Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell in Peter Berg’s new movie based on Luttrell’s memoir Lone Survivor and the part may just be the role of his career.
Everyone involved in the movie is pretty excited about the result and Universal Pictures is so confident that the’ve been hosting early screenings of the movie, including on this past Tuesday at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. After the screening, Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Luttrell for a Q&A session. +Continue Reading
Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.
Captain Phillips, the movie based on the Somali pirate highjacking and real-life Navy SEAL rescue of the crew of the ship Maersk Alabama, has been getting some early rave reviews.
The movie opens October 11th, but you can catch it early at a sneak preview this Saturday October 5th. Check out this Fandango link and enter your zip code to get theaters and times in your area. +Continue Reading
Navy SEALs rescued Capt. Richard Phillips after Somali pirates captured his boat in 2009, Phillips wrote a book about it and now there’s a movie starring Tom Hanks. The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter has a close look at how the movie got made and interviews Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, the first-time actor who plays the pirate leader, about how they got their parts. +Continue Reading
Before all the controversy over No Easy Day and Zero Dark Thirty, there was Lone Survivor. A #1 New York Times bestseller back in 2007, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir about a failed 2005 mission in Afghanistan to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah is finally coming to the big screen this fall.
Directed by Battleship and Friday Night Lights filmmaker Peter Berg, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and features Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster as his fellow SEALs. +Continue Reading
OK, here’s one for all our readers who say they never go to the movies because Hollywood never puts out anything they want to see. Regal Cinemas has teamed up with the producers of a new documentary called MURPH: The Protector for a limited nationwide release in select theaters on Friday, March 22nd. +Continue Reading
Zero Dark Thirty is a great movie, one that shows the men and women responsible for our national security as dedicated, determined, competent, intelligent and brave. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal also portray the hunt for Osama bin Laden as a systematic quest for justice rather than an overheated quest for revenge.
It’s not the movie Washington expected, but it’s not the movie that Hollywood expected, either.
Anyone who wants their art to conform to a set of political beliefs (or even just hew closely to a particular version of the facts) will immediately have a lot of issues with Zero Dark Thirty. It’s neither the pro-Obama hagiography that pre-release critics claimed it would be, nor is it the pro-torture apology that some have claimed since its first screenings in late November. +Continue Reading
Wired just enlisted SEAL Team Six trainer Don Mann (author of the The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook) to explain how the SEALs would handle daring Hollywood rescues in Return of the Jedi, Willow, Dawn of the Dead and The Dark Knight Rises. Mann’s solutions are brief, to the point and light on the kind of details that might constitute a security breach. You know, the opposite of every other SEAL movie and book released in 2o12. Check out his answers here.