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‘Aloha’ From Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone

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In Aloha, Bradley Cooper stars as Brian Gilcrest, an Air Force veteran who returns to Hawaii as a military contractor who falls in love with Allison Ng, the Air Force fighter pilot assigned as his liaison (Emma Stone) and confronts the fallout from his relationship with Tracy Woodside, a girlfriend he left behind (Rachel McAdams). Tracy’s married to Woody, an Air Force pilot who barely speaks but still manages to communicate just fine, thank you (John Krasinki).

This is a straight-up romantic comedy, written and directed by Cameron Crowe. There’s a real sense of how life on a military base is disconnected from the world around and, contrary to media coverage of complaints from people who’ve never seen the movie, a real effort to explore the uneasy relationship between the military and native Hawaiian culture.

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone talked to Military​.com about the movie after a screening of the movie in London a couple of weeks back. Check out the video below: +Continue Reading

‘Aloha’ — What Alec Baldwin Really Thinks of the Military

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As an actor, Alec Baldwin has played some played some iconic roles: Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross (“Coffee is for closers only!”), “Cucumber” Frank DeMarco in Married to the Mob, Pete Schweddy on Saturday Night Live, the narrator in The Royal Tenenbaums and NBC exec Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. You could even argue that his portrayal of Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October is the performance that’s most representative of Tom Clancy’s version of the CIA analyst in the original novels. +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

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

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Pilots Lou Lenart, Gideon Lichtman and Modi Alon

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

Sound Off: Mothball A-10s or F-16s?

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It was quite a struggle, but thanks to pressure from numerous advocates, the A-10 will last for at least a few more years in active service. But, according to the Air Force, that will come with a hefty price. In a recent piece by Kris Osborn, Air Force officials told Miltiary​.com that keeping the A-10 would require “retiring an unspecified number of F-16 fighter aircraft or delaying the deployment of the F-35 by at least a year.”

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32 Terms Only Airmen Will Understand

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BY BLAKE STILLWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

As the youngest member of the U.S. armed forces, the Air Force gets a lot of flak from other branches, despite having the capacity to (arguably) destroy all life on Earth in 30 minutes. In its relative short history, its Airmen evolved a culture and language all their own. +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

‘Inside Combat Rescue’ Returns to Afghanistan

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The National Geographic Channel premieres Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand this Sunday June 15th at 9PM ET/PT. The tw0-hour special is a followup to the highly-rated 2013 series Inside Combat Rescue. +Continue Reading

Go ‘Inside Combat Rescue’

Inside Combat Rescue is a six-part series premiering on the National Geographic Channel next Monday February 18th at 10PM. The show chronicles an Afghanistan deployment for the Pararescuemen (a/k/a Para Jumpers a/k/a PJs), an elite Air Force Combat Rescue unit whose mission it is to extract and provide medical assistance to U.S. forces and our allies who are injured in combat.

The show’s producers have outfitted the PJs with cutting edge micro cameras attached to their chests, helmets and also strategically placed the flash drive cameras in locations the helicopters that fly the unit on its missions. What they’ve captured are detailed and realistic visions of combat missions that far surpass anything the public has seen before. +Continue Reading

A Jedi’s Return

“Danny, I am your father.”

USAF Col. Rob Kiebler had been training and on a tour of duty in Afghanistan for 14 months when he got an opportunity to come home early and surprise his son Danny, who loves Star Wars in that totally obsessed six-year-old way. Danny’s mom arranged for some Star Wars reenactors to show up at Danny’s birthday party and Rob got hold of a Jedi costume and joined the group, giving his son a huge surprise.