Military Movies at the 2015 Oscars

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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

Bradley Cooper Says ‘Aloha’

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So how does Bradley Cooper follow up his Oscar-nominated role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper? He’s playing a military contractor who falls in love with an Air Force pilot played by Emma Stone (who’s also Oscar-nominated for Birdman) in Aloha, a romantic comedy from writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). +Continue Reading

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

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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

The Art of ‘Total War’

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Fans of the Total War computer game series will want to check out The Art of Total War, a new limited-edition art book from Titan. The book has detailed images from the development of the series all the way back to Shogun: Total War in 2000 through the upcoming Total War: Attila (out next week) and the still-in-development Total War: Arena.

Check out our slideshow of images from the book below. +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

4 Times Jon Stewart Stood Up for the Troops

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Jon Stewart announced this week that he’s leaving The Daily Show later this year. His comedy-fueled takes on the news were often brutal to politicians and the powers that be, but Stewart has long gone out of his way to support the men and women who serve in uniform.

We’ve collected some of Military.com’s best Jon Stewart Daily Show videos. Check them out below. +Continue Reading

Nissan & Wounded Warrior Project Journey to Alaska

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In 2014, Nissan launched Project Titan in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project. Army veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon, two WWP alumni, were selected to take a trip through the Alaskan wilderness in an outfitted Nissan Titan truck. In September, they set out with a camera crew to document their journey and the resulting short film debuted on the History2 Channel last Veterans Day. The entire 21-minute film is worth watching and it’s embedded below.

The journey was suggested by journalist Joe Byers, who designed the trip after answering Nissan’s call for ideas at the 2014 SHOT Show. The company loved the concept and Byers joined Guzman and McMahon on the trip. Nissan executive Scot Cottick also participated in the project and Military​.com asked him to give us some insight into what he learned from the experience. +Continue Reading

The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs

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Military working dogs have been thrust into the media spotlight over the last few years, bringing awareness to the critical roles they play in the U.S. armed forces. While once considered “unsung heroes,” multiple books, television shows, and even a military working dog monument have brought attention to their service.

However, as with all stories that gain attention, sometimes facts being reported and perpetuated are either slightly inaccurate or even blatantly untrue. To handlers and advocates in the MWD community, it can be frustrating to read and hear about stories that not only are untrue, but are actually harmful. It’s important to understand what is myth vs reality.

Here are the 9 biggest myths about military working dogs.

MYTH: MILITARY WORKING DOGS BITE TO KILL

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Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock +Continue Reading

Army Vet Sean Mullin Talks About ‘Amira & Sam’

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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