Battle of the Year

(2013)

An American b-boy crew heads to France to compete at the Battle of the Year International Championships.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Battle of the Year’ Featurette 'What Is Hip-Hop?'

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Battle of the Year’ Featurette 'What Is Hip-Hop?'

Filmmaker Benson Lee (Planet B-Boy) discusses the importance of hip-hop music all around the world in an exclusive featurette for Battle of the Year, which is currently available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. The film centers on a group of American dancers practicing for the Battle of the Year competition, who are taught the importance of teamwork by their new coaches (Josh Holloway and Josh Peck). Take a look at the director discussing why hip-hop is so popular all over the world, along with behind-the-scenes footage.

Brace yourself as the world's best B-Boy teams hit the stage in the most intense dance tournament. The Battle of the Year competition is an all out war of mind-blowing dance moves, explosive routines and electrifying displays of skill and imagination. The American team, a group of underdogs, is pitted against the world's elite as they tear it up in their struggle for the top spot with the help of their coaches, Blake (Holloway) and Franklyn (Peck). Set to pumping beats and an amped soundtrack, the All-Star dream team thrills in this epic dance-off.

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SET VISIT: ‘Battle of the Year’ with Josh Holloway

SET VISIT: ‘Battle of the Year’ with Josh Holloway

Director Benson Lee's 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy proved that the art form of breakdancing is still alive and well today, decades after the popular dance craze started in the 1980s. The filmmaker returns to put a narrative spin on B-boying in the upcoming drama Battle of the Year, arriving in theaters September 13. Back in December 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Whittier, California set to speak with the cast and crew of this dance-fueled drama. In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the second trailer that debuted last week.

During most movie set visits I attend, we spend the day watching scenes being shot and interviewing actors, writers, directors, producers, or whoever else is available. Due to some unfortunate scheduling complications, we didn't get to see a lot of shooting, because they were filming a big reveal that they didn't want us to see yet. The scenes we did watch more than made up for it, though, with some of the craziest dance moves I've ever seen, but more on that later.

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Second ‘Battle of the Year’ Trailer with Chris Brown

Second ‘Battle of the Year’ Trailer with Chris Brown

Basketball coach Derrek (Josh Holloway) takes on a much different kind of team in the second trailer for Screen Gems' Battle of the Year. Benson Lee directs this drama, loosely based off his own documentary Planet B-Boy, which centers on Derrek, who must rally a team of talented breakdancers to take on some of the best "B-boys" in the world at the Battle of the Year. Check out the latest footage from this dance-fueled saga, also starring Josh Peck, Chris Brown, Laz Alonso and Caity Lotz.

Battle of the Year was released September 20th, 2013.

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‘Battle of The Year: The Dream Team’ Trailer

‘Battle of The Year: The Dream Team’ Trailer

No January would be complete without a fresh b-boy spin on the dance genre. In 2013, we're getting Battle of The Year: The Dream Team, which stars Josh Peck, Josh Holloway, and bad boy Chris Brown in a rousing, rock 'em, sock 'em battle on the dance floor. We have the first trailer. Watch things get heated as this all-star American dance crew sets out to achieve their dreams!

Unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of an all-star American dance crew who, with the help of their tough coach (Josh Holloway), struggle to reach their dreams despite being misunderstood by society and even their own families. Their lives collide in France where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the "Battle of the Year" finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.

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Josh Holloway and Chris Brown Join ‘Planet B Boy’

Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Chris Brown, and Caity Lotz will star in Planet B Boy for Screen Gems and director Benson Lee.

Brin Hill and Chris Parker are writing the screenplay, which is based on director Benson Lee's 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy. The story follows a B-boy dance crew, who are training for the Battle of the Year International Championships in France. They must go up against the best dancers in the world, primarily the Russian and French crews.

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