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American telecommunications company AT&T (T) announced Monday actor and entertainer Mark Wahlberg will join its growing list of celebrity spokespeople.

The company told FOX Business Wahlberg will be part of an exclusive advertising campaign that will include “a series of TV and digital ads” promoting customers’ ability to access content anywhere they go. AT&T said the campaign, which begins filming this week, is scheduled to launch next month.

Though the telecom company wouldn’t comment on the specific terms of the deal, The New York Post reported that Wahlberg’s contract could be valued at more than $10 million.

Mobile networks have increasingly turned to stars to reach elusive cord-cutting millennials. Wahlberg, known for roles in movies such as “The Departed,” “The Other Guys,” and “The Italian Job,” follows a similar deal struck with singer Taylor Swift at the end of last year. Swift’s multi-year contract with AT&T includes thirteen “episodes” which feature behind-the-scenes commentary and footage available to stream on demand.

In November, AT&T also signed actress Reese Witherspoon as a partner to collaborate on original content with an emphasis on female-driven stories. The project, called “Hello Sunshine,” will feature social and short videos, as well as longer television shows, all with Witherspoon at the helm.

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The lines between Hollywood and the comic book industry continue to blur: Mark Wahlberg is the latest star to venture into the medium, for a sci-fi project with Vault Comics titled “Alien Bounty Hunter.” CBR has the first details.

Wahlberg and his production partner Stephen Levinson are named as “producers” of the series, which will be scripted by Vault Comics Editor-in-Chief Adrian F. Wassel & David M. Booher, illustrated by Nick Robles and lettered by Deron Bennet. Levinson created the series, and the story is credited to Levinson and F.J. DeSanto, writer of Vault Comics’ “Failsafe.” “Alien Bounty Hunter” is scheduled to debut this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, with a monthly series launching shortly afterwards.

“Some of today’s greatest film franchises originated as comics,” Wahlberg and Levinson said in a joint statement. “We always try to get involved with the story telling process from its inception. With ‘Alien Bounty Hunter’ we are creating a new hero’s origin story.”

Here’s the official description of the story: “Ben Madsen is tasked with apprehending a wanted fugitive… but quickly learns that his target is not of this world. Madsen must track his mark through an alien enclave populated by the galaxy’s most dangerous aliens—right here on Earth.” “Alien Bounty Hunter” co-writer Adrian Wassel calls it “an homage and a send-up of every adventure flick and action hero we’ve ever loved.”

As you’d expect, the stated hope is for “Alien Bounty Hunter” to be adapted to a “wide range of media” after it’s debut as a comic book. It’s the first comic book production from Wahlberg and Levinson, who have previously collaborated on HBO series “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Ballers,” and USA Network show “Shooter.”

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Mark Wahlberg Stars in PATRIOTS DAY, the Powerful and Emotional Action-Thriller Arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films.

Witness the heroism behind one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history in the critically acclaimed film Patriots Day, arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films. Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006) reunite in this intense and courageous story of a tragedy that shocked the nation. Patriots Day is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics raving that it is a moving tribute that “showcases the bravery and heart of everyday heroes” (IGN.com) and features an all-star cast including Golden Globe® winner Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Golden Globe® winner John Goodman (Argo), Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor, Whiplash, 2014) and Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Monaghan (TV’s “True Detective”). Story by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Screenplay by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer.

Based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, this powerful action-thriller follows Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) as he joins brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against time to find the bombers before they strike again. Directed by Peter Berg and featuring a stellar cast, Patriots Day is a stirring tribute to the Boston community’s strength and courage in the face of adversity.

The Patriots Day 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD releases have over 90 minutes of bonus material including five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” tells the true stories of three first responders, “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” reveals, through the eyes of the cast and crew, how a city that was challenged by tragedy rose above it to thrive; “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” highlighting the real heroes from the marathon bombing; “The Cast Remembers,” featuring Mark Wahlberg and the cast discussing what drew them to the film; “Researching the Day,” showing how Peter Berg worked with an FBI technical advisor and researcher to tell this story as accurately as possible, as well as a two-part series showing the actors meeting their real-life counterparts. The Patriots Day DVD bonus material includes the “Researching the Day” as well as”Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” featurettes. Patriots Day will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

[wearemoviegeeks.com]

Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, director Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura joined Hasbro’s Entertainment Preview Event on Monday, February 20, 2017 during New York Toy Fair!

They were able to get a sneak peek of all the new movie-themed figures which are set to release later this year. Transformers: The Last Knight is coming out in theaters on June 23, 2017.

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Less than a year ago, Mark Wahlberg turned heads in neighborhoods all over the Boston area while filming scenes for Patriots Day. According to open casting calls and a report by The Boston Globe, Marky Mark will be back in Boston for work very soon.

A casting notice posted on Project Casting for Daddy’s Home 2, the sequel to the hit film starring Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, says filming will take place in Boston from March 20 to May 26. The listing says that filmmakers are looking for identical twins and triplets to play the children of Ferrell and Linda Cardellini in the film.

Along with Wahlberg, Ferrell, and Cardellini, Daddy’s Home 2 will feature Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell, respectively, according to Deadline.

[boston.com]

City Weekend gets an exclusive interview with Hollywood celebrity and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg on the opening of American burger chain Wahlburgers. Wahlburgers is run by the Wahlberg family and will be expanding to Asia, starting with its first three locations in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wuhan. We ask Mark Wahlberg about his burger likes and dislikes and what we should expect from Wahlburgers in China.

City Weekend:
Which came first, the punny name or the idea to open a burger restaurant?

Mark Wahlberg: The idea of a burgers restaurant was first. Growing up, we all loved to eat burgers, so it made sense to leverage Paul’s expertise to open a burger concept. Of course, once that was decided, the name Wahlburgers was a natural.

CW: What has been the biggest challenge to get started in Shanghai?

MW: We are early in the process, so I don’t think we’ve yet faced what will be our biggest challenge in opening in Shanghai. It will of course be the start of building our brand in one of the world’s largest markets, and in a city with very high standards for food. So, I’m sure delivering a fantastic experience that does credit to both our brand and Shanghai will be a challenge, but we are up for the challenge.

CW: How much can we expect the menu in China to differ from what Wahlburger serves in the States?

MW: Our partners and we agree that, at its core, what we need to deliver is a Wahlburgers experience built around our core products. Having said that, of course we need to adapt the menu to satisfy local tastes. That balance will be developed in conjunction with David Laris, Wahlburgers Asia Pacific’s very talented concept leader who will team with Paul on adapting Wahlburgers for China.

CW: Wahlburgers serves “a spin on Wahlberg family favorites”. What does your mother think of the food? Did you have to get her approval on the final product?

MW: Alma loves the food! She even made her own contribution to the menu with Alma’s macaroni salad.

CW: Tell us a little bit about it was like eating in the Wahlberg household growing up.

MW: My mom and my dad always made sure that every meal was special. We always ate together.

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Mark Wahlberg, Rhea Durham and their two boys attend Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

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The Pro Am prior to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale on February 1, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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“Daddy’s Home 2” will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017. The follow-up to the 2015 hit will bring back Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as warring fathers. It is also rumored to add John Lithgow and Mel Gibson to the mix. Sean Anders, the director of the first film, will return behind the camera.

“Daddy’s Home 2” will head off against “The Star,” a Sony animated offering, and “Red Sparrow,” a Fox thriller from Francis Lawrence, the director of several “Hunger Games” films. It will also be up against the second weekend of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Bad Moms Christmas,” two highly-anticipated sequels. It’s a highly competitive time of year, as studios are angling to get their films into multiplexes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The first “Daddy’s Home” grossed $240.4 million globally despite being released in the shadow of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The combination of a Ferrell and Wahlberg has been potent commercially — the pair also headlined “The Other Guys,” a 2010 hit.

[variety.com]

The Drive for 5 crew is surprised with a phone call from actor/producer, and Patriots fan, Mark Wahlberg.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, former NFL and MLB All-Star and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, are among the early list of star-studded celebrities from the sports and entertainment world who will be playing in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course starting at 8:30 a.m.

Wahlberg is one of the most recognized actors and producers in Hollywood and has appeared in blockbuster movies such as A Perfect Storm, Boogie Nights, The Departed, Lone Survivor and the recently released Patriots Day. He also has served as executive producer of four HBO hit series including Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make it in America and Ballers.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, Jackson earned the 1985 Heisman Trophy while playing running back at Auburn, and went on to become a two-sport professional athlete, earning league All-Star recognition in both the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders and in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals. He also is widely known for his endorsement with Nike and his famous “Bo Knows” campaign.

Phelps is considered the greatest Olympic athlete of all time thanks in part to his record 28 overall medals, including a record 23 gold medals. He is coming off of his fifth Olympic Games in Rio, where he added six more medals, including five gold medals, to his record medal count. The Scottsdale resident will be making his second appearance in the Annexus Pro-Am (2013).

Tee times for the Annexus Pro-Am will range from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Exact tee times for participants will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31 on wmphoenixopen.com, along with a complete list of celebrities and PGA TOUR players in the field.

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, also known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” and “The People’s Open”, will be held Jan. 30 – Feb 5, 2017, at TPC Scottsdale. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. Last year’s tournament broke three attendance records, including a PGA TOUR record 618,365 fans for the week. The 2017 edition will mark the 82nd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. Last year The Thunderbirds raised a record $9.3 million for charity and have eclipsed $111 million in charitable giving since its inception. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

[wmphoenixopen.com]

Would you rather have Boston Celtics 17 titles vacated or have Tom Brady been drafted by the New York Jets?

Mark Wahlberg is on the hot seat.

“Patriots Day” star Mark Wahlberg discusses the New England Patriots playoff game this Saturday and if they return to the Super Bowl it may be a family affair. Wahlberg says, “My sons are excited and my wife now has thrown her hat in the ring and she demanded with Mr. Kraft [New England Patriots owner] in the room that she’d be able to go to the Super Bowl because I always say that it’s a boy only thing, because you can’t be late for the Super Bowl.” He adds, “Now that my sons play football, she’s obsessed with the game.”

Mark Wahlberg, Joel Edgerton, and Jeremy Renner chat with James Corden during ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden,’ Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – On The CBS Television Network.

Mark Wahlberg speaks during a news conference before he attends the Hy-Vee Homefront fundraiser and Patriots Day movie screening on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Hy-Vee’s corporate headquarters in West Des Moines.

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