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Mark Wahlberg to receive MTV Generation Award

Mark Wahlberg will receive the MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards in June, the network announced today.

The ceremony will also serve as an Entourage reunion, as cast members Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon will present the award to Wahlberg, who produced HBO’s series and appeared in it occasionally. The long-in-the-works Entourage movie will premiere in June 2015.

“Mark Wahlberg is the definition of a modern day Renaissance Man: from Dirk Diggler to The Departed, The Basketball Diaries to Ted, Entourage to The Fighter, in front of the camera and behind — he’s done it all and he’s always memorable,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we’re proud to recognize him with this year’s Generation Award.”

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'Basketball Diaries' director Scott Kalvert found dead at 49

Scott Kalvert, the director best known for his work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg on 1995′s Basketball Diaries, was found dead Wednesday at his Woodland Hills, California, home. He was 49 years old.

His death is being investigated as a suicide by the L.A. Coroner’s Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Before Basketball Diaries, Kalvert was best known for his music videos, directing Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop,” Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It to My Heart,” and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations,” as well as teaming up with Wahlberg on a 1993 workout video. The last project Kalvert directed was 2002′s Deuces Wild, a crime thriller starring Stephen Dorff and the late Brad Renfro.

Donnie Wahlberg tweeted his condolences to Kalvert, who helped launch his and his brother’s careers: READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' teaser trailer: It's 'judgment day' for Mark Wahlberg -- VIDEO

“A new era has begun. The age of the Transformers is over,” Kelsey Grammer’s menacing voice reveals in the first meaty teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s explosive fourth entry in his Transformers saga.

We enter on a T-shirt-clad, trucker-hat-sporting Mark Wahlberg living a quiet life in the country, just to make some money for his family. And then he realizes the truck he’d salvaged for some scrap metal is actually “not a truck at all.” It is, of course, a transformer. Then, things get crazy.

Check out the teaser for Transformers: Age of Extinction after the jump, plus the film’s title sequence. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Lone Survivor' sizzles with $38.5 million and rare A+ CinemaScore

Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield‘s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.

Lone Survivor‘s success marks a major comeback for director Berg, whose last film, Battleship, opened to just $25 million against a whopping $209 million budget. Like that film, Lone also stars Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch, though it was marketed primarily on the star power of its leading man, Mark Wahlberg. The Boston-born star has grown into a reliable box office draw, so its doubly impressive that Lone Survivor is one of his best-ever opening weekend results, trailing only 2012′s Ted, which started with $54.4 million. The film is a major win for all parties involved. READ FULL STORY

'Lone Survivor': Meet the man who saved Marcus Luttrell's life -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If you couldn’t already tell by the title, Lone Survivor tells the remarkable true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and the dangerous 2005 mission in Afghanistan that left his comrades dead. Many critics are already comparing the Peter Berg-directed film, which stars Mark Walhberg and Taylor Kitsch, to other great war films like Saving Private Ryan.

Though he had already survived brutal gunfight and treacherous conditions at that point, Luttrell’s true savior was an Afghan man named Mohammed Gulab, who protected Luttrell in his village. Watch the featurette below to see more:
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Critical Mass: Is 'Lone Survivor' as great as 'Saving Private Ryan'?

Lone Survivor tells the true story of elite SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his band of brothers, who were sent on a dangerous 2005 mission in Afghanistan that quickly went FUBAR. When the four soldiers — played by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch — are discovered in hostile territory by shepherds who may or may not be aligned with the Taliban, they have to decide whether to execute their captives and continue their stealth operation or release them and risk being surrounded by numerically superior forces.

The soldiers quickly realize that it’s a life-or-death decision, one that not all of them will survive. When the Taliban confronts the isolated SEALs and the bullets begin to fly, the subsequent firefight is one of the most harrowing ever recorded on film. “The action that follows is excruciating and relentless, and [director Peter] Berg doesn’t spare the audience,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “If anything, he rubs our noses in the blood, sweat, and tears of combat.”

Lone Survivor eschews politics and instead aims for bluntly proving the wisdom of Robert E. Lee, who once said, “It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it.”

Advertisements for the film have raised comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, but the more apt comparison might be Black Hawk Down, Ridley Scott’s 2001 war movie about the failed rescue of American soldiers in Somalia. Before you head to the theater, read what some of the nation’s leading critics are saying about Lone Survivor, which opened Dec. 25 but expands across the country today.
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Real-life 'Lone Survivor' Marcus Luttrell reacts to Mark Wahlberg's SEAL rant

Forget your theories about the underlying motivation behind Mark Wahlberg’s passionate takedown of Hollywood privilege at the Lone Survivor premiere on Tuesday. (In case you missed it, the actor said “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training’? I don’t give a f-ck what you did… How f-cking dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”)

According to Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL whose life inspired Lone Survivor (he’s played by Wahlberg in the film), the star was simply speaking from his heart about the realities of war — and the comments were not meant to call out anyone. Wahlberg was reacting to what the moderator had asked — and perhaps an event that occurred before the presentation. READ FULL STORY

'2 Guns' Blu-ray: Director discusses sequel and the race to climb 'Everest' first -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tucked in between this summer’s CG blockbusters was an old-school buddy-movie that proved to be irresistible fun. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington played two bank robbers who shared only one thing in common: both were unaware that the other was working undercover. So when they knock off a bank they think is working with the drug cartels, only to find out that their stolen money really belongs to the CIA, all heck breaks loose. You could injure your neck trying to untangle all the back-stabbing and two-timing that unfolds… or you could just soak up the charming chemistry between the two alpha-male stars.

Baltasar Kormákur, who’d worked with Wahlberg on Contraband, revisits an action genre that ruled the 1980s, when big stars weren’t courting superhero roles and there was something fascinating about two big stars going head-to-head, like 48 HRS. or Tango & Cash. With 2 Guns‘ Blu-ray out on Tuesday, the Icelandic director discussed the prospects for a sequel, his new Everest movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, and what people don’t really appreciate enough about Mark Wahlberg.

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Mark Wahlberg blasts Hollywood privilege at 'Lone Survivor' premiere: 'I'm sorry for losing my sh-t'

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Mark Wahlberg has never been one to shy away from the truth.

Even so, at the premiere of Lone Survivor at the AFI Fest Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the veteran actor and producer shocked the audience with his candor about his role in Lone Survivor, an adaptation of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s account of his Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan in July of 2005, which director Peter Berg recreates with harrowing, explicit, and relentless precision.

When Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Petty Officer Luttrell after the credits rolled for a brief Q&A, he looked distraught and distracted. After Luttrell explained how he and Berg teamed up for the film, the moderator, Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga, turned to Wahlberg to ask about his rigorous training and the rough shoot. Wahlberg looked visibly pained by the question and started on what would become an almost five-minute monologue. “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘oh I went to SEAL training’? I don’t give a f-ck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How f-cking dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours,” Wahlberg said.

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New 'Lone Survivor' trailer: Will a bloodied Mark Wahlberg live to get the girl?

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The prototypical sounds of war films — the thick whirring of helicopter blades, tumbling rocks from explosions, frantic yelling on satellite phones, and the clink-clunk scattering of artillery shells — all have their moment in the newest trailer for Lone Survivor, but there’s also the sound of average-Joe chit-chat:

“Did she ask about me?” Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg) asks fellow U.S. Navy SEAL Mike Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) about a cute girl from a Coldplay concert. Despite their risky operative, he’s still just a guy who wants to get the girl.

Wahlberg stars as Luttrell, who penned the 2007 memoir Lone Survivor about a covert al-Qaeda mission that ran into trouble when their team faced an ambush Taliban attack. Directed by Peter Berg, it also stars Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.

Watch the newest trailer below:
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