Q: I just watched an excellent movie called Shooter with Mark Wahlberg. There also is a Donnie Wahlberg, I think, on Blue Bloods. Are they related? Also, was one of them in the Backstreet Boys? — Nancy G., Punta Gorda, Fla.
A: Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are brothers. The elder Wahlberg, Donnie (41), got his start in New Kids on the Block back in 1984; however, the group didn’t really break out until 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough,” NKOTB’s second album. The group broke up in 1995. Donnie then embarked on an acting career, co-starring in Ransom, The Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers and Boomtown. While he hasn’t given up his acting career, he and the rest of the New Kids have reunited, and this summer they are touring with, ironically, the Backstreet Boys.
In the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, brother Mark, 39, had some success with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, whose single “Good Vibrations” became a No. 1 hit in 1991. Mark segued into film after doing numerous ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, co-starring in The Basketball Diaries, Boogie Nights, The Perfect Storm and The Departed (for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award), among many others.
Q: Is TNT going to make another movie in “The Librarian” series? — Bridget C., via e-mail
A: While Librarian star Noah Wyle has stated that there are no immediate plans for another movie, he is definitely on board when they decide to make the next one. For now he is busy with his new TNT show (debuting June 10) “Falling Skies,” while Librarian executive producer, Dean Devlin, is busy with TNT’s “Leverage.” However, this might bode well for “The Librarian” series, as Noah said in an interview last summer: “I miss (The Librarian) so much. In fact, one of the big reasons I wanted to do ‘Falling Skies’ for TNT is that Dean’s got his show (‘Leverage’), I’ve got my show, and we can apply [pressure] to TNT to make some more ‘Librarian’ movies.”
Q: Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the “Gubernator” of California, will he return to movies? — Alan H., Akron, Ohio
A: Arnold took to his Twitter account recently to let the world know he’s ready to act again: “Exciting news. My friends at (agency) CAA have been asking me for seven years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today.”
Q: Has “Chase” been taken off the air? We really enjoy the show and miss it! — Karin R., via e-mail
A: As of this writing, “Chase” has not officially been canceled; however, it has been pulled off NBC’s schedule with no plans to air the remaining episodes. So, yes, the series is pretty much dead in the water. “Chase” was replaced by the game show “Minute to Win It,” which scored 3.2 million more viewers than “Chase.”
Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, PO Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at email@example.com. For more news and extended interviews, visit www.celebrityextraonline.com and twitter.com/Celebrity_Extra. ‘© 2011 King Features Syndicate