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The Kingdom and Battleship director Peter Berg takes on a much more small-scale and intimate film (relatively speaking) with Lone Survivor, the movie account of the real-life “Operation Red Wings” mission that went bad in Afghanistan back in 2005.
Starring as the four Seal Team members forced to fight their way out of hostile Taliban territory are Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns), Taylor Kitsch John Carter, Emile Hirsch (Bonnie and Clyde) and Ben Foster (The Mechanic). Supporting roles will be played by the likes of Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games), Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) and Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down).
Berg had something of a misstep with Battleship, but films like The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights have shown that he can make a stirring and unapologetically patriotic film that offers some adrenaline thrills, to ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Peter Berg's Navy SEALs drama Lone Survivor enjoyed a strong launch in its awards qualifying run, posting the best theater average of any film over the post-Christmas weekend. Opening in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas day, the movie -- starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster -- took in $155,435 in its first five days. For the weekend itself, Lone Survivor earned $92,468 for a location average of $46,234. Berg, who was last in theaters with expensive miss Battleship, could use a box office win. Lone Survivor, released by Universal and financed by
- Pamela McClintock
Casualties of War: Berg’s Brutal Depiction of Failed Seals Op Career Best
For the purposes of context, one may be interested in noting that Lone Survivor is actor/director Peter Berg’s follow-up to his dismal 2012 board-game based effort, Battleship, though originally these projects were meant to be shot in reverse order. Clearly, this film was the labor of love, and while it’s not surprising to learn that leading stars took a major pay cut and Berg worked for the minimum salary allowed, it is fascinating to see the heightened quality on display from the same director, cinematographer, editor, composer, and one of the lead actors from the previous effort. Certainly, this film isn’t bound to be everyone’s cup of tea as Berg has taken pains to create a brutal, distressing, and unashamedly in-your-face depiction of the atrocities of war (and sans a definitive political agenda). He simply relays, »
- Nicholas Bell
After watching Battleship and Lone Survivor, I have no doubt that director Peter Berg has a deep and earnest respect for America's military. While one movie is a silly blockbuster and the other is based on a true-story tragedy, they both celebrate the honor and dedication of men and women in uniform. Where I take issue with Berg is how he expresses his adoration of the troops. In Battleship, a movie with aliens, spaceships, and explosive pegs, throwing in an appreciation of sailors is a nice sentiment. In Lone Survivor, appreciation isn't a sentiment; it's a cause. Berg's desire to honor the Navy SEALs who lost their lives on a Fubar mission is admirable, but the film's heavy emphasis on action makes physical endurance appear more commendable than deeds and intentions. In 2005, Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster »
- Matt Goldberg
Peter Berg is an interesting guy. He's certainly not the first guy who ever came to Hollywood to become an actor, only to then become more involved with writing, producing and directing both films and television, but his resumé as a director runs the gamut from dark comedies ( Very Bad Things ) to buddy comedies ( The Rundown ) to a serious look at high school football both on film and television ("Friday Night Lights") and then big mega-budget blockbusters like Hancock and Battleship . His latest film, Lone Survivor , may seem somewhat of a departure for the filmmaker after the movies listed above, being a serious dramatic military thriller based on the autobiographical telling by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell of how he and three other SEALs were left fighting for »
Here's a movie that'll flop in Kabul. Lone Survivor, the latest by Battleship director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy Seal squadron outgunned by the Taliban in the mountainous Kunar province. After four soldiers — played with muscles and machismo by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster — get ID'd by Afghan goatherds, they're in a race to climb to the top of the nearest summit and summon an airlift before these civilians can sprint to the nearest village and alert local leader Ahmad Shah. It doesn't go well.
Berg's flick bleeds blood red, bone-fracture white, and bruise blue. It's based on the memoir Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 by sole »
Not only did the true story of a Navy Seal team’s Afghanistan mission inspire the movie Lone Survivor, but star and producer Mark Wahlberg says the whole experience inspired him to be a better person, while director Peter Berg reveals Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch were so committed to their roles that they snuck onto the set during the dangerous stunts to try to do it themselves. The Lone Survivor cast, director and Marcus Luttrell, the real-life lone survivor, talk about gettting it right and honoring the fallen on the big screen.
Lone Survivor, the new film from director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Battleship, Friday Night Lights), is drawn from retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing true-life account of a covert mission that turned into an ambush in the mountains of Afghanistan in the spring of 2005. Berg along with
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The new film, "Lone Survivor," about the brutal, real-life 2005 mission in which three out of four Navy SEALs lost their lives, was years in the making for director Peter Berg, who embedded with SEALs in Iraq as part of his preparation and calls making it "a real honor and an inspiration."
Berg was losing his voice as he told Moviefone how he had to tell his actors and stuntmen to take it easy in recreating the bone-crunching incidents from the mountain-top firefight as they tried to do justice to the fallen soldiers.
He also shared why Mark Wahlberg was the perfect actor to play sole survivor Marcus Luttrell and why he thinks Taylor Kitsch (who plays "Murph the Protector") will land on his feet after suffering three film flops last year.
Moviefone: You've directed your share of action films: How is it different when it's based on something that really happened? »
- Sharon Knolle
Peter Berg is staring at an elegant, wood-carved memorial that dominates a wall of Engine 53/Ladder 43, a firehouse in New York’s Spanish Harlem. The memorial is a tribute to Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, one of the 19 U.S. Navy SEALs and Army Special Operations officers who died during Operation Red Wings, a 2005 mission in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan designed to eliminate a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative.
“This is the closest I’ll ever get to Mike Murphy,” says the director, one day after the New York premiere of “Lone Survivor,” his film version of the bestselling memoir by Marcus Luttrell, the only member of Murphy’s team to make it out of Operation Red Wings alive. Universal Pictures will debut the picture, which stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, on Christmas Day.
It was the unshakable immediacy of Luttrell’s writing that made Berg want to make the film. »
- Scott Foundas
Taylor Kitsch Talks Bad Breakup
“I went through a terrible breakup a while ago and [hockey] was the one thing that allowed me to actually not think about it for an hour-and-a-half,” Kitsch told Man of the World magazine for his cover story. “Us Canadians, we find that sh--t," he said of his favorite sport. "Hockey's like therapy for me.”
Kitsch, who got his hockey fix in the Valley in Southern California, is tightlipped about what his romantic life currently looks like – but implies there’s no serious relationship to report. "I'm not getting married next year, I'll tell you that much," the actor said.
Kitsch's Film Career
After two blockbuster vehicles for Kitsch, 32, flopped in 2012, the Canadian-born actor has no regrets and is only looking towards the future. »
Dylan Clark has joined Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films as a partner overseeing film and television for the producer of “Ted” and “Battleship,” Bluegrass said on Wednesday. The move follows the departure of Bluegrass president Pam Abdy, who left the Bluegrass to oversee production at New Regency. Stuber and Clark previously worked together at Universal, where Bluegrass has a deal and for whom it made “Ted” and “Identity Thief.” Clark has spent the past year working as an independent producer, and previously launched the film division of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment. At Chernin, he produced “Rise of the Planet of the Apes, »
- Lucas Shaw
A far cry away for the solid cheese of patriotism with the cringeworthy disaster Battleship, director Peter Berg’s harrowing fact-based military thriller Lone Survivor is gaining some solid early reviews. The film charts the real-life heroism of a group of Navy SEALs led by Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), who found themselves ambushed while on a covert mission in Afghanistan in 2005.
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish. »
- Craig Hunter
Peter Berg is a manly director. After shepherding such testosterone-soaked films as "Very Bad Things," "The Rundown," "Friday Night Lights," and "Battleship," the director has set his sights on bringing his passion project to the big screen, in spectacularly violent fashion. "Lone Survivor" is based on Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell's non-fiction account of how his elite unit was ambushed and fell in the rocky mountains of Afghanistan. As told by Berg, it is a film full of fire and fury and men doing incredibly manly things. We got a chance to speak to the director, who told us about pulling together his cast, what his thoughts on "Battleship" are more than a year later, the movie's patriotic tone, and more. "Lone Survivor" stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, with Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Alexander Ludwig and Ben Foster serving as his band of brothers. (Eric Bana turns in a fine »
- Drew Taylor
Coming off two big and not especially well received blockbusters—2008’s Will Smith-vehicle “Hancock” and last year’s infamous “Battleship”—Peter Berg didn’t shy away from bringing up the much-lauded TV-spinoff of his 2004 adaptation “Friday Night Lights” and the possible continuation of the story of the Taylors on the big screen. Though Berg said last year—in no uncertain terms—“We’re doing the movie,” it seems he may have a bit premature.In an interview with Collider for Berg’s forthcoming Mark Wahlberg-starring “Lone Survivor,” the actor-turned-director gave an update on the “Friday Night Lights” movie that will surely sadden a few fans, saying: “There’s not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Based on the memoir by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the Peter Berg–directed Lone Survivor follows four Navy SEALs (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch) trying to stay alive after their location is discovered during a covert mission in Afghanistan. Though Wahlberg is the face on the poster, it's Kitsch who unexpectedly shines: After toplining three misfires last year in John Carter, Battleship, and Savages, he's finally found the right vehicle for his easy, masculine charisma, and as Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, he displays the sort of leading-man potential that many predicted when Kitsch came off a hot run in the TV series Friday Night Lights. Last week, he sat down with Vulture to discuss the next phase of his career (which will include an against-type turn in Ryan Murphy's AIDS drama The Normal Heart) and why he'll never, ever do a Friday Night Lights movie.What »
- Kyle Buchanan
While promoting "Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship) spoke about a potential sequel to "The Rundown" and a big screen adaptation of his "Friday Night Lights" TV series that would follow Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and Tami Taylor (Connie Britton). Regarding "The Rundown 2," Berg said: "We just met with writers, so we're trying to do it. I've talked to Dwayne. I have an actor in mind that I can't say that I want to work with Dwayne on it." Regarding "Friday Night Lights," he said: "There's not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn't; I've come to believe it's probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it's gonna happen." »
Though many people have given Hollywood a hard time about the recent glut of supernatural romance flicks, what they should really be ridiculing studio heads for is their surprising dedication to developing tentpoles based on beloved board games from our childhood. We’ve got adaptations of Candyland, Monopoly and even Hungry Hippos on the way. Now, even after Battleship sunk both with critics and at the box office last year, Universal Pictures is still chugging ahead with their next board game project: Ouija.
After years in the works, some headway on the film has finally been made as two main cast members were announced yesterday. Olivia Cooke (A&E’s Bates Motel) and Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) have both joined the cast in leading roles. Both are playing teens who, along with a few other friends, attempt to contact a dead friend using the Ouija board and »
- Isaac Feldberg
My name is Mario-Francisco Robles. I’m a writer/critic here at Latino-Review, but offline I’m someone who’s dedicated my life to entertainment. I’ve been entertaining audiences professionally over 15 years. Entertainment, in all its forms, is my life. Some of my favorite moments have been up on stage, giving my all to a sold out crowd, but I’ve also had some equally life-altering moments being in the audience. In this ongoing column, I’ll bring my passion, experience, and perspective to a number of topics that move me as someone whose life revolves around arts and entertainment.
Entry #1: Why Movie Studios Don’t Care About You. Yes, You.
If you’re reading this, then you’re part of the online fan community that frequents film sites. You like to stay up-to-date on upcoming movies. You likely have a love of superheroes and/or comic books. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Update: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.
Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal »
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Peter Berg wrote and directed Universal’s year-end opener “Lone Survivor,” which centers on Marcus Luttrell, who was part of a Navy SEALs mission in 2005 to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. It was a difficult shoot, with the mountains of New Mexico doubling for Afghanistan. But Berg is quick to praise his team and the collaboration.
Editor: Colby Parker Jr.
Colby has edited everything I’ve ever done. He understands what I like and vice versa. And he understands how to edit the mass amount of uncatalogued film I dump in his computer every night: I tend to shoot three cameras all the time. The film’s gunfight is almost an hour-long, with lots of different experiences within that. There are moments when it’s calm, quiet, slow and precise, also moments when it’s dynamic, disorienting, chaotic. We had to create it like a piece of music, with different builds, »
- Tim Gray
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