‘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.
Finally, the Entourage movie has been green-lit. Series creator Doug Ellin wrote the screenplay and will direct the film, which is being produced by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, Deadline reports.
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.
Former star of That 70s Show and current main squeeze to Demi Moore-castoff, Ashton Kutcher, 34, Mila Kunis, 29, takes top honors from Esquire magazine's annual "sexy" list, which named Kunis the sexiest woman alive in its November issue.
Just because Alexander Ludwig, 20, who shot to fame with the wildly popular adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz, can't return to his role as the diabolical Cato for reasons that are obvioius to anyone who read / watched, that doesn't mean there aren't big things in store for the young actor.
First he turned 18, then he got a Fisker Karma as a birthday gift from his manager and Usher, and now teen pop star Justin Bieber is proving his adulthood by getting all inked up. A recent tattoo Bieber got on his arm became a topic for public consumption when talk show host David Letterman tried to jokingly rub it off on The Late Show with David Letterman, not realizing that a fresh tattoo can be easily damaged, not to mention somewhat painful.
Ted, opening this Friday, stars Mark Wahlberg as a grown man stuck with his boyhood wish come true: a real-life, walking, talking teddy bear (voiced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane) who doesn't exactly have the most G-rated habits.
Mark Wahlberg knew 50 Shades Of Grey, the erotic novel by E L James, was going to be a big hit — so big, in fact, that Wahlberg tried (without success) to secure the book's film rights. "I just knew that it was going to be a phenomenon, whether I thought it was good, bad or indifferent," Wahlberg told Access Hollywood.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane unleashed his barbed wit on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Saturday night during a hosting stint at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles. "Maybe your workplace gets bought out by Bain Capital,” MacFarlane joked, according to the New York Daily News.
When attempting to watch a movie such as Contraband, it's imperative to do so with the correct mindset or, perhaps even better, completely turn off said mind and enjoy the film for what it is – a mindless, cliche-riddled action film.
Mark Wahlberg's body is already legendary for its buff biceps, sprawling pectorals and washboard abs, but to play a bodybuilder opposite pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, Wahlberg, 40, undoubtedly had to endure his fair share of pain to gain more muscle.
For a split second during one of The Fighter's meticulously staged boxing sequences, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) does something which would be, for any pugilist, rather imprudent: he drops his hands and shoots his opponent a dirty look before returning to the attack.
The Other Guys is a delightfully hilarious yet all too by-the-book cop movie farce that pays homage to The Odd Couple but mostly serves up Will Ferrell just how the masses like him, loud, goofy and out of control.
Indisputably Hollywood’s Teflon man, Mark Wahlberg continues to walk a fine line between wholesale laughing stock and national treasure, his signature turn as a principled, put upon, blue collar Joe with street smarts having by now placed him on speed dial for every producer with middle-of-the-road genre picture desperately seeking a hero.