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On a mission: Gary Sinise, in a heavy understatement, says "it's a busy time" for his efforts to support active-duty service members and military veterans. (Associated Press)

Hollywood, star Gary Sinise now entertains only for veterans

Gary Sinise began providing free performances and dinners for Vietnam veterans -- what he called "vets nights" -- in the late 1970s, long before he was a household name thanks to his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the man who loses his legs in the jungles of Vietnam. Published May 20, 2015

Popping up: The Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston, Maine, has joined a growing number of small craft  breweries distributing their beer in cans rather than in glass bottles. (Associated Press)

Yes we can, trendy American craft brewers say

Even among beer snobs, there is a strict hierarchy, with the lowest caste reserved for those who drink from cans. Even if a cogent reason for such disdain couldn't be logically constructed, it likely would go as follows: True cerevisaphiles drink from bottles. Published May 19, 2015

GI Film festival Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett

GI Film Festival founders honorably discharge movies for and about America's veterans

When they started the GI Film Festival in 2007, Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett screened 20 films from 85 submissions, roping in family members and friends and calling in every favor imaginable to make it happen. For the ninth iteration of the annual festival, which runs through Sunday at Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia, Mr. Millet and Ms. Law-Millet have 10 team leaders and 100 volunteers to lend a hand. Published May 18, 2015

'Pound of Flesh' works out Van Damme's psychological and physical muscle

Summer wouldn't be summer without the Muscles From Brussels teaching some bad guys a lesson. But while hand-to-hand combat is certainly a big part of "Pound of Flesh," now out in theaters, Jean-Claude Van Damme says he is more proud of his acting performance in this film than he has been in years. Published May 17, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in "Terminator: Genisys," in theaters July 1. (Paramount)

Summer's here, so go see a flick

Ah, summer, when we thank our lucky stars that the cold has disappeared by running back indoors to an air-conditioned movie theater. Here's just a smattering of flicks to feast your eyeballs on while gorging on popcorn and soda with your date. Published May 14, 2015

Joseph Harris of Maryland cooked on the Food Network's "All-Star Academy" under the guidance of chef Curtis Stone. (Food Network)

Maryland chef named America’s top home cook

Joseph Harris was prone to praying before hopping from the frying pan into the fire of "All-Star Academy," a Food Network show aiming to discover the best home cook in America. Published April 28, 2015

Sarah Hyland arrives at the BAFTA 2015 awards season tea party at The Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

'See You in Valhalla' film offers family comedy-drama

Amid the furor over "Furious 7" and "The Avengers," a lot of great films are being lost in the shuffle. One such offer now open in the District is "See You in Valhalla," starring Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family"). Published April 28, 2015

After a hitch in the Marine Corps in the 1960s, Scott Glenn tried his hand at acting for a little more a decade when the call came for "Apocalypse Now." (Associated Press)

Scott Glenn used Marine training to help save 'Apocalypse Now'

The challenges that bedeviled the production of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" are legendary, but what isn't widely known is how an up-and-coming actor in a minor role salvaged the film set and crew from a typhoon and, arguably, saved its director's life. Published April 26, 2015

Miss Sweeney of Austin, Texas, who blazed onto the country music scene in 2010 and by 2013 was nominated as one of the industry's rising female stars, performed a few songs for the veterans and their families, as children danced and sang along in the crowd. (Khalid Naji-Allah/Special to The Washington Times)

Country star Sunny Sweeney, Times salute Wounded Warrior caregivers

It's often called the "nerd prom," the one time of the year when Washington elite, Hollywood celebrities and powerbrokers from around the country descend on the nation's capital to break bread and make light of an often tense and divisive political atmosphere, when even sharp barbs at the leader of the free world are in bounds. Published April 26, 2015