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9 items from 2012


HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 Free ‘Battleship’ Blu-rays With Taylor Kitsch From ‘Hancock’ Director

23 August 2012 10:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest blockbuster edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Blu-ray, we have 5 free Blu-rays up for grabs for the highly anticipated home entertainment release of “Battleship” starring Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and Liam Neeson from “Hancock” director Peter Berg!

Battleship,” which comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures on Aug. 28, 2012, also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Peter MacNicol, John Tui, Jesse Plemons, Gregory D. Gadson, Jerry Ferrara, Adam Godley, Rico McClinton and Joji Yoshida from director Peter Berg and writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Battleship Movie Review

19 May 2012 10:47 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Battleship Directed By: Peter Berg Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Liam Neeson, Jesse Plemons, Gregory D. Gadson, John Tui Riggins and Landry in the Navy, Peter Berg Does Michael Bay, Transformers-esque, Not Really Battleship; any of those titles are just as fitting if not more so than Battleship. Back in 2005, after finding a planet similar to Earth, Nasa opts to beam a signal to what they dub “Planet G” in an effort to communicate. Also in 2005, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is jobless, has to live with his brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgård), and gets busted for stealing a burrito. On the  [ Read More ] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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[Review] Battleship

18 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber actually made paying Hasbro a boatload of cash for their seemingly-unnecessary board game property a relevant story point in their big budget, science fiction actioner Battleship. The fact they had to conjure up a humanoid alien race with reptilian characteristics and cloaking technology to keep gigantic flying nautical vessels off radar is besides the point. The American public loves extra-terrestrial invasions, thinks Andy Roddick‘s wife Brooklyn Decker is hot and cannot help getting revved up when their armed forces are depicted kicking foreign ass. Even bringing a handful of grizzled veterans – actors or not, I can’t quite find a definitive answer – had the guy next to me saying he’d ‘fight alongside those OGs nine times out of ten.’ Yes, we love patriotism and director Peter Berg knows it.

A blink-and-you’ll-miss-him gunner halfway through, Berg knows how to have fun. The guy who helmed both the brilliant, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Battleship | Review

18 May 2012 3:45 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Peter Berg Writers: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Peter MacNicol, John Tui, Jesse Plemons, Gregory D. Gadson, Jerry Ferrara When one considers what a film adaptation of the classic guessing game Battleship might look like, images of green radar screens, monstrous steel ships, and World War II military uniforms come to mind. Director Peter Berg's iteration pairs these expectations with some more random elements to create the desultory alien invasion action flick Battleship. Battleship takes place in an alterna-contemporary universe where a new planet with similar atmospheric conditions to earth has been discovered. Earth's attempts at communications elicit a less than desirable reaction: an attack by four Transformers-esque ships filled with ambiguously motivated humanoid aliens. At the earth's defense is a small fleet of Destroyers manned by a handful of U.S. and Japanese naval officers, »

- Jessica Delfanti

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Film Review: Despite Rihanna, Peter Berg’s ‘Battleship’ Lands as One of the Best Popcorn Flicks Ever

17 May 2012 11:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Battleship” certainly could simplistically be reduced to a 131-minute propaganda piece of why you might want to enlist in the U.S. Navy – that is, if Earth had to ward off lizard-like creatures from a deep-space solar system we can only reach by slingshotting a highly amplified “What’s up, aliens?” broadcast to them.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

And “Battleship,” which is rock-concert loud and lacks in strategically placed comedy, definitely will regret going down in history as being the first to offer the already rich, famous and slutty singer Rihanna a wasted, feature-film launching pad when she – like many other musicians before her (read: Britney, Mariah, etc.) – should simply stick to singing and (pole) dancing.

Thanks to “Battleship,” Rihanna has already been cast in 2013’s “The End of the World” with Seth Rogen and may even appear in 2013’s “The Fast and the Furious 6”. (We seriously need as many “Fast and Furious »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Battleship In St. Louis

7 May 2012 8:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On May 18, 2012, the battle for Earth begins at sea.

Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) directs and produces Battleship, an epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Wamg is giving away passes to the advance screening of Battleship, May 15th, at The Galaxy – Mega Screen –  at 7pm.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. Fill Out Your Name And E-mail Address Below. Real First Name Required.

3. Answer The Following Question: Name the last Battleship to see military use.

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Passes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged. Duplicate Tickets Will Not Be Accepted.

Battleship is rated PG13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language.

Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant Alex Hopper, »

- Movie Geeks

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Battleship’ From ‘Hancock’ Director

4 May 2012 11:53 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the highly anticipated blockbuster “Battleship” from “Hancock” director Peter Berg!

Battleship,” which opens on May 18, 2012, stars Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Peter MacNicol, John Tui, Jesse Plemons, Gregory D. Gadson, Adam Godley, Rico McClinton, Joji Yoshida, Louis Lombardi and Stephen Bishop from director Peter Berg and writers Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber.

To win your free passes to the advance Chicago screening of “Battleship” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete below, the higher yours odds of winning!

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Peter Berg interview: directing Battleship, filming at sea, Kevin Costner, Ilm effects and more

2 April 2012 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of Battleship’s UK release, we met director Peter Berg to talk effects, aliens, and the perils of shooting movies at sea…

You might think that director Peter Berg’s surname alone would have made him a little nervous about shooting a film at sea, particularly when history proves that movies filmed on the ocean are fraught with problems: see Waterworld, The Abyss and Titanic for a few examples.

Nevertheless, Berg managed to make Battleship – a sprawling tentpole sci-fi epic, with aliens, massive boats, explosions and barnacles – without the nightmarish situations that plagued the films mentioned above - though Mr Berg did throw into the conversation almost casually, "We had sharks show up."

As we found out in our lively, entertaining chat with Berg, which took place a few months ago while Battleship's special effects were still being completed, the shoot went well, even though the potential pitfalls were ever-present. »

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Peter Berg, Rihanna And Taylor Kitsch Talk Battleship In Featurette – “A Look Inside”

1 April 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In this new featurette for Battleship, director Peter Berg and actors Taylor Kitsch & Rihanna discuss Universal Pictures’ action-adventure movie.

Battleship filmed primarily on location in Honolulu, Hawaii, and received unprecedented support from the U.S. Navy throughout production. The Navy allowed the motion-picture crew to visit several Arleigh Burke-class destroyers while in Pearl Harbor.USS Hopper (Ddg 70), temporarily moored in Pearl Harbor, as well as USS Preble (Ddg 88) and USS Chung-Hoon (Ddg 93), both home ported in Hawaii. Additionally, the production was able to visit Chung-Hoon at sea, which allowed cast and crew to view the sailors as they trained.

Fittingly, the team shot on the Battleship Missouri Memorial (Bb-63), the site of the 1945 Japanese surrender to Allied forces, which marked the end of World War II.

In Summer 2012, the battle for Earth begins at sea.

Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) directs and produces Battleship, an epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, »

- Michelle McCue

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