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It's been a banner week for Mark Wahlberg. Yesterday, we got a glimpse at the trailer for his upcoming actioner "Pain and Gain," co-starring Dwayne Johnson, in addition to a look at his 2013 opener "Broken City" by way of our exclusive set visit.

From all appearances, the draw of this thriller is in getting to watch Wahlberg go toe-to-toe with co-star Russell Crowe, an experience which the "Ted" star told us was as challenging as it was satisfying.

"It was intense, but it was intense in a great way," Wahlberg told MTV News of working with Crowe. "When he showed up we had already shot most of the movie except for his scenes, and he just showed up and we didn't have any time to really talk or anything. [Director] Allen [Hughes] asked us, 'Do you guys want to rehearse?' and we both said, 'No let's do it,' and we dove into the biggest scene in the movie. It's really two guys going at it, and it was great for us as actors because we weren't trying to outdo each other as actors, but the characters were, so you had that freedom to really push each others' buttons.

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Broken City

By Ryan Gowland

"There are some wars you fight and there are some wars you walk away from - this is the fighting kind." Such as the ominous words spoken by Russell Crowe in the opening seconds of the first trailer for the upcoming thriller "Broken City."

Directed by Allen Hughes (who has directed "Book of Eli" and "Menace II Society" with his twin brother Albert but is going solo this time), "Broken City" follows ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), who seeks redemption after being double-crossed and framed by the city's mayor (Crowe). Initially asked to find the man sleeping with the Mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), but uncovers a much more sinister truth.

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Noah Crowe

Darren Aronofsky's epic retelling of Noah and his ark may not be the version you're used to, but the first official still from "Noah" features a bearded Russell Crowe, looking about as biblical as we expected him to look.

USA Today has the official first look at Crowe as the legendary ship builder, who must collect two of every animal in order to save all life on Earth from the devastation of an oncoming flood.

Check out the full image after the jump!

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Jennifer Connelly

The final role left to be cast in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, "Noah," looks like it has gone to longtime front runner Jennifer Connelly.

Connelly has long been discussed as the most likely choice for the role of Noah's wife, and according to the Variety report, producers had sought her for weeks, before offering a deal to Connolly yesterday (June 18).

The actress will star opposite Russell Crowe in the story of the flood that ended the world and a single ship that saved humanity.

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Ray Winstone

Ray Winstone is going from playing one of Snow White's dwarves to portraying a villain of Biblical proportions in Darren Aronofsky's upcoming movie, "Noah."

The "Snow White and the Huntsman" star has been offered the role of the titular character's nemesis in the upcoming project, Deadline reports. Apparently Aronofsky wanted to cast an actor who is of a similar "grit and size" as Russell Crowe's Noah, and we would agree that Winstone fits the bill (even though he, you know, played a dwarf in his last film).

An offer has been put out to Winstone, and negotiations are currently underway to get him on board. If he signs on, he'll join Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth on the project.

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As you might already know, John M. Chu directed "Step Up 2: The Streets," "Step Up 3D," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," oh, and this little movie you might have heard is coming out this summer called "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"! The film is currently in post-production, but when we saw Chu write that he landed in a "secret location," our minds immediately asked: "Cobra lair?!" Hey, "Marvel's The Avengers" shot an extra scene after the film already premiered—it could happen!

Also in May 3, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Rainn Wilson tweets his thoughts about "The Hunger Games," Emma Roberts is obsessed with "Girls" and Simon Pegg wants everyone to live long and prosper.
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Only one more week until the "Avengers" assemble in theaters! We've been ready to don a pair of Iron Man 3-D glasses since the announcement that a movie was in the works (and the announcement that Iron Man 3-D glasses were a real thing!).

But we've been able to compose our excitement as Marvel released tons of clips, posters and movie stills to tide us over until May 4. One of our favorite pre-released scenes is when Iron Man confronts Loki and reminds him exactly who he's up against. Actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Thor's scorned brother, tweeted a picture of his script from that very scene and it features our favorite line, too! He wrote, "Here's a fun & familiar excerpt from my copy of Joss Whedon's #Avengers screenplay. #theyhaveahulk #s--- #notideal." It's easy to see why Hiddleston is turning into one of our favorite tweeters.

Also in April 27, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Josh Duhamel tweets a photo from the "Don Peyote" set, Eva Longoria wraps "Desperate Housewives" and more!

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We're chomping at the bit waiting for the release of "Les Miserables." It's a story we enjoy and even though we know how it plays out, we're excited to see how the A-List ensemble cast brings their characters to life. In particular, Russell Crowe who plays Officer Javert. Crowe's recently taken to Twitter to write snippets about filming on set. Along with his voice "pinging off the rafters," he also wrote, "I know it's him, he knows I know...when I confront him tonight, I'll be all... 'Valjean...at last..we see each other plain.' #lesmis"

Crowe is of course referring to the scene where Javert confronts Jean Valjean — a wanted thief who repents for his ways and becomes an honorable factory owner. We can't wait to see Crowe go toe to toe against Hugh Jackman's Valjean.

Also in April 26, 2012's Twitter-Wood: Daniel Dae Kim wraps up "Hawaii Five O," Clark Gregg reminds us he's not always the man in black and Kevin Hart gives us his #ThoughtsAtWalmart.

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With director Ron Howard tweeting tons of behind-the-scenes photos while filming "Rush," we're not so sure we can handle waiting until 2013 for the movie's release.

The biographical film follows Formula One racing in the 70's and centers on champion drivers Niki Lauda, played by "Inglorious Bastards" actor Daniel Bruhl, and James Hunt, "The Avengers'" Chris Hemsworth. Olivia Wilde plays Suzy Miller, the wife of Hunt who ends up leaving him for his friend Richard Burton. When MTV News sat down with the actress, she told us she knew nothing of the sport before signing on for the project.

"I didn't know anything about Formula One. It's bigger in Europe. I mean, in the UK it's a huge deal, obviously, but in the States we haven't really embraced it. But I think this movie will help. There was a great documentary 'Senna' that got people excited about it, and it's a similar time frame and world as 'Rush,' so that was really fun."

When we asked if she got to take a ride in the race car, she said, "I did get in the car. I could barely fit in the car. They're so small."

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Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe has been at the front of some of today's most intriguing casting rumors. A chain reaction of reports set off by a Deadline post places Crowe on the shortlist for two high-profile projects.

Wednesday night (February 1), Deadline's Mike Fleming reported that he heard that Darren Aronofsky has his top choices picked for his biblical epic, "Noah." According to Fleming, Aronofsky wants Russell Crowe for the title role and Liam Neeson for a different character.

The "Black Swan" director's first choice, Christian Bale, had to drop out due to a busy scheduling conflicts, and Crowe's credentials certainly qualify him as a suitable replacement.

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