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Interview: Lone Survivor’s Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch & Eric Bana

Lone_SurvivorIt’s tough enough to perform in a film loaded with heart, military logistics, and action, but in Lone SurvivorMark WahlbergTaylor KitschEmile Hirsch and Eric Bana were also tasked with delivering an authentic and admirable representation of real Navy SEALs who lost their lives in the hills of Afghanistan during a devastating mid-mission attack.

With the film now playing in limited release and its January 10th nationwide expansion approaching, all four actors sat down for a press conference in New York City to talk about working with the sole survivor of the real-life ambush, Marcus Luttrell, the connections they built with members of the SEAL community, the pressure to honor their sacrifice, and more.

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Interview: Lone Survivor’s Peter Berg & Marcus Luttrell

Peter_Berg_Lone_SurvivorThere’s no sitting through Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor without walking out deeply affected by the experience and if you read Marcus Luttrell’s book and/or this press conference transcript, you’ll understand why. The film is based on Luttrell’s New York Times bestseller and tells the tale of his true experience during a covert mission in the mountains of Afghanistan when he and three other Navy SEALs were ambushed by the enemy.

While in New York City ahead of Lone Survivor’s December 25th limited release, Luttrell himself sat down alongside Burg to run through the challenges of adapting his story for the screen, his experience working with stars Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschEmile Hirsch and Ben Foster, and the need to work around classified information. Read about that, Berg’s extensive research, becoming the first civilian to embed with an active SEAL team, and loads more after the jump.

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Review: Battleship

Riggins and Landry in the Navy, Peter Berg Does Michael Bay, Transformers-esque, Not Really Battleship; any of those titles are just as fitting if not more so than Battleship.

Back in 2005, after finding a planet similar to Earth, NASA opts to beam a signal to what they dub “Planet G” in an effort to communicate. Also in 2005, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is jobless, has to live with his brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgård), and gets busted for stealing a burrito. On the bright side, he snags a model of a girlfriend, Sam (Brooklyn Decker).

One unconvincing time jump later, Alex is a lieutenant in the Navy alongside his big bro and under the command of Sam’s father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Alex may have developed into a smart and talented solider, but he’s still got a knack for screwing things up, so after the RIMPAC naval exercises wrap, Alex will likely get the boot. However, before Alex can even get back to shore, something unprecedented happens, aliens attack.

Sure, you’ve got to suspend some disbelief when watching any alien invasion movie, but it’s tough to tell whether or not Battleship even takes itself seriously. The opening sequence detailing this whole Planet G effort is a little on the ridiculous side, but digestible enough to get you on board. Then, the attention switches to Alex who’s drowning his sorrows in booze on his birthday. Things get amusing when Alex meets Sam and his desperation to win her over via a chicken burrito results in a rather comical failed robbery.

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Interview: Tim Griffin

On Super 8 …

We certainly have our fair share of viral marketing for Super 8, but how about hearing about the film from someone who was actually on the set? Actor Tim Griffin worked with J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, so he’s well versed in “the legendary secrecy.” However, even if Griffin were a poor secret keeper, he wouldn’t even have any information to divulge as he only got to see his pages of the script.

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On The Collection …

The man behind some of the sickest and most twisted death traps on the big screen is at it again. In the midst of writing the final four Saw films, Marcus Dunstan brought us another terrifying tale brimming with sinister snares, 2009’s The Collector. The Collector may not have reached Jigsaw status, but folks out there, maybe not the critics, did find potential in this sadistic killer and now, he’s back for more in the sequel titled The Collection.

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On Prime Suspect …

Tim Griffin is everywhere. You’ve likely seen him in films like Leatherheads and Cloverfield as well as on TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and 24. Not only is Griffin adding to his resume with films like Super 8, The Collection, A Better Life and more, but with a new TV show as well, an American remake of the British series, Prime Suspect.

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