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These days, it’s easy to look back on Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1997 masterpiece Boogie Nights with reverence. Personally, it’s my second or third favorite movie of all time; it was nominated for all kinds of Oscars; and launched (or re-launched) the careers of numerous actors we’re all familiar with today. Since its release, Anderson has continued the same level of excellence and some of his seventies-influenced, but modern filmmaking techniques have become the fodder of film discussion across the world. Boogie Nights is a modern American classic, period.

However, before the film was released, New Line wasn’t quite sure what they had besides a two and a half hour movie about porn starring Marky Mark, from the director of Hard Eight, featuring a flamboyant Burt Reynolds and a massive ending. According to a new interview, producer Michael De Luca looks back on that uncertainty with fondness but admits, if it wasn’t for the positive reviews that came out of the New York Film Festival, the movie might have gone straight to video. Read More »

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Entertainment Tonight has released a video from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction and while there’s no new information on the plot, it’s still packed with material. The video is filled with flipping cars, shooting debris, stampeding crowds, huge explosions, a screaming Michael Bay and three actors (Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz) who almost seem out of breath they’re working so hard. Of course, there are also some slick cars that, with the magic of special effects, will transform into huge robots when the film hits theaters come June 27. Check out the video from the Detroit set below. Read More »

Lone Survivor QA

Normally, the director has 100% final say on a film set. He’s the man. However, that was not the case on the set of Lone Survivor. Director Peter Berg and producer/star Mark Wahlberg were so committed to realism on the set, they hired several Navy SEALs as advisors and told them they could stop filming or call B.S. on anything, at any time.

The film tells the harrowing true story of four Navy SEALS on a mission in Afghanistan who are posed with an impossible decision with unthinkable ramifications. Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real life SEAL who wrote a book about the experience, and he was among the SEALs on set with this unusual filmmaking power. Luttrell, along with Wahlberg and Berg, spoke about this at a recent screening of the film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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Ron Burgundy now has his own underwear line and his own museum exhibit. Also after the jump:

  • Night at the Museum 3 casts an Amazing Spider-Man actor
  • Kevin Macdonald‘s Christmas in a Day will follow Life in a Day
  • Mark Wahlberg reiterates that the new Transformers is “stand alone”
  • Composer Steve Jablonsky talks Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Here’s the second full trailer for the true war story Lone Survivor, which is based on the book by Navy SEAL Marcus Littrell, who was part of a small group of SEALs that found itself ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Peter Berg directs stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor KitschEmile Hirsch, Ben Foster & Eric Bana. Check it out below. Read More »

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Peter Berg‘s new film, Lone Survivor, is heading towards theaters with a bit more subdued promotional push than is typical for the director’s last few films. But the first trailer was compelling, as it shows men in the Navy SEAL team who targeted an al Qaeda subject in Afghanistan, and was overwhelmed by an unexpected Taliban force.

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric Bana all feature in the film, and you’ll see them in some new footage in this featurette. There’s also some explanation from Berg about the mission on which the film is based. In fact, the source for the movie is the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, who was (as the title suggests) the one survivor of the operation. He speaks up here, too, hoping that this feature will get his story out to a bigger audience than ever.  Read More »

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A long time ago, Entourage series creator Doug Ellin finished the script for a movie based on his hit HBO show. Warner Bros. gave him the green light in January and almost all of his cast signed on, including Jeremy Piven and Kevin Connolly. Months then passed with no update until several people reported that Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara, who played  Vince and Turtle, wanted more money. That was the hold up.

Now, producer Mark Wahlberg seemingly confirmed that by saying the movie would happen “As soon as them guys stop being so greedy.” He didn’t name names, but Grenier seemed to own up to it. He took to his Instagram to release a statement about the Entourage film. Read it below. Read More »

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Briefly: Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years, but 2013 has been a big year. Her role in Short Term 12 has proved to be an attention-getter; she’s great in The Spectacular Now, and she was terrific in a minor but important role in Don Jon as well. Those are just three pieces of work that are propelling Larson towards bigger movies, but coming all at once (all were Sundance debuts) has helped build momentum.

Now she’s in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler, which is a remake of a 1974 film starring James Caan. We don’t have any details about her role, but casting for the film seems to be coming together, so we might hear more soon. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet Of The Apes, The Escapist) will direct from a script by William Monahan. [Deadline]

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