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11 All-Time Weirdest Celebrity Auction Items (Photos)

25 September 2016 3:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From Truman Capote’s ashes to Lady Gaga‘s fingernail, review the oddest celebrity auction items: Truman Capote’s cremated remains were bought for nearly $44,000 in late September, 2016. Lady Gaga‘s faux fingernail sold for a reported $12,000 in 2013. When he was still a member of ‘N Sync, Justin Timberlake‘s leftover French toast (not pictured) fetched $1,025. Perhaps more cool than weird, Burt Reynolds auctioned off his Pontiac Trans Am Coupe from the 1977 action hit “Smokey and the Bandit” for a world record-breaking $550,000 in the spring of 2016. Among the many items Jane Fonda auctioned off in the fall of 2016 (including her »

- Meriah Doty

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‘Lion Woman’ Producer Jacobsen Sets New Slate of Features

21 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At last year’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norwegian veteran producer John M. Jacobsen completed the grand slam in Norwegian film: he was awarded two Amandas – Norway’s national film prize – for producing best Norwegian feature (“Børning,” directed by Hallvard Bræin, which also won the Audience Amanda, and best Norwegian children’s film (“Operation Arctic,” directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal).

A few months earlier he had received the national television award, Gullruten, for best TV drama, for his first miniseries, “The Heavy Water War,” which tells the story of the Allied effort to thwart Nazis from developing an atom bomb during World War II. In 1943, Operation Gunnarside successfully destroyed Norsk Hydro’s Vemork heavy water factory at Rjukan.

The $9.7 million Norwegian-Danish-uk co-production was directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and starred Christoph Bach, Dennis Storhøi, Maibritt Saerens and Espen Klouman Høiner; “The Heavy Water War” set a record of viewers for »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek

19 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Similar to how Smokey and the Bandit is held together by the friendship between Bandit and Snowman, the film's production was made possible by the bond between star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham. In an exclusive clip from The Bandit, the upcoming documentary about the making of the iconic 1977 film, Reynolds talks about his close relationship with Needham, who died in 2013. "If he'd been a woman, we'd have had a great marriage," Reynolds, now 80, says of his best friend, roommate and stunt double. Other interviewees speak about Needham's dedication to the low-budget film, which served as his directorial debut »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek

19 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Similar to how Smokey and the Bandit is held together by the friendship between Bandit and Snowman, the film's production was made possible by the bond between star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham. In an exclusive clip from The Bandit, the upcoming documentary about the making of the iconic 1977 film, Reynolds talks about his close relationship with Needham, who died in 2013. "If he'd been a woman, we'd have had a great marriage," Reynolds, now 80, says of his best friend, roommate and stunt double. Other interviewees speak about Needham's dedication to the low-budget film, which served as his directorial debut »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Burt Reynolds & Hal Needham Documentary ‘The Bandit’ Gets Premiere Date On Cmt

30 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Cmt has slotted Saturday, August 6, 10 Pm for the premiere of its original documentary The Bandit about Burt Reynolds and his best friend and stuntman Hal Needham and their making of iconic film Smokey and the Bandit. The film, which premiered earlier this year at SXSW to critical praise, tells the story of the making of the film while tracing the personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom. It features new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive… »

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The Smallest Show On Earth: In Memory Of The Bijou (1957) And The Alger (1940-2015)

18 June 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The delightful British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth headlines a great Saturday matinee offering from the UCLA Film and Television Archive on June 25 as their excellent series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” wraps up. So it seemed like a perfect time to resurrect my review of the movie, which celebrates the collective experience of seeing cinema in a darkened, and in this case dilapidated old auditorium, alongside my appreciation of my own hometown movie house, the Alger, which opened in 1940 and closed last year, one more victim of economics and the move toward digital distribution and exhibition.

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“You mean to tell me my uncle actually charged people to go in there? And people actually paid?” –Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) upon first seeing the condition of the Bijou Kinema, in The Smallest Show on Earth

In Basil Dearden’s charming and wistful 1957 British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (also »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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20 years ago today: The ‘Doctor Who’ TV movie was a light in the dark 1990s

27 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

20 years ago today, the Doctor Who TV movie premiered in the U.K., giving us the lone official appearance of the Eighth Doctor and the end of Sylvester McCoy’s tenure as the Seventh Doctor. Aside from spoof appearances in a couple charity specials, Doctor Who: The Television Movie was the only new piece of televised Doctor Who content in the dark period that was the 1990s. The series had been canceled in 1989, though novels continued the Seventh Doctor’s adventures. McCoy returned to his role as the Time Lord for the beginning of the 1996 TV movie. The Doctor is caught in a gang shoot-out, and in a hospital afterward, he regenerates into Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor. It was McGann’s only appearance as the Doctor — the role would next be played by Christopher Eccleston when the series was revived in 2005. With the TV movie, McCoy’s Doctor »

- Emily Rome

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Daily | San Francisco 2016

21 April 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson »

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‘Bandit,’ Documentary on Iconic Burt Reynolds Film, Gets Nashville Spotlight

14 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jesse Moss’ “The Bandit,” which will screen at the Nashville Film Festival in partnership with Country Music Television (Cmt) and Variety magazine, combines two themes: the making of the enormously successful film, “Smokey and the Bandit,” and the long-time relationship of its two principals, director Hal Needham and star Burt Reynolds, who played one of the two title roles opposite Jackie Gleason.

The filmmaking tandem were longtime acquaintances and collaborators, with Needham standing in for Reynolds on many of the hair-raising stunts that were emblematic of Reynolds’ films. When Needham came to Reynolds with a script he had written about beer smugglers, the actor had his doubts but eventually agreed to take the lead in his best friend’s film, resulting in one of the top-grossing releases of 1977, hauling in approximately $127 million, and bested only by “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“Bandit” is one of two »

- Michael Kosser

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Actor Burt Reynolds Added To 2016 TCM Film Festival Lineup

30 March 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at Tcl Chinese Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that renowned actor Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career. In addition to the interview, Reynolds will be on-hand to introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974), for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor. The interview will be taped Saturday, April 30 in front of a live audience of festival pass holders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

“For more than five decades, Burt Reynolds has been both a superstar and a force to be reckoned with on screens around the globe, having ranked among the top ten box office attractions in the world on 13 different occasions,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “He is one of the »

- Melissa Thompson

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Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Love & Friendship’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival will open with Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship,” starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, on April 21 at the Castro Theatre.

“Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, centers on Beckinsale’s character trying to finagle out of a scandal and gain matrimonial advantage for herself and her daughter. It’s set in the 1790s as it peers into the affairs of the privileged and those who aspire to be.

Amazon and Roadside Attractions acquired the domestic rights to the film at Sundance this year. The comedy of manners reunites Stillman with “Last Days of Disco” stars Beckinsale and Sevigny. Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell round out the cast.

Stillman and Beckinsale are expected to attend the San Francisco screening.

The festival also set James Schamus’ directorial debut “Indignation,” starring Logan Lerman, as its centerpiece event on April 30 at the Victoria Theatre. »

- Dave McNary

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on  February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival

22 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on  February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Bandit’

18 March 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You don’t have to dig too deep beneath its fan-pleasing veneer of nostalgic celebration to discern an intriguingly serious subtext in “The Bandit,” Jesse Moss’ behind-the-scenes account of the making of “Smokey and the Bandit,” the improbably successful and enduringly popular action-comedy that was the No. 2 box office smash (surpassed only by “Star Wars”) of 1977. Indeed, even those who remain immune to the yee-haw appeal of the earlier film — which, it should be noted, still commands a loyal following of repeat viewers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line — may be drawn to this gently probing documentary by Moss’ perceptive examination of the relationship between the two prime movers behind the ’77 project: Burt Reynolds, then a superstar with enough muscle to get pet projects greenlit, and his longtime friend Hal Needham, a daredevil stuntman who relied on his buddy’s help to make his feature-film directorial debut. After a »

- Joe Leydon

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Icons of Fright Talks Westerns and More With Kill Or Be Killed Directors Justin Meeks & Duane Graves

16 March 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The western subgenre has seen somewhat of a resurgence lately, with films like Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful 8 and S. Craig Zahler’s shocking Bone Tomahawk. Hitting the market (available on DVD now) and adding to that resurgence, is directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves’ excellent entry, Kill Or Be Killed.  Revolving around a group of outlaws trying to find a big score all while being picked off one by one, the film is bloody and full of entertainment, from start to finish.

We had a chat with Meeks and Graves about the film, its entry into the western genre and much more, so read on!

 

The Western subgenre is having such a great resurgence of sorts lately, with really good entries like Bone Tomahawk, Diablo, The Hateful 8 and so non. What inspired you to make Kill Or Be Killed? It’s very unique.

Meeks: Well, we wrote and filmed »

- Jerry Smith

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Sally Field on Burt Reynolds Calling Her the One Who Got Away: 'Well, Yeah'

15 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "4801187288001" "" "" "auto"] That don't impress her much. Last year, while making the rounds to support his new memoir, actor Burt Reynolds discussed his failed relationship with actress Sally Field, whom he called the "love of his life." But despite Reynolds' public pleas toward Field, the two haven't spoken very much in recent years. "We don't really talk to each other, no," Field told EW and People Editorial Director Jess Cagle during a recent SiriusXM town hall. "I miss her terribly," Reynolds told Vanity Fair at the time. "Even now, it's hard on me. I don't know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, »

- Christopher Rosen

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Sally Field on Burt Reynolds Calling Her the One Who Got Away: 'Well, Yeah'

15 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "4801187288001" "" "" "auto"] That don't impress her much. Last year, while making the rounds to support his new memoir, actor Burt Reynolds discussed his failed relationship with actress Sally Field, whom he called the "love of his life." But despite Reynolds' public pleas toward Field, the two haven't spoken very much in recent years. "We don't really talk to each other, no," Field told EW and People Editorial Director Jess Cagle during a recent SiriusXM town hall. "I miss her terribly," Reynolds told Vanity Fair at the time. "Even now, it's hard on me. I don't know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, »

- Christopher Rosen

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Sally Field disses her 'Amazing Spider-Man' role

14 March 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sally Field was the big guest on Monday's episode of The Howard Stern Show, where the two-time Oscar winner offered up candid insights on her 50-plus years in showbusiness. From Smokey and the Bandit to Spider-Man to The Flying Nun, Field was game for the grilling. Here are five major highlights from today's chat. 1. She's not a big fan of her role in the divisive Amazing Spider-Man movies. While Field enjoyed one of the biggest box-office hits of her career with the first Amazing Spider-Man, she did the film not out of love for the material but to work with late producer and friend Laura Ziskin one last time (Ziskin died of breast cancer before the movie was released).  Howard: "You didn't like that movie?" Field: "Not especially. It's not my kind of movie. But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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SXSW: Five Questions for The Bandit Director Jesse Moss

14 March 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Jesse Moss’ documentaries often take on heavy material, and his last film — 2014’s The Overnighters — was no exception. The experience of profiling pastor Jay Reinke — a North Dakota minister whose decision to open up his congregation to homeless laborers seeking oil field work placed him at odds with his flock — took a heavy toll on Moss. His new documentary The Bandit is a completely different kind of movie, an archival-based profile of Burt Reynolds and his good friend Hal Needham. Moss examines their complicated relationship through the making of 1977’s Needham-directed Smokey and the Bandit, a film still in regular circulation […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Great Double Features I’Ve Seen #1: Smokey And The Bandit (1977) And Convoy (1978)

12 March 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)

The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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