Left for Dead in ‘The Revenant’

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Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu follows up his Oscar-winning movie Birdman this Christmas with The Revenant, starring Leonard DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The just– released trailer for this based-on-true-events film makes it look like the kind of classic revenge western that Clint Eastwood used to make. +Continue Reading

8 Military Terms Civilians Always Get Wrong

BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

We know it’s hard to keep track of military lingo and technical terms, that’s why we’ve published so many guides (Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy). But there are some terms that the media — especially Hollywood — just can’t stop getting wrong when referring to the military.

1. Bazooka

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Photo: US Army Signal Corps

Bazooka refers specifically to a series of anti-tank rocket launchers used from World War II through the Vietnam War. American troops today do not fire bazookas. There are modern rocket launchers that do the job the bazooka was once used for, but they have their own names, like the “AT-4” and the “SMAW.” +Continue Reading

The Finest Hours: Hollywood Discovers the Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard has never gotten much attention or respect from Hollywood, but a new trailer for Disney’s The Finest Hours (due in theaters January 29, 2016) suggests that someone has finally figured out that sea rescues just might make an exciting movie. +Continue Reading

A Pair of Quality Bluetooth Adapters

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If you’re looking to add a Bluetooth connection to electronic gear you already own, check out the Kinivo BTC450 car adapter kit and the Grace Digital 3play Bluetooth Receiver. Both get the job done for a reasonable price. +Continue Reading

Tom Cruise: What a Drag It Is Getting Old

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Tom Cruise plays super spy Ethan Hunt for a fifth time in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, due in theaters July 31st. Maverick is now 53 years old and he’s looking for ways to stay relevant with the kids for as long as possible before getting shipped off to the Sly Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger Old Guy category.

For the new movie, Tom decided to do his own stunt work when the script called for Ethan Hunt to grab onto an open airplane door and hang on as the plane took off. No stunt man, no CGI: it’s all Tom flying through the air and the behind-the-scenes video below claims they did eight takes. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should the Pentagon Eliminate Confederate Base Names?

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Whether everyone agrees or not, America has collectively decided that the Confederate battle flag is more a symbol of the fight against civil rights in the ‘50s and ‘60s than it is a reflection of the South’s heritage. Flags are coming down all over America and Bo & Luke Duke are likely casualties of the change. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Scott Walker Joins the Stolen Valor Fight

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Governor (and newly announced candidate for the Republican presidential nomination) Scott Walker signed a bill last week that makes falsely claiming military service or honors in pursuit of financial gain or some other tangible benefit a crime in the state of Wisconsin.

The federal government originally enacted a Stolen Valor law in 2005, but that version was struck down because it didn’t specify that the faker had to make false claims in pursuit of tangible gain. President Obama signed a revised version two years that punishes offenders with a fine and up to a year in jail. +Continue Reading

Warplanes to Siberia: Recreating an Untold Story of WWII

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Add this to World War II’s seemingly infinite supply of untold stories: Warplanes to Siberia will retrace the historic Alaska to Siberia route used to deliver American planes to the Soviet war effort through President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program. Wait, what? +Continue Reading

Transferring Consciousness in ‘Self/less’

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Self/less stars Ben Kingsley as a construction billionaire who, upon finding out that he’s dying, makes a deal with a mysterious and shady scientist to transfer his consciousness into a young body that looks a whole lot like Ryan Reynolds. Evil scientist tells Kingsley that he grew the body in a lab, but weird flashbacks after the transfer suggest otherwise.

It’s old-fashioned paranoid ‘70s sci-fi, directed with a visual flair by Tarsem, best known for The Cell and R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” video. The movie’s screenplay was written by brothers Alex and David Pastor. They talked to Military​.com about the movie, which opens in theaters this week. +Continue Reading

Spyball: How a Major League Catcher Help Win WWII

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Moe Berg played major league baseball for 15 seasons in a mostly undistinguished career. The Ivy League-educated lawyer made his real contribution in espionage, working with the U.S. government to help win World War II, helping to prove that the Nazis were failing to develop their own atomic bomb.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series just debuted Spyball, a short film  that tells Berg’s amazing story. Watch the movie embedded below. If you like the movie, you can also check out The Catcher Was a Spy, Nicholas Dawidoff’s outstanding 1994 biography of the man that manager Casey Stengel called “the strangest man to ever play the game of baseball.” +Continue Reading