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Known for macho roles in movies like “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” Burt Reynolds has a brace of upcoming films in the can, a documentary about his life in the works and a new book (“But Enough About Me: A Memoir”) coming out Nov. 17. But he started as a stuntman (he was honored Sept. 19 by the Stuntmen’s Assn.), and met his lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, the late Hal Needham, on the set of NBC series “Riverboat” — which gave Reynolds his first mention in Variety in 1959.
What was the first stunt you remember doing?
It was something I didn’t plan. I was doing an episode of “Pony Express” (in 1959), and I rode into a shot, and there was some guy shooting. I was supposed to get off the horse as fast as I could. Well, it dumped me, and it went along with me, but I stepped »
- Terry Flores
Acclaimed actor-director-producer Burt Reynolds, the late stuntman and director Hal Needham and veteran stuntman Bob Herron will be honored at the 54th annual Stuntman’s Ball on Sept. 19 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, presented by the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures. The event will also feature a silent auction benefiting the Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation.
Reynolds will receive the Richard “Diamond” Farnsworth Award, named for the late actor and stuntman, a kudo that represents the bond between the actor and the stuntman. Jon Voight will present the award to Reynolds. Reynolds has been in show business for more than 50 years, earning an Oscar nomination for his work in 1997’s “Boogie Nights,” for which he won a Golden Globe. He also won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for acting in the CBS sitcom “Evening Shade” in the 1990s. After working in television during the 1960s, Reynolds came to »
- Terry Flores
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
Car movies are notorious for being tough on the very vehicles that give them their allure. Two of the most high-octane films of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road and Furious 7, each burned through hundreds (Furious 7 alone destroyed a reported 230 cars), but they’re far from the first to do so. Burt Reynolds recently revealed the ridiculous number of Pontiac Trans Ams they went through filming 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit. The 79-year-old ‘70s and ‘80s heartthrob made a rare public appearance over the weekend at Wizard World Chicago. During a Q&A session on Saturday, filmed by ComicBook.com, a fan asked how many Trans Ams they burned through during production. Reynolds replied: We went through 12. I'm afraid I was responsible for a good few of those. You might think that seeing their cars routinely destroyed on movie screens across the country would give the »
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Chicago – One of Chicago’s most popular pop culture gatherings is the Wizard World Comic Con, and the 2015 edition is building anticipation for the weekend of Thursday, August 20th through Sunday the 23rd. Besides the fan costumes, vendor booths and comic book legends, Wizard World has appearances from TV and movie celebrities, highlighted by Burt Reynolds (“Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit”) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers film series).
To gear up for this year’s Wizard World Comic Con, HollywoodChicago.com is publishing – for the first time – a series of Exclusive Portraits from the Wizard World Fan Fest in March of 2015. The Fan Fest was a special show that thanked the fans of Chicago for their loyalty to the main event, which starts tomorrow. Photographer Joe Arce was there, and shot an even dozen of the TV and »
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“Børning” opens with a loving text tribute to Hal Needham, stuntman extraordinaire and director of goofy car chase comedies like “The Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” At the risk of enraging some hardcore Burt Reynolds fans, I have to admit that those movies, and especially their also Needham-directed sequels are, to use a purely technical term, lame. However, they can work as enjoyable fluff if you ignore the tired slapstick jokes and focus on the driving and crashing stunts that are impressive even for today’s audiences who are jaded by the “Fast and Furious” franchise’s borderline superhero antics. “Fun” should be the key word driving laps inside the mind of any director attempting to create a throwback tribute to Needham’s films. Unfortunately, director Hallvard Braein only manages to prove that he’s not up to the task as his 'Cannonball Run' send-up ends up with uninteresting characters, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
It sounds more like “Smokey and the Bandit,” but a former child actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in a “Star Wars” movie was in jail and facing charges Sunday after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Walterboro, South Carolina. Jake Lloyd, 26, was charged with reckless driving after hitting speeds over 100 miles an hour before crashing into trees off Interstate 95, Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland told the Associated Press. The incident involving the former actor, who appeared as Skywalker in the 1999 movie “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” occurred Wednesday »
- Todd Cunningham
If you are of a certain vintage like me, Saturday morning cartoons in the 70’s were something special. I would make myself a bowl of cereal and stare transfixed as cartoon apes, dogs, and rabbits would drive across my screen in ridiculously shaped hot rods and blue and green Mystery Machines. Roger Corman, always on the lookout for the next profitable venture, transposed Saturday mornings to theatres and drive-ins alike with his dystopic demolition extravaganza, Death Race 2000 (1975) . He just never told anyone it wasn’t meant for kids.
Released in April by New World Pictures, made for $300,000 and bringing home $5,000,000, Death Race 2000 was another success for Corman and company. The mid-70’s was a time of vehicular fantasy on the big screen, especially on the B movie circuit. Everything from Race with the Devil (1975) to Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and beyond emphasized fast cars and explosive chases, with »
- Scott Drebit
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
In his memoir But Enough About Me, screen legend Burt Reynolds tells all about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson."I wanted to set the record straight," Reynolds, 79, tells People about his book, out this fall. "Not only about my relationships with Dinah, Sally and Loni, but also about the things that people don't know about me." There's a lot more to the star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and, more recently, Boogie Nights, than a '70s sex symbol famous for his 1972 nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan. Such as? »
- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil
Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system the presence of crime-busting cads never fail to add compelling, if not at times over-exaggerated, insight into the world of law-enforcing personalities.
The one element of the law-enforcing community that seems somewhat limited but still registers mightily in some cinematic arenas is the concept of the sheriff. Sheriffs do cast a prominent shadow in all sorts of fields in the movies: westerns, medieval times, contemporary country car-chasing farces and even some urban melodramas.
In Arresting Developments: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies we will take a look at some of the notable on-screen sheriffs in »
- Frank Ochieng
18 items from 2015
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