Tina Fey In Talks for ‘The Muppets 2′; Josh Brolin Joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Sin City 2′

The Muppets 2 just took it to 11 with the help of Tina Fey. The 30 Rock star and host of this year’s Golden Globes is in “late stage negotiations” to star opposite former Globes host, Ricky Gervais, in the Disney sequel. Fey is circling the leading female role in the film, to be directed by the original Muppet’s helmer James Bobin. If Fey can somehow convince Amy Poehler to cameo, we’ll do anything to see it. “Illegal in 7 states”-type of anything. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Less than 24 hours after Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on for a role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes word of another big casting announcement.Who joined the ensemble?

Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin has locked down role of “Dwight” in the prequel, a part which was previously played by Clive Owen in the original film. Brolin joins returning Sin City stars Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson for Dame, which will unleash all sorts of bloody violence when it hits theaters on October 4, 2013. [Deadline]

Clutch the pearls – even more casting news! Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer is one of the names vying for the lead role in the YA-adaptation Divergent, starring The DescendentsShailene Woodley. Newcomers Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine are also circling the role in the film, which could kick off a Twilight-sized franchise for distributor Lionsgate. [Variety]

Michael Bay bypassed the whole press release thing and took to the internets to announce the latest actor to join the director’s Transformers 4. Newcomer Jack Reynor has joined the first film in a planned trilogy, which takes place 4 years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Reynor stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Paramount tentpole, which promises to be just as loud and explode-y as the previous films when it’s released on June 27, 2014. Click here to read more about the casting on Michael Bay’s blog. [MichaelBay.com]

One writer has kicked off the new year by securing a high-profile assignment. Relative unknown Kealan O’Rourke will adapt The Houdini Box for Chernin Entertainment. Based on the book by Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, the story centers on a young boy who idolizes the famous magician. Upon receiving an invitation to Houdini’s house, the boy discovers that the magician has died and left the child a mysterious box. [Variety]

Seth Lochhead, the co-writer of the action thriller Hanna, has signed on to pen the movie adaptation of the popular video game, Shadow of the Colossus. Chronicle’s Josh Trank is attached to direct the fantasy epic for Sony, soon after he completes work on Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. [The Hollywood Reporter]

How excited are you for Tina Fey in The Muppets 2? Or Brolin in Sin City? Talk amongst yourselves in the comments below. And speaking of Josh Brolin, watch Celebuzz‘s trailer for Gangster Squad, which opens Friday, Jan. 11.

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Mark Wahlberg Spends the Holidays in Hawaii With Family (PHOTOS)

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Life is a beach for Mark Wahlberg and family.

The Broken City star spent the holidays and New Year’s Day playing in the sand with his children Ella, 9, Michael, 6, Brendan, 4, and Grace, 1.

The former Calvin Klein model helped his sons paddle board in the choppy waters while wife Rhea Durham suntanned and watched in the distance.

The 41-year-old actor is getting some much needed rest and relaxation before what looks like a busy 2013 for him.

Wahlberg is set to produce a movie about computer hacking for Universal. The yet-unititled film “centers on an anonymous, ruthless, highly-skilled hacker who targets the student body of a large suburban high school.”

The Departed actor also announced in late December that he is set to produce and star in a new drug trafficking thriller called American Desperado.

Luckily Wahlberg enjoyed some time off before a jam-packed filming and production schedule.

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Mark Wahlberg Flexes Biceps, Comedic Chops in Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Mark Wahlberg doesn’t want to wear sweatpants anymore.

At least, that’s what his character Daniel Lugo says in the new action comedy Pain & Gain.

On Wednesday, Paramount Pictures unveiled the brand new trailer for the Michael Bay film, based on the true story of a group of Miami bodybuilders who get involved in a kidnapping plot.

Wahlberg and his bulging biceps are in good company. Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub and their respective muscles also star in the film, along with Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris and Ken Jeong.

Pain & Gain is Bay’s first foray into dark comedy, but from this first look, there are still plenty of explosions, fast cars and testosterone to go around.

Wahlberg, who will reteam with Bay in 2013 for the next Transformers movie, recently told Collider about the chemistry he had with his blockbuster of a director on set.

“We kind of complemented each other throughout the entire process, what he does and what I do and what we were able to do together, and then after that I was like, ‘Dude we gotta work together again,’ and he was like, ‘Well I got a project, you interested?’”

Pain & Gain opens in theaters Apr. 26, 2013.

Are you looking forward to ‘Pain & Gain?’ Check out the trailer above and weigh in below.

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Sandy Hook School Shooting Sparks Gun Control Debate: Where Do Celebrities Stand on the Second Amendment?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, America is mourning the loss of 26 lives — 20 children and 6 adults — along with the tragedy-stricken community of Newtown, Conn. But that grief has also given way to a highly politicized debate, as the massacre shines a spotlight on the long-dormant debate of gun control.

When gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the grade school on Friday, he was wielding a military-style semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle and carrying an arsenal of ammunition. Now the rampage has reignited a political debate around the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms — most specifically, whether assault weapons like the one used by Lanza should be limited or even banned.

As politicians and activists alike debate regulation of such weapons and consider possible policy changes, some Hollywood stars are weighing in on the timely topic.

Director Michael Moore — the brain behind the 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine, which explored the causes for the Columbine High School massacre and other instances of gun violence — was distraught following the Connecticut tragedy, sharing his thoughts on tighter firearm restrictions on his website.

“I tried to ring a warning bell about this a decade ago. The disease has only gotten worse,” Moore wrote on Sunday. “But…you feel something different in the air across America tonight, don’t you? People have had it, and the outrage is loud and visible. I’m convinced the majority of Americans will now back strong gun control laws…. And perhaps a few are willing to look at the deeper issue of how this country officially sanctions violence as a means to an end.”

Other celebrities echoed his call for gun control action. Rashida Jones argued that “gun control is our only road to freedom;” Ben Stiller made a bid to “stop the access to guns in our country;” Susan Sarandon encouraged her followers to “let NRA know how you feel;” and Piers Morgan wondered whether President Barack Obama will “have the courage to stand up to the American gun lobby?”

But not all of Tinseltown is getting in on the anti-gun firestorm. In fact, many A-listers count themselves as cock-and-pull aficionados. From Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard, to Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon, find out where the stars stand on the right to bear arms.

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Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Prince: Hollywood’s Shortest Stars (INFOGRAPHIC)

Movie stars may look like giants on the big screen — but not everyone in Hollywood reaches NBA-level proportions.

In fact, some of the biggest stars look quite the opposite in the real world.

Sure, we all know that Tom Cruise stands at your average height of 5’7″. (After her divorce from the Hollywood mega-star, Nicole Kidman famously quipped to David Letterman that she could wear heels now.)

But did you know that action hero Jason Statham, who regularly kicks bad-guy butt like a pro, is only 5’9″? Or that music legend Prince is — wait for it — 5’2′?

Celebuzz has put these and more stars into the ultimate line-up to reveal just how tall — or not — they are.

Check out the infographic, below. (Click to view in its full size.)

Mark Wahlberg Is An ‘American Desperado’; Garrett Hedlund Set for ‘Tron 3′

Someone forgot to tell Mark Wahlberg that the end of the year is for winding down. Earlier this week, he announced plans to produce a thriller about “hacking”, and now he is set to star and produce Paramount new drug trafficking thriller. American Desperado, based on the book American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy, centers on real-life criminal Jon Roberts (Wahlberg), who made millions smuggling cocaine into the U.S. for a major drug cartel. The project reunites Wahlberg with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), who will rewrite the script. [Deadline]

Disney is fast-tracking Tron 3, and they’re bringing Tron: Legacy’s leading man with them.

Although he was originally signed for a multi-picture deal, it was confirmed Thursday that Garrett Hedlund will reprise the role of Sam Flynn in the threequel, currently being rewritten by Jesse Wigutow. Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is also set to return for the film. [NextMovie]


Fans of this year’s Taken 2 will be happy to know that the film’s director has lined up his next action-filled project. Olivier Megaton will direct Taking Gotham, a fact-based story about a secret unit of NYPD officers created in response to a series of brutal robberies in the city. When an operation goes south, the unit is disavowed and they must go off the grid to prove their names. Production is schedule to begin early 2013. [Deadline]

The final trailer for Oscar-favorite Zero Dark Thirty was released on Thursday. The film, directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, follows the CIA’s relentless hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain plays the CIA’s point person in charge of the Bin Laden search, and the new trailer highlights the actress’ compelling performance which anchors the film. Watch below!

Which bit of movie news are you excited about? Weigh in below!

Mark Wahlberg to Produce Hacker Movie; Emily Blunt Up for Role in Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’

Apparently “hacking” is still a thing Hollywood wants to make movies about. Mark Wahlberg is set to produce a movie about computer hacking for Universal, with a script from writer Jonathan Herman. The yet-untitled film “centers on an anonymous, ruthless, highly-skilled hacker who targets the student body of a large suburban high school.” No word yet if dial-up or AOL discs will be involved. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Johnny Depp‘s new movie is this close to finding its female lead. Who’s in contention?

Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and The Town‘s Rebecca Hall are all circling the sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The film marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and it centers on a scientist (Depp) whose consciousness gets uploaded to the world’s first super computer capable of thinking for itself. The aforementioned actresses are in the running for the role of Evelyn, the wife of Depp’s character. Casting is expected to be locked down by Friday – Celebuzz will keep you posted. [Deadline]

The only thing better than giant robots vs. giant monsters is a trailer showing their battle royale. Warner Bros. has unleashed their first trailer for next summer’s Pacific Rim. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the big-budget epic depicts humanity’s efforts to combat Godzilla-size beasts using 30-foot tall mech-warriors known as ‘Jaegers.’ Watch the trailer below.

Remember The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg’s first all-motion capture film? Well hold on to your butts, it’s getting a sequel. Peter Jackson, who produced the original, is gearing up plans to direct the follow-up. If schedules work out, Jackson will shoot the performance elements sometime next year, with a 2015 release date in mind. [Bleeding Cool]

Pacific Rim, Transcendence or Marky Mark’s hacker movie: Which project has you the most excited? Sound off below. And check out the trailer for Peter Jackson’s latest film, The Hobbit.

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Stephen Moyer, Ryan Phillippe, Mark Wahlberg: 6 Celebrity ‘Soccer Dads’ (PHOTOS)

Hollywood Dads are busy people, but they always make time for their littles ones’ big game.

Whether they star in big budget movies or have achieved multi-platinum album sales, stars like Ryan Phillippe and Mark Wahlberg are dads at the end of the day — and what do fathers do on the weekends? Watch their kids playing sports.

True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer is a self-professed “soccer dad” who regularly coaches his daughter Lilac‘s team, while Harrison Ford is a regular at his son Liam‘s football team. If you’re driving by a Los Angeles park on a Saturday afternoon, chances are you’ll spot a celebrity dad on the sidelines watching their kids.

Every weekend at the parks and recreation centers of Hollywood, cameras descend on the soccer, football and baseball fields hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrity dads out of their natural habitat.

So who was snapped cheering their kid on?

Launch the gallery above to see some of Tinseltown’s most famous “soccer dads.”

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Katie Holmes, Amanda Seyfried and Mark Wahlberg: Hottest Star Sightings of the Day (PHOTOS)

From movie premieres to the Broadway stage, the stars have been busy in the last 24 hours.

Katie Holmes was all smiles Wednesday morning when she arrived to the stage door of the Music Box Theater in New York City. The 33-year-old has been hard at work on the new play Dead Accounts, which recently opened on Broadway. The show will run through February.

Meanwhile, Amanda Seyfried looked radiant in a little black dress at the London premiere of Les Miserables. The 27-year-old actress, who plays Cosette in the big screen adaptation of Broadway classic, was joined by her co-stars Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen.

Over in Canada, Mark Wahlberg touched down in Toronto for the annual Miracle Day for the CIBC. The Ted star met up with kids and employees of the equity trade floor in the Ontario city to raise money and awareness for children’s charities.

“Jail’s not a nice place; I am trying to encourage kids not to ever go there,” Wahlberg said in a press conference. ”I want to make sure that I give back and provide an opportunity for kids to not make the same mistakes that I made and give them an opportunity to pursue their dreams and make things happen.”

Speaking of kids, some of Hollywood’s parents were spotted hanging out with their little ones on Wednesday.

Halle Berry and her 4-year-old daughter Nahla were out and about in West Hollywood, Calif., while Matt Damon, his wife Luciana and their girls caught a flight out of John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.

Damon’s BFF Ben Affleck and his daughter Seraphina were spotted in Brentwood, Calif., while Sarah Jessica Parker took a stroll with her daughters Tabitha and Marion on the east coast.

For more of the day’s hottest celebrity sightings, check out the latest edition of Celeb Snaps, above.

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Mark Wahlberg to Star in ‘Transformers 4,’ Director Michael Bay Confirms

Transformers fans: get ready for some muscle action.

Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announced Thursday that Mark Wahlberg will star in Transformers 4, due in 2014.

“Mark is awesome,” Bay said in a statement released on his website.

“An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy.”

This will mark the second time Wahlberg, 41, will work with Bay, 47, on the big screen.

The pair recently wrapped production on Pain and Gain, Bay’s new action comedy also starring Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry.

“We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with [Wahlberg],” Bay continued in his statement Thursday.

The first three Transformers films have grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide, with the most recent, Dark of the Moon, released just over one year ago.

No word on whether previous Transformers cast members, including Shia LaBeouf, will also appear in the fourth installment.

Transformers 4 will open in theaters June 27, 2014. Filming will begin next spring.

What do you think of Mark Wahlberg starring in ‘Transformers 4?’ Do you want other cast members to be back? Share your thoughts below.

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Mark Wahlberg Makes Himself at Home While Filming ‘Lone Survivor’ in New Mexico (PHOTO)

Just weeks after completing filming in New Mexico on 2 Guns, an action thriller that co-stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg is back there again shooting Lone Survivor.

Although it appears to be coincidental that the location of the two shoots is the same, it’s no doubt convenient for Wahlberg, whose schedule has been incredibly busy in recent months not only filming these two films, but Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain as well.

New Mexico also offers a wide array of landscapes for filmmakers, a variety which comes in handy when a film demands an unusual backdrop but destination filming is financially untenable.

Why is Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor making its home in New Mexico?

Written and directed by Peter Berg (Battleship), the film chronicles “Operation Red Wing,” a failed 2005 mission in which a SEAL team was assigned the task of capturing or killing Taliban leader Admad Shad. Only one member of the team survived the mission.

New Mexico provides a comparable visual backdrop for the story, which took place in Afghanistan. The film also stars Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Eric Bana (Hanna), Ben Foster (Contraband) and Emile Hirsch (Savages).

Wahlberg was also spotted away from set in Santa Fe eating dinner.

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