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Who will be taking their turn to fictionally destroy Los Angeles in the next decade? Aliens! io9 has photos from the set of the movie Battle: Los Angeles, an action vehicle for Aaron Eckhart (Ne-Yo's in it too). The producers have switched out their LAs, though--the movie is being shot in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (If we can't keep a movie in town that has "Los Angeles" in the title, what can we keep here?). Wikipedia has this synopsis: "Battle: Los Angeles revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon's battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie is presented as an intense real-time war movie from the perspective of the Marines." The movie is scheduled to come out in February 2011.
Battle: Los Angeles seems to be very loosely based on the actual Battle of Los Angeles: in February 1942, a few months after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, unidentified objects were seen in the sky, a blackout was ordered, and the military let loose with anti-aircraft fire. Accountings of events varied wildly and to this day the objects haven't been identified. After the war, the Japanese said it wasn't them. And so some people believe this was a pre-Roswell extraterrestrial visit and "arguably the most sensational, dramatic UFO mass encounter on record" (link goes to a video with audio of what seems to be a contemporaneous news report).
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· The Aliens Are Pissed On The Set Of Battle LA [io9]
· The Battle of Los Angeles - 1942 [sfmuseum.org]