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Release Date: March 11, 2011 (North America)

Genres: Action, Science Fiction, War          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Columbia Pictures   Production Company: Original Films

Who's In It: Aaron Eckhart (Marine platoon leader), Michelle Rodriguez (Corporal Adriana Santos), Bridget Moynahan (TBA), Michael Peña (TBA), Ramon Rodriguez (TBA)

Who's Making It: Neal Moritz (Producer), Chris Bertolini (Screenwriter), Scott Silver (Screenwriter), Jonathan Liebesman (Director),

Premise: During an alien invasion, a Marine squad deployed in Los Angeles takes on the extraterrestrial invaders.... More »

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

A 30-second commercial for Battle: Los Angeles aired on today's Superbowl XLV. Watch it below:

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Attached to this coming Friday's release of The Green Hornet in theaters, the third and final trailer for Battle: Los Angeles is now out for Internet viewing:


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Friday, December 17, 2010

The first of the final wave of teaser poster for Battle: Los Angeles came out today showing the aliens distracting surfers. Can't they catch a wave in peace without an extraterrestrial invasion disrupting their wave time?

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

The second trailer for Battle: Los Angeles is now released. As was the case with the first trailer, the marketing angle is about the high concept premise and not about the stars in it.



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Friday, November 12, 2010

The first trailer for Battle: Los Angeles has been released. It's interesting to compare this first look at the marketing for this film with the marketing done for Skyline, the alien invasion film being released today in theaters. While both films deal with the same subject matter and even take place in the same city, the Battle: Los Angeles trailer shows an expanded theater of war than the Skyline trailers did.



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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Via Rope of Silicon's YouTube account comes two seconds of aerial combat footage from Battle: Los Angeles.

Two seconds?!

Yup. Two seconds.



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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Columbia Pictures has chosen this week and the start of Comic-Con to begin promoting Battle: Los Angeles. A series of five banners hang along the walkway to the San Diego Convention Center that incorporate real life, famous UFO sightings as a lead-up to the film's events. UGO has photos of all five banners that give a location, date and show a photo from the UFO sighting, with the fifth and final banner showing a close-up of a marine's face and the text "Los Angeles, 2011".

On the bottom of each banner is the URL That appears to be the Battle: Los Angeles website, and on it you can learn about those four legendary UFO sightings as well as about W.A.T.C.H., the Worldwide Assessment of Threats Concerning Humankind.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

A spy photo of Aaron Eckhart decked out in his marine commander fatigues is making the rounds on the 'net. The image of the actor was taken last week by Jonathan Hoffon and posted on his Flickr page. The production is filming scenes at Camp Pendleton.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Taylor Handley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Cory Hardrict (Gran Torino), Jadin Gould (United States of Tara), Bryce Cass (The Guardian), Joey King (Quarantine) and R&B singer Ne-Yo have joined the cast of Battle: Los Angeles. Rodriguez, Handley, Hardict and Ne-Yo will play guardsmen in the marine platoon fighting the aliens while Gould, Cass and King will be young children trapped inside a community center. Filming starts this week in Louisiana.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Columbia Pictures has targeted a February 18, 2011 release date for Battle: Los Angeles.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious), Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot) and Michael Pena (Observe and Report) are joining the cast of Battle: Los Angeles. Rodriguez will play a member of Aaron Eckhart's battalion, Moynahan a veterinarian and Pena the father of a little boy. The production is eyeing a fall start.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Scott Silver has been brought in to give the Battle: Los Angeles screenplay a rewrite. A seasoned Hollywood scribe with credits that include 8 Mile and The Mod Squad (which he also directed), he recently sold a pitch to Warner Bros. for a science fiction movie called Samson. Aaron Eckhart remains attached to star in the film and Jonathan Liebesman to direct.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Enjoying a healthy uptick in visibility after starring in The Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart is now attached to headline Battle: Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter mentions that Eckhart is eyed to play the leader of the Marine platoon that is fighting extraterrestrial invaders in the streets of the city of angels.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Director Jonathan Liebesman is close to getting the job to direct Battle: Los Angeles for Columbia Pictures. The Darkness Falls director impressed the Columbia execs by going on location in Santa Monica and filming action scenes of humans fighting CGI aliens in the streets. Liebesman also put together a complex pre-visualization sequence showing some of the invasion force storming the city. Those efforts were impressive enough to make him the number one choice over other unnamed competitors.

Battle: Los Angeles was written by Chris Bertolini and picked up by producer Neal Moritz (the Fast and Furious franchise) last April. The script centers on a Marine detachment that is doing its part in trying to fight off an invading alien force.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Latino Review has published a review of Chris Bertolini's Battle: Los Angeles screenplay and gives us more detail about the movie's premise. Some strange pod-like things splash down in the water off the coast of the city of angels and before you can say War of the Worlds, weird and very hostile aliens are running around the streets, killing Angelinos left and right. A military team, led by a Sgt. Nantz, is ordered to fight the attackers any way they can even though their weapons and vehicles are inferior to the extraterrestrials. The soldiers eventually team up with a group of civilians hiding in a community center. One of the civvies is a kid that on first impression seems to have autism but in fact may be connected to the invasion in some strange way.

Unfortunately the sum doesn't seem to be greater than the parts of the script, at least according to the site's reviewer. "The whole time, I felt like I was reading the script to a mediocre arcade game," writes the anonymous critic. "On top of the lack of anything really unique or interesting about the story, the characters are all flat, save for a few that come across as just cliché, and the dialogue also reads like it was lifted from a video game. The plot breaks down into such a clunky and simple structure that it resembles something a student fresh out of formulaic writing 101 might show off." 

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Urban warfare against aliens in LA? That gives me hope, as does Eckhart.

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