Lone Survivor bucked the trend of audiences avoiding contemporary war pictures this weekend.
The film claimed the top spot at the domestic box office by a wide margin in its first frame of wide release, while holdovers stayed strong and the only other new wide release, The Legend of Hercules, got off to an inauspicious start.
Synopsis: Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, LONE SURVIVOR tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir Lone Survivor, whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.
LONE SURVIVOR is written and directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights).
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman, Eric Bana
Director: Peter Berg
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Release Date: January 10, 2014
Hey y'all, bad news.
Or maybe good news, depending on which side of Dillon you're standing on.
The odds of a Friday Night Lights movie catching up with Eric and Tami Taylor have gone from slim to none.
Since the critically acclaimed drama ended its five-season run back in 2011, many passionate fans of the series have been waiting to see if a much-discussed movie continuation would actually happen, becoming a true oddity: a movie based on a non-fiction book about a real Texas high school football team leading to a TV show of the same name about a fictitious Texas high school football team leading to another movie about college football following characters from the show.
A featurette for Lone Survivor mingles new footage from Peter Berg's upcoming dramatic actioner with information from Marcus Luttrell, the man who actually lived through pitched combat to tell this tale of modern warfare.
Universal Pictures isn't dribbling out promotional material from this winter's Lone Survivor.
Instead of whetting our appetite for Peter Berg's based-on-a-true-story Navy SEAL tale, the studio has instead opened up the Lone Survivor floodgates, revealing a full-on theatrical trailer, official poster, and no fewer than ten stills highlighting the cast.
Both Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell came to nation prominence as players on Saturday Night Live, albeit in different eras of the show during the 1990s. Both rose to international movie-stardom subsequently, and now they're probably teaming up as co-stars in a major motion picture for the first with football comedy Three Mississippi. With Sandler joining the movie, though, the bad news is that Ferrell won't be reuniting with his The Other Guys cohort Mark Wahlberg, as Sandler's in talks to replace the busy actor.
Prepare for many, many headlines making terrible puns about sinking, as this weekend's new releases couldn't manage to compete with Marvel and Disney's superhero team-up. The Avengers continues to dominate the domestic box office, according to the estimated grosses, while wide releases Battleship, The Dictator, and What to Expect When You're Expecting all basically had to settle for also-ran status.
Back in March, director Peter Berg (The Kingdom) previewed Battleship at WonderCon 2012 and the director had a lot to answer for as the film has been surrounded by criticism practically since it went into production. The new film is, of course, based on the popular Hasbro board game of the same name and opens in theaters everywhere on May 18th. In addition to the somewhat ridiculous idea of basing a movie on a board game, it has also received criticism for its cast, which includes non-actors Rihanna, and Brooklyn Decker, as well as the alien invasion aspect of the film that has nothing to do with the original source material it is based on.
After a successful WonderCon presentation and panel, which included co-stars Alexander Skarsgard (HBO’s True Blood), and Brooklyn Decker (Just Go with It), director Peter Berg took some time out of his busy schedule to speak with IAR and several other members of the press about the upcoming film, its controversial cast, the origins of the project, and of course … aliens.
Synopsis: Inspired by the Hasbro board game, this story follows a U.S. Naval Fleet on routine exercises in the Pacific Ocean. When an extraterrestrial force arises from the seas to invade Earth, it's up to the military servicemen to fight off the technologically advanced alien villains.
Synopsis: Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.