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I know that everyone has been accustomed to my articles about new movies, trailers and what’s coming soon on big screens from Hollywood. Today I decided to talk about a good movie I accidentally saw these days on TV. I cannot call it too old, but taking into account that now we are in 2017, the 2008 year of production is counting 9 years already…

Risk, love and… money. 21 is a great movie about living and loving life. They say it’s a fact-based story. Maybe. However, the plot is not that of a traditional American drama; it’s not a love soap opera, it’s something more: it’s a fabulous story, where the end cannot be so easily predicted.

Have you ever been a casino player? Even if not, you will fully taste the passion and risk of this game by watching this movie. The magic of this movie is the feeling that everyone can be Ben Campbell, the main character – a young and smart man, M.I.T. student in Boston, who is waiting for a scholarship to transfer to the Harvard School of University and become a doctor. Unfortunately, Ben cannot afford the 300,000$ cost for schooling, and here the magic begins…

Ben’s usual life turns upside down, when his professor of math, Micky Rosa, introduces him to a secret group of his best five students and teaches them the skill of card counting at BlackJack (learn more about this game here). As a result, every weekend, the five students go to secret trips to Las Vegas and, using their math skills and secret signals, win thousands of dollars in casino after casino. In order to remain incognito, the five students change clothes, wigs and names, pretending each time to be someone else.

I don’t want to tell you the full story and let you enjoy this movie by yourself, as the beautiful transformation of Ben’s life is not forever. The problems start when the security service of a Las Vegas casino begin to count losses and start hunting the secret group of math geniuses…

Even though Ben promised that he will stop playing when he reaches the sum of 300,000$, his pride and ambitions played a low-down trick. The sincere, shy young man becomes a provident card-sharper. This is how money will change Ben.

Of course any dramatic story isn’t full without a beautiful love fairy-tale. And 21 isn’t an exception. Ben falls in love or, maybe, it’s all just adrenaline and passion? Where all these problems and false dreams will lead him, together with the problems with the casino security, his professor of math and passion for his bad-luck genius colleague, see in the full movie.

You will not be disappointed, as besides the interesting plot, the actors are very well selected. Among them you will recognize Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and others. If you, like me, are tired of soap dramas and predictable endings, this movie is for you. Here is the taste of adrenaline, risk and big money. So how about reserving a few hours to watch a good movie?

The A&E channel has revealed a new look and a brand campaign that highlights Brave Storytellers, a new series on the network.
A&E said that the campaign is aimed at targeting and retaining the millennial or real viewer through “fearless and factual” storytelling.

The promo spot features the stars of the series, which tells tough, real stories. It was directed by Amanda Demme and includes Steven Clark of Born This Way; Leah Remini of Scientology and the Aftermath; Donnie Wahlberg of Wahlburgers; Kevin Lawrence of Live PD; and Elizabeth Smart of Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography. It encapsulates the feeling that the viewers of all these shows will be feeling something real, visceral, sometimes tough, but always entertaining.

The Brave Storytellers campaign also features the film ‘Look Closer’ which was creative directed by agency Sunshine and co-produced by Samsung and A&E.

NORFOLK, Va. Actor Mark Wahlberg visited Naval Station Norfolk on Monday (August 28, 2017)!

Wahlberg made a stop at the Navy Exchange Fleet Store promoting his line of nutrition products — Performance Inspired Nutrition, and then took a tour of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

He met with Captain Rich McDaniel, Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer and Captain Brad Rosen, Naval Station Norfolk Executive Officer, along with lots of other Sailors.

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A&E Network’s set an August 9, 2017 premiere date for season eight of Wahlburgers. The reality series starring the Wahlbergs will air its 75th episode during the upcoming season of the popular show. Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg will once again be featured, as will family matriarch, Alma. Wahlburgers is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Donnie Wahlberg, Rasha Drachkovitch, Archie Gips, and David Hale.

The Season 8 Plot: This season, with Wahlburgers becoming one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the world, Mark, Donnie and Paul kick things off with a whopping new deal to open 300 locations across the globe. Additional highlights include a visit from former N*Sync member Joey Fatone who seeks out Donnie for restaurant advice; Mark teams up with Hasbro to create a one-of-a-kind “Paul Wahl” action figure; Donnie taps tour mates Boyz II Men to taste test Jenny McCarthy’s new vodka line while Mark and his kids face off against NFL pro-bowler Travis Kelce in touch football. Penn & Teller make Mark’s Las Vegas Wahlburgers VIP party magical and Mark, Paul and Donnie team up to throw Alma a can’t-miss surprise birthday party she will never forget.  [showbizjunkies.com]

Donnie Wahlberg performs at Generation Rescue’s Go Home With Donnie Again on June 19, 2017 in St. Charles, Illinois. Photos by Timothy Hiatt

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Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block perform during ‘The Total Package Tour’ at Golden 1 Center on June 3, 2017 in Sacramento, California. Photos by Tim Mosenfelder.

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Paramount Pictures has released nine new character posters for Transformers 5, ahead of its theatrical release on Wednesday, June 21. These one-sheets feature robot and human characters alike, such as the British transformer Cogman, Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock), the beloved Autobot Bumblebee, Izzy (Isabela Moner), Jimmy (Jerrod Carmichael), Lt. Colonel William Lenox (Josh Duhamel), Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Sir Edward Burton (Anthony Hopkins) and the Transformer Hot Rod. The studio also announced today that exclusive Optimus Prime Time opening night events for Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight will be held across the U.S. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. local time at participating theaters.

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight opens nationwide on June 21, 2017. While this is expected to be the final Transformers movie for director Michael Bay, and even for the beloved character Optimus Prime, the franchise is far from over. Paramount is currently prepping its Bumblebee spin-off, which recently brought on Hailee Steinfeld to star, with Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) set to direct. There are reportedly 13 other Transformers movies that have been developed through the Transformers writers room, but the studio hasn’t announced which movie will come after Bumblebee, which has been set for release on June 8, 2018.

[movieweb.com]

Mark Wahlberg may be busy being a major movie star, but he’s also a dad!

On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Wahlberg gives a big update on his kids. The actor is more than pleased his devotion to the New England Patriots has carried over to his two sons, who have picked up the game of football.

“My oldest son plays tackle football… they’re going to both play flag football this year and play tackle this year,” Wahlberg explains. “But I am now officially the assistant coach.”

While the Hollywood A-lister can’t wait to take to the gridiron, DeGeneres is a bit more apprehensive. “Oh no, that’s not going to be good for anybody,” she quips. “I can see that you would get very worked up.” “My wife had the same reaction,” the “Transformers” star replies.

“My wife had the same reaction,” the “Transformers” star replies.

[etcanada.com]

LOS ANGELES, June 3 — With just a few weeks till its release, check out this upcoming action-packed Transformers: The Last Knight clip that gives us a better look at the Dinobot babies.

In the popular franchise, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro are back for more action along with newcomers Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, Mitch Pileggi and Anthony Hopkins.

The official synopsis of the film reads: “Transformers: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Haddock).

Transformers: The Last Knight is set for release on June 21.

[themalaymailonline.com]

Guilty pleasure?  Watching The Real Housewives with my wife [actress Jenny McCarthy]. We’ve just got into Ladies of London.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?  My brother Mark [Wahlberg].

Where is home?  Spread between Boston, New York and just outside Chicago, where we spend most of our time.

Career plan B?  Police officer.

Biggest bugbear?  The dishonesty of politicians in the US right now.

As a child you wanted to be…  A professional baseball player.

Earliest memory?  Playing with a car on the kitchen floor in Boston while drinking Kool-Aid.

Your best quality?  My positive attitude – I try to stay grateful.

And your worst?  When I’m not being positive or grateful, I get crabby.

Last meal on earth?  Fried chicken and fish and chips – with homemade chips – followed by chocolate-chip cookies and ice cream.

Dream dinner-party guests?  James Corden, Beyoncé and the major politicians in the US. I’d ask James to make them laugh, Beyoncé to serenade them – and I’d try to talk some sense into them.

Advice to teenage self?  Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be just fine.

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Kevin McHale won’t be the only one featured in the upcoming ESPN documentary on the Celtics-Lakers rivalry who is known for his time on the block.

Dorchester-born actor, burger mogul, Boston sports fan, and ’90s boy band member Donnie Wahlberg is co-narrating the five-hour film, Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, the network announced Wednesday. According to ESPN, Wahlberg will narrate the Celtics portion of the documentary, while fellow ’90s hip hop talent-turned-actor Ice Cube will serve as narrator for the Lakers.

The two-part documentary, which is part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, will air on ESPN on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14 — the two days between what would be Games 5 and 6 of the NBA Finals.

[boston.com]

What will Ariana Grande’s Manchester benefit mean? Donnie Wahlberg, who helped organize the Boston Strong concert, praises the pop star on The Jenny McCarthy Show.

Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood perform in concert during the Total Package Tour at The Frank Erwin Center on May 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photos by Gary Miller)

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New Kids on the Block perform at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul and New Kids on the Block all performed as part of the Total Package Tour. Photos by Leigh Taylor.

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New Kids on the Block perform on NBC’s ‘Today’ at Rockefeller Plaza on May 15, 2017 in New York City. Photos by B51.

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