Stars shine at 'Red Dawn' sneak preview in Needham

Actors Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Connor Cruise sign autographs before the Tuesday, Nov. 13, sneak preview of “Red Dawn” in the Needham Theater. About 700 people visited with the stars and saw the movie.

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Actors Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Connor Cruise sign autographs before the Tuesday, Nov. 13, sneak preview of “Red Dawn” in the Needham Theater. About 700 people visited with the stars and saw the movie.

EO3 Diton Parker of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group has his cast signed by actor Brett Cullen before a sneak preview of the 'Red Dawn' remake Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Needham Theater. Parker is a big fan of the original. 'I watched it all the time as a kid,' he said.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

EO3 Diton Parker of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group has his cast signed by actor Brett Cullen before a sneak preview of the "Red Dawn" remake Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Needham Theater. Parker is a big fan of the original. "I watched it all the time as a kid," he said.

BUCN Rachel Aldridge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 shares a laugh with 'Red Dawn' director Dan Bradley during an autograph-signing session in the Needham Theater.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

BUCN Rachel Aldridge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 shares a laugh with "Red Dawn" director Dan Bradley during an autograph-signing session in the Needham Theater.

Actress Adrianne Palicki poses for a photo with Naval Base Ventura County Command Master Chief Thomas Cyr, left, and Capt. Larry Vasquez, commanding officer of the base.

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Actress Adrianne Palicki poses for a photo with Naval Base Ventura County Command Master Chief Thomas Cyr, left, and Capt. Larry Vasquez, commanding officer of the base.

On the eve of a new “Twilight” movie, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) experienced a “Red Dawn.”

A remake of the 1984 cult favorite that starred the now-deceased Patrick Swayze and a little-known Charlie Sheen had a sneak preview at the Needham Theater Tuesday, Nov. 13, with its stars aligning beforehand to sign autographs for the 700 people who queued up inside, outside and around the building.

Among those seated behind a table on stage signing autographs were Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Connor Cruise — Tom’s son — Brett Cullen, Matt Gerald, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Lucas Kerr and director Dan Bradley. Three dozen other members of the cast and production crew also mingled on stage, chatting with Sailors.

“I loved the original,” said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Diton Parker of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group. “I watched it all the time as a kid.”

The remake, which didn’t open to the general public until Wednesday, Nov. 21, stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, both of whom were filming other movies and couldn’t attend the preview.

That didn’t matter to Lt. Rick Engel of the Naval Satellite Operations Center at NBVC Point Mugu. Engel is an aspiring actor and was eager to meet people who’ve found success in his dream career.

“I’ve acted on the side,” he said, adding that he has been a contestant on game shows, a featured extra in some movies and will be seen as an extra in “Cavemen,” due to be released in 2013.

The celebrities he’d soon meet said they were enjoying the evening.

“This is really exciting,” Peck said as he signed “Red Dawn” posters.

He greeted Sailors with a big smile, a “Nice to meet you, dude!” and an “Enjoy, buddy!”

Bradley said he was honored to meet so many members of the military.

“They’re wonderful people,” he said.

He also appreciated the opportunity to visit the base.

“I grew up in Southern California and would always drive by this base,” he said. “I always imagined this was where John Wayne hung out.”

Bradley is a big fan of Wayne’s movie, “The Fighting Seabees.”

The turnout surprised many who came that evening.

“This is crazy,” said Builder Constructionman Rachel Aldridge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. “It’s just insane. I didn’t hear about this until this morning, and I had no idea!”

Also surprised was Builder Constructionman Kevin Galvan of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, who had been in a dirt-biking accident shortly before and stood on crutches outside the theater for more than an hour with his buddies waiting to get in.

“I didn’t know any of this was going on,” he said. “I just want to see the movie.”

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