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The Hangover 2: In Thailand?

18 December 2009 11:13 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Ever since it was announced that there will be a sequel to director Todd Phillips’ surprise hit, The Hangover, people have been asking one very obvious question:

“What the hell would it be about?”

Obviously the first Hangover dealt with the mystery and consequences of one truly awesome bachelor party in Vegas. Kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing, right?

Well, luckily, getting blackout wasted has become a sporting hobby for some in our society, so it’s conceivable that our (heroes?) from The Hangover might one day match the epic obliteration they experienced in the first film – but where to set such a stage?

 

How about Thailand? Because according to a ’source close to the film,’ that’s exactly where the sequel is headed.

Known for its beauty, adventure, bustling urban centers, gorgeous jungle countrysides and jaw-dropping ancient architecture – along with ladyboys, “ping-pong shows,” underground fighting rings, shots of cobra blood, »

- Kofi Outlaw

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No 'Hancock 2'...At Least For a Good Long While

8 December 2009 8:14 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

What, no aliens to fight? Peter Berg, who is making intelligent life from other galaxies a key component of his movie version of the board game Battleship, has cooled on the idea of Hancock 2. Certainly, a Will Smith movie that makes half a billion dollars is worth looking at for a sequel (if you're the studio), so it was no major surprise that Sony was keen on a follow-up. And it was steamrolling ahead until...

Berg tells HitFix that Hancock 2 is on ice for now, and maybe for quite a while. Of his dealings with Smith and producers Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman, Berg says, “To get us all in the same room where we can talk and then agree on anything? You'll never meet a group of people who will have a harder time agreeing on anything. It's like the Israeli peace process times a thousand in »

- Colin Boyd

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News Shorts: December 7th 2009

7 December 2009 9:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Posters for Buried, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, Chloe, Solomon Kane, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Death at a Funeral, Rec 2.

A review/break down of the script for the Red Dawn remake.

The final runtime of "Avatar" clocks in at 161 minutes. While a secret Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening took place the other day, the UK premiere and several international press screenings in a few days time mean that critical reviews will hit the Net in force on Friday and over the weekend.

"Peter Jackson says the talk of "The Hobbit" delays are just that - talk. Both scripts are to be delivered just after Christmas, and then "we’ll be shooting as soon as we possibly can, but you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production". He also expects the December 2011 release plan remains unchanged..." (full details)

"Robert Duvall says that director Terry Gilliam »

- Garth Franklin

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News Shorts: December 7th 2009

7 December 2009 9:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Posters for Buried, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, Chloe, Solomon Kane, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Death at a Funeral, Rec 2.

A review/break down of the script for the Red Dawn remake.

The final runtime of "Avatar" clocks in at 161 minutes. While a secret Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening took place the other day, the UK premiere and several international press screenings in a few days time mean that critical reviews will hit the Net in force on Friday and over the weekend.

"Peter Jackson says the talk of "The Hobbit" delays are just that - talk. Both scripts are to be delivered just after Christmas, and then "we’ll be shooting as soon as we possibly can, but you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production". He also expects the December 2011 release plan remains unchanged..." (full details)

"Robert Duvall says that director Terry Gilliam »

- Garth Franklin

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Hancock sequel held up, says director Peter Berg

3 December 2009 1:22 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Back in August, two writers were hired by Columbia to pen a sequel to the Will Smith superhero hit Hancock.

Director Peter Berg said the follow-up would expand on the original's mythology by introducing other immortal beings.

But he also indicated that despite the studio's desire to fast-track the project, all the key players were busy and there was no 'burning imperative' to rush right back into it.

Now Berg has admitted there will be a long wait for the sequel to come together.

Speaking to Latino Review, he said: "It's being written now and it's an issue of everybody involved in Hancock. There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it's so busy and Will [Smith] has kind of taken time off to be with his kids.

"There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsman] to Michael Mann, myself »

- David Bentley

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'Hancock 2' Stalled By Scheduling Issues, Says Director

3 December 2009 5:46 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Director Peter Berg is still hoping to fly alongside "Hancock 2," but that plane isn't ready for takeoff just yet.

During a visit to the set of Berg's currently filming "Battleship," Latino Review learned that the director's intentions to dive into a "Hancock" sequel have been stifled by a variety of factors, not the least of which are the busy schedules of himself, Will Smith and their collaborators.

"It's being written now and it's an issue of everybody involved in 'Hancock,'" Berg said of the movie's development. "There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it's so busy and Will [Smith] has kind of taken time off to be with his kids."

"There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsman] to Michael Mann, myself and to get us all in the same room just like this where we »

- Josh Wigler

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Peter Berg Hints 'Hancock' Sequel Fraught with Politics

2 December 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Director Peter Berg was pretty vocal back in September about being ready to get started on a sequel to Hancock. But, as so often happens in Hollywood, projects get shuffled about and given different priority. And Berg's priority now seems to have shifted from the Hancock sequel — along with the Dune remake — over to Hasbro's Battleship (about which we reported yesterday).

Berg told HitFix that while the Hancock sequel is on his to-do list, it actually won't even be his next project after Battleship. He will instead take on the "Lone Survivor" drama that tells the story of 17 seals that were killed in one gunfight in Afghanistan. "One survived," Berg told HitFix. "It's a great story."

As to the Hancock sequel, Berg revealed a small measure of the politics that seems to have surrounded the project. "There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that are so busy and »

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Berg: Aliens of ‘Battleship’ Inspired by ‘District 9′

2 December 2009 7:17 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As some struggle to recreate the invasion in a bottle from District 9, others seem to be drawing the right conclusion from the success of the film - a lesson that the gritty reality of something as beyond the imagination as an alien invasion is now acceptable and entertaining to audiences. The real cultural resonance of the film is that its style of science fiction is a-okay around these parts ("these parts" being the box office), and that fact doesn't seem lost on Peter Berg as he plans to take the helm of Battleship. With the internet moving things along faster than ever, apparently studios are now doing press junkets for films that haven't even started filming yet. Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll be interviewing iconic directors while they're still in elementary school. When that day arrives, we'll have Universal to thank for starting the trend by inviting several members of the press onto a »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Quickhits: 'Deathly Hallows', 'Battleship', 'Sex and the City 2' and More!

2 December 2009 5:24 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Welcome to Quick Hits – your chance to catch up on some of this week's hottest stories in less than 60 seconds. Ready? Go!   Say Goodbye to Potter – The first official image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has arrived online, and it shows our three main heroes, Harry, Hermione and Ron, looking all determined and disheveled as they leave the comforts of Hogwarts and head out into the real world in order to bring a stop to Lord Voldemort once and for all. The first part of the two-part final installment hits theaters on November 19, 2010.   Sink This 'Battleship' – Peter Berg is now dishing some scoop on the board game adaptation of Battleship ahead of the film's production. According to sites like Chud and Latino Review, the film will...

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Peter Berg Fires ‘Battleship’ Details at the Web

2 December 2009 4:53 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

A few weeks ago Latino Review posted details about the movie Battleship, an upcoming Universal title based on the pegged board game under the direction of Peter Berg.  The website heard (correctly) the Naval fleet would be battling aliens on the high seas.

Chud confirmed the rumor shortly thereafter, explaining the big reveal was a spoiler of sorts.  Rather than pout that their secret was online, Universal rewarded those reporters that sent the Internet into a (laughing) frenzy.

I’ll try not to let my jealousy of their awesome trip show itself, but they were flown in a private jet to tour a Naval destroyer, check out concept art, and interview Berg.  Unbelievable.  That’ll show me for calling the alien idea ridiculous (it still is) and making fun of the adaptation.

In the interview, Berg clarified a few details and expanded on what we know so far about the 2011 movie. »

- Jeff Leins

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Buzz Break: Auto Erotic

2 December 2009 11:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· Mila Kunis demonstrates to BlackBook the proper way to exit a car (click for full-size), and also dishes on her sex scene with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Black Swan: "It's two girls making out, and guys have a thing for that. And Nat is like every guy's dream. She's a nerd's idea of heaven."

· British prime minister Gordon Brown was asked to say a word about Reese Witherspoon at the House of Commons today -- and ended up composing a tribute to Renee Zellweger instead.

· In an effort to head off the sinking of his Battleship, director Peter Berg flew some writers down to San Diego to tour a destroyer, then spilled on the addition of aliens to his board game adaptation.

· PopEater says things have gotten so bad between ex-lovers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff that only one will be coming back to Dancing with the Stars next season. »

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No ‘Hancock 2′ Anytime Soon

2 December 2009 11:03 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

There’s been much talk about a sequel to the 2008 surprise superhero hit, Hancock, with conversation picking up particularly when it comes to the cast of Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman possibly returning to do another. Director Peter Berg said a few months ago that everyone was excited to return, but not long after that Bateman came out and said he hadn’t heard anything about him returning (we’re still not sure if that cluelessness was applicable to Smith and Theron, too).

However, when Berg sounded pretty excited about directing Hancock 2, that was before he landed the Battleship gig, a big-screen adaptation set for release in 2011 with a production start date of Spring 2010. That ties Berg up a lot for what I would guess would be the better part of a year. And that appears to be one of the big reasons why we shouldn’t expect Hancock 2 anytime soon. »

- Ross Miller

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Peter Berg On the Aliens in His 'Battleship' Movie

2 December 2009 10:59 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Perish the thought, but director Peter Berg says we're definitely getting aliens in Battleship, which could be the most strangest idea in a while. We brought it up a while ago, and it still seems like Berg et al are simply overcooking this idea for no reason. Chud has a ton of details about the project, so if you're really curious about all the minor points, take a trip over there.

In addition to the reveal that some of the sequences will be in 3-D and the line "You sank my battleship" is definitely in the script, Berg describes the aliens as being similar to humans, and their planet is of interest to them ecologically. They're known as The Regents (which sounds like a great name for a doo-wop band), and they'll be visualized as a combination of actors and CGI. Think Davey Jones, but not Davy Jones.

Writes Chud's Devin Faraci, »

- Colin Boyd

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Jock On 'Battleship,' Tiger Woods Chatter And 'Sons Of Anarchy' In Today's Twitter Report

2 December 2009 10:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The world of comic books, movies and board games have finally collided now that Jock has been outed as concept designer for Peter Berg's "Battleship." In a year that's seen the "Losers" artist work on that film as well as "Judge Dredd," his name is certainly getting around.

Another name that's been bouncing around the Twitter Report's feed this week quite frequently is Tiger Woods — including some poignant words from writer B. Clay Moore on the matter. Read it all after the jump along with Warren Ellis' new TV series pitch, Stan Lee on his speech to a USC law school class and Tony Moore's reaction to last night's "Sons of Anarchy" episode.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 2, 2009.

@andydiggle At last it can be revealed that @jock4twenty has been doing incredible concept design work for Peter Berg's Battleship. Tweets to follow!

-Andy Diggle, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Lots of Details About Peter Berg’s ‘Battleship’

2 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

As if the idea of a movie based on the board game Battleship wasn’t worrying enough, it was recently announced that the bad guys are going to be aliens. Although, Fyi, take my opinion about the antagonists with a big grain of salt, as I don’t think a Battleship movie is a good idea to begin with.

It appears that studio Universal and director Peter Berg have been lending their ears to the negative reaction their Battleship movie has gotten – particularly about the aliens being the “villains,” and so the studio sent some journalists and bloggers to the U.S.S. Sterett, where they got a chance to ask questions to Berg about the project.

Thanks to reports from Latino Review and Chud, we now have some insight into what shape Berg’s Battleship may take:

 

Those lucky enough to get invited to this thing managed to get »

- Ross Miller

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Peter Berg Puts Lone Survivor on Hold to Sink My Battleship

2 December 2009 8:43 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

For a while there, Peter Berg had his eye on adapting the book “Lone Survivor”, based on the true story of former Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell. But it now appears as if “Lone Survivor” will have to wait for a bit, at least until Berg finishes up “Battleship”, based on the boardgame of the same name for Universal. Recently, Universal flew some bloggers over to talk to Berg about the upcoming sci-fi actioner “Battleship”. (Yes, I said sci-fi actioner, because the movie is apparently going to be an alien invasion film — read more here.) During the trip, the topic of “Lone Survivor” came up, and Berg sounded very enthusiastic about making it his next movie post-”Battleship”. “‘Lone Survivor’ is what I want to do next. If you haven’t read that book it’s an incredible story and a really dynamic one, in the vein of like a ‘Black Hawk Down »

- Nix

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Peter Berg’s Battleship Movie Will Feature Aliens. Spider-y, H.G. Wells-ish Aliens.

2 December 2009 8:26 AM, PST | SciFiCool.com | See recent SciFiCool.com news »

Apparently someone over at Universal is really anxious to get the fanboys on the side of their “Battleship” movie with Peter Berg, because they recently flew a bunch of bloggers to an honest to goodness battleship to talk to Peter Berg about the upcoming movie. On a private yet, no less. (Gee, I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. Stupid mailman, always losing my studio invitations.) According to Berg, his vision of a live-action “Battleship” movie will, indeed, involve an alien war as we’ve heard. Which means, er, I guess they’re expanding just a tad from the game. Via Latino Review, Berg tells us that the aliens (called The Regents) have an agenda (described by Lr as “spidery” and “H.G. Wells-ish”), though that part is secret for now. The main thrust of the action will take place on the high seas, with the Captain of »

- Nix

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Everything You Need to Know About Peter Berg's 'Battleship'

2 December 2009 8:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

When it comes to films based on board games, folks are immediately inclined to make fun of the idea and trash the project -- which is why Universal decided to get out in front of the negative buzz by sending a group of movie writers down to San Diego to meet with Battleship director Peter Berg prior to production to find out exactly what the man (and studio) have planned when it comes to this particular board game adaptation (which is the first of many in the pipeline). So ... what, are we looking at a film set in 1987 about two 10-year-old kids trying to sink the other dude's Battleship before mom calls them inside for dinner? Not quite. Here's the quickie version:

Battleship will follow a small fleet of American and international (ie: Japanese) ships (5 in total) that for some reason get separated from the rest of the Navy and »

- Erik Davis

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Battleship Updates Straight From Peter Berg

2 December 2009 4:53 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We’ve been kind of slow on updating news about Battleship, the feature film adaptation of the popular board game currently being helmed by director Peter Berg.  There’s nothing like a visit to a real, American battleship with a Q&A with the director himself to get the floodgates of information rolling.  Chud, Latino Review, and a number of other news outlets were in attendance, and here is pretty much the gist of all they uncovered.

The villain of the film is going to be a race of aliens known as The Regents.  They have come to Earth with a specific goal, not just domination or to wipe us out.  Berg says their overall goal is similar to Bridge Over The River Kwai.  They will be realized using a prosthetics/CG combination that Berg likens to Davy Jones in Pirates Of The Caribbean. The aliens presence and their goal »

- Kirk

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Director Peter Berg says don't expect 'Hancock 2' anytime soon

2 December 2009 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  If there is anything Sony Pictures is keen on right now it's setting up a sequel to last year's blockbuster anti-superhero movie "Hancock."  A screenplay is in the works and star Will Smith appears to have an open calendar in front of him, but director Peter Berg certainly doesn't.  Speaking yesterday while meeting with a few select members of the press to discuss his upcoming event flick "Battleship," Berg says he thinks "Hancock 2" will happen, just not anytime soon.  Especially with the "Friday Night Lights" creator shooting "Battleship" next year for a 2011 release and then planning on immediately »

- Gregory Ellwood

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