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Pop Star Rihanna Makes Her Acting Debut in “Battleship”

Pop Star Rihanna Makes Her Acting Debut in “Battleship” (photo)

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What’s most baffling about this movie, “Battleship,” is not that someone decided to turn a Milton Bradley board game into a movie, or that the movie seems to have nothing to do with the board game (hello super lame brand recognition marketing scheme). Nor is it that they are taking until 2012 and $200 million to do it. It’s that this is the movie that Rihanna decides to enter into acting with.

The cast is boggling at best with many relative unknowns in this budget heavy naval action movie that’s about an alien invasion getting fought off at sea. Some of the cast come from the show “Friday Night Lights,” created by Peter Berg — who is directing this movie. There are a few names I’m familiar with, Taylor Kitsch who played Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” will be one of the leads. “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård plays his brother.

Then there’s Tom Arnold, who I guess will be the comic relief. Photo’s appeared the other day of Rihanna in naval costume, you can be the judge. If I knew this movie would keep her from making more repetitively annoying billboard pop hits, I’d put money for my ticket down now — and be happy to gorge on popcorn for a mere 2 hours on May 18, 2012 when this finally comes out. But at the risk of underestimating teenage boys a the box office, something tells me I might be the only one in the theater.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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