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The Top 5 Reasons To See 'Battleship'

It took a few years and a fistful of dollars to bring Universal Pictures adaptation of the classic Hasbro strategy game "Battleship" to the big screen, but the spoils of the production are about to be reaped. Already an international hit, the film docks in U.S. theaters this Friday, May 18, with enough hype to keep the Titanic afloat. Having seen the film, we can tell you that it’s one of the wildest rides you’ll get to take at the movies this summer and today we’re providing a few specific reasons why you should get on board.

The Girls of Summer

Sexy ladies and big-budget action tent poles go hand in hand, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find two of the most beautiful women on the planet in "Battleship." But don’t call either of them damsels in distress.

Rihanna brings the best of female empowerment to the U.S.S. John Paul Jones as Petty Officer Raikes, a weapons specialist who personally blasts a bunch of alien invaders to holy hell. Not only does she get up close and personal with an E.T. while engaging in hand to hand combat as she defends her commanding officer (Taylor Kitsch, more on him later), she frequently pulls her fellow crewman out of hairy situations throughout the flick. From start to finish Ri is positively bad-ass, and again proves that men aren’t the only heroes in Hollywood.

While the songstress does her things out at sea, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker (above) plays an important role in the campaign. Her character Sam Shane, a military physical therapist and daughter of a high-ranking Naval Admiral, is wholly unprepared for the attack when she’s working with a patient in a remote area of a Hawaiian island, but rises to the challenge and helps foil the extraterrestrial’s plans. Her bravery is absolutely admirable, especially considering the fact that she’s a civilian.

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A Salute to America’s Heroes Young and Old

Director Peter Berg ("Hancock") has been very vocal about his support and respect for the Armed Forces, but he takes that esteem to a whole new level in this action epic. Not only does he include active duty Naval officers in "Battleship," he gets the vets involved, too. Without spoiling too much, we’ll just say that the greatest generation of military champions returns to an iconic vessel to save the day at the climax of the flick - a nostalgic nod to those who gave so much for our country so long ago.

BIG GUNS

Throughout the summer you’re going to see some impressive artillery. "The Avengers" boasted plenty of hi-tech weaponry when it broke box office records. Bullets are gonna fly when "The Expendables 2" shoots its way into theaters. But "Battleship" brings a truly mind blowing display of firepower to the masses. The destructive force of the canons that the U.S.S. John Paul Jones and, later, the U.S.S. Missouri, are equipped with are astonishing, and the aliens ship’s various armaments are equally devastating as they rip through naval fleets and cities infrastructure. Pitted against one another, the result is an explosive spectacle worthy of box office dominance.

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Ladies Love a Man in Uniform

Sure, the boys get to ogle over a pair of stunning superstars in this flick, but fear not female filmgoers: you’ll get a triple threat of masculinity in "Battleship." First, there’s star Taylor Kitsch, who began as a model for Diesel and Abercrombie & Fitch. Anyone who has posed for those clothing companies surely has a body worthy of worship, and there’s plenty of opportunities for you to stare at him in his crisp Navy getup and shirtless as well.

Then there’s "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard – the object of many women’s fantasies – who plays Kitsch’s older, more responsible brother and brings the same intensity to this role that he does as vampire Eric Northman. This is his biggest film to date, and that’ll probably be more than enough to coax girlfriends’ more interested in seeing "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" into a showing.

Finally, global box office champ Liam Neeson has a small but important role in the film as the aforementioned Admiral Shane, and while his muscles are a bit past the point of being gawked at, we’ll be damned if he doesn’t look good in a uniform
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Pump Up the Volume

Perhaps more than any other summer blockbuster this year, you need to hear "Battleship" as much as you need to see it. Between executive music supervisor Rick Rubin’s (one of the founding fathers of hip-hop and greatest producers of all time) spot-on song choices, composer Steve Jablonsky’s rousing score and a team of sound effects scientists, you’ll be floored by the film’s assault on your eardrums.

Rubin selects hard-hitting classic rock tracks from the likes of AC/DC and ZZ Top to energize the audience, while Jablonsky – who’s no stranger to making original music for $200 million properties like "Transformers" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" – plays up the patriotism with exciting progressions and raises the fear factor with alarming motifs. Overall it’s a complete 360 degree audio experience and deserves to be listened to as LOUD as possible.

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Disney+ Greenlights 'The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder'

The family is getting back together for a sure-to-be-epic reunion. On Thursday (Feb. 27), it was announced that Disney+ commissioned new episodes of The Proud Family, now titled The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder.

Returning to the animated characters' world will be Kyla Pratt (Penny Proud), Paula Jai Parker (Trudy Proud), Tommy Davidson (Oscar Proud), Jo Marie Payton (Suga Mama), and Cedric the Entertainer (Uncle Bobby Proud). As for Penny's friends, returning to the mic will be Alisa Reyes (LaCienega Boulevardez), Karen Malina White (Dijonay Jones), and Soleil Moon Frye (Zoey Howzer).

In a statement, Agnes Chu, senior vice president, content Disney+, said this decision arrives at the right time. "The show's humor and relatable stories are as relevant with audiences today as ever," Chu said. "Our audiences have loved rediscovering their favorite episode of The Proud Family, and we're excited Bruce, Ralph, Calvin, and the returning cast are creating new stories for their new home on Disney+."

Creator/executive producer Bruce W. Smith, and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, who both played a significant role in the show's origins, will return alongside co-executive producer/story editor Calvin Brown. The Proud Family aired from 2001 to 2005, hosting a theme song performed by Solange featuring Destiny's Child.

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'Candyman' Trailer Features Haunting Version Of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name"

The release of summertime blockbusters will be in full effect this June 12 when a new version of Candyman hits theaters. On Thursday (Feb. 27), the trailer for the horror film debuted to a wave of excitement and anticipation from future moviegoers, backed by a dark version of Destiny's Child's 1999 hit "Say My Name."

Directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions company, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy, an artist who embarks on a journey to learn about the urban legend that is Candyman. Set in Chicago's Cabrini-Green area, just like the 1992 classic, the film's characters are submerged into a world of unspeakable horror and exposed secrets of the slasher's origins. Candyman also stars Teyonah Parris who recently co-starred in The Photograph, and Vanessa A. Williams who starred in the original production.

In an interview with Deadline, Monekypaw Productions' creative director Ian Cooper said this version of the thriller will satisfy fans of the original production and possibly gain a new following.

“What we’re doing with Candyman and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven’t seen the original film as well as people who’ve seen the original film,” Cooper said. “In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we’re doing with Us and did with Get Out in a way that will be circuitous.”

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Tommy Davidson Explains Why An ‘In Living Color’ Reunion May “Take Some Time”

The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

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