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'Lone Survivor' announces Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE

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Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg’s powerful action thriller about a pack of Navy SEALS whose stealth operation in Afghanistan goes horribly wrong, arrives on Blu-ray and On Demand on June 3. The hit movie, which grossed more than $125 million, will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20.

Based on Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing experience in Operation Red Wings, which was chronicled in his 2007 book, the film follows Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and three fellow SEALS as they are dropped into a mountainous region of Afghanistan to locate and capture a high-level al-Qaeda figure. Instead, the four soldiers were quickly detected by Taliban forces and forced to fight superior numbers until an American rescue effort can be launched. READ FULL STORY

Miles Teller offered role of Dan Aykroyd in John Belushi biopic

Miles Teller—the in-demand star of The Spectacular Now, the upcoming Divergent franchise, and this month’s Sundance opener Whiplash—has been offered the role of Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming biopic of John Belushi, EW has confirmed. Emile Hirsch is set to star as the late comedian, with Steve Conrad writing and directing, and Aykroyd on board as executive producer. Teller’s rep says that the actor is going to hold off on making a final decision until he finishes promotional duties for That Awkward Moment, a rom-com with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan that opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 31.

The Hollywood Reporter first revealed that Hirsch broke the casting news on Saturday night at a Sundance party for the Creative Coalition. “A shout-out to Miles Teller!” he reportedly told the room, where Teller was in attendance. “We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.”

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classic snapped up distribution rights to Whiplash for just under $3 million on Friday.

New 'Lone Survivor' trailer: Will a bloodied Mark Wahlberg live to get the girl?

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The prototypical sounds of war films — the thick whirring of helicopter blades, tumbling rocks from explosions, frantic yelling on satellite phones, and the clink-clunk scattering of artillery shells — all have their moment in the newest trailer for Lone Survivor, but there’s also the sound of average-Joe chit-chat:

“Did she ask about me?” Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg) asks fellow U.S. Navy SEAL Mike Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) about a cute girl from a Coldplay concert. Despite their risky operative, he’s still just a guy who wants to get the girl.

Wahlberg stars as Luttrell, who penned the 2007 memoir Lone Survivor about a covert al-Qaeda mission that ran into trouble when their team faced an ambush Taliban attack. Directed by Peter Berg, it also stars Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.

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John Belushi's widow on the new biopic: It's a 'beautiful bromance' between Belushi and Aykroyd

John Belushi was a comedy comet. There was no one else like him, and his bright flight was amazing to behold — until it tragically flamed out in 1982 when he died of a drug overdose. A dozen filmmakers could make a dozen different interesting movies about his life and times, especially since he — more than probably any other Saturday Night Live alum — helped define what that now-iconic show would be. In 1989, Michael Chiklis starred as Belushi in Wired, a poorly received effort that featured Belushi’s ghost reflecting on his life to biographer Bob Woodward. The energetic comedian deserved better.

On Monday, it was announced that Emile Hirsch would portray Belushi in a new biopic from writer/director Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Among its producers are Dan Aykroyd, Belushi’s close friend and frequent co-star, and Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, whose 2005 oral-history biography (co-written with Tanner Colby) is the foundation for Conrad’s movie. She spoke with EW to discuss the movie, the surprising casting of Hirsch, and which SNL stars are sure to be portrayed in the film. (Hint: Not many.)
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Emile Hirsch cast as John Belushi

After much speculation as to who would take on the responsibility of portraying the storied comedian, Film 360 announced Monday that Emile Hirsch, 28, has signed on to play John Belushi in director Steve Conrad’s still-untitled biopic.

The long-gestating biopic only recently regained traction when Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and Ben Stiller’s upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, signed on to both write and direct. The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct. Reports surfaced last week that he’d held meetings with Hirsch and Workaholics lead Adam DeVine about taking on the role. Even Joaquin Phoenix’s name was thrown around as a potential contender.
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Casting Net: John Belushi biopic casting rumors; Plus, Alice Eve, more

• A host of young actors are reportedly circling the long-gestating John Belushi biopic. The Weather Man scribe Steve Conrad is set to write and direct and has reportedly met with Emile Hirsch (Prince Avalanche) and Workaholics lead Adam Devine about playing the famed comedian who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33. According to the report, Joaquin Phoenix‘s (The Master) name has also been thrown around. Conrad is also on the hunt for an actor to portray Belushi’s friend and Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd, and has reportedly met with New Girl vet Nelson Franklin as a possible contender. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct the project for Warner Bros., but Conrad will now both write and direct. Shooting is planned to begin in early 2014. [THR]

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'Lone Survivor' trailer: Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch fight for their lives in Afghanistan

“This Op is compromised,” says Mark Wahlberg as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the first trailer for director Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor.

Based on a true story chronicled in Luttrell’s 2007 book, Lone Survivor tells the story of a team of Navy SEALs who set out to kill a Taliban official in hostile territory near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2005 and get ambushed on the way. Wahlberg’s Luttrell is joined on the mission by Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Taylor Kitsch.

Universal’s first trailer is heavy on patriotic imagery and brothers-in-arms camaraderie as we watch and hope that, despite the title, more than one member of the SEAL Team 10 will make it out alive. Check it out after the jump.

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Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in 'Prince Avalanche' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

There’s nothing like spending a summer painting road lines on a desolate Texas road to really get to know someone. In Prince Avalanche, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Emile Hirsch) do just that. It’s the summer of 1988 and the mismatched pair are on the job out in the middle of nowhere for the duration.

Directed by David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was adapted from the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way. Though Green started his career making lyrical odes to the overlooked classes and places with films like George Washington and All the Real Girls, more recently, Green has found success (and failure) with star-studded broad comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Based on the trailers and early reviews, Prince Avalanche promises both poignancy and comedy and seems to be an amalgam of Green’s diverse tastes.

Click below to take a look at the new poster for the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on August 9.

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Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch walk the line in 'Prince Avalanche' trailer -- VIDEO

Prince Avalanche looks like a movie for anyone who has ever wondered who paints the lines on country roads. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as road workers in a desolate area of Texas that leaves them increasingly getting on each other’s nerves. In the trailer, Rudd writes to the unseen Madison about how he doesn’t miss city life and how he is pretty sure there’s something wrong with her brother (Hirsch). Writer/director David Gordon Green directed bro-comedies like Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, but judging from this trailer, Avalanche is going to be quieter, subtler, and more indie, like Green’s All The Real Girls and Snow Angels.

Avalanche premiered at Sundance and was quickly scooped up by Magnolia Pictures. The film also screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released Aug. 9.

Enjoy the fishing, hammock-sitting, and contemplative voice over below:
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Sundance 2013: Magnolia acquires 'Prince Avalanche'

Another Sundance deal is set. Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to North American distribution for writer/director David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

Adapted from the Icelandic film Either Way, the offbeat comedy features Rudd and Hirsch as two men painting traffic lines in a deserted area of Texas, and the unlikely friendship that emerges between them. Green is a Sundance favorite with his previous films such as Snow Angels and All the Real Girls.

“All of us at Magnolia are huge fans of David Gordon Green, and it’s been a dream for a long time to work with him,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a release. “Prince Avalanche is incredibly smart, funny, warm and engaging film, with indelible, iconic performances from both Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.”

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