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May 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the disappearance of a child. It's also the subject of the new movie "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. If there's any comfort to be gleaned from the trailer, it's that Jackman is on the warpath to find his girl after the efforts of cop Gyllenhaal are not proving very effective. Paul Dano plays the stringy-haired suspect that Jackman goes after on his own. This project has had a lot of fits and starts on its way to the big screen.
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April 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you follow directors' careers, you've often heard how hard it is for a so-called small filmmaker to go big. A few, like Christopher Nolan, have done it, evolving from intimate indies to studio tent poles. But it's a trick infrequently attempted and even less frequently pulled off. On the other hand, there's less talk about moving the other way: big helmers going small.  In theory, good direction is about a set of immutable, fundamental skills: managing actors, framing a vision, negotiating with whoever's signing the checks.
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April 28, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Star power didn't do much to attract moviegoers to the multiplex this weekend, as two celebrity-heavy films were unable to jump-start the box office. "Pain & Gain," featuring typically reliable box-office draws Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, debuted with a $20 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. Fortunately, the studio only spent $26 million to produce the Michael Bay-directed action comedy - otherwise, its opening would be considered more troublesome.
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April 26, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Leave it to Michael Bay to spend $26 million making a low-budget comedy. If that sounds like a robust price tag for "Pain & Gain," his new true-crime-inspired tale about three Miami gym rats who kidnap and extort a wealthy sandwich shop owner, consider that Bay is the director of such pricey special-effects-laden blockbusters as "Armageddon" and the "Transformers" films. But while "Pain & Gain" should earn a healthy return on the investment - it's expected to debut at No. 1 at the box office this weekend, to the tune of $23 million - the film is faring poorly with movie critics, most of whom find it shiny on the surface but hollow underneath.
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April 25, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
There will likely be less pain than gain for Paramount Pictures at the box office this weekend. Michael Bay's new action comedy, "Pain & Gain," is expected to debut with a respectable $23 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be enough to beat "Oblivion," the Tom Cruise sci-fi flick entering its second weekend in theaters.  The only other new film hitting theaters nationwide, the romantic comedy "The Big Wedding," isn't expected to fare that well.
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April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Michael Bay goes small, "Pain & Gain" happens. Humans handle the bone-crunching. The gore becomes gorier. The dialogue increases substantially too. Metal things may not transform, but they still make a world of hurt delivered by "Pain & Gain's" iron-pumping bodybuilders. The suddenly budget-conscious Bay shot the movie in and around his Miami mansion, so maybe that reference to "Mickey D's fries" wasn't a joke. And yet he still can't wrap up the action in less than two hours.
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April 19, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Paramount Pictures may stand to gain a great deal from its forthcoming "Pain & Gain," but for Marc Schiller, it's only generating pain.  Schiller, an accountant who resides in Boca Raton, Fla., was a victim of the Sun Gym gang, whose exploits are documented in the upcoming movie. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, centers on bodybuilders who went on a crime rampage involving kidnapping, extortion and murder in South Florida in the 1990s. In 1994, Schiller was abducted and tortured by the gang.
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April 19, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Mark Wahlberg stands to make some money for all of his pain and gain -- and in more ways than one.  The actor's own line of fitness supplements, called Marked Nutrition, is being used to promote his new movie, Paramount Pictures' "Pain & Gain. " Wahlberg developed the products with Pittsburgh health and nutrition company GNC Holdings Inc., which since August has sold them at its stores and online. In interviews and in promotional materials, Wahlberg has touted his use of Marked in preparation for playing a bodybuilder in the Michael Bay-directed film.
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April 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Mark Wahlberg, a Boston native, voiced his mournful reaction to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings as he premiered his latest film in New York on Monday. "Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today," the actor tweeted Monday after two bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring scores more. The actor appeared to be torn between promoting his film, "Pain & Gain," and staying home to take in the tragedy. PHOTOS: Boston marathon bombing "We're dealing with real life, man. None of this ... is important," Wahlberg told CBS. "We're dealing with real life and innocent people getting hurt.
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January 17, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
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