Battle: Los Angeles starts off with a clip. Pretty cool feel to the film; essentially meteors land all over Los Angeles, only to reveal aliens that start to kill everyone they see. Quickly focuses on Aaron Eckhart's trailer; his team is sent into LA to evacuate civilians trapped in a police station. Better get out within three hours, though, as "that's when the bombs will drop". Lots of shakicam, aliens use guns. No clear view of them, vaguely insectoid. Very cool sizzle reel being shown off; aliens use pulsejet tech and a lot of guns and rockets. They have a lot of fighter ships going over the city. Seems reminiscent of Independence Day but with a more Black Hawk Down feel to it. Very gritty stuff; I like it.
1:47: Eckart, Michelle Rodriguez, and the director comes out. Eckhart talks a bit about the boot camp they did before filming started; the cast got together for three weeks and basically lived together to learn their military mannerisms. Rodriguez learned how to take apart an M4 and put it back together; makes a Call of Duty joke. She's surprisingly charming.
The director just referenced both Independence Day and Black Hawk Down, so, uh, he's apparently reading my mind. Or I'm reading his.
So the movie doesn't have a grand sweep, it just focuses on the one Marine battalion instead of bringing in the president.
The first question asker has the perennial: "What drew you to this role?" question. I haven't heard an interesting answer to this yet, but Eckhart says that the director showed him clips of Fallujah and said that that was the basis for the film's look, and then he signed up.
1:57: Question about the balance between the fantastic and the realistic in the film. They tried to make sure that everything that is fantastic is grounded in realism; the alien army has medics, generals, orders, etc. Everything was created with believability in mind. The next gentleman asks if Rodriguez has ever considered doing a lighter role, to which she answers "Oh, what, you mean like, get raped and win an Oscar?" which gets some pretty nervous-ass laughter from the audience. She says that most guys don't understand the balance between femininity and masculinity, and hopes that more women start writing for themselves.
Last question! Guy manages to slip an Ana Lucia reference in there - you knew that was coming. Question about whether it's more fun to film things like this, or something like Machete. She's a big fan "of all nations coming together in one movie" in the name of one thing, whether it's street racing or tactical warfare. Exploitation movies turn her on, though. (Her words.)
End of the panel. That might've been the coolest clip/trailer we've seen today, so hopefully it'll make its way to the intertubes sometime soon.