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Mark Wahlberg is on the hot seat.

“So many reasons to love this video – but to be a performer standing next to another performer, as gracious and cool as Jon Bon Jovi is, and to be up close to see how humbled he was by the fans/the song/the moment – made this experience all that much better. So many successful artists lose a little bit of their humility – Jon BonJovi clearly has not. Great artist, but a better guy! That’s what truly makes someone a #Legend in my book.” – Donnie Wahlberg

Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Mark Wahlberg, alongside brothers Donnie and Paul simultaneously brought their burger concept, Wahlburgers, to Hollywood this week andannounced that their chain it will expand to Asia in 2017 through a joint venture with Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG). The first three restaurants are slated to open in Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Shanghai, China.

“We’re excited about this wonderful opportunity to grow in Asia,” said Wahlburgers CEO Rick Vanzura. “Having a savvy, financially strong partner is essential and we have a great partner in the Cachet Hospitality Group, which will bring an unprecedented level of service and strength to the Wahlburgers brand. Cachet is dedicated to family, community and, of course, bringing diverse groups of people together through great food – the very same values that drive Wahlburgers. Thanks to Cachet, we already have our first confirmed restaurant projects outside of North America, and we look forward to making history together.”

The Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG), an international hospitality branding and management company based in Hong Kong, is well known in the region for excellence and a growing focus on social responsibility. According to CEO Alexander Mirza, “This is an excellent time to enter the Asia market, especially China, where dramatic growth in US-style destination malls with increasing space committed to restaurants as mall owners see both traffic and income rise dramatically….This combines perfectly with the explosive popularity of international restaurant brands in China’s malls and airports, opening the door to tremendous opportunity for Wahlburgers and our Asia Pacific joint venture.”

Based on the lure of Wahlburgers, CHG has signed major agreements with developers who have committed to including Wahlburgers restaurants in their projects. World Packaging Center, an existing CHG developer, agreed to sign the first restaurant in Hangzhou. Shanghai-based naked Hub has agreed to open 20 Wahlburgers in their office building complexes throughout Shanghai and Hong Kong. Thailand’s Big Ho Corporation will open 20 Wahlburgers in its franchise location of Big C Supercenter stores throughout northern Thailand.

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Nick Lachey and Donnie Wahlberg are teaming up again, but this time they’re bringing their boy bands to the small screen.

The 98 Degrees frontman stopped by PEOPLE Now to talk about his new TV project with the New Kids on the Block member, a comedy inspired by their former boy bands reuniting later in life and the struggles that come along with it.

“We put our heads together and said, ‘This sounds like a great show,’ ” says Lachey. “There’s a lot of material there that’s pretty comedic, and it will be a lot of fun.”

Although the show is still in its beginning stages, Entourage creator Doug Ellin is working on the script so they can cast and shoot a pilot.

“I’m very excited about it, I expect big things,” Lachey shares, teasing that “there’ll be a lot more to talk about later this year.”

On top of the humorous element to the show, the father of three with wife Vanessa wants audiences to know that being in a boy band isn’t a piece of cake.

“A lot of times there’s misconceptions about boy bands and sometimes people tend to discount the talent of a boy band — ‘Ah, it’s just fluff. It’s nothing,’ ” he says. “But when you’re in a boy band, it’s like being in any other band. You work your ass off. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it; there’s a lot of talent that’s out there on that stage.”

He continues, “Then to come back and do it later in life, it’s crazy it’s a whole other set of challenges. I’m just excited for people to see that world.”

Although Lachey says both New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees have big plans this year, including a New Kids on the Block tour with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men this summer, the groups may reunite on the road once again.

“There’s always a chance,” Lachey teases. “As long as we enjoy performing together, which we do, I don’t see any reason to stop.”


Blue Bloods star and two Victoria’s Secret Angels will headline two extravagant Super Bowl parties, organizers of the 14th Annual Leather & Laces extravaganza announced on Friday.

Donnie Wahlberg, an original member of New Kids on the Block and a star of the CBS police series Blue Bloods, will co-host the Leather & Laces party with his wife, actress Jenny McCarthy, and special guest NASCAR racer Kyle Busch on February 3 at Hughes Manor on Washington Avenue. The 24,000-square-foot pace is undergoing extensive renovations for the party, with opulent spaces such as “The Gold Champagne Room” and “The L&L Parisian Lounge.”

The next night, February 4, Victoria’s Secrets models Adriana Lima and Sara Sampaio will host the Saturday night edition of the party, with live performances by Cirque USA, DJ Michael Jerome, DJ Avi and DJ Automatic, at the same location. The models are among the select group known as “angels” because they don wings to walk the runway in lingerie at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

The Leather & Laces party, which debuted during Super Bowl XXVIII in Houston in 2004, has become such a hot ticket that organizers now hold two parties on the Friday and Saturday nights before the big game. Past party hosts have included Jeremy Piven, Kim Kardashian, Alessandra Ambrosio, Nicole Scherzinger, Emily Ratjkowski, Jamie Chung, Bar Refaeli, and Kevin Dillon.

Tickets range from $375 to $20,000 for a celebrity cabana for the February 3 party; and from $450 to $25,000 for a celebrity cabana for the February 4 party. For more information, visit


“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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A broadcast of ‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’ on SiriusXM at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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.

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy attend Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City.

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Blue Bloods star and New Kids on the Block member, Donnie Wahlberg shares why he continues to support families affected by autism through his work with Generation Rescue.  Donate HERE.

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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