Archive for: SEAL
Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley hosts America Unplugged, now showing on Thursdays at 8pm ET on the Sportsman Channel. Each of the eight episodes profiles one of the estimated 400,000 Americans who choose to live off the grid. The show doesn’t sensationalize their choices. It’s about the mechanics of how these people choose to live more than it is about what motivated the decision in the first place.
Courtley has a fascinating post-service career, first working in Hollywood and then with Blackwater and other security firms after 9/11. More recently, he’s been a TV host and authored the 2012 book A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster. Cade talked to us about the series and his career. +Continue Reading
As part of its promotion for the Lone Survivor Blu-ray and DVD release, Universal Pictures took a busload of journalists from DC down to Chesapeake, VA for the Extreme SEAL Experience, a kind of special forces fantasy camp run by former Navy SEAL Don Shipley.
Shipley’s got the legit credentials. He graduated BUD/S in class 131 in 1985 and later served on SEAL Team One and SEAL Team Two. After his Navy service, he worked with Erik Prince at Blackwater before creating the Extreme SEAL Program. +Continue Reading
Lone Survivor is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie is based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir about the 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. The movie, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, was a gigantic hit in the United States, grossing over $125 million on a reported $40 million budget. +Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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 10) that 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
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.
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