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SHOT Show: Leatherman Reinvents the Multi-Tool


Leatherman Tool Group has been the leading company in the multi-tool (a/k/a “pocketknife with pliers”) category since they launched back in the ‘80s. They still make some of the best tools you can buy, but now you can walk into any hardware chain and see a bin full of cheap knockoffs that pretend do to the same job.

How does a company stay on top? It innovates and Leatherman is taking a bold shot at inventing a new category with its upcoming Tread, which announces itself as the world’s first “wearable tool: and debuted this week at SHOT Show. Other, more traditional new Leatherman product announcements include the Signal (designed for outdoor activities), the Leap (aimed at kids) and the Rev (a budget-priced successor to the Wingman and the Sidekick). +Continue Reading

‘Sniper’ Shocks Hollywood With Massive Box Office Weekend


American Sniper broke all kinds of box office records this weekend, with a $90.2 million weekend haul. Warner Bros. estimates its Oscar nominee for Best Picture will have made $105 million once the four-day MLK holiday weekend is over.

It’s the largest MLK weekend opening ever, more than doubling the old record held by Ride Along. It’s the largest January weekend ever, a a record previously held by Avatar with $68.5 million in 2010. It’s the opening ever for a drama, bettering the $83.8 million that Passion of the Christ made in 2004. It’s the biggest R-rated opening of all time and it’s by far the biggest opening of director Clint Eastwood’s storied career, more than tripling the $29.5 million that Gran Torino made opening weekend in 2008. +Continue Reading

Taya Kyle Talks About Bringing ‘American Sniper’ to the Screen


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American Sniper may tell the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s legendary military service but it’s also the first mainstream movie that really attempts to portray the challenges faced by military families during our modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris’ widow Taya Kyle played a major role in developing the story after her husband’s death and she’s been out there talking about the movie.

Taya had a wide-ranging conversation with Military​.com about how the film came together, what she’s doing to help military families recover from the trials of war and offers up some thoughts about the roles of men and women in a successful marriage. +Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ Storms the Oscars With 6 Nominations


American Sniper made a strong showing today with six nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Screenwriter Jason Hall got the movie’s other high-profile nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, evidence that the writer’s branch of the academy realized just how much balance and nuance Hall added to Kyle’s book when writing his screenplay. Jason Hall told Military​.com the amazing story of the film’s development in this interview last month.   +Continue Reading

Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson Talks ‘Scorpion King’

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Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson is a kickboxing legend who helped popularize the sport in the ‘70s and ‘80s and then launched a successful career in martial arts movie, most notably the Bloodfist series beginning in 1989. After a break to raise a family, Wilson is back at work in films and he makes a cameo appearance in the new movie The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (out now as a Blu–ray, DVD & Digital HD combo pack).

Yep, its a straight-to-home-video action picture filmed in Eastern Europe. But it’s loaded with a supporting cast featuring old action heroes (Lou Ferrigno, Rutger Hauer, Michael Biehn), a couple of UFC fighters (Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva) and a WWE superstar (Eve Torres). And it’s blessed with a sense of humor that delivers on the good time that those overblown Expendables movies only think they offer. +Continue Reading

Searching for the Real Chris Kyle in ‘American Sniper’


American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s new movie starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been playing in New York and Los Angeles since Christmas Day to qualify for Oscar nominations but it finally opens in the rest of the country next Friday January 16th.

The movie shares its title with Kyle’s bestselling memoir but the finished film portrays his life with a big dose of his wife Taya’s perspective, since she started working closely with the filmmakers after Chris’ murder in early 2013.

Warner Bros. has just released a new featurette about the film’s efforts to portray Chris Kyle the man, showcasing interviews with Eastwood, Cooper, Taya Kyle and Sienna Miller, who plays Taya in the movie. American Sniper is the first contemporary mainstream movie that’s tried to portray both the experiences of troops deployed overseas and the effect that service has on their families back home. Check out the clip below and check back here next week for our exclusive interview with Taya Kyle. +Continue Reading

The Great Performances That Distinguish ‘Unbroken’


Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, director Angelina Jolie, Miyavi and Finn Wittrock appear at an “Unbroken” event in New York City.

One of the most remarkable things about Unbroken is Jack O’Connell’s riveting performance as Louis Zamperini. Born in the UK to an Irish father and an English mother, the 24-year-old actor portrays the WWII hero’s determination under astonishing pressure without ever screwing up his American accent. +Continue Reading

Screenwriter Jason Hall Talks Chris Kyle & ‘American Sniper’

  • December 23, 2014
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Both American Sniper the book and American Sniper the movie tell the story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his storied military career but each offers quite a different portrait of the man. The movie sands off some of the book’s raw bravado and explores Kyle’s family relationships in great detail.

Jason Hall started as an actor in Hollywood and had transitioned to a screenwriting career when he heard about Chris’ military record and traveled down to Texas to meet him, long before the book became a runaway bestseller. He put in time with Chris and built a bond that gave him a sense of a more complex family story that wasn’t highlighted in the book. Jason eventually landed rights to the film with Chris’ blessing and extensively reworked his film after Kyle’s murder in early 2013.

Clint Eastwood directs and Bradley Cooper stars, but Jason Hall is the third main creative force behind one of the year’s best movies. He talked to Military​.com about the experience. +Continue Reading

Louis Zamperini’s Family Talks ‘Unbroken’


Cynthia Garris and Luke Zamperini were both born after World War II and best knew their father after he’d found his faith. They grew up in the Hollywood hills in a house their father bought after he first sold the movie rights to his life story in the 1950s.

That movie never happened and, after Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken was published in 2011 and Hollywood finally came back around, Louis’ adult children were ready to help him make the film he wanted and deserved.

Cynthia, Luke and producer Matt Baer talked about their father and the Unbroken movie in New York City at a press day in early December. They’re adamant that he endorsed Jolie’s approach to his life story and insist that the movie’s non-specific portrayal of religious faith was a conscious decision by everyone involved with Unbroken. +Continue Reading

Director Angelina Jolie Tells Louis Zamperini’s Story in ‘Unbroken’


Unbroken is one of those movies that arrives with the weight of enormous expectations. Louis Zamperini’s story  was most recently told in Lauren Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, a biography that touched millions of lives. At least 50 people over the last year or so have told me that it’s their favorite book ever.

Making a film out of a such a beloved book is always a risk and crafting a film out of what could be five different movies (the story of a young delinquent, the experiences of an athlete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the bravery of a man who survived 47 days at sea after a plane crash, the even more striking bravery of a man who survived a Japanese POW camp and the story of a WWII veteran who battled PTSD and put his life back together. +Continue Reading