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AmmoCan X: You Want This Bluetooth Speaker Built From an Ammo Can

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The AmmoCan X is incredible, a high-quality Bluetooth speaker made from a real ammo can by veterans in the USA. Click here to order direct from the guys who build them.

If that sentence didn’t close the deal for you, read on to find out about the guys who make them and exactly why this speaker is so different from all the other wireless speakers on the market. +Continue Reading

Military Winners & Losers at the 2015 Oscars


“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″ was a big winner at the Academy Awards.

Birdman cleaned up at the Academy Awards, sweeping Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and Cinematography. Hollywood recognized yet another Inside Show Biz movie, continuing a 21st century habit: Argo, The Artist and even The King’s Speech are all really movies about putting on a show. They passed over American Sniper, the most popular movie to be nominated in years, and Boyhood, an innovative movie about everyday people. Come back in twenty years and Sniper, Boyhood and maybe The Grand Budapest Hotel will be the 2014 movies we still remember.

American Sniper picked up a single award for Sound Editing and Unbroken got shut out, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few military films that made a big impact at the Academy Awards. +Continue Reading

Return of ‘The Night Shift’

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The Night Shift, NBC’s drama about ER doctors working overnights in a cash-strapped Texas hospital, was a surprise hit last summer and now it’s back for a full run in the Monday 10pm slot previously occupied by State of Affairs.

A large number of the show’s main characters are veterans, doctors and medics who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and are in the process of reintegrating into civilian life. Those experiences are central to The Night Shift’s plot lines and the action often feels more like M*A*S*H than ER, something we discussed in an interview with the show’s creators Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs last year.

We’ve got a clip from the new season below: +Continue Reading

Military Movies at the 2015 Oscars


The 87th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday February 22nd at 7pm Eastern & 4pm Pacific on ABC. Some of the greatest military movies ever have won Oscars and half of this year’s Best Picture nominees have strong military themes or connections.

There’s one film that was widely considered to be a leading contender but only managed to pick up a few technical nominations and a couple of documentaries that are both required viewing. +Continue Reading

Sean Penn’s Special Forces Regret in ‘The Gunman’


Sean Penn goes for a middle-aged reinvention as a badass action hero in The Gunman, due in theaters on March 20th. Penn plays Jim Terrier, a Special Forces operative who triggers an international crisis after he assassinates a political leader as part of a secret mission. +Continue Reading

10 Best Military Sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Topical humor has always been a big part of Saturday Night Live history and there have been plenty of military stories in the news to inspire its writers over the last four decades. As the show celebrates is 40th anniversary with a three-hour special set to air on Sunday, February 15th, we’ve combed through the SNL archives and selected the 10 best military-themed sketches. +Continue Reading

Director Dan Gilroy Talks ‘Nightcrawler’ & the Dark Side of LA

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Nightcrawler, writer/director Dan Gilroy’s modern noir thriller about the late-night world of L.A.‘s freelance news videographers, is out now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, the movie details Lou’s rise from hopelessly unemployed young man to overnight news kingpin. The lengths Gyllenhaal’s character goes to get established and later get ahead are incredibly disturbing and Gilroy (along with cinematographer Robert Elswit) presents a suitably creepy version of Southern California in telling the story.

Gilroy’s been nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year and there was a strong sense that the movie would be nominated for Best Picture, Gyllenhaal for Best Actor and Rene Russo for Best Supporting Actress. Russo (who’s married to Gilroy) plays the news director who gives Lou Bloom his big chance and she may or may not come to regret that gesture. +Continue Reading

Army Vet Sean Mullin Talks About ‘Amira & Sam’


Writer/director Sean Mullin went to West Point and served at Ground Zero in the early days after 9/11. He makes his feature film debut with Amira & Sam, a romantic comedy about an Iraq war veteran who returns home and tries to make sense of a country that seems to have no sense of or connection to the wars it’s asking its military to fight. Sean talked to us about his military career, the ideas behind the movie, special forces guys as “buff nerds” and what it’s like to pitch military-themed pictures in Hollywood.

The movie is playing in theaters around the country this weekend. If you’re into the trailer and really want to support a veteran’s movie, you can get yourself to the movie house and buy a ticket. Check this list to see where it’s playing. If you don’t live in a city that’s showing the movie or if you just can’t get a sitter to get out of the house, you can also buy or rent it digitally from a long list on online providers (including Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes). It’s even available On Demand from most of the big cable and both of the big satellite providers. They’ve made it easy for you to see this movie. +Continue Reading

‘Dracula Untold’: Vampires as Military Tactic

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Dracula Untold tells the origin story of the world’s most famous vampire, in a tale inspired by the historical Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia and his battles to save his people from the Turkish invaders. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Bard in The Hobbit movies) plays Vlad the Impaler and advances the idea that Vlad chooses vampirism as a military tactic to gain advantage against his enemies.

The movie is out this week on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD and serves to reintroduce Dracula to a new generation. There are persistent rumors that Universal plans to launch a Marvel Universe-style series of overlapping movies using its classic monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Invisible Man and this movie ends a flash-forward to Vlad roaming the earth in modern times.

We’ve got an exclusive clip with interviews from the film’s military advisors and stunt coordinators about the staging of the battles against the Turks. We also talked to star Luke Evans about reviving the role and the movie’s military approach. +Continue Reading

Hollywood’s in the Sniper Business

Is Nick Irving’s new memoir The Reaper helping American Sniper’s Oscar chances?


Studio head Harvey Weinstein might be the best Oscar campaigner ever. He’s the guy who engineered the notorious upset when Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture 1998. His movies get nominated every year and he’s behind a string of other Best Picture winners: The English Patient, The King’s Speech, The Artist and Chicago. +Continue Reading