Wahlberg’s war flick ‘Lone Suvivor’ sounds promising

Could Mark Wahlberg be looking at another Oscar nomination? Maybe, if the Afghanistan war drama “Lone Survivor’’ is as good as initial buzz suggests. Deadline.com reports that Universal has moved up the film’s release date so it qualifies for the awards season. Instead of early 2014, the movie, in which Wahlberg plays one of four Navy SEALS ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, will be released in LA and New York on Dec. 27. Wahlberg earned a best supporting actor nod in 2006 for his role in “The Departed.’’ Directed by Peter Berg, “Lone Survivor’’ costars Boston-bred Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, and Taylor Kitsch. The movie is said to have moments of graphic violence reminiscent of war movies “Platoon’’ and “The Deer Hunter.’’ Speaking at Cinemacon in April, Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson told theater owners: “We have seen the first cut of ‘Lone Survivor’ and it is soulful, gritty, tough, emotional, and, quite frankly, remarkable.’’

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