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Chef Paul Wahlberg­ paints a colorful portrait of his circa-­1970s Dorchester childhood among a large, growing and now very famous family.

“Imagine a nest of birds with all their mouths open chirping and it’s always time to feed them,” Wahlberg, one of nine children of Alma and the late Donald Wahlberg, told the Boston Herald. “That was our house. When somebody went to the store for milk, they came back with two gallons. We ate meals that fed a lot of people.”

It’s those images of family life that inspired the new menu he’s releasing this week at Wahlburgers restaurants here in Greater Boston (Fenway, Hingham, Lynnfield) and beyond. (The company is in the midst of a massive franchise expansion plan.)

Fortunately for Paul, his customers and the rest of the Wahlberg clan — including international celebrity brothers Donnie and Mark — Mom and Dad were pretty good cooks.

“My dad made chili all the time,” said Wahlberg, who’s now a TV star in his own right thanks to the success of the A&E reality series “Wahlburgers,” where he and Mom play a central role. “Nothing fancy. No onions. No sour cream. Just chili. It was awesome.”

Alma specialized in sauce and pasta. “Her lasagna is still my brother Mark’s favorite thing and he asks for it whenever he comes home. It was also a great dish at a time when she was feeding a lot of kids.”

The new menu features several dishes right off the Wahlberg dinner table, modified for scratch cooking and contemporary tastes.

Paul and the kids grew up eating sloppy joes with canned Manwich sauce, in true blue-collar style. The new Wahlburgers version is a simply simmered blend of ground beef, onions, tomatoes and seasonings, served open-faced on Texas toast with crispy onions and house-made cheese sauce.

The Wahlberg clan also ate mac ’n’ cheese made from scratch with “government cheese” — a box of processed cheese familiar to many struggling families decades ago. In my neighborhood, kids used to boast that “government cheese makes the best grilled cheese.”

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Donnie Wahlberg’s familial connection on Blue Bloods wanes in comparison to his real-life bond with his mother, Alma.

“She has to be politically correct, but I already know,” Donnie joked with ET in a joint interview with his mother when asked who her favorite child is. “I’m the favorite,” he whispered.

It’s no wonder Donnie proudly labels himself a “mama’s boy.” As a single mother, Alma had to raise her nine kids — Donnie, Mark, Paul, Robert, Jim, Arthur, Debbie, Tracey and Michelle — by herself on welfare.

“I had to learn how to make meals out of nothing, and I would go to the Salvation Army store and buy shirts and different stuff,” Alma told ET.

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ET first met Alma 27 years ago during Donnie’s New Kids on the Block days.

“Donnie came from a family of 9 children,” Alma told ET in a 1989 interview. “He was the second youngest, so he usually wore his brother’s hand-me-down sneakers.”

After her sons Donnie and Mark climbed the ladder of success in Hollywood, Alma is a celebrity in her own right, starring in the family’s A&E reality show, Wahlburgers. Alma told ET that she’s getting recognized so much now that it’s starting to affect her daily life.

“Yesterday I was in the market. I didn’t think I was going to get out. I’m serious!” she said. “They’re taking my picture in the market.”

But if you think fame and fortune has changed her, think again.

“To this day, I only thrift shop — even jewelry,” Alma said. “Somebody will say to me, ‘That ring is gorgeous!’ I say, ‘Yeah, it was $29.'”

It’s this humility and value system that Donnie credited for his family’s success.

“We’re only a reflection of her,” Donnie said. “Mark and I get all the glory for being so successful, but that’s all superficial. It really is.”

[etonline.com]

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Donnie Wahlberg’s success as an actor, producer and musician first began when he captured the hearts of teen girls everywhere as a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. He now stars as detective and Iraq war veteran Danny Reagan in the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods.” Wahlberg joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he supported former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and to preview the “Blue Bloods” sixth season finale.

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“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg joined Boomer and Craig live in the Allstate Studio on Tuesday to talk about his hit CBS show and his band, New Kids On The Block.

Wahlberg talked about life as both a TV star and member of a beloved boy band. The Patriots fan also discussed Tom Brady’s suspension and his burger chain, Wahlburgers.

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The Hollywood actor is a dad to two daughters and two sons with wife Rhea Durham and has been able to strike a balance between his career and family life. That said, Mark doesn’t choose jobs as lightly as he used to now that he’s got other responsibilities.

“Absolutely,” he told Men’s Fitness magazine when asked if being a spiritual person impacts the films he chooses. “And also being a dad. And a husband. What I’m willing to do and not do. I never want to compromise my artistic integrity. But at the same time, with (playing a porn star in) Boogie Nights, I already did that. I’d be hard-pressed to do something in that world today.”

It’s fair to say that Mark is a far cry from the younger man he used to be, with numerous run-ins with the law and drug addictions in his past. Now with success to his name and children who look up to him, the 44-year-old is most concerned with focusing on making a positive impact.

“Sometimes you have no control,” he sighed. “Once you’ve done everything you can to create something, it goes out there and it either works or doesn’t. At the end of the day I just know I did everything I could do to make it the best it would be. Then you gotta be able to move on. Let it go.”

He also goes out of his way to ensure his offspring have everything he missed out on growing up, while instilling a strong work ethic in them. So amid all the fun they have together, Mark maintains discipline and structure and tries to keep his brood busy at all times.

[film-news.co.uk]

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Mark Wahlberg is known for his extremely fit figure, which you can see on this current cover of Men’s Fitness.  In the video below, the actor offered a few secrets into his workout regime as he kicks off his latest fitness project — the natural workout supplement line Performance Inspired!

Speaking on the company he founded with GNC exec Tom Dowd, Wahlberg, 44, said he has always been committed to taking an all-natural approach to building muscle and staying in shape.

The actor said that “getting the proper nutrition with proper supplements” was “one of the big reasons” he became involved in the Performance Inspired project. “We want to give people the best that there is and give them the best chance to succeed. And the only way to do it right is to do it naturally,” he explained.

Wahlberg went on to share part of his philosophy for making sure he maintains a healthy body and avoids a workout lull! “Eating and the proper nutrition is probably about 85 percent of it,” he said. For me, I like to push the workouts and kind of change it up and test myself. I always want to be able to lift a little bit more. Do a couple more reps. It really comes down to eating right.” [radaronline.com]

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Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy attend Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show from Grant Park in Chicago, IL before the NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg chat with Nekia Nichelle about new radio show, NFL Draft & more.

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Donnie Wahlberg interview – Live! with Kelly and Michael, April 25, 2016.

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Preview of Mark Wahlberg’s cover story in the May 2016 issue of Men’s Fitness. For the full story, including exclusive content, click here to download the issue now or pick up a copy on newsstands on April 25.  (Photos by Jeff Lipsky)

Over the course of his 25-year career, Mark Wahlberg has redefined “reinvention,” going from musician to underwear model to actor to leading man to, ultimately, one of Hollywood’s most versatile stars and megaproducers. Now he’s kicking ass in a whole new arena: that of an entrepreneurial powerhouse.

Wahlburgers, the hamburger chain he launched with his brothers Paul and Donnie—and turned into an A&E reality show by the same name—is blowing up, with seven locations and another 100 planned. AquaHydrate, the fitness water company he fronts with Sean Combs, is gobbling up market share. And this month Wahlberg will launch his most personal venture yet: a “clean” supplement company called Performance Inspired. (He’s not the only big name involved—ultrafit golfer Rory McIlroy is attached to the company, too.)

Built on Walberg’s experience beefing up his physique for films like Lone Survivor, The Fighter, and Transformers, Performance Inspired is no mere “endorsement” for the star. Every free moment he has, he’s hustling for the brand—researching the competition, working the phones, and reaching out to distributors. Yet somehow he does all this and his day job: He recently wrapped Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 BP oil spill, and is now filming Patriots Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing. And after that it’s the next Transformers movie, with director Michael Bay.

So how does a superstar, superproducer, and nascent business mogul—not to mention father of four—even find the time to play golf, much less with a 300-yard swing? We caught up with him in the Hollywood Hills, still sporting an oil-rig worker’s goatee, to talk about his drive on and off the golf course.

HE MIGHT BE A ROOKIE IN THE SUPPLEMENTS INDUSTRY, BUT HE’S PLAYING TO WIN.

“The great thing about my partner Tom Dowd is that he worked for 25 years at GNC and helped build some of the greatest products out there. We see how the space is growing. [We’re] creating a product line 
that wasn’t out there yet. I’ve always been adamant about being natural, no matter what I was doing—training, putting on weight, losing weight. So this is an all-natural product— nothing that can give you a bad reaction. Student athletes
 can take it, collegiate athletes—you never have to worry.”

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Presenting the star of the May 2016 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine, Mark Wahlberg!

Get the print issue featuring Mark on newsstands MONDAY, APRIL 25, or download the digital edition available FRIDAY, APRIL 22 at http://mensfitness.com/gettheissue.

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions have set a sequel to Daddy’s Home, the crowd-pleasing comedy which opened last Christmas and turned in a $240 million worldwide gross. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have signed to reprise their mismatched buddy characters. Sean Anders and John Morris are also returning to write the script and Anders to direct. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.

No word on a reprise for the rest of the original cast that included Hannibal Buress, Linda Cardellini and Thomas Haden Church. The picture became the highest offshore gross of any picture Ferrell has made.

Ferrell, Anders and Morris are repped by UTA and Mosaic. Wahlberg is with WME and Leverage.

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When 38-year-old Jackie Becker and her mom stopped by the set of “Patriot’s Day,” Mark Wahlberg’s new film, they simply wanted to catch a glimpse of the actor. But their hours of waiting paid off when Jackie, who suffered brain damage as a child, got to meet Wahlberg, who then invited them to the movie premiere.

Jackie contracted eastern equine encephalitis (EEEV) from a mosquito bite when she was 6 years old. EEEV is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with a 33 percent mortality rate and significant brain damage in most survivors. Only a few cases are reported annually.

“She can’t do the things she used to be able to do. Her fine motor skills are tough. She can’t color, she can’t play with dolls,” Jean Becker, Jackie’s mother, told Fox25.

Movies and movie stars became a big part of her daughter’s world after she got sick, Jean said.

The mother and daughter live in Framingham, Mass., where Wahlberg is filming “Patriot’s Day.” When they went by the set, they waited by his trailer.

“He called us up to the trailer, and he was wonderful,” Jean told Fox25. “He came right up to Jackie. He leaned down to her, and he said ‘hi’ to her.”

Jackie told the news channel she didn’t expect the actor would talk to her.

“It was cool,” Jackie said.

An invite to the premiere of “Patriots day” helped make for “the best day of [Jackie’s] life,” Jean said.

“I said to him, ‘You have no idea what you just did,’” Jean told Fox25.

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Mark Wahlberg was spotted at the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street early Monday morning filming scenes for the Boston Marathon bombing movie, “Patriots Day.”

Wahlberg, who was dressed in Boston police gear, plays a composite of several different Boston police officers who were on duty during the blasts.

Wahlberg said recently he feels “huge pressure to get this right, but we’re committed to doing that.”

“Patriots Day” has been filming scenes in Weymouth, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain in recent weeks.

Tom Meagher, who has been making sure everything is in place at the finish line for 20 years, said there was a slight impact from the filming this time around.

“It’s different, but they make adjustments and we make a little bit of adjustments,” he said. But he’s not worried about the film — Meagher said Monday is all about the runners.

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The members of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center’s #RaceforRehab Boston Marathon team got a surprise Saturday (April 16) when Mark Wahlberg walked into the Revere Hotel, where the runners had gathered for a rally. The actor, in town shooting the Marathon bombing movie “Patriots Day,” thanked the runners for their fund-raising efforts. He was joined by actor Michael Beach, a Roxbury native who’s playing former governor Deval Patrick in the movie.

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This summer, Pop jumps on-board one of the hottest selling, fan-driven cruises of the year, featuring one of the most popular bands in music history, with the second season television series premiere of ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK (NKOTB) on Wednesday, June 1 at 8:30 PM, ET/PT.

Season two of the music reality series brings fans intimate, unprecedented access to NKOTB in 10 new television episodes. To further immerse viewers in the NKOTB experience, Pop has teamed up with Littlstar, a premier global network dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and 360 degree video, to launch immersive content on web, mobile, headset and Apple TV platforms. The dedicated VR and 360 degree experiences will include live performances with the band, selfies with Donnie, surf lessons with Joey and Jonathan and more.

Over the past eight years since reuniting, the ever popular NKOTB has played to countless sold out arenas and since brought back their wildly popular cruise, which first set sail in the 90s, as an exclusive experience for their fans. NKOTB bandmates, Donnie, Danny, Joey, Jordan and Jonathan, make the cruise one of those can’t miss annual experiences with up-close and personal interactions with fans, theme parties and special live music performances. NKOTB has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. With numerous sold out tours and multiple #1 hit songs, the band’s annual party cruise has sold out eight years in a row.

“We are elated to re-team with Donnie Wahlberg and pop culture icons New Kids on the Block for a second season of “Rock This Boat,” said Paul Adler, SVP of Original Programming and Development. “As a network that strives to give fans new experiences and perspectives on their favorite artists, the unprecedented VIP access we were granted this season not only achieves, but surpasses this goal.”

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SiriusXM host Jenny McCarthy and husband Donnie Wahlberg pose photos at the SiriusXM Studio on April 11, 2016 in New York City.

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DAVENPORT — He stopped each time someone called his name, honored every request for a photo, and took a sincere interest in everyone he met.

Friday, before addressing a sold-out luncheon and meet-and-greet to benefit Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, Donnie Wahlberg shared time with patients and staff at the Genesis Cancer Institute.

Dressed in a blue suit, red tie and brown shoes, the member of the band New Kids on the Block and star of television’s “Blue Bloods” played to packed houses everywhere he went Friday.

Also the star of the unscripted shows “Wahlburgers” and “Donnie Loves Jenny,” Mr. Wahlberg visited Gilda’s Club and Genesis before before the noon luncheon at Davenport’s RiverCenter.

“You guys here at Genesis are the real stars,” Mr. Wahlberg said, speaking before a packed lobby filled with patients and staff. “It is amazing, the work you do. I appreciate that you applauded when I was introduced, but you are the ones who should be applauded.”

Mr. Wahlberg shared with fondness a story about the first time New Kids played Davenport 30 years ago, then set his sights on the work the institute does.

“I cannot be more proud of the strength you show,” Mr. Wahlberg said, stopping to talk with Davenport’s Kelsey Burmeister, just after Ms. Burmeister completed a cancer treatment. “It takes great resolve. I admire you. Please stay; walk with us.”

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Mr. Wahlberg said he has learned to draw each day on the Gilda’s Club message.

“I have learned that message — ‘all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community’ — carries a great deal of weight,” he said. “It’s something I have taken to with everything in life.”

With the help of Sue Warren, executive director of Gilda’s Club, Ms. Burmeister secured a New Kids poster. She asked Mr. Wahlberg to sign the poster. Without hesitation, he did.

“I should be the one asking her for her autograph,” he said.

[qconline.com]

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