Vince Vaughn Treats Troops to an Advance USO Screening of ‘Unfinished Business’

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Giving back to the military is in Vince Vaughn’s blood.

So when he was presented with the chance to treat troops at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to an advance screening of his upcoming film “Unfinished Business,” the three-time USO tour veteran had to say yes.

“I have military in my family,” Vaughn said. “My sister was [in the military], and [I have had] relatives [serve] way back, all the way back to the beginning, I believe, to the revolution.

“I’m always appreciative of the troops and all the sacrifices that are made and it’s always been important to me to express that.”

In addition to meeting with base leadership and personally kicking off the screening event, Vaughn got to chat and take photos with troops who had recently returned home and others who’d been recognized for excellence in their jobs.

“I hope that the movie brings them some laughter, that they have a good day laughing,” Vaughn said. “[I’m glad I] just get the chance to send the message that I know that a lot of people share, which is that they’re always in our minds and in our hearts.”

Vaughn traveled overseas with the USO to screen “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” for service members in Southwest Asia in 2004.

“I [had] shot ‘Dodgeball’ and was shooting ‘Wedding Crashers,'” he said. “I had met Pat Tillman and then I got the news … on the TV that he had passed. It really bothered me and I had other friends who were overseas. So, I called the USO out of nowhere and said, ‘Can I come over?’”

The following year, Vaughn continued his USO relationship by screening “Wedding Crashers” for troops. In the past decade, he’s entertained more than 8,735 servicemen and women through the USO.

Video Interview with the Boondock Saints!

Sean Patrick Flannery (l) and Norman Reedus were two of the "Boondock Saints" who recently completed a USO tour. (Photo courtesy

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the release of “Boondock Saints,” the film’s stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Brian Mahoney teamed up for a USO tour, along with the film’s writer/director Troy Duffy and producer Chris Brinker.  We’ll have pictures for you soon, but in the meantime enjoy this short video interview with the cast!

“The Boondock Saints” are Heading to Middle East on a USO Tour!

Actors Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Brian Mahoney of “The Boondock Saints” are travelling to Middle East on USO Tour!  Also along for the ride will be the Film’s Writer/Director Troy Duffy and Producer Chris Brinker.

Cast members of the cult classic film “The Boondock Saints” will spend eight days traveling through three countries for this USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.  Along the way they’ll visit troops at military bases, sign autographs, post for photos, and extend their appreciation to the military.  This year marks the film’s 10-year anniversary and we’re thrilled to be a part of that!  While all five are making the trip to show their support of service men and women, Mahoney shares a special connection with troops, having served ten years in the U.S. Army.

Click here to see upcoming entertainment tours!

The Patriotic Six is Back!

It’s that special time of year again when we at the USO salute our men and women in uniform – and all who have served – by celebrating the six weeks (or thereabouts) between Memorial Day and July 4th.  We call it “The Patriotic Six” and this year we have so many ways that YOU can show your support!

  • Check out the website – it’s your one-stop shop for all things Patriotic Six.
  • Grab the widget – get a new patriotic fact every day and share it on all of your social networking sites; there’s even an iPhone App!
  • Add the Twibbon to your Twitter avatar – create a free account and you can position the Patriotic Six logo wherever you like
  • Change your desktop wallpaper – add one of our customized camo backgrounds for work or home computers
  • Fan us on Facebook – we’re looking to reach “60 in 6” – 60,000 fans in six weeks, that is!  It’s a big goal, but we know we can reach it and show the world how much support the USO has on Facebook!

Finally, we want to let you know that each week during the Patriotic Six we have a fantastic giveaway!  Today we have the DVD of Dear John – just released today – along with USO-branded goodies for one lucky blog reader.  [Please note: this contest has already ended, but we’ll have another great one next week!]

To enter the contest, just leave a comment on today’s blog letting us know how YOU plan to celebrate during the Patriotic Six.  One comment will be selected at random to receive the gift pack.  Sorry, but USO employees and their families are not eligible.

We have many more exiting things in store for your during the next six weeks.  Be sure to bookmark the blog or add it to your RSS feed for all the latest Patriotic Six happenings.

UPDATE: We’ve added the trailer!  There’s still time to comment; we’ll draw the winner on Thursday at Noon EST.
Channing Tatum stars in ‘Dear John,’ a romantic drama about a soldier who falls in love with a conservative college student. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

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This Week’s Snag Film: National Geographic’s Shark Encounters

The ultra-rare, deepwater "Megamouth" shark was captured on film for the first time ever in National Geographic's Shark Encounters. This, however, is a whale shark.

Plunge into the ocean with renowned filmmaker and shark expert Michael deGruy as he takes you to the underwater realm of sharks for this week’s USO Theater offering from Snag Films.  Remember: Snag Films are always free and you can share them with friends and family  – no matter where they are around the world!  We’re continuing to bring you the best in documentary film making and if YOU have films you’d like to see, let us know in the comments section.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll plunge into the ocean depths with renowned filmmaker and shark expert Michael deGruy as he takes you to the underwater realm of sharks! You’ll swim terrifyingly close to see these efficient predators in action, and watch in fear as deGruy re-enacts a shark attack that cost him part of an arm fourteen years earlier. You’ll also discover the incredible physical and behavioral diversity of the shark family, from the 7-inch dwarf dog shark to the over 50-foot whale shark. Through spectacular animation, enter a shark’s body to learn how it hones in on its prey using its unique sense of electro-reception. And join in the discovery of a gigantic deepwater species known as “Megamouth,” with the first ever close-up footage.

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This Week’s Snag Film: River Ways

The state of our lakes, rivers, and oceans is a hot topic in the news right now, so this week’s Snag Films documentary offering is especially prescient.  RIVER WAYS explores the lives of regular working people affected by the issue of four dams on Snake River in Eastern Washington.

Filmmaker Colin Stryker journeys to Washington state, where he chronicles the lives of everyday citizens struggling on either side of a divisive issue: whether to remove a series of hydroelectric dams from the Snake River. While groups of American Indians, environmentalists and fishermen advocate for removing the dams to replenish the local salmon population, farmers and other locals rely on the dams as an inexpensive source of electricity.