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'Battle: Los Angeles' movie premiere: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo hit the black carpet

March 9, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Battle-la-michelle-rodrigueAaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and the cast of "Battle: Los Angeles" invaded the Village Theater in Westwood on Tuesday to premiere their apocalyptic sci-fi flick.

The film, which opens Friday, is the latest installment in the alien invasion genre. This time, a band of Marines led by Eckhart battles extraterrestrials in an effort to save the City of Angels -- the last of the world's major cities not in the aliens' clutches. Fun fact: Except for scenes at Camp Pendleton and Santa Monica, 90% of the movie was filmed in Louisiana.




But we have to say, it's refreshing to see Rodriguez, one of Hollywood's persistent tomboy actresses, all gussied up for a change. We're loving her one-shouldered gown and statement necklace.

Bridget Moynahan of "Blue Bloods," who plays the damsel in distress in "Battle: Los Angeles," also got dolled up to hit the black carpet for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film.

Other Marine-playing, black-carpet invaders: "The Wire's" Ramon Rodriguez, "True Blood's" Jim Parrack, "The Vampire Diaries' " Gino Pesi, "X-Men: First Class' " Lucas Till and "Gran Torino's" Cory Hardrict.

R&B singer Ne-Yo, who plays a corporal and appears on the big screen for the first time since 2007's "Stomp the Yard," was accompanied by castmates Michael Pena of "Eastbound & Down," Taylor Handley of "Southland" and Adetokumboh M'Cormack of "Heroes."

Rodriguez's "Machete" co-star Cheech Marin and his wife, Natasha Rubin, also attended.


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-- Nardine Saad

Left photo: Michelle Rodriguez hits the carpet for "Battle: Los Angeles." Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Right photo: Aaron Eckhart at the premiere in Westwood. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters