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'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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Lone Survivor
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.

Watch: A Pair Of Hilarious New 'Prince Avalanche' Clips

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Prince Avalanche
If you’ve read past write-ups on director David Gordon Green’s film, “Prince Avalanche,” then you know we at The Playlist love it. It made our Best Films of the Year…So Far list, and writer Rodrigo Perez gave it an “A-” in his Sundance review.

Venice '11 Review: 'Killer Joe' A Terrific Texan Tale With A Revelatory Matthew McConaughey Turn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 8, 2011 2:06 AM
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In recent years, film translations of stage hits haven't been as prevalent as they once were. You might get the occasional "Doubt" or "Rabbit Hole," for instance, but compared to the early days of the talkies, when a large proportion of movies were based on Broadway hits, it's been slim pickings; audiences and critics have learned that most attempts at stage-to-screen translation fail to make the material truly cinematic.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Punched Up The Humor In ‘The Darkest Hour’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 5:16 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Talk With Emile Hirsch At Comic-Con Including His Love For 'Avatar'Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Summit Entertainment screened the first official trailer for their upcoming alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of a group of Americans traveling in Moscow who survive an alien invasion and team up with others to try and fight back. Following a presentation by Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson ("Unstoppable"), The Playlist stole a few minutes with the film’s star Emile Hirsch to find out what appealed to him about this role and the character driven elements and humor to be found within the forthcoming film.

First Look: Emile Hirsch In 'The Darkest Hour' - A Russian-Set Alien Invasion Thriller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2011 9:35 AM
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Things have been relatively quiet on "The Darkest Hour" front, a Summit Entertainment 3D science-fiction film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). But now we have our first look at Emile Hirsch in the film, taking shelter in Moscow's Red Square.

Emile Hirsch Joins Penelope Cruz In Sergio Castellitto's 'Twice Born'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 12, 2011 4:30 AM
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Emile Hirsch kinda needs a comeback pic, doesn't he? After making a big splash in 2007 with Sean Penn's "Into The Wild," the failed experiment that was the Wachowski's "Speed Racer" left the actor trying to make his mark with small roles in films like "Taking Woodstock" and "Milk," and he's always turned in good performance, even if he hasn't yet become the A-lister he threatened to be.

Emile Hirsch Joins Oliver Stone's 'Savages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 8:05 AM
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Welcome back, Emile Hirsch. The young actor seemed to have disappeared for a quick moment, but he's coming back with a fury. He's got the indie "Killer Joe" and the blockbuster "The Darkest Hour" headed to screens this year, he's currently filming "The Motel Life" with Stephen Dorff, and now he's adding another project to his plate.

Watch: Emile Hirsch-Directed Video For Daft Punk's 'Alive' (Sorry, No Lightcycles Here)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2011 11:09 AM
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Emile Hirsch has been keeping a low profile of late. He hasn't been seen on screen since 2009's "Taking Woodstock," but he'll be making his way back to screens later this year with the alien invasion flick "The Darkest Hour." He's also got the William Friedkin dark comedy "Killer Joe" likely to do festival rounds at the very least sometime this year. So what is he doing until then? Directing Daft Punk videos, it seems.

Chris Gorak's Russian-Set Alien Invasion Thriller 'The Darkest Hour' Pushed To December 23rd Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 2, 2011 3:36 AM
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It looks like Chris Gorak's Russian-set alien invasion thriller "The Darkest Hour" won't be dawning on us this summer as previously planned with Summit Entertainment now pushing its release deep into the heart of the festive season on December 23rd.

Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch & Chris Pine Eyed To Replace Jake Gyllenhaal In Doug Liman's 'Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 2:06 AM
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Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana & Olivia Wilde Sought For The Female Lead; Late Summer Start PlannedYes, it's those same familiar names all over again. This time they're coming up for a project we figured was stuck in development hell, but we're surprised and delighted to see some movement.

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