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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.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, No Movie: Peter Berg Says 'Friday Night Lights' Film Is Dead, But Wants 'The Rundown 2'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 10, 2013 12:45 PM
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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.

The 16 Best And Worst TV Series Finales

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 1, 2013 2:49 PM
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The Best And Worst Series Finale
The world is still debating the relative merits and detractions of the final episode of Vince Gilligan's meth-world saga "Breaking Bad," with some quarters feeling that the finale was a little too cleanly told while others were filled with the sense of contentment from knowing that the final hour was a satisfying conclusion to a five-season arc that turned a meek chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) into a ruthless criminal kingpin. There are few, probably, who would take the stance that the last hour of "Breaking Bad" was one of the best series finales ever (or one of the worst). It simply was what it was. An efficiently told, occasionally silly hour of television that tied up a number of loose ends (maybe too many), while still leaving room for small areas of speculation and mystery. But as divisive as the episode might have been, it is nothing compared to the series finales of yore.

Multi-Millionaires Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Planning To Crowdfund 'Friday Night Lights' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 11:31 AM
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For a few months now, the words 'crowd-funding' and 'Kickstarter' have been on the lips of producers and studio executives all over Hollywood. The tremendous success of the "Veronica Mars' movie on the crowd-funding platform has seemingly opened the way to all kinds of other projects, most notably Zach Braff and his second feature "Wish I Was Here." But we've always been a little worried that it could be a double-edged sword; that executives would stop rolling the dice on risky projects and simply go straight to the fans to root through their wallets.

‘Friday Night Lights’ & ‘Pushing Daisies’ Buzzing With Kickstarter Talk

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 27, 2013 10:59 AM
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Ever since Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and their “Veronica Mars” movie kickstarter made $2 million in 11 hours (with a total of $3.9 million and 16 days to go now), film fans and filmmakers alike have been in a frenzied state trying to figure out what this means for the current business model. But it seems that no one is more susceptible to the excitement than other TV series creators, some of whom may want to imitate the “Veronica Mars” model exactly.

"We're Doing The Movie": Peter Berg & Connie Britton Say 'Friday Night Lights' Film Is A Go

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 6:42 PM
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Last summer fans of Texas football, and more specifically, the series "Friday Night Lights," got some hope that there was more to come. Peter Berg revealed that he wanted to get a feature film off the ground centered on Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton picking up where the final episode of the show left off and that work was happening to start getting it rolling. And then, where was pretty much radio silence on it, but it seems it's becoming more of a reality.

Peter Berg Shares One Of The Terrible 'Hancock' Sequel Ideas He Had & Reveals 'Friday Night Lights' Movie Plot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:33 PM
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The mooted "Hancock" sequel is one of those things that crops up every now and then -- usually when Will Smith or Peter Berg are out promoting something -- and with "Battleship" looming on the horizon, the latter has been once again talking up the possibilities of the anti-superhero returning to the big screen. Of course, it will take a feat of scheduling to make it happen (meaning, don't hold your breath), but that hasn't stopped Berg and Smith from tossing ideas around ye olde water cooler, even if some of them sound godawful. And sharing one of those concepts with MTV, Berg inadvertently proves that the wait has its benefits.

Texas Forever! Peter Berg Wants To Bring 'Friday Night Lights' Back To The Big Screen

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 17, 2011 11:43 AM
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It was a big week for football fans in Dillon, Texas, with Coach Eric Taylor leading the underdog East Dillon Lions to an emotional championship victory. Actually, it's been a big week for fans of one of TV's best dramas, "Friday Night Lights," as it just concluded its fifth and final season on NBC (that is, for anyone without DirecTV or a decent Internet connection where the show wrapped up a few months ago). But with the show coming to a close for the second time it's given fans and news outlets alike a chance to start memorializing the show. Grantland has a must-read oral history of the show by its cast and creators and a few days ago the series received Emmy nominations for Best Drama (its first) and Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (their second).

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