Rihanna may be an old hand at scoring Number 1 singles and albums, but now the Bajan singer can add a Number 1 film on the Official Video Chart to her list of accolades. Her debut feature film, Battleship – which also stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard – has gone straight in at Number 1 on the Official Video Chart, outselling its closest competitor, Lockout (starring Guy Pearce), by 3.5 copies to one.
“It was scary to get involved with such a big film,” said Rihanna. “But it’s been beyond my expectations! The action, and the graphics, the CGI is incredible! It was an amazing experience, so I’m looking forward to doing more films in the future for sure.”
The Official Video Chart is compiled for the video industry by the Official Charts Company, incorporating UK sales of all physical video formats, including DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS.
An exhilarating campaign to save mankind unfolds on the high seas, in the skies and on land when Battleship - the entertaining, action-adventure made with unprecedented support of the US Navy - comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand August 28th, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available through Digital Download. Against all odds, a daring young naval officer and his heroic crew launch an all-out military showdown against a superior alien force in this enthralling, thrill-ride that will have viewers holding their breath through the final gripping face-off.
Blu-ray’s high-definition picture and perfect hi-def 5.1 surround sound provide the ultimate showcase to experience the film’s awe-inspiring special effects, non-stop action and ingenious weaponry. Almost two hours of exclusive bonus features including all-new featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker commentary and an exciting pre-visualization of an alternate ending make this a must-own disc for every movie fan.
Via Yahoo: When we think of Rihanna, we envision a rock star in eye-catching couture strutting her stuff onstage belting out “Umbrella.” So when we heard that Rihanna would make her big screen debut as weapons specialist Cora “Weps” Raikes in the action flick “Battleship,” we weren’t sure what to expect. And neither was she. But like a true professional, Rihanna tackled the project with all she’s got– she upped her fitness regimen and swapped those 5-inch stilettos for a wig, some tattoos, and fatigues. We headed to Pearl Harbor (where much of the film was shot) to catch up with Rihanna for her take on this new endeavor: what shocked her, the intense training she endured and why the whole experience really humbled her.
Only a few more days until the year’s biggest aliens-at-sea adventure movie “Battleship” sails into theaters in the United States. In addition to the intrigue surrounding the sheer spectacle of the film and the very attractive cast, the Peter Berg-directed tentpole features the highly anticipated motion-picture debut of pop superstar Rihanna.
In the film, Rihanna plays the no-nonsense, tough-as-nails Petty Officer Cora “Weps” Raikes, who delivers one of the film’s more memorable one-liners, as well as a believably badass performance. When MTV News caught up with the “Where Have You Been” singer in Hawaii recently, they asked if she looked to any specific action movies or actresses for inspiration.
“There were a few — I won’t name them, but there were a few,” Rihanna admitted of studying other badass onscreen ladies. “[They were] mostly actresses I looked to and looked up to and embodied their characters and tried to see how they would approach the action. I watched a lot of bad bitches,” she said with a smile.
In looking ahead toward a potential acting career, Rihanna said she doesn’t have a specific five-year-plan, but she hopes to be able to explore more opportunities as they come her way.
“You can’t plan for anything, the unknown really. I hadn’t done anything in acting so I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to have any plan,” she said. “I didn’t know if I would like it or be good at it. I really enjoyed the experience and I want to do more, try different types of roles so that I can see what I excel in most or like best.”
Watch videos from the interview:
“I got a few scripts, actually,” Rihanna says of film opportunities she received before she took on “Battleship.” (watch)
“Acting was a whole different, for me, a whole different world,” Rihanna says of acting in films versus acting in music videos. (watch)
“I watched a lot of bad bitches,” Rihanna says of emulating other actresses she admired before delving into her role in “Battleship.” (watch)
At the age of 24, Rihanna has taken the pop music world by storm and is now expanding her career into acting with her first film Batttleship. While Rihanna has natural singing ability, does she have it in her to be a great actor as well? Veteran actor Liam Neeson shared his opinion on the matter with ET at the film’s Los Angeles premiere.
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At a recent Skype session with Blackfilm.com, and other journalists, Rihanna spoke about her film debut, working with Peter Berg, and making the transition from music to film.
What characteristics do you share with your character?
RIHANNA: I think mostly being one of the boys. I really liked that. I was used to that, growing up with my brothers, and all my cousins. It was rarely any girls around, and I guess I didn’t feel out of place.
Did all of your video acting help this process? Or was it totally new, learning marks and timing?
RIHANNA: I thought it would help. But little did I know, it was a completely different beast. It was brand new, and it was a whole different experience. It was a much bigger set. I had to use dialog and I never really use that in my videos; it’s usually just me acting to a track, a musical track. So that was different. Having an accent, too.
You guys shot portions of the movie on site of an actual Navy vessel. So in between those scenes, were you able to have any fun, like on, during your downtime?
RIHANNA: I think, I don’t know about fun. I was really locked in to the character. We went to the beach a couple of times, but most of the fun was on set, doing the actual shooting, and using the weapons. That was some of my favorite parts, all the stunts and the fighting scenes. Those were my favorite parts. So that, most of the fun was actually the work.
You could have chose any role to be your first movie. What attracted you to this role?
Extra’s Renee Bargh headed to Hawaii to talk with singer Rihanna about her acting debut in the action-packed summer movie “Battleship” — and how the pop singer is playing by her own rules.
She released two remixes with her ex, Chris Brown, earlier this year that had everyone talking, but Rihanna explained:
“Doing what you want means moving forward with the way you feel and living your truth… sometimes there are a lot of people who won’t agree with you, but it has to be your truth.”
Rihanna also laughed about her mother’s sense of humor regarding her daughter’s rumored love life:
“I took a picture with someone at the TIME 100 gala and I showed her, and she said, ‘Oh I thought it was Ashton! I thought it was Mr. Kutcher!’ She’s funny. She’s crazy. I love my mom.”
As for her big debut in “Battleship,” Rihanna still thinks it’s “weird” being called an actress:
“That doesn’t even sound right. That’s so, so weird to hear actress next to my name.” Rihanna plays a Navy cadet who must battle an armada of unknown origin in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. The songstress said: “I never thought that I would have had these experiences, you know, shooting the weapons and all that cool stuff, especially not in my first movie.” On training for the role, the “We Found Love” singer said she paid “close attention” to her diet, but now, “I’m not careful with what I eat, because I’m trying to gain weight… just a little bit.”
Rihanna has released a sexy new video, “Where Have You Been.” She explained:
“Nothing about this video is raunchy. It’s all thematic, very artistic. There’s more dancing than there been for a long time, so that should be exciting and new for my fans.”
Check out Rihanna’s kick-ass moves when “Battleship” docks in theatres May 18.