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In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, from left, John Tui, Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are shown in a scene from "Battleship." The Hasbro Inc. game using plastic pegs and ships was once a way for kids to while away lazy summer afternoons. But as it debuts in Europe on April 11, “Battleship” the movie has become a potential franchise sporting Michael Bay-inspired special effects, aliens invading Earth, a bikini-model actress, superstar Rihanna and, of course, lots of guns.

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’Battleship’ leads attack of game-based movies

“Battleship” steams into movie theaters overseas this week, giving international audiences the first chance to decide whether a board game-based movie is sea-worthy.

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