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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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Did Mark Wahlberg have Justin Bieber over for dinner with his family?

While making an appearance on The Ellen Show (airing January 6), the 45-year-old actor talked about his latest film Patriots Day, his daughter Ella Rae, and dropped a few hints about a certain Canadian superstar who spent an evening with his family.

“Musically she’s out of control because will be having dinner… I had a very successful friend who was there and she’s [Ella] a big fan. We invited him over for dinner,” Mark told Ellen without revealing a name.

“It’s a young man who’s been here before. He’s a very nice young man,” Mark added. “Canadian fellow. She liked him a lot when she was younger, turned on him completely and then came back with avengeance and was like ‘dad, that’s going to be my husband.’”

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg attend the 2016 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 4, 2017 in New York City.

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Actor Mark Wahlberg joins First Take and rebukes Max Kellerman’s theory that Tom Brady’s production will fall off in a year, going on to explain why he says Brady has four or five more good years in him – January 4, 2017.

Here’s something Oscar voters and regular folks probably don’t think they’ll want or need this year: a movie all but guaranteed to make them cry.

Yet it’s coming, anyway: “Patriots Day,” a film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, a Beantown son, as a police officer. The film nabbed the closing-night slot at the American Film Institute festival in November, landed on the National Board of Review’s Top 10 list, and opens on Dec. 21, prime time for awards.

For a picture that some feel is arriving too soon, or that risks being exploitative or worse, “Patriots Day” stands, on the one hand, to be unintentionally well timed. At a recent screening in Manhattan, as audience members gasped their way through tears, it became clear that the film got at something more elemental than tragedy: It captured the purity of the altruistic outpouring that came in the bombings’ wake. Sniffling away, the Bagger couldn’t help wondering, might this be a film that makes both blue hearts and red hearts crack open, and proves a unifier of sorts?

Then again, we are living in times when the very definition of “patriot” is deeply contested and fraught, when the word alone often causes liberal neck hair to stand on end.

“Patriots Day” is Mr. Berg and Mr. Wahlberg’s third film together, after this year’s “Deepwater Horizon,” about the deadly 2010 oil explosion and spill, and the 2013 “Lone Survivor,” about a disastrous war mission. All three neatly fit the definition of what Rolling Stone describes as the “neo-patriotic blockbuster”: movies whose heroes wear blue collars rather than cowboy hats or capes.

“These are films that seek to whitewash America,” Corey Atad wrote in Esquire, “boosting the virtue of pure patriotism, fashioning an uncomplicated reality for an audience tired of feeling like their country is being lost to liberal pussyfooting and terrorist threats.” Also in that category is Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated box-office hit “American Sniper,” which became such a partisan flash point two years ago — lefties deemed it pro-war propaganda; righties saw it as a patriotic masterpiece — that some liberals who consider themselves open and tolerant refused to see it outright.

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EXCLUSIVE: In their third collaboration after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg turn their ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances storytelling to Patriots Day. Few have made more memorable Boston-based films than Wahlberg, whose list includes The Perfect Storm, The Departed, The Fighter, Ted and its sequel. Here, they discuss their storytelling responsibility after pressing a community to relive a tragedy so they could turn it into a permanent document of courage and resilience. And, with yet another inherently Boston movie under his belt, and being the only homegrown actor to have shot scenes with the city’s two reigning sports deities — Tom Brady and David Ortiz — has Wahlberg eclipsed fellow Bostonians Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as the city’s favorite movie son?

DEADLINE: When Patriots Day was first proposed, you had to fear the feeling of, here comes Hollywood to exploit a tragedy. Explain the back and forth that led to both of you making this film.

PETER BERG: There were two things working in our favor. First was Mark, bringing me into the community and introducing me to so many of the people who were affected. The victims and their families, the survivors, the police. It made the actual practical telling of the story so important, the who did what, and where. In doing that, we talked a lot about lines of taste and decorum. We would work very hard to not cross that line. You can’t always articulate what that line is, but you know when you cross it. That was a big responsibility we had to work with. The other issue, and the reason we really wanted to make the film, was we didn’t want to see an action movie. This was not a Jason Bourne-type film. This had to be about something else.

DEADLINE: It works as a thriller, though, because of its procedural approach and ticking clock.

BERG: It is all those things but for me, it really could serve as an example of how we process this new reality, the world we live in. Where we wake up, turn on the news, and we’re not surprised to see there has been another terrorist act. I wanted to make a film that, as much as it had that procedural, ticking-clock thriller stuff, was a look at how a community survives something like this. The idea that love can still win, that good can beat evil. These were themes that were very important to me after Mark brought me into this community and we started doing the research.

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Special Boston screening of Patriots Day at Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mark Wahlberg takes part in SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg hosted by SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Jessica Shaw at SiriusXM Studios on December 13, 2016 in New York City.

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Performance Inspired, the supplement brand founded by former Men’s Fitness cover star Mark Wahlberg and wellness industry veteran Tom Dowd, on Wednesday announced a new “high-performance” line of supplements, including protein bars, BCAAs, creatine, and pre-workout.

The brand also announced a new group of equity investors—”an amazing group of influential and successful leaders,” Dowd said—that will serve as partners to the brand, including Golden State Warriors forward and Olympic gold medalist Draymond Green, music impresario Scooter Braun, and Men’s Fitness parent company American Media, Inc.

“There’s no time for being less than 100% when you’re playing more than 80 grueling games a year alongside some of the best athletes in the world,” said Green. “Adding Performance Inspired to my daily routine offers me a smart, efficient way to train and perform at my best day in and day out. I’m thrilled to partner with Performance Inspired because, like me, they hold themselves to the highest standard of excellence.”

Wahlberg, who was featured in the May 2016 issue of Men’s Fitness, said he wanted to partner with “self-motivated individuals” who had “blood in the game.” “We will be the number one player in the healthy active lifestyle space with our amazing products and our committed team of business partners,” he said.

The company also signed on with Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose book, Lone Survivor, served as the basis of the movie starring Wahlberg. Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart for his conduct in Afghanistan, when his team came under fire during Operation Red Wing. “Joining Mark and Tom on this project is an honor,” Luttrell said. “Everything they do is top of the line and they bring trust, talent and decades of experience to a great brand.”


“For Mark to take the lead and say we’re going to tell your story, we’re going to do it with respect, and we really do everything we can to look you in the eye when you see the film and feel that we got it right,” said Patriots Day director Peter Berg at The Contenders Presented by Deadline of star and Boston native Mark Wahlberg and their film about the fatal bombing of April 15, 2013 during the city’s annual marathon. “For Mark to do that, took a lot of guts,” Berg added to a packed DGA last month.

Reunited for their third film together after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, Berg and Wahlberg passionately discussed the December 21 opening movie and their own qualms and resolve about making it.

“For awhile, we kind of debated it back and forth that it was too soon,” said Wahlberg, who both stars and is an executive producer on Patriots Day. “But then we realized that with all the stuff that’s going on in the world, if you look at Orlando, if you look at Paris if you look everywhere all over the world, it’s really not soon enough because this is a message about love and hope and people coming together.”

Going wide on January 13, the up-close and fast paced CBS Films feature chronicles the attack that killed three people and maimed hundreds and the manhunt by law enforcement to find those responsible. Co-starring with Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy Q. Yang and John Goodman, Wahlberg plays the fictional Sgt. Tommy Saunders of the BPD. Themo Melikidze and Alex Wolff portray bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Jahar Tsarnaev, with Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist as the wife of the former.