The Partially Inspiring ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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Million Dollar Arm (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is almost one of those standard feel-good, overcome-the-odds sports movies but there’s just enough weird real-life twists to interest anyone not exactly looking to be inspired. The case says “From the Studio That Brought You Remember the Titans and Miracle,” but Million Dollar Arm (also based on a true story) doesn’t have the triumphant climax featured in those movies. +Continue Reading

Go Really Big With the Lumia 1520 Phone

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The Lumia 1520 Windows phone is a monster with a 6″ screen and a 20 megapixel camera. It comes in red, yellow, green, black or white and never fails to start a conversation when you pull it out of your bag. It’s probably not going to fit into your pocket. As Tiny Elvis would say, that’s a huge phone.

Frequent Delta fliers might recognize the device. The airline just started issuing the 1520 to flight attendants as new Windows mobile devices. I’ve already seen one of these in action on a cross-country flight this month.

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General Dempsey Reveals His Musical Side at USO Gala

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey spoke at the 2014 USO Gala on October 17th and described what it’s like to have his job right now by singing an Irish ditty called “The Sick Note,” written by Pat Cooksey. If he’s up for life on the road, the general’s got a future on the folk circuit once he finishes with his current gig.

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Share Your ‘Unbroken’ Story

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Unbroken, the upcoming movie directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the amazing story of World War II veteran and Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini and his ability to overcome whatever challenges he faced during his amazing life. Zamperini lived a long long and productive life before passing away this past July at age 97. He lived long enough to enjoy the recognition generated by Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book and was able to work closely with Jolie as she prepared the film.

To honor Zamperini’s legacy (and hype the December 25th release of the movie), Universal Pictures has created the #IAmUnbroken website and hashtag to allow others to share their own stories of challenges met and obstacles overcome. +Continue Reading

Go All Veteran With the ‘Pin-ups For Vets’ 2015 Calendar

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Gina Elise’s Pin-Ups For Vets calendar has just published its 2015 edition with a new twist: all twelve models are veterans who represent four branches of the U.S. military. +Continue Reading

Get a Great Deal on a Kodiak Waterproof Backup Battery

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Outdoor Tech have launched an Indiegogo campaign for an expansion of their Kodiak Waterproof portable battery line. I’ve been using the currently available Kodiak 6000mAh model and it’s working fine, even after I threw it in the pond out back and left it there for a half hour.

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Sailor Treated for Addiction to Google Glass

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Ever since Google Glass was released, it has inspired excitement and invited controversy. Consumer and critic opinions have run the gamut from despising to adoring the inventive, wearable computer.  However, an unidentified Sailor has experienced a very negative side effect of using the device: addiction. +Continue Reading

‘Fury’ Visits Fort Benning

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Fury director David Ayer and cast members Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña paid a visit to Fort Benning on October 16th to show the film to soldiers stationed there.  It was a beautiful day in Columbus, GA and the Army laid out an impressive tank display. +Continue Reading

Screenwriter Bob Gale Talks Spielberg’s ‘1941’

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Steven Spielberg’s World War II comedy 1941 has just been released on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the new Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection Blu-ray box set (also on DVD). Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Robert Stack and Treat Williams, the movie got a mixed reception on its release in 1979, mostly because its loud comedy wasn’t what everyone expected from the guy whose two big movies were Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. +Continue Reading

‘X-Men’ Clean Out the Closet

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) pulls off a great trick: the movie stays true to the overall storyline of the Marvel series and figures out a way to wipe out the plot disasters of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Bryan Singer is back as the director after Matthew Vaughn revived the series with X-Men: First Class in 2011. Singer and writer Simon Kinberg have come up with a time travel story that features both adult and young versions of most of the characters (except Wolverine. Wolverine always stays the same). +Continue Reading