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Mark Wahlberg announces he graduated high school

Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate.

The proud grad opened up about his experience going back to school in a column on Huffington Post. Titled “Winning My Toughest Role Yet: High School Graduate,” Wahlberg shared that for the past year, “I’ve been taking classes and studying any chance I could get – on the set, traveling for work and at home. It has been both humbling and challenging.”

He started the column by sharing the unfortunate statistics: “Every day, 7,000 students drop out of high school – more than 1.2 million a year. More than 40 million adults nationwide lack a high school diploma. These high school dropouts typically earn $200,000 less than high school graduates over their lifetime.” READ FULL STORY

Let Mark Wahlberg tell you his thoughts about Justin Bieber and 'The Lone Ranger'

Mark Wahlberg has got a movie to promote, which means he’s ready to be back in the headlines.

The easiest way to do that is to weigh in on all the buzzy issues of the day, which Wahlberg was all too happy to do. First, he told the L.A. Times that — much like Johnny Depp said — critics were out to get Lone Ranger. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in the interview. “There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” Beyond that, though, Wahlberg thought that the other summer blockbuster issue was budgets. “They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies,” he said. “It’s not like Jurassic Park, where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy … I gotta see that. Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.”

When the L.A. Times reporter brought up that Wahlberg was slated to star in Transformers 4, and jeez, doesn’t that movie seem right in the wheelhouse of what Wahlberg is bashing, the actor replied, “Transformers is a different thing. What Michael’s [Bay] been able to do is elevate the material and take the human element to a whole other place.” Okay then! READ FULL STORY

Spike's Guys Choice Awards winners: Guy of the Year, Most Manticipated Movie and more

The seventh annual Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were both a celebration of all things manly and an irreverent wink toward the silliness of such a singular celebration. The trophy is a “Mantler,” there’s an award for Most Dangerous Man, and prizes are handed out to fictional characters as readily as they are to real people. What other awards show would honor daredevil Felix Baumgartner in the same breath as The Walking Dead‘s Dixon brothers? They know their audience.

Taped in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the Guys Choice Awards aired Wednesday night on Spike TV, where Clint Eastwood presented Ben Affleck with the Guy of the Year award, and Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg re-enacted a scene from Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 cult classic Boogie Nights.

Click past the jump for a list of all the winners and a clip of Seth MacFarlane and Wahlberg singing “Thunder Buddies” while accepting the Mantler for Ted. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers 4' sets up reality TV competition to cast extras and curry favor in China

With Iron Man 3 setting opening-day records in China, it’s become imperative for every Hollywood tentpole to pay homage to the world’s second-biggest movie market. At last month’s Beijing Film Festival, Paramount and Transformers 4 went decidedly all-in with their own China strategy. Not only will Michael Bay shoot scenes in China for the next installment in his robot franchise, now starring Mark Wahlberg, but the sure-blockbuster announced that it will also include speaking roles for the four Chinese actors who survive a new TV reality show.

The competition has already begun online and organizers expect approximately 80,000 contestants will enter for the chance to play a Kung Fu fighter, sexy lady, computer geek, or precocious Lolita-type. Correctly titled the Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show and scheduled to air on Chinese television in June, the show will feature a panel of six judges led by former AMPAS president Sid Ganis and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

But what exactly is the panel going to be judging? A story in the Hollywood Reporter hinted that the enormous field of candidates would be winnowed down by online voting after “auditions and testing.” What will the criteria be? And how will the judges articulate what they want and don’t want to see from the finalists? READ FULL STORY

Who Else Remembers This? Mark Wahlberg's baggy jorts in 'The Big Hit'

Today, Mark Wahlberg is a big box office draw, an Oscar nominee, the producer of half of HBO, and the co-lead in this weekend’s bicep-fest Pain & Gain. But follow me, fellow travelers, to a different time and place. The time? The ’90s. The place? The ’90s. Mark Wahlberg’s role as a sensitive American Dreamer/porn star in Boogie Nights ensured that he had a bright future beyond Calvin Klein and the Funky Bunch.

But first came the growing pains. Specifically, first came The Big Hit, a cuckoo action-romcom-martial arts-heist mash-up produced by John Woo. Wahlberg plays a hitman named Melvin Smiley who wears baggy jorts to an assassination. READ FULL STORY

Very good vibrations: Mark Wahlberg would reunite with the Funky Bunch for Boston fundraiser

Is sweat comin’ out your pores yet?

Here’s some news that’s good like Sunkist: Important Actor Mark Wahlberg — a.k.a. Marky Mark, shirtless Bush I-era heartthrob — has indicated to TMZ that he’d be willing to reunite with his ’90s hip-hop group The Funky Bunch — a.k.a. Scottie Gee, DJ-T, Ashey Ace, and, most importantly, Hector the Booty Inspector — for a fundraiser benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Mark Wahlberg does weather report for Philadelphia local news -- VIDEO

Does every celebrity secretly want to be a weatherperson?

Following in the footsteps of Scarlett Johansson and Prince Charles, Mark Wahlberg got in on the rain or shine fun this morning during a local broadcast of Good Day Philadelphia.

Joined by Broken City director Allen Hughes (but sadly not co-star Russell Crowe), Wahlberg improvised his way through a routine weather update and also threw in a traffic report for fun:Look at this congestion here,” Wahlberg said. “We’re expecting 40- to 45-minute delays if you’re coming east bound on the 676 here. You’re going to have some serious problems. Why don’t you stop and get yourself a hoagie?”

Check out “the best salt and pepper team ever” below: READ FULL STORY

Forbes ranks Robert Downey Jr. top grossing actor of 2012

The number crunchers over at Forbes have an announcement: Robert Downey Jr. is the top grossing actor of the year.

The Avengers was the only film Downey starred in this year, but its box office take, 1.5 billion worldwide, was high enough to propel him to the number one spot. But the Forbes crown comes with a few stipulations: For the box office money to count toward an actor’s total for the year, they must have had a leading role in the film — that Johnny Depp cameo in 21 Jump Street doesn’t count! — and for The Avengers, the Forbes team deemed Downey the star over his co-actors. “Yes, The Avengers are a group but Downey is clearly the main star,” Forbes explained. “Much of the film relied on Downey’s charm and humor.”

Other people raking in the box office cash this year were usual suspects like the Twilight trio. Kristen Stewart came in at number two combining her Twilight box office with Snow White and the Huntsman. Franchise-starrers such as Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lawrence also did well. Interestingly, the article states that they gave leading role status to Stewart’s co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, allowing all three credit for Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s massive haul. But for other franchise movies it was just the lead, which explains why Emma Stone, who co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man, isn’t on this list, but Andrew Garfield ranks number seven.

Check out the top ten below: READ FULL STORY

Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

Cory Booker: Newark's mayor earns real-life superhero status, memes aplenty

This week may have started out tough for Newark mayor Cory Booker, who faced complaints about the cost of police overtime for Whitney Houston’s funeral, but it ended with a “BANG! THWAP! POW!” That’s right, after rescuing a neighbor from a burning building, Booker has joined the likes of Ryan Gosling, Chuck Norris, Sean Penn, Mark Wahlberg (at least in his own head), and Seattle’s Phoenix Jones in garnering real-life superhero status — and his own meme! READ FULL STORY

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