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Calling All L.A. Wolverines For The New Beverly's July 4th RED DAWN Screening w/ Lea Thompson!

Beaks here...

Hey, Harry Dean Stanton! What would you like us to do this July 4th?
Done. Though the Cold War was settled almost twenty years ago when that pussy Gorbachev cried "Glasnost!", there's still nothing more American than fantasizing about (non-nuclear) combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies. So this Saturday night, once you're properly, patriotically swollen with meat and beer and beer, you need to get your ass down to The New Beverly Cinema for their midnight screening of John Milius's RED GODDAMN DAWN. What's that? "RED DAWN again?" You shouldn't require extra incentive, but here goes: 1) The lovely Lea Thompson will be on hand for a pre-film Q&A (schedule permitting), 2) There may be other RED DAWN alumni in attendance as well, and 3) If that ain't good enough for ya, leave. See you there.

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  • July 3, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    RED DAWN IS TERRIBLE

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

  • July 3, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson is a goddess...

    by JackLucas

    and RED DAWN is a classic. If you grew up in the 80's you would understand. If not, fuck all five foot two hundred fifty pounds of you, you fat disgusting fuck. Just fuck you. I love you, Lea!

  • July 3, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    im 6'1 and red dawn sucks

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    lea thompson is insanely hot though

  • July 3, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Wasnt C Thomas Howell in it?

    by skimn

    Im sure he aint too busy to attend.

  • July 3, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    RD is highly implausible but entertaining

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I seem to remember Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze were in it. And I remember Lea gets shot in it, damn shame. She reminds me of my first girlfriend.

  • July 3, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson..

    by ShogunMaster

    was the only good thing about Howard the Duck..

  • July 3, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    They should double bill this Rocky IV

    by skimn

    Its jingoism night at the movies.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Lovin' Me Some Lea...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Wish I lived there so I could bask in the sheer Lea-ness of that event!

  • July 3, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Ahh Lea Thompson

    by tomdolan04

    As a twelve year old guy seeing Back To The Future way back when, Lea Thompson in the dress she wore to the dance with Marty...sigh. First crush oh yes.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I never saw it, but doesn't she get full frontal

    by skimn

    with Tom Cruise in All The Right Moves?

  • July 3, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    RED DAWN was an unintentional brilliant metaphor

    by Continentalop

    Millius' RD is often looked at as jingoistic cheese, which I think was Milius' intent (at least the jingoism) but it also is a subversive endorsement of unconventional warfare, including the Vietcongs' tactics against the US and their rational for fighting us. Now I am not a NLF or a North Vietnamese Army apologist, but many of the reasons for why the Vietcong fought America, the tactics, and the motivation ("Because we live here") could have been said by Charlie. It also shows the hubris of a super-power against a much inferior, less sophisticated opponent (sound familiar?), and how show of force doesn't always work against guerillas fighting for their national pride. <p> Maybe if the Russian Army in RED DAWN had listened to their Cuban version of General Petraeus they might have won.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    "why the Vietcong fought America"

    by Continentalop

    I meant "why the Wolverines fought the Russians". Running short on coffee.

  • You sad asshole.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Ask her about THIS scene in Howard the Duck.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    http://tinyurl.com/n3s6bn

  • July 3, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    HarryKnowles will Die I will kill him. His

    by WalkenLives

    Buckethead From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Buckethead (disambiguation). Buckethead Buckethead performing live in April 2006. Background information Birth name Brian Patrick Carroll Also known as Death Cube K Born 13 May 1969 (age 40)[1] Genre(s) Avant-garde, jazz fusion, funk, instrumental rock, hard rock, progressive metal, heavy metal, experimental rock, funk metal, ambient, dark ambient, alternative metal, electronica Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist, songwriter Instrument(s) Guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, piano, banjo, organ Years active 1988—present Label(s) TDRS Music Associated acts Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, Guns N' Roses, Praxis, Deli Creeps, Science Faxtion, Cornbugs, El Stew, Arcana, Thanatopsis, Primus Website bucketheadland.com Notable instrument(s) Gibson Les Paul Jackson Y2KV Brian Patrick Carroll,[2] better known as Buckethead, is an American musician and songwriter.[2] He has released 27 solo albums and performed on over 50 more. He has also made guest appearances on more than 50 different albums by various artists. His music spans such diverse areas as progressive metal, thrash metal, funk, electronica, jazz, bluegrass, and avant-garde music. = CUNTTTTTTT ten and performed music for major motion pictures, including: Saw II, Ghosts of Mars, Beverly Hills Ninja, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Last Action Hero, and th

  • July 3, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Are non-Michigan grads invited?

    by Chewtoy

    I recall Red Dawn being especially goofy even back then. Cheesy too. I can't imagine a remake working in the present.

  • July 3, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mike...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Crop out the duck and that's my new wallpaper! WOOF!

  • July 3, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Should Have 6 billed it with "Russkies"

    by ThePilgrim

    The Beast/Beast of War, Rocky IV, Gorky Park, and White Knights

  • July 3, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Walken what the fuck man

    by ThePilgrim

    Seriously. A death threat and some wiki info on Brain Caroll aka Buckethead. WTF does buckethead have to do with that. <P> "Onions here, and let's have a really good time." Oh yeah... Dun Dun Dun Dah Dun Dahhhh.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I liked Red Dawn

    by liljuniorbrown

    It was cheesey fun. People take shit to seriously, like some one was going to wacth Red Dawn and make some life altering choices. It was the height of the 80's cold war "let's kill the commies" mentality. As a kid watching it on TBS, i'm thinking Lea Thompson is hot and Patrick Swayze's kicking ass. Thats about as deep as it got with me.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson in the '80s...

    by photoboy

    ...was the Megan Fox of her time, except without the tattoos, low IQ and skankiness.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Poor Lea

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Went from Red Dawn to Carline in the City to midnight movie premieres. Poor girl.

  • July 3, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson is TEH HOTNESS

    by spud mcspud

    She made duck fucking sexy. I'm not even sure the great Megan Fox could pull that off.<P> Me, she could pull off. EVERY DAY. But not the duck fucking. That is Lea's, and Lea's alone. That hot, hot momma.

  • July 3, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "What's the difference?" "BECAUSE WE LIVE HERE!!!" Ratatatah!!!

    by Orionsangels

  • July 3, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Poor Lea

    by lockesbrokenleg

    A fucking duck and SpaceFlop killed her career.

  • July 3, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Obama: "We're FREE now." Rest of US: "...free?"

    by DreamSeasonBobby

    Relax, I'm a confessed Kool-Aid drinker, so what if I like to spike the metaphoric punch. I don't know if Red Dawn was originally R or PG-13 rated, but I remember the liiiinnnnne of us they let in (ALL ages) here in poorindianatown back when it first came out in the mid 80s.

  • July 3, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    PG-13...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    one of the first, if not the first... Google it, or Bing it, or whatever.

  • July 3, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Grey > Lea Thompson

    by Raymar

  • July 3, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Avenge Me!

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Against all these haters.

  • She still looks great in that pasty skin Minnesota way.

  • July 3, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson DOES still look great

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Funny how Back To The Future envisioned Thompson at age 47 as this frumpy, latex-swathed hag, but now that she IS 47...she still looks almost the same. Check out the documentaries on the Howard The Duck DVD (yes, I bought it...and the film isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be), and she still looks incredible. Must be an 80's thing, as most of the chicks I crushed on back then (like Elisabeth Shue) are still SMOKING hot.

  • July 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Man, Lea, where have you been lo these many years..

    by DoctorZoidberg

    I would still do you.

  • July 3, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Anyone who said it was cheesy is too cynical

    by Razorback

    It was actually very much in keeping with the time and how guerrilla forces operate. It was also less a statement about Vietnam and more of a statement about why it would not happen. Red Dawn represents a REAL scenario created by the Cubans, Nicaraguans, and even Soviets that considered how an invasion of the US southwest would go. Their conclusion was that the American citizens were too well armed.

  • July 4, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Lea is still yummy.

    by Dingbatty

    I wonder if she is doing this to generate goodwill, because of the people on IMDB spreading rumors that she is mean to fans when they approach her?

  • July 4, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    the movie sux...but i am sooooo there

    by bacci40

    lea thompson? in the mother fucking flesh??? ill just sleep though the movie

  • July 4, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    DoctorZoidberg...she chose to stay home

    by bacci40

    and raise her kids<p> who are now old enough for her not to be at home...so i hope this means she is getting back to the biz

  • July 4, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    YOU VILL LOSE

    by ironic_name

  • July 4, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    oleg will take over witha paperclip and a ham sandwich

    by ironic_name

  • July 4, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Milius is Ganghis Khan

    by Stuntcock Mike

    in the drawing in the classroom at the beginning of the film

  • July 4, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I'm tired to masturbating to her in "All the right moves"!

    by Cotton McKnight

    The tape is practically worn out. I need more material, Ms. Thompson, make more movies.

  • July 4, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Well done, Beaks!

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...love the "Welcome 2 France" link.

  • July 4, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Encouraging drunk driving...

    by Jaka

    ...is not patriotic, it's foolish in the extreme. Sounds like a fun event, though. Hope y'all have designated drivers and a great time.

  • July 4, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Red Dawn is a Classic

    by Lornsorrow

    Red Dawn is a great film that has some very good moments in it and deals with a serious subject in a way that I think struck a decent balance between action/adventure/fantasy and dead seriousness. But what some people might not think about, is that some of these themes were thought about by a lot of people back in the 80's during the whole "red scare". It was thought very possible that the big russian bear from the north might actually come down on us. The real possibility of nuclear war and who knows what else, was hanging over peoples heads (granted, some people thought about it more than others). But such themes were coming out in movies and such.The cold war was kinda at a peak. The last peak. Before the wall fell and the Soviet Union disappeared, there was a time period where it looked like it could really go crazy. A lot of movies at that time dealt with that pressure in different ways. There were some movies that suggested we should all just get along, and there were others that looked at what could happen if it all went to shit. A lot of us kids and teens, well, we tuned out a lot and buried our heads in music and other things. But even there stuff would come up. Who can forget the nuclear front cover and theme to the "Ultimate Sin" album by Ozzy Osbourne (even if the album itself may not one of his best - I still enjoy it). And there were others. SO I guess my point is, I really hate seeing people bitch and moan about the supposed "silliness" of the film. Today, if the film was made, all they would have to do would be to replace the bad guys in the old Red Dawn with the kind of terrorism and Islamic takeover of america that I'm sure are on some people's minds. I generally don't like remakes, but THAT, I would probably go see. Besides, the spread of religion and religious extremism is something that is far harder to stop than political extremism. I mean, potentially, militant Islam (or any other militant religion theoretically that wants to impose a theocracy) can certainly become a greater threat in the long run than anything Hitler ever conceived of. When "god" is put into the equation, the world goes bonkers... That's the stuff that dark ages are made of... "RUN TO THE HILLS, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!" - IRON MAIDEN

  • July 4, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    cheesy? Hell no...

    by MurderMostFowl

    As a young boy in the 80's when I saw Red Dawn, I believed ever freaking moment of it... just the school scene at the beginning freaked me out. I would have followed the "older" kids of the wolverines to the ends of the earth. I was very into this movie as a kid. My heart sank and I was actually so nervous when the tracking device thing happens. That was so awful for them to have to face. I really bought into the whole thing. So yeah maybe it's cheesy now, but there as a kid it really worked for me.

  • July 4, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Razorback

    You didn't really contradict anything I said, so I have no idea why you directed that at me, or why your conclusion seems to be an attempt to contradict me. The Cubans were the ones who decided the Americans were too well armed. Guerrilla warfare is much easier to wage if you have tons of weapons and ammo. As for them using Russian equipment, they had to first acquire that stuff. And they did it by killing enemy soldiers with the guns they had.

  • July 4, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Was a shit film then, still shit now...zenophobic hooey

    by KillaKane

    Milius's survivalist 'fuck the Reds fantasy' totally implausible. At least the remake will have the sense to focus on a more plausible threat.

  • July 4, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    KillaKane

    by DrunkyMcLush

    Perhaps you'd like to back up your opinion? I'm curious as to why you think it's implausible.

  • July 4, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    DrunkyMcLush: it's implausible...

    by Baryonyx

    ...because, if I remember correctly, some of the invading troops parachuted out of commercial airliners. It's implausible because a bunch of kids with bows and arrows kill well-armed troops, it's silly because there are conventional tank battles taking place in America, but in China they just got nuked: so why not the States? It's silly because Russia & Cuba decide to team-up to launch a conventional invasion of America. Such realism!

  • July 4, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Good film back in its day

    by HagCeli

    but won't work in our times.

  • July 4, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks Baryonyx...that pretty much covers it ;-)

    by KillaKane

    that and it's as cheesy as a block of year old Feta. A film for mulleted simians with gun racks in the back of their RVs and a second grader's perspective on Cold War politics.

  • July 4, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Seemed implausible to me...

    by Mundungus

    The target didn't seem to make sense. What I've thought, even way back then was that if they had said it was Alaska and it was an oil grab, the story would have been more realistic. There were actually Soviet hardliners who called for such an invasion, stating that the area was rightfully theirs because the Seward Alaska Purchase was corrupt or invalid (actually they didn't know about the oil in 1867). <p> I think an Alaska location would have more logistic sense too, making the numbers of invaders vs locals and isolation from reinforcements seem more realistic. Hell, they could have still shot in the same location. <p> Boy am I pissing away some time on twenty year old bullshit here.... <p> Happy 4th to those in my country.

  • July 5, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Hopefully it won't feature Cubans this time.

    by Orionsangels

  • July 5, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Rifftrax!

    by DarthChimay

    Don't forget - Mike Nelson (of MST3K fame) just release a rifftrax for this flick that he did with Joel McHale (of The Soup fame, *not* of McHale's Navy fame). Haven't watched it yet, but those are both funny guys.

  • July 5, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Baryonyx

    by DrunkyMcLush

    Did you see the same movie we're talking about? Because I seem to remember the kids killing with guns and grenades rather than bows and arrows. What they did was called Guerilla Warfare and it is quite effective. Because they're kids means nothing. As they say in Lord of War --- "A gun in a 14-year-old's hands is just as deadly as a gun in an adult's hands." Then again, maybe I should apologize. I forgot we were talking about real life and not a movie that came out in the 80's. Perhaps you'd like a more realistic movie, such as Predator? Perhaps Frankenstein?

  • July 5, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Powers Boothe Should Have Won The Motherfucking Oscar

    by Darth Busey

    "Used to be." (tosses cup of whiskey into fire)

  • July 5, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Reason for invasion

    by Darth Busey

    Watch the movie again. They clearly spell out the reasons for the invasion and why nuclear weapons were not used on U.S. targets. I also neglected to mention how fucking great RON SUPERFLY O'NEAL is in this playing a Cuban colonel. "COO-BAH....SAHN SAHL-VA-DOR..."

  • July 5, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    It will be cheaper to do business in China...

    by babblerouser

    ...than in the USA. Yeah, THAT'S the new Red Dawn...and it will be all but guaranteed when the libs you retards voted into the senate pass the cap & trade bill. And Franken, a suckass comedian at best, is now the vote that will block the fillibuster. Goooooo Hollywood..no really, just go... and take your lame ass remakes with you - no talent orginality lacking mofos

  • July 5, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives, your knowledge of the AK is pathetic

    by babblerouser

    yes, it's a reliable weapon, but the reason it became so popular was that it took almost no training to use it and more importantly in it's simple design, allowing for less industrialized nations (Egypt, etc.) to manufacturer it at a very large capacity. Which is why it's the weapon of choice around the world. Next time you see an AK (ha, chuckle), look at the stamp of orgin and I'll bet you $100,000 that is wasn't made in Russia/former USSR republics.

  • July 5, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    ASIMOV LIVES ADMIT YOUR LOVE FOR STAR TREK!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It's a damn good summer movie and a damn good movie. Admit your Spock love!!

  • July 5, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    DrunkyMcLush

    by Baryonyx

    Yeah, they used guns & grenades. And they used at least one bow & arrow to kill a Ruskie: here's the clip from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUGqorHBW3w

  • July 5, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Baryonyx

    If the Russians spared the USA because of its farmland, maybe they should've taken into acount all those rice fields in China before they nuked 'em.

  • July 5, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives is definitely right about one thing

    by Greggers

    Powers Boothe was indeed a great Phillip Marlowe; in fact, I'd go so far as to say he was the BEST. Bogey, Dick Powell, Robert Mongomery, Mitchum, Elliot Gould -- Boothe somehow managed to have them all beat, whether through vitality (Bogey, Mitchum) or sheer coolness (all the rest). I really wish that show would pop up on A&E or something.

  • July 5, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Lea Thompson was a piece of ass in her day

    by Rupee88

    she hit the wall many years ago as they all do but damn was she hot in the 80s

  • July 6, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Red Dawn was the first movie I ever walked out of

    by codereduk

    It was the first time it ever occurred to me that, even though I had paid my money, I wasn't actually chained to the seat, and I could use my freedom of choice to walk out of the theater and try to reclaim some of my life, rather than just sit zombie-like through a horrible movie.<p> It was a life-changing revelation, and the first of many movies that I have left half way through.<p> God I hated Red Dawn.

  • July 6, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Lea Thompson...Faptasitic for over 2 decades..

    by conspiracy

    From the killer crooked smile, to the perfectly proportioned body, down to what has to be some of the best legs in the business...Lea Thompson is in my top 10 of all time Faptastic babes. A real 3 tissue girl.</p><p>I'd love the chance to run my moist tongue up the backs of her insane gams...up too her perfect, no doubt still taught buttocks...and as she slowly bent forward and positioned her her soft milky thighs wide apart, work my mouth between her luscious perfumed ass cheeks into the hot dampness of her furnace like vagina...stopping just for a second, a hesitation really, to savor the fact I was eating the sticky sweet living sex directly from Marty McFlys mom.

  • July 6, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Did Lea Thompson make the showing?

    by growltiger

    Did anyone go?

  • July 6, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    conspiracy...

    by TTMan

    You're obvious illiteracy makes your "dirty talk" absolutely sickening. If this was a letter to PENTHOUSE FORUM, there would be no way any spellling check program could make your sentences any more coherent.

  • July 7, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Yes, yes she did

    by newbeverlymidnights

    Lea did a 10 minute Q&A before the show then stayed to watch the movie. I saw several people taping it so I'm sure it'll hit youtube at some point soon.

  • July 8, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    The unintentional message of Red Dawn

    by RegnadKcin

    It makes you sympathetic to the folks whose country is invaded. So, replace the Americans with the Iraqis and the Russians/Cubans with Americans/British. Now, how do you feel about the movie?

  • July 8, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by RegnadKcin

    Interestingly, in 1984, the closest parallel would have been the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. If Milius was making a statement about that conflict, it was right on. But it's so hard for me to see through his jingoism, I have difficulty thinking of him having much of a heart, let alone a big one. But thank you for your comment. You've noticed something I missed, I guess.