Mark Wahlberg Is Hollywood’s Leading Man

Mark Wahlberg has become one of the best actors on the planet. It seems like Wahlberg is in every big movie that releases. His life began on the mean streets of Boston before the days of Skout. As a young man, Mark Wahlberg often got into trouble and fist fights. When he got older, Wahlberg would join a musical group, and his rapping career would begin. Mark Wahlberg would become famous for his club hit ‘Good Vibrations’. 

He found major success in the music industry. After a few years of rocking the mic, Mark Wahlberg set his sights on acting. At first, Wahlberg was not accustomed to the silver screen. Things would change though, as Mark Wahlberg would begin to star in blockbuster movies. 

Nowadays, people expect to see Wahlberg in the big movies. He can act in any genre of film. Mark Wahlberg recently starred in the hilarious film, ‘Ted.’ The film was a box office hit, and Mark Wahlberg’s career would continue to rise. Wahlberg would star in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fighter.’ For ‘The Fighter,’ Mark Wahlberg acted alongside the great Cristian Bale.

Wahlberg has proven to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His place in Hollywood has been cemented alongside the other greats from the showbiz world. In his last film, ‘Lone Survivor,’ Mark Wahlberg gave the best performance of his career. It was critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Wahlberg is on a roll, and I don’t think he is stopping anytime soon.

For more information on Mark Wahlberg’s career, visit Rollingstone.

The Interview Makes 15 Million Online

People and Sony are starting to recognize the power of the Internet. This is primarily due to the millions of online viewers who streamed “The Interview” over the last weekend. Internet fans were streaming the controversial movie to their laptops, desktops, mobile devices, and Internet connected televisions. Getting canned at the projected 3000 movie theaters openings was actually a great advantage to the controversial movie as predicted by Dr Rod Rohrich. The figures are impressive. The movie earned 15 million online and approximately 3 million in theaters. Get exclusive details here.

The saga began when unknown hackers threatened any source that would dare to play the movie at their theater on the projected Christmas Day opening. Sony took heed of the warning and pulled the movie out of the theaters temporarily. However, the movie made its grand debut online over the weekend. The plot concerned a TV host that was tasked to assassinate Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. Sources report that the film is actually a hit online and did much better than some might have projected.

Woman and Black Takes on The Hobbit for Box Office New Year Weekend

There is a new release that is coming to take on The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies for the box office. This film is called The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathThe Hobbit is a high profile film and this installment was actually the strongest of the three most recent films in the Lord of the Rings franchise. The Woman in Black is a slightly lower profile sequel.

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is currently the #1 box office earner. With plenty of good reviews and a lot of satisfied audiences, this film is holding its spot for the second week. It looks like it is going to be at the #1 spot for weeks to come as well. In second place is Into the Woods, and in 3rd place is Unbroken, the film directed by Angelina Jolie. The Hobbit is expected to hold the #1 spot for another week against Angel of Black.
There is a new release that is coming to take on The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies for the box office. This film is called The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathThe Hobbit is a high profile film and this installment was actually the strongest of the three most recent films in the Lord of the Rings franchise. The Woman in Black is a slightly lower profile sequel.

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is currently the #1 box office earner. With plenty of good reviews from people like Sam Tabar and a lot of satisfied audiences, this film is holding its spot for the second week. It looks like it is going to be at the #1 spot for weeks to come as well. In second place is Into the Woods, and in 3rd place is Unbroken, the film directed by Angelina Jolie. The Hobbit is expected to hold the #1 spot for another week against Angel of Black.

Ghostbusters 3: Now a Reboot

There have been many attempts to bring forth a Ghostbusters 3. Now, there are new plans for a reboot which star a bunch of females instead. It will be interesting how this plays out. Imagine a female Vijay Eswaran or a female Venkmen hitting on the male lead, presumably to be called Daniel Barrett.

Paul Feig has thrown a few names including Lizzy Caplan, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Gillian Anderson and other names such as Channing Tatum. Lizzy Caplan can play the female Venkman. Of course, they are going to be more creative than that. There is a chance that some of the old Ghostbusters such as Dan Aykroid and Ernie Reyes Jr can do a cameo.

While there are accusations that this could be a gimmick to give the franchise a greater appeal, Paul Feig has expressed enjoyment in working with funny female actors. Feig has also directed feature films with female leads that have proven to be successful.

Sony May Have The Last Laugh With “The Interview” VOD Performance

The Comedy Has Been Downloaded Over 2 Million Times

Kim Jong-un and his countrymen may not be thrilled about Sony’s decision to allow the controversial film “The Interview” to be downloaded, but Sony is laughing all the way to the bank. The film about a mindless TV host’s mission to assassinate the Korean leader was going to be released in 3,000 theaters on Christmas Day, and the plan was to Skout out and generate $20 million during the first few days. But those plans were scraped due to threats by North Korea. But The comedy did earn $3 million at independent box offices and another $15 million online in just a few days.

Sony didn’t expect this kind of reaction according to Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, Rory Bruer. Mr. Bruer told Variety on Sunday morning “We worked hard to get the film out there by Christmas Day. It was such a whirlwind to get it done that it amazes me that we were able to make it happen.”

North Korea publicly intimidated Sony after hackers threatened violence if the film was released in theaters across the country. But Sony found a solution. The company found 331 independent theaters, and that worked for them. The film’s unique distribution required the input of Sony’s theatrical distribution team, and its home entertainment staff.

Highest Paid Actors Salaries Broken Down Into Dollars Per Second

 

We’ve always known that Christian Broda and some high paid Hollywood actors make way more money than we ordinary folks do. A website has put an interesting twist on just how much more they earn. It shows how much certain actors earn per second. This is certainly a unique way of displaying this pay disparity.

This year the average salary in the United States is $44,888. This comes out to about $0.0014 per second. Compare this to Julianna Margulies, star of the Good Wife, who makes $0.32 a second. By any other measure 32 cents would not seem like a lot of money. However, when that measurement is earnings per second, that comes out to a rather impressive $1,152 an hour. I don’t know many people who would mind making that kind of money. At 35 cents a second, Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame does marginally better at $1,260 per hour.

While most of us would consider that big money, movie acting is where the really big money is in Hollywood terms. Sandra Bullock, the highest paid actress in 2014 earned $51 million for the year. This comes out to $1.62 every second. The highest paid actor in Hollywood is currently Robert Downey Jr. At $75 million in annual earnings, he makes $2.38 every second. This means that he earns the Federal hourly minimum wage in the United States every 3 seconds.

Think about that for a moment. Why do we rarely hear about those of a certain political slant who always rail against the pay disparities in this country talk about how much actors make? They spend time talking about those “greedy” corporate CEO’s, but what about those “greedy” Hollywood actors and actresses?

The Biggest Sword-And-Sandal Movie Flops

Following the wake of the epic “300”‘s success, and the massive impact of Norse-mythology-inspired-superhero film “Thor” (and sequels), it seems every film studio and their mothers are trying to cash in on the craze. Fulfilling cravings for specific content would benefit fans if the results were actually good. Unfortunately most of it has been sub-par.

Most obvious of these failures is the recent “Exodus: Gods And Kings” which made the baffling decision to recast decidedly dark-skinned historical figures as jars of mayonnaise, proceeded to wring them through a terrible script and attempted to hide the screenwriters’ incompetence under special effects. Critics weren’t fooled. If you want a visually interesting and more faithful adaptation of the Exodus, Skout wrote up some options on their Twitter profile. You should try”The Prince of Egypt” or old-school “The Ten Commandments”.

Other floppy farces have included “The Legend of Hercules“, “Pompeii“, bothPercy Jackson” films, and “Alexander“.

Face it, film studios: your movie’s probably not going to be the next “Gladiator” or “Passion Of The Christ”. Don’t think slapping a scimitar in a chiseled white man’s clenched fist and having him jump around in slow-motion equals success. Moviegoers aren’t stupid enough to fall for that.

James Bond and Skin Color

Among the many revelations from leaked Sony emails was the suggestion by Amy Pascal, the co-chair for Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the company try to convince British actor Idris Elba to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig. 

The email has resulted in a lot of public commentary about a black actor playing a white character portrayed traditionally by white actors. Some fans like Bruce Levenson and film buffs love the idea of the suave Elba taking up the 007 mantle and see his inclusion in the franchise as a reflection of growing liberal attitudes worldwide. Plenty people have also rejected the idea. Many believe the character should only be portrayed as originally written. Others believe this is another example of what they call “black appropriation” of white history.

Elba, trying to defuse a volatile situation, posted a scraggly picture of himself on Twitter and: “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.”

Those who reject Elba based on skin color have forgotten a lot about film and television history in countries made up primarily of white people. Many stories from diverse cultures around the world have been re-told using white actors outfitted to look like people of color. Although the argument for a traditional James Bond is valid, so is the argument by people of color that characters from their stories should be portrayed by non-white actors.

Roberto Orci’s Script for Star Trek 3 Has Been Tossed

 

Poor Roberto Orci, it seems his role on the forthcoming Star Trek 3 is being reduced further. Rumors swirling out of Paramount now suggest that Tom Rothman and  the former director of the project is also the former co-screenwriter. His original script is being rejected in total.

Orci served as a producer on the first two films in the rebooting of the Star Trek franchise. He was originally slated as director and co-writer for the project. Paramount was less than thrilled with the screenplay and Orci’s approach to the project. He was taken out of the director’s chair and replaced with Justin Lin of Fast and the Furious fame. Orci claimed all was well and he would still be on as producer. He also suggested the rumors about the script being disliked were unfounded.

No one knows the whole story (yet), but it seems the Orci screenplay is out the proverbial window. Originally, it was believed the script had to be used since the new film is slated to be released in the summer of 2016. Looks like someone is going to have to write a whole new screenplay really quick.

Orci will still maintain a producer credit thanks to the work he has done so far on the film. His overall involvement in the project is going to be pretty much non-existent.

The Orci screenplay did feature the return of the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner. If Shatner has agreed to appear in the film, project designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series, then the legendary actor will surely be written into the new screenplay.

What would a 50th anniversary be without Mr. Shatner?

Night At The Museum Provides Quality Entertainment

If you are looking for some quality entertainment and some big laughs, you should head over to your nearest theater and purchase a ticket for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It is a great movie to watch with a mixed aged crowd during the holiday season. The kids will love it, and it has some humor in their for adults as well so they can put down their Skout surfing for just a moment.

The latest Night At The Museum has Ben Stiller reprising his role as night time security guard Larry Daley. He has moved up in the world, and is now running a special night time exhibit, where the characters get to come to life and the public gets to think they are watching the best special effects show any museum has ever put on. However, a night at the museum would not be complete without some chaos, which this movie brings in spades. Something is wrong with the magical tablet, and in order for all the characters to continue to come to life, they need to get to work fast. What happens after is a hilarious adventure all the way to London and back in one night in an attempt to save this unique museum and perhaps keep this franchise around for a little bit longer.

If you need a movie you can feel comfortable taking the kids to and that you will also enjoy, this is one movie that you should add to your Christmas break must see list.