‘Pain And Gain’ Movie Review: Michael Bay Gruesomely Satirizes The American Dream And A Real-Life Murder
What do you get when you combine beefy leading men in spandex, murder, Miami, and some truly mortifying 90s fashion? Why, the dramedy Pain and Gain, of course. In director Michael Bay’s smallest-scale production to date, Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, a narcissistic fitness instructor in pursuit of the "American Dream.
Anthony Mackie, best known for his performance in 2009’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, stars in the up-coming thriller Man on a Ledge. In the film, which has an all-star cast including actors Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Kyra Sedgwick, Edward Burns, Elizabeth Banks and Ed Harris, Mackie plays a police psychologist who tries to reason with Nick (Worthington), a suicidal man who climbs to 21st floor of the Roosevelt hotel in New York City and is ready to leap down.
In Real Steel, Anthony Mackie, 34, had to keep up with iron-man Aussie Hugh Jackman. “He definitely put me in a position to understand what hard work meant,” Mackie told Uinterview exclusively.
Michael Bay, 47, returns to the director’s chair in the upcoming movie, Pain & Gain. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, 41, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 40, and Anthony Mackie, 34, as bodybuilders who get involved in a plot to extort, kidnap and murder.
Mark Wahlberg has been confirmed to star in Transformers 4, the next installment of Michael Bay’s uber-succesful Transformers franchise, Bay and Wahlberg most recently worked together on the action/comedy film Pain & Gain, which stars Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as three personal trainers-turned-criminals.
Chris Evans, 31, is hitting the beach with Topher Grace, 34, in Los Angeles, but this is not rest and relaxation time — it's the filming for the upcoming movie, A Many Splintered Thing, written by Chris Shafer and also starring Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi and Michelle Monaghan.
If you already thought Ryan Gosling was the perfect man, prepare to be impressed: It seems that Gosling, who starred in 2011's Drive with Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, will now direct his former costar in the lead role of the upcoming How to Catch a Monster, which Gosling also reportedly wrote and will be produced by Drive producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel.
Sean Penn, 51, who recently completed a 36-hour anger management class that was part of a court order for his 2009 attack on a photographer in Los Angeles in which Penn broke the man's camera, may have something new to get angry about — it seems that Warner Bros.
If he looks familiar, it's probably because he played a young Liam Neeson in 2004's Kinsey, about the life of biologist, zoologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey — also starring Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton, Laura Linney and Chris O'Donnell — but now Benjamin Walker is portraying an even greater historical figure, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s latest venture Gangster Squad has been buzzing through audiences' eardrums with the recent release of the first trailer. If the 1940’s film noir, gangster homage doesn’t perk your interest, then the illustrious cast surely will: Sean Penn (with flawlessly grizzled make-up), Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, and Emma Stone as the essential femme fatale.
So it may not be the most historically accurate movie ever made, but the highly anticipated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker (pictured), Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has already become an Internet sensation.
In an industry dominated by males Kathryn Bigelow has carved out a long and distinguished career as a director by beating the boys at their own game. The helmer of such cult classics as trashy tech-noir Strange Days and vampire western Near Dark, Bigalow has a knack for turning genre fiction on its head, making the familiar somehow feel fresh and vibrant.
Elizabeth Banks, 37, who plays a police negotiator in the new Man on a Ledge, also starring San Worthington, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, and Anthony Mackie, hit the red carpet in style at the movie's New York City premiere, wearing a black mini dress from Versace's 2012 spring line, black tights, and a hip leather jacket.
Anthony Mackie, 32, is used to risking life and limb for his job, and he isn't afraid to let everyone know it. Though he isn't the titular character in his new project, Man on a Ledge, director Asger Leth still required The Hurt Locker actor to experience the full terror of the height.
What do Marilyn Manson, 43, and Jamie Bell, 25, have in common? Nope, it's not a trick question — they've both been engaged to actress Evan Rachel Wood, 24. The British Billy Elliot and The Adventures of Tintin actor recently popped the question to his former music video costar (the two met filming Green Day's 2005 video, "Wake Me Up When September Ends"), and Wood was seen wearing an engagement ring in Hollywood with Bell on Saturday night, reports Us Weekly.