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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘The Last Movie Star’

Palm Springs Film Review: ‘The Last Movie Star’
Nobody played the role of movie star in the 1970s with more confidence than Burt Reynolds. Even as his choice of vehicles grew so indiscriminate as to gradually erode his box office appeal, he still radiated swagger, that ever-present smirk suggesting he — and we — knew it was all a put-on anyway. Perhaps the problem was that it was just too good an act: Burt Reynolds gave such excellent “Burt Reynolds” on talk shows, in interviews and other forums that the public saw little point in continuing to fork out cash money to see him do the same thing in yet another mediocre, derivative big-screen comedy or thriller. He didn’t take enough risks, and the few times he did were misfires or weren’t appreciated enough. Few stars achieved such massive popularity while retaining a sense of unrealized potential.

It’s a bittersweet legacy that writer-director Adam Rifkin aims to pay affectionate tribute to in “The Last Movie Star,” which
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The 24 Most Accurate Films About Professions: Anthony Bourdain, Penn Jillette, and More Make Their Picks

Film history is home to dozens of space movies, from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “Interstellar,” but which happens to be the most accurate? If you were to ask a real astronaut, say former Nasa administrator Charles F. Bolden, the answer would not be Kubrick’s magnum opus but “The Martian,” the Matt Damon-starring survival film directed by Ridley Scott. Bolden is one of 24 professionals asked by The Washington Post to name the most accurate film in his line of work, and it appears “The Martian” does space better than any film of its kind.

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“Most people think about astronaut movies and they want to talk about ‘The Right Stuff,'” Bolden tells The Post. “But ‘The Martian’ is just so scientifically accurate, and it tells this story of what we’re on the cusp of — not just Americans,
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It Came From The Tube: Home For The Holidays (1972)

The Christmas season is a special time for many. A chance for friends to gather and spread cheer, or clans to gather in the warm glow of familial love. Sometimes, however, the warm glow cools down, love turns to hate, and the carving knife is put to more insidious uses. Welcome to ABC’s Home for the Holidays (1972), a fun murder mystery filled with proto-slasher goodness.

Originally broadcast November 28th as part of the ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week, Home for the Holidays was up against CBS’s Hawaii Five-o and NBC’s The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (whatever that was) and had a solid showing, as ABC often did with this particular brand. However, you won’t find any Snoopies or undernourished trees in this Holiday special.

Let’s open our eggnog soaked TV Guide and see what’s going on around the tree:

Home For The Holidays (Tuesday,
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The Top Five Sally Field Movie Roles in her Career

Sally Field is the kind of actress that might seem like she plays the same role over and over but that’s not entirely true. She might play different roles in the same manner but at the very least she’s interesting when she switches gears between one character and another. She has more than enough range to be one of the best actresses around, and besides being an award-winning actress she’s also been one of the most overlooked at times. Those who saw her in Smokey and the Bandit and in Norma Rae most likely remember her quite well, but for

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Smokey and the Bandit”

Smokey and the Bandit is lauded by many fans as one of the best films ever made and one of the only films that ever needs to be remembered, period. I don’t know about that but it was entertaining and might even stand out as one of Burt Reynolds’ best performances ever. And to tell the truth it’s not much more than a high stakes beer run that takes a few wild turns and involves some high quality car chases that are very impressive for the time and provide a good deal of entertainment. I might not be a Burt

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Smokey and the Bandit
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Close Encounters 40th Anniversary Review: This Means Something

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Close Encounters 40th Anniversary Review: This Means Something
Being born in 1971 makes me just old enough to remember the original theatrical release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the tail end of 1977. Like most kids growing up in the late-'70s, my parents took me to see Star Wars when it came out earlier that same year, instantly shifting my attention as a 5-year old from Brady Bunch reruns on our 13" black and white TV set, to science fiction films on the big screen. So, when I came across the movie poster for Close Encounters a few months later, I was transfixed (and admittedly a little bit scared). Where does that road lead? Where's the light behind those mountains coming from? What's lurking amongst those stars? Even though those questions have since been answered with a countless amount of home-viewings over the past 40 years, I wondered if this new 4K remaster of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi
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Relive the Year That Gave Us ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Eraserhead,’ and More — Watch

Relive the Year That Gave Us ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Eraserhead,’ and More — Watch
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more seminal year in movie-going history than 1977, which unspooled such game-changers and genre-benders as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Airport ’77,” “Sorcerer,” and many, many more.

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of one of the wildest years in recent cinema history, The Film Society of Lincoln Center has programmed their ambitious ’77, a 33-film series surveying the sweeping cinematic landscape of a prolific year in cinema, in the United States and around the world.

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While the debut of George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” is likely the most notable name in a long list of ’77 titles, the year also played home to “Jubilee,” “Eraserhead,” “Hausu,” “Wizard,” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” That startling breadth of film options speaks to the changing times — both
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Steven Soderbergh Is Back With Logan Lucky Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver And Daniel Craig

Director Steven Soderbergh and the folks from Magic Mike are back at it with the new comedy Logan Lucky.

Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang, check out the trailer now.

I love the huge cast, especially the retro poster, and can’t wait to see what Soderbergh does with this modern day version of the 1970’s genre – has the feeling of Smokey And The Bandit for this generation.

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Fingerprint Releasing & Bleecker Street will release Logan Lucky in theaters everywhere August 18, 2017.
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Edgar Wright's Baby Driver Gets an Official Retro-Style Poster

A lot of excitement is revving for Edgar Wright's upcoming action-crime-thriller, Baby Driver. We've already seen a few trailers, and now Wright is throttling up the Baby Driver hype by unveiling the official poster on Twitter.

Here is the New official poster for #BabyDriverMovie. June 28th, only in theaters.

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 11, 2017

It's pretty in pink, but has a very badass Grand Theft Auto-type vibe. We don't see too many painted or illustrated posters these days, so this definitely invokes a retro feeling, similar to the posters from the 70's and 80's. (Think Smokey and the Bandit, and just about every Roger Moore James Bond Movie.)

Baby Driver comes to theaters on June 28, 2017. It is Wright's 5th feature film, and it stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

What do you think of this poster? Is it fitting,
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Joel David Moore Teams With Cris Rice & Mark Riley On Drug Smuggler TV Series

YouTube stars Cris Rice and Mark Riley (Rally) are teaming with Forever alum Joel David Moore and Imperative Entertainment on Sunburn, an hourlong TV action series project based on a true story about a Florida drug smuggler. Created by Rice and Riley and written by Rice, Riley and Moore, Sunburn is said to be in the same vein as 1970s feature action comedies Smokey and the Bandit and Clint Eastwood starrer Every Which Way But Loose. It’s based on the true story of Florida…
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Festival Feature: The Films of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Chicago – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival wrapped last Sunday (April 30, 2017) and the award-winning films of the festival have been named. Patrick McDonald of was there for the first week of Tribeca and files his personal best of the films he experienced.

This is Patrick switching to first person, and I was able to see 13 media and film works, and took a turn in the “Immersive” or Virtual Reality arcade (there will a separate article on that experience). I sampled TV, short films, documentaries and narrative films, and rank them from first preferred on down, but honestly I didn’t see anything that I didn’t like, which is a testament to the programmers of this iconic film festival.

The following are the prime 13, and an indication of when they are scheduled to release…


Flower,’ Directed by Max Winkler

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What seems like a “Juno” rip-off,
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Fathom Events And Turner Classic Movies Bringing Smokey And The Bandit To Theaters On May 21 And 24

Breaker one-nine, breaker one-nine.

The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed) and Frog (Sally Field) are east bound and down, loaded up and truckin’ to theaters across the country Sunday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 24 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the high-speed high jinks in the smash hit Smokey And The Bandit.

Tickets are available now at (enter your zip code to search nearest theater locations) or at participating theater box offices. Screenings are Sunday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time each day. The special screening is part of Fathom Events yearlong Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series.

Smokey And The Bandit originally opened May 27, 1977 – just two days after the Millennium Falcon blasted off. All throughout that summer a souped-up black Trans Am sped through theaters, leading Smokey And The Bandit to become the country’s second highest-grossing film of that milestone year.
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Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch

Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch
James Cordon can’t escape Kurt Russell. In the hilarious new sketch “Escape from Kurt Russell” that aired Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Russell and Corden run into each other in an office building, where Russell engages in some friendly sparring and jabbing.

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“Let’s see it!” Russell says, throwing up his hands like a fighter while Cordon awkwardly tries to play along. “Come on baby. Get em up. Let’s see what you got. You still got it?” Russell then lands a thunderbolt of a dead arm on Cordon, before saying a friendly goodbye. “Ow!” Cordon says, writhing in pain and clutching his arm.

The pair run into each other twice more, with each encounter more violent than the last. We won’t spoil it, but Russell makes a references to both “Enter the Dragon
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‘Dog Years’ Review: 81-Year-Old Burt Reynolds Stars In a Strange and Sentimental Tribute to Himself

‘Dog Years’ Review: 81-Year-Old Burt Reynolds Stars In a Strange and Sentimental Tribute to Himself
From the moment that “Dog Years” begins, the question isn’t if Burt Reynolds is playing a thinly veiled version of himself, but rather why? The aging, hobbled, and financially insecure Hollywood icon stars as Vic Edwards, an aging, hobbled, and financially insecure Hollywood icon.

And lest there be any confusion about the central conceit of this sweet-natured but fatally half-realized meta-drama about growing old and giving up, writer-director Adam Rifkin (“Detroit Rock City”) introduces his fictional hero with footage from one of Reynolds’ vintage talk show appearances, dubbing over the real actor’s name with that of his latest character.

The message comes through loud and clear: Burt Reynolds is communing with his past and coming to grips with the images that continue to haunt him, but he’s also adding one more (or one last) character to his wrinkled body of work. Unfortunately, while either one of those
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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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George Clooney Rides Shotgun Through Some of Hollywood's Greatest Hits in New Commercial -- Watch!

George Clooney Rides Shotgun Through Some of Hollywood's Greatest Hits in New Commercial -- Watch!
George Clooney really loves his coffee.

The A-list actor travels Forrest Gump-style through a bevy of classic Hollywood cinema scenes (including one close encounter with the infamous Bates Motel) in a new ad for Nespresso out today.

Clooney rides shotgun with Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, dances along with John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and even sings along with the Muppets in the fun clip.

Exclusive: George Clooney Reveals Which Baby Names Amal Has Already Shot Down

Watch the video above, glad you got that coffee, George!

Meanwhile, this year Clooney is charting some new unfamiliar territory, as he gets ready to be a father for the first time!

Watch: George Clooney Opens Up About Becoming a Father in His 50s: 'We Are Really Happy and Really Excited'

The 55-year-old actor and wife Amal Clooney, 39 -- who are expecting twins together -- were recently spotted out for a stroll, holding hands in
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Clifton James, Famed Character Actor And James Bond Veteran, Dead At 96

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Clifton James, the respected character actor who rose to fame as the bumbling southern Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, has passed away at age 96. James, a decorated veteran of WWII, appeared in many prominent films and TV series. Among his feature films: "Cool Hand Luke", "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Untouchables", "Juggernaut", "The Last Detail", "Will Penny" and "Something Wild". The portly James often portrayed lawmen and judges. His most prominent role came in Roger Moore's 1973 debut film as James Bond, "Live and Let Die".  The character of Pepper as a comical racist lawman named Sheriff J.W. Pepper undoubtedly made audiences laugh. But to die-hard Bond fans his presence represented the increasing amount of slapstick that characterized some of Moore's Bond films. The producers brought the character back in the 1974 007 film "The Man with the Golden Gun" in which he coincidentally
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Road Hauks: The Copper Camaro SS Moonshiner’s edition

History’s Road Hauks are tearing it up tonight. To satisfy a distillery’s need for some flash, they are building a moonshine monster that can outrun the law. Warning: Fire will be in the hole on Road Hauks this evening! Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is ground zero for all this car-moonshine alchemy as the client, Tall Pines Distillery, has rung up Mr. Hauk with a Smokey and the Bandit-inspired idea. Describing his latest client’s vision for an attention-grabbing vehicle to promote their distillery, Kenny Hauk says: “They gave us a copper moonshine still and a 2010 Camaro SS for a moonshine-infused off-roader.” That more
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'Fate of the Furious' Heads for Decent $100-Million Opening Weekend

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2017-04-15T03:52:18-07:00'Fate of the Furious' Heads for Decent $100-Million Opening Weekend

The box office gas needle for Universal’s The Fate of the Furious is currently staying steady with what we saw on Friday at 12 noon: $45.5M for today and $100.1M for the weekend at 4,310 theaters, the widest pre-summer release ever.

While that figure is at the lower end of where tracking saw the sequel (many forecasted it as high as $110M), there isn’t a major studio in town who would say that’s an awful opening for a movie, especially for an eighth title in an action franchise, one that’s specifically built around car stunts and crashes. Burt Reynolds could only wish that back in the day his 1980s cinematic car series Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run had the type of B.O. momentum that the Fast and Furious franchise possesses.
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