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Are ’70s auteur pictures liberated and loose, or flaky and undisciplined? Bob Rafelson’s Alabama escapade places Jeff Bridges amid a wide range of choice-quality nuts, with both Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger staking their claim on the big screen. What do the changing face of The South and competition-level body building have to do with each other? You tell us!

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1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong, Robert Englund, Helena Kallianiotes, Roger E. Mosley, Woodrow Parfrey, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Miller, Fannie Flagg, Joanna Cassidy, Ed Begley Jr., Joe Spinell.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper

Film Editor: John F. Link II

Original Music: Byron Berline, Bruce Langhorne

Written by Bob Rafelson, Charles Gaines from his novel

Produced by Bob Rafelson, Harold Schneider

Directed by Bob Rafelson

Some movies are ahead of their time,
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Kino Lorber to Release Trilogy Of Terror (1975) on Blu-ray

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It's regarded by many as one of the creepiest made-for-tv movies of all time, featuring one of the most unsettling (and relentless) killers to grace the small screen. Over 40 years after its initial premiere, Trilogy of Terror is coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

As announced on their Facebook page, Kino Lorber will release Trilogy of Terror on Blu-ray (and DVD) sometime in early 2018 (according to Blu-ray.com) with a brand-new HD master.

Directed by Dan Curtis, the anthology film features segments based on stories by horror master Richard Matheson, including one featuring a Zuni Warrior Festish Doll that attacks Karen Black and has certainly crossed over into more than a few nightmares over the years.

There's no word yet on the special features, cover art, or specific release date for the new Blu-ray, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime,
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Natalie Portman Boards Animated Movie ‘Foxy Trotter’ From Bold Films (Exclusive)

Natalie Portman Boards Animated Movie ‘Foxy Trotter’ From Bold Films (Exclusive)
Bold Films will produce and finance its first animated film, “Foxy Trotter,” with Natalie Portman producing and voicing a role.

Chris Prynoski is directing from a script by Jess Rotter, Michael Reich, Jessica Hundley, and Mike Pinkney. In addition to Portman, the producers are Bold FilmsMichel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, Titmouse’s Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Ben Kalina, Michael Reich, and Jess Rotter, who is also the art director. The executive producers are Lisa Zambri and Jessica Hundley

Foxy Trotter” is a motorcycle-riding, rock and roll photographer in the early ’70s on a mission to capture the perfect rock photo. Portman will voice Foxy’s best friend, Ronnie, who is seduced by her arch rival Gunter and offered as a sacrifice in Gunter’s evil plan to destroy the universe.

“We are thrilled to launch this inventive, sexy, psychedelic, hilarious, female-oriented animated film with such a glowingly talented star and producer like Natalie Portman,” Litvak
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‘Along For The Ride’ Needlessly Adorns Dennis Hopper’s Legacy With Saintliness [Review]

Dennis Hopper was a legend. His tumultuous career — replete with soaring highs and harrowing lows — was matched only by his turbulent and unruly personal life. The director behind the prototype for American independent cinema, the classic “Easy Rider,” Hopper’s career began alongside that of James Dean, whom he shared the screen with twice, before bottoming out with his ambitious disaster “The Last Movie” when he was blackballed by the industry for his indignance and difficult attitude.

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Official Trailer for 'Along for the Ride' Documentary on Dennis Hopper

An official trailer has arrived for a documentary titled Along for the Ride, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. Along for the Ride profiles the life and career of actor Dennis Hopper, who you will recognize from all kinds of different movies over the years. Hopper passed away in 2010, but earned two Oscar nominations over his long career. "Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman." The doc includes a score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed band Savages, along with plenty of interviews with his friends and colleagues including Wim Wenders, Dwight Yoakam, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell, and many others. "Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of
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Seeing Clearly in the Dark: A Profile of Monte Hellman in Present Day Los Angeles

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Monte Hellman and Kona. Photo courtesy of Monte Hellman.Two years back, Monte Hellman invited me up to his house to sip vodka tonics in the dark and watch the new restoration of Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), one of a pair of earnest Westerns he made in collaboration with his longtime friend Jack Nicholson. He didn’t know it at the time, but that day was my birthday—and there was no other way I would have preferred to spend it.On a Saturday morning this July, I went up yet again to the Hollywood Hills to pay another visit to Hellman. Best known as the director of Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), a reaction to Easy Rider (1969) and the mother of all existential road movies, Hellman now lives a rather quiet life in a sweet, sequestered hillside bungalow; maybe he’s always preferred solitude and solemnity, but most of the time he
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 3 – Spring 1969

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe, Trevor Berrett, Keith Enright, John Laubinger, and Robert Taylor to discuss five titles from the Spring of 1969: Ingmar Bergman’s The Rite, Louis Malle’s Calcutta, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Masahiro Shinoda’s Double Suicide and John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

Episode Time Markers: Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:11:00 The Rite: 0:11:01 – 0:45:20 Calcutta: 0:45:21 – 1:02:12 Easy Rider: 1:02:13 – 2:00:17 Double Suicide: 2:00:18 – 2:33:06 Midnight Cowboy: 2:33:
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15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark

15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
It’s difficult to find an aspect of popular culture that Hugh Hefner didn’t influence during his long, remarkable life. Spanning journalism, television, film, fashion and, of course, sexuality, his impact on music is one of the least heralded aspects of his legacy. Over the course of two seasons, Hefner used his weekly syndicated variety show, Playboy After Dark, as a platform for a broad spectrum of artists.

Psychedelic sounds from San Fransisco (courtesy of the Grateful Dead), early heavy metal (provided by Deep Purple), country-tinged balladeers (thanks to Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds) and old-school crooners (like the
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Criterion Reflections – The Next Phase!

Hi there, readers and listeners! This post is just a quick update to let you know about the plans I have to take my blogging and podcasting hobby in a new direction. Since 2009 I’ve been working my way through the films of the Criterion Collection in the chronological order of their release in my Criterion Reflections blog, which I started on Blogspot and transitioned over to this site last year. I’ve also had more than a few side projects and diversions along the way, like The Eclipse Viewer podcast and dozens of review essays I’ve written for CriterionCast.

Now that I’ve run out of Eclipse Series movies to talk about, I need a new task to throw myself into. So I’ve decided to transform my blog into a podcast, where I will pick up right where I left off in my most recent Criterion Reflections review of Mr. Freedom,
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How George A. Romero Changed the Course of American Independent Film

How George A. Romero Changed the Course of American Independent Film
Predictably, most of the memorials for the late great horror director George A. Romero focused on his influence on the zombie and wider horror genre. Yes, he was important and influential in that area. But his legacy is much wider. More than any other filmmaker, Romero changed the course of independent film making in America.

Independent films have been around as long as movies existed. Indeed, in their infancy all early features from around 1912 were basically independent, before the Hollywood studio system rapidly evolved in the late teens.

Though the majors dominated moviemaking and distribution from their hub in Southern California, many independent filmmakers such as Edgar G. Ulmer, the idiosyncratic Edward Wood, African-American pioneer Oscar Micheaux and various ethnic cinemas flourished on the side. In 1955 Robert Altman was making industrial films in Kansas City when he was hired by a local businessman to make his first feature, the low-budget
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Watch George Clooney Time-Travel Through the Most Iconic Movie Scenes in New Nespresso Ad

Watch George Clooney Time-Travel Through the Most Iconic Movie Scenes in New Nespresso Ad
George Clooney is taking a trip down iconic movie lane for his new Nespresso commercial.

In an exclusive look at the campaign titled “Comin’ Home”, the U.S. Brand Ambassador for the coffee company proves just how far he’ll go for a good cup of joe by making his way through some of the best travel scenes in Hollywood history.

While stuck on a rainy movie set with dreaded drip coffee, Clooney takes a call from pal Andy Garcia who’s enjoying a “perfect Nespresso morning” in paradise. The sound of Garcia’s first satisfying sip is enough to
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Peter Fonda Joins Amazon's Upcoming Drama Series

Peter Fonda is headed to Amazon. Deadline reports the Easy Rider star has joined the streaming service's upcoming series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.Based on the book series by Clancy, the drama "centers on Jack Ryan (John Krasinski), an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time." Abbie Cornish also stars.Read More…
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Scott Reviews Robert Altman’s That Cold Day in the Park [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

Robert Altman builds his films like dystopian prisons, convincing his residents they have the run of the place while working to ensure they can’t escape. When he actually buckles down for a psychological thriller (3 Women) or locked-room drama (Come Back to the Five and Dime, Secret Honor), any departure from the comedic tone we usually expect from him is balanced by a psychological continuity. His films consistently show that you can never really run away from your problems, and you’re inevitably due to return to them.

That Cold Day in the Park opens in a city so generic, I took the English-accented cast at face value and assumed we were somewhere in the U.K. Here, in a well-appointed apartment, lives Frances (Sandy Dennis), so entombed in the memory of her deceased parents that all her friends (and would-be suitors) are twice her age. She entertains them and
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Peter Fonda Reprises ‘Easy Rider’ Role For Mercedes Super Bowl Ad

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Peter Fonda starred in the Mercedes Super Bowl ad on Sunday in which he reprised his role from Easy Rider. Peter Fonda’S Mercedes Super Bowl Ad The ad opens in a sleazy motorcycle bar, with a leather-and-tye-dye wearing biker playing Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” on the jukebox. The camera pans over a few typical biker antics, […]

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Peter Fonda back in leathers for Coen Brothers Mercedes-amg Gt Super Bowl commercial

Peter Fonda steps back into his leathers in the 2017 Super Bowl commercial for the Mercedes-amg Gt Roadster — in a spot titled Easy Driver and directed by The Coen Brothers. But this time the Easy Rider legend isn’t on a bike — but rather at the wheel of the Mercedes sports car. The commercial starts with a scene inside a roadside bar full of burly bikers fighting each other and generally doing that thing that bikers do (at least on film). But everything comes to a standstill when one of the bikers comes in and tells the others their bikes...read more
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See the 2017 Super Bowl Commercials From Famous Directors

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If you're going to spend millions of dollars on a Super Bowl commercial, you might as well do something special and have a well-known director at the helm. Many of the ads playing during Super Bowl Li are indeed from established filmmakers. And for a special distinction this year two of the spots will be produced and broadcast live, one by Peter Berg and another starring Adam Driver.   Mercedez Directed by the Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old MenHail Caesar!) Starring Peter Fonda with a nod to his role in Easy Rider   Wix Directed by Louis Letterrier (The TransporterThe Incredible HulkNow You See Me) Starring Jason Statham (The Transporter) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)   Kia Directed...

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Super Bowl Commercials: Peter Fonda Gears Up for Mercedes-Benz on Game Day

Super Bowl Commercials: Peter Fonda Gears Up for Mercedes-Benz on Game Day
Members of a younger generation who take in a new Super Bowl commercial from Mercedes-Benz this Sunday might get a lesson in the popularity of the seminal film “Easy Rider.” Peter Fonda doesn’t mind.

“Columbia maintains it only made like $20 million, but I’ve been cashing the checks, so I know how much it made,” the actor joked in a recent interview. When he appears in the Mercedes ad evoking the “Captain America” character he played in the 1969 movie, he thinks it will whet appetites for the film’s 50th anniversary, which will take place in 2019.

Fonda says he was excited to get an invite to appear in the commercial, which is directed by the famous director-producers Joel and Ethan Coen. The ad has quite a tableau: a biker bar called Tiny’s filled with bikers dressed to the very last detail. One stout fellow has the visage of Fonda’s movie character etched upon his
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Super Bowl Ad Review: Coen Brothers Try to Rev Audiences for Mercedes

Super Bowl Ad Review: Coen Brothers Try to Rev Audiences for Mercedes
Joel and Ethan Coen have lured moviegoers to films ranging from “The Big Lebowski” to “No Country for Old Men.” Can they now direct football fans to blow tens of thousands of dollars on a new Mercedes?

That will be the challenge come Sunday, when a 30-second ad will air during Super Bowl Li featuring Peter Fonda, the auto manufacturer’s slick Amg roadster, and a gang of burly bikers listening to Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” The question, of course, will be if the Coens can make the kind of art that leads to commerce.

Based on the teaser made available online – a 60-second behemoth that will no doubt be ill-served by the editor’s knife when it is cut down to half that length – the answer may be “No.” After spending time with the colorful denizens of the tavern (it’s called “Tiny’s,” by the way) it’s hard to figure out why
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Watch Coen Brothers' 'Easy Rider'-Inspired Super Bowl 51 Commercial

Watch Coen Brothers' 'Easy Rider'-Inspired Super Bowl 51 Commercial
Ahead of Super Bowl 51, Mercedes unveiled their Coen Brothers-directed, Easy Rider-inspired ad that features that cult film's star Peter Fonda.

The minute-long commercial takes place in a Route 66 roadhouse where a batch of bearded bikers congregate to worship at the alter of Easy Rider as Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild," the film's unofficial anthem, booms out of a jukebox that only plays "Born to Be Wild."

The Coens' knack for comical violence is on full display as the bikers cause raucous in the roadhouse until one angry
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