Red Dawn: (re)Made in Michigan

Made in Michigan

Made in Michigan, photo by mjo62000

The remake of the 1980s invasion film Red Dawn is being filmed in Mt. Clemens – one of many movies that are being shot in Michigan right now thanks to our industry leading film incentive. The movie is directed by Dan Bradley, stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and is scheduled to be release September 24, 2010.

Mary Jo has a few more photos from the film in her slideshow and you can see a few more from RIPizzo.

You can get all kinds of Red Dawn information from Beyond Hollywood including some YouTube videos from the filming (explosions!)

Speaking of explosions, here’s the trailer for the original Red Dawn.


More Sunrise This Morning

More Sunrise This Morning

More Sunrise This Morning, photo by jacalynsnana.

As she says: view large (or check this and a few other shots out in her slideshow).

More wintry goodness on the Michigan Winter Wallpaper page.

Michigan March Madness: Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan

Gophers at Crisler Arena by B Cohen

Gophers at Crisler Arena, photo by B Cohen

Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan hosts men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s gymnastics and women’s gymnastics. It opened in 1967, was named for Fritz Crisler, legendary UM football coach and athletic director and designed by Dan Dworsky. Wikipedia’s page on Crisler Arena says that is is often called “The House that Cazzie Built,” a reference to superstar Cazzie Russell. Russell led UM to Big Ten titles ’64-66 and his popularity caused the team’s fanbase to outgrow Yost Fieldhouse. The arena seats almost 14,000 and you can read more about it at the Crisler Arena page at

Wikipedia’s entry for the University of Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball says:

The Wolverines have won 12 Big Ten regular-season conference titles, as well as the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in 1998, which it later forfeited due to NCAA violations. The team has appeared in the NCAA Final Four on six occasions (1964, 1965, 1976, 1989, 1992* and 1993*) and won the national championship in 1989 under Steve Fisher. The program later forfeited its 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances due to NCAA violations. Other notable players who played for Michigan include Daniel Horton, Bernard Robinson, Gary Grant, Terry Mills, Glen Rice, Jalen Rose, Rumeal Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Cazzie Russell, and Mark Hughes. (I’ll  add Robert Traylor, Rudy Tomjanovich and Phil Hubbard to that list)

More items of interest for you include a biggee-sized view from up high, this photoset titled Paging the Fab Five and a couple of photos of Crisler Arena from the Bentley Historical Library.

More Michpics Michigan March Madness!

Manabezho Falls in the Porcupine Mountains State Park

Manabezho Falls, long exposure

Manabezho Falls, long exposure, photo by DA2Brian.

GoWaterfalling’s page on Manebezho Falls says:

The Manabezho Falls are part of the Presque Isle River’s spectacular final dash to Lake Superior. The entire 1 mile stretch is very beautiful, with lots of bare rock and rapids. It is easily accessible from the Presque Isle entrance off of CR-519 on the western end of the park…

Manido Falls are just short distance upstream. Nawadaha Falls is a bit farther upstream. Downstream of Manabezho the river plunges into a narrow gorge. The “falls” there have no name, but they are quite interesting.

The falls are located in the Porcupine Mountains State Park and you can see more photos of Manabehzho Falls on Flickr (slideshow) and also check out the Porcupine Mountains group!

I’m pretty sure that “Manabehzo” is Manabozho, the Ojibwa/Algonquin trickster and messenger of the Great Spirit. For more about this colorful figure, check out Manabozho, the Mischief-maker by Rick Walton.

Saying Goodbye to President Ford

Museum line

Museum line, photo by Hilarywho.

This picture shows people waiting in line to sign the President Ford condolence book at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids (Dec 28, 2006). Below are some more photos that you can click to view. Also see President Gerald R. Ford – 1913 – 2006 on Absolute Michigan and the Gerald R. Ford photo pool.

Ford was a University of Michigan manMotorcadeCondolence bookI remember that hatFord Presidential MuseumFord, RelaxingNice smile

Michigan vs. Stanford – First Rose Bowl Game – 1902

Michigan vs. Stanford - First Rose Bowl Game - 1902

The above photo is one of many great shots in the Rose Bowl Game timeline on the official Rose Bowl site. It’s from the first ever Rose Bowl Game in 1902. As the account makes clear, it was a very good day for the gang from Michigan:

1902 – Michigan 49 Stanford 0
Michigan (10-0) defeats Stanford (3-1-2) at wooden Tournament Park, 49-0. Fielding (Hurry Up) Yost’s point-a-minute Wolverines outscore 11 foes 550-0 for the season. Michigan fullback Neil Snow scores five touchdowns in this first Tournament of Roses Game and halfback Willie Heston carries 18 times for 170 yards. Guard W.K. Roosevelt, second cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, plays for Stanford despite a bone fracture in his leg.

You can get a lot more Rose Bowl / Wolverines history from Absolute Michigan and learn more about Fielding Yost in Wikipedia and at the UM Bentley Historical Library.

University of Michigan fans, get ready for the Rose Bowl


touchdown, photo by Boston Fan in Michigan.

Universal Studios Hollywood is promoting their December 30th “Wolverine Day” with a Wolverine Fan Photo. They will be featuring a photo every day from December 20th to 30th at You can get all the details there and email your photos to They also have special ticket deals available for Rose Bowl bound UM fans. I can’t figure out exactly what you’ll win, but maybe the knowledge that a lot of USC Trojan fans will see your picture is considered enough.

People who are paying attention will notice that the photographer had another photo posted recently. In my defense, I can say without any doubt that she has the best photos of University of Michigan Wolverine fans, hands down.

Michigan Stadium is Empty Today

As far as the eye can see...

As far as the eye can see…, photo by Trapac.

There will be a ton of stuff all over the place about UM coach Bo Schembechler. I don’t really have anything to add except that he was an illustration of what a person can accomplish if they keep working hard for what they believe in every day, for all their life.

Michigan Stadium Official Opening, 1927

Michigan Stadium Official Opening

Michigan Stadium Official Opening

Today’s photo is courtesy the Library of Congress. It’s from the formal opening of the new Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on October 22, 1927 for the Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan football game. The game’s final score: Michigan 21 Ohio State 0.

You can see a TON more photos of Michigan Stadium on Michigan Stadium Story and also see a team photo & info about Michigan’s 1927 football team from the UM Bentley Library including the news account and photos from “Dedication Day”.
Check out ‘Michigan Stadium Official Opening’ On Black courtesy Big Huge Labs!

Get a whole bunch more on Absolute Michigan’s University of Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Football Rivalry page!

LOC: LC-USZ62-127311

This and more UM sports pics from the Library of Congress.

Braylon Edwards Busts One on the Buckeyes


DSC_0218, photo by Chris Lang.

This photo is part of a great set of photos from the 2003 Michigan v. OSU game. Michigan, led by Edwards and Chris Perry, beat the Buckeyes 35-21 and propelled Michigan to the Rose Bowl.

2006 is shaping up to be even bigger as the #2 Wolverines will travel to Columbus to face the #1 Buckeyes. Over on Absolute Michigan we have put together a massive University of Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Rivalry Page which is packed with history, links, photos, video of this 100+ year old football feud that we think might be the single best page we’ve ever made.

One thing is for sure: Next Saturday, there’s going to be crying in Columbus!