Director Peter Berg Talks LONE SURVIVOR, Having SEALs On Set Every Day, Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS, THE RUNDOWN Sequel, and More

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Opening tomorrow is director Peter Berg’s (The RundownThe Kingdom) adaptation of the true-life memoir of Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor.  The powerful film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  The film stars Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschEmile HirschBen FosterEric BanaAlexander LudwigAli Suliman, and Rohan Chand.  For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Peter Berg.  He talked about the challenges of making the film, his assembly cut, the test screening process (and how the film scored a 96), what he asked the actors to do prior to filming, how he’s changed as a filmmaker, whether we will ever get a sequel to The Rundown, how he got involved with Damon Lindelof’s new HBO series The Leftovers, the possibility of another Friday Night Lights movie, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Peter Berg Says There Won’t Be a New FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie

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Friday Night Lights is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time, but fans have been clamoring for just a bit more since the NBC show’s series finale in 2011.  Executive producer Peter Berg and many FNL castmembers have been teasing the possibility of a Friday Night Lights movie for the past few years now.  Though the show initially began as a spinoff of Berg’s Billy Bob Thornton-fronted 2004 film of the same name, this proposed new film would follow Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor and Connie Britton’s Tami Taylor.

Steve recently had a chance to speak with Berg in anticipation of his upcoming feature directorial effort Lone Survivor, and during the course of their conversation he provided an update on the status of the Friday Night Lights movie by saying it’s most likely not going to happen.  Hit the jump for more.

THE SOPRANOS Tops WGA’s List of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

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What is the best written TV show of all time?  Well, according to the Writers Guild of America the answer is David Chase’s HBO drama series The Sopranos.  Members of the WGA took part in an online voting survey in order to determine a ranked list of the best written TV series in history, and Chase’s brilliant The Sopranos topped the list of 101 shows, followed by Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H to round out the top five.  It’s tough to argue with The Sopranos taking the top honors, as the show is largely responsible for kicking off the new “Golden Age” of television that we’re currently living through and made for a markedly different kind of television viewing experiences than audiences were used to.

The complete list is filled with shows both new and old, with Mad Men, The Wire, and The West Wing taking the number 7, 9, and 10 spots, respectively, and comedies like Arrested Development, Friends, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart cracking the Top 25.  Hit the jump to read the full list and weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments section.

DVD Deal: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The Complete Series 60% Off

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One of the best television shows in history is now on sale for a low, low price.  If you have yet to pick up the complete series DVD set of Peter Berg and Jason Katims’ incredible drama Friday Night Lights, today is the day to pull the trigger.  The DVD set is Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, as it’s available for only $39.99.  That’s 60% off the complete adventures of Coach, Riggins, Julie and the whole gang.  What are you waiting for?  Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

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Adrianne Palicki Talks RED DAWN, G.I. JOE 2, the WONDER WOMAN Experience & Possible FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie

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The long-delayed re-imagining of Red Dawn is finally hitting theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday. When the citizens of a city in Washington state find themselves the prisoners under enemy occupation by North Korea, a group of young patriots become determined to fight back, and band together to protect one another and take back their freedom. From director Dan Bradley, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

At the film’s press day, actress Adrianne Palicki – who plays the tough, no-nonsense Toni – spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how excited she is that audiences will finally have a chance to see the film, going through a similar delay with the G.I. Joe sequel, how her Red Dawn training compared to her G.I. Joe: Retaliation training, how devastating the whole Wonder Woman experience was for her (with the TV show getting ordered to series and then having the plug pulled), working with co-star Chris Hemsworth, how she related to her character, and her thoughts on the possible Friday Night Lights movie. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

DVD Deal: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The Complete Series 44% Off

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The holidays are fast approaching, and today’s Lightning Deal on Amazon is a doozy for both collectors and those looking for the perfect gift.  The complete series DVD set of Peter Berg and Jason Katims’ incredible drama Friday Night Lights is available for only $59.99, which is a hefty 44% off the $99.98 list price.  Bring home Coach Taylor, Riggins, and Landry and force the show on your friends who still haven’t seen one of the best TV series to grace our screens in the last 20 years (season two notwithstanding…).  Click here to purchase the bundle.  Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

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Weekend Box Office – THE AVENGERS Claims Third Week On Top; $25.3 Million Debut Sinks BATTLESHIP

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For the third week in a row, The Avengers dominated the box office. Marvel’s superheroes added another $55 million to their domestic total – putting the film over $450 million in a record-breaking seventeen days. Meanwhile, the three new releases that lined up to challenge The Avengers all struggled in the blockbuster’s wake.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Avengers $55,050,000 $457
2 Battleship $25,350,000 $25.3
3 The Dictator $17,415,000 $24.4
4 Dark Shadows $12,770,000 $50.9
5 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $10,500,000 $10.5
6 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,250,000 $8.2
7 The Hunger Games $3,000,000 $391.6
8 Think Like A Man $2,700,000 $85.8
9 The Lucky One $1,765,000 $56.9
10 Pirates! Band of Misfits $1,450,000 $25.3

Taylor Kitsch Talks JOHN CARTER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, Gary Oldman, and Playing a Male Camper on KYLE XY

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It’s always great when you meet someone for the first time and they’re extremely nice, grounded, and willing to literally talk about anything.   Trust me, this is not the norm in Hollywood.  But when I walked in to speak with Taylor Kitsch for his great work in Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter, not only was Kitsch kind enough to let me use my flip camera for the interview, he was very willing to play along with my questions.

While I of course asked him about making John Carter and the challenges of working with the green screen, we also talked about his favorite movie, actors and director, how 2012 is a big year for him (he’s also in Battleship), how he based Tim Riggins on a Gary Oldman performance, his feelings on the way Friday Night Lights ended and whether or not he would come back for a movie.  In addition, he told me a great story about playing the “Male Camper” on Kyle XY and the audition that went with it, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Taylor Kitsch Talks Returning for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie; Says “I Love the Way I Left it”

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Friday Night Lights is unquestionably one of the best television shows to grace the screen in at least the last decade, maybe even ever. The storytelling and character development was on a completely different level and the actors brought it every single week. Fans of the show are rightfully passionate, and so when news came that executive producer/director/creator Peter Berg was plotting a feature film that would continue the story of the characters after the series finale, interest was certainly piqued. Berg recently revealed that executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims is about done with the script and the story is said to revolve around Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor.

Steve recently sat down with Taylor Kitsch in anticipation of the upcoming sci-fi/adventure pic John Carter, and the actor gave his two-cents on what he thinks about the Friday Night Lights movie and how feels about reprising the character after such a phenomenal series finale. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Peter Berg Provides Update on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie; Says Story Would Center Around Coach Taylor

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Friday Night Lights is hands down one of the best television series in history, so when news came that executive producer Peter Berg planned on continuing the story in a new feature film, I was extremely happy. The NBC series was itself a continuation of Berg’s 2006 film, but this new feature will be tied to the characters that we saw in the television show. Berg announced last August that he and executive producer Jason Katims were working on a script and they hoped to begin production this year. Now Berg has provided another update on the movie saying that it’s still in the works, but the difficulty is now getting everyone’s schedules to line up. Hit the jump for more.

HUGO, DRAGON TATTOO, and THE ARTIST Among ACE Nominees for Excellence in Editing

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The American Cinema Editors have announced their list of nominees for the 62nd Annual Eddie Awards. Before you brush editing off as an insignificant category, take note that no film has won the Best Picture Oscar without at least a Best Editing Eddie nomination in 20 years. Martin Scorsese’s longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker was nominated for her work on Hugo, as were last year’s Oscar winners Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Other films singled out include The Artist, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, and Young Adult.

On the television side of things, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friday Night Lights, and Game of Thrones all landed nods. Hit the jump to see the full list of nominees. ACE’s 62nd awards ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, will be held February 18th.

2011 Primetime Emmy Award Winners Announced; Winners include Peter Dinklage, Kyle Chandler, and Martin Scorsese

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Tonight was the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the winner’s list included some great names.  Perhaps the best win of the night was Peter Dinklage picking up Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones.  Not far behind was Kyle Chandler finally picking up an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for the final season of Friday Night Lights (the show also picked up an Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama Series).  Martin Scorsese picked up an award for his direction of Boardwalk Empire‘s pilot episode, and ubiquitous character actor Margo Martindale won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett on FX’s Justified.

The top awards for Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series went to last year’s winners Mad Men, Modern Family, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, respectively.  Best Miniseries or TV Movie was awarded to  PBS’ Downtown Abbey while CBS’ The Amazing Race picked up another Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, MAD MEN and MODERN FAMILY Win Top Prizes at the TCA Awards

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The Television Critics Association honored the best in television tonight, and NBC’s Friday Night Lights was named Program of the Year for its fifth and final season. Though the show was never a ratings juggernaut, it has been beloved by critics throughout its tenure, and garnered a small but passionate fanbase. AMC’s Mad Men took home the Best Drama prize, while ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy at the 27th annual awards show.

It warms my heart to report that Nick Offerman shared the Best Individual Achievement in Comedy award with Modern Family’s Ty Burrell for his genius portrayal of Ron Swanson on NBC’s stellar comedy Parks and Recreation. HBO didn’t go home empty handed, as their smash-hit Game of Thrones won Best New Series. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Peter Berg Talks BATTLESHIP, the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie, and the Upcoming NBC Series PRIME SUSPECT

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Following the TCA Press Tour panel for the NBC police drama Prime Suspect, Collider got the chance to speak with the upcoming series’ executive producer/director Peter Berg. Quite a busy man in Hollywood, he stressed how serious he is about doing a Friday Night Lights movie, the attention and curiosity that Battleship is getting, especially now that a trailer has been released, why he likes to work with actors he establishes a relationship with, and how nice it is to balance big studio films with smaller character-driven TV series. Here are the most important highlights from the interview:

  • They’re currently writing the script now for the Friday Night Lights movie, which he’s looking to start where the finale left off and center around Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, bringing back some of the characters from the series while introducing new characters to the mix
  • He’s looking to get that film into production some time next year, if all goes well
  • He’s currently doing a series for HBO on Freddie Roach, the boxing trainer, called On Freddie
  • He knows that some people want to cheer for Battleship while others want to attack it, but he’s happy that everyone is talking about it and that the trailer broke records for views on YouTube
  • Hasbro’s involvement was to tell them they wanted a big, fun film that worked on a global scale and, if they succeed, Berg feels that will inevitably lead to sequels
  • Berg said he absolutely had to include the “I sunk the battleship” line in the film, and that he aspired to do so in an original way
  • They will have the entire season of Prime Suspect finished, while waiting for Battleship to come out

For more, check out the full interview after the jump:

Peter Berg Confirms FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Film in the Works, Hopes to Start Production Next Year

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While NBC’s Friday Night Lights recently came to an end with its series finale airing last month, word quickly came that executive producer Peter Berg had the intention of continuing the series with a feature film. You may recall that the series itself began as a 2006 film (which Berg directed), but this new movie would feature the characters from the TV series. No one would confirm the film’s development at the time, but now Berg has stated that they’ve started work on a script and hope to shoot the film next year. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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