Tuesday, August 23, 2016
On August 21, 2015, Ayoub El-Khazzani boarded train #9364 in Brussels, bound for Paris. There could be no doubt about his mission: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on board. But when he emerged, he encountered something he hadn't anticipated: three Americans who refused to give in to fear. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone were childhood friends, taking a vacation together. They had some relevant training: Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and Airman First Class in the US Air Force; Skarlatos was an active duty member of the Oregon National Guard; and all three were fearless. But their decision—to charge the gunman, then overpower him even as he turned first his gun, then his knife, on Stone—depended on a lifetime of loyalty, support, and faith. THE 15:17 TO PARIS is the gripping, true story of a terrorist attack that would have killed more than 500 people if not for their actions, but it is also the story of three American boys and their friendship. Using each hero's point of view in sequence, this book skillfully reconstructs the drama of the attack, while weaving in the stories of the protagonists' lives and the friendship and loyalty shared between them. Among the things they can talk about: * The day their lives changed forever: The moment the gunman entered the train, what went through each of their minds and how they collectively decided to act * A reconstruction of the fight: How Alek Skarlatos, in defending himself and everyone else on the train, was fully prepared to shoot and kill the terrorist El-Khazzani, knowing full well that it might also kill his best friend Spencer Stone. (And how Stone had given him permission to do so, knowing that his life hung in the balance). Had the gun not jammed, twice, it would have meant certain death. * How their lives changed since the attack: from the glamorous (appearances on Dancing with the Stars and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to meeting President Obama), to the personal (how the experience shaped each man's commitment to friendship, family, faith, and country). * The role of faith in each man's life and how the incident deepened and changed their connection to their personal faiths * How the experience renewed each of their sense of patriotism and commitment to serving their country (two of the three are currently serving in the military—one is in sniper training and the other in the National Guard.)
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The Army veteran is best known from ABC’s hit series Dancing With The Stars where he took third place in Season 20 of the popular dance competition. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sergeant Noah Galloway, a Purple Heart Recipient, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Noah experienced a life changing injury and lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an improvised explosive device attack. Noah overcame his disability and dedicated his life to empowering fellow veterans through fitness and motivational speaking. Galloway started the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for wounded veterans, and works with charities like Operation Enduring Warrior and Homes for Our Troops, a group that builds handicap accessible “smart homes” for wounded. Noah continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as ToughMudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races. Noah is a sought after public speaker traveling across the country sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others. Noah starred as one of the mentors on FOX’s new hit reality show, American Grit which is a military-inspired TV competition series that feature’s sixteen of the country’s toughest men and women as they participate in variety of military-grade andsurvival-themed challenges. The show is hosted by WWE start John Cena. Noah’s next project is his upcoming memoir Living with No Excuses which sheds light into his personal life and how he overcame his injury during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The book will be released by Hachette book Group on August 23rd, 2016.
Posted by Arroe at 7:34 AM
Many TV viewers remember Michaela as a former Saturday Night Live cast member, her starring role in ABC-TV’s Trophy Wife, or for her scene-stealing appearances in hit comedies such as Modern Family, Veep, New Girl, The Goldbergs and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She’ll also star opposite Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the upcoming big-screen comedy film The House. Michaela can now be seen in the acclaimed comedy series Casual on Hulu, which was called “hilarious and heartbreaking” by the LA Times and “funny and a joy to watch” by The Hollywood Reporter. From Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman, Casual stars Michaela as Valerie Cole, a divorced mom who rediscovers herself while living with her brother and her teenage daughter as she re-enters the dating world. Here’s a clip from season two, which can now be seen on Hulu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWJ2IeVt9JY
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Matthew Santoro’s originality and humor has attracted millions of fans, making him a beloved YouTube star. His weekly videos on amazing and little-known facts are eagerly anticipated by his many subscribers and followers around the world. In his first-ever book, Matthew’s love of weird and wacky knowledge explodes with new facts and stories from around the planet, and beyond. Surprising, and always entertaining, Mind = Blown offers even more of Matthew’s unique take on this hilarious, crazy world: The most ridiculous laws from past and present Crazy doppelgangers of people, places, and unexpected things Historical wizards who actually lived Real-life animal avengers And a special section: Japan Blows My Mind! From shin-kicking competitions and beer pong-playing robots, to enormous fire-balls shooting through space, you won’t believe what you’ll discover in Mind = Blown. But beware: there is too much astounding trivia for any one mind to contain! Here’s a link to Matthew’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MatthewSantoro With more than 5 million dedicated subscribers, Matthew Santoro is a YouTube star whose videos have been viewed more than half a billion (yes billion) times. He is best known for his top-ten lists of strange and surprising facts and his popular series “50 Things to Blow Your Mind.”
Posted by Arroe at 1:08 PM
Clea DuVall was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began working as an actor at 18, and quickly became a fixture in both TV and film. Some of her credits include the Academy Award winning film “Argo” (directed by and starring Ben Affleck), “21 Grams” (starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benicio Del Toro), “Girl Interrupted” (starring Angelina Jolie), HBO’s Emmy Award winning series “Carnivale,” AMC's Emmy nominated show “Better Call Saul,” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.” In 2012, DuVall began working behind the camera, directing a series of videos for Warner Bros. Records Grammy nominated artists, Tegan and Sara, for the release of their album “Heartthrob.” DuVall also directed a music video for the band, Echosmith for their song, “Talking Dreams.” Over the past 10 years, she has been honing that craft of writing, with direction and guidance from the immensely talented pool of writers and directors she has had the pleasure and privilege of working with. DuVall still resides in Los Angeles. ABOUT THE INTERVENTION, OPENING IN THEATERS AUGUST 26th (ARTICLE FROM INDIEWIRE) We’ve all seen various versions of interventions in movies and television shows. They never go as smoothly as the interveners would like, often turning into a mess of hilarious awkwardness and touchy drama. Filmmaker Clea DuVall has taken those ideas and amplified them as the entire premise of her latest film “The Intervention,” which looks to be a fun, awkward ride with a great ensemble cast. The film premiered at Sundance this past January, where star Melanie Lynskey winning the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance. Written and directed by DuVall, “The Intervention” stars DuVall, Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat and Cobie Smulders. The film follows Lynskey as “control freak bride-to-be Annie” as she brings together her closeknit group of thirtysomething friends to stage an ill-advised intervention with Ruby (Smulders) and her workaholic husband, Peter (Piazza), convinced that their relationship is bringing everyone down. As the eponymous intervention unfolds, plenty of hard truths are revealed, lots of laughs are had and the group’s dynamics keep amusingly and authentically shifting.
Posted by Arroe at 12:34 PM
Friday, August 19, 2016
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