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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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Review: Savages

No filmmaker should strive to make a mindless action movie, but if that’s what you end up with, at least they work. You may not get a profound story, but you still get an entertaining film. On the other hand, if you’ve got something in the thriller category veering away from outlandish action and towards gritty realism, you better have the elements necessary to make that work, otherwise you’ll end up with something that’s noticeably forced and possibly confusing, lifeless and boring, too, just like Savages.

Ben and Chon (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) have the life. They’re wildly successful pot growers and dealers happily sharing their girlfriend, O (Blake Lively), in their beautiful home in Laguna Beach, California. When the head of the a Mexican drug cartel, Elena La Reina (Salma Hayek), wants in on their profits, the duo attempts to respectfully decline. Too bad for them Elena will not take no for an answer and in attempt to get in on their top-notch goods, she has her ruthless henchman Lado (Benicio del Toro) abduct O. Now, should Ben and Chon refuse to do business with her, Elena will have O killed.

Not a Blake Lively fan? You won’t last five minutes into Savages. In it for the action? I give you 30 minutes. Enjoy looking at Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch? You might make it to the midpoint – and that’s the midpoint in terms of running time; the Savages’ script is nearly devoid of structure.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: The Finnick Frenzy and Fandom’s ‘Hunger Games’ Awards

In Hunger Games: Catching Fire news, the District 4 victor, Finnick Odair, is certainly in the spotlight. As expected, now that we’re inching closer to shoot time, casting is underway and as one of the sequel’s most prominent new roles, not to mention a fan favorite, Finnick news and rumors are cropping up all over the place. However, rather than force you to run through blocks of text, check out this handy graphic detailing the Finnick frenzy thus far.

Now the big question is, what can we take from all of this? While I’d like to bet every single one of the actors mentioned above is in consideration for the role, being “in consideration” can mean a lot of things from perhaps being director Francis Lawrence’s top choice to merely having your name mentioned during a meeting. However, we did go through a very similar process with Katniss, Peeta, Gale and more last year and, in the end, all of the roles did come down to a name prominent during rumor time. Should Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer or one of the others snag the role fairly soon, despite what producer Nina Jacobson told theLA Times, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still pulling for Hammer.

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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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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and More

After a week packed with new trailers and clips, mostly courtesy of the MTV Movie Awards, this week turned out to be one overflowing with posters. Quite a few images came through the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, but as most were mere snapshots and consisted of incredibly simplistic designs, as most promo posters do, not many stood out enough to make the list – whether it was for good or bad reasons.

On the other hand, Apple got in on the promo poster fun and premiered one that managed to just miss the cut, the one for John Carter. While it doesn’t say much about the film, overall, this clean-cut design with the film’s initials is simply nice to look at. And yes, that’s partially due to the fact that half of the design consists of Taylor Kitsch.

Barely avoiding demotion territory is the new trailer for Dolphin Tale. While my instincts tell me to roll my eyes at the majestic Morgan Freeman narration and the cute and incredibly noble kid, it’s a true story about a boy helping a dolphin; it’d make me heartless to shame this trailer, right?

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Tribeca Interview: The Bang Bang Club’s Taylor Kitsch

Back in 1993, photographer Kevin Carter snapped an unforgettable photo of a malnourished young Sudanese girl and a vulture. While the photo earned Carter a Pulitzer Prize and a great deal of fame and fortune, it also came with a significant amount of stress stemming from critics calling the shot a fluke, questioning Carter’s ethics and simply the pain of having witnessed a child in such terrible conditions.

However, for a great deal of the film The Bang Bang Club, this troubled soul is the life of the party. The film is based on the true story of a group of four photographers snapping mid-combat images in post Apartheid South Africa. Taylor Kitsch stars as Kevin, the fun-loving and friendly guy who welcomes newcomer Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe) with opens arms. Kevin is incredibly energetic and certainly enjoys a drink after a hard day’s work, but eventually the severity of the situation eats away at Kevin’s spirit and the fun-loving photographer begins to disappear.

Clearly this is quite a challenging role for Kitsch. Not only does the character himself have an incredibly intense arc, but Kitsch also had to go through a great deal of preparation from learning how to use the same camera Kevin used back in the 90s to losing a great deal of weight. On top of that, Kevin is a real person and an iconic one at that; Kitsch had to do Kevin’s work and his life justice.

Check out everything Kitsch had to say about working on The Bang Bang Club while promoting the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in the video interview below.

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Tribeca Review: The Bang Bang Club

It’s quite obvious why a group of photographers preferred the name The Bang Bang Club to The Bang Bang Paparazzi. Then again, what do you call a team who makes a living snapping combat photos never lifting a finger to help the innocent? Smartly, writer-director Steven Silver let’s you decide that for yourself, not turning his first feature narrative, based on a true story, into a message film, rather an experience making it all the more profound.

The Bang Bang Club opens with Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch) in the midst of a radio interview focusing on his line of work. After being stumped by a question probing for what he thinks makes a good photo, we cut to four years earlier, April 1994, post Apartheid South Africa. When photographer Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe) boldly treks into a notoriously violent workers hostel and not only survives, but emerges with a selection of fantastic pictures, he’s initiated into a group of photographers who work together to capture the violence regardless of the risk.

Kevin, Greg, Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach) and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) go from township to township on the lookout for anything and everything dangerous. Seemingly indestructible, the team dodges bullets and soaks in some of the most horrific visuals without letting their composure crack in the slightest. However, there’s just so long their good fortune lasts and ultimately not only do they pay the price mentally, but physically, too.

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