First “Battleship” trailer brings the oceanic alien spaceship action

First “Battleship” trailer brings the oceanic alien spaceship action (photo)

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The first trailer for “Battleship” has finally arrived online, and it’s chock full of all the explosive, CGI action that we’ve been led to believe the 2012 film will feature.

Based on the Hasbro naval combat game of the same name, “Battleship” is directed by Peter Berg (“Hancock”) and stars a long list of young Hollywood stars… and Liam Neeson. The effects-heavy blockbuster follows the crews of several U.S. Navy battleships who encounter an armada of alien spacecraft in the ocean and must out-maneuver, out-think, and out-gun the invaders to save the world.

The first trailer for the project puts the spotlight on star Taylor Kitsch, who plays bad-boy Naval officer Alex Hopper, with some screen time also allotted to co-stars Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, and of course, Neeson. Decker plays Hopper’s fiancee, while Skarsgard plays his older brother, Stone Hopper. Neeson plays Admiral Shane, the father of Decker’s character and Hopper’s commanding officer.

Even so, the real focus of the trailer is the alien ship that Hopper and his crewmates discover in the open sea.

After touching the craft and being thrown backward into the water, Hopper watches as the craft performs a “Transformers”-like shift into another form, then returns to the ocean alongside a few more craft just like it. An aerial shot of the resulting scene offers a nice nod to the classic “Battleship” game layout, with two armadas of ships facing off against each other amid a wide, oceanic battlefield.

Along with the aforementioned cast, “Battleship” also stars Josh Pence as Chief Moore and Rihanna as Lt. Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the U.S.S. John Paul Jones.

“Battleship” hits theaters May 18, 2012.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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