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WonderCon 2012: Peter Berg and Brooklyn Decker talk aliens, Rihanna and the Battleship board game


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“Battleship” actually has a battleship
“The great challenge for us was getting a battleship into the movie and showing how those ships fight and how they operate,” he said. “One of the things that makes this film original is it really takes you into a world that you’ve never gotten to go, to go out 200 miles out in the sea and see how these ships operate and get a sense of a world that we really know very little about, and it’s pretty awesome.”

Peter Berg pitched the movie to Universal by acting it out with toy battleships
“You know what, I would fucking use anything. I would use this [points to a water bottle],” Berg said in all seriousness. “But imagine you two are the presidents of Universal and your careers are riding on this, and you have me crawling around on a carpet with toy boats going, ‘Yeah!’ and then the editor’s like, ‘Is that what it was?’ and it’s truly amazing to see it come to life. It gives you goosebumps when you see it. We had no original source material. It all came from our imagination and to be able to get actors who are actually smart and complex and emotional and put them in this crazy madness, I feel like it’s the most original thing I’ve ever done by far.”

There will be plenty of nods in the film to the Battleship board game
“There’s a lot of them. We never had mandate that said, ‘You have to say “you sunk my battleship,”‘” Berg admitted. When asked if that line is in the movie, he quickly retorted, “I’m not telling you that.” He continued, “Part of the fun is everybody’s played Battleship, it’s a stupid simple little game, how can we have fun making references to the game in a way that takes smart people like you guys, and you watch it, because kids don’t care, but savvy adult filmgoers — especially critical — who are going to be like, ‘You know what, that’s actually pretty clever.’ And I feel very confident that you will see the film and you will see lots of references to the game and none of them will make you throw your recorder down and storm out of the theater saying, ‘These fucking assholes! How dare they.'”

Brooklyn Decker gets to get in on the action as well
“Let’s face it, water effects are pretty special and unique and different and cool, so we’re seeing a lot of that, but there’s a lot going on on land as well. I’m non-military, I play a physical therapist, my father’s the admiral. Hopper, played by Taylor Kitsch, is sort of left to man up on his ship in the Navy, so I’m one of the few non-military people in the film,” Decker explained. “One of our great characters who hasn’t been exposed a lot yet is this guy named Greg Gatson, he’s an active colonel in the Army, he lost both of his legs in 2007 fighting and he plays that character in our film. So I’m a physical therapist, he’s one of my patients, we have a very tumultuous relationship and the ships come down and we’re sort of left to fight the battle on land. And so there’s definitely a balance of the two going on at the same time.”

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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

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Cancel it!

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

Forgotten America

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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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