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Property war heats up over Lone Survivor war zone

January 14th, 2014 3:10am EST
Lone Survivor
A New Mexico landowner is suing the bosses of America's new number one movie Lone Survivor after they allegedly turned his property into an Afghan war zone without the proper permission.

The executives celebrating the success of Peter Berg's war film, starring Mark Wahlberg, have been hit with demands from Patrick Elwell, who claims they asked the wrong person for permission to use the land.

Georgia Film Fund Seventeen Productions officials paid $35,000 (£21,900) to La Merced de Pueblo de Chilili for permission to use the property, but it appears they may have done the deal with the wrong...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2014

January 2nd, 2014 11:00am EST
Sandra Bullock
Welcome to day two of 2014! Looking back in time 50 years ago, the year was 1964. Major events of that year included President Johnson being re-elected by a landslide over Barry Goldwater. The investigation of John F. Kennedy's assassination by the Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing of the President. In the civil rights movement, three workers were murdered in Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer," and Anchorage, Alaska was hit by a massive earthquake.

In pop culture, Beatlemania had officially hit North America and on February 9 of that year, s...

Mark Wahlberg declined to read Lone Survivor book

December 31st, 2013 3:10am EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg refused to read the book which inspired his new U.S. Navy Seal action drama Lone Survivor, because he did not want to second guess what information writer/director Peter Berg had decided to leave out of the film adaptation.

The Fighter star portrays real-life war hero Marcus Luttrell in the movie, which documents the failed 2005 Operation Red Wings mission to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd, but he decided against checking out the combat survivor's own account of events in favour of just spending time with the special operations soldier.

He says, "I don't read the books b...

Director Peter Berg became first civilian to experience Navy Seals in action

December 20th, 2013 3:20am EST
Peter Berg
Filmmaker Peter Berg became the first civilian to join an active Navy Seal unit while he was preparing to shoot the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's book Lone Survivor.

Luttrell gave Berg the rights after turning down several directors and then went out of his way to make sure the moviemaker knew exactly what it meant to be a Seal.

He tells WENN, "For me research was everything. The Navy Seals are not shy and if you get it wrong they will not hesitate to tell you, particularly when you're portraying their brothers who are dead.

"It took a long time to make this film because I needed ...

Friday Night Lights movie not moving ahead

December 10th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Friday Night Lights
Director/producer Peter Berg has dashed fans' hopes of a new film adaptation of TV drama series Friday Night Lights after the idea was met with mixed feelings from the cast and crew.

The critically-acclaimed show was spawned from the 2004 success of Berg's American football movie of the same name, which starred Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a Texas high school team.

It was axed in 2011 after five seasons on air, but executive producer Berg previously admitted he would love to revamp the programme on the big screen, with TV stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton on board for the proje...

Mark Wahlberg escaped death on 'Lone Survivor' set

November 29th, 2013 7:30pm EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg narrowly escaped death on the set of Lone Survivor.

Director, Pete Berg claims he spent most of his time trying to prevent the actor whilst filming dangerous scenes in the war-epic, but almost "lost" him following a mishap with explosives.

He told "I did blow him up, by accident .That was close. We almost lost Mark, for real."

However this wasn't the only accident that occurred on the set of the war epic, as a stuntman was left with three broken ribs and a punctured lung after a failed attempt to jump off a cliff.

Berg recalled: "I went up, I'm like, 'What are...

Jon Voight pleads for mercy in producer pal's gambling case

November 12th, 2013 3:20am EST
Jon Voight
Actor Jon Voight has written to a New York judge pleading for leniency in a producer pal's gambling ring sentencing.

Bryan Zuriff, who works behind the scenes on Voight's hit new U.S. TV drama Ray Donovan, faces a year behind bars for his part in an online sports betting syndicate reportedly tied to Russian gangsters.

He will learn his fate on 25 November (13) after pleading guilty, but ahead of his sentencing, the executive producer has written a letter to New York judge Jesse M. Furman begging for mercy.

And in court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, he has some big names b...

Connie Britton Still On Board For 'Friday Night Lights' Film

April 30th, 2013 10:07am EDT
Connie Britton
Ever since cult hit Friday Night Lights ended its run on television, fans have been clamoring for the characters to hit the big screen. Star Connie Britton is one of those fans.

Britton, who currently stars in "Nashville," talked about a possible film while on the red carpet for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. According to E! Online, she said, "I would love it to happen. I'm a big supporter of it happening. I don't know if we will see it or not.

"I know it was being written and Peter Berg is really serious about so I think if everybody got on board, I don't see why we couldn't hav...

2012 Summer Blockbusters - The Winners & The Losers

September 8th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
The Avengers
Sometimes the task of getting people to flock to the movie theatres during the summer months can be tricky, as some would rather soak up the rays from the sun instead of those coming from the projector. But if the soothing sensation of a cool, dark room isn't enough to attract the audience, what is? Here's a recap of this summer's hits and misses at the box office.

The season kicked off big time with "The Avengers," which brought in a record $207.4 million during its first weekend. Performances by stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought life to Iron Man,...

Blu-ray Review: 'Battleship'

August 28th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Pegs. Destroyers. Sinking. Hit and miss. All the conventions of one of the biggest board games of all time turned big budget movie – "Battleship." We’re checking out the Blu-ray out August 28 from Universal Home Entertainment. Make your review move below!

Title: "Battleship"

Grade: 4

Cast: Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker

Director: Peter Berg

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 132 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment


The Flick: "Battleship" could have been the summer’s biggest dud and frankly being based on a board...

Check Out 'Battleship' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Aug. 28

August 24th, 2012 6:36am EDT
Milton Bradley's enduringly popular strategic board game "Battleship" makes the leap to the big screen in Hancock director Peter Berg's epic sci-fi adventure pitting an international naval fleet against an army of invading aliens.

When the two forces find themselves evenly matched, each must rely on strategy and cunning in order to emerge the victor.

Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard head-up a cast also featuring Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and Tadanobu Asano.

Fun fact about the film: Director Peter Berg was so convinced a shark would attack pop star Rihanna during t...

Review 'Battleship': Stick With The Board Game And Skip The Movie

May 17th, 2012 11:30am EDT
'Battleship' directed by Peter Berg (Hancock) has a poorly constructed script, ridiculous dialogue, cardboard characters and it's really, really loud.

It does have bad ass aliens and some exciting visual effects but that is not enough to save this $200,000,000 fiasco.

When the film opens, we find out that a group of scientists in Hawaii have sent out a signal to Planet G whose atmosphere is similar to ours. They must have been thinking, "wow another planet we get to ruin." Anyway, to the scientist's surprise their signal is heard.

That's right folks...The extra terrestrials are coming ...

Battleship Director Peter Berg Challenges Reporter Over Military Service

May 15th, 2012 10:58pm EDT
An Israeli TV reporter was caught out by Battleship director Peter Berg when their promotional chat about the action film turned serious and the moviemaker quizzed him about his military service.

After chatting about the political situation between Israel and Iran, Berg asked reporter Jason Holt if he had served in the Israeli army - a requirement for citizens.

When the 25 year old revealed he hadn't, shocked Berg, a fellow Jew, said, "What? How did you get out of that? Are you a draft dodger?" before adding, "You better join the army motherf---er!"

Berg then asked Holt if and when he pl...

'Battleship' Director Worried Rihanna Would Be 'Eaten By A Shark'

May 15th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
Peter Berg
Battleship director Peter Berg was so convinced a shark would attack pop star Rihanna during the making of the movie, he enlisted a security team to protect her while she was in the sea.

Berg, who filmed the action blockbuster in Hawaii, cast Rihanna in her movie debut as a naval officer, but was so concerned for her safety; he went to extra lengths while shooting in the water.

He tells movie website Omelete, "My biggest challenge was making sure Rihanna never got eaten by a shark. My fear was that I would be the director that allowed Rihanna to be eaten by a shark."

"So I was very ca...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Battleship,' 'The Dictator,' & More

May 14th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week’s Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration “Dark Shadows” turned out to be rather disappointing. The film starts out strong, but loses steam as it progresses. It has plenty of Burton’s trademark grim style with musical accompaniment by Danny Elfman, and some decent humor. However the villain is very one-dimensional, the climax is weak, and in many ways the film feels like a watered-down version of other classic Burton works like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.” My Grade: C+

At the box office this week, you’ll find the science fiction action flick “Battleship,” the ensemble pr...

Rihanna & Brooklyn Decker Show A Little Leg At 'Battleship' Premiere

May 11th, 2012 8:35am EDT
Yesterday the "Battleship" Los Angeles premiere was a star-studded event. Singer Rihanna, who stars in the film, wore a low-cut tantilizing white dress that showed off quite a bit of skin.

Not to be outdone, her model co-star, Brooklyn Decker, also revealed a little bit of leg on the blue carpet in a strapless gauzy gown.

Malin Akerman opted for an unusual black dress, while a very pregnant Molly Sims showed off her round belly in a geometric-patterned ensemble.

Actors Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, and Taylor Kitsch also attended the premiere.

The film, based on Milton Bradley's boa...

Rihanna's Tearful 'Battleship' Audition

March 19th, 2012 3:36pm EDT
Rihanna broke down in tears after enduring a grueling audition process for the upcoming blockbuster Battleship.

The Umbrella hit-maker will make her acting debut in the big budget spectacular, playing a navy cadet who helps fight against an invasion of alien ships.

Even though director Peter Berg was convinced Rihanna would be perfect for the movie after watching her music videos, he put her through her paces in the audition - and the singer was left frazzled by the process.

Berg tells Total Film, "I saw one of her videos and she was really cocky and sassy, very scrappy. There was a c...

Giants vs. Patriots: Who 20 Celeb Fans Are Rooting For In The Super Bowl

February 2nd, 2012 1:59pm EST
Tom Brady
Who says Hollywood doesn't know sports? With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, many in the movie biz are showing their true colors in preparation for the big game. But the fandom elevates when two storied teams like the New York Giants and the New England Patriots face off.

Here, we take a look at 10 die-hard celebrity fans for each team. Based on this study alone, the Patriots fans may be better-looking; but if a fight were to break out at the bar this weekend, we'd want these Giants fans to have our back.

New York Giants

Rooney Mara/Kate Mara It's not a stretch to say that the Mara ...

NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...

Review: 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Buy Into This One (Video)

April 19th, 2011 11:18am EDT
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
In 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold', Morgan Spurlock, ('Super Size Me') takes us into the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. The full title of this documentary is actually 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold...because POM Wonderful is the major sponsor of this film.

So how interesting is the world of product placement? It seems now-a-days, most films, especially the big budget action ones, can't seem to exist without branding. (Bruce Willis puts on a pair of Ray-Bans before killing some bad guy, right?)...Spurlock explains that while using brands ...

Review: 'Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' Is Hilarious, Thought Provoking

April 17th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Movie Hype
"POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" is the new feature length documentary from “Super-Size Me” glutton Morgan Spurlock, this time tackling the fairly tight-lipped world of product integration and marketing.

He does this by making the entire movie about getting the funding for the movie he's making and you're watching. Basically it's Spurlock attending product strategy meetings in an attempt to sell the rights to specific parts of his film like the official airline, official beverage, official gas station, and so on. For example, the movie is called POM Wonderful Present...

'Friday Night Lights' Comes to an End: The Cast on Series-Saving Fans, Graduation, Panther Hate

February 8th, 2011 9:48am EST
Zach Gilford, Taylor Kitsch, Gaius Charles | Photo Credits: Van
In the second part of our farewell to Friday Night Lights, producers and cast talk about the show's controversial storylines (murder! abortion!), the show-saving fan campaigns, sending the Taylors to East Dillon and (unbelievably!) hating on the Panthers.

Part 1: Friday Night Light comes to an end: Producers and cast remember building Dillon spoke to stars Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor), Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), Michael B. Jordan (Vince Howard), and executiv...

'Friday Night Lights' Comes to An End: Producers and Cast Remember Building Dillon

February 7th, 2011 9:15am EST
Friday Night Lights | Photo Credits: NBC
A closely observed drama about boys becoming men, the comforts and frustrations of small-town life, a family's growing pains, and the lessons learned from football, Friday Night Lights will not soon be forgotten. The show wrapped filming of its fifth and final season in July, and on Wednesday, the lights will go down forever on Dillon, Texas. (For those without DirecTV, NBC will re-air the final season beginning April 15 at 8/7c.) spoke to stars Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor), Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Zach Gilford (...

Brooklyn Decker's Cannons To Star In 'Battleship'

August 18th, 2010 1:27pm EDT
Brooklyn Decker
Have you heard about the upcoming film "Battleship"? It's based on Milton Bradley's board game. And it centers on a small fleet of naval ships fighting aliens intent on enriching Earth's valuable assets to ensure their survival.

Supermodel Brooklyn Decker was just added to the cast. She landed her second major movie role opposite "True Blood" actor Alexander Skarsgard, pop star Rihanna and Tom Arnold. Decker will play the love interest for the lead naval officer in the film, who will be played by Taylor Kitsch.

Universal Pictures is reportedly investing $200 million for the Peter Berg-di...

Will Smith Puts 'Hancock' Sequel On Hold

December 2nd, 2009 3:34pm EST
Will Smith Puts
The upcoming sequel to superhero comedy Hancock has been put on hold to allow Will Smith to spend more time with his family, according to director Peter Berg.

The moviemaker recently confirmed Smith and his co-star Charlize Theron will both reprise their roles in a follow-up to the hit 2008 movie.

However, Berg admits they have put plans for the second film back because the superstar actor is taking a break from movies to enjoy life with his wife, Jada, and help his son, Jayden, tackle a starring role in the new Karate Kid picture. Berg is adamant Hancock 2 will get made, but it may...

Film's Most Memorable Football Coaches

September 8th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Knute Rockne Win One for the Gipper
With football season right around the corner, it's time to take a look back at the way Hollywood has immortalized coaches over the years. While most football movies focus on the players, a few have turned their eyes to the men (and women) calling the shots, giving us several good and bad portrayals of coaches.

Tony D'Amato, "Any Given Sunday"

Oliver Stone's let's-throw-it-all-together-and-see-what-sticks football opus has its faults, but one of them is not Al Pacino's performance as the coach of the beleaguered Miami Sharks. Stone coaxes one of Pacino's last great efforts by allowing...

Universal Studios Greenlights 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie For 2011

June 5th, 2009 11:09am EDT
Brian Grazer
Even with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra ready to heat up the big screen this summer, Hasbro is not about to rest on its laurels: the toy company announced a Stretch Armstrong film, slated for a 2011 release.

"'Stretch Armstrong' couldn’t be in more capable hands than Imagine and Hasbro," Chairman of Universal Pictures Marc Shmuger said in a press release. "We're so excited to bring this iconic property to audiences around the world in April of 2011."

"When Hasbro signed the multi-year strategic partnership with Universal, it was one more p...

NBC Announces New Scripted Series For 2009-2010 Season

May 4th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Joel McHale
NBC has announced the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions."

Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere ou...

New Movies On DVD, Nov. 25

November 25th, 2008 8:00am EST
In Hancock, a hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of a crime-fighter. Also on DVD: Fred Claus, Space Chimps and Meet Dave.

Peter Berg Sued Over Fatal Golf Cart Accident

August 7th, 2008 11:59am EDT
Peter Berg
Hancock director Peter Berg has been caught up in a messy legal spat after allegedly playing a part in the death of a golf cart driver.

Berg was a passenger in a Cadillac that struck the cart driven by 25-year-old Nick Papac in Arizona in August 2006. The moviemaker's assistant was driving.

Papac was killed in the crash, and now his parents are suing the moviemaker and his sidekick, Francis Keao, for burial expenses and unspecified damages. The court documents, which have been obtained by, were filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

(This news article provided by World En...

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