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Mark Wahlberg Wants God to Forgive Him for ‘Boogie Nights’: ‘I’ve Made Some Poor Choices’

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Mark Wahlberg Wants God to Forgive Him for ‘Boogie Nights’: ‘I’ve Made Some Poor Choices’
Mark Wahlberg has starred in critical duds like “Planet of the Apes” and “Rock Star,” and yet it’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” that he’s asking God to forgive him for. The actor, who is a devout Catholic, is going viral for comments he made during an appearance at the Uic Pavilion in Chicago. Joined on stage by Cardinal Blasé Cupich, Wahlberg said “Boogie Nights” was at the top of his list of poor career choices.

“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said. “‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list.”

Read More:Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

“Boogie Nights” was Wahlberg’s early breakthrough thanks to his performance as rising porn star Dirk Diggler. At the time, the actor was coming off supporting
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‘Boogie Nights’ Turns 20! Looking Back on Mark Wahlberg and the Ensemble Cast’s Breakthrough Performances

‘Boogie Nights’ Turns 20! Looking Back on Mark Wahlberg and the Ensemble Cast’s Breakthrough Performances
Dirk Diggler has great manners.

Every character in Boogie Nights has small details like this that encapsulate everything about them. Some of these qualities, such as Diggler's obsessive politeness whenever he's pulled away from a conversation, are written on the page. Others appear to be specific choices made by actors, like the way Philip Seymour Hoffman's Scotty J. nervously holds his arm during Jack and Dirk's confrontation.

As the film turns 20, Et is reexamining the breakthrough performances in Boogie Nights and Paul Thomas Anderson's showcase of incredible character actors.

Set in the late '70s, Boogie Nights chronicles 17-year-old busboy Eddie Adams’ (Mark Wahlberg) journey as he’s taken under the wing of pornography auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) and into a world where he could finally become the bright shining star he always felt destined to be. Adams quickly transforms into the neon sign dynamite that is Dirk Diggler and takes the industry by storm
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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Da Vinci in Upcoming Biopic

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Well, this just seems perfect. It has been officially announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the painter/scientist and fellow Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci in a biopic based off of author Walter Isaacson's book called, you guessed it, Leonardo da Vinci. As it turns out, Paramount won an intense bidding war for the project over Universal who was reportedly bringing out the big guns to acquire the biopic. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce the movie for their Appian Way banner.

Deadline reported the news while also sharing that DiCaprio was allegedly named after da Vinci. The story goes that DiCaprio's mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in Italy while pregnant with the superstar actor. Legend has it that DiCaprio kicked for the first time while his mother was looking at the painting and gained a name. It is not clear what painting that his mother was looking at,
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Star Wars Prequels Almost Got a Totally Different Anakin Skywalker

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Star Wars Prequels Almost Got a Totally Different Anakin Skywalker
For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.

There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting
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Killings said to have been inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries spotlighted on CopyCat Killers

A high-school shooting claimed to have been inspired by a scene from Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries is spotlighted tonight on REELZChannel documentary series CopyCat Killers. The shooting at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, in December 1997 saw 14-year-old Michael Carneal shoot dead three students and injure five others. It was later claimed he may have been inspired from a dream-sequence scene from 1995 film The Basketball Diaries in which DiCaprio’s character Jim Carroll shoots students at his school. In 1999 the parents of the three victims, Nicole Hadley, 14, Jessica James, 17, and Kayce Steger, 15,...read more
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Top Five Mark Wahlberg Movie Performances Ever

It was a relatively tough road before Mark Wahlberg’s exciting acting career. He experienced a troubled upbringing in his childhood years in Boston that led him to becoming Marky Mark as a rapper. It was during his rapping career and Calvin Klein modeling that he became noticed. It was also at this time when he decided to begin his acting career. With bit parts in movies like Renaissance Man and The Basketball Diaries, Wahlberg proved he belonged on screen. Today, Wahlberg is known in Hollywood as one of the most popular leading men in film. But all of his movies,

Top Five Mark Wahlberg Movie Performances Ever
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Why Mark Wahlberg Almost Said No to Boogie Nights

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Why Mark Wahlberg Almost Said No to Boogie Nights
This fall, the movie that put both star Mark Wahlberg and director Paul Thomas Anderson on the map turns 20, the modern classic Boogie Nights. At the time of the movie's release, Mark Wahlberg was best known as Marky Mark, a pop singer and Calvin Klein underwear pitchman, but he had started branching out into acting in the early 1990s with roles in Renaissance Man, The Basketball Diaries and Fear, before his breakout role in 1997's Boogie Nights. According to the actor, he almost didn't take the role. In fact, at first, he even refused to read the script for one important reason.

ABC News caught up with Mark Wahlberg, who said when he was first approached with the role of Dirk Diggler, he wouldn't read the script because it was about the adult film industry. Eventually, he changed his mind, but he still wasn't sure about the story. Here's what
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CinemaCon: Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg Dominate ‘Transformers’ Footage

CinemaCon: Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg Dominate ‘Transformers’ Footage
Paramount opted to highlight its most successful franchise Tuesday at CimemaCon, concluding its presentation by offering a well-received 15-minute sneak peak at”Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Aside from the usual barrage of mechanized transformers — both good and bad — battling each other, the action-packed footage was dominated by Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner and newcomer Anthony Hopkins. To introduce the footage, the studio offered comment from Michael Bay, who is directing his final “Transformers.” A lively Bay touted the film as being the first to be shot entirely in Imax 3D.

“The scale of the ‘Transformers’ is meant to be seen on the big screen,” Bay asserted.

Moner’s portrayal of a street kid who’s wise beyond her years included a tearful goodbye to one of the Bots who had been trying to protect her. And Hopkins was particularly well-liked by the crowd in the key role of Sir Edmund Burton,
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Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg Plan to Make Action Movie ‘Mile 22’ a Trilogy

Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg Plan to Make Action Movie ‘Mile 22’ a Trilogy
In a surprise announcement at CinemaCon on Tuesday, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg declared they are moving ahead with “Mile 22” as an action franchise at Stx Entertainment.

Wahlberg described the project as “an intelligent, adult action film” and said he and Berg want to make the first film as the start of a trilogy. “I still don’t feel like I have the movie, the role, that defines me,” he added.

The duo, who were brought on stage by Stx Chairman Adam Fogelson but did not give details on how soon the project might go into production. Wahlberg noted that Fogelson had been key in getting him his first major comedy role in “Ted,” while Fogelson was running Universal.

Wahlberg and Berg have collaborated on “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day.” Berg directed and produced all three while Wahlberg was a producer on all three.

Wahlberg will be
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David Phillips, ‘The Basketball Diaries’ Cinematographer, Dies at 60

David Phillips, ‘The Basketball Diaries’ Cinematographer, Dies at 60
Cinematographer David Phillips, who served as the Dp on Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1995 film “The Basketball Diaries,” died Feb. 4 of natural causes in New York City, his family announced. He was 60.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University, Phillips spent his early years working on music videos including New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step” and Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night.” He also shot several music documentaries, such as “Midnight Oil: Black Rain Falls” and “Cyndi Lauper: 12 Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.”

Phillips is additionally credited with filming Mark Wahlberg’s popular 1993 workout video “Form… Focus… Fitness, the Marky Mark Workout.”

His first major film was also DiCaprio’s first lead role: “The Basketball Diaries.” The adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiographical memoir, directed by Scott Kalvert, also starred a young Wahlberg.

He worked on both the 1996 HBO series “The High Life
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David Phillips, Cinematographer on DiCaprio's 'The Basketball Diaries,' Dies at 60

David Phillips, Cinematographer on DiCaprio's 'The Basketball Diaries,' Dies at 60
David Phillips, who served as the cinematographer on The Basketball Diaries, the 1995 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, died Feb. 4 of natural causes in New York City, his family announced. He was 60.

Phillips worked on dozens of music videos in the 1980s and '90s, including those for New Kids on the Block's "Step by Step" and Cyndi Lauper's "I Drove All Night." He also directed and shot the 2011 video Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues Live.

The Basketball Diaries, DiCaprio's first starring role in a feature, was directed by Scott Kalvert, who also made his mark with music...
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‘Romeo + Juliet’ 20 Years Later: Leonardo DiCaprio + Claire Danes on the Cusp of Worldwide Stardom

‘Romeo + Juliet’ 20 Years Later: Leonardo DiCaprio + Claire Danes on the Cusp of Worldwide Stardom
Both established child actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were on the cusp of worldwide stardom when they were cast in the titular roles of director Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet about star-crossed lovers from opposing and volatile families.

DiCaprio, a boyish 21 at the time, was coming off critically acclaimed roles in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries. And anticipation was already building for James Cameron’s Titanic, which wouldn’t come out until the following year.

For Danes’ part, the 17-year-old had already established herself as one of the It girls of the mid-‘90s thanks to the lead role in the short-lived series, My So-Called Life, with another up-and-comer, Jared Leto, and a child star-making role in Little Women. A year later, she would be seen in her first major adult role as Matt Damon’s onscreen wife in Francis Ford Coppola’s [link
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Listed: Leonardo DiCaprio's Top 10 Roles

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Last night at the 88th Academy Awards, we witnessed Leonardo DiCaprio take home his first ever Oscar for his role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, and the Internet exploded.

It’s been a long running joke that Leo has been begging for an Oscar, however, all he was ever doing was giving incredible performances with visionary filmmakers. Anyone in his position would want to hone their craft the way Leo has, and finally he has been rewarded by his peers. Let the joking end now, please.

While we may argue that his performance in The Revenant was not the one that should have been awarded this high honour (see where it ranks on this list, and you’ll get the picture), it was still an extremely physical and silent portrayal that shows Leo’s range. And boy, does he have range.

In honour of Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar,
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The Two Superhero Roles Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down

Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood for nearly two full decades. He was already responsible for some great roles in movies like The Basketball Diaries and What.s Eating Gilbert Grape, but once Titanic was released, everything changed. He.s gone on to make a number of memorable films but so far he.s shied away from anything that would get him involved in the film franchises that Hollywood loves so much. We wrote yesterday about he had a chance to be Anakin Skywalker once upon a time, but that wasn.t his only brush with playing a fantastical character. The actor has had multiple opportunities to play comic book superheroes. But he.s turned them all down. Leonardo DiCaprio took meetings in order to discuss taking both the role of Robin in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, as well as the role of Spider-Man
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Leonardo DiCaprio Talks Turning Down Anakin Skywalker In The 'Star Wars' Prequels & 'Batman Forever'

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Leonardo DiCaprio was king of the world at a fairly early age thanks to strong turns in films like "This Boy's Life" and "The Basketball Diaries," an Oscar nomination for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and then a small indie movie no one saw called "Titanic." And thus, the world was his oyster, and as he shares in an interview with Shortlist, some big franchise opportunities came his way. Read More: Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Fierce And Unremitting 'The Revenant' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio And Tom Hardy "A lot of people may look at what I’ve done career-wise and say that there was a period in which I tried to possibly become a movie star, per se, [and] tried to go for much bigger pictures," DiCaprio reflected. "The truth of the matter is, there was a period of time, very early on, when I started watching films and having heroes in the industry,
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'Virunga' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar

'Virunga' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar
As an executive producer of "Virunga," Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't eligible to receive an Oscar when it competed for Best Documentary Feature. However, the TV academy has more expansive rules so he could take home an Emmy if the film wins Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special.  -Break- 15 stars you didn't know were Emmy nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry ... DiCaprio is a five-time also-ran at the Oscars. While this is his first Emmy nomination, he got his start in TV, appearing in the series "Parenthood" from 1990-1991 and then "Growing Pains" from 1991-1992 before his big-screen breakthrough in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" in 1993. Soon thereafter came leading roles in "The Basketball Diaries" and "Romeo + Juliet" before "Titanic" cemented his film stardom in 1997. Now he produces projects as well and in that capacity he lent his support to "Virunga," which doc...'
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'Virgunga' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar

'Virgunga' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar
As an executive producer of "Virunga," Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't eligible to receive an Oscar when it competed for Best Documentary Feature. However, the TV academy has more expansive rules so he could take home an Emmy if the film wins Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special.  -Break- 15 stars you didn't know were Emmy nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry ... DiCaprio is a five-time also-ran at the Oscars. While this is his first Emmy nomination, he got his start in TV, appearing in the series "Parenthood" from 1990-1991 and then "Growing Pains" from 1991-1992 before his big-screen breakthrough in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" in 1993. Soon thereafter came leading roles in "The Basketball Diaries" and "Romeo + Juliet" before "Titanic" cemented his film stardom in 1997. Now he produces projects as well and in that capacity he lent his support to "Virunga," which doc...'
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'Virguna' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar

'Virguna' producer Leonardo DiCaprio could win Emmy before Oscar
As an executive producer of "Virunga," Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't eligible to receive an Oscar when it competed for Best Documentary Feature. However, the TV academy has more expansive rules so he could take home an Emmy if the film wins Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special.  -Break- 15 stars you didn't know were Emmy nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry ... DiCaprio is a five-time also-ran at the Oscars. While this is his first Emmy nomination, he got his start in TV, appearing in the series "Parenthood" from 1990-1991 and then "Growing Pains" from 1991-1992 before his big-screen breakthrough in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" in 1993. Soon thereafter came leading roles in "The Basketball Diaries" and "Romeo + Juliet" before "Titanic" cemented his film stardom in 1997. Now he produces projects as well and in that capacity he lent his support to "Virunga," which doc...'
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This 8-minute long Leonardo DiCaprio video tribute is brilliant

We’ve just been alerted to this fantastic 8-minute video tribute to Leonardo DiCaprio over on YouTube. Featuring clips from pretty much all of his movies, and edited by a user who goes simply by the name of Ml, the video might just be the best thing you see today.

Just looking at it, you’ve got everything from his earlier movies like The Basketball Diaries and The Beach to more recent affairs like Inception and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Take a look at the Leonardo DiCaprio video tribute below. Bravo.

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Mark Wahlberg versus Mark Wahlberg: A tale of two actors

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Mark Wahlberg versus Mark Wahlberg: A tale of two actors
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including
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