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New “Battleship” trailer is chock-full of aliens, explosions and Rihanna

New “Battleship” trailer is chock-full of aliens, explosions and Rihanna (photo)

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Don’t expect a “You sunk my battleship” in this end of the woods. A new trailer for “Battleship” is part “Transformers,” part “Armageddon,” part “Independence Day” and part “Halo,” making the Peter Berg-directed flick looks like a big budget end-of-the-world romp that we can sort of get behind.

It definitely shows a new aspect of the film that wasn’t broadcast in the first “Battleship” trailer. If that one was all about the mystery, then this is all about the action. And action there will be. Buildings being torn apart, helicopters being sliced in half, and badass transforming battleships: they got it all.

As someone who has (just recently) been passionately watching episodes of “Friday Night Lights,” I did get a kick out of seeing Berg reunite his Dillon Panthers Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons with one another. But the real show-stealer in this trailer is Rihanna, who makes her acting debut. While she doesn’t get her face blown around in slow-mo like Alexander Skarsgard does, she does get to make a voice-cracking scream that is actually pretty freaking badass. Though how he father knew there were aliens hidden below the ocean ready to blow Earth’s brains out, we have no idea.

Everyone from Brooklyn Decker to Liam Neeson to Kitsch get a lot more screentime in this trailer, which is nice. But it was exciting to actually get to see the aliens that humanity will be battling in the film, who look a hell of a lot more intimidating than the ones Kitsch will be going up against in “John Carter.” We’re digging the “Halo” vibe we’re getting from the actual aliens, and scratching our heads over how the humans are supposed to defeat these guys.

“Battleship” hits theaters on May 18.

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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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