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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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 »
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 »
Variety reports that pop/R&B recording artist Rihanna has joined the cast of Peter Berg‘s water based epic action adaptation of the board game Battleship. While Rihanna’s music has appeared in movies such as Bring It On: All or Nothing, Are We There Yet?, Sydney White, 21, Wild Child, The House Bunny, Beethoven’s Big Break, I Love You Man, The Hangover and Grand Ma Takedown, this marks her feature film acting debut. There are no further details on what part she will have in the film.
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Nancy Juvonen is Drew Barrymore’s co-producer at Flower Films and together they were string-pullers for the first two Charlie’s Angels films, as well a slate of other films that include the popular-round-here Donnie Darko. They have two upcoming movies for 2009 – the star-studded Will It Blend? experiment of US rom-commery, He’s Just Not That Into You – which will feature Barrymore in an acting role; and roller derby drama Whip It!, which stars Ellen Page and features Zoe Bell and Juliette Lewis – and has been directed by Drew.
After Ms. Barrymore recently blabbed to E! about wanting to add a third Angels film to the pair she already has, Sci Fi Wire managed to get an interview with her compadre Ms. Juvonen and pushed for as much info as she was willing and able to give.
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