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Mark Wahlberg's 'Lone Survivor' Joining The Oscar Fray With An Awards Season Run Scheduled

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When Peter Berg's upcoming war drama "Lone Survivor" was recently given a January 10, 2014 release date, we have to admit, we immediately figured it to be another Mark Wahlberg, early winter programmer (see "Contraband" and "Broken City") and we put it in the back of our minds. But now, it looks like we'll have to sit up and pay a bit of attention as this could be mixing it up in the awards season race.

Universal has decided to give the movie a New York and Los Angeles run starting on December 27th, before it platforms out to other cities. So does this one have the goods? Well, it has a helluva cast with Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana joining Wahlberg in the true story tale based on the 2005 incident that found Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team came under attack from Taliban forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The team was on a mission to kill a terrorist leader very close to Osama Bin Laden and along the way they ran into three kids and an old man, who under the rules of engagement they could have killed. They let them go, and the team was suddenly under fire from 250 heavily armed Al Qaeda soldiers (they even brought down a rescue helicopter that came in to try and evacuate the SEAL team).

So perhaps it's no surprising to hear that studio Adam Fogelson told industry folks at CinemaCon that the the flick is "soulful, gritty, tough, emotional and , quite frankly, remarkable.” The picture joins Ron Howard's "Rush" as part of the studio's Oscar slate this year, so one more to keep an eye on as the second half of the year heats up. From "Battleship" to Best Picture for Berg? We'll see.

happypekpek 5th-Jun-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
oh so its going to be another flop movie c/o taylor kitsch?
missmonkeydust 5th-Jun-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Why can't Wahlberg be murdered, there must be a kickstarter I can fund towards this.
life_after_luv 5th-Jun-2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Ever since I saw the Happening Remix video with Mark, I can't take him seriously anymore. lol

Edited at 2013-06-05 01:30 am (UTC)
breakyerface 5th-Jun-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
I listen to that when i've had a bad day. always lol.
sunsettwist 5th-Jun-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
idc i think he's good in a lot of his movies. also i thought that was that basic tveit guy on the left.
breakyerface 5th-Jun-2013 01:32 am (UTC)
why isn't Ben Foster in more things?
spiderkelly 5th-Jun-2013 01:32 am (UTC)
no. nah. nope. neaux. nty. nhft.
littlebones 5th-Jun-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
lol better not get ur hopes up for that oscar, marky mark, if taylor floptsch is in this.
revertigo 5th-Jun-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
is taylor kitsch.... making a comeback?
saltireflower 5th-Jun-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
I still can't believe they nominated him for an Oscar.
maybutler 5th-Jun-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Ben Foster brought me into this post.
missyxxmisch 30th-Sep-2013 01:20 am (UTC)
me too. I love him. He deserves a better career.
microlamb 5th-Jun-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
hate mark wahlberg, hope it flops
marywebgirl 5th-Jun-2013 02:10 am (UTC)
tiddlywinks103 5th-Jun-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh look, Whitey McBlanderton, hate crime posterboy, and box office poison.

This can only go amazingly.
neverhft 5th-Jun-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Mark Wahlberg...oscar...something is off here...

Edited at 2013-06-05 01:42 am (UTC)
lovexall 5th-Jun-2013 02:07 am (UTC)
glittergary 5th-Jun-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
i see taylor kitsch is still trying to happen

The team was on a mission to kill a terrorist leader very close to Osama Bin Laden and along the way they ran into three kids and an old man, who under the rules of engagement they could have killed.

ok so are they going to be painted as soldiers with ~heart~ because they decided not to murder these people for no reason or something rme
blades_of_gory 5th-Jun-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Remember when Mark Whalberg went round blinding people?

Hollywood doesn't.
missmonkeydust 5th-Jun-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
He's white duh.

I fucking loathe him, I wish he got even a tenth the hate Chris Brown receives.
blades_of_gory 5th-Jun-2013 02:07 am (UTC)

I don't think Chris Brown gets enough hate, but I do agree that the hate towards Mark Whalberg should be equal.
sparkler_heller 5th-Jun-2013 02:06 am (UTC)
I read the book that this film is based on and I'm not feeling these guys. They should just pick unknowns because Wahlberg and Kitch have too much negative baggage. Oh well.
skay210 5th-Jun-2013 02:12 am (UTC)
This book was awful and also apparently full of inaccuracies...
gina_trent 5th-Jun-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Please say this won't suck so I can love Taylor again without feeling the burn of shame.
prophecypro 5th-Jun-2013 05:43 am (UTC)
They could all use a good movie
slaygalthessily 5th-Jun-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
my friend is a really big fan of Taylor Kitsch and she thinks that him taking a back seat and not being the star of a movie is better for his career. That being said, i'll probably be dragged to watch this movie by her in january.
missyxxmisch 30th-Sep-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
awww bb Ben I am hapy for you!
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