Hoffman on "Synecdoche, New York"

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By Aaron Hillis

Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," "The Savages," "Boogie Nights") is no stranger to mining empathy from the sadness of down-and-out characters, but his latest role sees the Oscar-winning actor wrestling with onscreen angst from the deepest, most depressing of human worries: the finite constraints of creativity, love and mortality, and whether existence itself is at all relevant. Directed by first-timer Charlie Kaufman (screenwriter of such high-brow faves as "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), "Synecdoche, New York" stars Hoffman as Schenectady theater director Caden Cotard, a frazzled man who's deteriorating physically, artistically, romantically, spiritually, and just about any other way you've got. When a prestigious MacArthur grant comes his way, Caden begins to produce his life's greatest work -- a life-size, living theater reproduction of NYC inside a warehouse, a ridiculous feat made metaphysically possible in what's easily Kaufman's most ambitious and personal work to date.
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Wahlberg's Boogie Nights Ban

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Actor Mark Wahlberg has banned his kids from watching his films - insisting he particularly doesn't want them to see Boogie Nights.

The former rapper plays a porn star in the 1997 movie and he is hoping his three children with partner Rhea Durham - Ella Rae, five, Michael, two, and newborn Brendan Joseph - never see the picture because of its explicit content.

He says, "It's on their banned list. Frankly I don't want my kids to see anything I've done."

L.A. Confidential Tops Best Los Angeles Movies

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L.A. Confidential Tops Best Los Angeles Movies
L.A. Confidential has topped a new list of films made about Los Angeles culture.

The 1997 cop drama beat Boogie Nights and Jackie Brown in the new Los Angeles Times newspaper poll.

1997 appears to have been a vintage year for Tinseltown at the movies - the top three films all came out that year.

The movies polled were all released in the last 25 years and feature the city as a "main character".

The top 10 is:

1. L.A. Confidential

2. Boogie Nights

3. Jackie Brown

4. Boyz N The Hood

5. Beverly Hills Cop

6. The Player

7. Clueless

8. Repo Man

9. Collateral

10. The Big Lebowski

Wahlberg To Wed Next Summer

Wahlberg To Wed Next Summer
Mark Wahlberg will marry his longtime girlfriend Rhea Durham after the birth of their third child.

The couple has been dating since 2001 and has two children together - daughter Ella, four, and Michael, two.

Durham is currently pregnant with their second baby - and Wahlberg reveals they are putting plans into motion for a wedding next summer.

He tells People.com, "She wants to wait until after the baby. We've been very fortunate. We've waited and worked hard to really strengthen our relationship. We want it right.

"We're ready. I'm ready. She's been ready, but I think you know, we both come from broken homes and we want to succeed."

The Boogie Nights star is refusing to give up any details about their plans for the ceremony, but insists "it's going to be a beautiful occasion. Very intimate."

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood
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AUSTIN -- Both an epic and a miniature, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood uses the fewest possible brush strokes, spread across a vast canvas, to paint a portrait of greed at the beginning of the American century. Built around another powerhouse performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, it's a certain awards contender and will be a strong draw for serious moviegoers.

Partially shot in Marfa, Texas, and stretching across three decades -- just enough time for an infant to rise up and defy his father -- it begs comparison to another Marfa production, Giant. Blood has none of that film's melodramatic sprawl, though. Instead, it pares allegory-friendly material down to the elementals. It shows not the birth of the American oil business but the origin of a certain kind of oil man -- self-made, hands-on, destined for great wealth but doomed to not enjoy it -- then pits this capitalistic force of nature against its Bible-thumping mirror image, hinting at the culture-shaping sibling rivalry between the influence of God and of Mammon in America.

Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a prospector introduced in a wordless sequence showing his progression from heavy-bearded miner to civilized man with prospects: In the entire first reel, the only dialogue we hear is a muttered "there she is" as Plainview finds his buried treasure. The soundtrack is dominated by wilding clouds of strings that bestow on petroleum the mysterious power of Stanley Kubrick's famous obelisk.

That music, by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, is captivating and sometimes intense, greatly contributing to the sense that tectonic forces lie beneath the drama.

The film then makes up for lost time as Plainview addresses a gathering of country landowners in hopes of talking his way onto their property. In Day-Lewis' hands, the spiel becomes a John Huston-ish seduction, a velvet rumble about how qualified he is to suck oil from their dirt and transmute it to wealth for them and their children. When his listeners hesitate before taking the bait, Plainview refuses them a second chance, moving briskly to the next-best prospect. Eventually, he lands a territory with vast, empire-building potential, and the film settles down there, watching him struggle to exploit the discovery.

The film isn't as bloody as its title suggests, but from the start it makes the most of what violence it contains. The dangers of digging for oil are starkly depicted, and at one point -- during a hair-raising sequence in which a just-struck gusher catches fire -- Plainview's young adopted son takes a fall that costs him his hearing.

That loss and a more mysterious family matter are all we see of Plainview's personal life; he seemingly exists to do nothing but find and sell oil. An obstacle arrives in the person of Paul Dano's Eli Sunday, a self-styled man of God hoping to funnel as much as possible of his congregation's impending wealth into glorifying the Almighty. Barely old enough to shave, Sunday spellbinds listeners with frenzied exorcisms and threatens to steer his flock away from the man who needs their land.

Director Anderson's critics might not know what to do with this picture, which has none of the attention-grabbing flourishes of earlier films -- no hailstorms of frogs or deus ex machina pianos here. The closest it gets to self-conscious showiness is its closing scene, a confrontation as memorably strange as the fireworks-popping, "Jessie's Girl"-belting drug deal in Boogie Nights. Its setting is as visually spare (a highlight of Jack Fisk's brilliant production design) as the other was decadent and cluttered, and eventually the scene makes good on the title's promise -- but only after offering a virtuoso humiliation to mirror one Plainview suffers earlier in the story.

Even here, though, what could be mere showboating serves as the last step on the path Blood started out on: drawing us slowly and with steadily increasing horror into the bitter worldview of a man whose name suggests he sees the world for what it is.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Paramount Vantage

Ghoulardi Film Co./Paramount Vantage/Miramax Films/Scott Rudin Prods.

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson

Based on the novel by: Upton Sinclair

Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, Joanne Sellar

Executive producers: Scott Rudin, Eric Schlosser

Director of photography: Robert Elswit

Production designer: Jack Fisk

Music: Jonny Greenwood

Costume designer: Mark Bridges

Editors: Tatiana S. Riegel, Dylan Tichenor

Cast:

Daniel Plainview: Daniel Day-Lewis

Eli Sunday: Paul Dano

H.W.: Dillion Freasier

Fletcher Hamilton: Ciaran Hinds

Running time -- 158 minutes

MPAA rating: R

Wahlberg Bans His Kids From Seeing His Movies

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Hollywood hunk Mark Wahlberg has banned his children and young relatives from watching his back catalogue of films, because they are too racy. Wahlberg has starred in a string of sexual, drug-themed and violent movies, including Boogie Nights, The Yards, Three Kings and The Basketball Diaries. The actor, dad to five-month-old Michael and two-year-old Ella Rae, tells the New York Daily News he is delighted his latest movie, Disney-produced Invincible is kid-friendly. He says, "It's a movie my kids can see - my nieces and nephews. I haven't had that. None of my nieces and nephews have seen Boogie Nights, thank God! I haven't made too many PG movies."

Hanks Hails 'Space Odyssey' As His Favorite Film

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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has hailed sci-fi adventure 2001: A Space Odyssey as his favorite film of all time. The Forrest Gump star insists he "can't see enough" of the 1968 Stanley Kubrick-directed movie, because it involves the audience in a unique way. He says, "That's what I'm looking for when I go to see a film, just like any other cinema-goer. The period, the topic or the genre don't matter to me. The only thing that matters for me is: 'boy, what would you do if that were you?"' He also listed 1972 mafia movie The Godfather, crime thriller Fargo, violent high school drama Elephant and Boogie Nights among his top five all-time favorites.

Watts, Ledger, Hoffman earn S.B. honors

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger will be honored at the 21st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 2-12. The fest also will recognize James Cameron with the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking. Hoffman, who plays the title role in Bennett Miller's Capote, will be presented with the Riviera Award, established to recognize an actor who has influenced American cinema, on Feb. 11. His credits include Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Reynolds Denies Slapping Producer

Actor Burt Reynolds has slammed reports he struck an assistant producer for asking insulting questions at the New York premiere of his new film, The Longest Yard earlier this month. The 69-year-old star reportedly became enraged when the unnamed CBS Newspath producer asked about the film at the red carpet event in Chelsea, because he confessed he hadn't bothered to watch the movie remake or the 1974 original, which Reynolds also starred in. American newspaper New York Daily News claims the Boogie Nights star slapped the shocked questioner across the face, after shouting, "You don't know anything about the movie? What the hell kind of guy are you?" But Reynolds spokesman insists, "Reynolds playfully tapped him on the cheek as if to say, 'Well, that's not really nice.' He was kidding." A police spokesman says Reynolds was not charged for the alleged attack and no complaints were filed.

Heather Thrilled To Be a Videogame Star

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Heather Thrilled To Be a Videogame Star
Boogie Nights star Heather Graham has taken on a new action role - as the voice of a computer-animated heroine. Graham was approached to play Antonia Bayle, the ruler of fictitious Qeynos, in new videogame Everquest II and she admits she's hooked. She says, "I didn't even know the game when they approached me, but then I played the first one, and it was amazing. I'd always wished I had the chance to play Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, but I never had friends who were into it. Now I've got friends who are super-obsessed with EverQuest, and they fear for me once I start getting into the sequel."

Heather Graham in Love Split

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Heather Graham in Love Split
Boogie Nights beauty Heather Graham is a single woman once again after parting ways with her producer beau Chris Weitz. The couple, who dated for more than two years, remain close, despite their romantic meltdown. Graham tells Star magazine, "We're actually just friends. We broke up a little bit ago." While pals say the pair's relationship dissolved in September, Graham still insisted on attending a October 24 fundraiser for the International Foundation For Terror Act Victims, which is close to Weitz's heart. She adds, "When he called me about this event, I was happy to do it with him."

Warners taps Harris exec vp prod'n

Warners taps Harris exec vp prod'n
Veteran production executive Lynn Harris has joined Warner Bros. Pictures as executive vp production, effective today. Harris is producing Blade: Trinity through her Sirius Pictures shingle, which she formed early last year. Before that, she spent 10 years at New Line Cinema, joining the company as a vp production in 1993 and rising to executive vp production. At New Line, she served as executive producer on several films, including Seven, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Life as a House and the first two Blade movies. She also executive produced About a Boy and is producing the upcoming New Line release The Notebook. "We're incredibly lucky to have brought Lynn to Warner Bros. Pictures," Warners president of production Jeff Robinov said. "She has wonderful taste and great relationships throughout the industry. Added to that, her hands-on experience as an independent producer will bring additional perspective to her new role, and we're sure it will have tremendous benefit for us." Before joining New Line, Harris ran Lynda Obst Prods., developing such films as Crisis in the Hot Zone, Contact and The Buccaneers.

ShoWest taps Gordon for career nod

ShoWest taps Gordon for career nod
Academy Award-nominated producer Lawrence Gordon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest 2004, which begins March 22 in Las Vegas. In a 40-year producing career, Gordon has been responsible for such films as Die Hard, 48 Hrs., The Warriors, Predator, Timecop, Waterworld, Boogie Nights, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and best picture Oscar nominee Field of Dreams. Gordon has been president and chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox, chairman and CEO of Largo Entertainment and vp worldwide production at American International Pictures.
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