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Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Marathon Bombing Movie 'Stronger' Releases First Emotional Trailer

Jake Gyllenhaal is bringing the inspirational real-life story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman to life in the first trailer for the upcoming drama, Stronger.

When two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, the explosions killed three people and injured 264 others – among them was Bauman, who had come out to support his girlfriend, Erin Hurley, played in the film by Tatiana Maslany.

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Bauman lost both legs at the knees and went on to undergo extensive physical therapy and learned to walk with the use of prosthetics. Bauman was thrust into the spotlight as a symbol of national courage and Bostonian strength, and we went on to write a memoir in 2015, detailing his experiences adjusting to the life-changing trauma and overcoming unimaginable hardship.

The first powerful trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the man Bauman was before the terror attack and the painful rollercoaster of emotions and physical challenges he endures in the aftermath of the devastating incident.

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Bauman was also one of the key witnesses who saw the bombers and was instrumental in helping police identify the attackers – Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police, and brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was arrested, convicted of murder and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and sentenced to death. He is currently on death row.

While 2016 gave us Mark Wahlberg’s tense thriller, Patriot’s Day – which details the post-bombing manhunt for the men responsible – Stronger looks like it will give audiences a glimpse at the human cost and personal, profound impact the incident had on those involved and America as a whole.

Stronger – which also stars Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown and was directed by David Gordon Green – hits theaters Sept. 22.

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I don’t know where this rumor started, but: Katniss was never canonically deaf after the first book and never wore a hearing aid.

Peeta was disabled: he was an amputee and this was especially important in the events of Catching Fire.

Other characters, like Chaff and the Avoxes, were also disabled, and they were also not featured in any of the movies (surprise, surprise). These are also legitimate concerns.

But in your criticism, do not criticize something that doesn’t exist.

Katniss suffers what is implied to be a perforated or ruptured eardrum: after the explosion, she bleeds from her left ear, has tinnitus in her right ear that eventually goes away, and vertigo and disorientation from the lack of hearing.

This is not to say that the damage isn’t serious: throughout the book she constantly tests her hearing, to no avail.


At the end of the book, after she’s won, this happens:

This is a plot point later in Catching Fire.

Reconstructed. Not a hearing aid. It’s heavily implied that Katniss had a tympanoplasty, an actual surgery in real life that is commonly used to treat victims of explosions who have suffered hearing loss (like these people who were at the Boston Marathon Bombings). A hearing aid is never mentioned.

Given that Suzanne Collins made sure to make Peeta’s prosthesis prominent and realistically portrayed, I doubt she would have forgotten to mention a hearing aid, even a permanent and implanted hearing aid, if Katniss had one. Instead, she brings up multiple times that Katniss had reconstructive surgery.

Criticize the exclusion of Peeta’s disability as much as you want. Hell, an argument can be made that Katniss should have been kept deaf in one ear rather than having it “fixed” with the Capitol’s magitech. And the movies certainly should have made it clear that she was deaf in one ear for the entirety of her first Games, and only underwent surgery after she was declared a Victor.

But unless I’m missing something (and I very well could be), Katniss did not have a hearing aid in the books, and so while the movies are lacking in their treatment of disabled characters, the exclusion of Katniss’ hearing aid is not one of them, because she never had one in the first place.

Report: Russia failed to share data on Boston suspect, review says

The New York Times reports that two years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Russia declined to give the FBI information that most likely would have prompted deeper scrutiny of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an inspector general’s review said. 

“They found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on him back then, and based on everything that was available the F.B.I. did all that it could,” said a senior American official briefed on the review told the Times. 

Photo:  Medical workers aided the injured after an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa / AP)

Man charged with obstructing Boston bombings investigation

CBS Boston: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston says a man in Quincy, Mass., has been charged with obstructing the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.

Investigators say Khairullozhon Matanov has been charged with destroying, altering, and falsifying records, documents, and tangible objects in a federal investigation and misleading the FBI.

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Photo: An explosion goes off during the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Tom Green/Zuma Press file via NBCNews.com)