Finally someone has told Hollywood celebrities what the general public has always wanted to tell them when it comes to their views and politics: SHUT UP! What’s even better is it was a celebrity who said it.
Actor Mark Wahlberg (or “Marky Mark” as some of us remember him during his music days) was at a presser for his new movie Patriots Day when he made the comments to Task & Purpose – a news outlet whose audience is primarily American service veterans. When asked about the parade of celebrities that have come out to denounce President-elect Donald Trump, Wahlberg said he believed most of Hollywood lives in a bubble and out of touch with most of Americans:
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway…They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
Wahlberg’s latest movie is what he calls a “trilogy of films” he’s worked on with director Peter Berg, who he affectionately refers to as his brother. Wahlberg and Berg previously worked on Deepwater Horizon (2016), and Lone Survivor (2013). All three of these movies depict actual events, and tell the story of heroism from average men – though some would disagree that Marcus Luttrell, the main character of Lone Survivor, is an average guy.
Wahlberg also believes Patriots Day will serve as a reminder to the public about the greatness of America – its people, police and military:
“I definitely think the film is going to bring people together… will give people an added boost and a reminder of what a great country we do have and how amazing people are. People really dedicated their lives to serving our country and our communities, and we need to honor that. The overall purpose of police and military is protect us. It’s an amazing thing, and every chance I get I want to thank them for their service.”
Big thanks to Mark Wahlberg – one of the few celebrities that can relate to the average person, tell it like it is, and create movies about American heroism and greatness.
Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block stop by Studio 1A to announce their new U.S. tour. But they won’t be alone: They’ll be joined by their friends Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul! (November 15, 2015)
Tickets go onsale 11/19 at 10am local and pre-sales begin for VIPs & tickets 11/16. Visit NKOTB.com for all information & we’ll see you on the road.
Mark Wahlberg attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 8th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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Donnie Wahlberg and Nick Lachey have teamed with “Entourage’s” Doug Ellin to produce a comedy for CBS about members of a boy band who reunite 20 years later.
“Encore” hails from CBS Television Studios and the Tannenbaum Co. The single-camera project is in the early stage of development.
Wahlberg and Lachey are intimately familiar with the material. Wahlberg was a member of the late 1980s pop group New Kids on the Block. Lachey was a member of 98 Degrees, which was active in the late-1990s and early 2000s. Wahlberg and Lachey have become friendly after spending time touring together in 2013. The inspiration for the show came when the two compared notes about how different their lives are today as grown men with children than in their pop star heydays.
Wahlberg is already in the CBS family as a co-star of police drama “Blue Bloods.” He also exec producers the reality series “Rock This Boat,” about obsessive NKOTB fans, for CBS’ Pop cabler. And he’s an exec producer on the A&E Network series “Wahlburgers,” about his family’s burger joint in Boston.
Family ties also helped bring Ellin into the picture for “Encore.” The showrunner created and exec produced the 2004-2011 HBO series “Entourage” that was inspired by the Hollywood experiences of his older brother, Mark Wahlberg.
Ellin is penning the script for “Encore” and exec producing with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”), Wahlberg, Lachey and Jonathan Baruch. Andrew Moncrief of Ellin’s Halyard Park banner will serve as a producer.
Ellin’s recent projects include ESPN’s “30 for 30: When the Garden Was Eden” doc and “Bad Santa 2,” which is set for release on Nov. 23. He also wrote and directed the 2015 “Entourage” feature.
Ellin is repped by CAA and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin Frankel Whitehead. The Tannenbaums are also with CAA. Wahlberg is with WME. Lachey’s with ICM Partners.
Chef Paul Wahlberg has a pretty direct answer when asked whether he’s become comfortable with his celebrity as the star of Wahlburgers, A&E’s reality show series about the eponymous fast-casual burger restaurants he owns with his partner-brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. Last week Wahlburgers celebrated its fifth anniversary, and the Emmy-nominated TV series launches its latest season on November 16. But even after years of practice, and a lifetime watching his entertainment biz bros handle Hollywood, it’s still a little hard for Paul Wahlberg to digest the celeb-chef thing. He doesn’t love doing the publicity circuit; during an interview at Alma Nove, his upscale Italian restaurant across the street from the original Wahlburgers, the chef sometimes sits on his hands to avoid moving about the room. (“I get fidgety!” he chuckles.) He’s as press shy as his famous brothers are limelight-loving, and he laughs at the irony that, just a few days prior, his brother Donnie broke a Guinness World Record for — wait for it! — taking selfies on a New Kids on the Block cruise.
“I’m still not comfortable in that world, though I count my blessings from it,” says Wahlberg of the fame machine. “Still, if I get caught up in the celebrity part, I’m not doing my job.”
His job, he says, is simply to cook. That’s where he feels at home, even if the demands of a TV show and booming burger chain require other kinds of attention. Since opening the first Wahlburgers location in Hingham in 2011, the brand has expanded to about a dozen locations around the country — from Vegas to Orlando — with dozens more international outposts under agreement with franchisees. And the television show, which follows the comic travails of the Wahlberg clan as they run the family business, has garnered a loyal following that surprises even the chef. He’s had fans drive hours just to get a patty melt and a boozy frappe, a dedication that, frankly, makes him a bit self-conscious. “I had one couple drive here nonstop from Nova Scotia. I couldn’t do enough for them,” recalls Wahlberg of two exceptionally devout diners. (That’s an 11-hour drive, if you’re curious.) Of course, all those TV-bred expectations are a double-edged sword. “You have people who think it’s the best thing ever. Then you have the people who say, ‘it doesn’t live up to they hype.’ But it’s not meant to be hyped. That’s not what I’m trying to achieve.”
Whatever the show suggests, the chef says he just wants to show folks a good time at Wahlburgers, whether by doling out tried-and-true burgers (topped with fixings like “government cheese,” a nod to hardscrabble times growing up in Dorchester) or seasonal variations like the just-launched fiesta burger (pictured above), a half-pound patty made with Southern spice mix and topped with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli and sweet pepper and smoked onion salsa. The chain has also branched out to non-burger items like smoked mozzarella mac-n-cheese with bacon and open-faced Sloppy Joe sandwiches slathered in cheese sauce.
“Patriots Day,” the movie about the Boston Marathon bombings starring Mark Wahlberg, has scored the coveted closing-night slot at next month’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles.
The choice by the American Film Institute to screen director Peter Berg’s movie could be a sign that “Patriots Day” will be an Oscar contender. Last year’s AFI closer was director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” which went on to receive five Academy Award nominations.
The early word on “Patriots Day” has been positive, with Deadline.com reporting that response to a recent test screen in Las Vegas was “through the roof.”
“‘Patriots Day’ is a moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit, the heroes of Boston and our nation’s capacity to unify in the wake of the unimaginable,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest director, in a statement.
Filmed in and around Boston last spring, “Patriots Day” tells the story of the explosions that killed three and injured hundreds more at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, as well as the manhunt that followed. In addition to Wahlberg, who plays a Boston cop, the cast includes John Goodman as former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and Michelle Monaghan as a nurse.
The film opens in Boston, New York, and LA on Dec. 21 and everywhere else on Jan. 13. The film’s official premiere will be in Boston sometime in December.
Also Wednesday, producers of the movie released a short video about their desire to tell the story without sensationalizing it. Before filming a scene inside the apartment of slain MIT patrol officer Sean Collier, for example, it was suggested to Berg that perhaps the walls, which were pink, should be re-painted. The director said no. He wanted everything as it was. “The truth matters in a situation like this,” Walhberg says in the video. [bostonglobe.com]
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Mark Wahlberg’s team prevails – It’s a hot and humid Saturday morning in Pontiac, Michigan, where Mark Wahlberg is filming “Transformers: The Last Knight” and a small crew is on hand to shoot the cover of 24Life. He’s been working 16 hours a day, and there’s no rest on the weekend: he’s got Wahlburgers restaurant business to address here, as well as a working dinner. Nevertheless, he is going to make sure he attends church, squeezes in a round of golf, and has some fun with the 24Life crew, too.
Wahlberg is in action-hero shape, and his hair is longer than usual for the latest chapter in the Transformers saga. It’s a fast follow-on to his role in “Patriots Day,” a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, and his character Mike Williams, the electronics technician who became the face of one of the world’s largest man-made disasters, in “Deepwater Horizon” — due in theaters September 30.
As we talk with Wahlberg about his sensitive and skilled portrayal of Williams in “Deepwater Horizon”— and the opportunity it gave him to bring forward the human story behind the environmental tragedy — it becomes clear how deeply Wahlberg values people and community, not only in his career as an actor and producer, but also in his family life and in his ventures in the restaurant industry and in performance water and supplementation.
24Life: “Deepwater Horizon” presents the untold story behind that disaster — that of individuals and a community facing life-or-death decisions. Many of the standout roles you’ve played are ones in which your character’s relationship to others is crucial. Is that element a factor in your choice of parts or projects?
Mark Wahlberg (MW): A lot of things go into the decision-making process, but with stories like “Deepwater Horizon,” we’re talking about the lives of real people and dealing with tragedy and loss of life. Those are obviously extremely delicate subjects, especially in the case of Deepwater Horizon. Eleven people lost their lives, but all the media attention and focus was on the environmental disaster. It seemed like not a lot of people know that … the 11 people that lost their lives do a job, and are part of a world and a community that provides a service for us, [and we’re] unaware of the dangers and risks they face to get those resources that are part of our daily lives.
We had the huge responsibility of making sure that we did it right, and that we did proper justice to the lives of the people we portrayed. Obviously, every movie is different, every role is different, but when dealing with true stories, we make that sure every single person involved is committed to getting it right and making sure that we honor the people [we are portraying]. That’s the golden rule. And no one has a problem doing that.
For Paul Wahlberg, the chef in charge of the surging burger chain Wahlburgers, the hardest part of working with his famous bros, actor and New Kid on the Block Donnie and Hollywood heavy Mark Wahlberg, is forgetting all those arguments about the flat bicycle tire.
“You just try not to revert back to when you were 12 years old and were like, ‘You took my bike and got a flat tire!’ Those kinds of things,” Wahlberg told the Track. “Even though it’s been the same way since you were 12, you can’t go there.”
Despite the bike situation, Wahlberg — who yesterday celebrated the fifth anniversary of the very first Wahlburgers in Hingham — loves working with his brothers, who, he said, have been nothing but supportive.
So who is the toughest member of the family to work with? That would be mom Alma, Paul said.
“My mother wants to be the boss,” he laughed. “Because she is the boss.”
In any event, Wahlberg and Wahlburgers have come a long way since the first burger joint opened back in 2011 in the Hingham Shipyard. For one thing, there are now 11 Wahlburgers spread around the country, including three in Massachusetts — the original in Hingham, one around the corner from Fenway Park and one in Lynnfield. The family hopes eventually to have 30 across the country.
And then there’s the TV show.
“Wahlburgers,” starring Paul, Mark, Donnie, Alma and the rest of their family and wacky Entourage, will launch season seven on Nov. 16 with more bickering about who is Alma’s favorite son, more expansion and more Johnny Drama.
The actor-singer took 122 selfies in just three minutes aboard the annual NKOTB cruise.
Your move, Kim Kardashian.
Donnie Wahlberg last week set the Guinness World Record for most selfies taken in three minutes.
On board the sold-out eighth annual NKOTB cruise, nearly 3,000 fans surrounded the actor-singer as he took a total of 122 selfies. The fans formed a single-file line and were (somewhat hilariously) shuffled quickly through as Wahlberg snapped the photos.
A Guinness rep was there to certify the record.
After finding massive success as a boy band in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the group reunited in 2008 and have embarked on several stadium tours with other ’90s icons like Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. They released their 10th U.S. album, 10, in 2013, and more recently embarked on a summer tour called The Main Event with TLC and Nelly.
Their annual summer cruise has been documented in two seasons of Pop’s Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block.
Wahlberg, who co-stars on CBS’ Blue Bloods, also is serving as an executive producer on Pop’s comedy series The Joey Mac Project, starring his bandmate Joey McIntyre.
ST. CHARLES, IL — Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and their family have been selected as the grand marshals of this year’s Electric Christmas Parade in St. Charles.
The Electric Christmas Parade is set to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, on Main Street in downtown St. Charles. The celebrity couple currently lives in St. Charles and was married in September 2014 at the historic Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles. Their wedding and their day-to-day life living in the suburbs has been featured on their A&E reality TV show, “Donnie Loves Jenny.”
“We couldn’t be happier that Jenny, Donnie and their family will be Grand Marshals of this year’s Holiday Homecoming Parade,” St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina said. “The city of St. Charles is appreciative of the positive light they have shed on our community and the entire Tri-Cities area with their reality show, Donnie Loves Jenny. … We are thrilled they will be a part of St. Charles’ much-anticipated holiday tradition this year.”
The couple, Rogina also noted, held a benefit concert at the Arcada Theatre and a VIP event at Hotel Baker earlier this year to raise funds for Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to the recovery of children with autism spectrum disorders.
The Electric Christmas Parade is the “grand finale” of St. Charles’ two-day Holiday Homecoming.
“Having the Wahlbergs as the Grand Marshal is going to be so exciting,” Downtown St. Charles Partnership Executive Director Jenna Sawicki. “We are ecstatic to have them a part of this community event.”
Other events at the Holiday Homecoming include the Lighting of the Lights on Nov. 25, sleigh rides on First Street, visits with Santa and a holiday movie.
Here is a look at the schedule of activities for this year’s Holiday Homecoming:
Friday, November 25, 2016
Lighting of the Lights on the 1st Street Plaza, 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Free Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theatre: Elf, 10 a.m.
Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides on 1st St. Plaza, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Visit with Santa on the 1st Street Plaza, 1 to 4 p.m.
Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street, 5:30 p.m.
Santa’s House will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26 through Dec. 18. All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free of charge.
For more information, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org/Holidays, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-443-3967, or email email@example.com.
Transformers: The Last Knight’s overseas locations means the cast and crew often have to hit the road, and ET got a look at Mark Wahlberg’s special travel gear during a trip to the set.
“I’ve got my workout equipment,” Wahlberg showed ET. “I’ve got my rotisserie, my hot plate … in the morning, I’ve got my clubs. I got some tuna from back home.”
Co-star Josh Duhamel warned us that Wahlberg has an intense schedule that starts with a 3:30 a.m. workout, and Wahlberg explained the need for his rigorous regimen.
“I put on a lot of weight,” Wahlberg said. “[Director] Michael [Bay] saw me and freaked out. I promised him I’d get in good shape, so I started training early. I get it all in and then I come to work for 12 hours.”
Despite the early workouts and long work days, life on the road has come with some perks for the Oscar-nominated actor. The trip to Europe has afforded the father of four the chance to spend some quality time with his family.
“We went to Buckingham Palace. Princess Eugenie gave us a tour,” Wahlberg shared. “We went to France. I took the family to the Eiffel Tower. It was cool.”
Even with all the fun that comes with visiting new places, it appears there can be too much of a good thing.
“The only thing better than that is finishing this movie — it’s a five-month shoot — and taking my wife to dinner … take my kids to school,” Wahlberg said.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens June 23, 2017.
Patriots Day stars Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders, a police sergeant at the centre of the terrorist attack that occurred in April 2013, a day that saw three civilians killed and 264 others injured. The character is a composite of various people involved that day. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, JK Simmons and Michelle Monaghan also star.
The film reunites Wahlberg with Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg. While the fact-based disaster drama received positive reviews, it failed to connect with audiences and made just $20m in its first weekend.
“I think police, of late, are getting too much of a bad rap,” Berg said to the Boston Globe. “Several questionable – or pretty clearly bad – actions by cops are tarnishing the entire profession. But what happened in this city in the 105 hours after the explosions is an example of the very best of law enforcement, and without being cliche or overly simplistic, I think we can explore that in this film.”
It’s the first of two films set to be released about the events, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as Jeff Bauman in Stronger, hitting cinemas next year. Bauman lost both of his legs in the bombing and the film will detail his adjustment to a new life. A third film was also announced in 2014, originally set to star Casey Affleck, but the star has since dropped out.
Patriots Day will open on 21 December in major cities, including Boston, and nationwide on 13 January.