Director Peter Berg's upcoming movie Battleship was fueled by his lifelong love of the Navy, and he managed to talk the military into granting him a few pretty major favors during filming. The biggest? Taking the USS Missouri—which has for years served a museum stationed at Pearl Harbor—out on the water for one especially memorable sequence. Getting special favors from the government was just one challenge Peter took on with the project. He also hired relative movie newcomer Brooklyn Decker and total acting novice Rihanna for two of the key roles. We talked to Peter about putting both women to the test and, during our chat, even got a surprise visit from leading man Taylor Kitsch. Check out our interview and catch Battleship in theaters on May 18.
Rihanna joined her Battleship costars Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, and Brooklyn Decker, as well as director Peter Berg, at Friday's photocall for the film. The stars returned to Hawaii, where they shot the movie last Summer, for the US press junket. They posed in front of Pearl Harbor's USS Missouri Memorial with naval vet Gregory D. Gadson — stay tuned for our exclusive interviews with the cast!
Rihanna flashed her midriff for the photo op. She also shows skin in her new video, which is out today. "Where Have You Been" is already a hit on the charts, and with Rihanna in a bikini, the video is sure to be just as popular. Rihanna, Brooklyn, Alexander, and Taylor head back to the mainland next week and are expected to attend an LA premiere on May 10 before the May 18 opening.
Rihanna, dressed in blue and gold Pucci, joined her Battleship costars Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, and Taylor Kitsch today at the film's world premiere in Tokyo. Rihanna debuted her darker hair color yesterday at a press conference aboard the USS George Washington in Yokosuka. The stars were whisked back to Japan's capital via helicopter following the press event. Rihanna and Brooklyn tweeted photos and shared their bird's eye view over the city before turning in for the night. The press tour continues for the cast before heading back to the States prior to the film's May 18 opening.
This is Rihanna's first major film role, and it seems she's already eyeing another part. Rihanna's interested in playing Whitney Houston if the right opportunity should come her way. She said, "That's a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job."
The gang from Battleship dressed up today for a photocall on behalf of their Summer blockbuster at London's Corinthia Hotel. Brooklyn Decker donned a Stella McCartney dress that is a celeb favorite — Gwyneth Paltrow wore it to an event in China, while Sienna Miller donned it on a recent British Vogue cover. Rihanna was decked out in a silky dress and Taylor Kitsch looked hot in a suit.
The long promotional road is just starting for the trio ahead of the film's release on May 18. Brooklyn, though, has already been making the rounds for nearly a week. She and Taylor were in Hamburg, Germany, a few days ago, along with director Peter Berg. Brooklyn was also in LA for WonderCon, and attended a panel with the movie's other leading man Alexander Skarsgard. Between all the work, Brooklyn's found time to shop. She recently tweeted a photo of her idea of heaven, the candy selection at Harrods!
Robert Pattinson gives some Connecticut students a sweet surprise by filming a message for them while on break from Breaking Dawn in Louisiana. Check it out on PopSugar Rush!
- Peter Berg will direct a movie version of the board game Battleship — Cinematical
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- Will Janet Jackson's new single make you "Scream"? — HitFix
- Cool photos from rooms inspired by Weeds and Dexter — CasaSugar
- Spider-Man 4 will heat theaters and IMAX on May 5, 2011 — Coming Soon
- George might not die on Grey's Anatomy after all? — Vulture
- Charlize Theron has dropped out of The Danish Girl — Movieline
- Who knew Zachary Levi could sing? — Give Me My Remote
- Despite rumors to the contrary, Access Hollywood is reporting that Tom Cruise will not reprise his role as Maverick in a sequel to Top Gun.
- Variety has the news that Hancock director Peter Berg is developing a Hercules film based on a five-issue comic book series by Steve Moore.
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- TNT picked up the pilot for Night and Day, a show about an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms from 24 co-creator Joel Surnow, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
- Billboard states Nas' untitled album topped last week's sales chart, moving 197,000 copies. Lil Wayne's album and the Mamma Mia! soundtrack rounded out the top three.
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Another day, another Hancock premiere for Will Smith and Charlize Theron. The actors opened the Moscow Film Festival yesterday with smiles, though they looked a little less overly friendly than Wednesday's red carpet. While Will was running around Europe his daughter, Willow, premiered Kit Kittredge in NYC last night. Both Hancock and Kit Kittredge are opening on July 2nd and when asked about beating her dad in the box office Willow said, “I think I’ll be the biggest flashing star...Yes…I’m going to post up on daddy’s movie. Willow is the star.” Sounds like there's another Smith looking to own Independence Day weekend.
- So here we have it, Mischa Barton's mugshot after being caught driving under the influence, in possession of narcotics and without a license last night. Finishing out the year, Marissa Cooper style. What do you guys think — could it have beaten Shia in our best mugshot of 2007 poll? — TMZ
- Tom Cruise is in talks with The Kingdom director Peter Berg to head up his next thriller, Edwin A. Salt, after the first two directors dropped out. Hopefully this isn't shaping up to be another troubled project like Valkyrie seems to be. — Reuters
- Kristen Bell doesn't want her new relationship with Dax Shepard to be used for any promotion, asking that either her name or Dax's (not both) be used on the invitations for the New Year's party they'll attend in Miami. Can't say we blame her for wanting to keep a romance with him under the radar. — Page Six
- Brendan Fraser and his wife of nine years have announced their separation. For the sake of their three kids, hopefully it's a civil divorce. — People
- Country singer Toby Keith and his family have been awarded $2.8 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, after his father was killed by a bus equipped with faulty brakes in 2001. Hopefully this helps bring him some solace after such a horrible accident. — Fox News
Hancock, Peter Berg's directorial follow-up project to The Kingdom, stars Will Smith as a ragged modern-day superhero who has fallen out of the public's favor. When he hires a PR guy (Jason Bateman) to help clean up his public image, Hancock winds up falling for the man's wife (Charlize Theron).
This new teaser trailer for the movie — which opens July 2 — is a little bizarre, as drunk modern-day superheroes are wont to be, and not entirely interesting, but there are some funny bits. You can take a look and share your thoughts if you read more