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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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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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