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Rihanna is surrounded by hotties of all genders in the upcoming action flick Battleship (plus some kind of alien death ships? Which are sort of hot in a different way? ), but there’s only one costar in particular that left the “Talk That Talk” singer with a schoolgirl crush. “I fell in love with [Liam Neeson] when I watched Taken and I was so star-struck, I couldn’t even look at him on set,” RiRi gushed to British mag Company. “I just had to shut down completely. Then he asked me for a picture with him to send to his son and I was like, ‘Send me this picture, I want it too!’ ” We understand completely, girl. We saw The Grey in theaters, after all.
While Neeson might be the king of Rihanna‘s heart, it sounds like Alexander Skarsgard is the king of her body parts. On a related note, did you see what we did there? “Oh my god, [Alexander Skarsgard]’s so hot!” she exclaimed. “I mean, I went from gawking at him for hours every time I watched True Blood DVDs back-to-back on tour, then BOOM! He’s on set.” Don’t feel bad just because you’re the only hottie who RiRi didn’t name check, Taylor Kitsch. Maybe you’ll get cast in The Grey 2. Like if Liam isn’t available or something?
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Is it wrong that we keep referring to Battleship as “that Rihanna movie”? The latest trailer has these shots of her that make us feel like we’re watching one of her music videos. We also know that Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch are in it, but sadly, we get to see only a couple of tiny frames of them. As opposed to Rih, who has the camera panning on her looking intense, and who gets to say “Boom” in a very dramatic scene. The last trailer for Battleship came out in 2011, followed up by the film’s poster with Rihanna … and basically, everything seems to be about the singer. But this current trailer also gives us a couple more hints about what the storyline is going to be like. We see that poor Hong Kong is the first city to get its ass kicked by the alien invaders. We also get that the movie is pretty much like Transformers, only at sea. Also, Friday Night Lights vet Jesse Plemmons looks very Landry-like in a couple of scenes. Do we still want to watch it? Hell, yeah!
This one’s for all of you who enjoyed Sam Worthington‘s glowering turn as Perseus in Clash Of The Titans last year. The official trailer for the sequel — Wrath Of The Titans — is out and is scheduled to hit cinemas next year. All the usual suspects are in: Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, who now wants Perseus’ help ’cause dem Titans (who they believe to be “imprisoned forever”) are breaking free and they’re pissed! The eye candy in the movie is courtesy Rosamund Pike. As for Worthington, he’s still glowering but has longer, curlier hair which takes the edge off. Besides, the action and effects in this one look pretty insane. We’d put this in the ‘must watch’ pile.
Who ever made the second and most recent Battleship trailer was smart enough to know why most of the human race will be seeing it*: a fantastic lady by the name of Rihanna. Not that the huge action movie doesn’t look good in it’s own right; it’s also got Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson and some kind of centuries-old hidden alien army lying in wait on the ocean floor**. Most importantly, though, it has Rihanna’s acting debut***. It seems pretty solid! When RiRi yells, “What the hell is that?” you really feel like she wanted to know what the hell that was. As much as we love extraterrestrial fireballs with chainsaw tails ripping apart helicopters and smashing buildings, let us take a moment to pay homage to the best part of this and any movie: the precious seconds Rihanna is on screen.
*Editor’s note: There are some of us who have had this movie’s opening marked in our calendars as “dinner with Taylor Kitsch AND Alexander Skarsgard” since last year.
**And also Eric Northman getting his face warped and Tim Riggins getting all militaried up.
*** “More importantly,” we’d like to mention, is only according to Halle Kiefer. Her editor would like to argue that nothing is more important than Taylor looking very, very worried.
Strap on your satchels and locate your infants; The Hangover Part II teaser trailer is here! Featuring Ed Helms with a Tyson-esque face tattoo and Bradley Cooper smeared with filth, this sneak peek at the gent’s trip to the seedy underbelly of Bangkok for Stu’s wedding is exactly what we dream about when we take our little tiger snooze.
The film, which hits theaters on May 26, looks like it’s in great shape after the whole Mel Gibson being replaced with Liam Neeson Hangover debacle. Other guest stars include Juliette Lewis, Mamie Van Doren and Bill Clinton, as well as Community’s Ken Jeong reprising his role as Mr. Chow. The question in our mind, of course, is which furry, hilarious creature is going to steal the movie this time: Zach Galifianakis or that adorable monkey wearing human clothes? Its little pants are camo!
Mad Men‘s January Jones hasn’t crossed over into movie stardom yet, but judging from her edgy red carpet look at the Unknown premiere in LA, she’s ready to put in the work. The actress sported a dramatic Alexander McQueen concoction, with an equally dramatic haircut completing a look more couture than you’d expect from someone promoting a Liam Neeson thriller. Also exceptionally stylish was co-star Diane Kruger in a short, white number from D&G. Way to make Liam look underdressed, guys!
Get a closer look—and see the big white coat Kim Kardashian wore—in the gallery below.
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We were seriously worried for Liam Neeson‘s safety when he replaced Mel Gibson on The Hangover 2. Mel was dropped because it’s apparently a liability to have crazy people on set. A source revealed, “They don’t want him to be in the movie and serve as a platform for some creepy comeback. They didn’t want that energy or to shoulder what would come with having him apart of the film.”
Gibson out, Neeson in… but was it going to turn into a case of hell hath no fury like Mel scorned? According to Liam, fortunately not. Neeson explained, “I spoke to Mel. Mel’s cool about it. We’re all cool. Mel and I did a movie together about 20 or 25 years ago. It was a long time ago. So, we know each other.”
Don’t trust him, dude. The guy is called Meltdown Mel for a reason!
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Last week we speculated that Mel Gibson would probably be pretty upset after getting fired from The Hangover sequel and learning he would be replaced by Liam Neeson. We can now confirm that rage-a-holic Gibson is indeed flying off the handle as a result of the casting change.
A source for Gibson says that Mel “doesn’t understand why Mike Tyson, a drug user who turned his life around, was given a chance while [he] was kicked to the curb. Everybody deserves a second chance.” We’re guessingÃ‚Â that Tyson seemed less toxic and evil for two reasons: one, enough time has passed since his DUI and rape convictions that he seems less threatening, and two, his voice. Like, how can you stay mad at someone with that voice? It’s even cuter thanÃ‚Â David Beckham‘s voice.
Mel’s camp has a good point though, although we’ve come to the conclusion that basically everyone in Hollywood has made some kind of pact with the devil, so in terms of judging others for their wrongdoings, it’s six of one, half dozen of the other.
Liam Neeson better get fitted for a mouth guard and stay away from any and all hot tubs in the near future, because apparently Neeson is replacing Mel Gibson in The Hangover 2. The actor’s rep confirmed, “It’s true pending clearance of cast and crew background check,” which will hopefully weed out the strange new P.A. who looks lot like Mel in blond wig and heels. Liam seems thrilled about the casting choice, gushing, “I just got a call to do a one-day shoot on Hangover 2 as a tattooist in Thailand, and that’s all I know about it. I just laughed my leg off when I saw The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV.” First you laugh your leg off, and then Mel Gibson chews it off after he sneaks into your trailer. Either way, it’s a movie you’ll never forget!
An insider working on The Hangover 2 reportedly confirmed that it was Mel’s currently reputation (i.e. demonic possession) that got him dropped from the film, revealing, “They don’t want him to be in the movie and serve as a platform for some creepy comeback. They didn’t want that energy or to shoulder what would come with having him apart of the film.” We are only half joking when say this switcheroo is the thing that will finally send Gibson over to the dark side. We mean, Mel Gibson charged a baby rent; you seriously think he will take this slight lying down? [Photos: Splash News Online]