January 17, 2013 |
Arnold is looking at a scary weekend at the box office. The low-budget horror movie "Mama" is expected to open at No. 1 with about $20 million, including Martin Luther King Day on Monday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Meanwhile, "The Last Stand," which marks former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade, is expected to have a weak opening of about $12 million. The weekend's other new release, "Broken City," a political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, is looking at a similarly soft start.
January 17, 2013 |
Brian Tucker's "Broken City" screenplay is packed with plot twists, complex sentences and the kind of innuendo that make it seem as if the movie will be a smarter-than-most thriller from the first exchanges. All the talking is no doubt why "Broken City" landed on the coveted Black List of the best unproduced scripts a few years ago. Now it's been filmed with a beefy cast led by Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggart, a broken cop turned P.I. Russell Crowe is cagey Mayor Nicolas Hostetler, the man who brought him down.
January 14, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 13 - 19, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies Today Kim and Kourtney Kardashian; Mark Wahlberg. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Claire Bowen; chef Homaro Cantu; Sandy Hook students perform with Ingrid Michaelson. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Chef Bobby Flay; Cote de Pablo. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Mark Wahlberg; Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.
January 12, 2013 |
For the last two decades, Allen Hughes' primary renown has been based on joint credit. He and his identical twin, Albert, are known around Hollywood as the Hughes brothers, the hydra-headed filmmaking duo responsible for such breakthroughs as the blistering 1993 gangsta drama "Menace II Society" and the Denzel Washington-starring post-apocalyptic thriller "The Book of Eli" in 2010. Ask Hughes what compelled him to dissolve their enduring creative partnership to strike out on his own this year, however, and the director is likely to start talking about the Beatles.
January 9, 2013 |
Mark Wahlberg, weatherman? For anyone wishing Wahlberg could step into their shoes for a day, a few Philadelphia morning newscasters got the chance. Along with "Broken City" director Allen Hughes, the "Ted" star did the traffic and weather report for WTXF's "Good Day Philadelphia" Wednesday while revealing a few newscast secrets during the stunt -- such as, how do they know where to point on the green screen? (Answer: There are monitors on the side of the screen that help them direct their gesticulations.)
December 19, 2012 |
In Wednesday's trailer release for Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain," we think we've found 2013's "Magic Mike. " Regrettably, stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson won't be doing any choreographed routines, but after watching the clip, the Ministry can guarantee a nonstop gun, chest and abs show. Let us give you the five most amazing moments from the trailer (watch below), which can only be described as muscle heaven. Mark Wahlberg's million-dollar dumb play: Not since his affable-but-angry Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights" has Wahlberg been so likable.
September 5, 2012 |
Hollywood loves a good crime saga, so it's little wonder that studios are rumored to be hot for the life story of Griselda Blanco, the infamous female Colombian drug lord who was shot dead in her hometown of Medellín on Monday. Gunned down by an assassin on a motorcycle (in a style of execution she reportedly perfected) outside of a butcher shop, Blanco lived a life as large as a Corleone and was known as the "Godmother" of cocaine. According to an obituary in the Miami Herald , "At least three feature films and an HBO series featuring Blanco were in the works at the time of her death.
July 3, 2012 |
Someday when a diabolical alien species from a faraway galaxy has taken control of our planet, our evil bug-eyed rulers will occasionally find themselves pondering the oddities of early 21st century American civilization. Why, for example, were so many earthlings infatuated with Charlie Sheen? How did a baseball team called the Chicago Cubs manage to lose so many games? And most puzzling of all, why were 21st century moviegoers so eager to see dozens upon dozens of comedies populated with vulgar, wise-cracking, weed-smoking, underachieving man-children whose entire lives seemed to revolve around a misty-eyed nostalgia for '80s TV shows, movies and big-haired rock bands?
July 2, 2012 |
Adults came out to the multiplex in droves this weekend, as two R-rated films - "Ted"and"Magic Mike" - dominated ticket sales. The weekend winner was "Ted," "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane's raunchy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and a talking, potty-mouthed teddy bear. The movie collected a robust $54.1 million upon its debut, while Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" started off with $39.2 million. The latter film, which stars Channing Tatum, is loosely based on the actor's brief stint as a stripper at age 18. Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection," meanwhile, opened with a solid $26.4 million - slightly ahead of the $25 million the director-actor-writer's last "Madea" film debuted with last summer.
June 29, 2012 |
The potty-mouthed "Ted" will heckle male strippers off the box-office stage, as the Seth MacFarlane comedy is expected to take down "Magic Mike" and all other new movies hitting theaters this weekend. "Ted," starring Mark Wahlberg as a man whose best friend is a talking teddy bear, is expected to open with a robust $40 million in ticket sales, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Universal Pictures, which is distributing the film, is predicting a softer opening of between $26 million and $36 million.