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LONE SURVIVOR Trailer, Poster and Photos Starring Mark Wahlberg & Taylor Kitsch


Universal Pictures has released the first trailer, poster and photos for Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship). The film, based on The New York Times bestseller, 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. Also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will be released  in platform engagements on Friday, December 27th, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10th, 2014. Click to read...

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Liv Tyler In THE LEFTOVERS


Liv Tyler is set to star in an upcoming HBO’s The Leftovers. Not hard to guess that Tyler comes on board to play the female lead in Damon Lindelof‘s drama which already stars Justin Theroux and will be directed by Peter Berg. This definitely sounds promising, especially because the project would mark Tyler’s first small-screen regular role. The Leftovers is actually an adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, which revolves around a group of people who don’t make the cut after the Rapture occurs. In other words – Theroux is set to play the police chief and father of two, named Kevin...

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First Look At Alexander Ludwig In LONE SURVIVOR!


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Alexander Ludwig will have quite difficult job in the upcoming Lone Survivor movie, but he definitely looks more than ready to fight against some dangerous terrorists! Don’t trust me? C’mon, we’re talking about a Navy Seal member! Well, you better check out these first set photos from the whole thing, and make sure you let us know what you think!

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In case you’re not so familiar with this war-drama, I will first inform you that director Peter Berg stands behind the whole thing, and that, beside Ludwig, the movie also stars Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana.

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Lone Survivor will tell us the story of a Navy Seal who led a team into Afghanistan on a mission to kill a Taliban leader but was the only one to survive.

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As we previously reported, the movie is based on the non-fiction book written by Marcus Luttrell, and in case you want even more details about the story, here’s the official description of Luttrell’s book:

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. 

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Let us know what you think about Lone Survivor so far, and stay tuned for more updates!

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Dwayne Johnson and Director Brett Ratner Confirmed for HERCULES


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Back in February, we reported that Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, and director Brett Ratner were in talks to make Hercules for MGM. Today, we got the confirmation that the actor and filmmaker have officially ‘signed the deal’.

The project is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Publishing graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. This story centers on the title character (Dwayne Johnson), who fights other people’s battles for money, along with his group of mercenaries. He finds a higher calling when he defends the mythical Mount Olympus from an evil army.

MGM will co-produce along with Paramount Pictures.

Ryan Condal (Paradise Lost) wrote the original screenplay adaptation, with Evan Spiliotopoulos providing the most recent revisions. Beau Flynn and Barry Levine will produce alongside Brett Ratner. Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger will serve as executive producers.

Production is scheduled to begin early next year – and there’s not much time left until then, so stay tuned!

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Dwayne Johnson and Director Brett Ratner Confirmed for HERCULES


Dwayne Johnson

Back in February, we reported that Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, and director Brett Ratner were in talks to make Hercules for MGM. Today, we got the confirmation that the actor and filmmaker have officially ‘signed the deal’.

The project is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Publishing graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. This story centers on the title character (Dwayne Johnson), who fights other people’s battles for money, along with his group of mercenaries. He finds a higher calling when he defends the mythical Mount Olympus from an evil army.

MGM will co-produce along with Paramount Pictures.

Ryan Condal (Paradise Lost) wrote the original screenplay adaptation, with Evan Spiliotopoulos providing the most recent revisions. Beau Flynn and Barry Levine will produce alongside Brett Ratner. Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger will serve as executive producers.

Production is scheduled to begin early next year – and there’s not much time left until then, so stay tuned!

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Cinemascape with Marshall Julius 13/04/2012


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Though lately my sights have been set on Joss Whedon’s superteam spectacular Marvel Avengers Assemble, which, ungainly title aside, I hope and expect to be practically perfect in every way, there’s been a lot of other great stuff about lately, equally deserving of our time and attention. Two weeks from now, on April 26, a full week before it’s US debut, Avengers will conquer all, I’m sure, but until then, there’s much to enjoy.

John Carter, for one, deserves a fairer shake than it’s received, a gloriously preposterous sci fi spectacular with a silliness that should be embraced, not shunned. Animation-wise, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is second in quality only to Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit ‘toons, and that ain’t bad. Even The Hunger Games, though an obvious teen-themed smashing together of The Running Man, Battle Royale and TV’s Big Brother, is rather a lot of fun. And for those who complain that even in 3D, movies lack the depth they used to, I suggest character-led dramas We Bought a Zoo, This Must Be The Place and brilliant Britflick Wild Bill.

What I’m saying is, it’s a golden age for film. Right now. Obviously, you have to wade through lots of stinkers to reach the gems, but that’s the way it’s always been. So look around, take in the sights. Enjoy yourself, because I certainly am. Welcome to Cinemascape!

Battleship (12A)

Barmy is not a word I use too often, but in the case of Battleship, a no-holds-barred nautical actioner bizarrely based on the turn-based guessing game of the same name, it seems to fit. A larger-than-life tale of alien invasion with a similar look and feel to Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy – a predictable outcome considering both properties are owned by Hasbro – it’s mental in the best way.

Often good for the right reasons, sometimes fun for the wrong reasons, though there are times it’s little more than a gruelling onslaught of effects, by-and-large it’s a grandly foolish romp. Exciting, fun and sometimes even funny with a colourful cast whose ability to keep a straight face deserves applause. Set your expectations to Silly Season and you will not be disappointed.

Fresh from his turn as interstellar western hero John Carter, Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch takes the lead as irrepressible slacker Alex Hopper, a charming screw-up whose buttoned-down elder brother, as played by the cool yet goofy-looking Alexander Skarsgård, insists he straighten up, sail straight and join the navy. A year or so later, Alex is on the verge of being drummed out of said fighting force for behaving like a young Captain Kirk, when an ‘Extinction Level Event’ occurs that, after slaughtering most sensible navy-types, gives our hot-headed survivor the chance to step up, save the world, impress the girl (Brooklyn Decker) and prove himself to the girl’s dad, his boss, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, in a role that amounts to little more than a featured cameo).

As for the details of the aforementioned ‘Extinction Level Event’, blame NASA. It was their egg-headed scientists who, in a deluded bid to reach out to new life and new civilisations, caught the interest of aggressive extra-terrestrials who, like the villains in a first-person sci fi shooter game, immediately rocket to Earth to kill us all. As this movie is based on Hasbro’s Battleship, the plot conspires to keep most everyone stranded at sea for the duration, including co-star Rihanna, surprisingly not incredibly annoying as a kick-ass navy shooter.

Though hopelessly outclassed by the E.T.’s tech, our human heroes survive for longer than five minutes because a movie has to last longer than that. To stretch it out then, and to give humanity a fighting chance, the aliens are written quite dumb. Also, they can’t stand sunlight, which is why they should have invaded England rather than Hawaii, but then, what do aliens know? Turns out, not much, and so the playing field is levelled for an effects-heavy battle that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, much like a real war.

Though I would have liked to hear someone say, “You sunk my battleship!”, I kind of respect director Peter Berg for avoiding that one. Someone does say, late in the proceedings, “They ain’t gonna sink this battleship!”, which was enough for me. Also there’s a crazy scene where Battleship-like co-ordinates are utilised, much as they are in the game, in an attempt to bomb and sink the enemy. I have to say though, it was really well done.

Obviously this is ridiculous stuff, but honestly it knows it, and tries so hard to keep us amused and thrilled, that even though I tried to be cynical and snooty about it, it sneaked past my defences, torpedoed my doubts and buoyed my spirits considerably. File this one under Guilty Pleasure, add popcorn and enjoy.

The Cabin in the Woods (15)

With a title like The Cabin in the Woods, you’d expect this to be a straight-up bloodfest with stupid, horny teenagers being terrorised and murdered for being young and attractive. And on the surface, at least at first, that’s pretty much what this is. Certainly, there’s a level of sophistication in the screenplay and character departments that distinguishes it from most other horrors, yet still it seems like events are due to follow a familiar course.

The thing is, they don’t. First in a small way, but then things build and continue to build until ideas are flying out the screen, left, right and centre. Until the film takes us to such unexpected places, and throws so very much at us, that we’re held in a wonderful daze, simply sitting back and jumping at every gory shock, laughing at every absurd joke, and shaking our heads at the sheer, audacious gall of it all.

A genre-bending horror comedy with a plot I refuse to detail, The Cabin in the Woods is co-written by Geek God Joss Whedon, whose Avengers we’ll be seeing real soon, and who, together with writer/director Drew Goddard, has created a game-changing satire that, although totally tongue-in-cheek and self-aware, still manages to shock us out of our seats, from time to time. It’s not really scary, but then you can’t have everything. When this is, then, is almost everything.

It’s a totally fresh take on a stale sub-genre that I expect will be copied by filmmakers for years to come. A cheeky, imaginative chiller with a subversive sense of humour, and climax that defies the boundaries of logical restraint. It’s The Cabin in the Woods, and you need to go see it. Now.

Finally this week, take a moment to enjoy the stop-motion animated thrills of our regular film review podcast, Plastic Filmtastic!

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New BATTLESHIP Featurette: Aliens


Universal Studios has rolled out another featurette about the upcoming sci-fi movie Battleship. The video gives you a good look at the aliens’ design as well as the performance capture that was used to film their movements. Hit the jump to watch the featurette. Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that [...]

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First BATTLESHIP Clip


The first clip for director Peter Berg‘s (Hancock) board game-turned-action movie Battleship has been released. The upcoming sci-fi film comes to theaters May 18th, 2012 and stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Reila Aphrodite, Rihanna, Josh Pence, Peter MacNicol.   Peter Berg (“Hancock”) produces and directs “Battleship,” an epic action-adventure that unfolds [...]

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Check Out Two New International BATTLESHIP Posters


Check out two new international posters for upcoming, Hasbro game turned Hollywood blockbuster; Battleship, which hits cinemas May 18th, 2012. The film unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Produced and directed by Peter Berg (Hancock) and with a very impressive cast [...]

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BATTLESHIP Featurette: How the Aliens Learn About Earth


Universal Pictures has unleashed this new featurette for their Peter Berg’s Battleship. The film star Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu and Liam Neeson. Helmer Peter Berg led from the director’s chair, based on a screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber, Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Check it out below and sound [...]

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