Hollywood on the Potomac

'Legions of Brothers'

September 20, 2017

“Several reporting trips to Afghanistan over the years have left me with so many memories of the sacrifices of the troops I met along the way and the warmth and hospitality of the Afghan people living in the most difficult circumstances,” said Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, at a private screening of Legions of Brothers at The US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC hosted by CNN Films/New America.  Starr moderated the Q and A with the producers, director and principals. 

 

Synopsis: “Legion of Brothers” tells the stories of the handful of US Special Forces soldiers who, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, went into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and within a matter of weeks overthrew the Taliban regime. In the public’s mind, Special Forces are often confused with the “door kickers” of Special Operations Forces — such as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force — who are the United States’ elite counter-terrorism operators. In fact, the primary mission of Special Forces, in particular the Army’s Green Berets who are profiled in the film, is to work “by, with and through” local forces on the ground to act as force multipliers. That means that Special Forces embed with local forces and work with them to achieve their common goals.


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'American Assassin'

September 17, 2017

The DC Screening of American Assassin was released by CBS Films and Lionsgate with Director Michael Cuesta and Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in attendance at the Navy Memorial Center.

 

Based on Vince Flynn’s New York Times best selling book series, AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.


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Miss America on Heels

September 11, 2017

The Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” took place Saturday, September 9, 2017 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  A look back at 2014:

Ah, the heel parade, a.k.a the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, a celebration leading into the final night of the 2015 Miss America Competition’s live broadcast on ABC from historic Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 14. 

 

The two hour parade kicks off today at 5 PM and stretches over two miles with special guests Vonda Van Dyke celebrating her 50th anniversary of being crowned Miss America in 1965 and Debbye Turner Bell celebrating her 25th anniversary of being crowned Miss America in 1990.


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