Taylor Kitsch became television's latest teenage bad-boy with the 2006 premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (2006- ), playing a small-town Texas football team's brooding yet charismatic ne'er-do-we...
"Taylor Kitsch wanted to do many of his stunts himself. In one scene, he gets Tasered, but it involves him falling down on the concrete ground. Every time he fell, I could tell it hurt." Actress Brooklyn Decker's Battleship co-star struggled through the film's action scenes.
Less Transformers more Act of Valor director Peter Berg's Battleship is a bombastic idiotic and ear canal-shattering love letter to the Navy slathered with a summer blockbuster sugarcoating that sufficiently masks any glimmer of heart. Following suit with their previous adaptation Transformers toy company Hasbro has transformed their popular board game into a sci-fi action movie as stiff and lifeless as the plastic pieces used to play. The saving grace is Berg's fondness for the ridiculous injecting Top Gun-level machismo into his tale of aliens vs. boats. Silliness is cinematic buoyancy for a movie as lazy as Battleship.
Continually finding himself in trouble's way roughneck Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch of TV's Friday Night Lights and John Carter) enlists in the U.S. Navy alongside his boy scout brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård) and under the supervision of his lady friend Sam's (Brooklyn Decker) overbearing father Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Alex works his way up the chain of command quickly earning the rank of Lieutenant just in time for the annual competitive skirmish with the Japanese Navy. It's all fun and games until — per usual — aliens drop down from the stars and wreak havoc on Hawaii. With most of the fleet trapped on the outskirts thanks to a ship-proof forcefield Alex is forced to command his own ship and take down the intergalactic adversaries with old school style. Discombobulated radar in alien waters means Alex and his team are shooting blind — will B11 be a hit or a miss?
Kitsch spends most of his time rubbing shoulders with Petty Officer 'Weps' (Rihanna) and the rest of his diligent crew whipping up ways to defeat the alien forces who only go on the offensive when attacked. That's just the beginning of the storytelling's illogic moment after moment favoring Michael Bay-inspired mayhem and tensionless spats of screaming aboard the ship's bridge over coherency. There's an Independence Day-inspired moment where an alien creature palms Kitsch's face unleashing imagery of their devastated home planet to his mind. Maybe? That never comes back and an explanation of why the aliens are here why we're fighting them or if they're really that bad at all never comes into play. Kitsch and his men just know the world's under attack and we have to blow the opposition to smithereens.
Ensuring attentive brains are never too focused the perspective in Battleship is ever-shifting jumping from Alex's Destroyer to Sam and her paraplegic rehab patient Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales together on the run from alien ground troops. Around Battleship's halfway point when the duo partners with a twitchy scientist (Hamish Linklater) and Mick rises above his disability to beat the living daylights out of an extraterrestrial is when Berg throws his hands in the air stops caring and pulls out all the stops. Giant alien roller balls that rip up everything in their path? Check. Bouncing space ships that can only be combated using water displacement theory? Check. Navy vets returning for one…last…job? Check check. Before the finale of this 131 minute monstrosity Kitsch and his Japanese counterpart Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano) sit down to play an actual game of Battleship. Sure it's with actual missiles but there's a grid there's a target and there's shouting out of corresponding numbers. For those worried about board game fan service it's there (but don't sit around waiting for the infamous tagline).
Unlike his turn in John Carter Kitsch is perfectly suited for the bro atmosphere of Battleship where every moment of drama begs for hammy delivery and crazy eyes. Decker too is an asset to the overly epic blockbuster — a step up from the reductive arm candy roles of the Transformers movies. Everyone else is barely a blip on the radar; Neeson is deprived of a single badass moment while Rihanna proves she can memorize and playback scripted lines as well as pop song lyrics. Berg has control of his action in a way that's more enjoyable than the previous Transformers films but it still plays like a tired clone. The initial two-thirds of Battleship that takes itself too seriously is exhausting. The final barrage is pure lunacy. Whether you can stay afloat for that long is the true test of heroism.
Step aside Giants, Patriots, Packers and whatever other teams thinks that it stands a chance to make it to the Super Bowl this year — it's time for Team Hollywood to get in the game. (We'd draft you if we could, Tom Brady and Eli Manning!)
While we may not be looking for the sweatiest jocks in town, we definitely know how to scout. Whether it's scoping a good arm or projecting a new play, these are the stars that we choose to draft for Team Hollywood. This is guaranteed to be a championship winning team!
Sandra Bullock as Coach
Bullock must be one of the most well collected individuals when it comes to being in front of a camera. She knows how to remain calm when a storm (like Jesse James) attacks — and she always can plan her next strategy. She would be a PR dream come true if it came to leading a football team. And it doesn't hurt that she won an Oscar for role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. (My pick)
George Clooney as Quarterback
He's great at devising new plays, especially if he's up against Brad Pitt's team. He also isn't deterred by old, grisly-like men who try to tackle him, especially if the playing field is in D.C.
Gina Carano as punter
If she can kick Michael Fassbender's ass, imagine what she could do with a football. (Aly Semigran's pick)
Joe Manganiello as a Running Back
This may be 98 percent based on the fact that he looks really, really good running through the forest in True Blood, so by the transitive property, he’d look great running to catch a pass on the field. The other two percent comes from sheer curiosity: what does a werewolf’s end zone dance look like? (Kelsea Stahler's Pick)
Angelina Jolie as a Running Back
She’d catch the defense standing and staring every time she runs with the ball — especially if she flaunts a leg, Oscars style. This could backfire, however, if the defense tries to tackle her… like, lustfully. (Brian Marder's pick)
Jason Schwartzman as the Placekicker
He’s plucky, he’s courageous, he’s wily. He might not be big, but he’s got heart, and the sarcastic wit that keeps the team upbeat in times of duress. Most importantly, when it comes down the last point of the game, it’s always the small guy who believed in himself when no one else did (I got all of my football knowledge from movies in the ‘90s). (Michael Arbeiter's pick)
Winona Ryder as the Wide Receiver
Her expertise in snatching and running (a football is about the size of a bag of Sachs Fifth Avenue garments, no?) will come in handy when fleeing from the authorities opposing team. (Matthew Patches' pick)
Channing Tatum as a Tight End
The reasons for this are obvious, but he's physically fit enough to be a fast runner and still broad enough to be an effective blocker. Plus, can you imagine that body in a football uniform? The title says it all — this guy deserves to strut his stuff out on the field. (Kelly Schremph's pick)
Taylor Kitsch as a Tight End
Tim Riggins lost his way when he left the Dillon Panthers, and Taylor has had some serious misfires in big-screen land. Let's get him back to TE, where he can work his magic on the O-Line AND catch Clooney's Hail Marys. (Shaunna Murphy's pick)
Justin Bieber as a Head Cheerleader
The swarm of screaming girls that follow him everywhere he goes would put any team's cheering squad to shame. Also, we could use "Boyfriend" or any of his other hit songs as the theme song for our team. Taylor Swift can be the co-captain. Why do girls become cheerleaders in the first place? Because they can't carry a tune!
And of course, Rob Schneider has to be the Gatorade jug! (Kate Ward's pick)
Hut, hut, hike!
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The director/producer will receive the prestigious prize at the annual CinemaCon convention later this month (Apr12), while actor Taylor Kitsch has been named the Male Star of Tomorrow.
Praising the duo, CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser says, "Judd Apatow has written, directed and or produced many (of) this moviegoing generation's most memorable and entertaining comedies.
"Having impressed television audiences with his engrossing portrayal of a troubled Texas high school fullback in Friday Night Lights, Taylor Kitsch continues to dive into each assigned role with an incredible passion that shines through all of his work."
Other previously announced honourees at the convention include Michelle Pfeiffer (Cinema Icon), Dwayne Johnson (Action Star of the Year), Charlize Theron (Distinguished Decade of Achievement) and Josh Hutcherson (Breakthrough Performer of the Year).
"The other cast had to go off and do boot camp, but not me. As admiral of the fleet, I give the orders. Everybody's saluting you all of the time. It's terrific." Liam Neeson on his role as a vice admiral in new movie Battleship, which he stars in alongside Rihanna and Taylor Kitsch.
If you've ever seen director Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, The Doors or U Turn, you know the director is fully capable of injecting any type of narrative with vicious, psychedelic imagery and shocking violence. In recent years, he's turned to realistic, ripped-from-the-headlines dramas, like World Trade Center, W. and Wall Street 2. But now the filmmaker appears back to his kinetic style with Savages, a drug trade thriller for which Stone has assembled an all-star cast to go completely bonkers.
The first trailer for the film has been released and puts lead actress Blake Lively front and center. Lively plays O, the girlfriend of Chon and Ben (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson), two marijuana growers/dealers who end up on the bad side of a Mexican drug cartel. Soon, O finds herself kidnapped — but Chon and Ben don't bow to the muscle. They head south of the boarder, where they run into the likes of John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir.
The spot is stylish, sexy and slick, with a hefty amount of humor built around the terrifying central plot. Savages lands July 6, 2012 and should serve as a heady alternative to the usual summer blockbusters. Or, at the very least, a trippy alternative.
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Alexander Skarsgard is a busy man these days. In addition to starring in the upcoming films Battleship, The East, Disconnect, and What Maisie Knew, he's just signed on to appear in the horror thriller Hidden. Oh, and he's still appearing on a little show called True Blood.
The film, which is being written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, is described as an "elevated horror-thriller" about a family hiding out in a bomb shelter after escaping a mysterious outbreak. It's set to shoot later this summer, once Skarsgard is temporarily relieved of vampire duty.
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Mark Wahlberg may be putting his underwear modeling years to shame with his new role in Pain and Gain. The 40-year-old actor showed off some impressive muscles on the set of his new movie on April 2 in Miami, Fla., where he filmed some crazy stunts.
In the pics from special scenes, Wahlberg can be seen hanging from a wall as he does crunches vertical to the ground. (What — you don't do that every day?) Even the likes of Tom Brady and Joe Manganiello are going to have to start getting tips from Wahlberg on how to better their six packs.
But don't worry, funky bunch — you can't expect to work out like Wahlberg every day. We're pretty sure he doesn't — the actor's just doing what’s expected of him for his role. Pain and Gain is about two Florida bodybuilders who get entangled in a dangerous kidnapping. Can we kidnap him?
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James Cameron's Oscar-winning romantic drama Titanic painted a fairly accurate portrait of the titular ship's fateful voyage. That is, if you believe history books.
There are conspiracy theorists out there who believe the sinking of the RMS Titanic had nothing to do with an iceberg collision. Alternate explanations for the disaster range from coal fires to ocean liner impersonators to mummy curses to German U-boats — if the circumstances were remotely possible, someone somewhere has come up with a theory. Now, a new hypothesis has risen to the surface: alien attack.
Thanks to Hollywood.com's genius video editors, we have exclusive footage, that suggests Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio to save the unsinkable ship from a destructive demise. Or maybe it's just an awesome mash-up of Titanic (which hits theaters in 3D on April 4) and the summer blockbuster Battleship (May 18). Check out the video below:
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Co-starred in the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"
First film role was a small part in "John Tucker Must Die"
Appeared in thriller "Snakes on a Plane," starring Samuel L. Jackson
Played hockey with the Langley Hornets before an injury ended his career
Played Gambit opposite Hugh Jackman in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
Moved to New York to pursue modeling and acting
Made TV acting debut on an episode of ABC Family's "Kyle XY"
Cast as the title character in sci-fi Western "John Carter"
Delivered breakthrough role as sensitive football player Tim Riggins on NBC drama series "Friday Night Lights"
Played suicidal Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Carter in "The Bang-Bang Club"
Cast in the ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek
Taylor Kitsch became television's latest teenage bad-boy with the 2006 premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (2006- ), playing a small-town Texas football team's brooding yet charismatic ne'er-do-well. A former minor-league athlete himself, Kitsch's circumspect route to stardom took him from the hockey rinks of British Columbia to sleeping on New York subways to the pivotal role of the swashbuckling superhero Gambit in the 2009 summer blockbuster entry "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." His "Friday Night Lights" boss, producer-writer Peter Berg, went on to proclaim Kitsch "a ridiculous, unreal mix of acting talent and outrageous good looks" - a sentiment few people could argue with as the heartthrob continued to win over fans on both the big and small screen.