Army Vet Makes His ‘DWTS’ Debut

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Noah Galloway made a huge impression when he appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine last fall, so big that he’s been invited to appear on the latest series of Dancing With the Stars. The Army veteran (1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division) was severely injured by an IED explosion in Iraq in 2005 and lost his left arm and left leg. +Continue Reading

Sean Penn is Fully Committed in ‘The Gunman’

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In The Gunman (opening in theaters this Friday), Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces operative now working in the private sector. After a nasty job involving an NGO and a shadowy mining interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Terrier goes underground but fallout from the operation forces him back into action several years later.

We’ve got the U.S. debut of a clip where Sean Penn aims to settle things once and for all with Reiniger (played by Peter Franzén), the current lead badass for his former employers. In the bowels of a Barcelona bullfighting arena, Penn employs guns, knives and Krav Maga in his quest. +Continue Reading

5 Games to Play Before Summer

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By Travis McKnight

The first fiscal quarter of 2015 is drawing to a close, and that means video game publishers are ramping up their release schedule. It’s no secret that video games are expensive and time consuming, and the first quarter of the year is typically a bust. Most publishers save their best games for late Q2 and early Q3. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth playing this spring. Although everybody’s preferences are different, these five games are what I recommend diving into before summer releases swing into full force. +Continue Reading

23 Terms Only US Marines Will Understand

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BY PAUL SZOLDRA — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Marines speak a slightly-different language than the rest of the United States.

While everyone in the Corps speaks and uses English most of the time, there’s another layer of terminology added on top which is uniquely Marine. If you are around Marines long enough, you’ll hear someone being called a “boot” or dozens of them screaming out “yut.”

This is what it all means. +Continue Reading

‘Watching the Hawks’ With Ventura & Stone

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Jesse and Oliver aren’t actually hosting a show on RT America, the Kremlin-funded news network. It’s their sons, Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone, who promise to “give viewers a fresh perspective no matter what their political leanings are – from war hawks to isolationists – and, more importantly, every voice in between.” +Continue Reading

College Students Fight the Viet Cong

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Oberlin College cancelled this weekend’s performance by Canadian indie rock band Viet Cong after the college community complained about the band’s name.

Readers who lived through the Vietnam era might think that Oberlin students would be totally cool with and maybe even excited to see a band named after the guerrilla units allied with the Northern army during the Vietnam War. After all, one of the school’s most famous alumni is Rennie Davis, one of the Chicago Seven, charged and tried for organizing the notorious anti-war demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. +Continue Reading

Bringing a Robot to Life in ‘Chappie’

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Chappie is the latest sci-fi feature from director Neill Blomkamp, who made two of the best sci-fi films of the last few years, District 9 and Elysium. Both films featured strong performances from actor Sharlto Copley, whose performance provides the basis for the robot at the center of the new movie.

The new movie tells the story of a police droid who develops consciousnesses after he’s stolen and reprogrammed. The powers that be can’t bear the idea of a robot who can think and feel, so a manhunt ensues. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and NINJA and ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER, the rappers from notorious South African group Die Antwoord.

Military​.com talked to Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Harvey, who gave us some insight into the combination of practical and digital effects that brought Chappie to life. Harvey has been the behind the effects of some of our favorite movies of the last few years, including Zero Dark Thirty, Fast & Furious 6 and Battleship. +Continue Reading

A Vietnam Vet Story from Director Errol Morris

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First off, apologies to director Errol Morris for giving away the slowly-revealed point of his new short movie Subterranean Stadium, streaming now at ESPN’s Grantland website as part of their Errol Morris Week and his “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” film series. On the surface, it’s a profile of a bunch of guys in upstate New York who are obsessed with playing electric football, the primitive tabletop predecessor to video games.

It’s really a movie about a Vietnam veteran who’s struggled with health issues related to Agent Orange exposure and how his connections with family and friends helped him cope. Electric football is just the pastime he used to make those connections. Go here to watch the movie, as ESPN still hasn’t fixed its embeddable video to work on our publishing platform (a/k/a the world’s most popular). +Continue Reading

Army SSG Jeremy Gaynor Kills It on ‘The Voice’

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Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Gaynor, the lead singer in the West Point Band, auditioned for NBC’s The Voice last night and blew everyone away with his rendition of the old Carpenters hit “Superstar.”

His version was so smooth and powerful that all four judges (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell) judges hit their buttons and turned around during the Blind Audition phase of the competition. After all four made their pitch to Gaynor, he decided to go with Christina. She’s back from maternity leave and has never won the show as a coach. Gaynor may give her a real shot at victory. Check out his killer performance and the show’s “Meet Jeremy Gaynor” clip below. +Continue Reading

Oliver Stone Drops His First ‘Snowden’ Bomb

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Vietnam veteran, Platoon director and noted conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has begun production on Snowden, his new biopic of the man who leaked classified NSA documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras (who directed the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour). Stone calls Edward Snowden “an ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country” and drives his point home with the above image from the movie, showing Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper, Inception, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as Snowden during his time in the Army Reserve. +Continue Reading