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Mark Wahlberg is 'The Six Billion Dollar Man' (Adjusted, Due to Inflation)

Tags: Mark Wahlberg - Peter Berg

Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for a feature-length version of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man - inflated to The Six BILLION Dollar Man for a modern audience. 

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg [L] teamed up with Peter Berg on Lone Survivor

Wahlberg will play Steve Austin, former astronaut who, after a horrific plane crash, is saved by doctors and fitted with bionic replacements for both legs, his right arm and left eye. Austin suddenly becomes a force to be reckoned with and begins work as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. 

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Is HBO's 'The Leftovers' The New Breaking Bad, True Detective, Etc?`

Tags: Justin Theroux - Damon Lindelof - Liv Tyler - Amy Brenneman - Christopher Eccleston - Michael Gaston - Ann Dowd - Peter Berg

Fans of Game of Thrones who bothered to pay attention to the ads before last night's season premiere were treated to a preview for HBO's new show The Leftovers, which looked pretty awesome. The handy work of Lost's Damon Lindelof, the forthcoming drama series is based on the bestselling 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta.

Justin TherouxJustin Theroux Stars in 'The Leftovers'

It stars Justin Theroux as police chief Kevin Garvey who attempts to maintain calm in the wake of a global Rapture that causes two per cent of the world's population to suddenly disappear. The show focuses on the members of Garvey's suburban community, who are left confused, angry and traumatised by the disappearance of their loved ones. 

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Picture - Peter Berg - Celebrities courtside... Los Angeles California United States, Friday 21st February 2014

Peter Berg - Celebrities courtside at the Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics by the score of 101-92 at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 21st February 2014

'Lone Survivor' Leaves Critics Doubting Its Awards Chances: Review Round-Up

Tags: Peter Berg - Mark Wahlberg - Taylor Kitsch - Eric Bana - Ben Foster - Emile Hirsch

Lone Survivor is director Peter Berg's attempt at turning former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's harrowing tale of survival inside enemy territory into a major motion picture, one that initially looked as though it had a very serious claim for Oscar recognition come March. With the film due for a wide release at the end of January, there were hopes that the new Hurt Locker or Argo had arrived, but in the first round of reviews critics have't been left as blown away as initially hoped.

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Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch star in Lone Survivor

Starring Mark Wahlberg alongside Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, the film recalls the botched 2005 covert mission to neutralised an area in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan that had fallen under the rule of a high-ranking Taliban official. Adapted from the real, best-selling account from Luttrell, played by Wahlberg in the film, the film has so far split movie critics between loving and loathing the it and ultimately its once clear-looking chances of potential Oscar recognition are looking less and less likely.

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Lone Survivor Review

The title kind of gives away the ending of this harrowing true story, which is worth a look despite its tendency to exaggerate the heroics. But it's also an unusually well-made military thriller that throws us right into the middle of the chaos with visceral filmmaking. And it's impossible to miss the point that these men rely on each other every moment of every day: they certainly can't survive alone.

The events take place in 2005 Afghanistan, where a Navy Seal team is sent into the mountains to find a feared Taliban leader (Azami). These men are like brothers, with Marcus (Wahlberg) leading Mike, Matt and Danny (Kitsch, Foster and Hirsch), under the command of Erik (Bana) back at the base. As they head out on their mission, everything goes to plan until they run into a group of innocent goatherds. Letting them go will compromise their mission, but it's clearly the right thing to do. And this decision sparks an escalating situation that seems increasingly hopeless.

From the very start, we know these Seals aren't normal soldiers: they undergo especially gruelling training and then bond tightly as colleagues, relying on their ruggedness, tenacity and camaraderie. Which of course allows writer-director Berg to portray them as superheroes. This is a problem, because it reduces the Afghans to faceless, murderous villains, at least until the much more complex final act in which an entire village risks its life to save an injured American soldier. And this strikingly moving sequence is the one we remember much more than the chest-pounding patriotism.

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Picture - Peter Berg and Eric LeGrand... New York City New York United States, Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Peter Berg and Eric LeGrand - Premiere of 'Lone Survivor' held at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Picture - Peter Berg - New York... New York City United States, Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Peter Berg - New York premiere of 'Lone Survivor' at Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, United States - Tuesday 3rd December 2013

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