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American Sniper Killer Found Guilty

He gets life for killing Chris Kyle, friend

(Newser) - A former Marine has been convicted in the deaths of the author of American Sniper and another man at a shooting range in Texas two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest... More »

Here Are Your Oscar Winners

'Birdman' wins big at Academy Awards

(Newser) - Host Neil Patrick Harris opened tonight's Academy Awards with—what else?—a musical number about the glory of movies, joined by special guest appearances by Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, and a bunch of dancers in impressive costumes. After a short, snark-free monologue, the awards began. Stay with us throughout... More »

American Sniper Trial Begins With Focus on PTSD

PTSD sufferers fear further stigma as defense plans insanity argument

(Newser) - The trial of the ex-Marine accused of murdering American Sniper Chris Kyle begins today, and the much-watched case is likely to last about two weeks, NBC News reports. Jurors in Stephenville, Texas, will receive 24-hour-a-day security as they deliberate over what looks to be the trial's key question: whether... More »

Emotions High on Eve of American Sniper Trial

Lawyers for Eddie Ray Routh, accused killer of Chris Kyle, wanted change of venue

(Newser) - While Hollywood celebrities debate the politics underlying American Sniper, new drama is set to unfold in Stephenville, Texas. The trial of 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, accused of murdering Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (on whom the movie was based) and friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range in 2013, will begin... More »

Baghdad's Only Cinema Yanks American Sniper

Despite sellout crowds, some audiences fume over portrayal of Iraqis

(Newser) - Baghdad's only cinema has stopped showing American Sniper. The movie was bringing in money, says the theater's owner—many screenings were in fact sold out, GlobalPost notes—but its portrayal of Iraqis was met with anger, including from the government, the Washington Post reports. "The film makes... More »

Hollywood Honchos Debate Politics of American Sniper

Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, Jane Fonda enter the fray

(Newser) - American Sniper didn't just set a box-office record this weekend. It also triggered debate among Hollywood honchos apparently offended by the flick—who then said they really weren't, USA Today reports. Seth Rogen, for one, tweeted yesterday that the film "kind of reminds me of the movie... More »

Bradley Cooper Ate 8K Calories a Day to Play Sniper

And more movie news

(Newser) - American Sniper won the box office this weekend, bringing in $90.2 million in three days—a feat that broke January records, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, the Chris Kyle biopic is making headlines in other ways:
  • In order to put on the 40 pounds he needed to play Kyle, Bradley
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Eastwood's Sniper Is His 'Best in Years'

Bradley Cooper delivers as the US' deadliest sniper

(Newser) - An Oscar nominee for best picture, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle , considered the deadliest sniper in US history. Based on Kyle's 2012 autobiography, the Clint Eastwood-directed flick follows the soldier to war and back. Is it worth the journey? Here's what... More »

Jesse Ventura's Suit Against Dead Navy SEAL Begins

'American Sniper' author said he punched out the ex-governor

(Newser) - A truly strange court proceeding kicked off in Minnesota this week, as former governor/professional wrestler Jesse Ventura brought his defamation suit against murdered American Sniper author Chris Kyle. The Washington Post has a great recap of the dispute, which stems from Kyle's 2012 book. In it, Kyle writes that... More »

Sniper Suspect Left Hospital 2 Days Before Shooting

Routh lawyer wants psychiatric exam

(Newser) - Despite family opposition, Eddie Ray Routh was released from the hospital two days before the shootings of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield, a lawyer for Routh says. Routh's court-appointed legal team wants a psychiatric exam for the suspect to see if he's capable of... More »

Sniper Suspect Had 2 Stays in Mental Hospital

After shootings, Routh said he 'traded his soul for a new truck'

(Newser) - Eddie Ray Routh was taken to a mental hospital twice in the five months before he was accused in the murder of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and a friend, according to police records seen by the AP . The 25-year-old Iraq veteran was first hospitalized after threatening to kill his... More »

Suspect in American Sniper's Murder a Vet He Was Helping

Chris Kyle was helping Eddie Ray Routh deal with PTSD, authorities say

(Newser) - The former Navy SEAL sniper shot dead alongside a friend at a Texas shooting range yesterday appears to have been killed by a troubled Iraq War veteran he was trying to help, authorities say. Travis Cox, director of a nonprofit veterans' organization that American Sniper author Chris Kyle helped found,... More »

American Sniper Shot to Death at Gun Range

Former SEAL Chris Kyle, author of book, killed in Texas

(Newser) - Chris Kyle, the man who detailed his 160-some kills during a decade as a Navy SEAL in the book American Sniper, has been killed at a Texas gun range, reports Reuters . Another man, Chad Littlefield, was also shot dead, and the AP reports that authorities have charged a suspect, Eddie... More »

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