To date we’ve only seen a teaser trailer for Peter Berg‘s loose, to say the least, adaptation of the Hasbro board game Battleship and fan response has been largely venomous. The film, scheduled for release May 18, 2012, has plenty of time to fix that though as more of the its epic scale and story will continue to be revealed. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like Aqua Independence Day.

Familiarizing us with that story and characters seems to be the aim of this behind the scenes video from Entertainment Tonight. It’s got some new stunts, explosions, and breaks down who each of the stars – Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson – play. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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Here’s a massive post-weekend catchup casting roundup, with a headlining turn from Jean-Claude van Damme. How can you resist the Muscles From Brussels? Answer: you can’t. Just give in to his suave, over-confident appeal. After the break you’ll find details about:

  • JCVD taking part in a sci-fi film called UFO,
  • Danny Glover joining the cast of a different sci-fi thriller, Mentryville,
  • Sullivan Stapleton becoming the latest member of the Gangster Squad,
  • Nico Tortorella from Scream 4 joining Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in an indie,
  • and What to Expect When You’re Expecting adds more.

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New Look: Rihanna in ‘Battleship’

There was a pretty stark divide between those who loved the trailer for Peter Berg‘s ‘navy vs aliens’ film Battleship, and those who thought it was complete dreck. It isn’t difficult to understand that split: the trailer briefly introduces a few characters including Taylor Kitsch as a brash young officer under the command of Liam Neeson as he courts his superior’s daughter, played by Brooklyn Decker. It then launches into a condensed sequence from the film, with giant alien ships, a whole lot of digital effects and even the signature pegs that have been part of the tabletop Battleship game since its inception. The film is a massively-budgeted ode to action, and one that doesn’t seem interested in courting an action-averse audience. Fair enough.

What it didn’t show was Rihanna, who makes her acting debut in the film. If you’re curious how the singer looks on the deck of a boat with a giant weapon at the ready, hit the jump. Read More »

‘Battleship’ Trailer: Fire Your Guns!

Universal and Peter Berg reportedly spent two hundred million on Battleship, and with the official trailer premiere you can start to make a dollar-per-pixel tally of just where that money went. This is more like a chunk of the first big battle sequence in the film rather than a conventional trailer — no hiding the otherworldly bad guys in this one. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Battleship’ Poster and Website Launch

Break out a bottle of champagne and crack it over the bow of the new website for Universal’s big collaboration between Hasbro and Peter Berg. Battleship now has a teaser site and a teaser poster. You will be greatly surprised, I’m sure, to find that the poster features a giant ship and an almost imposing logo. Read More »

Last season, FX’s boxing drama Lights Out entered the canon of brilliant-but-cancelled television series, when piss-poor ratings brought about its demise despite plenty of critical love. Thankfully, things seem to be working out better for the series’ acclaimed star, Holt McCallany, than they did for the show.

The actor is now in talks for Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer‘s highly anticipated (well, by us) period cop drama. McCallany would be joining an absolutely top-notch cast which already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi, with Bryan Cranston in negotiations. How can you not get excited with a cast like that?

Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad tells the story of an LAPD task force which was formed to fight organized crime and corruption in 1940s Los Angeles. Gosling, Brolin, Mackie, and Cranston will be on the LAPD side; Penn will play real-life mob boss Mickey Cohen. McCallany is eyeing the part of Cohen’s bodyguard. Production for Gangster Squad will begin September 7. [Variety]

After the jump, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera team up, Dennis Quaid gets a much younger wife, and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei find love.

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Reporting on What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the romcom that adapts a pregnancy guidebook, hasn’t really been the highest thing on our priority list. Forgive us that lapse. But quite a few people have been added to the cast in the past 24 hours, and the lineup is, if not impressive, at least quite interesting.

The biggest new names are Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker, each of whom will now play out some of the drama and (squee!) joy of bringing a new life kicking and screaming into the world. Read More »

Sony has released the first movie trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It. Directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Happy Gilmore), the valentine’s week romantic comedy release tells the story of “a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.” The film co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Dave Matthews, Nick Swardson, and Kevin Nealon.

It seems like a by the numbers generic romcom, but someone on the IMDB forums claims to have seen a press screening and gave it a possitive review:

thought it was quirky and fun and endearing. The chemistry was good between the characters and the location shoots in Hawaii were beautiful. Sandler and Anniston were good together and the suppoorting cast and quirky cameos of other characters brought some huge laughs.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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