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Move over “Act of Valor” and “Battleship.” It’s time for the Coast Guard to get some time on the silver screen. Tim Van Patten, who has worked on HBO hits like “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “Boardwalk Empire,” is in talks with Disney to direct “The Finest Hours,” a Coast Guard drama based on the book of the same name, according to Variety. The film tells the story of the 1952 Coast Guard rescue of 84 men during a blizzard when two oil tankers were torn in half off the coast of New England. The screen adaptation of…

Korean pop sensation Psy, star of the viral Youtube video “Gangnam Style,” said on The Ellen Show that the mindset of his signature horse-riding dance move is to “dress classy and dance cheesy.” Midshipmen from the 22nd Company at the Naval Academy nail that, performing a parody of the video in their uniforms around the academy’s campus. The original video has over 192,000,000 views on Youtube, but if you’ve somehow missed it, watch it below: Now check out the mids’ version: They really take it up a notch, with the lasso dance moves at a line of urinals and one…

The less-than-stellar box office performance of “Battleship” (avoid the rush; pre-order your DVDs now) isn’t stopping a surge in Navy-themed television and film productions. Here’s a quick look at four sailor-heavy releases headed to a movie theater or TV set near you. 1. Last Resort When and where: Thursdays this fall, 8 p.m., ABC What: The fictional USS Colorado is ordered to nuke Pakistan. The commander disobeys the order and is relieved. The sub is shot at by other American forces, escapes to a tropical island, then fires a missile toward Washington. And that’s just the three-minute preview. Don’t believe…

Pop star Katy Perry portrayed a Marine in her newest video, but when she performed at the Naval Academy last Friday night, it was all about playing sailor. Perry, who said she was fighting a fever, performed in a sailor get-up. In this YouTube video she proceeds to recreate the iconic World War II-era image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. A lucky Midshipman 3rd Class named Tanner Beasley plays the coveted role of sailor and promptly plants one on Perry’s kisser. The crowd, of course, goes bananas. ABC News offers more details.

Want to see Battleship on a big screen at your base? Eventful Inc., is holding a “Battle of the Bases” campaign to bring sneak previews of the movie Battleship to 10 military bases across the country before the film opens everywhere May 18. Family, friends and servicemembers can vote online at http://eventful.com/battleship. The 10 military bases with the most votes by May 8 will get an advanced screening of Battleship at a theater near the base between May 15 and May 17. The action-adventure movie, which includes real sailors as extras, is about Earth fighting for survival against aliens. It…

Hollywood just went to boot camp — surface Navy-style. The task of getting the cast of the forthcoming movie Battleship to look and speak Navy fell to the retired Navy captain who served as the film’s technical adviser. It was no easy task. “Is that your war face? What kind of a face is that!” retired Capt. Rick Hoffman, who in real-life commanded frigate DeWert and cruiser Hue City, shouts at one actor in jest during a movie trailer released April 3. “Wipe that smile off your face, sailor!” This is all part of what he called “Capt. Rick’s boot…

Nations including China and Russia will get an inside look at some of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced tactics. Specifically, how the Navy would deal with an alien invasion. If Liam Neeson ran Pacific Fleet. And if the director of “Friday Night Lights” ran everything. It might not be much of an intel edge, but international audiences will be the first to see the Hollywood blockbuster “Battleship,” which debuts overseas in IMAX theaters April 12, according to an IMAX news release. More than 100 international theaters will screen the movie before it hits U.S. cinemas May 18. Gawker Media’s I09…

[HTML1] The Walt Disney Company is looking to hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years. Company President and CEO Bob Iger announced the company wide initiative called “Heroes Work Here” on Tuesday, March 13th. There is much more to the new program than just hiring vets. Disney will hold career fairs, offer training and volunteer opportunities. And don’t think you have to head to Orlando just to work at Disney. The company owns ESPN and ABC. Here is a full list of the companies in the Disney family. Want to make your dreams come true? Check out the Disney…

Doctors have one. So do karaoke singers, movie directors, librarians, pilots, journalists and disc-jockeys. Now, sailors can claim their own What-people-think-I-do meme. For the uninitiated, that’s the Navy’s top enlisted man, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West, mugging in the top center photo. Scoop Deck thinks the rest of the 6-photo slide, designed by a sailor, speaks for itself — and with its own salt.

When temperatures go below freezing, perhaps the last place you’d want to place your lips is anything made of metal. Anyone who’s ever played in a marching or military band for an outdoor performance knows that the show must go on, regardless of Mother Nature’s moods. That’s  just what some members of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band did this past weekend, enduring snow and icy conditions to entertain the crowd in Sapporo, Japan. The northern Japan city on Hokkaido island, which hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics,  is famous for its annual Sapporo Snow Festival attended by some 2 million visitors who don…

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