Category Archives: Military Entertainment

Dad’s Army


Dad’s Army is a 2016 British war comedy film, based on the BBC television sitcom Dad’s Army. Directed by Oliver Parker, set in 1944, after the events depicted in the television series. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an elegant German spy, posing as a journalist, reporting on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon. The production design was by Simon Bowles, and the cinematography by Christopher Ross. The film was released on 5 February 2016 in the United Kingdom by Universal Pictures. DVD and Blu-ray released in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2016. When the film was released in the United Kingdom, it opened at number 2, behind Goosebumps.

It is summer 1944, and the invasion of Normandy is approaching. Nazi forces in France, seeking intelligence on the invasion location, send their best spy to a town on England’s channel coastline, Walmington-on-Sea. In the town, Captain Mainwaring’s Home Guard is suffering from a lack of luck and appreciation. This is until an elegant journalist, Rose Winters, arrives to report on the platoon’s motives and activities, allegedly for The Lady magazine. The platoon are charmed by her presence, especially Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson, causing feuds with the townsfolk, especially the platoon’s wives. Adding to tensions it emerges Sergeant Wilson and Rose Winters shared a past dalliance at Oxford University.

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army


Meanwhile, MI5 detect a radio signal transmitted from Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, believed to be from the Nazi spy. MI5’s Major Cunningham and Captain Meeks locate Captain Mainwaring and inform him of the enemy presence, stating “it could be anyone”. This news gives the Home Guard a chance to locate the spy and make a real difference in the war. They meet Ms. Winters who poses as a journalist while they are practising a routine of catch the Nazi after Wilson is chosen to play the Nazi. While accompanying the platoon on a patrol, designated Top Secret by the British Army, Winters discovers the Dover base is intended to deceive German air reconnaissance, part of the (real) Operation Bodyguard. Winters now knows the invasion will target Normandy. As the platoon searches for the spy, Rose claims it is Sergeant Wilson. Captain Mainwaring believes Rose and arrests Wilson.

However, Private Godfrey’s sisters investigate Rose and find evidence questioning her journalist credentials and that Rose has a home address in Berlin. The platoon and their wives rally to stop Winters and exchange fire with a German U-boat and a Wehrmacht landing party who are helping Winters escape. The U-boat flees without Winters boarding. Mainwaring heroically arrests Winters and hands her over to MI5. The troop then parade through Walmington, having fought off the Nazis, and are congratulated by Colonel Theakes. Mainwaring and Wilson reconcile. Theakes underlines the platoon success by telling them they have played a prominent part in the war effort.

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army

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Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Actor Gerard Butler and Director Donovan Marsh of the new submarine movie Hunter Killer visited Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT, Saturday to meet real US Navy submariners, tour the attack submarine USS Hartford, and share a special premiere of the movie with Sailors on base. Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. The film stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist (in one of his final film roles), Common and Toby Stephens, and follows a group of Navy SEALs who must ride in a submarine to rescue the captured Russian President from a coup. Hunter Killer was released in the United States on October 26, 2018, by Summit Entertainment.

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Principal photography on the film began on July 25, 2016, in London, and in Bulgaria. Interior sets of a Virginia-class Hunter Killer submarine were built at Ealing Studios, using blueprints approved by the US Navy, with the spaces expanded slightly to allow freer camera movement. The sets were mounted on a gimbal to simulate the movement of the sea. Ealing also hosted a Pentagon set from where US military personnel track the submarine action. An exterior set of the main Hunter Killer submarine was built in Pinewood Studios’ 806,000-gallon exterior water tank, while underwater scenes were shot using a separate water tank at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, also just outside London. Interiors of the Russian base were built as sets at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


The Royal Navy has launched a new recruitment campaign for the UK’s world-renowned amphibious force, the Royal Marines Commandos. The campaign gives new meaning to the Royal Marines’ long-running line “It’s a state of mind” by showing that to become a Royal Marine, you have to change what you think is possible. The launch film, ‘The Mist’, was created by Engine’s creative agency, WCRS, and shot by multi award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig along with a team that included Oscar-winning director of photography, Matyas Erdly.

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


‘The Mist’ shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown. “The Mist” shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


To keep each film as authentic to Royal Marines operations as possible, they were shot with the Royal Marines on deployment, and each features real, combat-ready Royal Marines Commandos. The new campaign went live on 20th August, video on demand and social media platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. These films really highlight the essence of ‘It’s a State of Mind’ but critically that if you become a Royal Marine you can change what you think is possible.The next film in the campaign, “Spider”.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


Filming was slated to start in Paris on April 10. Other locations include the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Norway. Filming officially began on April 8, 2017. Some of the filming was also taking place in New Zealand in July 2017.The municipality of Forsand in Norway allowed the closing of Preikestolen for a time in autumn for the film’s shoot; only crew members and cast were allowed to approach the mountain for nine consecutive days. They also were allowed up to 50 helicopter landings per day.
How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


In August 2017, Cruise injured his right leg on the London set during filming. Following his accident, the studio announced it would halt the production for at least nine weeks in order for Cruise’s broken ankle and other injuries to heal, but released a statement saying that they would be keeping the July 2018 release date for the film. The injury resulted in costs of around $80 million for the studio, because they had to pay the cast and crew for the eight-week hiatus so they wouldn’t take another job. However, the injury and subsequent costs were offset by insurance, and did not end up counting against the film’s final budget.

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


On January 25, 2018, the title was revealed to be Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Filming concluded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 25, 2018. The production in the UAE included filming of a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump scene with Cruise. The scene required Cruise and the crew training on a ground-based vertical wind tunnel, and then using a C-17 military aircraft to make over one hundred jumps from around 25,000 feet (7,600 m) to end up with three takes that McQuarrie wanted for the film. As the scene was to be set near sunset, they could only make one jump a day to try to get each shot.
How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie after Rogue Nation (2015), making him the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, while Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, and Wes Bentley join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team must track down stolen plutonium while being monitored by a CIA agent (Cavill) after a mission goes awry. The film received critical acclaim for its direction, story, acting, action sequences and stunts. Many hailed it as the best installment in the series, with some considering it one of the greatest action films of all-time.

Hunter Killer Official Trailer

Hunter Killer Official Trailer

Hunter Killer Official Trailer


Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen, 300) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.
Also starring Oscar® winner Gary Oldman (Best Actor, Darkest Hour, 2017), Common (John Wick: Chapter 2), Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), HUNTER KILLER is a high-stakes thriller that unfolds both by land and sea. Only in theaters by Summit Premiere on October 26th, 2018.
Only in theaters by Summit Premiere on October 26th, 2018.

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


Infantry-led mounted and dismounted operations are in ever greater need of effective fire support. Peacekeeping, reconnaissance and counter-insurgency operations have the same need. This need must be met cost-effectively using weapon systems that remain flexible and effective throughout their service lives. To meet this need, CMI Defence has developed the new Cockerill 3000 Series weapon system.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


Based on an unprecedented modular concept, the Cockerill® 3000 Series is a single platform enabling a turret to accommodate guns of different calibres and the corresponding technological modules: automatic 25 mm, 30 mm, 30/40 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm calibre guns, along with direct fire guns of 90 and 105 mm calibre. These systems can also fire missiles. Thanks to their unique operational capabilities, to the rapid inter-changeability both of their crews and their arms, and to their high degree of common design, these modular turrets of the Cockerill® 3000 Series can cover all types of missions and objectives on the battle field (combat tank, bunker and helicopter engagement, urban combat, intervention in combats known as asymmetric…). Moreover, their modularity and commonality significantly optimize both their whole-life cost and operational flexibility.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


In its standard form, the Cockerill 3000 Series provides full digital weapon stabilisation and computerised fire control to deliver very high target-hit probability. Thermal and day sights permit 24-hour operation whether the vehicle is static or moving. The User can select ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 5. In short, the Cockerill 3000 Series does everything that the modern soldier expects and more. Depending upon configuration, the Cockerill 3000 Series may be integrated with wheeled or tracked chassis weighing as little as 20 tonnes. This means high tactical and strategic mobility without abandoning protection.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


These Cockerill® 3000 Series benefit in particular from the simulation solutions of CMI Defence supplied under the Agueris® brand. These enable training and practice on both virtual immersive cockpits and embedded simulators. The Cockerill 3000 Series is a unique new turret product from CMI Defence. Conceived to deliver unprecedented levels of value to the user, the Cockerill 3000 series:
Delivers cutting-edge day/night, stabilised, high-precision weapon system capability.
Is a single modular, common core platform that provides a single common heart to many products and variants.
Can be readily configured and re-configured as necessary through-life, according to role and operational demand.
Interchangeably accepts a wide range of weapon types and caliberres, from 25mm automatic cannon to 105mm NATO-standard tank gun.
Offers significant reductions in whole-life cost and increases in operational flexibility.
Is now sold in several different configurations and entering production.

Men of Honor


The story ultimately revolves around two “men of honor”; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is strife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulance and ultimately triumph.

Carl Brashear leaves his native Kentucky and the life of a sharecropper in 1948 by joining the United States Navy. As a crew member of the salvage ship USS Hoist, where he is assigned to the galley, he is inspired by the bravery of one of the divers, Master Chief Petty Officer Leslie William “Billy” Sunday. He is determined to overcome racism and become the first black American Navy diver, even proclaiming that he will become a master diver. He eventually is selected to attend Diving and Salvage School in Bayonne, New Jersey, where he arrives as a boatswain’s mate second class. He finds that Master Chief Sunday is the leading chief petty officer and head instructor, who is under orders from the school’s eccentric, bigoted commanding officer to ensure that Brashear fails.

Brashear struggles to overcome his educational shortcomings, a result of his leaving school in the grade 7 in order to work on his family’s failing farm. He receives educational assistance from his future wife, a medical student who works part-time in the New York Public Library in Harlem. Brashear proves himself as a diver by rescuing a fellow student whose dive buddy abandons him during a salvage evaluation. Unfortunately, due to the racism of the commanding officer, the student who fled in the face of danger is awarded a medal for Brashear’s heroic actions. Likewise, during an underwater assembling task where each student has to assemble a flange underwater using a bag of tools, Brashear’s bag is cut open on purpose. Brashear nevertheless finishes the assembly and graduates from diving school, earning the quiet and suppressed admiration of Sunday and his fellow divers. Sunday is later demoted to senior chief by the commanding officer for standing up for Brashear and allowing him to pass.

The paths and careers of Brashear and Sunday diverge. Brashear rises quickly through the ranks, even becoming a national hero in the 1966 Palomares incident for recovering a missing atomic bomb and for saving the life of Navy crew. Sunday continually loses his composure around officers who disrespect his accomplishments, until he is finally demoted to chief petty officer and relegated to menial duties. He becomes a brooding alcoholic displeased with his lowered rank.

The two eventually meet again after Brashear’s left leg was so mangled in the Palomares incident that he feels that his only chance to return to active duty and a relatively normal life is for it to be amputated and replaced with a prosthesis. Until this time, no Navy man had ever returned to full active duty with a prosthetic limb. Sunday again trains Brashear and aids him in his fight against the Navy’s bureaucracy and an antagonistic Navy captain (Brashear’s and Sunday’s former Hoist executive officer) in order to return to full active duty and fulfill his dream of becoming a master diver. They succeed in getting Brashear reinstated. In the epilogue, it is noted that two years later Brashear becomes a master diver. It is added that he does not retire from the Navy for another nine years.

Men of Honor

Men of Honor