The Red Band trailer for Ted arrived the other day and got people very exicted for what looks like it could be a hilarious comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Now the Green Band version is here, which features largely new footage and plenty more jokes. ed revolves around an average Boston guy (Mark Wahlberg) who, when he was young, was granted his dearest wish, that his teddy bear would come to life. Years later the teddy is still his best friend, but the relationship has become strained as rather than being a sweet and nice Care Bears type creature, Ted is a carousing, irresponsible, womanising, pot-smoking slacker, who is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves (Mila Kunis).’ A UK release is set for August 3rd.
It’s taken Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane way too long to bring his unique brand of comedy to the big screen, where he isn’t hemmed in by the prurience of network TV. Now a red band trailer for Ted has arrived, which is bound to get a lot of people very excited with its silliness, rudeness and potential to be a real laugh-out-loud corker. Ted revolves around an average Boston guy (Mark Wahlberg) who, when he was young, was granted his dearest wish, that his teddy bear would come to life. Years later the teddy is still his best friend, but the relationship has become strained as rather than being a sweet and nice Care Bears type creature, Ted is a carousing, irresponsible, womanising, pot-smoking slacker, who is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves (Mila Kunis).’ A UK release is set for August 3rd.
The creator of Family Guy making a live-action movie about a foul-mouthed teddy is definitely a delicious prospect, and it’ll be a reality when Ted hits UK cinemas on August 3rd. However before then Director Seth MacFarlane brought his feature directorial debut to SXSW for a sneak peek and Q&A session a few days ago.
A poster promoting the event was given away at the Austin, Texas film festival featuring Mark Wahlberg and the title teddy bear character, voiced by MacFarlane, taking a break at the urinals. You can see it above.
Ted revolves around an average Boston guy (Wahlberg) who, when he was young, was granted his dearest wish, that his teddy bear would come to life. Years later the teddy is still his best friend, but the relationship has become strained as rather than being a sweet and nice Care Bears type creature, Ted is a carousing, irresponsible, womanising, pot-smoking slacker, who is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves.
Mark Wahlberg is certainly planning to keep busy, as he’s already got several movies he’s planning to shoot this year, and now he’s adding a couple more to his dance-list, as Shortlist reports he’s eyeing a remake of the Norwegian movie Headhunters, while Deadline says that he, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch are all interested in the Navy SEAL movie, Lone Survivor.
Headhunters follows Roger Brown, who is good at two things: hiring people and stealing from them. He then risks it all when he meets a former mercenary who owns a painting worth millions. Wahlberg commented, “I saw a film recently called Headhunters. It’s a Norwegian film and it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I met with the director and pleaded with the studio that has the rights so we’ll see if we get anywhere with that.”
Slightly more certain is Lone Survivor, an adaptation of a book by Marcus Luttrell, which tells the harrowing story of how Luttrell and his Navy SEAL team fought to stay alive after being ambushed by Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2005. Wahlberg is set to play Luttrell, with Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster playing the other key Navy Seal roles.
Battleship helmer Peter Berg is on directing duties, and was inspired to write the drama after spending a month with a SEAL team in Iraq. The director had this to say about the movie: “Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this.”
Pain & Gain has been billed as Michael Bay trying to prove to his critics that he’s not just about explosions and special effects, but it seems he’s not completely breaking with his past, as he’s continuing his tradition of casting a female lead whose modelling credits far exceed her acting experience.
This time around he’s cast Israeli supermodel Bar Paly in the female lead role in Pain & Gain, with Variety also saying that Monk star Tony Shalhoub has joined the cast.
Pain & Gain, which is based on a true story, follows Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson’s characters, two Miami bodybuilders who plan an elaborate extortion and kidnapping scheme, which goes horribly awry. Bar Paly will play Sabina Petrescu, a beauty queen and illegal immigrant who wants to be a star. Instead, she gets involved with Mark Wahlberg’s character, who convinces her he can make her rich and famous, if she does everything he says. Tony Shalhoub will play Marc Shiller, the target of the bodybuilders’ scheme. Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Harris are also set to star.
Production is scheduled to begin on Pain and Gain later this spring.
It’s almost like a support group for people coming off movies about large fighting robots, as Real Steel star Anthony Mackie is now in talks to join Transformers director Michael Bay’s new movie, Pain & Gain, which Bay plans to shoot fairly soon, before going back to the world of bots for Transformers 4.
Pain and Gain is based on a series of articles from the Miami New Times, and sees Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as two Sun Gym employees who kidnap a business man, torture him, and leave him for dead, only to fail and have the man come back seeking revenge. According to Variety, Mackie is in talks to play Adrian Doorbal, a big-hearted bodybuilder who trains with Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg). However, he gets frustrated by the lack of results from his hard work and soon gets caught up in Lugo’s plot.
Described as a mix of Pulp Fiction and Fargo it’s something very different for Michael Bay, and indeed he may eve be making to try and prove his naysayers wrong. It’ll begin shooting early this spring.
It was announced last week that after years trying to get it going, Michael Bay was finally going to shoot Pain & Gain (before heading back to the world of giant robots with the fourth Transformers movie). Now he’s busy casting the movie, with the latest news being that Bay may reteam with Transformers star John Turturro, while Rob Corddry has also signed up for the film.
Pain and Gain is based on a series of articles from the Miami New Times, and sees Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as two Sun Gym employees who kidnap a business man, torture him, and leave him for dead, only to fail and have the man come back seeking revenge.
The businessman was originally set to be played by Albert Brooks, and it’s said Ed Harris has also been circling the part. However they seem to be off the radar now as Latino Review reports it looks like this the role is going to Turturro. And it sounds like a good fit to us.
Variety meanwhile says that Hot Tub Time Machine star Rob Corddry will portray John Mese, a former bodybuilder who now owns the gym where Mark Wahlberg’s character trains. He unwillingly gets roped into the extortion scheme because of his background as an accountant and notary.
More casting is expected in the next couple of weeks, with Michael Bay shooting soon.
Denzel Washington is always a safe bet for an action thriller, and now he’s lining another one up, as Deadline reports that he’s in talks to star in Universal Pictures graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns, for director Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband).
The slightly The Departed story centres on a DEA agent and an undercover naval officer who are ordered to investigate each other. They soon realise they’ve been double-crossed by the mob, who they were both stealing money from. Mark Wahlberg has been attached to star to star for a while, although it isn’t clear which roles Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington will play.
No production schedule was released for 2 Guns, but hopefully that will become clearer after the Berlin Film Festival, where the movie is looking for co-financing.
For years now Michael Bay has been talking about making a movie called Pain & Gain. However, each time he’s put plans in motions, he’s eventually agreed to direct another Transformers movie first. Now that he’s finally left the robots behind, he’s putting Pain & Gain together again, and Variety reports that he’s closing in on his cast.
Dwayne Johnson is said to be in talks to star in the dark comedy, with Mark Wahlberg also circling a role. The film centres on a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught in the middle of an extortion and kidnapping scheme. It is said that Mark Wahlberg may have scheduling issues to clear up before he signs on, but he has discussed the project with Michael Bay.
Michael Bay will direct Pain and Gain from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger). The project is based on a 1999 article in the Miami New Times which chronicles this true story crime tale. The tone of Pain and Gain has been compared to Fargo, with Bay said to want to shoot it fast and dirty, finally proving he not just about explosives and special effects.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones could certainly do with a hit movie. She’s been rather hit by the curse of winning an actress Oscar, where picking up the gong sees what should be a big career boost turn into the high spot before a steep slide into mediocrity (if you don’t believe me, just look at a list of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress winners and see how most saw their career diminish almost from the moment they won).
Zeta-Jones hasn’t had a success since Ocean’s Twelve, and while she’s got Lay the Favorite, Playing The Field and Rock Of Ages coming up next year, she’ll be hoping the new movie she’s just signed up for, Broken City, will be a hit.
The film is about a Brooklyn private detective (Mark Wahlberg), who is hired by the New York City mayor (Russell Crowe) to discover the identity of his wife’s lover. When the lover turns up dead, the detective digs deeper into the case and uncovers a vast conspiracy involving the mayor. According to Deadline, Zeta-Jones will portray the mayor’s wife.
Allen Hughes will Broken City from a screenplay by Brian Tucker (it’s taken a while for it to get this far though, as the script made the Black List back in 2008). Production is slated to begin in November on a $50 million budget.
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