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‘American Sniper’ Shatters Records With $90.2 Million Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “American Sniper” hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend in wide release.

  It is now on pace to upend records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it.

  For context’s sake, the previous top-grossing Martin Luther King weekend release was last year’s “Ride Along” with $48.6 million.

“ The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. By an enormous amount.”

“ American Sniper” recently picked up Oscar nods for best picture and best actor for star Bradley Cooper, and the awards buzz only intensified interest in the film. The war drama was co-produced and co-financed by Village Roadshow for less than $60 million. Early projections had pegged a wide release debut in the $40 million range.”

 

Variety has the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley Cooper On Portraying Famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

 

 

 

” In 2012, actor Bradley Cooper called up former Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Chris Kyle to discuss the movie he was developing based on Kyle’s memoir, “American Sniper.”

” I just thought I should get on the phone with him and let him know what I was willing to do for him, and to trust me,” said Cooper, who produced and starred in the new biopic, which has a scheduled national release on Jan. 16.

  Months later, the film’s screenwriter called Cooper with tragic news.

” Never did I think on Feb. 2, 2013, I would get a call from Jason Hall that Chris was murdered,” Cooper said in a Dec. 19 phone interview. “So that sure changed everything.”

  Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot to death on a Texas shooting range by Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran whom they’d taken out to help work through his post-traumatic stress.

  The film pressed on, though. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the story follows Kyle through his early days as a Texas rodeo cowboy, to his time at SEAL training in 1999 and on to his four deployments to Iraq, where he racked up what’s believed to be the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history as a sniper with SEAL Team Three.

  Though some, such as Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy, have questioned the accuracy of Kyle’s stories, Cooper said he focused on making a Global War on Terror film different from what’s already been done.

  Kyle’s relationship with his wife, Taya, and his difficulties reintegrating after deployment feature heavily.

” There hasn’t been a character study of a soldier that’s gone through this war that I’ve seen on film,” he said. “I liked that idea, and I thought framing it as a Western would be very interesting.”

  Questions and answers from Navy Times’ interview have been edited for brevity. “

 

Read the interview here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unmasking The Columbia River’s Mysterious Stealth Boats

 

 

 

 

” For about a decade there have been sightings of some very peculiar high-speed watercraft patrolling up and down the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. It just so happens that these phantom vessels are some of the US Navy SEALs newest toys.”

 

 

 

 

” The origin of these boats remains somewhat shadowy, but it would seem that they evolved from a concept initiated by the Israeli Special Operations community in the late 1980’s. Patents filed in the 1990s show the design would become “the Alligator,” a semi-submersible, high-speed special forces delivery, extraction and reconnaissance craft that features a very low radar cross-section. All known accounts state that the Alligator was first launched in the mid 1990s and was said to have been tested briefly by the US Special Operations community before being delivered to Israel. The number of alligators built remains a mystery.”

 

 

 

 

” The already low-slung Alligator has the ability to lower its draft to the point where the cabin windows sit right above the waterline via flooring ballast tanks located on each side and below the boat’s main cabin. This results in the boat not only being very hard to spot on radar but it is also challenging to spot visually. The streamlined hull and low drag design, along with some powerful water-jets, allow it to move at high speed, especially when its ballast tanks are empty.”

 

 

 

 

” Although I have had some trouble getting a confirmation on it, it seems that Oregon Iron Works, a locally well known metal fabrication firm, has been involved with building the Alligator since its inception and continues as the prime contractor for constructing not only the Alligator Class but also its follow-on Sealion and Sealion II Class.”

 

 

 

   This picture was taken by yours truly in Newport RI somewhere around 2007 . It is not an “Alligator” or a “SeaLion” but it is a stealth insertion craft nonetheless . There were four of them that were making there way from Norfolk Va up to Portsmouth NH on a shakedown cruise all manned by un-uniformed sailors .

 

 

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    Here’s another shot of these stealthy craft that had two huge conventionally (gas) powered motors yet were virtually silent at any lower speed . As I recall they were designed with seating for a three man crew , helmsman , navigator and co-pilot and had jump-seats in the rear to transport up to six spec-ops warriors .

 

 

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    I have more pictures of these amazing craft somewhere and will post more if I can locate them . The boats and their crews spent the night in Newport at the same marina we were staying at and they left early the next morning and you could not even hear them leaving . Amazing technology . The crew , who were understandably tight-lipped did reveal that they had left Norfolk the day before and thus revealed something of the speed of these craft .

 

 

Read more at Jalopnik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Our Fifteen Thousandth Post

The real men of Operation Red Wing

 

 

” I saw Lone Survivor today. I wept. I’m a female, I can do that sort of thing in public.

Here’s why I wept.

  In the first few minutes of the film, watching the Navy SEALS train, I turned to my friends and said what a travesty it would be if the physical requirements were ever adjusted downwards to accommodate women – or anyone who could not meet them for that matter, regardless of gender or orientation. These men, these warriors, are elite for a reason. They are capable of doing things very few can. That’s the way we want and need them to be.

  But most of all, I wept in anger. I am overcome with rage at the elected politicians who have never served their country in uniform, never seen battle and yet make decisions that affect the life and death of their fellow citizens.

  I am so angry that our rules of engagement, made in courtrooms by people whose personal agenda has nothing to do with victory, restrict the ability of our military to do the thing we send them into battle to do: fight. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Are In The Houston Area Memorial Day Weekend Stop In , Show Your Support And Have Some Fun

 

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Sarah Palin Honors Chris Kyle At His Funeral In Dallas, TX

Thousands Attend ‘American Sniper’s’ Memorial Service

 

 

” Slain ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was a devoted husband, father and friend who will never be forgotten, his widow told mourners at his memorial service Monday.

Taya Kyle said she was broken but that the family will “put one foot in front of the other” to get through their grief. She told her two children that they will remember Chris Kyle’s silly side, Texas twang and prayers they prayed together.

“Chris, there isn’t enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me,” she said through tears.

Nearly 7,000 people, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, attended the service at Cowboys Stadium. Dozens of military personnel and others were seated in front of the podium near the star at midfield, where Kyle’s flag-draped coffin was placed at the beginning of the service.

After Taya Kyle’s eulogy, country singer Randy Travis sang “Whisper My Name,” which he said Taya Kyle had told him was a meaningful song for the couple, and “Amazing Grace.” At the conclusion of the two-hour service, bagpipers played as military personnel carried out Kyle’s coffin, and many in the crowd saluted.”

 

 

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