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'American Hustle,' 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' 'Before Midnight' & More Earn WGA Nominations But Not Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 1:35 PM
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David O. Russell, American Hustle, Playlist exclusive
Are awards season voters no longer entranced by the magic of the Coen Brothers? Even with "Inside Llewyn Davis" earning no shortage of acclaim, that has not translated into very much love from awards types, with the film getting completely shut out of the Producers Guild Award nominations yesterday. And today, the Writer's Guild have also shunned the sibling duo.

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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 27, 2013 11:24 AM
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Lone Survivor
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.

'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.

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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Lone Survivor
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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Lone Survivor
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).

New Photos: Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Kate Winslet In 'Labor Day,' 'Catching Fire,' 'Anchorman 2' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2013 3:31 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
November has rolled around, so it's officially that time of year: the holiday movie season. Both the L.A. Times and the New York Times have gotten deep into the action with great features in their movie sections which provide a heap of new photos from several highly anticipated movies. First up is a film we've already seen (read our NYFF review here), but one that's highly anticipated by many of us who haven't seen it nonetheless: Spike Jonze's "Her" (December 18th, in limited release), which features the stellar cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt.

Zero Dark Wahlberg: Watch First Trailer For 'Lone Survivor,' Co-Starring Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch & Eric Bana

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 5:55 PM
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Another Oscar player in the mix? With Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" getting a late season contending run, Universal is certainly hoping the film has a chance at getting a little awards season boost, and if the true story captures the attention of audiences and voters, you never know.

Mark Wahlberg & Peter Berg Reteaming For 'American Desperado'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 5:12 PM
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So, you might not remember this, but a few years ago, David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg were looking to make a feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." The 2006 film centered on the notorious '70s drug dealer Jon Roberts who moved from New York, where he was involved in gangland takeovers of the city's nightclubs, to Miami, where he was set up with a powerful drug cartel. And it seemed like the Russell/Wahlberg project was really coming along. "We’ve the rights of those guys, Jon Roberts and Mickey Munday, and set it at Paramount as well. Evan Wright did a pass on the script and will have somebody else doing another," Walhberg said at the time. But the filmmaker and actor fell out, with both moving on to other separate things, but it seems Wahlberg really wants to make the movie about this story.

Mark Wahlberg's 'Lone Survivor' Joining The Oscar Fray With An Awards Season Run Scheduled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 7:19 PM
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When Peter Berg's upcoming war drama "Lone Survivor" was recently given a January 10, 2014 release date, we have to admit, we immediately figured it to be another Mark Wahlberg, early winter programmer (see "Contraband" and "Broken City") and we put it in the back of our minds. But now, it looks like we'll have to sit up and pay a bit of attention as this could be mixing it up in the awards season race.

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