SFX has premiered this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Berg’s (The Kingdom, Hancock) upcoming summer blockbuster ‘Battleship’ – focusing on the films Aliens and how they made contact with Earth. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m convinced that the best film to see drunk in 2012 is undoubtedly, unquestionably, beyond shadow of a doubt, unmistakably……‘Battleship.’ The film, a sci-fi/actioner that is loosely based on the popular Hasbro board game of the same name, stars Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch, Josh Pence and Rihanna. ‘Battleship’ is set for release April 11th in the UK and May 18th in the US.
Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.
With the films release just over a month away, Marvel has set loose this 30-second IMAX TV spot for their much anticipated superhero movie ‘The Avengers’ (‘Avengers Assemble’ if you’re in the UK). Directed by Joss Whedon, ‘The Avengers’ stars Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye/Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). The likes of Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, and Stellen Skarsgard co-star. ‘The Avengers’ is released in cinemas April 26th in the UK and May 4th in the US – I’m there!
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”
Digital Spy has unleashed this UK trailer for Gareth Evans’ insane yet thoroughly awesome action flick ‘The Raid: Redemption.’ Planned to be the first film in a trilogy, ‘The Raid: Redemption’ has been massive hit on the festival circuit – winning the much coveted Midnight Audience Award at TIFF. The film stars Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Ananda George, Pierre Gruno, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Tegar Satrya, and Verdi Solaiman, while Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda is on score duty. ‘The Raid: Redemption’ is released in cinemas March 23rd in the US and May 18th in the UK.
As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life.
First Red Band Teaser For David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ – Starring Robert Pattinson & Samantha Morton
This debut red band teaser trailer has found its way online for David Cronenberg’s upcoming drama ‘Cosmopolis.’ As a HUGEMONGOUS (yes, I know that’s not a word) Cronenberg fan I’ve been keeping a keen eye on this film. ‘Cosmopolis,’ which stars Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, Kevin Durand, and Sarah Gadon, is based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name. The story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a multi-millionaire, across Manhattan as he goes through his fortune in a 24-hour attempt to get a haircut. Expected for release late 2012, look out for a confirmed release date soon. Source: Twitch. Warning: the trailer is pretty NSFW.
Eric Packer risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day, a move that puts him in an assassin’s crosshairs as he moves from place to place in a limo in a study of capitalism that takes place in a slightly futuristic metropolis.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. ‘The Hunger Games’ is directed by Gary Ross, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Amandia Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Stanley Tucci. ’The Hunger Games’ is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy that has sold over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone. The film is released in cinemas March 23rd.
What appealed to you about Peeta?
Josh Hutcherson: For me, Peeta is an amazing character. I fell in love with him right away. What’s crazy is that I’ve never seen a character that’s so much of who I am as a person. I just feel like his self-deprecating humour, his outlook on life, how he doesn’t want things to change him – that’s really part of who I am as a person. Being in this movie business from a young age, from nine years old, there’s a lot of times where you could let things change you, let people have a big affect on you. You have to make sure you stay true to who you are and what your value system is, that was really important to me from a young age, and I think that’s something that really attracted to me about Peeta because that’s how he is as well. He’s very much like myself. He’s outgoing, very much a peoples person, he has a way of being able to talk to anybody he meets.