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A Navy cook showcased his skills outside of the kitchen during a laughter competition held April 6 in San Diego. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Daunte Reed won the category for Best Maniacal Laugh at the first American Laughing Championships. He comes in at the 30-second mark of the video below with a headphone-bending cackle that makes him lose his balance. Reed, who is stationed at Naval Base San Diego, said his laughter has always drawn stares. “I’m known for having a distinct laugh, so to speak,” Reed said. “I’ve had this laugh all my life.” In Afghanistan, Reed honed…

A few days after casting a familiar face for a key male role, the producers of “Wild Blue,” a TV drama in development for Fox that will be set on an aircraft carrier, found their female lead … then put their entire cast on ice. Gina Rodriguez, recently of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” will bring both those traits to the new project as Pilar “Maytag” Robles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Three days later, THR reported the entire project would be pushed out of the traditional fall season pilot filming window, with producers failing to lure country singer and…

Heard about the CW Network pilot “Company Town”? Eager to begin a Hollywood career like other sailors before you? Well, we’d suggest acting classes. Or an agent. But if you’re looking to be part of the scenery of the Norfolk, Va.-based young-adult drama that could find its way to your TV set this fall, you’re in luck. The show wants you as an extra, and it’s holding an open call Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Paradise Ocean Club in Fort Monroe, Va., according to multiple media reports. Orchestra-style musicians, hospital-staff types and twentysomethings were singled out…

A Fox television pilot that promises to tell stories aboard an aircraft carrier from both officer and enlisted perspectives has cast a critical part for such an endeavor. Mykelti Williamson, whose most recent work has been on the FX drama “Justified,” has been cast as Command Master Chief Donald Bowman in the flattop-themed “Wild Blue,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’s likely best known for his portrayal of Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in a small independent film Oscar-winning blockbuster “Forrest Gump,” but his credits include everything from guest shots on TV classics (“Starsky and Hutch,” “The White Shadow”) to regular…

If you’ve finally watched every “Last Resort” episode on your DVR and are going through Navy-themed TV withdrawal, cheer up — one aquaflage-filled drama just cast its female lead, while another has advanced to the production stage. Per the plugged-in folks at Deadline, Gage Golightly (who recently appeared in “Teen Wolf” — this one, not that one, and we can all pretend this one never happened) will play the wife of a Navy lieutenant in “Company Town,” a young-adult drama set in Norfolk, Va., against the background of a fictional Navy scandal. Golightly’s relationship with a longtime “townie” friend, and how…

In what is quickly becoming the “Gangnam Style” of 2013, the services are going head to head in the “Harlem Shake.” If you’re unfamiliar with the spastic dance move, it involves a single masked person dancing in a room full of people, who ignore the dancer. After maybe 15 seconds, the entire thing erupts into a giant dance party full of crazy moves, costumes and thrashing. First up is the Naval Academy, featuring the 13th Company and a man in a blue suit. My only question: where did that mid find a horse head mask? The Coast Guard Academy also…

Watch the trailer below, then read on to find out why you haven’t seen it until now: The good news for naval aviators, students of the 1980s and fans of Kenny Loggins — a remastered, 3-D version of “Top Gun” will hit IMAX screens nationwide later this week. The trailer says it’s a six-day engagement beginning Friday, but some theaters will have special Thursday screenings. Why only six days? And why not a mainstream marketing push? Why wasn’t a shirtless 3-D Tom Cruise playing volleyball during commercial breaks of the Super Bowl? Although Cruise’s cocky Maverick may be the face…

Four men wearing enlisted service dress blues attended a Las Vegas expo filled with porn stars. And a Utah National Guardsman has the pics to prove it. The picture-taker, a 29-year old specialist who requested his full name not be used and attended the event out of uniform, said he was in the crowd Jan. 19 at the Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when he noticed the quartet. “There’s something wrong with these pictures,” said the tipster who sent the above image — and other pictures, including some less suitable for publication. “It’s awesome that…

With “Last Resort” sailing toward its “kick-ass ending,” fans of Navy-centric television that doesn’t include the initials “NCIS” are out of luck for a few months. But as we reported earlier this month, there are a half-dozen shows with Navy ties in the Hollywood development pipeline, ranging from dramas set on aircraft carriers to updates of Cold War-era apocalypse novels. One of those new shows, a pilot headed to the CW network about young sailors’ lives and loves on a large East Coast naval base, was supposed to be titled “Norfolk.” Here’s a summary, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter: A…

Grandparents may remember Bill Cosby as the racial-barrier-breaking co-star of the ’60s action series “I Spy,” or as a voice coming from a record player, talking about his brother, Russell, or re-enacting one of history’s first major naval construction requests. For parents, he’s likely part television icon, part advice-giver, part guy with the crazy marker. For kids, he’s mostly the stuff of legend and re-runs. But at 75, he’s still touring, and he still thanks his time in the Navy for helping shape his success. Cosby enlisted in 1956 and served as a hospital corpsman until 1961, leaving as an…

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