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THE GREEN ROOM

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By Sameen Amer
Fri, 06, 20

Was arrested after two attacks on Vietnamese men in 1988 when he was 16....

COMING SOON

Out this week

* Albums

  • RTJ4 by Run the Jewels: Fourth album by the American hip-hop duo; follows 2016’s Run the Jewels 3; includes the songs ‘Ooh LA LA’ (featuring Greg Nice and DJ Premier), ‘Out of Sight’ (featuring 2 Chainz), ‘Ju$t’ (featuring Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha), and ‘Pulling the Pin’ (featuring Mavis Staples and Josh Homme).

Movies

  • The Last Days of American Crime (starring Édgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, Sharlto Copley) – action thriller, based on the 2009 graphic novel; to combat crime, the government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly break the law.
  • Shirley (starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman, Odessa Young) – biographical drama about writer Shirley Jackson (Moss); a famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next novel after a young couple (Lerman, Young) moves in with her and her husband (Stuhlbarg).

Star

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg

  • Born on 5th June 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Is the youngest of nine children.
  • Parents divorced when he was a child.
  • Had developed an addiction to drugs by the time he was a teenager.
  • Was involved in several hate crimes in his teens.
  • Became one of the original members of the boy band New Kids on the Block when he was 13, alongside his brother Donnie, but quit the group after a few months.
  • Was arrested after two attacks on Vietnamese men in 1988 when he was 16. Was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty to felony assault. Served only 45 days of his two years jail sentence. (Applied for a pardon for his criminal convictions in 2014 which generated controversy; the petition was eventually closed.)
  • Formed Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in 1990, earning a hit with the single ‘Good Vibrations’ and releasing two albums before the outfit disbanded.
  • Made his screen debut in Renaissance Man (1994) before gaining recognition for his role in Boogie Nights (1997).
  • Has since starred in movies including The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Italian Job (2003), The Departed (2006), The Happening (2008), The Other Guys (2010), The Fighter (2010), Ted (2012), Ted 2 (2015), Daddy’s Home (2015), Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), and the Transformers franchise (2014, 2017).
  • Executive produced the television series Entourage (2004 – 2011), which was loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood.
  • Is the co-owner of the Wahlburgers chain which he founded with his brothers Paul and Donnie.
  • Has been married to model Rhea Durham since 2009. They have two daughters and two sons together.

Spotlight

The Lovebirds

Cast: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer

Director: Michael Showalter

Tagline: All they wanted was a quiet night out.

  • Romantic comedy; a couple who have just broken up go on the run after witnessing a murder.
  • Was meant to be a theatrical release by Paramount Pictures but was pulled from schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then sold to Netflix for a digital release.
  • Had an estimated budget of $16 million.
  • Has generated mixed reviews, with criticism aimed at the formulaic plot while the cast received praise.
  • Score composed by Michael Andrews.