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3:15-4:15 Universal Pictures: Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman— Universal Pictures will present footage and special guests from two of its upcoming epic action-adventures: Battleship (May 18) and Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1). Battleship director/producer Peter Berg will be joined by two of the star’s from the film, Alexander Skarsgård and Brooklyn Decker, to discuss the project. Snow White and the Huntsman‘s director, Rupert Sanders, will answer questions about the new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Ballroom, Third Level. [SOURCE]
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Earlier this week, Rihanna talked to the press about Battleship, her first acting role, in London. She plays Petty Officer Raikes — a weapons specialist who gets a thrill from firing heavy artillery. And the singer admitted she enjoyed working with guns almost as much as her character. Rihanna said: “The one on the boat was so powerful, on the ribs, every time, ugh, I remember. I would come back to the set with black gunpowder everywhere — it was crazy. But it was so much fun. I loved it, every moment. I loved feeling it in my chest.”

Rihanna has history with the military. She joined the army cadets as a youngster in Barbados — and not because of the boys. “I just wanted to join an organisation. I didn’t want to be at school for school work, that was boring. Everything else was kind of not my thing, so I joined the cadets. They had weapons. I wasn’t into boys then.”

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Besides facing the normal challenges of the summer box office, “Battleship” has a cast full of young actors, like Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and pop superstar Rihanna trying to prove their skills in a big-budget movie. In the case of Rihanna, many skeptics turned their nose up at the idea of the singer making the crossover to acting, but her director on “Battleship,” Peter Berg, told MTV News at New York’s Toy Fair that she was a natural. “She was great,” he said. “She has a very strong part.”

Berg insisted that Rihanna’s casting was not as unorthodox as many may have thought, citing a whole host of singers who act. He has even had personal experience helping performers make the transition.”I’ve always believed in musicians as actors. I had great success with Tim McGraw in ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘The Kingdom.’ Musicians have been acting since Frank Sinatra won an Oscar for ‘From Here to Eternity,’ ” Berg said.

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Our pal Elias from RebelleRihanna went to french presentation of Battleship movie this week. The special guest was Peter Berg – the movie director himself. Elias shared: “Peter Berg presented us the main actors – Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and of course Rihanna. He said about her: “She’s a really great actress. I really wanted to cast new actors, someone who is not a big movie star, at least not yet. When Rihanna joined the cast she was really excited about her character and her talent did the rest. I think Musicians are great actors. She definitely can act! She surprised me.”“ [READ MORE]
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The singer is set to play a US Navy weapons officer in the film Battleship, based on the popular board game of the same name. The movie is directed by Peter Berg, the man behind the 2008 film Hancock starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron. He says Rihanna has a big future on the big screen. “I’ve worked with musicians before and I always expected there was a great actress in Rihanna,” he said. “That’s just from watching her intensity and how hot she is in her music videos.”

Peter Berg, 49, spent four months with the star filming near Hawaii. “For anyone that’s been on a music video set, it’s not so easy to do sexy,” he said. “If it was, there would be a lot more Rihannas.” As for Rihanna’s career in Hollywood, the director said: “Battleship is a small role but she does a great job in it. “If she wants to be a huge movie star then in a year you’ll be sitting here with her talking about whatever her next film is.”

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So here we are, a $200 million film based on Battleship. You know, the matrix-based board game that mixes hide and seek With geometry class. And here’s 18 things you should know about Battleship according to ComicBookMovie. Read more after the cut. In the movie, Rihanna stars as a Petty Officer (GM2) Raikes, Hopper’s best friend, crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones.

The story takes place In the Hawaiian Islands, where an international naval fleet at Pearl Harbor engage in a very dynamic and intense battle against an alien race known as “The Regents”.

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Via 4Music: “Talk That Talk” is Rihanna’s sixth studio album and, according to her manager, Jay Brown, her desire to keep recording is driven by her love of music and her wish to satisfy demand from her fans. Introducing the album at SARM Studios in London’s Notting Hill, Jay Brown said she was right to keep on releasing albums as “kids are always looking for new music.”

He also revealed plans for her to shoot the video for her next single “You Da One” in London and confirmed that they’re talking to Melina Matsoukas, who was at the helm on the “We Found Love” shoot, about possible concepts. When asked about her plans for 2012, Brown said Rihanna would be promoting her movie debut Battleship, which is due for release in the UK on 18 April, and would begin work on a second big screen project towards the end of the year.

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“I think you become disposable when you put out an album every three years. It’s not like we force her. She goes into the studio because she likes it. Nobody, when they’re buying an album, wants to skip over tracks. If there are too many songs, you dilute what you’re trying to do. When we were deciding the tracks to put on there, I wasn’t thinking about minutes and seconds. I just wanted to make sure it was all hits,” said Jay Brown.


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ET Online: Rihanna takes on her first dramatic role in the summer blockbuster Battleship, and our own Mark Steines is exclusively with the Grammy winner on the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, HI. “I got to shoot some really serious, powerful weapons, which is really, really fun,” says the singer, decked out head-to-toe in camouflage and fake tattoos. “We wanted a bunch of tattoos just to dirty me up a little bit — and, of course, no makeup.”

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Rihanna is standing on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri in Oahu’s Pearl Harbor wearing fatigues and clucking like a chicken. Yes, you read that right. Clucking. Like a chicken. “Bwawk, BWAWK!” Certainly not what one might expect to see the pop superstar doing on the set of her first movie, one about a battle at sea with aliens to boot, but blame it on Battleship director Peter Berg’s style. This particular scene takes place at the beginning of the movie when Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, absent today) is giving a speech on deck to some 500 extras. Rihanna, as tough-chick sailor Raikes, is egging on two male sailors to go mess with one of the ranking officers, Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), but they’re balking, afraid of him. He has her repeat the line “Go mess with him!” over and over. The sailors refuse again.


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Check out the first official photo of Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes from “Battleship”. Click the preview above or here for full-sized image. [SOURCE]
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Rihanna is “excited” she has finished filming Battleship. The pop star from Barbados is making her film debut in the action movie based on the classic board game where players try to sink their opponents’ ships.

In the film, a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with a mysterious armada, and Rihanna takes the role of an assertive weapons officer called Raikes. The singer has been working hard to shoot the movie at the same time as touring. Now she has completed filming her role, Rihanna is delighted to be able to take a rest over Christmas.

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Rihanna has said that her character Raikes in upcoming blockbuster Battleship serves as the film's "bad ass". The 'Only Girl (In The World)' singer told The Times that she didn't need firearms training for her part as a naval officer because she had experience handling guns in her teen years.

"I was weapons trained in the cadets as a teenager. I march. I shoot. I do drill," she said. "My role in the film is to be the bad ass who knows how to handle the arms. Well, that's not really acting for me. I am a bad ass in real life." Battleship, co-starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker, will open in cinemas on May 18, 2012. [SOURCE]

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