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Is a Hollywood liberal conspiracy keeping 'Red Dawn' away from theaters?

If we could wave a magic wand and do just one thing that would bring true happiness to the right-wing blogosphere, what would it be? Make sure Nancy Pelosi got tossed out as speaker of the House after the Democrats lose big in the November elections? Guarantee that the next Sean Penn movie would be a big bomb? Ensure that President Obama would be brutally skewered by Jon Stewart every night, just as he was Tuesday night?

Reddawnteaser Right now, if we could measure things on our trusty conservative ecstasy meter (which has just emerged from the repair shop after bursting into flames after Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh's wedding), I'd say that the winner would be the news that Hollywood is about to release a remake of "Red Dawn," the 1984 John Milius Cold War fantasy-thriller about a courageous scrum of young patriots who fend off a Soviet invasion of America. The original film has long been a cult favorite among conservatives, who rarely find any movies to call their own coming off the liberal Hollywood assembly line.

So all across the conservative blogosphere, the word is out that -- miraculously -- Hollywood has made a $75-million movie about kicking Commie ass, with the Commies this time being of the Chinese variety. No one is more enthused than Jason Apuzzo, who just posted a big piece about the film's bona fides on the Libertas Film Magazine, a newly revived version of the blog that set the standard for smart conservative film writing and in its first weeks of new life has already easily surpassed Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood, if for no other reason than that Apuzzo and his film-loving cohorts (including the always provocative Govindini Murty, who recently weighed in with a stirring defense of "Sex & the City 2") don't spend all their waking hours simply bashing all the usual lefty Hollywood suspects. 

Apuzzo is full of lusty anticipation over the arrival this November of "Red Dawn," offering the following: "A brazenly patriotic smack-down of Obama-era socialism. Centering around an Afghanistan war vet. Starring Tom Cruise's son. Featuring music by Toby Keith. With a plot devised by the Rand Corporation." For conservatives, it all sounds too good to be true, or as Apuzzo put it: "This is all some sort of gag, right? Hollywood doesn't do this sort of thing. This isn't the 1980's anymore. Wake up! This is the era of 'Avatar.' of 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' of Sean Penn hanging with the mullahs of Iran. The communist Chinese aren't our enemy. ... Our real enemies are American corporations, environmental polluters and all those blonde chicks on Fox News."

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I have grim news: "Red Dawn" isn't coming Nov. 24, as the conservative blogs have all promised. In fact, no one knows when the movie will ever be released. Although it sounds like yet another liberal Hollywood conspiracy, the movie (which was filmed in Detroit last year) is suffering from a far bigger problem: It was made by MGM, and MGM has run out of money. The troubled studio managed to make several movies recently, one that was already released ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), one that is being released next year by Sony ("The Zookeeper") and one, "Red Dawn," that is in the can but may stay there for quite a while, at least until someone buys MGM or provides the kind of big investment needed to market and distribute new films.

According to an MGM insider, the bloggers have a few other things wrong beside that release date. The film didn't cost $75 million. It was made for $42 million, thanks to a load of tax breaks from being filmed in Michigan. It doesn't have any music by Toby Keith, because no one has recorded any music for its soundtrack yet. (Keith's name was simply used as a reference in the script.) And Tom Cruise's son, Connor, isn't the star, simply one of an ensemble of young actors paying the roles handled by Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and C. Thomas Howell in the original.

But yes, the Commies do get their butts kicked in the new film. So I guess conservatives do have something to look forward to. But if they want to do something constructive to ensure that "Red Dawn" makes it to theaters, I'd advise calling Rupert Murdoch and ask him if he'd spend some of the money he normally puts into the salaries for all those blond chicks on Fox News and give "Red Dawn" a nice slot on the Fox release schedule. After all the money he's made off of "Avatar" and its lefty propaganda about global warming, it's the least Mr. Murdoch could do to level the playing field.


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This movie would be HUGE! There are fansites set up for it and they play the original Red Dawn all the time on TV for good reason. My friends and I have been following the filming since it began. Of course Liberals are going to trash the movie, it's what they do. Most of these posters disparaging the movie were probably never born when the original came out and never knew what it was like to live in the Cold War era. Their "enemies" are their fellow countrymen who happen to vote for a different party. Well, they better Cowboy Up, because the Chinese are spending our fortunes on a massive military modernization and buildup with the sole adversary of the U.S. in mind.
If you want to shelve a movie, shelve '007'. That franchise hasn't been any good since Moore or Brosnan. The current 'Bond' is an insincere hero and a miserable character. He's a conceited jerk in real life, not a class act like Connery, Moore or Brosnan were. See the corollation? Who wants to see that?

If this movie gets released it will make truckloads of boxoffice $. I haven't been inside a movie theater in 5 years, but I'll go out of my way to see this one as soon as it comes out. Obviously all you crybaby lefties are just pouting because the bad guy in this movie isn't the good ol' USA. Tough noogies. Barricade yourselves in your little apartments, the rest of us real Americans are seeing this one. P.S. I liked the original too. So there.

Just got a excited (not really a traditional conservative, but I am pro-military and liked the first movie) and went to read more about the remake, only to discover something that does give me a little bit of a pause. There are two black actors in the film as far as I can tell, Connor Cruise (Tom Cruise's adopted son) and Michael Beach, and one pays the kid who is too weak to resist and sells his friends out (Cruise) and the other plays the collaborationist Mayor who is more interested in appeasing the enemy than fighting them. It sucks because while I do not beleive the far right (or the "Tea Party") is racist, subtly or otherwise, they always leave themselves open for attacks on this front. I know it won't bother most conservatives who love RED DAWN and get mad at people for "seeing" racism where there is none, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother me. In a movie that is all about "real Americans" who have "real American" courage and patriotism, the only two black (and as far as I can tell from the list, non-white leads) are the characters who help the enemy and ultimately receive swift justice from the "real Americans" they have betrayed. Intentional? Probably not. As a "real" black American who is hardly a raving liberal, I wish people would still be conscious of these kinds of things... :(

BIG DUDE states:
"I think we should shoot a movie called " Brown Dawn"..where a Mexican Army and Air Force attack all the Southern States."

Well, Big Dude, if THAT ever happened I guarantee you a lot of Mexicans would get their asses kicked. The time might be coming when people find out where MOST of the weapons are in this country. There'd be a deluge of victorious Southerners sitting around a liberated Mexico City sipping mint juleps after such a 'Brown Dawn' attack. Mark my words: you just wait until that particular line in the sand is crossed and all hell will break loose.
Commander X out.

Big Corporations are empowering the Chinese by sending our manufacturing there, so they are co conspirators in weakening America and are in denial. You'd think conservatives would be against this film and not endorse its message so they don't piss off their Chinese pimps.

But the richest industrialists envision a breakdown of nationalism (they really could care less) in favor a one big global entity controlled by them anyway, so their patriotism is just a facade to hide their true agenda.

I would imagine that all of the celebrities who gave of their time and money after the *natural disaster* that was Katrina, are not so involved in the Gulf this time because this *man-made disaster* that the people of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida can thank themselves for, for loudly yelling drill baby drill and electing republicans who killed all the regulations that used to be in place to prevent such a mess, really is theirs alone to clean up.

So the gloating moron that wrote the article wants to be a Marxist country? Go live in one first, you idiot, like my mom, who grew up in Stalinist Romania, before you gleefully insult patriots. You're exactly the reason that this country is dying: spoiled, clueless, gutless cowards that love to hear themselves, and TWIT all day about you thoroughly uninteresting life and and vapid unfounded opinions. I was a life long Democrat until a few years back.I'm ashamed I was ever this freaking stupid. I hope you're young and will eventually grow out of your sad state of moronica... Until then read 1984 by Orwell if you can find it. It's going on now and I'm sure equally amusing to you... Useful idiots....

Hey, Granada, Apuzzo was the one who made the first "blond chicks" comment, not Goldstein.

I'm afraid Murdoch will be of little help, considering he has a chinese wife, and a chummy relationship with the chinese govt.

No, really, are the Chinese still Communists in this movie?
That would be interesting.

The Wind and the Lion was such a great movie....

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