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New Movie Trailer: Battleship

Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Peter Berg’s Battleship. Watch the trailer after the jump.


Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by 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 Skarsgård 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. Berg directs this epic action-adventure also produced by Scott Stuber (Couples Retreat), Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom), Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro (the Transformers franchise), along with Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander) and Jeffrey Silver (300). The film is written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (Red). The battle for Earth begins at sea.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker, Battleship is scheduled to hit theaters on May 18, 2012.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax ($38.8M) holds off John Carter ($30.2) for first place; John Carter opens to $100.8M worldwide [Update]

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Andrew Stanton’s John Carter debuted in a disappointing second place this weekend with $30.180M from 3,749 theaters. For any other original project, that figure would actually be pretty respectable. The problem, however, is that this particular film cost Disney $250M. The weak opening left enough […]

Dr. Suess’ The Lorax delivers year’s biggest opening weekend with $70.7M; Project X has solid $20.8M debut

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax exceeded all expectations and opened with an estimated $70.7M from 3,729 theaters, delivering the year’s biggest opening weekend. The project opened on Friday to an estimated $17.4M, but exploded to an estimated $31.3M on Saturday (+80%). Universal is projecting a 30% dip on Sunday to $22.0M.

The only other new wide release […]

Dracula Year Zero back on track at Universal with Gary Shore set to direct

Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures is in negotiations with Gary Shore to direct Dracula Year Zero. The project was originally set up several years ago with Alex Proyas as director. At one point Sam Worthington had been attached to stars as Prince Vlad of Transylvania / Vlad the Impaler, but Worthington is no […]

Morgan Freeman joins Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion

Deadline reports that Morgan Freeman has joined the cast of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. Freeman joins Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko. It’s unknown at the moment what role Freeman will be playing in the film, but it’s said to be a “critical” part.

Oblivion is currently being rewritten by Michael Arndt. Original drafts were written […]

The Bourne Legacy movie trailer

Universal Pictures has released the teaser trailer for Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy. Watch the trailer after the jump.

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy.  The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.

The Bourne Legacy is scheduled to hit theaters on August 3, 2012.

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Super Bowl Spots: The Avengers, Battleship & John Carter

Click over the jump to check out the Super Bowl spots for three of this year’s big-budget blockbusters: The Avengers; Battleship and John Carter.

Andrew Stanton’s John Carter is first out of the gate on March 9, followed by Joss Whedon’s The Avengers on May 4 and Peter Berg’s Battleship on May 18.

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Universal Pictures announces start to principal photograhpy on sci-fi thriller Riddick

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Al Pacino to voice villain in Universal’s Despicable Me 2

Al Pacino will make his animated film debut as the voice of the villain in Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 2. Further details are not known but Pacino will play the nemesis of Gru (voiced by returning Steve Carell).

Despicable Me 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on July 3, 2013.

Rumor: Bryan Singer developing The Six Billion Dollar Man with Leonardo DiCaprio as lead

Latino Review is reporting that Bryan Singer is developing a big screen version of the TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man”, titled The Six Billion Dollar Man with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead.

Details at Latino Review.


Snow White and the Huntsman movie trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012.

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Brian Grazer: Reduced budget means The Dark Tower will get made

Back in July Universal Pictures pulled the plug on Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, but producer Brian Grazer recently revealed that together with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and director Ron Howard, they’ve found a way to trim $45-50M from the original $140M budget and that means the film will “get made” […]