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Was Mark Wahlberg Having A Go At All Actors During His 'Lone Survivor' Rant?


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Mark Wahlberg appeared at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday (12 Nov.) night, where his latest film, Lone Survivor, was given its festival premiere. An adaptation of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s account of his July 2005 Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan, director Peter Berg has created a harrowing and very real account of life on the front line, but as Wahlberg was keen to point out during his post-screening Q&A with Berg and Luttrell, it was in no way comparable to actually being out in the line of duty.

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Wahlberg with co-stars Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch

Looking distracted for most of the Q&A session, allowing Berg and Luttrell to do most of the talking, he was put on the spot when Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga asked him what the rigorous filming schedule was like. Wahlberg's response was a nearly five-minute rant in which the actor slammed any other thespians who complain about the difficulties they face in their job, and he was especially angry at those who say acting is more difficult than serving your country. His rant, although not directed at anyone whilst he was giving it, has cause a stir as people have put two and two together and gotten Tom Cruise.

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Wait, Could 'Lone Survivor' Win Best Picture At The Oscars?


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While all the talk so far has centered on 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Captain Phillips, a new and very serious contender for Best Picture at the Oscars has emerged in the form of Peter Berg's Lone Survivor. Based on the war memoir by ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch is an intense visualization of a botched SEALs raid in Afghanistan.

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Berg reportedly underwent SEALs initiation in preparation for the film and - according to the Hollywood Reporter's review- the rigorous training on display is "infectious" early in the film. These guys are the most physically fit, best armed guys in the army with ultra-survival skills. They do let each other down.

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Peter Berg - AFI FEST 2013 - 'Lone Survivor' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 13th November 2013

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Peter Berg - AFI FEST 2013 Presented By Audi Premiere Of "Lone Survivor" - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 13th November 2013

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Mark Wahlberg Is 'The Lone Survivor' In Peter Berg's New Film [Trailer]


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Based on Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, the book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor sees Mark Wahlberg (Lutrell), Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster go after a wanted Taliban leader.

The mission is plunged into hot water when an unsuspecting child gets caught in the middle. The group are faced with a dilemma: kill the unarmed kid, who appears to be transporting livestock across the arid land, or let him go and risk him being an informant, essentially placing them – a four man squad – at the mercy of two hundred men.

Like many trailers, this one gives away a fair chunk of the plot; for instance, the kid is a little spy, and he does indeed draw attention to the presence and whereabouts of our understaffed US Navy Seal squad. In turn, they are involved in what becomes an escape mission, outnumbered and outgunned.

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Marcus Luttrell is a member of Navy SEAL Team 10 during a military mission dubbed Operation Red Wings. He and three other SEALs, team leader Lieutenant Mike Murphy, Petty Officer Danny Dietz and Petty Officer Matt Axelson, are charged with reconnaissance and surveillance of brutal Senior Taliban Commander Ahmad Shah and his group of men in the operation which plans to capture or kill him following his killing around 20 marines in the previous weeks. However, it soon becomes obvious that the mission is compromised when Shah's 'small' group of men appears to be more of an army and, when the SEALs attempted to launch a surprise attack on a small group in a nearby woodland, they are forced to liberate them when they realise they are civilians in spite of the obvious danger. When the SEALs find themselves ambushed, they are forced to do everything in their power to protect one another.

'Lone Survivor' is a new war drama based on a true story documented in the book 'Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10' by the real Marcus Luttrell. It has been directed and written by Peter Berg ('Hancock', 'The Kingdom', 'Battleship') and is set for UK release on February 21st 2014.

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Peter Berg Friday 7th December 2012 March of Dimes celebration of babies luncheon, held at Beverly Hills Hotel - Arrivals

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Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can't... Use My Slogan! - Romney Accused Of Plagiarism.


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Peter Berg has given a copy of the letter he wrote to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to the Hollywood Reporter, which shows the director accusing Romney of plagiarism.

Peter Berg is responsible for 'Friday Night Lights' which was a film that he subsequently turned into a TV show that focuses on the American Football team of a town in Texas. Romney and his wife are known to be fans of the series. In it, the slogan 'Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose!' is used to rally the team before a game. It is this phrase that Romney has appropriated for his own means, much to the distaste of Berg.In the letter he sent to Romney he states “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series” continuing, “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan...Please come up with your own campaign slogan.”

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Peter Berg - Peter Berg and guest Friday 5th October 2012 Battleship premiere at the NOKIA Theatre - arrivals at L.A. LIVE

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Peter Berg Thursday 10th May 2012 Top Hollywood Studios, Television Networks, Talent Agencies and Guilds come together for launch of new veterans campaign 'Got Your Six' held at the SAG and AFTRA Headquarters

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Atmosphere and Peter Berg Sunday 18th December 2011 Los Angeles Matadors vs. Bangkok Elephants at The Music Box Los Angeles, California

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Peter Berg and Manhattan Hotel Tuesday 18th October 2011 arrives at his Manhattan Hotel New York City, USA

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Peter Berg Saturday 11th June 2011 The 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball held at a Private Residence - Arrivals Brentwood, California

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Jackie Johnson and Peter Berg - Jackie Johnson and Peter Berg Torrance, California - 'White Light White Night' a fundraiser to provide support services to children who are living with or have lost a parent or sibling to cancer at South Bay BMW Saturday 10th July 2010

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Peter Berg and Navy Seals - Peter Berg & Navy Seals Universal City, California - attending 'A Night of Honour' which benefits The Iraq Star Foundation at the Universal City Hilton Sunday 4th October 2009

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Peter Berg - Wednesday 5th August 2009 at NBC Pasadena, California

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Peter Berg Sunday 10th May 2009 Robert Pattinson in his black Audi driving to actor/director's Peter Berg home, with the paparazzi following close behind him. Los Angeles, California, USA

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Peter Berg Thursday 9th April 2009 waiting for his car valet as he leaves El Sole Restaurant. Los Angeles, California

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The Kingdom (2007) Review


Weak
Peter Berg's The Kingdom will either rally those in the theater or piss off every single ticket holder in sight. It's gonna be awesome. Indeed, sardonic catcalls of "kill all the towelheads!" were shouted at the press screening I attended while the rest of the theater applauded with rigorous aplomb as Jennifer Garner jammed a knife into a Saudi terrorist's nether regions. This was all preceded by some daft bollock yammering on his cellphone during the opening credits while another patron quietly threatened castration. Only in New York, ladies and gents.

Why will people be so divisive, you ask? Well, in The Kingdom, a compound of Americans in the Saudi Arabia capital of Riyadh are bombed. Subsequently, the reaction team, led by Agent Manner (Kyle Chandler), falls victim to a much larger, hidden bomb that is disguised as an ambulance gurney. Berg employs Jamie Foxx to seduce, threaten, and charm his way into Saudi airspace as Agent Fleury, fighting to get his team of quickdraws into Riyadh to get all forensic with the crime scene. No such luck, Honcho: Seems that the local fuzz won't have any of it and keep a real vice on Fleury and his team's "oo-rah" attitude. That is until Prince Thamer gives tactical command over to the pandering Colonel Faris Al Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom), who sees eye-to-eye with the FBI team and their American-outlaw brand of badassery.

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The Kingdom Trailer


Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx leads an all-star ensemble in a timely thriller that tracks a powder-keg criminal investigation shared by two cultures chasing a deadly enemy ready to strike again in The Kingdom.

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Fire In The Sky Review


OK
With all the great "true" UFO stories out there, it's a bit puzzling to figure out why the hicktastic 1975 story of Travis Walton and his band of logger pals earned the right to become a movie.

Walton's story -- based on his own book, which I can't find for sale anywhere, called, ahem, The Walton Experience -- goes like this: Six hard-drinkin' logger buddies encounter a red "fire in the sky" one night. They investigate and find a giant UFO in the woods, but Travis gets too close, and a light shining on him knocks him off his feet. The other five run away. When they come back the next day, Travis is nowhere to be found. The little Arizona town suspects homicide, and the FBI eventually swoops in. No one can find Travis -- or his remains. Is all the talk of UFOs a prank? When tempers threaten to flare out of control, Travis shows up again, six days later, naked, and shell-shocked. He finally tells what happens: He was abducted and tortured. And it was nasty.

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Fire In The Sky Review


OK
With all the great "true" UFO stories out there, it's a bit puzzling to figure out why the hicktastic 1975 story of Travis Walton and his band of logger pals earned the right to become a movie.

Walton's story -- based on his own book, which I can't find for sale anywhere, called, ahem, The Walton Experience -- goes like this: Six hard-drinkin' logger buddies encounter a red "fire in the sky" one night. They investigate and find a giant UFO in the woods, but Travis gets too close, and a light shining on him knocks him off his feet. The other five run away. When they come back the next day, Travis is nowhere to be found. The little Arizona town suspects homicide, and the FBI eventually swoops in. No one can find Travis -- or his remains. Is all the talk of UFOs a prank? When tempers threaten to flare out of control, Travis shows up again, six days later, naked, and shell-shocked. He finally tells what happens: He was abducted and tortured. And it was nasty.

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Cop Land Review


Weak
Cop Land was supposed to do for Sylvester Stallone what Pulp Fiction did for John Travolta. Alas, the movie was (rightly) ignored by audiences and shrugged off by critics, thanks to an almost complete lack of anything so much as resembling a compelling story.

The plot is so simple as to defy description: A lot of New York cops live across the water in Jersey, and it turns out they are all beholden to the mob. It's up to fat, half-deaf Sheriff Freddy (Sly) to expose this atrocity!!! Would that there were more to say, Cop Land builds its "mystery" by simply not telling you what's going on. Only after an hour or so do you piece together the whole mob angle, and then the audience realizes, "Hey, there's nothing happening here!" Note to Mangold: Watch L.A. Confidential a few times if you want to see how clever plot structure goes, not to mention throwing in a little wit here and there.

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Very Bad Things Review


Extraordinary
What can I say about this movie? It's completely original, unlike anything I've ever seen before. It's a pretty sick movie. It's also a drop dead (literally) hilarious movie that is one of this year's best. I walked into it thinking it was going to be an average comedy. Another movie with almost an identical premise called Stag, was not very good. This time, I was in for a good time.

The premise is simple. Kyle (Jon Favreau), Boyd (Christian Slater), Adam (Daniel Stern), Michael (Jeremy Piven) and Charles (Leland Orser) are off to Las Vegas for Kyle's bachelor party. The guys are drunk, and high but it doesn't end there. When the stripper/prostitute comes, things get ugly. When the hooker is having sex with Michael, she accidentally gets a towel hook in her head and dies. Everyone starts to freak out except for Boyd, who decides that the best idea is to bury her in the desert so no one will get in trouble. They do, and after that things start snow balling into other catastrophes.

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The Last Seduction Review


Excellent
John Dahl (of Rounders fame) got his start here, a cool and twisty modern film noir that turned Linda Fiorentino into the '90s most exotic femme fatale (until a series of shitty thrillers drove her budding career into the dirt). Here she's an utterly cold bitch who absconds with her husband's money and winds up in a small town in upstate New York, where she engineers an even bigger con. A delight to watch as she pushes the pawns in her life around like, well, pawns.

Corky Romano Review


Weak
The one question that eats at me after seeing Corky Romano is why Touchstone spent so much money marketing this throwaway film. Since June, I haven't been able to turn on the TV or go to the movies without getting hit by some ad depicting Chris Kattan as the spastic Corky, shrieking out A-Ha's "Take On Me" in his yellow Miata. Why would Disney sink so much cash into the Corky hype machine? Honestly, I was hoping that all the goofball ads were actually a front for a decently funny movie.

Man, was I wrong. Corky Romano is one of those throwaway, cliché-ridden TV-star-to-film vehicles built upon the most rickety of plots. Fortunately for Chris Kattan's precariously positioned career, Corky does have some good laughs, even if most of them are of the lowest-brow variety.

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Friday Night Lights Review


Very Good
When the lights come on at the 20,000-seat Ratliff Stadium, the city of Odessa, Texas shuts down. Streets are deserted and stores close early so that everyone can crowd onto the sparse campus of Permian High School to cheer on their Panthers. In this small, barren town, Friday night football is bigger than life.

Based on journalist H.G. Bissinger's best selling book, Friday Night Lights examines the craze surrounding the team's bumpy road to the 1988 state championship. For these players, excelling at football is the only ticket out of their dilapidated desert town. All of Odessa's residents are motivated to do their part to help get them out. Players are pushed to the breaking point on the field by driven coaches, and equally pressed off the field by their win-obsessed parents. At the local burger joint, players eat for free, heed words of advice, and pose for pictures with fans.

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A Midnight Clear Review


Excellent
Keith Gordon's scant few films -- including Mother Night, Waking the Dead, and A Midnight Clear -- rank among some of the biggest cult fan pics ever made. For my money, Clear is his best work, a scathing anti-war tale set in the final days of WWII, when both sides were scared shitless. A group of Germans attempts to surrender to an American intelligence patrol, with disastrous consequences. An all-star cast makes it wholly worthwhile.

Corky Romano Review


Zero

Why do you suppose "Saturday Night Live" stars seem to be no more discriminating when picking movie scripts than zoo monkeys are when they eat their own feces? Are they that desperate to see themselves on the big screen?

And what kind of studio executive can live with himself after green-lighting a picture in which the infuriatingly shrill Chris Kattan nancies his way through a lobotomized plot about the nitwit son of a mob boss going undercover in the FBI? I mean, is it all about the money? Do these producers and actors have any shame or integrity whatsoever?

If "Corky Romano" is any indication, clearly they do not. An aimless parade of puerile ploys for Kattan to launch into unwatchably histrionic slapstick buffoonery, the movie revolves around a ludicrously benevolent mafia don (Peter Falk, desperately clinging to his dignity) calling home the shunned white sheep of his family to steal evidence from the feds so he won't go to jail.

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Collateral Review


Good

Michael Mann is a masterful director, capable of finessing scenery-chewing actors into subtly spectacular performances, and creating thick mood and atmosphere through his stylish filmmaking acumen. He can create a seat-gripping real-world thriller from something as outwardly tedious as corporate whistle-blowing ("The Insider"). He can turn a heist movie into a meaty, character-driven tour de force ("Heat") and he can make a superb Hannibal Lecter movie without Anthony Hopkins (1986's "Manhunter").

In "Collateral" he works his intelligent, polished magic on a B-movie noir script that would likely have become a catch-phrase-fraught action-explosion flick in the hands of most big-budget directors -- a film about a battle of wits engaged when a Los Angeles cabbie (Jamie Foxx, who knows he's losing that battle) is forced to chauffer a silver-haired, high-priced assassin (Tom Cruise, who knows he's winning) around town on a ruthless, one-night streak of witness murders designed to derail a big federal trial.

Mann doesn't waste time laying out who's on trial or what they're charged with -- those things aren't relevant to the killer or his unwitting accomplice. "Collateral" is about conversations and head games, about what people say and do not say with their language, their looks and their demeanor. Half the movie takes place in Foxx's cab, where the two men are constantly sizing each other up -- and while neither actor gives a standout performance, they both have an inherent ability to tinge their characters with unexpected depth, which make this the better half.

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