Mark Wahlberg Tried (And Failed) To Pitch ‘The Departed’ Sequel

Mark Wahlberg has a special place in his heart for ‘The Departed’ considering he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his performance in the film. It was his first ever Oscar nom.

And during a recent interview on KFC Radio, the actor revealed he had plans to make a sequel, co-starring Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro.

He got as far as a pitch meeting, but it didn’t go over well:

I went into a meeting with [screenwriter] Bill Monahan at Warner Bros. to pitch the sequel to ‘The Departed,’ And let’s just say the pitch didn’t go very well. He really didn’t have anything fleshed out, but he’s the kind of guy you just trust to go and write something. And so when we were working on the script for ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ and ‘American Desperado’ [I] said, ‘Bill, just go write. They like to have things well thought out and planned.’ It’d be a pretty good one.’

So it kinda sounds like they went into the pitch meeting without a solid idea. It was more like, “Hey, The Departed was cool…how about another one?”

Wahlberg didn’t go into any details, but he did say that Monahan was interested in bringing Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro to the table.

According to Monahan himself, he believes the studio passed only because he didn’t have a synopsis…

I don’t do synopses and I don’t pitch. Personally, I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.

Hey, stick to your guns. It’s obviously worked out well enough.

Watch Mark Wahlberg In The First Trailer For Sci-Fi Action Film ‘Infinite’

A big sci-fi action film starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Antoine Fuqua seems like a perfect summer blockbuster release.

And originally, that’s what ‘Infinite’ was going to be. It was scheduled for a big August release in theaters, but the pandemic shifted everything around and ‘Infinite’ was one of the unlucky ones to get pushed off a theatrical release completely.

But it’ll still be released to all users on Paramount Plus on June 10, and to celebrate, the studio released the first trailer.

Based on D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 fantasy novel ‘The Reincarnationist Papers,’ ‘Infinite’ follows Evan McCauley (Wahlberg), a self destructive man who is haunted by memories of skills he has never learned and places he has never visited. When he discovers a secret group that call themselves ‘Infinites,’ he learns that his memories are real, but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites invite Evan into their world, a centuries-old secret society made up of 28 others who are just like him, and he realizes he is not alone.

The movie also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas and Dylan O’Brien. The script was written by Ian Shorr.

Check out the trailer below…

Mark Wahlberg In Talks To Join Netflix Spy Movie ‘Our Man in New Jersey’

Mark Wahlberg might be the latest movie star to join forces with Netflix. According to multiple reports, the 48-year-old actor is in talks to star in and produce a spy action film titled, Our Man in New Jersey.

If the deal closes, Wahlberg would play a “a blue-collar 007 James Bond-type character.”

Stephen Levinson came up with the story idea, while ‘Safe House’ writer David Guggenheim is in talks to write the screenplay.

This is still in the early development phase, so not much else is known about the project. It certainly sounds interesting though. Action flicks have been performing well on Netflix.

Honestly, for their original films, it feels like their two sweet spots are romantic comedies and action flicks.

In any event, we’ll keep you posted as more information is released.

Mark Wahlberg Reveals He Rejected ‘The Departed’ Role Multiple Times Before Finally Accepting

Mark Wahlberg has only one acting Oscar nomination, and it was for his supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.

One would think the offer to work with Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon would be enough for Wahlberg, but it wasn’t. He didn’t want to just have a supporting role. He didn’t feel it was right for him, so he straight up rejected Scorsese, which of course pissed off Wahlberg’s agent.

“Wahlberg remembered Scorsese reacting to his rejection of the film by staying silent for a minute and saying ‘ok.’ It only took five minutes for Wahlberg’s agent to call back and chastise him for turning down an icon like Scorsese. ‘What the fuck?’ Wahlberg said his agent asked him. ‘Just go talk to [Scorsese].’ Despite Wahlberg’s resistance, Scorsese and the actor’s agent knew the part was the right choice and concocted a plan to get Wahlberg to see it for himself.”

They sent Wahlberg on a plane to meet with Scorsese face-to-face. Mark read the script again and declined again, this time with a bit of an attitude.

“I read the script again, and I was pretty angry and I said again I wasn’t going to do it. Marty told me, ‘Look at this part, look at what you get to do with all these people.’”

Mark thought about it some more and asked Scorsese if he’d be able to improvise, Scorsese assured him he’d be free to do whatever the hell he wanted, which convinced Mark to take the role. And it’s a good thing he did, ’cause like we said, that’s his only acting Oscar nomination.

Paramount Follows up Movie Trailer with Epic Movie Poster. Is That Bumble Bee Slain? (Poster & Trailer)

Paramount released a new movie poster for the fifth installment of the franchise, entitled: “Transformers: The Last Knight”.
As we learned from the trailer last week, Mark Wahlberg is returning as Cade Yeager and Tyrese is also returning as Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps.
Michael Bay is at the helm directing with a script created from Iron Man’s Art Marcum & Matt Holloway.

From the trailer we learned that Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee had beef. It’s not clear if Prime kills Bumble Bee or if the choke slam shown in the trailer was just part of a fight that ends with the two still alive, however this new poster does show a bit of Bumblebee’s arm on the ground. Not cool.
I think it’s safe to say we won’t know for sure until the movie’s release on June 23, 2017.
In case you missed it, here’s the trailer.



First Trailer For Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Patriots Day’ Has Been Released (VIDEO)

When Hollywood isn’t busy making sequels to comic book films, they spend their time checking CNN to see which tragic event they can make a quick buck on. Typically, they’ll wait at least five years before they release the project, but with the Boston Marathon Bombing?

They couldn’t wait. It’s been a little over three years since the disturbing attack on Boston. The wounds are still fresh, but don’t you worry…Mark Wahlberg is here to save the day! The same Mark Wahlberg that was charged with attempted murder after he attacked a dude with a wooden stick and called him a “Vietnam f–king sh-t.”

But we don’t talk about that now.

Patriots Day will be hitting select theaters on Christmas, so make sure you drag your entire family to watch this masterpiece. It opens in all theaters Jan. 13.

In addition to Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons will co-star in the movie. That is a pretty talented cast, and might be the only reason to give this movie a shot.

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese and nurse Carol Saunders, this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.”


Movie Review: Daddy’s Home – Hannibal Buress Single Handedly Saves this Film From Disaster

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I once tried chocolate covered bacon. While you wouldn’t expect it to work, weirdly, it did. While I wouldn’t live on it solely, I’d eat it again.

And that’s exactly how I feel about the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell. I enjoyed them in The Other Guys, so will admit it was a strange mix, and decided to give them a second shot on this one. Unfortunately, much like chocolate covered bacon, you can have too much of a good thing.

Farrell plays stepdad Brad, who is starting to get along with his new step kids. That is until Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) re-enters the picture intent on taking back his family. The two try to one up each other, while the long suffering wife just looks on in the thankless roll of ‘generic supportive female’.

The movie doesn’t capture the hijinks of The Other Guys as it lacks bite in the script. There’s no shock or laugh out loud moments. Instead the movie is all predictable punchlines and jokes that go on just a hair too long.

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The only thing I liked about this movie was Hannibal Buress, the lesser known comic who is most known for the Bill Cosby rape joke that started the flood of lawsuits to follow. In this, he was a hilariously inept handyman who decides to just hang out all the time and insert himself into the two main characters’ fights, often stealing the show himself. His small but significant roll is one of the best parts of the film.

His character is so clever, I feel like maybe he pulled the pen from the writer’s hand and rewrote his own part. His clever character doesn’t seem to fit in with the generic, “good enough” writing style of all the other characters.  My assumption is that his role was highly improvised.

I enjoy Will Farrell, but it has to be in the right roll. He’s been playing characters so long that even when writers try to make him real, he feels clichéd and boring. In this film, he’s nothing special and certainly not memorable. Mark Wahlberg is equally weak. Both men play stereotypes while trying to get laughs, but the whole effort feels forced.

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This is not The Other Guys. In that movie, the unique combination worked because the script had the right amount of edge. In this one, it just feels boring, though it is mercifully short. But it’s certainly no one’s best work to date…with the exception of Hannibal Buress. That guy was the flower that grew out of the pot of dirt.

For Hannibal Buress alone, I’ll give this one a worth the watch. The movie isn’t so much painful as it’s just not that funny. As a result, if you’re looking for laugh out loud humor, I highly recommend you fast forward to all the Hannibal Buress parts. As far as I’m concerned, he made this movie.

But this is one where the Wahlberg/ Farrell comedy team just didn’t work. It’s a predictable story with a lot of predictable humor that very few people will find funny. It just not interesting enough to be laughable.

WE GAVE IT : 3 STARS! Watch the Official Trailer and See the Official Movie Poster below


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Mark Wahlberg Will Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Movie For CBS Films

It’s only been two years, but it looks like development on a film chronicling the events of the 2013 bombings has already started.

The Wrap reports that Boston native Mark Wahlberg will produce the movie for CBS Films. Some people believe he will also star in the film as city police commissioner Ed Davis, but he would have to pull off one heck of a transformation to make that happen.

Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) is currently writing the screenplay. As of right now, the film doesn’t have any actors or directors attached to it.

The working title is Patriots’ Day, and CBS Films president Terry Press had this to say about the story…

“There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes. The team that we have assembled for this project is determined to give audiences a very personal look at what occurred during the days when the eyes of the world were on the city of Boston and how a group of contemporary patriots faced this crisis.”

And as we were doing more research on this film, we discovered 20th Century Fox already purchased a script titled, Boston Strong. Daniel Espinosa will be directing the movie, which will reportedly begin filming this year.

This means we have at least two films being made about a tragic event that happened just two years ago. How do you feel about this? Are these projects being started a little too soon?

Your Favorite Trash-Talking Teddy Is Back In First ‘Ted 2’ Trailer


After pulling in over $549 million worldwide with the original film, Seth MacFarlane is ready to bring back his foul-mouthed teddy bear. Returning to the sequel is Ted’s best friend for life, John, played wonderfully by Mark Wahlberg.

Ted 2 will focus on proving that the naughty teddy bear actually has a soul. You see, he and his new bride, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to start a family together. But before they are allowed to adopt some poor child, Ted will have to prove he’s human enough to become an adoptive parent.

Morgan Freeman joins the cast as a civil rights lawyer, and Amanda Seyfried will play Ted’s legal representative, Samantha Jackson.

I won’t be making any box office predictions for this film (opening June 26th, 2015) but I am confident in saying two things.

  • People who liked the first film will love this sequel.
  • People who didn’t like the first film will hate this sequel.

I know, I know. I am really going out on a limb with that prediction. What can I say? It’s Friday. I am feeling a little dangerous. I might put two servings of chocolate syrup inside my milk this morning. That’s one more than they recommend.

Yes! Yes! The ‘Entourage’ Movie Trailer is finally here and it Rocks!

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Can you tell I’m excited? If you are a diehard fan of the show like me than you are not only eagerly awaiting this release, but you can already feel the sadness you will feel when the credits role. You might already be wishing that there is a sequel. We have been waiting for this project to hit theaters for a long time and it’s almost here.

This entire project has been plagued with so many issues that I thought it would fall the fate of the HBO promised “Soprano” movie that never happened. But after cashing in on two ‘Sex and the City’ movies and with Mark Wahlberg’s Hollywood mojo at an all-time high I began to have confidence in the project.

Back in September of 2012 the screen play was completed and put on ice. It wasn’t until October of 2013 that a deal was finally reached signing back every last person from the original cast with the shows creator Doug Ellin sitting in the director’s chair. What better way to maintain creative integrity? Filming began this February and we now get to take a glimpse at what the movie has in store for us.

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The movie is said to take place six months after the end of the series and I have to say, everyone looks great. No one has packed on weight or aged terribly in fact Turtle might have even lost more weight. The trailer has a look and feel of a longer episode which quite frankly at 22 minutes almost always left you wanting more. The last episode aired on September 11, 2011, nearly 3 years ago.

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I have to say this trailer is everything that I would expect and more. The movie is scheduled for release June 5th 2014. I have already tried to buy my ticket. (I’m not kidding) .

Watch and enjoy the trailer. I guarantee it will have you breaking out the box set!!

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