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Reality is Overrated: ‘SEAL Team 8′

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We get a lot of pitches around here that emphasize just how real the military action sequences are in Hollywood movies. Studios emphasize the badass credentials  of their military advisers and directors and actors rhapsodize about the thrill of creating action sequences that might pass muster with the guys who actually do it for a living. Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is not one of those movies. +Continue Reading

Marcus Luttrell Needs National Anthem Singers

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Former Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell is one the most genuinely good guys we’ve had a chance to interview around here, someone who’s determined to use his celebrity to honor the memory of the men who died in Operation Redwings. That humility was an obvious influence and inspiration for everyone who worked on the Lone Survivor movie.

There are still a lot of folks who want to hear what Marcus has to say and, rather than just stick with the corporate speaking route, he’s created the Patriot Tour to highlight the stories of other notable men and women who’ve served their country. +Continue Reading

Tom Hanks Talks About ‘Captain Phillips’

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Captain Phillips arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Nominated for  6 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Actor in a Supporting Role), the movie features Tom Hanks as Richard Phillips, the captain of the merchant ship Maersk Alabama that was highjacked by Somali pirates. The film chronicles that takeover and Phillips’ subsequent rescue by a Navy SEAL team. +Continue Reading

Actors Talk ‘Lone Survivor’

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Lone Survivor, the movie based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir (Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10) about 2005 ‘s Operation Red Wings mission in Afghanistan, finally opens nationwide this week. +Continue Reading

Marcus Luttrell Talks ‘Lone Survivor’

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There’s no way a whirlwind of movie screenings, press conferences and interviews in Manhattan five-star hotels ever entered Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s mind during the five days he struggled to survive during Operation Red Wings in 2005. He wrote a memoir in tribute to his fallen comrades (Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10that became a bestseller and that book is now a movie (Lone Survivor) that stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell.

Luttrell seems like he’s treating this entire process as a continuation of Operation Redwing, that getting the story out about the men who died is a necessary step to completing the mission. He spent a lot of time on set during filming of the movie and now he’s traveling around the world to promote the film. We had a chance to speak with him one-on-one and he talked about his decision to write a book, the experience of working with director Peter Berg and how realistic they tried to be in portraying the mission. +Continue Reading

Director Peter Berg Talks ‘Lone Survivor’

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Lone Survivor is the movie adaptation of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. It opens in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day and everywhere else on January 10th.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and features Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster as fellow team members Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matt Axelson. If you read this site and go to the movies, you want to see Lone Survivor.

We sat down with director Peter Berg during the movie’s press event in New York City in early December. Check back over the next couple of weeks for an interview with Marcus Luttrell, quotes from the actors and our film review. We’re also posting videos from the actors and  Berg and Luttrell on our Shock & Awe video page.

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Meet the Military Team on ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’

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National Geographic Channel premieres season two of its Ultimate Survivor Alaska Series this Sunday at 9pm ET/PT. The reality competition show features four teams, each based around a particular set of survivalist skills. Team Endurance, Team Mountaineers and Team Woodsmen face off against Team Military, featuring former Green Beret Grady Powell, former SEAL Jared Ogden and former Marine recon sniper Rudy Reyes. +Continue Reading

‘Lone Survivor’ Wahlberg Rages for the Troops

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Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell in Peter Berg’s new movie based on Luttrell’s memoir Lone Survivor and the part may just be the role of his career.

Everyone involved in the movie is pretty excited about the result and Universal Pictures is so confident that the’ve been hosting early screenings of the movie, including on this past Tuesday at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. After the screening, Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Luttrell for a Q&A session. +Continue Reading

Jason Redman Talks ‘The Trident’

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Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.

Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading

‘Act of Valor’ Gets a TV Series

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Put this one in the “so-blindingly-obvious-it-had-to-happen ” file. The National Geographic Channel as announced that it’s developing a television series based on the hit Navy SEAL action picture Act of Valor. +Continue Reading