Troubled production or not, I’m looking forward to the remake of Red Dawn, opening November 21. The original plays like pure cheese nowadays, but it was scary as heck for me when I was kid, just waiting for the Russians to drop out of the sky and take over.

Originally, when the new Dan Bradley-directed Red Dawn went into production in ’09, the bad guys were Chinese. After MGM ran into money problems and concern erupted over how the movie would play in China, the invading country was changed to North Korea.

Though the movie was initially slated for a 2010 release, the delay may very well prove fortuitous for MGM, considering Chris Hemsworth is know an international star thanks to Thor and The Avengers.

Branded looks like a headtrip of a movie. The sci-fi film opens September 7 and the trailer is definitely worth a look. Plus it marks the return of Leelee Sobieski, who hasn’t had a high profile role in a number of years.

For all you Channing Tatum fans out there, mark your calanders for September 21 if you haven’t already. That’s when the high school reunion romance flick 10 Years opens, one full year after its September 2011 premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

10 Years is the directorial debut of screenwriter Jamie Linden. He wrote the Tatum-starring  Dear John (2010) and the football drama We Are Marshall (2006). Rosario Dawson (pictured with Tatum below) co-stars as part of the ensemble cast.

Speaking in the press notes about how he chose his ensemble cast, writer-director Linden had this to say, “Well, we didn’t cast it, exactly, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. We didn’t even have a casting director. The whole idea was to subvert the process—instead of writing roles and then going out and finding actors to fit into those roles, we picked actors we wanted to work with up front, and then we’d create the characters together.”

On the transition from being a screenwriter to becoming a writer-director, Linden said, “I had to kind of start over and learn what I was good at and what I wasn’t so good at. I liked how collaborative it was and I liked being around a bunch of people all day and I loved working with the actors.”

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