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orth Korea has befuddled the United States and its Asian allies ever since North Korean leader Kim Il Sung launched the invasion of South Korea in June 1950. Prior to the attack, the United States had sent inadvertent signals that it likely would not protect South Korea in the event of an unexpected invasion from the north. Not surprisingly, a war soon followed. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, after leading a brilliant landing at Inchon in September 1950, chased the communists back north of the 38 parallel. In hot pursuit, MacArthur gambled that the Chinese would not invade, as he sought to conquer all of North Korea and unite the peninsula. As MacArthur barreled northward to the Chinese border during the fall of 1950, the landscaped widened. American supply lines lengthened. MacArthur’s forces thinned. The weather worsened. The days shortened. Conventional wisdom had been that the Chinese would not invade, given America’s near nuclear monopoly and likely air superiority. But in November 1950, what eventually would become nearly a million-man Chinese army did just that, pouring southward into the Korean peninsula. The Chinese and North Koreans pushed the American and United Nations forces past the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th parallel. In January 1951, the communists retook Seoul after forcing the longest American military retreat in U.S. history. With the arrival of military genius Gen. Matthew Ridgway, the U.S. regrouped. In early 1951, Western troops retook Seoul and drove communist forces back across the 38th Parallel. But despite continued success, Western forces chose not to reinvade the north and reunite the country. What followed the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War was a tense Cold War standoff between two antithetical Korean countries for the next 65 years. North Korean assassinations, kidnappings and continual provocations continued throughout the “peace.� In 1994, the Bill Clinton administration gave massive aid to North Korea under the “Agreed Framework� deal, including heavy fuel oil. In exchange, North Korea promised to cease its ongoing nuclear PEACE, continued on Page 9

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‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ debuts at Globe By Bob Morey MilitaryPress

Christian Gudegast directs Gerard Butler in “Den of Theives,� a film he also wrote, now available on Blu-ray.

‘DEN OF THIEVES’ IS BREAKING IN ON BLU-RAY Christian Gudegast on directing the realistic crime drama By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

Coming to Blu-ray/DVD from writer/ director Christian Gudegast, STX Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is truly a “Den of Thieves.� In the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department there is a team of wild cops led by Big Nick O’Brien (Gerard Butler). You see, Nick isn’t the kind to just sit by and

let crime run rampant in the city. He may be a sharp cop but not to smart when it comes to his own home life, which is falling apart. When strange heists hit the city, they grab Donnie (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.) to find out who is responsible. Getting him to talk takes a little persuasion, but Donnie tells them about Merrimen and his gang, which includes Enson Levoux (Curtis Jackson), and any detail he can think of. That leads them to a quietly disturbing mastermind in Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber). He also isn’t the kind to sit by and not be a part of planning a massive crime. The game of cat and mouse begins when the two leaders come face to face to test the waters as each flexes in his own way. As Nick and the boys meticulously go over

plans to catch Merrimen and his boys at their next heist, Merrimen and his boys are meticulously going over plans for a heist that even the L.A. County Sheriff ’s couldn’t have seen coming. When they finally come face to face, backing down doesn’t seem to be in their vocabulary! I had the amazing opportunity to speak with writer/director Christian Gudegast about what inspired him to write the script, the amazing cast and making it all go from page to screen. Gudegast is responsible for films such as “London has Fallen,� “A Man Apart� and is the executive producer for the documentary “Sequestro.� Jeri Jacquin: Let’s jump right in. My DEN OF THIEVES, continued on Page 12




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ocated in California’s sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley is “an unexpected oasis,� the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant. It’s much more than a way stop along a stretch of Highway 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Harris family has been farming in California for more than 100 years. They established one of Imperial Valley’s first cotton gins in 1916. By the 1930s, the Harris Ranch was founded. The restaurant originally opened in the mid-1970s as an outlet to serve their beef, decades before the current farm-totable trend. The Inn at Harris Ranch was built in 1987 and further developed in the 1990s. Additional upgrades were completed in 2014. Today, the full-service, smoke-free resort features 153 rooms and suites, all with flat-screen TVs. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi, parking and coffee and tea available 24/7 in the lobby. The California hacienda-style architecture is enhanced with beautifully

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AFTER FIRST-ROUND, ODDS AND PREDICTIONS State’s series against New Orleans. Adding Curry after a convincing performance in the first round has increased the Warriors’ win probability quite a bit. They are right now a clear favorite to win the championship. The Rockets have also seen their odds go up, setting the stage for a potentially huge Western Conference finals series.

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The first round of NBA playoffs offered only few upsets with higher seeds (mostly) taking care of business. The Pelicans’ sweep over the Trail Blazers was certainly something that very few predicted. The Thunder’s trio of Russell Wesbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George managed only two wins against the Jazz before being elim- Rockets vs. Jazz inated in Utah. But the top two seeds The top-seeded Rockets already took from each conference (Warriors, Rock- Game 1 this series, and Houston did so ets, Raptors easily. Based and Celtics) AccuScore’s odds to win NBA Finals on Accuscore advanced and simulations, Team Win probability Change sent the unthe Rockets 47.6% 14.9% are a clear 80 derdogs home Golden State Warriors early. Houston Rockets 25% 2.4% percent favorSo who is ite to win this 8.9% -0.1% series. the favorite to Toronto Raptors win the cham- Philadelphia 76ers The most 7.2% -3.6% pionship from probable outCleveland Cavaliers 5.1% -4.8% come is 4-2, the NBA’s Elite 3.2% -3.7% but 4-1 and 4-3 Eight? AccuS- Boston Celtics core has simu- Utah Jazz 2.2% -0.9% have around lated the rea 20 percent 1.1% -0.2% probability. The maining rounds New Orleans Pelicans of the playoffs Jazz played betand provided updated probabilities in the ter than expected against the Thunder, chart. but they need to raise their game in order It looks like Warriors star Stephen to have any hope of keeping up with the Steph Curry, who watched Round 1 of the playoffs from the sidelines, is poised to return as Golden State takes on Curry will return to action during Golden Rockets. the Pelicans, giving the Warriors the best odds to win the NBA Finals.

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The Celtics needed seven games to beat the Bucks with the home team coming out on top in each contest. Boston still has home-court advantage, but that may not be enough. Philadelphia is around a 70 percent favorite in this series and will likely win at

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Indiana pushed Cleveland to a full seven games, while top-seeded Toronto eliminated Washington in six games. Based on simulations, this is the tightest of all the second-round matchups. The Raptors are a 66 percent favorite to advance, but it could take six or seven games to get past LeBron James and the Cavs. Cleveland has defeated Toronto two years in a row in the playoffs, but it looks like the Raptors will get a bit of revenge this time.

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PAINS, GAINS AND BIKE CHAINS Wounded warrior gives back to brothers and sisters-in-arms By Cpl. Shellie Hall Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON — A baseball pitcher with the Compton Community College Tar-Babes stared downfield at a rival opponent and threw a perfect pitch. With his “good arm, wicked fastball and nasty split-finger,� freshman Fernando Andrade captured the attention of a Los Angeles Dodgers scout. Little did the scout know that Andrade had big plans for his future. When the Retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Fernando Andrade, a volunteer and bicycle technician with Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, conducts bike maintenance on Camp scout asked Andrade what his intentions Pendleton. Andrade regularly repairs and assembles bicycles for fellow wounded warriors who cycle. | U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck were, Andrade told him that he was going ered that Andrade had in fact been suf- prepare for upcoming competitions while riors use for competitions, cycling tours to join the Marine Corps. The scout simply fering from panic attacks and by January building camaraderie and cohesion be- and therapy. Building and knowing his fellow comrades have a fully functioning bike nodded, wished Andrade good luck, and 2016, found himself in a hole he thought tween one another. “We meet up, give each other some for their training is what brings Andrade he would never escape. carried on with his day. “My alcohol consumption went through brotherly love, see how one another is extreme joy. Andrade joined the Marine Corps in “Without maintenance, this shop would December 1995 and became a field radio the roof and I was yelling at my wife, caus- doing, and take off,� Andrade said. “It’s a not be functioning; we would not have the operator. His career took him to countries ing too many altercations between us,� team effort.� Now retired, Andrade dedicates roughly Marine Corps Trials, the Department of around the globe and afforded him many Andrade stated. “I was highlighted by my opportunities to experience different as- command and they were aware of what six to eight hours a day maintaining bicy- Defense Warrior Games or cycling tours cles that he and his fellow wounded war- in San Diego,� Andrade said. pects of the Corps. He served with 2nd was going on.� In March and April that same year, Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, the 13th and 15th Marine Andrade attempted suicide. The mental Expeditionary Units, and at U.S. embas- health office in Twentynine Palms sent sies in Liberia and Belgium as a Marine him to the Overcoming Adversity and Security Guard. While serving with 2/1 Stress Injury Support (OASIS) residential and the 13th and 15th MEUs, Andrade program at Naval Base Point Loma, where supported Operations Southern Watch, he spent 60 days in an inpatient program. Infinite Moonlight, and Iron Magic, and Andrade was also diagnosed with a traudeployed to the Middle East four times in matic brain injury, as a result of numerous support of Operation Enduring Freedom blasts and explosions during combat operations. During his stay at OASIS, Andrade in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010. In 2015, Andrade received orders to received various forms of therapy to treat Twentynine Palms, and described this time his mental health symptoms. “I returned to my unit and it just wasn’t as a “dark hole.� While reporting into his new command, Communications Training the same,� Andrade said. 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‘History teaches, perhaps, very few clear lessons. But surely one such lesson learned by the world at great cost is that aggression, unopposed, becomes a contagious disease.’ Jimmy Carter 39th. U.S. President Served Jan. 20, 1977 – Jan. 20, 1981

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t Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 1 after nearly 15 years of exile. t The Iranian army withdraws to its barracks Feb. 10, leaving power in the hands of Ayatollah Khomeini, ending the Pahlavi dynasty.

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throwing the Shah officially. t Schoolchildren in the Central African Republic are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms April 17. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-BĂŠdel Bokassa “almost certainlyâ€? took part in the massacre. t Conservatives win a majority in the British Parliament on May 3, making Margaret Thatcher the first female prime minister. t The Iran hostage crisis begins Nov. 4, when 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.

t The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified Dec. 9, making smallpox the first of only two human diseases that have been driven to extinction. t The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan Dec. 24, and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin, which begins the war.

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t “The Dukes of Hazard� debuts on CBS on Jan. 26. t Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego on Jan. 29. Her justification for the action, “I don’t like Mondays�, inspires the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name. t Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time March 8. t The first fully functional Space Shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered

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big question is where did you come up with this storyline? Christian Gudegast: Wow, it was a combination of a lot of things. It was going back to wanting to make crime films, and there are so many stories I want to tell about that world. Also, there are people that the characters are based upon and a series of bank robberies in a book my friend wrote about the most successful crew in Los Angeles called the Hole-in-the-Ground gang. Merrimen and his crew are based on them, and the heists you see in the film are based on the actual heists that went down. They were never caught and got away with hundreds of millions of dollars. They have a legendary status within the law enforcement community in Los Angeles. Gerard Butler’s character, Big Nick, is also based on a friend of mine. So all of it is the basis for the story I’m telling in the film under one roof. JJ: It was interesting to me how you had these two brotherhoods going on at the same time. Was that difficult to take from your brain to the page to the screen? CG: Yes, in a sense that film production is extremely difficult, and, no, because it’s always what I wanted to do. The cast and crew who read the script bought into the concept so it was about not judging any one character and treating everyone like a human being and understanding motivations. It is seeing how they are all affected by that life from both sides. The reality of crime is that it’s one business with different players — it’s a world unto itself. Both sides know each other and went to high school, have the same clothes, grew up on the streets, sometimes dated the same girl — so there is a mutual understanding and respect to the two sides and to me that is fascinating. It is amazing to explore that. JJ: You are right. The interaction between the two group’s dances on a delicate line and one minuscule step can change so much. CG: That’s exactly right. Every step of the way, even the individual characters, I had technical advisers. I had real gangsters, real cops and ex-military with boot camps and the actors were there two months before training very hard and drilled down. We took into consideration what they wore, how they walked and talked and it was all very specific. Everyone bought into it and the result is on the Blu-ray. JJ: The casting — as you wrote this did you specifically have these actors in mind? CG: Aside from Gerard Butler and then Curtis Jackson, no. It was all part of the process. Everyone in the film I was aware of beforehand, but it was really about myself and casting director John Papsidera, who is a genius. We both wanted the cast to be authentic. I didn’t want to recognize every person in the story. I know there was to be some but the cast had to be real. There is actually a lot of real people in the film and we mixed that with the actors. We did a lot of rehearsal until it felt natural. In the casting, we made sure it was who we wanted 12 .BZ

and sometimes had 100 to 150 audition for a role, we were obsessive about it. We wanted the perfect person, even if they didn’t have a line, we were obsessed with finding the right person. JJ: I have to say that Pablo basically scared me crazy. He has that look about him and doesn’t have to say a word. It’s like you want to slink away to get out of his line of sight. CG: (laughing) Yes, Pablo is a spectacular dude, and he is one of the most disciplined, prepared and talented actors I’ve ever come across. The guy is an animal! He is extremely intelligent, and he does his work. He really got into character by getting his body trained a very specific way, he spent a ton of time on the range shooting and just got into the mode of playing Merrimen. He is a genius. JJ: His character is a beast. I was fascinated, maybe even more so than Gerard Butler’s character. I was drawn to his thought process. CG: I will be working with Pablo quite a bit, so you will have ample opportunity to get to know him more. JJ: That’s extremely cool, and I’m OK with that. Let’s talk about Curtis “Fifty Cent� Jackson. His role is that of a guy who knows what he’s going to do and is connected to Merrimen totally. CG: Also his character is based on a real person. When I met Curtis, I knew he was one of those guys that is immediately intimidating. He doesn’t have to do or say anything and doesn’t need to be the leader. Merrimen never moved on from the military mindset and doesn’t have a family, whereas Levoux has a family and he starts showing some cracks because he has something to live for. JJ: By the way, the daughter going to the prom scene was very good! CG: Yes, it was. JJ: Of course, there is Gerard Butler and could you have made his arms any bigger? CG: Yes, he was pretty determined and played a lot of characters where he had to be fit. He put a lot into being Big Nick, and I think this is the biggest he’s been in his life. He really worked on getting his look, and it paid off for his character. JJ: His character, it’s like at any second he could snap. CG: Yes, correct, that’s the whole point. He has this intensity and he had to look jacked. JJ: Big Nick is also the kind of leader where his crew might not always agree, but they certainly have his back. CG: Yes, you wouldn’t believe what these guys have to do to tell the story. The stuff they do is pretty wild and to do that you have to be a certain kind of person. That’s real and the law enforcement community thought this was the most realistic portrayal they have seen. The public doesn’t always look at what the police do favorably because of things that have happened, but the reality is that cops come up against some very, very bad people. JJ: It just shows what cops have to do to stop this kind of bad. I have to give you a shout out for having Cooper Andrews in the film. When I saw him, all I could think of was, “Oh my gosh, Jerry!�

CG: I have to say, Cooper is the man. He is such a gentle giant. He is a big strong boy and he is a wonderful actor. When we saw him we knew he was the character of Mac. JJ: It was nice to see him outside the horrors of “The Walking Dead.� CG: Exactly, he is amazing and is going to do a lot. JJ: When people watch “Den of Thieves,� what do you want them to take from it — besides the fact that it’s a great story? CG: If they listen to the director commentary, that will be fun. Actually, the care we put into making the film, from the cast to crew, it became a labor of love for everybody. We had a phenomenal time making the film and it was an incredible experience. We went to great lengths to keep it authentic, as real as possible, emotion and honest. That was really the goal in everything that we did. We hope that people enjoy it again when they see it on Blu-ray. JJ: All I can say is well played, sir! I enjoyed it immensely. My sincere thanks to Christian Gudegast for giving us the insight to “Den of Thieves,� which is more of an “us vs. them� leaving the audience to decide the rest. The intensity is definitely there and leaves little time to catch your breath. Butler leads the way as Big Nick, making damn sure that it all stops with his crew just as much as Schreiber’s character of Pablo feels the same way on the other side of the law. Other cast include Meadow Williams as Holly, Maurice Compte as Borracho, Brian Van Holt as Murph Connors, Evan Jones as Bosco, Mo McRae as Gus Henderson,

Kaiwi Lynam as Tony Z, Dawn Olivieri as Debbie, Eric Braeden as Ziggy, Jordan Bridges as Lobbin Bob and Cooper Andrews as Mack. “Den of Thieves� Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include an “Alternate Ending,� “Alpha Males� — The cast describes how the tough characters in the film blur the lines between the good guys and the bad guys, “Into the Den� — Director Christian Gudegast and the cast describe the two brotherhoods within the film, the renegades and the outlaws and their unique set of skills, “Alameda Corridor� — The cast and director discuss filming the intense scene that takes place on the streets of L.A. and the extensive weapons training it took to film it, “Outtakes and Deleted Scenes,� “Commentary with Director Christian Gudegast and Producer Tucker Tooley,� “‘Den of Thieves’ Theatrical Cut� with an all-new, unrated version with never-before-seen footage. The story is one filled with twists, turns and action that doesn’t stop to let you think too much. Instead, it is two hours and 20 minutes of intensity that dares you to come along for the ride, pulling us all from one side to the other. Find a comfy seat and turn on the sound bar for some serious action and characters that you have to see to believe. In the end — giving up is not an option for either! Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on films and television, go to http://moviemaven.

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