Universal Pictures has released some new images from director Peter Berg’s (The Kingdom) adaptation of the non-fiction book Lone Survivor. The 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 has drawn positive responses from early screenings, and Berg has more than proven himself to be a skilled action director. Hopefully the dramatic character interplay is on point here as well.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman, and Rohan Chand. Lone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.
The critics awards are off and running after the New York Film Critics Circle announced its picks for the best of the year yesterday, and today the National Board of Review has named Her the best picture of 2013. Spike Jonze was also named Best Director for the film, while the acting honors went to Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Will Forte (Nebraska), and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station). Always an eclectic list, the NBR’s Top 10 includes The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Lone Survivor, and Prisoners. Wholly absent from the Top 10 is the NYFCC’s pick for Best Film, American Hustle.
The NBR winner for Best Picture has failed to match up with Oscar since 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, as last year’s award went to Zero Dark Thirty, but for the past 13 years every NBR winner has landed a Best Picture nomination, so this bodes well for Her‘s Oscar prospects. Read the full list of NBR winners after the jump.
Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen. Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking. The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.
Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.
Universal has released a new trailer for Peter Berg‘s drama Lone Survivor. The film is based on a true story, and centers on 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. This is a much better trailer than the first one because even though there’s a much heavier emphasis on the action, this is a case where the action sells the drama. These four SEALs were fighting for the lives, and Berg looks like he’s nailed the intensity without being exploitative. The only moments in the trailer that give me pause are the pull quotes from Bill Simmons, Pete Hammond, and Peter Travers—three guys whose opinions I couldn’t trust less.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10, 2014.
The very funny, heart-warming comedy Last Vegas stars four Academy Award-winning legends – Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – as lifelong friends who decide to reunite and relive their glory days in Las Vegas when one of them decides to get married to a girl half his age. As Archie (Freeman), Sam (Kline) and Paddy (DeNiro) try to convince Billy (Douglas) that he’s making a mistake, the four men quickly rediscover what made them such good friends, in the first place.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jerry Ferrara (who plays obnoxious frat boy Dean) talked about why he wanted to be a part of this project, his first time meeting the guys at the table read of the script, being nervous about working with such legendary actors, and getting punch by Robert DeNiro. He also talked about taking on boxer Arturo Gatti for a biopic that he’s already in training for, re-teaming with director Peter Berg for a role in Lone Survivor, and reprising his Think Like A Man character for the sequel, Think Like A Man Too. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Universal has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. The film centers on 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. This behind-the-scenes featurette explains the real story behind the film, and the ethos of the SEALs. There’s a heavy emphasis on brotherhood and fighting for the sake of the man next to you. The tragic aspect is that at the end, there was only the “lone survivor”, Marcus Luttrell, who went on to write about his experiences, and his book became the basis for the movie. It looks like Berg has tried to create a film in the vein of Black Hawk Down, and I hope he’s succeeded.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will premiere at AFI Fest, open in limited release on December 27th, and go wide on January 10, 2014.
American Film Institute’s annual festival, AFI Fest, is setting up to be damned impressive. Although they were set to host the world premiere of Foxcatcher, the movie was delayed until 2014. However, as we previously reported, they’ve found a strong replacement with Out of the Furnace. They’re also hosting the North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks as the festival opener. Today, they’ve announced additional films to their “Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings” line-up. The festival will include August: Osage County, The Last Emperor 3D, Her, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Philomena, The Unknown Known, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the world premiere of Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. When you throw in the previously announced Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska, you have an absolutely killer line-up and a chance for folks in Los Angeles to get a jump on some likely awards contenders.
Hit the jump for the press release and to find out how you can attend. AFI Fest 2013 runs from November 7 – 14th.
The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit tells the story of two ex-lovers, Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who are bound together on the defense team for a high-profile terrorism case that turns out to be such a far-reaching conspiracy that it places both of their lives in jeopardy. From director John Crowley, the film also stars Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff and Julia Stiles.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Eric Bana talked about how much of a page-turner this script was, how much fun he had working with his co-star Rebecca Hall, training for the rowing scenes, working in and around London in real locations, and the lack of privacy we all have now. He also talked about what made him want to do Lone Survivor with director Peter Berg, and what drew him to the horror thriller Beware the Night, from Scott Derrickson (Sinister). Check out what he had to say after the jump.
As part of their fall preview, Entertainment Weekly has released new images from some upcoming films. There are images from potential awards contenders like Spike Jonze‘s Her, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips, Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor, and the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey. And there are also some images from Machete Kills and 47 Ronin, which probably will be left out of the awards race, but that’s only because the Academy refuses to acknowledge the superb craft of strapping guns to Sofia Vergara‘s breasts.
Hit the jump to check out the images, synopses, and release dates.
Opening this week in limited release is director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) dramedy Prince Avalanche. The film stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and follows two workers as they spend their summer repainting traffic lines in the middle of a country highway. While most summer movies are loaded with explosions, Prince Avalanche‘s sole focus is on the characters and their relationship. Thankfully, Rudd and Hirsch deliver fantastic performances and the film’s scenes alternate between hilarity and heartbreak. It’s definitely recommended. For more on the film, here’s the trailer and Matt’s review.
The other day I sat down with Emile Hirsch and David Gordon Green here in Los Angeles. They talked about making the film under the radar, how the project came together, the editing process, their thoughts on Kickstarter, Twitter, what they collect, the Pineapple Express sequel from This Is the End, upcoming projects like Lone Survivor, Bonnie and Clyde, Joe, Manglehorn, HBO’s Eastbound and Down, Camp X-Ray, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.
While you might not know the name Randall Emmett, it’s likely you’ve seen at least one of the eighty films he’s produced. And with his company now funding higher profile movies like 2 Guns, Lone Survivor, Escape Plan, and many others, he’s definitely making a name for himself in Hollywood. A few days ago in New York City, I sat down with him for an extended interview. Here are a few things I learned about some of his upcoming projects:
- Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest is in pre-production. Filming will begin in November and will take place in the Italian Alps, Nepal, and on stages in London. Cast is in final negotiations.
- Martin Scorsese’s Silence starts filming next June. Scorsese has already been on location scouts.
- Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel starts production in February, directly after Diesel finishes Fast & Furious 7.
- They just secured writers for Monopoly, which centers on a father and son.
- Hungry Hungry Hippos will be a blend of 2D and CG animation.
- What happened to Red Sonja? Casting was always a big issue, the script was never right, and they had a bunch of different directors coming in and out.
Hit the jump for how 2 Guns came together, working with director Peter Berg on Lone Survivor, how he’s able to finance movies, how he started as Wahlberg’s assistant many years ago, what happened with Buck Rogers, the status of another Rambo, how Escape Plan is a contemporary version of an 80s film, and so much more. Hit the jump to watch.
Universal Pictures have released the first trailer, poster, and images for Peter Berg‘s adaptation of the non-fiction book Lone Survivor. The 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. Berg is a wildly uneven director, but I have so much good will towards him for The Rundown and The Kingdom that I want him to succeed. Unfortunately, this trailer makes the film look like a military recruitment ad of the worst kind. The best way to respect the troops is to paint them honestly, and I fear that honesty is absent from Berg’s picture. I hope this trailer is misleading and Berg hasn’t made Act of Valor but with real actors.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will open for an awards-qualifying limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.
Here are today’s latest release dates:
- Lone Survivor – Though Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL thriller will open wide on January 10, 2014, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch, will open in an awards-qualifying limited release run on December 27th. (Via Deadline)
- Almanac – Michael Bay’s found-footage time-travel film directed by Dean Israelite, written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, and starring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia will open one week later on February 28, 2014.
- Pompeii – Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical thriller starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Carrie-Anne Moss will now open one week earlier on February 21, 2014. The script was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
*Release date information for Almanac and Pompeii courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
Universal Pictures announced today that it will be releasing director Peter Berg’s (The Rundown) Navy SEAL film Lone Survivor on January 10, 2014. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The film’s impressive cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana.
Berg and Kitsch are coming off of last summer’s bomb Battleship, but both have proven themselves to be quite talented in the past, so hopefully Lone Survivor is a return to form. The film will likely open in New York and Los Angeles at the end of December to qualify for awards season, and will face off against the Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing film Grudge Match and the Lionsgate horror pic Jessabelle when it opens wide on January 10th.
The crime thriller Deadfall tells the story of siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde), who get in a car accident after a casino heist gone wrong and decide to split up to make a run for the Canadian border during a Thanksgiving blizzard. While Addison is creating mayhem, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), who’s looking to make amends with his parents over a dinner that will push the bonds of family to the limit.
At the film’s press day, actor Eric Bana spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this character stood out to him, what he liked about this unique story structure, how they determined the history of what happened to these siblings prior to when you meet them in the film, and how he viewed the unhealthy dynamic between Addison and Liza. He also talked about what attracts him to a project, why he wanted to work with Peter Berg on Lone Survivor (based on SEAL Team 10′s failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wing,” to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader), and why he wanted to do Beware the Night (about a New York policeman who investigates cases of demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves) as his next film. Check out what he had to say after the jump.