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Return to Korengal Valley in ‘Restrepo’ Sequel

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Filmmaker and journalist Sebastian Junger has announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund a theatrical release for Korengal, his new documentary that’s a sequel to Restrepo, the Academy Award-nominated film he made with the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington back in 2010.

Hetherington was killed while covering the Libyan civil war in 2011 and Junger subsequently made the HBO documentary Which Way is the Front Line from Here? as a tribute to his fallen colleague. Junger and Hetherington shot over 150 hours of footage during the year they spent with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and used that as the basis for Restrepo. +Continue Reading

Titanfall — Cheaters Beware!

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By Daniel Reeder

Titanfall (for Xbox One and PC) is one of the most anticipated games in a long time. It’s an FPS where you play a free-running, jetpack-wearing, futuristic armored soldier who can call down (and jump into) a mech (the Titan), which has more firepower than a modern armored platoon, extra subwoofers and a gyroscopic drink holder that protects your slushy when you’re falling from orbit? What’s not to like? +Continue Reading

Get a Job With KISS & Def Leppard

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As discussed here before, KISS and Def Leppard are touring together this summer and are looking to hire two military veterans to work on the road crew (one for each band). You can get all the details on Military.com’s information page if you click on this link. +Continue Reading

Get First Crack at the Big Turtle Shell

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The Turtle Shell 2.0  is one of the best rugged wireless Bluetooth speaker options and now Outdoor Tech is getting ready to launch the Big Turtle Shell with a campaign on Kickstarter.

Along with its much larger size, the Big Turtle Shell promises up to 110 decibels of sound, a 30-ft range and an 16-hour battery life. They’ve also thrown in some USB connectors so you can use the device as a charging station if you’re not aiming to play music for the full 16 hours before your next charge.

The new one is big enough to come with handles on the bottom but it promises to include all the waterproof and phone call-answering features from the smaller 2.0 version. We’ll have a full review when the Big Turtle Shell is shipped to retailers but, if you’re sure you want one, you can pledge $150 on their Kickstarter page and get one as soon as their ready (with free shipping in the USA). The device will retail for $229.95 when it’s available in stores (and the original sells for $129.95), so this is a big savings. There are other packages available (including a great deal on a matched set of both sizes). Check out their promotional video below. +Continue Reading

‘The Monuments Men’ Comes to Blu-ray

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The Monuments Men, director George Clooney’s tribute to the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section and their efforts to rescue and preserve art and European culture during World War II, comes to Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital on May 20th.

The action thriller stars Clooney alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville in a screenplay inspired by and adapted from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s history of the men and women who fought to preserve Europe’s monuments and recover and return thousands of pieces of  art stolen by the Nazis. +Continue Reading

WWII Dinosaurs in ‘Chronos Commandos’

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Stuart Jennett wants us to imagine an alternate history of World War II, one where time travel would allow the Nazis to procure a few dinosaurs to turn the tide and win the war. His five-issue comic series has been collected into a new hardback graphic novel Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol available now from Titan Comics.

Jennett was a comic book artist in the early ‘90s who became a concept artist for video game companies. He’s both the writer and the artist here and his striking images were created digitally instead of with paper and ink. There’s a ton of gore: the dinosaurs freely dismember both Allied and Nazi troops and the machine gun-wielding lead scientist looks a lot like Albert Einstein.

The whole think reads like a tribute to low-budget war movies and even more low-budget sci-fi movies from the ‘50s and ‘60s, but the gore level is straight out of ‘70s-era drive-in horror movies. Check out an excerpt  in our slideshow below:  +Continue Reading

‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ — Paul

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The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. Episode 5 is called “Paul: Operation Listen” focuses on veteran Paul De La Cerda and the Warrior Spirit Band. +Continue Reading

Will Hayden from ‘Sons of Guns’ Wrote a Book

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Sons of Guns, the reality skit show starring Red Jacket Firearms owner Will Hayden, returns to the Discovery channel this Friday for a fifth season. The customs-firearms business is evidently a bit more intimidating than the duck call business for family viewing, but the show is still the second most-popular real-life show set in Louisiana.

Will’s also just published a book that’s also called Sons of Guns. It’s both a memoir that offers up some more details on how he founded Red Jacket and a firearms guidebook where Will offers up thoughts on a wide variety of weapons. There are individual profiles where Will offers his take on the rest of the show’s cast and an entertaining and impassioned explanation on just how real he wants to make his own show. +Continue Reading

KISS & Def Leppard Offer a Military Discount

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KISS is set to finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month and they’re setting out on a 40th anniversary tour this summer with Def Leppard. The two bands have joined to offer a special presale and military discount for Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Reserve/National Guard at the KISS Heroes Get Rewards page. UPDATE: There’s a purchase limit of four tickets per verified ID. +Continue Reading

Crush Things With Arnold’s Tank

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be on the verge of an acting comeback with the upcoming release of Sabotage (directed by David Ayer who either wrote or directed Training Day, Dark Blue, End of Watch and the upcoming Brad Pitt WWII tank movie), so it’s no wonder he’s in such a good mood.

He’s also got a tank and figured how much it is to crush things. Once you’ve watched the video, you’ve got just over 24 hours to visit this website to donate and enter a contest to ride along with Arnold in his tank and crush things. He’s raising money for his After-School All-Stars charity that provides a safe and structured place for kids of working parents to hang out after school.