Mark Wahlberg to Join "Transformers 4" 

So apparently, it's all too real -- Mark Wahlberg will reteam with his "Pain and Gain" director, Michael Bay, for "Transformers 4." It was widely circulated that this casting was just a rumor, but it's all official now, we even have a press release (see below). But it can still change anytime. Plus, it awfully sounds like a promotion for their "Pain and Gain" movie more than anything else right?

Here's the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012) – After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated “TRANSFORMERS 4.” The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.
“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on “Pain and Gain” and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay.

Bay will direct the next installment in the “TRANSFORMERS” series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

Bay’s first “TRANSFORMERS” film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly also star. The film is based on magazine articles by Pete Collins, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Donald DeLine, Michael Bay and Ian Bryce.

“PAIN AND GAIN” opens in theaters everywhere April 26th, 2013.


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"Skyfall" Movie Review -- I Was Shaken AND Stirred! 

The idea of Sam Mendes, the director who gave us some thought-provoking films such as “American Beauty,” “Revolutionary Road,” and the criminally-underseen “Away We Go,” crafting a Bond movie raises some pertinent questions like can he pull it off?

I’m happy to report that not only did Mendes pull it off, he created one of the best Bond movies in recent memory. The director created a perfect balance of action and drama to helm “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond adventure. Read More...

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Your Complete Awards Season Schedule! Save the Dates! 

Here you go, the road to the Oscars is paved with numerous award-giving bodies! Here's the schedule you need to know about, if you are an Oscar buff like me :happy


Monday, December 3rd - New York Film Critics Circle Awards Announced
Wednesday, December 5th - National Board of Review Awards Announced
Wednesday, December 12th - SAG Awards Nominations Announced
Thursday, December 13th - 2013 Golden Globe Award Nominations
Monday, December 17th - Oscar Nomination voting begins


Thursday, January 3rd - WGA Screenplay Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 3rd - Art Directors Guild Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 3rd - Producers Guild Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 3rd - Oscar Nomination voting ends at 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, January 8th - Directors Guild Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th - 2013 Oscar Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th - American Cinema Editors Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th - Cinema Audio Society Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 10th - Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Sunday, January 13th - Satellite Awards
Sunday, January 13th - 2013 Golden Globe Awards
Saturday, January 26th - Producers Guild Awards
Sunday, January 27th - Screen Actors Guild Awards


Saturday, February 2nd - Directors Guild Awards
Saturday, February 2nd - Art Directors Guild Awards
Sunday, February 10th - BAFTA Awards
Saturday, February 16th - American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards
Saturday, February 16th - Cinema Audio Society Awards
Sunday, February 17th - Writers Guild of America Awards
Sunday, February 17th - Motion Pictures Sound Editors Awards
Tuesday, February 19th - Costume Designers Guild Awards
Tuesday, February 19th - Oscar voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24th - 2013 Oscar Awards

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Say It Isn't So -- A "Casablanca" Sequel? 

We all love "Casablanca!" It's one of those classic movies that has become a part of our longstanding American pop culture. We all know the lines from the film ("Play it once, Sam"), the immortal song "As Time Goes By," and the undying love between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

But apparently, WB is mulling a sequel to the classic. This was not the first time the studio wanted a sequel to "Casablanca." According to IndieWire, after winning Best Picture in 1943, WB wanted to create "Brazzaville" as a sequel with Rick as a secret police agent. But it never got past the treatment phase. When that failed, Rick reappeared on the TV series "Warner Bros. Presents" with Charles McGraw in the role. There was also "Passage to Marseilles" which put together Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains but the impact was not as powerful as "Casablanca."

And so now, we have a sequel, that's being called "Return to Casbalanca" written by the original scribe, Howard Koch, in the 1980s. The plot? Here it is from our friends at indiewire:

After leaving Casablanca for America, Ilsa learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to a boy who grew up in America. The real father of the boy, it turns out, was not Laszlo but Rick.

He was conceived the night Ilsa came to Rick’s place to plead for the Letters of Transit . . . The secret was not kept from Laszlo, but being the kind of man he was and owing so much to Rick, he adopted the child and treated him as his own son.

The boy was named Richard, and he grew up to be a handsome, tough-tender young man reminiscent of his father. He had been told the truth about his origin and has a deep desire to find his real father, or at least more about him, since Rick’s heroic at actions in Casablanca have become legendary.’

Richard finds himself very much a stranger in the Arab world, a world now under Arab rule since the expulsion of the Germans and Vichy French who occupied Casablanca during the war., in 1961, a citizens movement led by an Arab woman who calls herself Joan is leading “guerrilla warfare’’ to track down “Nazi-led outlaws.’’ Richard eventually discovers his father’s fate.

So now, Cass Warner, granddaughter and grand-niece of the founding fathers of WB, is repping the sequel, and she pretty much said that WB is not that interested unless the sequel has a big-name director and big-name star to go along with it.

I say, unless there's a great story to be told, leave "Casablanca" alone! What's next? A sequel to "Citizen Kane?"

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"Wreck-It-Ralph" Box-Office Hero 

"Wreck-It-Ralph" became the box-office hero and triumphed over Superstorm Sandy.

The Walt Disney Pictures' flick debuted strongly with $49.1 million, claiming the No. 1 spot! Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch, the 3-D animated family film provided enough distraction from Superstorm Sandy. ("Wreck-It-Ralph" movie review)

At No. 2 was Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" featuring a strong performance from Denzel Washington. The drama about an excellent pilot battling alcohol and drug abuse soared to a $25 million debut. ("Flight" movie review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Ben Affleck's "Argo," fell to No. 3 with $10.2 million. The surefire Oscar contender has sold a total of $75.9 million worth of tickets since it opened four weeks ago.

Another box-office newcomer, "The Man with the Iron Fists," opened with a debut of $8.2 million. Directed by RZA from the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, "The Man with the Iron Fists" debuted at No. 4.

Overseas, the fantastic James Bond movie "Skyfall" continued to annihilate box-office competition. The Sam Mendes-directed flick sold $156 million worth of box-office tickets for a cumulative international total of $287 million, and it hasn't even reached the U.S. shores yet! "Skyfall" is set to make its debut this Friday.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Nov. 2nd:

1. "Wreck-It Ralph," $49.1 million.

2. "Flight," $25 million.

3. "Argo," $10.2 million.

4. "The Man With the Iron Fists," $10.2 million.

5. "Taken 2," $6 million.

6. "Cloud Atlas," $5.3 million.

7. "Hotel Transylvania," $4.5 million.

8. "Paranormal Activity 4," $4.3 million.

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $3.6 million.

10. "Silent Hill: Revelation," $3.3 million.

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