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How NASA Helped Make ‘Tomorrowland’

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Disney’s Tomorrowland is a movie based on the Disneyland Park area that aims to get back to the original ‘50s-style futurist vision that inspired Walt when he built the park. Starring George Clooney and directed by The Incredibles’ Brad Bird, the picture is far less dark and bombastic than what you’re getting from most of the sci-fi/superhero franchises out there lately.

At NASA, there’s been a kind of holding pattern over the last few years while they wait for Congress to wake up and make space exploration a priority again. Part of their strategy has been to give technical support to Hollywood movies that remind viewers why astronauts and outer space were such a part of our national identity. Tomorrowland joins movies like Gravity and Interstellar on the quality roster of movies with NASA technical advice. We spoke to NASA’s Bert Ulrich, the agency’s liaison for film and TV collaborations, about Tomorrowland. +Continue Reading

Ethan Hawke Talks Drone Warfare in ‘Good Kill’

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Good Kill (opening in theaters this week) revisits the peak drone warfare year of 2010, with Ethan Hawke playing Major Thomas Egan, a fighter pilot who finds himself repurposed as a drone pilot in the Nevada desert.

There’s problems with the family, ethical dilemmas once the CIA starts picking targets and a lot of frustration with remote flying from a pilot who misses the experience. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed the movie and he previously worked with Hawke on the sci-fi classic Gattaca.

We’ve got a clip from the film and Ethan Hawke took the time to speak to Military​.com about the surreal nature of remote warfare. +Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ — ‘Three Kinds of People’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD this week from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Today, we’ve got the last of three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. In this clip, Chris Kyle’s father explains to his sons the three kinds of people he sees in the world.

A few notes on the Blu-ray:

Warner Bros. will donate $1 from each physical and digital purchase of American Sniper (up to $1 million total) to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you buy in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi or South Carolina, you might want to make a direct donation because those states prohibit this kind of promotion.

The Blu-ray includes two 30-minute special feature documentaries: “One Solider’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper” and “Making of American Sniper.” There’s a lot of repetition between the two films, with the principal interviewees (Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taya Kyle and screenwriter Jason Hall) making most of the same points in each documentary. “Making of” relies heavily on a group Q&A conducted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

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This is definitely a movie that would benefit from a commentary track from Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Jason Hall, Taya Kyle or some combination of all of them. Former Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz served with Chris Kyle, worked as a technical advisor on the movie and plays himself in the film; a featurette that explored his participation in the movie would also be fascinating.  Let’s hope Clint’s willing to dig a little deeper if there’s a new special edition package in a couple of years.

What to See at the 2015 GI Film Festival

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The GI Film Festival continues to gain momentum and the upcoming 2015 event will be by far its biggest yet. Dubbed the “Sundance for Troops” by founders Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett, the DC-based festival showcases both feature and documentary films about the military experience. +Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ — “Oh, My God. Chris!”

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. Today we’ve got a clip that highlights the tension between family and service for troops who fight at the tip of the spear. +Continue Reading

Finding Family in ‘American Sniper’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes.  +Continue Reading

‘Above and Beyond’ & the Birth of Israel’s Air Force

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In 1948, the new nation of Israel seemed to face certain destruction after the British pulled out of Palestine. Above and Beyond is a fascinating documentary about how the country cobbled together an air force with the help of World War II pilots from around the world. Giving military support to Israel was illegal at the time, but hundreds of American citizens found ways to support the effort.

Director Roberta Grossman interviewed a surprisingly large number of old guys who participated in the fighting. Since there’s not much available footage from the era, the film also features some well-produced CGI recreations of the battle and an elaborate score you don’t often hear in a documentary film. The movie is available now on iTunes and On Demand. We’ve got an exclusive deleted scene and producer Nancy Spielberg talked to us about how she made the film and what it’s like being a movie producer when your brother is, you know, that guy. +Continue Reading

James Bond: Gearing Up for SPECTRE

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SPECTRE, the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and the second to be helmed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, is slated for a November 6th release and the producers are amping up the social media promotion for the film. Today: we visit the streets of Rome to get our first look at a car chase between the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 . +Continue Reading

‘The Marine 4′: Checking In With The Miz & Summer Rae

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WWE has carved out a movie business for itself, first producing The Marine starring Jon Cena back in 2006. We’re up to a third sequel and The Marine 4: Moving Target is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. WWWE wrestlers Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Summer Rae are back for another go-round, repeating their The Marine 3: Homefront roles as Jake Carter and Rachel Dawes.

This time, Jake has secured work as a private security contractor after leaving service and he’s tasked with protecting a woman set to testify in a criminal investigation against corrupt defense contractors. The bad guys want to take out the witness and Jake and Rachel have to take on an evil mercenary force to save the day. +Continue Reading

Exploring Families & Faith During Deployment in ‘Little Boy’

  • April 23, 2015
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Little Boy (opening in theaters this weekend) tells the story of a small-town kid who wants to do whatever he can to bring his father home from World War II. He explores faith with his minister, gets guidance from an elderly Japanese man who ends up in an internment camp and tries to pick up a few tricks from a traveling magician.

The film has Mark Burnett and Roma Downey as producers and, like their recent faith-based projects like Son of God, it’s unapologetically pitched as a family film. The film attracted a strong cast that features Emily Watson, Michael Rapaport, Kevin James and Tom Wilkinson in supporting roles. Director  Alejandro Monteverde talked about the movie and the World War II inspirations for his film. +Continue Reading