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Battleship & Lovely Molly: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:20

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Aloha, Stranger: Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are somewhere down there beholding the might of an alien invasion force in BATTLESHIP.

The aliens have landed! Yes. Again. This time they’ve invaded off the coast of Hawaii, so it’s just like Pearl Harbor, if the attack on Pearl Harbor had included such devastating weaponry as Giant Exploding Pegs and Hot-Rodding Robot Fireballs. Can slacker sailor Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), finding himself in command of the lone, surviving ship and assisted by crewmate Rihanna and visiting captain Tadanobu  Asano (just to prove we’re all over Pearl Harbor), find a way of defeating the enemy? Can Hopper’s fiancee Brooklyn Decker, with the help of (actual) double amputee Greg Gadson, destroy the island-based satellite substation before the invading force can signal their cohorts, even as her father, the Admiral (Liam Neeson), stands on the sidelines, shaking his fist and screaming, “Hopperrrrrr!!!” (not really, but close enough)? C’mon, it’s a movie based on a board game — are these really questions?
Come join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they debate whether director Peter Berg might have been better served doing a film called CROCODILE DENTIST. Also: Dan gives his capsule review of LOVELY MOLLY, the new exercise in ominous horror by BLAIR WITCH’s Eduardo Sanchez. Plus: What’s coming to theaters.

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'Battleship' Trailer #2

BATTLESHIP’s new trailer looks like it has great CGI FX (it should for what it cost), but still I have to say: What, other than having much of it’s action being set at sea on Naval ships does this alien attack film have to do with the Hasbro board game?
BATTLESHIP stars Liam Neeson (THE PHANTOM MENACE), Taylor Kitsch (JOHN CARTER), Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.
Directed by Peter Berg (HANCOCK) from a screenplay by Jon & Erich Hoeber, this $250 sci-fi actioner is due out May 18th, 2012 from Universal Pictures.
I live between hope and dread that someone will indeed say “You Sunk My BATTLESHIP!”
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Trailer via Joeblo’s Youtube page.

'Battleship' To be Sci-Fi, Casting

battleshipDeadline.com announced that model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker  has been cast by director Peter Berg (HANCOCK) to join the cast of BATTLESHIP.
Yes, Battleship — Hasbro’s long-popular boardgame, is being set up as a big-budget (rumored in the $200 million range) science fiction film by Universal Studios. Don’t remember a SF aspect to the venerable two-player game of hidden, but stationary battle fleets? Neither do I.
It seems that  screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber re-envisioned the mundane premise of two terrestial forces in a wargame into a scenario in which a Earthly naval fleet must combat an armada of ships of extraterrestrial origins.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien are said to be currently at work on re-writes.
BATTLESHIP will star Talyor Kitsch (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) as a naval officer, Decker as his love interest,  Alexander Skarsgard (TRUE BLOOD ) and singer Rihanna. 
 Production is expected to begin in September in  Hawaii, with an intended release date of  May 18th, 2012.
Note: Battleship was orginally a Milton Bradley game. The company was absorbed by Hasbro in 1984.