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New “Battleship” clip rolls out the giant machines


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It’s easy to joke about Peter Berg’s “Battleship” movie. Initially it was an easy target for ridicule due to being based on a particularly story-less boardgame and later because of the fact that aliens were grafted onto it. Now, courtesy of a new minute-and-a-half clip of the film, all those people who can’t just be content to see Alexander Skarsgaard in uniform might very well have some new things to complain about.

If you’re wondering what the story of the film is, or what it has to do with, you know, actual battleships, this clip probably won’t help you out much. It’s more or less a 90 second action scene, with giant machines sprouting out of the ocean, spitting smaller, spiky rolling machines out, a quick glimpse of Landry from Berg’s “Friday Night Lights” series, and the destruction of a bunch of helicopters. With all of the explosions and reaction shots from nameless soldiers, comparisons to “Transformers” aren’t really all that off-base, though whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing likely depends on your reception of Michael Bay’s robot trilogy.

Judging from this particular clip, however, “Battleship” does have one advantage over “Transformers”: The action is easy to follow. While the clip still features more than its fair share of explosions and CGI plasticy metal, the distinct lack of ever shifting, ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chank robot monsters, makes the action here much easier to follow and keep track of. Also, credit where credit is due, no one in the clip looks at the camera and says, “You just sunk my battleship,” so the clip has that going for it as well.

What do you think of the just-released scene from “Battleship?” Tell us in the comments below.

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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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