Each year some of the commercials from the biggest brands during the Super Bowl are directed by big name filmmakers (remember Ridley Scott‘s classic Apple “1984″ Super Bowl ad). The 2012 Super Bowl commercials feature spots directed by Todd Phillips, Bobby Farrelly, David Gordon Green, Miguel Arteta, Noam Murro, Craig Gillespie, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., Joe Pytka, Jake Scott, Fredick Bond, Peter Berg and others. After the jump I’ve collected 18 of the tv spots directed by big screen talent, breaking down who directed what.
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Battleship is the film in which director Peter Berg worked in full-on Michael Bay mode, with Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard as crew members on a US Navy ship stuck inside a force field erected by some force that has its eye on Earthly resources. We’ve seen a couple trailers for the film that introduced the film’s basic scenario, and showed some of the tech of the attacking force. (We’ve been calling them aliens, but we don’t actually know what the enemies in the movie really are.)
A new one-minute Battleship spot ran tonight during the Super Bowl, and while it recycles a lot of the footage from the first couple trailers, it does offer some new images of the enemy footsoldiers, including what seems to be a showdown between one of the Hal0-like characters and a cannon that should blow it to pieces. Why do I suspect that’s not how this encounter ends?
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The summer of ’08 was a pretty great one for superheroes, with Iron Man kicking off the blockbuster season and The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk following months after. One superpowered film that proved not up to par that season, however, was Peter Berg’s Hancock. Starring Will Smith as a disgraced vigilante superhero, the movie seemed at first like a breath of fresh air, but ultimately left viewers disappointed thanks to a poorly conceived, poorly executed plot twist and an oddly uneven tone. Still, it was a box office success, so it wasn’t long before rumors began floating around of a Hancock 2.
Fast-forward three and a half years, and not only are we barely any closer to getting a second Hancock, I’d wager that most moviegoers have forgotten about the first Hancock altogether. Berg and Smith haven’t, though, and Berg insists that the sequel is still in the works — it’s just a matter of getting everyone’s schedules to line up properly. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
It was back in 2008 that we first heard about Cocaine Cowboys, the feature film adaptation of Billy Corben‘s 2006 documentary. But development on that project’s been slow and erratic, and at this point it’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard any significant updates on the project.
As Mark Wahlberg does the press rounds for Contraband, however, he’s been chatting up a lot of the movies on his upcoming slate. And according to him, Cocaine Cowboys is not only still alive, it could get going as early as this summer — with Jennifer Lopez as a possibility for one of the juiciest parts. More details after the jump.
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If you’re on the fence about Universal’s Battleship, that being Peter Berg‘s Michael Bay-style ‘humans versus aliens’ movie which will hit next year, this Japanese trailer probably won’t help make up your mind. It has a few small new bits of footage, yes, and also a bit more footage of Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. But otherwise it’s still the same big, goofy battle movie. Check it out below. Read More »
Here’s the new trailer for Battleship, Peter Berg‘s aliens versus Navy movie that has been a great big ‘WTF?’ since it was first announced. The first trailer demonstrated that the film is sort of a big closed battle between humans and some sort of alien invasion, and now the new trailer shows a lot more action. We see some alien soldiers, a lot of alien tech (think Transformers) and a lot of Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard as they try to fend off an unknown force that has been hiding beneath the ocean.
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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 »
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 »
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