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Directed by Hal Needham
It’s going to take a lot more than skill for Cru Jones to conquer the toughest BMX challenge in the world. It’s going to take a miracle.
Rad, made three years after Nicole Kidman’s BMX Bandits, remains the most popular BMX film to date; which isn’t saying much since there have only been a handful of BMX films ever made. A product of the 80′s, Rad seems more interested in ramping up as much product placement as it could squeeze in, than in character development or plot – but longtime Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham (Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run) does the best he can with the script given to him. In fact, Rad fits so well into Needham’s oeuvre that it’s no wonder he offers a stunning opening 8 minute BMX montage and »
- Ricky da Conceição
Both states wanted the movie to film in their state, and North Carolina was close to sealing the deal with an attractive tax incentive package. But Georgia snapped up the production, largely because it had recently expanded its own tax credit for films.
The state hasn't looked back since. Not only are TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and films like "The Hunger Games" sequel filmed in Georgia, but tens of millions of dollars are being invested to build up critical infrastructure. No fewer than five major studio developments or expansions have been announced in recent months with the goal of luring big-budget blockbusters.
"It really is about the whole package," said Lee Thomas, director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. "They can do everything here now. »
He went from Smokey Robinson to Smokey and the Bandit in less than 30 minutes -- a contestant on "X Factor" stole a car after his audition and went on a crazy chase before he was subdued.Orrion Wilson from Florida -- of course -- was plum out of money after his audition near New Orleans. He didn't have enough for bus fare, so he went to a gas station ... lying in wait ... until a chump »
- TMZ Staff
While you savored your colorful eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate bunnies this past holiday weekend, many ventured out to their local theaters to cheer on the Joes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Paramount Pictures’ Easter basket was overflowing as the action-figure fueled movie took in over $132 million across the globe. Here in the U.S. the Jon M. Chu sequel totaled in the $51 million range.
This isn’t the first cartoon franchise to hit the big screen and won’t be the last. When TV was king, Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles, Pirates of Dark Water, Valley of the Dinosaurs teleported us to another place and the animation studio Hanna-Barbera reigned supreme in every kid’s universe.
Filmgoers have seen their beloved Saturday morning shows and comic book heroes transfer from the small screen to wildly, gigantic movie heroes. Whether you grew up with them as a kid planted in front »
- Movie Geeks
On January 25th the Museum of the Moving Image held a special screening of Phantom of the Paradise with Paul Williams in attendance, and we have for you here all the highlights of the Q&A.
Last year the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive championed the cold hard fact that Paul Williams was, indeed, not dead. You know, Paul Williams. He wrote songs for The Carpenters and The Muppets (even Muppet Otters). He co-starred alongside Jackie Gleason in all the Smokey and the Bandit movies. He was a staple on Carson’s couch during the 70’s.
With his diminutive height, blond pageboy and glasses, he looked like an unlikely star. And by "star" I mean huge—Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winning and a sex symbol to boot. But we horror folks remember him best from Brian De Palma’s 1974 box office failure-cum-cult classic Phantom of the Paradise. Not only »
- Heather Buckley
Plenty of franchises seem so bonded to their star that it might seem impossible for a remake, reboot or continuation of the series without that actor. Imagine Rocky or Rambo without Sylvester Stallone, for example. But there’s really no reason to think these are safe properties. The former could easily pass its torch to Rocky’s son, a common concept for rebooting without starting completely over, and the latter could be redone with an Iraq War veteran. We’ve seen The Terminator without Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford, Alien without Sigourney Weaver, Home Alone without Macauley Culkin and Smokey and the Bandit without Burt Reynolds. One day we could see Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy, ‘Crocodile’ Dundee without Paul Hogan and even Madea without Tyler Perry under the wig. But there’s absolutely no way for Hollywood to redo Die Hard, especially after A Good Day to Die Hard. Parts »
- Christopher Campbell
After two decades working as a stunt man in movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Scarface, and Road House, David R. Ellis moved into the director's seat on the animal-centered Disney movie Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco. From there he went on to helm a string of movies that blended horror and action, but undoubtedly is best known for the willful insanity that is Snakes on a Plane. Ellis' next venture, which reunited him with Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson, was similarly wild and ambitious. In 2011, word hit that he was developing a live-action remake of the 1998 anime Kite. Unfortunately, Ellis died earlier this month, leaving the future of this remake uncertain. Preproduction for principal photography in Johannesburg, South Africa, was already underway, so producers scrambled to find a replacement for Ellis. Deadline reports they found one in South African director Ralph Ziman, who helmed »
Director Hal Needham has sued Warner Bros. in an expanding class-action case targeting the way studios calculate home-video royalties for profit participants. Needham, the director of Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper, filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that he's been shortchanged revenue from the latter film due to the Warner Bros. practice of calculating his profit participation using only 20 percent of the home-video revenue received by the studio. Read the complaint here. The move comes a week after 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal and Sony were sued by talent
- Matthew Belloni
Burt Reynolds is on the mend. A rep for the Smokey and the Bandit star tells E! News that Reynolds is "doing much better" after being hospitalized in Florida with a severe case of the flu and should be discharged any day now. "We expect he will be released from the hospital either tomorrow or Wednesday," his publicist said. "He wants to thank all of you for your caring concern." Burt Reynolds hospitalized with severe flu Reynolds, 76, developed the flu-like symptoms last week, including fever and severe hydration. His condition was bad enough that he decided to check into an unidentified medical center, where he was put in intensive care for treatment, which included lots of »
Burt Reynolds is being moved out of intensive care after being struck by a virulent flu bug. The 'Smokey and the Bandit' actor - who has been battling the illness for days and was ordered by doctors in Florida to seek urgent treatment for 'severe dehydration' - is said to be on the road to recovery after his fever finally broke on Saturday morning (26.01.13). A spokesperson for the 76-year-old actor told gossip website TMZ.com that he is being moved out of the ICU and his family are thrilled that his temperature is back to normal after his condition was said to be 'touch and go' earlier in the week. The 'Boogie Nights' star was hospitalised on Friday »
Burt Reynolds is in intensive care after being struck by a virulent flu bug. The 'Smokey and the Bandit' actor has been battling the illness for days, but was ordered by doctors in Florida to seek urgent treatment for 'severe dehydration'. Doctors remain hopeful the 76-year-old 'Boogie Nights' star will make a full recovery after being hospitalised yesterday (25.01.13). Referring to his famous facial hair, a spokesperson told E! news: ''He is doing better. They are taking care of him and his moustache.' Burt previously had a quintuple heart bypass in 2010, and also had to undergo a month of rehab in 2009 for addiction to prescription drugs. He said at the time: 'I felt that in spite »
Burt Reynolds was placed in the intensive care unit at a Florida hospital yesterday after experiencing extreme flu symptoms, TMZ is reporting. The ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ actor’s rep, Erik Kritzer, said his client caught the flu virus that’s been circulating across the country, and was coping with the symptoms for several days. When the symptoms got worse, Reynolds was admitted to the hospital. Kritzer added that the actor was moved to the ICU after doctors determined he was severely dehydrated. But the doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. The 76-year-old star is expected to be moved back into a regular hospital room once he has [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Burt Reynolds has been admitted to intensive care for treatment for severe flu and dehydration. Sky News reports that the 76-year-old, who is famous for roles in Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance, was rushed to a Florida hospital after falling ill. Reynolds's representative Erik Kritzer told CNN that the star was "severely dehydrated" when he was admitted to hospital. He also said that Reynolds had requested the name of the medical facility be kept "private". (more) »
- By Beth Curtis
London, Jan 26: Veteran actor Burt Reynolds is in intensive care in Florida where he is being treated for a severe case of flu.
The 76-year-old is believed to have been "severely dehydrated" when he was admitted, Sky News reported.
His representative Erik Kritzer declined to say which hospital the 'Boogie Nights' actor was in, telling CNN that the actor would like the information to be kept private.
"He is doing better at this time. We expect as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular room," the rep said.
- Shiva Prakash
Burt Reynolds, we're pulling for your recovery—and getting a good laugh from your PR camp. The Smokey and the Bandit star has been hospitalized in Florida with a severe case of the flu that landed him in the intensive care unit with severe dehydration. Happily, Reynolds' rep told E! News on Friday, "He is doing better. They are taking care of him and his mustache." Yes, the rep really said that. The 76-year-old actor, an Oscar nominee for Boogie Nights and erstwhile star of the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, most recently contributed his voice, as himself, to the quirky animated FX series Archer. May Reynolds—whose mustache indeed contributed »
Burt Reynolds has entered the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital, where he is being treated for the flu, TMZ reports.
Reynolds caught his own dose of the particularly harsh flu that's going around right now and was suffering from symptoms for several days. When those symptoms worsened, Reynolds reportedly entered the hospital. Reynold's rep says he was moved to the ICU after doctors said he was "severely dehydrated."
The "Smokey and the Bandit" actor is expected to make a full recovery. »
- Matthew Jacobs
Get well soon, Bandit! Burt Reynolds (who played Bo "Bandit" Darville in Smokey and the Bandit) has been hospitalized in Florida with symptoms of the flu, his representatives said Friday, Jan. 25. The 76-year-old star is currently being treated in intensive care. According to TMZ, Reynolds had been suffering for several days prior to being admitted. He was moved to the ICU on Friday after doctors determined that he was "severely dehydrated." However, he now appears to be on the mend. "He is doing better at this time," [...] »
Chicago – Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are an awfully cute couple. Their effortless puppy-dog chemistry is sweet without being cloying and endearing without verging into treacle. Resembling a more stretched-out and irreverent Zach Braff, Shepard makes Bell appear more at ease than she ever has before on film. I can’t imagine a better pairing for a romantic comedy.
How sad that these real-life lovebirds decided to make their debut in “Hit & Run,” an alleged comedy so pitifully devoid of laughter that it drains the viewer of every last ounce of merriment. It’s the sort of shrill, pratfall-laden junk that passed for entertainment back when the Hazzard cousins’ General Lee cheerfully soared into oblivion. If car chases, blood-spattered slapstick and humorous homophobic tirades sound like an appealing combination, then writer/co-director Shepard has made a movie for you.
Blu-ray Rating: 1.0/5.0
For everyone else, “Hit & Run” is an unbearably tedious »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $19.99
Studio: Virgil Films
Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand pose with their "Evergreen" Academy Award in a clip from Paul Williams: Still Alive.
The 2011 documentary film Paul Williams: Still Alive takes a look at the one-time superstar popular songwriter and show biz presence who’s been missing in action for the past two decades—but who is, as the film’s title puts is, still alive!
Williams seems to be everywhere in the 1970s: On records, the radio, TV and movies – but he suddenly walked away from it all, and a new generation of pop music lovers has no idea who he is. As a songwriter, Williams penned a slew of now-classic songs, including The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays,” Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” Three Dog Night’s “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song” and the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection. »
Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane
The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.
Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.
Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed »
- Ryan Gilbey
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