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Wednesday
Nov212012

"Rise of the Guardians," "Red Dawn," "Life of Pi" Open Nationwide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three movies open Wednesday in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here's a closer look:

-- Rise of the Guardians: A collection of popular children's characters, including Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, use their superpowers to combat an evil spirit called Pitch.  Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher lend their voices to the animated flick, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Red Dawn: In the remake of the 1984 Patrick Swayze film, a group of young people in Washington state calling themselves the Wolverines go to battle against foreign invaders.  Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Life of Pi: After he's involved in a shipwreck, an Indian boy is stranded in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger and a few other animals.  The film was helmed by Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee.  Rated PG.

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Movie Review: "Red Dawn" 

Comstock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Red Dawn is a remake of a mediocre film from 1984 that played on our fear of the Cold War possibly turning into a real war.
 
How do you translate that to 2012? Well, you don’t. This movie was supposed to come out in 2010 and back then it seemed like a bad idea, too.
 
In this iteration of Red Dawn, the bad guys are the North Koreans, who paratroop their way into the U.S. For our purposes, they happen to land in the Pacific Northwest, where Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) is the quarterback for his high school football team, The Wolverines. Matt’s older brother, Jed (Chris Hemsworth, pre-Thor), is home on leave from the Marines.  They’re not terribly fond of each other as Jed joined the Marines soon after their mother died, which left a bad impression on Matt. He felt abandoned by his big bro!
 
Well, nothing a little invasion by the North Koreans can’t fix. Jed leads Matt and several of his high school buddies into skirmishes with the North Koreans and not one of them is believable.
 
Give Hemsworth and the likes of The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson credit, because every actor in this movie did their best to execute the dialogue and direction they were given, but nothing they could do would prevent this film from seeming absolutely ridiculous.
 
One and a half out of five stars.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Producers Alter 'Red Dawn' Remake to Avoid Offending China

George Doyle/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- When MGM went ahead with the remake of the 1984 Cold War drama Red Dawn, the studio needed new invaders after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. The producers replaced the Soviets with Chinese aggressors and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009. No problem, right?

Actually, big problem.  Last year, China had the fifth-biggest box office take outside of the United States, with 1.5 billion dollars in revenue collected.  So the last thing Hollywood wants to do is bite the hand that feeds it.  Potential distributors have since expressed concerns about being associated with the Red Dawn remake, with China as the bad guys, so MGM is moving forward with a big change.  LATimes.com reports the studio is digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from the movie and replacing them with symbols from North Korea.  Practically no American films screen in the communist nation.

Dan Mintz of DMG Entertainment, a leading producer and distributor of movies in China, tells LATimes.com if Red Dawn hadn't been digitally altered to remove the Chinese symbols, "there would have been a real backlash. It's like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long. There's no way to look good."  He adds, "The film itself was not a smart move."

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