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Actors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attend the ‘Daddy’s Home’ New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on December 13, 2015 in New York City.

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Brothers Donnie, Paul, and Mark Wahlberg are planning a massive expansion for their burger chain, Wahlburgers.

The gourmet burger chain founded by the famous Wahlberg brothers is planning a rapid expansion.

The Boston-based chain, called Wahlburgers, is about to open its sixth location in Manhattan’s Times Square.

Over the next five years, the company plans to add 100 to 150 more locations, Wahlburgers CEO Rick Vanzura told Business Insider in an interview.

Wahlburgers is competing with other better-burger chains such as Shake Shack, Five Guys, and Smashburger.

But it has a unique advantage over those chains, and not just because of its celebrity founders: Wahlburgers is the subject of an Emmy-nominated reality TV show, which just got approved for two more 14-episode seasons on A&E.

The show, which stars brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, has been paramount to the brand’s success so far, Vanzura said.

“It has certainly been a huge promotional vehicle,” he said. “We saw an immediate increase in sales with the show. And Mark and Donnie understand the importance of the show to the brand so they have done everything they can to promote the show.”

Opening a restaurant might seem like an odd choice for Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, who are best known for their acting and singing. But the lesser-known Wahlberg brother – Paul – is a classically trained chef who has been in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years.

Wahlburgers currently has five locations in Boston, Toronto, and Coney Island, New York. The company has agreements for additional locations in Manhattan, Orlando, Philadelphia, Long Island, and D.C. It also has an agreement for 20 locations in the Middle East, with plans to eventually have 300 locations overseas.

The privately-held company doesn’t release many details about its financials. Vanzura says the original Wahlburgers location generates about $5 million in sales annually, but noted that he would not expect that volume for every restaurant going forward.

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Celebrities and CIBC unite for a day of fundraising to make 365 days of miracles happen

TORONTO, NEW YORK, LONDON, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Actor and youth mentor Mark Wahlberg joined CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) today taking to Twitter to announce that on its 31st anniversary, CIBC Miracle Day raised $6 million in support of children’s charities around the globe. On the first Wednesday of every December, CIBC traders and advisors donate their trading fees and commissions to make miracles happen for kids-in-need.

Events were held on CIBC trading floors and offices in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, London and Hong Kong. From Rachel McAdams to Michael Irvin, John Salley and John Starks, celebrities and sports stars alike joined traders to make client calls, participate in cheque donations and most importantly meet with kids, taking the time to brighten their day.

“The $6 million raised this year will go a very long way in improving the lives of children in our communities,” says Harry Culham, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head Capital Markets, and Chair of the CIBC Children’s Foundation. “It is the tremendous dedication and generosity of our clients, employees and celebrities in supporting hundreds of charities that helps kids rise above and reach their full potential.”

“What started over 30 years ago with a handful of CIBC Wood Gundy advisors sharing a vision that every child should experience the joy of the holiday season has grown into a tradition and legacy we are all very proud of,” says Steve Geist, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Wealth Management. “Since 1984, CIBC Miracle Day has raised nearly $234 million to help transform the lives of kids who need it most in communities across the globe and this year in Canada alone more than 550 charities will benefit.”

Join the #CIBCMiracleDay conversation on Twitter @CIBC and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) or follow on Instagram @CIBCNow.

[prnewswire.com]

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell attend the UK Film Premiere of ‘Daddy’s Home’ at Vue West End on December 9, 2015 in London, England.

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Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell attends the Dublin Premiere of “Daddy’s Home” at the Savoy Cinema on December 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Hollywood superstars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg popped in to chat about their new movie Daddy’s Home, Guinness, GAA, Elf, hanging out in Ireland and more.


In Part 2 we chat about their new movie Daddy’s Home, dadbods, Christmas holidays, and Listener’s Questions – including one about their ridiness!


[todayfm.com]

Jason Fein, owner of School of Rock in Geneva, is used to working with local kids to hone their musical skills. But he got quite the surprise last month when the production team from the Wahlburgers called to see if Donnie Wahlberg could stop by for a visit with his nephew, who has aspirations of becoming a musician, to shoot for their upcoming season.

Fein got the voicemail the night of Nov. 19 and called the Wahlburgers production team right back. Donnie, his nephew, and the Walburgers crew stopped by the next morning. They also brought with them Rob Lewis, also known as Young Q, who is a well-known producer and has worked with several famous musicians including Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige.

“When Donnie came in he walked right up to me and introduced himself. He was just a really regular and friendly guy,” Fein said. “He doesn’t come across as being really famous.”

They stayed for an hour and Fein and one of his instructors provided some vocal coaching to Donnie’s nephew. Donnie also got on the drums for a bit during the lesson and Young Q played the piano. Fein said another highlight from the visit was when Donnie asked if Fein would take a selfie with him and his nephew.  [patch.com]

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Join Mark Wahlberg & Will Ferrell at the Daddy’s Home premiere + a delicious holiday dinner!

– Win an exclusive meet-up with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in NYC
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What you’ll do
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Mark Wahlberg, along with CBS Films, purchased the rights for Boston Strong, a novel about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, from 20th Century Fox with plans to release a film about the events.

News surfaced earlier this year that Wahlberg was producing a Boston marathon bombings film, entitled ‘Patriots’ Day.’ The two stories, both now owned by CBS Films, will be combined into a single film.

Wahlberg is expected to play Boston police Detective Danny Keeler in the movie.

Two films, a play, and an HBO documentary are currently in the works, causing mixed reactions.

“The Richards would prefer that no movies be made about the bombings at the Boston Marathon,” said Nancy Sterling to The Associated Press. Sterling is a spokeswoman for the family of eight-year-old Martin Richard. He was the youngest of the three people killed in the attack.

Others see the film as portraying a moment in history.

“I know a lot of people were disturbed by that, but I don’t have a problem with it,” said Karen Brassard, whose husband and daughter also were hurt in the bombings. “It’s a part of history.”

A release date for the Wahlberg-starring film has not yet been announced. The HBO documentary, entitled ‘Finish Line,’ is expected to be released on April 1, 2016.

[runningmagazine.ca]

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. We want to take this opportunity to thank YOU, our Wahl-Friends, for the love and support that you have shown throughout the years and for giving us so much to be thankful for. Wishing those who celebrate, a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of joy, love and laughter! May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. <3

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Ahead of the release of their very funny-looking new comedy, Daddy’s Home, Hollywood superstars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have announced that they’re coming to Dublin for the film’s Irish Premiere on Monday 7 December.

This isn’t just another press release or a bog-standard generic announcement though, because Will and Mark (yeah, we’re going for first-name terms here) have actually recorded this personal message for their Irish fans.

Daddy’s Home will be released in Irish cinemas on 26 December, just in time for you to hide the last of the Brussels sprouts dutifully eat the last of the Brussels sprouts, thank your Aunty Bina for the new socks, and head down to your local cinema for this very funny festive film. Looks like we’ve got ourselves a good old-fashioned Dad-off.

[joe.ie]

Ahead of its release next month, Paramount Pictures has debuted a new poster and two TV spots for Sean Anders and John Morris’ upcoming comedy Daddy’s Home starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Daddy’s Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

Daddy’s Home is set for release December 25th in the States and December 26th in the UK, with a cast that also includes Linda Cardellini and Thomas Haden Church.  [flickeringmyth.com]

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg attend the 2015 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, November 22, 2015.

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Reality bites into burger realty, as celeb Mark Wahlberg and brothers are coming to Midtown.

Wahlburgers, the Wahlbergs’ fast-growing Massachusetts-based burger chain, is coming to 725 Eighth Ave. between West 45th and 46th streets near Times Square.

Founded by Mark, his actor brother Donnie and executive chef Paul, the restaurant, bar and store will take up all five levels of the property.

Last summer Wahlburgers opened its first New York City restaurant at 3015 Stillwell Ave. in Coney Island in a property owned by Thor Equities.

Joseph Sitt’s Thor also owns the 8,300 square-foot Theater District property where the 10-year deal was signed this week. Asking rents for ground floors in this Eighth Avenue area run $400 per square foot.

Through Sunday, 100 percent of the chain’s profits on its Soutien (French for support) Burger, which comes heaped with French onion jam, Boursin cheese and fresh watercress, will be donated to the French Red Cross.

The restaurant and family are also the subject of an Emmy-nominated reality show on A&E, and it’s likely that some of Donnie’s “Blue Blood” TV episodes will be filmed in the next location. Mark’s new flick, “Daddy’s Home,” opens on Christmas Day.

[nypost.com]

A fundraiser gala in support of the IDF raised more than $31 million on Friday night in a star-studded event in Los Angeles, California.

More than 1,200 supporters of the Israeli military attended the sold-out Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) charitable event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The FIDF Western Region Gala ushered in various A-listers, including Mark Wahlberg, Liev Schreiber, Antonio Banderas, Jason Segel, Jason Alexander and Israeli-born KISS frontman Gene Simmons. A musical performance by the Beach Boys rocked the night’s event.

“For the past nine years I have watched this gala grow into the preeminent charity event it is today, and I am truly humbled by the funds raised yesterday, which are a testament to the importance of the FIDF organization and its mission. The overwhelming support from the Los Angeles community continues to amaze me,” said Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, who served as the gala’s chairman.

Friday’s program placed special recognition on the IDF’s Lone Soldiers, who have left their countries of origin to serve and have families that reside outside Israel.

Bereaved mothers of fallen IDF soldiers also addressed the crowd, as did a US veteran who gave a presentation on the benefits of Israeli medical technology used in America.  [jpost.com]

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Home – Mark | Public Appearances – Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Region Gala

“She’s like the female Terminator,” says Arnie as he once again reminds us that he was in a great film in the 1980s.
The hype machine for UFC 193 is really ramping up.

On November 14, Ronda Rousey is expected to headline the most attended UFC event of all time when she takes on Holly Holm at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.

Every single stop has been pulled out in the first Embedded episode. Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger all feature as Rousey’s remarkable rise to the top of her sport is celebrated.

“She has transcended her sport,” declares Wahlberg.

As for Holly Holm, Oscar de la Hoya is in her corner.

Wahlburgers, the burger specialist founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg and the subject of an A&E reality show, will open this winter at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties.

No specific opening date has been announced.

But in the meantime, a Wahlburgers food truck will serve a limited, changing menu outside the site, in the former Darling’s Diner at the Rialto at the Piazza (1033 N. Second St.), beginning Saturday, Oct. 31.

Among the items will be the one-third-pound Our Burger, Alma’s Favorite Chicken, Portobello Mushroom Cap, Tater Tots, and Aqua Hydrate. (See menu.)

The truck’s hours haven’t been set just yet, but probably will be tied to weekends.

Local developer Artie Giordano, who plans multiple locations around here for the Massachusetts-based restaurant, is soliciting ideas for a signature “Invincible Burger,” inspired by Mark Wahlberg’s 2006 movie Invincible, about Eagles great Vince Papale. A contest, starting Nov. 1 on Facebook, will ask fans to help choose the toppings for the special sandwich.

Wahlburgers will serve made-to-order beef burgers with assorted toppings, beef hot dogs, salads, fries, tots, and specialty frappes. A full bar will serve draft and bottled beers (including the Wahlbrewski, a Harpoon Brewery custom unfiltered pale ale), wines by the glass, cocktails, and adult frappes.

Wahlburgers nominally will replace PYT, which closed in early October pending a 2016 opening near the Fillmore as the Piazza’s burger restaurant-slash-bar.

[philly.com]