Mark Wahlberg has had an amazing career. He started off as a Calvin Klein model, then had a successful music career with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and ultimately made the transition into film, becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
Since Wahlberg made his big screen debut in Penny Marshall’s 1994 comedy Renaissance Man, it’s been nonstop for him. Whalberg, who currently stars in the box office hit Pain & Gain, has made over 30 films in his career, including the great films, Boogie Nights, The Fighter, and The Departed, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
He has also made some films that he admits weren’t very good. Wahlberg told us that he made all of his choices for a specific reason, mostly to work with the filmmakers and gain experience, and only within the last decade has he made films that he believes the audience would want to see him in. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Whalberg)
As expected, Pain & Gain was the #1 film at the box-office, taking in $20 million. Although those numbers aren’t astounding, the movie cost an estimated $26 million and it should continue to do strong business next weekend, even if it will be dwarfed by the release of Iron Man 3.
Second place went to the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion, and to date the picture has made $64 million in domestic markets and $112 million internationally. With a budget of $120 million, the picture is another solid box office performer for Mr. Cruise.
The Robert De Niro/Diane Keaton comedy The Big Wedding wasn’t so big after all, as it limped to a fourth place finish with just $7.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Pain & Gain – $20 million
2. Oblivion – $17.4 million
3. 42 – $10.73 million
4. The Big Wedding – $7.5 million
5. The Croods – $6.6 million
6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $3.62 million
7. Scary Movie 5 – $3.46 million
8. Olympus Has Fallen – $2.77 million
9. The Place Beyond the Pines – $2.69 million
10. Jurassic Park 3D – $2.3 million
In the clip below, Dwayne Johnson talked about what makes his Pain & Gain role unique. Click on the media bar to hear Mr. Johnson:
Video game developers Quantic Dream, the makers behind the critically beloved title Heavy Rain, are continuing their passion for cinema inspired narratives with Beyond: Two Souls.
The game’s director, David Cage, as well voice actors Ellen Page (Juno), Willem Dafoe), Kadeem Hardison (A Different Worlds), and Eric Winter (TheMentalist) participated at a Saturday panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about the game, which was recognized as an official selection at the fest for its impact on the “Future of Film.”
“This has been a really intense and exciting experience for me, and one that I am extremely proud of,” said Page. “I’m excited to see everyone’s reaction to the extended scene we are going to be screening – and to feel the powerful emotion that David Cage instills in all his games.”
Beyond: Two Souls centers on 15 years in the life of a youth named Jodie Holmes (Page), a girl who has an inextricable connection to a mysterious entity. The sequence featured at the fest, titled “Homeless,” has Jodie struggling to survive the next meal without a roof over her head or a family to depend on.
“This is a momentous event both in the world of gaming and in the history of the Tribeca Film Festival,” said Dafoe. “Beyond: Two Souls tells a beautiful story and the players can wholly participate in each scenario and choose the characters’ action. This game is unlike any project that I’ve ever been involved with before.”
The game comes out October 8th, 2013 for the PlayStation 3.
One of most intriguing films to be released this year is The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann. While there have been other adaptations of the classic novel made for the big screen and television, it never made the great transition from book to the screen. However, Luhrmann’s version may be what movie fans have been waiting for. Not only does the film feature a superb cast (led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan), the movie was shot in 3D.
A film drama filmed in 3D is unheard of, but if you watch the trailer, you can see how beautiful the film looks in 3D. Leonardo DiCaprio thinks the film being shown in 3D is like a theater production, and feels the 3D will be intense and that the audience will feel that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Leonardo DiCaprio )
Star Trek fans can’t wait to see Star Trek Into Darkness when it’s released on May 15, 2013. While there have been a few trailers released for the film, there is still not much known about its villain, John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Zachary Quinto (Spock) gave us some insight about the villain, who might just be one of the most intriguing bad guys we have seen in movies for quite some time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zachary Quinto)
Many people feel this could be an intriguing twist, and might be a cover for the iconic villain Khan. Star Trek fans, tell us what you think!