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Patriots Day review: Dir. Peter Berg (2017)

23 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Our Patriots Day review. The film hits UK cinemas on February 23rd.

Patriots Day review by Paul Heath, February 2017.

Mark Wahlberg re-teams with Peter Berg for their third film together, and indeed their second to be released in the last six months. It is also their third film to be focussed on real-life events. After tackling the Taliban and indeed survival in the 2013 action drama Lone Survivor, and then the Deepwater Horizon disaster back in September, the duo focus their attention on the events leading up to and following the Boston marathon bombings from three years ago.

Patriots Day homes in on Mark Wahlberg’s city cop Tommy Saunders, a detective assigned to the finish line of the marathon event on that fateful April day in the spring of 2013. Directly impacted by the initial bombing, Saunders was also amongst the team who pursued the suspects following the attack, but of »

- Paul Heath

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Movie Review – Patriots Day (2016)

22 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Patriots Day, 2016.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher O’Shea, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Jimmy O. Yang, Jake Picking, and Melissa Benoist.

Synopsis:

April 15th, 2013.  As the Boston Marathon is in full swing, two brothers set off homemade bombs in an act of terrorism.  In the chaotic aftermath, the local police join forces with the FBI to identify the perpetrators and track them down.  The resulting manhunt shuts down the entire city.  Based on true events.

Making a film just three years after the tragic events of the Boston Marathon might seem like undue haste.  But there’s no sign of that in Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, his third collaboration with Boston native, Mark Wahlberg.

After their success with the true life story of Deepwater Horizon, it was no surprise that they looked for similar inspiration for their next project together. »

- Freda Cooper

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Cinema’s Greatest Manhunt Movies

22 February 2017 4:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Manhunt movies have taken a shift over the years. Gone are the days of prohibition gangster heroism, liberating the common folk from the great depression with free flowing liquor. Times have changed and as Patriots Day shows us, heroes come in many forms and are often right under our noses.

Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.

Zero Dark Thirty

The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden »

- The Hollywood News

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Patriot’s Day Review

20 February 2017 8:52 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

It was a recent tragedy that laid the foundations for Peter Berg’s preceding endeavour to thrive off, taking the oil spill of 2010 and bringing it to the big screen in Deepwater Horizon. Now the filmmaker returns, this time casting his eye over the marathon bombings in Boston back in 2013, and tonally, both films are almost identical. Following a familiar formula and approach to storytelling, Patriot’s Day, much like what came before, is distinctive to the filmmaker’s sensibilities – but as both features are compelling, moving slices of contemporary cinema, it’s hard to complain.

Another common strand between the two films is to have Mark Wahlberg in the leading role, this time playing Sgt. Tommy Saunders, on duty during the busiest day of the year; the marathon. Though the maximised police presence can do little to prevent the terrorist attack that transpires, as brothers Tamerlan »

- Stefan Pape

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‘Deepwater Horizon’s’ Production Crew Built Scale Model Oil Rig and Gulf

16 February 2017 10:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although nominated for visual effects, “Deepwater Horizon” production designers built an 85%-scale model oil rig as a set large enough to sustain what would become the star of the film. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, the film, which narrates the 2010 explosion and spill that killed 11 people in the Gulf of Mexico, took up a parking lot at an abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans.

But immersing audiences into this daunting world meant maintaining authenticity by all means necessary — even through Louisiana’s tumultuous weather conditions. Chris Seagers, the film’s production designer, has said that working on Louisiana’s coast posed challenges to the construction, as working with tons of metal forced them to shut down daily due to lightning. But the weather was only a slice of the crew’s setbacks. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast in 2005, floods took over the land occupied by the Six Flags park, »

- Sarah Ahern

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Patriots Day review

16 February 2017 2:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg reunite again, to tell the story of the hunt for the Boston marathon bombers...

If you’re looking for the go-to man to bring the story of a modern real-life tragedy to the screen, within a decade of it happening, then Peter Berg is, right now, candidate number one. Last year, he brought us Deepwater Horizon, a tense and taut telling of the explosion on the off-shore drilling rig of the same name. There, he took time to introduce characters, gradually built, with a documentary feel, to the explosion itself, and then explored the aftermath. He also ensured that the real life people the film was based on got their moment as the end credits rolled.

With Patriots Day, that was in post-production even as Berg was promoting Deepwater Horizon, he’s brought the same approach to the story of the hunt for the Boston »

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‘QB1: Beyond the Lights’ Sneak Peek Gives Real-Life ‘Friday Night Lights’ Vibes — Watch

14 February 2017 4:56 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s been six years since “Friday Night Lights” went off the air, but Peter Berg is returning to the world of high-school football with “QB1: Beyond the Lights.” The 10-part documentary series explores the final seasons of three of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks.

Read More: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Cast Reunites at Atx TV Fest

The documentary series looks to evoke the same type of drama that the critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” was known for through the real-life experiences of three star-quarterbacks both on and off the field.

This exclusive clip focuses on Tate Martell out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he looks ahead to another perfect season.

“QB1: Beyond the Lights,” executive produced by Berg will be available to stream February 15 through Complex Networks’ Rated Red on go90.

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! »

- Juan Diaz

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‘QB1: Beyond the Lights’ Sneak Peek Gives Real-Life ‘Friday Night Lights’ Vibes — Watch

14 February 2017 4:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been six years since “Friday Night Lights” went off the air, but Peter Berg is returning to the world of high-school football with “QB1: Beyond the Lights.” The 10-part documentary series explores the final seasons of three of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks.

Read More: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Cast Reunites at Atx TV Fest

The documentary series looks to evoke the same type of drama that the critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” was known for through the real-life experiences of three star-quarterbacks both on and off the field.

This exclusive clip focuses on Tate Martell out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he looks ahead to another perfect season.

“QB1: Beyond the Lights,” executive produced by Berg will be available to stream February 15 through Complex Networks’ Rated Red on go90.

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! »

- Juan Diaz

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ sound editor Wylie Stateman dishes 8th Oscar nomination [Watch]

14 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“It really honors the bravery of men who say goodbye to their loved ones and go off to do very dangerous work,” divulges sound editor Wylie Stateman during our recent webcam chat (watch above) about the film “Deepwater Horizon,” for which he received his eighth career Oscar nomination. Directed by Peter Berg, the film tells the true story of the […] »

- Zach Laws

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Exclusive: Adrianne Palicki Says Her Dream 'Friday Night Lights' Spinoff Stars Tyra and Tim!

13 February 2017 5:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Step aside, Coach Taylor -- It's time for Coach Riggins to take the field!

We recently sat down with Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki, and the 33-year-old actress confessed that she's got the perfect spinoff plan in mind for the beloved NBC football drama.

"I think it would be great to restart the show, but instead of you know, Tami Taylor and Coach Taylor, [Tyra and Tim] are the new Tami and Coach," she spilled to Et's Katie Krause during a live Facebook interview last week.

Be still our Panther-loving hearts – that sounds amazing!

Exclusive: 'Friday Night Lights' Star Adrianne Palicki No Longer Engaged to Jackson Spidell

Palicki continued, "It's gonna be a little more crazy because he's still gonna be Tim Riggins and I'm still gonna be Tyra Collette." The brunette beauty added that the high school sweethearts would be married by now with "too many kids," and they both would've followed in the career footsteps »

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‘Deepwater Horizon’: How Ilm Created Fiery VFX for the Oscar Contender

13 February 2017 12:51 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the VFX surprises has been the awards success of Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” which nabbed two Ves wins last week for Industrial Light & Magic (supporting VFX and the Deepwater Rig model) to go along with its Oscar nomination.

Based on the real-life offshore drilling rig disaster, Ilm mixed digital environments with full background replacements and extensions to physical sets built on three parking lots in New Orleans.

One featured a steel rig more than 60 feet tall, weighing millions of pounds, which included machinery, pumps shooting tens of thousands of gallons of mud, and millions of gallons of water, as well as propane bars, poppers, and mortars to portray the explosive pyrotechnics. Added to this was underwater CG, with many layers of micro bubbles, silt, floating seaweed, and current simulations.

Ilm worked out stages of destruction, painting different levels of detailed scorch and mud maps. Director Berg wanted »

- Bill Desowitz

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Win a pair of tickets to Patriots Day screening

13 February 2017 12:03 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Patriots Day on 23rd February, we’ve been given a pair of tickets for the Patriots Day screening on 16th February to give away.

Patriots Day Q&A Screening

Thursday 16th February

6 for 6.30pm start time

Picturehouse Central, London

Post-screening Q&A with real life investigator Sgt Jeff Pugliese (played by J.K Simmons) who was instrumental in the capture of the Boston marathon bombers.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K Simmons, the film is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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The Small Print

Open to UK residents only The competition will close 14th February 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random »

- Competitions

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David Mackenzie and Peter Berg said to be frontrunners to direct Scarface remake

13 February 2017 12:02 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week it was announced that Antoine Fuqua has vacated the director’s chair on Universal’s planned Scarface remake to focus on The Equalizer 2, and it looks like the studio is wasting little time in securing a replacement.

According to THR, Universal has identified a shortlist headed up by David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon). Mackenzie had previously been under consideration last year, but was passed over in favour of Fuqua.

The new Scarface has Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) attached to the lead role, which like both the 1932 and 1983 films, will follow an immigrant who turns to a life of crime in search of the American Dream. As revealed over the weekend, Joel and Ethan Coen are currently polishing the script, originally penned by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire). »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscars: 'Hell or High Water' Producers on Fighting Off Rattlesnakes, Heat Stroke in the New Mexico Desert

13 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hell or High Water, which is vying for the best picture Oscar — the first nomination for the duo, who produced the film along with Sidney Kimmel and Peter Berg. Directed by David Mackenzie, the contemporary Western follows the story of two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster), who plan to save their family farm by robbing the very »

- Mia Galuppo

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The unmade films of Kevin Smith

12 February 2017 6:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017

Superman Lives, The Green Hornet and sadly now Clerks III: here’s a rundown of the Kevin Smith films we’ll probably never see...

Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.

Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.

The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »

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Universal Puts Scarface Remake On The Fast Track, Coen Brothers Will Script

10 February 2017 1:27 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you write about Hollywood remakes all day, you tend to get a little tired. How many times will Hollywood make the same stories over and over and over again? It’s becoming a bit much, but thankfully, this particular project is a bit more interesting.

Much like yesterday’s surprising news regarding David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s upcoming, unexpected Halloween re-imagining, today’s update on the Scarface remake should perk up quite a few ears. That’s because Universal is fast-tracking the retelling with the Coen brothers set to write the screenplay, while David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day) are in contention to direct.

Congratulations. You have my undivided interest, Universal. Now don’t waste it.

While Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime thriller was, itself, a remake of the 1932 drama of the same name, it’s the one audience typically associate with the title. »

- Will Ashton

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Scarface remake set for 2018, Coen brothers penning script

10 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Simon Brew Feb 13, 2017

Diega Luna is set to headline the new Scarface, and a director shortlist has been drawn up...

The new remake of Scarface continues to gather pace at Universal, and some notable pieces of news surrounding it have just come to light.

Firstly, there's a release date. The new Scarface now has an official date of August 20th 2018. Straight away, that also suggests that the movie is going to be in physical production later this year. Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) has been confirmed in the lead role. Oh, and there's the small matter of the Coen brothers  writing the screenplay.

In a press release, Universal revealed the film will shoot from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, who’ve known their way around crime dramas in the past, having previously penned and helmed Fargo and No Country For Old Men. That is a »

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The Coen Brothers Are Polishing the ‘Scarface’ Remake Script; Peter Berg in the Running to Direct

10 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If there was one way to make the Scarface remake more compelling, hiring Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite the script does the trick. The Universal project, which recently lost director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), is getting a polish from the Coen Brothers, who’ve done some well-known rewrites throughout their careers. Sadly, they won’t direct the Diego Luna-led remake, but Universal is considering Peter […]

The post The Coen Brothers Are Polishing the ‘Scarface’ Remake Script; Peter Berg in the Running to Direct appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Coen Brothers Punched up ‘Scarface’ Remake Script for Universal

10 February 2017 11:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Universal’s “Scarface” remake just got a little help from their friends, Joel and Ethan Coen. According to Deadline, the Coen Brothers helped polish the script for the studio.

Additionally, the gangster film’s release date was also announced: August 10, 2018.

Set to be a modern story about the rise and fall of a Latino gangster, previous reports stated that Diego Luna was attached to star. Though nothing has been confirmed.

As of now, Universal is on the hunt for a director after Antoine Fuqua had to depart the project in order to focus on “The Equalizer” sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Hell or High Water” helmer David MacKenzie and “Patriots Day’s” Pete Berg are front-runners to direct the film. Both will be meeting with Universal executives in the following days.

Read More: Coen Brothers Enlist Peter Fonda to Star in Their ‘Wild’ Mercedes Super Bowl Ad – Watch

The »

- Liz Calvario

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Universal’s ‘Scarface’ Reboot To Hit Big Screen In August 2018

10 February 2017 11:03 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Universal’s reboot of Scarface will open on August 10, 2018. The studio already had RSVP’ed the date under untitled event film. The Coen brothers are rewriting the script, the studio said. The siblings won’t direct. Several filmmakers are up for the job, notably Hell or High Water‘s David Mackenzie and Patriots’ Day’s Peter Berg. It’s a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes… »

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