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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
By United Press International
Lone Survivor outlasts at the box office

Lone Survivor outlasts at the box office

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Mark Wahlberg's military action drama, 'Lone Survivor,' blew away expectations, pulling in almost twice its forecast at the box office and making back nearly all of its production costs in its opening weekend.
Gabrielle Levy
'Lone Survivor' earns $14.4M on Friday

'Lone Survivor' earns $14.4M on Friday

Jan. 11 (UPI) -- 'Lone Survivor' could break box office record for January release.
Wahlberg says cast was proud to be involved in 'Lone Survivor' film

Wahlberg says cast was proud to be involved in 'Lone Survivor' film

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg says he felt privileged to actually get to know the U.S. Navy SEAL he plays in the new military action-thriller "Lone Survivor."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Jennifer Aniston's fiance Justin Theroux to star in HBO drama pilot

Jennifer Aniston's fiance Justin Theroux to star in HBO drama pilot

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux is to play a police chief in HBO's post-apocalyptic drama pilot "The Leftovers," EW.com reported.
Peter Berg to helm 'Hercules' flick

Peter Berg to helm 'Hercules' flick

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Peter Berg reportedly is producing and plans to direct "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," a big-screen adaptation of a new comic-book series.
'Lights' turned back on for 3rd season

'Lights' turned back on for 3rd season

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- The Texas-set television drama "Friday Night Lights" has been renewed for a third season through a pact made by NBC, Universal Media and DIRECTV.
Berg to helm latest 'Dune' incarnation

Berg to helm latest 'Dune' incarnation

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Peter Berg reportedly has signed on to direct a movie based on Frank Herbert's book "Dune," a futuristic tale set on the desert planet Arrakis.

Paralyzed high school football player dies

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- David Edwards, paralyzed in a 2003 Texas high school football game and an inspiration for the TV series "Friday Night Lights, has died.

'Friday Night Lights' scores second season

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- NBC's highly acclaimed but low-rated football drama, "Friday Night Lights" has been renewed for a second season, the network announced in New York.

Garner in talks for big screen thriller

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- As "Alias" winds up its TV run, there is word in Hollywood that its star, Jennifer Garner, is eyeing a return to film in the thriller, "The Kingdom."

Alicia Keys cast in 'The Nanny Diaries'

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys has been cast to play Scarlett Johansson's best friend in film version of "The Nanny Diaries."

Berg, Reiser land network pilots

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Peter Berg will write and executive produce a TV version of his film "Friday Night Lights," it was reported Wednesday.

Berg to direct British fantasy

LONDON, July 14 (UPI) -- "Welcome to the Jungle" director Peter Berg has signed on to direct an adaptation of Robert Howard's fantasy novel "Bran Mak Morn" for the big screen.

Tom Clancy game heads for big screen

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Paramount has acquired film rights to Tom Clancy's videogame "Splinter Cell," Daily Variety reported Friday.
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Peter Berg
American actor/director Peter Berg attends the premiere of "The Kingdom" at Odeon West End in London on October 4, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964) is an American actor, film director, producer and writer. He is known for directing films such as Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Rundown and Hancock.

Berg was born in New York City, New York, in 1964. He is the son of Sally and Larry Berg. His mother co-founded a youth group named Catalog for Giving and worked at a psychiatric hospital when Berg was growing up. He has a younger sister, Mary. After graduating high school from The Taft School, Berg attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in theater arts and theater history. He graduated in 1984, and in 1985 moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. Berg put his acting aspirations on hold when he first arrived in Los Angeles, choosing instead to learn about the film business as a production assistant. He has a son named Kolby, who is currently a student at Osage High School.

Berg made his screen debut in a 1986 episode of CBS' The Equalizer and later appeared on 21 Jump Street (Fox) and O'Hara (ABC).

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