Over the past few days there have been a few stories getting a lot of attention. I'm not really going say much about these, just going to post the links.
The New Yorker: Red Dawn Again
The Hollywood Reporter: Chinese press rails against 'Red Dawn'
My two cents:
Movies are art. Good or bad, they are art. Art is meant to provoke thought and emotion. This movie is doing just that.
No matter how racist some people think it is, or how anti-Chinese people think it is, it is just a MOVIE. Don't go see it if you feel that strongly about it. I'm from Middle Eastern descent and if there is a group of people that Hollywood misrepresents it's them. It doesn’t bother me one bit though. They are just movies. Fiction. I'm not saying it's wrong to be upset about a movie or other piece of art because you find it offensive, it just doesn't affect me that way.
I encourage everyone to use our forums to discuss both the positive and negative of this film. Just keep it civilized.
Also I want to say hi to www.anti-reddawn2010.com. If you haven't been to this site yet go check it out. (You'll need to use Google Translator though.) I love that they are speaking their mind, I just don't agree with them trying to stop or alter the release of the film. This is a free country and we enjoy freedom of speech here.
I look forward to the film and hope it is as good as the original.
I came across the portfolio of Patrick Jänicke today. On his site he has two small concept art pieces for Red Dawn. One is a drawing of the stage from the downtown shoot and the other is a 3D fly-through of a concentration camp. The camp looks like it is set up in the high school football field. Not sure if this was ever built. We haven't seen any photos from this set.
Patrick has also done work on films like, Final Fantasy, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Speed Racer to name a few. You can check out the rest of his portfolio here.
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If your looking forward to Red Dawn then this looks like a must see movie too.
It's the trailer for a new movie, Tomorrow When The War Began, based on the novel by John Marsden. It releases in Australia in September. Now word yet on a U.S. release date.
About.com posted an interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the Clash of the Titans premiere. Head over here to check out the interview. No real new info from the interview other than the little known fact that Emilio Estevez was in the original Red Dawn. (he misspoke)
I want to know about Red Dawn because I love the original movie. How close is it to the original?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "It's really close. I think the script is really close. I think it won't have Patrick Swayze and Emilio Estevez – it'll be us guys. The explosions, the effects will be bigger. But it's got a lot of action in it, but the story stays pretty true to what the original was. We had a great time shooting it. Hopefully that will translate. I'm excited for it too."
I'll announce a contest when the Facebook group hits 2000 members.
944.com has an article on Michael Knight (not The Hoff) and how he went from extra to Thor's trainer. Knight is playing Colonel Ivanoff in the film.
Knight on far left
From the article:
"Knight auditioned as an extra, and a half hour later he was part of the film. While on set, he found himself doing what he does best — talking to other extras and actors about nutrition, diet and workout methods. He spoke with Red Dawn’s lead actor, Chris Hemsworth, about the training needed to get him ready for his next role as Marvel Comics’ Thor. It wasn’t long before Hemsworth was a devoted client. Knight also worked intensively with Josh Peck (Nickelodeon’s Josh and Drake) and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), keeping them in shape and active during their time in Michigan filming the remake of the 1980s action film."
Check out the rest here.