December 27, 2014 |
Reprinted from Thursday's editions. If Mark Wahlberg's new pic, The Gambler , feels like a stale rehash of existential tropes, that's because it is. A disappointing thriller from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, The Gambler is a remake of the 1974 James Caan gem of the same name, which itself was loosely based on a 1867 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the grandpapas of existentialism. The original story is about a despairing, fatalistic antihero who'd rather sink into an abyss of chance events than take his fate in his own hands.
December 15, 2014 |
SO MUCH NEWS this week we didn't get into such as the ongoing collateral damage resulting from the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hackers revealed actress Jennifer Lawrence received a lower salary than her male "American Hustle" co-stars and posted emails between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin joking about President Obama 's favorite films. They sounded a little bit racist to some. Read on for more celeb news. Yesterday Scott Stapp , the troubled former Creed front man, claimed to be a CIA agent with one mission in mind: assassinate President Obama , according to a 9-1-1 recording obtained by TMZ. The singer's estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp , and his sister-in-law called 9-1-1 frantically late last month after he left the house shirtless and began to ride around his Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood saying he wanted to assassinate Obama, according to a recording released by TMZ. Police determined Stapp didn't show enough signs of mental instability so they did not place him on a psych-hold.
October 18, 2013
HARRY BELAFONTE has sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr., saying that it "astonishingly" blocked his attempts to auction off three King documents. Filed on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, the suit seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration that Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King; notes to a speech that King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn.; and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after the civil-rights leader's 1968 assassination.
September 20, 2013 |
T HE GAME and Drake plan to donate $22,500 to help Ohio woman Anna Angel pay for the funerals of her five children and boyfriend who died in a mobile-home fire. The Game called the Burger King restaurant where Angel works and asked what he could do to help her, a spokesman for the family said. Angel's five children and her boyfriend were killed early Sunday when a fast-moving fire tore through their mobile home in Tiffin, about 50 miles southeast of Toledo.
April 25, 2013 |
A NTHONY MACKIE , star of "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson , walked the makeshift red carpet at South Philly's UA Riverview on Tuesday night. But Mackie wasn't going to stay for long. After introducing the Michael Bay action-comedy, Mackie headed out to the Phillies game. Turns out, despite hailing from New Orleans, he's a big fan Phillies fan. Why? A horse, of course. When Mackie was a kid, he would watch syndicated episodes of the talking-horse sitcom "Mister Ed. " "There was a 'Mister Ed' commercial and he had this thing where he would go (imitating Mister Ed)
April 18, 2013 |
Boston native Mark Wahlberg was one of many celebs incensed by Monday's bombing attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 170 injured. "It's horrible, man. It's [expletive] disgusting, man. I just - I'm very upset," Mark, 41, said Monday at the New York premiere of his pic Pain and Gain . Later, he told an Us Weekly reporter, "The world obviously needs to change. If you think about all the events over the last couple years, if we can't protect our innocent women and children, then we have a serious problem.
January 22, 2013 |
It was Chastain vs. Chastain at the box office last weekend, as the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain 's latest movie - the horror film Mama - dislodged the acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty from the top spot. Mama, which bears the imprimatur of producer Guillermo del Toro , opened above expectations with $28.1 million, topping director Kathryn Bigelow 's Zero Dark Thirty , which took in $17.6 million. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger 's post-governorship comeback, The Last Stand , could prove to be just that for the action star.
January 18, 2013 |
THE PULPY "Broken City" stars Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop-turned-private-eye caught up in the power politics of a New York City mayor's race. He plays Billy Taggart, who makes a meager living taking pictures of cheating spouses for divorce proceedings, though he spends most of his time trying to collect from deadbeat clients. So, he's naturally eager when the incumbent mayor (Russell Crowe) offers him $50,000 to produce incriminating photos of his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and the man she's sneaking off to see. A little too eager - anyone who correctly places "Broken City" into its proper neo-noir slot will recognize poor Billy as an expendable middleman whose $50k payday is probably just enough to buy him a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
January 13, 2013 |
It isn't hard, the first time Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe square off in Broken City , to see that the two stars are enjoying themselves mightily. Wahlberg is a New York cop asked to resign in the wake of a controversial shooting, and Crowe is the mayor asking for his badge. They meet in the mayor's City Hall office - it's a tense, tough exchange, with Jeffrey Wright , another formidable actor, off to one side. But there's clearly an amiable vibe mixed in with the brinkmanship, too. "Russell didn't come on until week six of production," Wahlberg recalls.
January 11, 2013 |
MARK WAHLBERG 's new movie, "Broken City," was neither shot nor set in Philadelphia, but he's grateful for the response he's gotten from locals while in town to promote the thriller, out Jan. 18. Wahlberg, who has starred in five films shot here - "The Italian Job," "Shooter," "The Happening," "The Lovely Bones," and "Invincible" - says Philadelphia "Reminds me of home," referring to Boston. "Good people. Hardworking people. No nonsense. No BS. They tell you what they're thinking, whether you ask them or not," he says.