Unstolen Valor! Bolden Was a Marine

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It all started when NFL player DeAngelo Williams gave up his first class airline seat for an elderly veteran and took a picture of the man. It sounds like the beginning of a heart-warming story, but the Internet started buzzing about whether or not the veteran in question, James Wesley Bolden, had actually served in the U.S. military. The answer seems to be yes, but the truth is, as always, kind of complicated.

With so many service members transitioning into civilian life and the ease of technology, the Internet is filled with stories of stolen valor. For various reasons, civilians sometimes find and wear military uniforms. Sometimes these civilians actively attempt to pass themselves off as a veteran, but it doesn’t take much for a true veteran to spot the discrepancies in their uniforms and stories. This usually leads to a video showing an imposter shying away from an irate veteran. +Continue Reading

Power2U Outlet Solves the iPhone Charger Issue

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The worst thing about modern smartphones? Terrible battery life. The second worst thing about modern smartphones? Keeping track of your charger and finding a place to plug it in. The Power2U outlet swaps out with most existing outlets and adds two 2.1A iPad-strength USB outlets, freeing up the plugs for other uses. +Continue Reading

Gunnery Sgt. Beckett Returns in ‘Sniper: Legacy’

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Sniper: Legacy is the fifth movie in the long-running series and it’s coming out on DVD and Digital on September 30th. Tom Berenger returns as USMC Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Beckett and returns to the series to join up with his son Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Beckett, who’s played by Chad Michael Collins and was introduced in 2011’s Berenger-less Sniper: Reloaded. +Continue Reading

Reconnecting Back Home in ‘Fort Bliss’

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Fort Bliss, winner of Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 GI Film Festival, will open in theaters on September 19th and be available on demand from iTunes, cable and satellite providers on the same day. The latest trailer just debuted online. +Continue Reading

Saving ‘Dom Hemingway’

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Dom Hemingway (out now on Blu-ray and Digital) looks bulletproof, offering up Jude Law and Richard E. Grant dressed like a couple of ‘70s British villains in a movie written and directed by Richard Shepard, who made the aging hitman classic The Matador with Pierce Brosnan.

All the trailers make this one look like a standard-issue UK hard man gangster picture with larger-than-life characters with lives punctuated by extreme violence. Lots of characters will die and the protagonist may or may not learn something about himself.  Jude Law’s title character definitely belongs in one of those movies, but Shepard is ultimately more interested in his relationship with his daughter, played by Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones. He’s hidden an absent-father-seeks-redemption melodrama in his crime picture. +Continue Reading

The Weapons of ‘Hercules’

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Dwayne Johnson takes on the old sword-and-sandals movie genre this weekend with Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and based on the Radical Comics series by Steve Moore.Johnson stars as a semi-retired strongman living on past glories who must be lured back into action to help the ruler of Thrace defeat a terrifying warlord. Ian MacShane (Deadwood) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale) co-star as members of Hercules’ loyal crew. +Continue Reading

Singing Soldier Gets Through on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Army Pfc. Paul Ieti first went viral when he sang Rihanna’s “Stay” in a video shot while he was serving in Afghanistan. America’s Got Talent producers then invited him to perform the song on their program, he moved the judges to tears and they invited him to perform for the show’s Judgment Week.

Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song “Bless This Broken Road” on Wednesday night’s program and the panel unanimously voted him through to the next stage of the competition, which will include live performance onstage at Radio City Music Hall.  +Continue Reading

‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ — Dennis

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The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back HomeThe series continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Army Sergeant, Dennis Cabanting.  +Continue Reading

Satechi RideMate Bike Lights

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Satechi RideMate series now offers the RideMate front bicycle light ($59.99 direct) and the Ride Mate taillight ($29.99 direct) to go with its line of smartphone bike mounts. +Continue Reading

Will the Real ‘Sabotage’ Please Stand Up?

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Sabotage (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital), was supposed to be the movie that jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s late-career resurgence. Arnold took a Skip Woods screenplay and sought out director David Ayer (End of Watch, the upcoming Fury) to rewrite the script and bring his eye for detail to the drug raids at the center of the picture. Unfortunately, Sabotage was DOA at the box office and not particularly loved by most critics. Arnold’s probably done as a leading man and that’s a shame. +Continue Reading