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Talking the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editing and Mixing of 'Lone Survivor'

Peter Berg's underrated "Lone Survivor" received its lone Oscar nominations in the sound editing and mixing categories, but it's well-deserved. The fact-based adventure about a failed Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan grabs us by the throat and never lets up. And the sound is among the most intense and immersive experiences for a modern war film.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 24, 2014 2:47 PM
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'Lone Survivor' Stuns in Wide Release; 'Her' is Weak, 'August: Osage County' Strong

Led by "Lone Survivor," which grossed double its expected amount and looks to be a powerhouse for weeks to come, this weekend continued the steady business of the last few weeks. The Top 10 grossed about $114 million, up a tick from last year, when three new wide releases grossed better than all but one of this year's two new ones.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 12, 2014 1:21 PM
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Peter Berg Fought to Keep Brutal War Survival Thriller 'Lone Survivor' Real UPDATE

I have long been a Peter Berg believer. He is a gifted director who can now be forgiven for "Battleship," a misbegotten Hasbro/Universal concoction that he agreed to direct so that he could make his passion project "Lone Survivor." The indie-financed Universal release is a tough, unremitting, authentic, and intimate Afghan war film starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 9:59 PM
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This Weekend, Don't Miss 'Lone Survivor' in NY and LA, Avoid 'Interior. Leather Bar'

Amid awards season expansions, relatively light offerings hit major theaters and art houses this weekend, among them "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," yakuza thriller "Beyond Outrage," "Interior. Leather Bar" and "The Best Offer." But above all, head to select theaters for "Lone Survivor," held over until the film goes wide.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 3, 2014 1:07 PM
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Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' Is Harrowing Portrait of Men at War; Wahlberg's Q & A Outburst VIDEO (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

A review and roundup of Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor," which had its world premiere at AFI FEST November 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2013 4:28 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor,' Starring Wahlberg, Foster, Kitsch and Hirsch

A new trailer has arrived for Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana and Emile Hirsch. The film, which follows the true story of four Navy SEALS' covert mission into the mountains of Afghanistan -- and their subsequent ambush -- has its world premiere at AFI FEST on November 12, a limited release December 27, and a national rollout January 10. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings, World Premiere of Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

The American Film Institute (AFI) is adding more Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings. They include John Wells and Tracy Letts' Toronto title "August: Osage County" on November 8 and the world premiere of Peter Berg's war film "Lone Survivor" (November 12) as well as Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" in 3-D on November 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Oscar Watch: 'Lone Survivor' Is Peter Berg's Bid to Redeem Himself After 'Battleship'

Peter Berg directed "Battleship" for Universal Pictures so that he could direct the movie he cared about, "Lone Survivor," which he has been working on for five years. Universal is giving "Lone Survivor" an Oscar qualifying run on December 27 in advance of a January 14 wide release. Like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," it is based on a true story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:46 PM
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