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New “Battleship” trailer amps up the action and aliens


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At least no one can say that Universal hasn’t been paying attention to the response to “Battleship’s” marketing campaign. The third (and likely final) theatrical trailer for the film seems to have improved on everything that people had been asking for from the first two. There’s more aliens, more Rihanna, and a decided lack of a “Transformers” vibe (except, you know, for all those explosions). Plus, this trailer really ramps up the action in a way that seems to say, “Remember that whole romantic storyline teased in the first trailer? Fuggedabaoutit.”

Honestly, “Battleship” might just be a big testosterone-filled summer blockbuster, but at least it looks like it could be a good one. Taylor Kitsch looks like he’s got more room to breathe and have fun here than he did in “John Carter,” and the tone of the trailers definitely matches with the material. I’m still waiting for Liam Neeson to pop up at some point and say, “You sunk my battleship,” but maybe we’ll have to wait until the movie for that.

The action sequences do look pretty badass in this new trailer. It’s interesting that “Battleship” isn’t being released in 3D because some of the shots definitely look like they’d be a great fit for it. Hopefully those scenes fit a bit better in the film than they do in the trailer, where sometimes they just feel gratuitous.

It’s interesting that Universal decided to ditch the two lovers (Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker) storyline and instead focus on the action. I wonder which of those two aspects of the film is at its forefront, or if there’s a good balance between them like in “Armageddon.”

Here’s the first trailer for comparison:

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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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