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Watch: Roll With The Navy SEALs In 4 Clips From 'Lone Survivor' Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 19, 2013 9:21 AM
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In the midst of this overcrowded month, it can be easy to lose track of all the films that are being released this holiday season. “Lone Survivor” looks to ease the situation by waiting until January before expanding to theaters nationwide. The Afghan-war film is based on the very real and tragic story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana. One of our own colleagues liked “Lone Survivor”, but had his reservations about the film when he caught it over at the AFI Film Fest. In his review, he called it “a deeply intense, detached museum piece” and praised Ben Foster’s performance for humanizing his character “with a full-spirited passion and sensitive humor.” Now, four new clips from the film have just been released to help paint you a picture as to what this movie will be about.

'Lone Survivor' Director Peter Berg Talks Beards, 'Battleship' And What's Going On With The 'Friday Night Lights' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 17, 2013 3:02 PM
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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 nonfiction 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.

Mark Wahlberg Eyes Cameron Crowe's Meth Addict Drama 'Beautiful Boy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 2:40 PM
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Cameron Crowe? Meth addict drama? For a director who is generally known for films that depict intimate relationships with comedy and heart (though "Vanilla Sky" is obviously an outlier), it seems like something you wouldn't immediately find in his wheelhouse. However, he's been trying to get "Beautiful Boy" made for a while now. Currently housed under Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle, the project has survived from scripting issues, and it was reported last year that it would roll next after Crowe's currently filming untitled comedy (formerly known as "Deep Tiki"). And it seems that may still be the case.

New Pics From 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction,' Mark Wahlberg Says He's Signed For 3 Films, Michael Bay Open For More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 5, 2013 10:34 AM
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Despite saying last summer that “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” would be his last at-bat, it seems Michael Bay’s having a great time on set and may have changed his mind about walking away from the hugely successful franchise. And he may not be alone in continuing the saga of giant robots and rampant product placement.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' Was Headed Straight To Video Until Early Reviews Saved It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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At this point, it's almost unfathomable to think of Paul Thomas Anderson not getting his way when it comes to his films, but one has to remember there was a time in his career when he was still an unproven, unknown director. As the director's breakout film "Boogie Nights" was gearing up for release, it seems that the man behind studio and company backing the picture, New Line Cinema, wasn't feeling so confident about what would eventually become a contemporary classic.

Watch: 50-Minute Producers Roundtable Featuring Mark Wahlberg, 'American Hustle' Exec Charles Roven & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 1:49 PM
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Mark Wahlberg might be the most famous face at this table, but while those surrounding him may not be on billboards, they are some of the most powerful players in the biz. David Heyman ("Gravity"), Charles Roven ("American Hustle," "Man Of Steel"), Pam Williams ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), Michael De Luca ("Captain Phillips") and Dede Gardner ("12 Years A Slave," "World War Z" and longtime producing partner for Brad Pitt) are some of the movers and shakers behind the year's biggest films. And when THR gets them all in one place to talk, you know it's going to be fascinating stuff.

'The Killing' Lives One Last Time For Final Season On Netflix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Oh, "The Killing." The U.S. import of the hit Scandinavian show has not gone well. First arriving in 2011, the show served up two frustrating seasons that stretched out a murder mystery, losing the interest and patience of critics and audiences, which lead to its cancellation. But it was soon revived again, with AMC and Netflix teaming up this past summer and delivering a third season that barely played to a bigger audience than the second. And once again AMC canned the show. But it seems you can't keep "The Killing" down for it has lived for yet another day.

Mark Wahlberg Slams Hollywood Emphasis on Actors' War Film Suffering At 'Lone Survivor' Premiere

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 14, 2013 10:18 AM
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Following an okay trailer promising your standard war drama, Peter Berg's “Lone Survivor” emerged late in the game to strong Oscar buzz, and the surprising thing is just how successful the film ends up being. This writer caught the flick when it premiered at AFI Fest on Tuesday, finding it a gripping, impressively acted experience (if weakened by its rough characterization—read the full review here). However, perhaps more notable than the film was Mark Wahlberg's Q&A afterwards with Berg and the film's titular real-life inspiration Marcus Luttrell, during which the actor spoke out passionately against a common Hollywood tendency around awards season.

AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2013 9:19 AM
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Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual landing upon each. Never mind the fact that surrounding Taliban forces rain gunfire and RPGs down upon four injured American soldiers out on a recon mission; nature is the true enemy, and the extent of its cruelty is explored to the fullest over the course of the film’s harrowing two hours.

New Trailer & Photos Of Peter Berg's Heroism Drama 'Lone Survivor' Which Could Be An Oscar Contender

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 8, 2013 2:26 PM
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Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana was a bit of a question mark earlier in the year, but it's already already garnering positive survival narrative comparisons to solid pictures that have already screened this year like "Gravity," "Captain Phillips," "All Is Lost" and "12 Years A Slave" (that's pretty terrific company to be in).

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