Category: Mark Wahlberg

Oscars 2012: Did Michael Fassbender's big part cost him a nom?

Michael Fassbender

One Oscar snub that's snatching serious attention away from those actually up for gold? The omission of Michael Fassbender in the best actor category.

The Irish hunk's bold portrayal of a sex addict in the NC-17-rated "Shame" has had tongues wagging since last fall, but as awards campaigning chugged along, some of the wagging moved from what was in his performance to what was in his underwear.

His brave displays of nudity and desperate sexual encounters in Steve McQueen's film revealed that Fassbender was gifted in both acting and anatomy, earning him Critics' Choice and Golden Globe nominations, among many others. But the conversation on Michael moved further south, so to speak, since those accolades were handed out. 

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Cut to George Clooney, who helped Fassbender's member reach superstar status by suggesting during the Globes telecast that the actor could play golf with his hands behind his back -- complete with an acted-out illustration of what he was referring to.

Was this otherwise flattering endorsement indicative of a mindset that cost Fassbender an Oscar nomination?  

"He's a guy who's unfamiliar to a lot of people and did a movie that's really intimate," one high-ranking academy voter told the Ministry. "That was a super-brave performance but ... perhaps it inspired people to fantasize, and not actually vote." 

So, no shot at a statuette for Fassbender this year, but he has at least one trophy already. What do you think of his Oscar snub? Tell us in comments.   


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Photo: Michael Fassbender leaves a taping of "Late Night With David Letterman" in New York City on Jan. 18. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Mark Wahlberg's 9/11 gaffe: 'I was there to talk about the movie'

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has apologized and apologized again for ill-considered remarks about what he might do if he were on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

On Friday, the "Contraband" star put a little context around his remarks, and his apologies -- and described the role of the journalist who conducted the interview in question.

"Because of the fact that I had a reservation on one of those flights, it's always a topic of conversation," Walhberg noted in a chat with WPLJ-95.5 radio's morning team, coming off 13 hours of work.

This past week, with the release of promotional blurbs for the Men's Journal interview in which he made the comments, "I got blindsided by the fact that people thought I was being disrespectful to the victims of 9/11 and that was, to me, a horrific thing and i wanted to address it right away," Wahlberg said. Hence, the quick apologies.

The gaffe, for those who missed it? "If I was on that plane with my kids," Wahlberg told the magazine, "it wouldn't have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"

So how did those ill-considered words make their way out of his mouth?

"I've got this journalist who's asking all the questions, and I'm trying to promote a movie and he's asking me, you know, about sex and this and that and I'm like, dude, I've got a wife and four kids and this is not appropriate. ... It wasn't a Q&A, it wasn't like all of a sudden I decided I was going to get on this soapbox and talk about my opinion about 9/11. I was there to talk about the movie," Wahlberg explained.

Before the radio interview aired, several families of 9/11 victims told the New York Post they thought an apology was great, but that Wahlberg should use the opportunity to publicly visit the 9/11 Memorial and possibly help with fundraising for the memorial and museum.

On Wednesday, Wahlberg told TMZ, "To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with," adding, "I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."


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Photo: Mark Wahlberg at the 69th Golden Globe Awards show Sunday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Mark Wahlberg, Alan Cumming's pants hit HBO's Emmy party

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer cuddle at HBO

HBO's competitors may have been smiling Monday morning, given ABC's dent in the cable network's usual awards domination, but for the Ministry's purposes? No one parties like HBO.

Lighting up a rather predictable party circuit for the Emmys, HBO took over the Pacific Design Center's outdoor courtyard, transforming it into a floral and fiery tableau for famous folks. And that's without considering Alan Cumming's pants.

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A newly single Joe Manganiello ducked in to greet his "True Blood" employers before heading home for an early call time (presumably on the just-started "Magic Mike"). He passed by HBO talent, including the boys of "Entourage," Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Rex Lee, toasting their final season.

Mark Wahlberg made a show-stopping entrance, halting conversation for the likes of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, John Stamos and Amanda Peet.

Olivia Munn made nice with rapper Kid Cudi as anchor Maria Menounos circulated in a gorgeous Ungaro gown, smiling at Lisa Bonet with her "Conan the Barbarian" man Jason Moma, who earned the HBO invite flexing his mojo as Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones."

In the "Huh?" category, the notoriously rowdy Paz de la Huerta had the right measurements in a pink strapless gown but accented that with confounding, cadaver-colored lips and a mess of black hair. Likewise, Cumming hosted his own party -- on a floral, embroidered pair of harem pants.

Luckily the lovely Claire Danes was a palate cleanser. And for dessert? Scott Caan and a tall brunet were spotted driving off into the night just after the stroke of midnight.

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Photos: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer work the red carpet, top, at HBO's 2011 Emmy after-party. Paz de la Heurta, bottom left, gets, um, avant-garde with hair and makeup, while Alan Cumming's pants simply win. Credits: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press, top; Michael Buckner / Getty Images, left; Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times, right.


Might Mark Wahlberg bring his Wahlburgers to reality TV?

Is Mark Wahlberg thinking about reality TV?

Might Mark Wahlberg join the ranks of Snooki, Camille Grammer and Tim Gunn?

Though that sounds like a cocktail party in "The Twilight Zone," the actor-producer, his two brothers and a lot of burgers could be headed to reality television.

There's been talk surrounding a potential show on the creation and opening of Wahlburgers, the high-end beef patty joint we told you about last week. Wahlberg is collaborating with his New Kids on the Block brother, Donnie, and the chef in the family, Paul, to open the space in Boston next year.

How might an unscripted series go down for Mark? Apparently, it'd be without his former Calvin Klein-modeling mug in front of the camera.

"Maybe I'll be the 'Charlie's Angels' of reality TV," he said. "You'll hear my voice. But obviously it's something that we'd want to control in every aspect and produce and make sure that we were doing something really quality."

We appreciate his perfectionism, but any Wahlburgers TV show had better come with some Marky Mark on the side, or we're sticking to "Top Chef." 


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Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg opening fast-food joint Wahlburgers

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Photo: Mark Wahlberg in Beverly Hills on Aug. 4, 2011. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters

Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg opening fast-food joint Wahlburgers

Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg

Dreaming of some Mark Wahlberg beef? Then rejoice, because the actor and producer is opening up a burger joint in Boston with his brother Donnie.

Using the hilarious moniker Wahlburgers, the boys will partner with their other brother, Chef Paul, to open the 120-seater at Beantown's Hingham Shipyard, according to the Boston Herald.

"It just works," said Ed St. Croix, partner to the boys. "It's a good-sounding brand we could put out the product with, a great name people could relate to."

Yet it wasn't the easiest name to come by. The team first had to get around a New York-based chain called Tom Wahl's, a New York-based group of small snack shops that sold a product called the Wahlburger. "The Fighter" star and his clan eventually won full rights to the name, after an undisclosed settlement.

The new eatery will seat 80 inside and 40 on an outdoor patio and join their existing Italian venture Alma Nove just across the street. A pizza place is reportedly also on deck.

Would you take a bite out of Mark's Wahlburger? Tell us in comments.


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Photo: Donnie Wahlberg, left, and Mark Wahlberg. Credits: Paul Buck / EPA, left; Fred Prouser / Reuters, right.

Jennifer Aniston hits Spike TV Guys Choice Awards for Decade of Hotness honor

Jennifer Aniston at the Spike TV Guys Choice awards The guys have spoken, Jennifer Aniston -- well, they spoke Saturday evening in Los Angeles, where the actress scooped up a Spike TV Guys Choice Award for Decade of Hotness.

Cradling her gilded antlers and wearing a little black dress, Aniston looked before a star-packed crowd and joked, "A decade? That would put it at [2001], which is good because I had some sketchy looks in the '90s."

She also expressed her gratitude for her yoga trainer and studly male costars, such as Jason Sudeikis, who presented her the trophy.

Backstage in the green room, Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn sat together over drinks, protected by several security guards as Robert De Niro was whisked in to join them. De Niro was on hand to present the annual Brass Balls trophy to Keith Richards.

"It's a superhero party," Samuel L. Jackson remarked to awards exec producer Casey Patterson, both looking upon the likes of Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner.

Funnymen Joel McHale and Aziz Ansari watched beauties such as Minka Kelly and Mila Kunis orbit the private lounge, while "Other Guys" costars Eva Mendes and Mark Wahlberg discussed touring Afghanistan.

Photos: Spike TV's 2011 Guys Choice Awards

Speaking of the troops, Spike TV always takes good care of the men and women in uniform -- trays of Pizza Hut pizza and Coronas on ice were handy for them, and the lot got to meet some of their favorites, such as Dwayne "The Rock" JohnsonJim Carrey and basketballer Blake Griffin.

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston receives the Decade of Hotness trophy at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards, taped Saturday in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images  

Will Mark Wahlberg's Sports Illustrated cover curse his Golden Globe chances?

Mark whalberg sports illustrated Will Mark Wahlberg's Sports Illustrated cover curse his chances of taking home a Golden Globe Award?

The actor had quite a Tuesday. With a Golden Globe nomination for his acting in based-on-a-true-story "The Fighter," he proved that it can help to build a boxing ring in your back yard. Plus "Boardwalk Empire," a show he executive produces, scored a best TV drama nomination.

But ... he had to do the Sports Illustrated thing.

Wahlberg now has the dubious honor of being one of the few nonsports figures ever to grace the SI cover. We'd totally be saying, "Good for you, show off those abs, boy!," if it weren't for the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

According to hex lore, athletes who appear on the sports mag face injuries or — ahem — losses soon after their turn on the cover.

Could Wahlberg suffer a similar fate? Or will Christian Bale, who plays his brother in the movie and posed with him, take the fall instead? Share your speculation in the comments.


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Oh baby: Mark Wahlberg is a hit at 'The Fighter' premiere

Fighter-premiere-promo In "The Fighter," Mark Wahlberg plays a tough guy — a down-on-his-luck boxer trying to make a comeback. But in real life, the actor might just be a big softie.

At the film's Hollywood premiere Monday evening, he was doing the press rounds on the red carpet when one fan — standing behind a barricade on Hollywood Boulevard — began shouting in Wahlberg's direction.

"Can you take a picture with my baby?" the fan yelled.

Wahlberg politely declined — after all, the baby was a good 5 feet from him. But the fan persisted, getting a cameraman to awkwardly pass his child to Wahlberg, who grinned and posed with the frightened-looking baby.

When the actor's attention was off the baby, he talked about the serious effort it required to make such a dramatic physical transformation.

"I had to trim down a lot more," Wahlberg said of his workout routine. "I usually walk around at 185, 190. Micky [Ward, whom Wahlberg plays] fought at 140, 147. I didn't get down that low."

He put in the work, he said, because he wanted his appearance to look authentic.

"We wanted it to look like a boxer who could win the title, not an actor who was shot the right way and cut the right way who looked decent in the ring with doubles and stuff like that. We didn't want that at all."

Keep going to watch an interview with actress Melissa Leo, who plays Ward's mother in the film. "The Fighter," which also stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams, opens Friday. Click the pic of Bale and former boxer Dickie Eklund, above, to see photos from the red carpet.

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Justin Bieber face time for Mark Wahlberg's daughter Ella

Justin Bieber with Mark Wahlberg and daughter Looks like "The Italian Job" DVDs and a voicemail from Will Ferrell will go only so far in securing "awesome dad" status -- so Mark Wahlberg stepped up his game and landed his daughter a meeting with Justin Bieber.

Wahlberg attended Variety's Power of Youth event, presented by the Hub on Sunday at the Studios at Paramount in L.A., with his eldest child, Ella, in tow. With a friend, the 7-year-old -- wearing a T-shirt featuring the teen phenom's face -- nabbed a photo op with the Biebs.

After the big meet, the family walked the studio lot snacking on Sprinkles cupcakes and mingling with the likes of Maria Bello. New "Glee" guy Chord Overstreet showed up in John Varvatos to rub elbows with young stars including "Scream 4's" Lucy Hale, Kendall Jenner (of the Kardashian clan) and rapper Bow Wow.

Another Hollywood dad on duty this weekend was David Beckham. On Saturday, the soccer player took his boys Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz to a private estate in Beverly Hills where Kinect for Xbox 360 hosted celebs to try out the new hands-free gaming technology.

The Beckham boys played enthusiastically while David caught video on his phone, then the brood was treated to temporary tattoos to emulate their father's extensive ink sleeve. 

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Photo: Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber with the actor's daughter Ella, right front, and a friend at Variety's Power of Youth event on Sunday. Credit: WireImage

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'The Other Guys' premiere: Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell -- and Brooke Shields?


Brooke-shields Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, hot off Wahlberg's ceremony awarding him a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, turned up at New York's Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday for the premiere of "The Other Guys," joining costars Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson and others on a "red carpet" styled to look like police tape.

Ice-T and Coco at "The Other Guys" premiere Other cast members on hand included Steve Coogan, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Lindsay Sloane, Tess Kartel, Ray Stevenson and Brooke Shields, who appears in the movie as herself. Writer Chris Hency made the scene, as did director Adam McKay. Jackson brought wife LaTanya Richardson, and Ferrell had wife Viveca Paulin as his date.

Ice-T and Coco made it safely into town for the event, joining the likes of Star Jones, Jimmy Fallon, Damon Wayans Jr. and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas. Click on the picture, above right, to launch a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals.

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