We visit the set of the sci-fi/action extravaganza and talk to director Peter Berg and actors Taylor Kitsch & Alexander Skarsgård about turning a board game into a blockbuster
Laugh all you want in regards to "Battleship" the movie. Yes, it's based on that Hasbro game Battleship, as in "Hey, you sank my battleship!" (if you are younger than 30 years-old, ask your parents). I was laughing too when Universal asked me to travel to Hawaii for a two-day set visit in September 2010. Really, I thought, they're making movies from board games now? I mean, I guess I understand "Clue" but "Battleship"? That was before I saw the set.
An all-star cast tries to recommend an under-the-radar film
Is the box office winner worth the hype?
Early reports have “The Change-Up” suffering at the hands of marauding chimps
Hollywood is one crazy place. In the old days, films were given time to develop an audience and for word-of-mouth to increase interest. Now a film’s “success” or “failure” is determined within a few hours of its release. Deadline reports that “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is exceeding expectations with a very healthy $19.7M box office take on Friday. The Twentieth Century Fox film is now being projected to take in at least $50M this weekend, way higher than last week’s much-anticipated “Cowboys & Aliens.” By contrast, yesterday's other big studio release, Universal’s “The Change-Up,” only took in $4.7M on Friday and weekend projections have been drastically lowered to $13.4M. Universal executives are wringing their hands. “It’s disappointing,” one exec told Deadline this morning. “We’re kind of confounded by it. The movie tested unbelievably well and played like the best R-rated comedies we have.”
Though eclipsed by her phenomenal success on television, Lucy's film roles are worth a look
Everyone loves Lucy, the legendary redhead who would have turned 100 years old today. Lucille Ball is best known as the woman who’s had the biggest impact on the television industry, both because of her success as a sitcom star as well as her ground-breaking role as the first female head of a studio. In addition to her own wildly popular “I Love Lucy,” Ball was responsible for green-lighting shows such as “Star Trek,” “The Untouchables,” and “Mission: Impossible.”
Fewer people are aware of Lucille Ball’s movie career. Beginning as a Goldwyn Girl in the early 30s, Lucy became known as the Queen of the B’s at RKO. But she also made some excellent films that withstand the test of time, and it’s fascinating to see her exquisite comedy chops in their early stages.