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Sally Field to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

8 December 2012 7:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Sally Field will receive the Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala. Field will join previously announced honorees -- the ensemble cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

Field, currently starring in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," also won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award for the role.

Here's more on Field's career highlights:

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. »

- Manny

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Super-8 Burt Reynolds Movie Madness Children’S Cancer Fundraiser December 4th at The Way Out Club

29 November 2012 8:09 PM, PST | | See recent news »

We.ll be celebrating one of Hollywood.s most beloved action stars and supporting a worthy cause at the same time with Super-8 Burt Reynolds Movie Madness Children.S Cancer Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 4th at The Way Out Club. We.ll be showing the complete feature (96 minutes), on 16mm film, of the 1978 car chase fave Smokey And The Bandit! We.ll also be showing , in the condensed (average length: 15 minutes) Super-8 Sounds format, Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard, Burt Reynolds in Shamus, and Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Jim Brown in 100 Rifles.

Be sure to check out this week’s article Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Burt Reynolds Here

The .non-Burt. movies we.ll be showing December 4th are: Kentucky Fried Movie, The Monster Of Piedras Blancas, Star Trek The Motion Picture, the cartoon The Great Grape Ape, a Vincent Price Trailer Reel (the Poe films), and »

- Tom Stockman

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Movember Movies: Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

28 November 2012 4:51 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Movember Movies is a series of posts dedicated to moustaches on film and the men who wear them. If you enjoy reading this, please consider donating to our Movember campaign! Good Day International friends. This is Doug Nagy and it is a great honour for me to be allowed to post a review on Film Junk. Jay and Sean have been friends of mine for a long time, and are gentlemen of great insight and taste. For Movember, Wintle and the Webmaster had an idea to do reviews of awesome films starring guys with mustaches. Burt Reynolds has as good a stache as Saddam and the movie I will be reviewing is Smokey and the Bandit. A wealthy gambler makes a wager with a truck driver down in his luck. The bet is simple, if you can drive to Texas and bootleg 400 cases of Coors Light across state lines to Atlanta - you win. »

- Doug Nagy

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Burt Reynolds

27 November 2012 5:39 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

We like to celebrate the movie tough guys of the ’70s here at We Are Movie Geeks and at Super-8 Movie Madness. We’ve posted  Top Ten lists to tie into Super-8 shows featuring Charles Bronson (Here), Clint Eastwood (Here), and Lee Marvin (Here). This month we’re going to honor the #1 top money-making star for five consecutive years – 1978 – 1982 – Burt Reynolds. On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants »

- Movie Geeks

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The Baytown Outlaws Gets Full Trailer, New Poster

26 November 2012 6:24 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Barry Battles. The Baytown Outlaws (once known as The Baytown Disco) could and should be a ton of fun. On paper, it sounds like a Southern-fried Fargo, a double-barreled Grindhouse thriller set below the Mason-Dixon line. Even that first poster embraced its gritty, sleazy potential, turning a traditional Star Wars pose into a Smokey and the Bandit tribute. We were holding off fully embracing Baytown until we managed to see some footage, and now a full(ish) trailer setting up the not-so-complicated criminal plot that has been posted on Yahoo Movies. And the clip delivers on the giddy, guilty promise of the film.s explosive potential. Check it out right here: Nabbing Billy Bob Thornton for the role of chief redneck villain is fantastic. Adding Eva Longoria as the gratuitous hottie is effective (while not entirely groundbreaking). But the hook appears to be the idiotic brothers hired by Longoria.s »

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Sally Field says acting with Daniel Day-Lewis was like she'd 'died and gone to heaven'

8 November 2012 1:26 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills - You don't get to speak to a legend like Sally Field every day.  The 66-year-old actress has been in the public eye for over 45 years first gaining notoriety with her starring roles in the '60s TV series "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun." In the '70s she began to show an unexpected range. Whether it was her acclaimed performance in the TV movie "Sybil" or  indulging superstar Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" it was clear Field had more than a smile, she had fire. Beginning in 1979, with her first Oscar for "Norma Rae", Field became a true "actor" among »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Hit and Run – review

11 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This chase comedy doesn't have too many real laughs and is disconcertingly serious about all the motor love

Some petrolhead japes in this souped-up, retro-styled chase movie, calling up memories of Smokey and the Bandit and Freebie and the Bean, but with the non-pc attitudes and vocab erased or ironised away. It's amiable, but the more miles it clocks up, the more this film looks like a vanity vehicle for its co-director, writer and star, Dax Shepard. He plays Charlie Bronson, a guy who has taken witness protection in a no-horse town in the middle of nowhere, having testified against some scary bank robbers back in La. But Charlie is now in a mature relationship with Annie (Kristen Bell), an academic sociologist specialising in non-violent conflict resolution. When Charlie offers to bust his protection conditions to drive Annie to a job interview at UCLA, he runs into his old associates, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, stuntman Hal Needham to receive honorary Oscars

6 September 2012 7:20 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the first round of Oscars for 2012. Honorary Academy Awards will be awarded at the Governors Awards dinner in December to stuntman Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens, in addition to presenting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to producer Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Needham has been a stuntman on over 4500 television episodes and over 300 feature films, including standing in for Burt Reynolds and John Wayne. He also directed the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movies.

Pennebaker is an Oscar-nominated documentarian, best known for his 1993 documentary "The War Room." And Stevens is the founding director of the American Film Institute and co-founder of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Katzenberg is a longtime Hollywood philanthropist, raising more than $200 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which provides financial aid and health care to members of the entertainment industry. »


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Honorary Oscars Headed For Needham, Pennebaker, Stevens and Katzenberg

6 September 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker, and George Stevens Jr. have been chosen by the board of governors to receive honorary Oscars, and Jeffrey Katzenberg has been chosen for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Needham is most famous for his stunt coordination (although there is currently no Oscar for stunt work) on films like Blazing Saddles, Camelot and Chinatown. He went on to direct Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and others. Pennebaker has covered several musical icons in his documentaries – Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and David Bowie all got the true story treatment from him – but it was for his Bill Clinton 1992 campaign team doc The War Room that earned him his only Oscar nomination (he lost out to I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary). Stevens Jr. is also a previous Oscar nominee for his short documentary The Five Cities in June, but he’s perhaps best known as the »

- Cole Abaius

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens, Jr. To Receive The Academy’s Governors Awards

6 September 2012 5:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to stunt performer Hal Needham, documentarian D. A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr., and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 4th Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, December 1, at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Hal Needham is a legendary stunt performer and coordinator who has worked on more than 300 feature films including “The Spirit of St. Louis,” “How the West Was Won,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Little Big Man” and “Chinatown.” A pioneer in improving stunt technology and safety procedures, Needham also co-founded Stunts Unlimited, and is known for mentoring young stunt performers. In 1986, the Academy presented Needham with a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, »

- Michelle McCue

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First Oscars Of The Season Get Awarded

6 September 2012 5:06 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles -- The first Oscars of the season have been awarded.

The film academy's board of governors voted Wednesday to present honorary Academy Awards to stuntman Hal Needham, documentarian D. A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr. The group also announced that producer and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Needham has more than 300 feature films to his credit as a stunt performer and coordinator. The academy recognized him in 1986 for a camera car and crane he developed that allowed greater versatility in shooting action sequences. He also directed such films as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run."

Pennebaker has been making documentaries for six decades and was nominated for an Oscar for 1993's "The War Room."

Stevens is the founding director of the American Film Institute and co-founded the Kennedy Center Honors, which he has produced for 34 years.

Chief of DreamWorks Animation, »

- AP

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Sorry, Doris Day: Honorary Oscars go to Katzenberg, Needham, Pennebaker and Stevens

6 September 2012 2:42 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Stuntman turned director Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and director/producer George Stevens, Jr. will be feted with honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards on Dec. 1. And studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the Hersholt humanitarian award then as well. This is the first time in the four-year history of these kudos that the academy's Board of Governors failed to fete any onscreen talent.  Needham, who worked as a stunt man and then coordinator on hundreds of films before turning to directing a string of Burt Reynolds action comedies like "Smokey and the Bandit," was honored in 1986 with a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane. Now retired at 81, he never contended for an Oscar. He follows in the footsteps of his mentor Yakima Cannutt, who was honored in 1966.  Despite crafting such classic documentaries as "Primary," &q »

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Stuntman Hal Needham to get Oscar for badassery

6 September 2012 12:17 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Stuntman Hal Needham boasts in his autobiography that he “broke 56 bones, my back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth.”

Those are the trophies from a life spent falling off horses, crashing cars, and plummeting from buildings for the sake of the movies. Now he can add a less painful one to the list — an honorary Academy Award.

Needham, 81, is one of four Hollywood figures selected late Wednesday to receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the upcoming Governors Awards, joining documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, American Film Institute founder George Stevens, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Roundup: Fassbender, Wood and Bell Get the Gigs

31 August 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Michael Fassbender's riding into the sunset, Evan Rachel Wood is hitting the road and Jamie Bell is gettin' busy in this week's casting news.

Fassbender may soon be studying to be a quick draw as he's in talks to join the western, "Jane Got a Gun," according to Vulture. Natalie Portman is currently attached to the film about a woman who hires an ex-lover (Fassbender) to protect her ranch after her outlaw husband returns home bullet-ridden and with former criminal colleagues hot on his heels. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") is attached to direct.

Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman? Together? In a western? Please. We'll be there, guns a'blazin'.

Evan Rachel Wood is also embracing the outlaw life as Deadline reports that she's signed on to the old-school chase movie, "18 Wheel Butterfly." The film follows a female trucker who's accused of a crime she didn't commit, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Lawless' Director John Hillcoat: Advertising Is More Dangerous Than Movie Violence

30 August 2012 12:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Hillcoat's high-octane action drama "Lawless" -- about three bootlegging brothers from Prohibition-era Franklin County, Va. -- has turned a neat trick. Since debuting at the Cannes in May, the film has rescued the world of moonshine-making, fast-driving Southerners from Burt Reynolds' jokey "Smokey and the Bandit" movies and putting it in arthouses and classy film festivals via the Weinstein Company. Despite mixed reviews, "Lawless" is an exuberant and violent genre mashup by a director whose last film was the brutally austere doomsday drama "The Road." Born in Australia but largely raised in Canada »

- Steve Pond

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Hit And Run – The Review

29 August 2012 12:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here’s a new film that’s essentially a nostalgic trip down ‘ grindhouse’ lane. Or perhaps it’s more like a gravel-churning trek to the old drive-in. The “passion pit” was the showcase for the muscle car action-chase flick genre that may have begun with the success of Robert Mitchum’s moonshine-runner epic Thunder Road. This spawned countless imitators over the last few decades with Dirty Mary/ Crazy Larry, the original Gone In 60 Seconds and Ron Howard’s one-two punch of Eat My Dust ( with the immortal ad line ” Ronny Howard pops the clutch and tells Smokey to eat my dust” ) and Ron’s feature directing debut Grand Theft Auto. The genre hit its zenith in 1977 with the monster box office smash, Hal Needham’s Smokey And The Bandit ( and its two sequels ). Well, now comic actor Dax Shepard ( TV’s Parenthood ) has decided to put his own spin ( ouch! »

- Jim Batts

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Michael Polish, Evan Rachel Wood Circle Trucker Indie 18 Wheel Butterfly

29 August 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The Ides of March’s Evan Rachel Wood is attached to star as the lead character in new road movie, 18 Wheel Butterfly.

Furthermore, indie producer Aaron Magnani has also attached Big Sur’s helmer Michael Polish to direct.

18 Wheel Butterfly indie is written by newcomer Christian Divine and described as a mix between Thelma and Louise and Smokey and the Bandit.

I am not sure if the film’s title is an allusion to a line of Alexander Pope’s poem ‘Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot’: ‘Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?’

As you may know the line is frequently interpreted as questioning why someone would put massive effort into achieving something minor or trivial, or who would punish a minor crook with a disproportional penalty.

If it’s not the case, still there are obvious similarities.

However, set in Texas during the summer of 1977, 18 Wheel Butterfly will star Wood as Rainbeaux, »

- Nick Martin

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Evan Rachel Wood In Talks To Play A Trucker In 18 Wheel Butterfly

28 August 2012 4:27 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Evan Rachel Wood doesn't have any movies coming out in 2012, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been keeping herself busy. In the past few months she's wrapped production on Fredrik Bond's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (with Shia Labeouf, Rupert Grint and Mads Mikkelsen), Andrew Fleming's Barefoot (with J.K. Simmons and Scott Speedman) and Kat Coiro's A Case Of You (with Peter Dinklage and Sam Rockwell). And now she's added yet another title to her future resume. Variety says that Wood is now in talks to star in 18 Wheel Butterfly, an indie road movie which is now set to be directed by Michael Polish. Written by Christian Divine and described as a mix between Thelma and Louise and Smokey and the Bandit, the story is set in 1977 and follows Rainbeaux (Wood), a trucker on the run from the police, bounty hunters, and her fellow truck drivers »

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Evan Rachel Wood Attached to Lead Trucker Indie ’18-Wheel Butterfly’

28 August 2012 3:17 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After taking the option to bail on her Thirteen director, Evan Rachel Wood is now looking to headline 18-Wheel Butterfly, an independent road movie currently under the eye of Michael Polish (Big Sur). Variety bring the news, telling us that Water Bear/Aaron Magnani Productions and Polish Brothers Construction are jumping on board Christian Divine‘s screenplay.

That’s summarized as a ’70s-set “colorful throwback pic set in Texas,” wherein Wood appears as “Rainbeaux, a truck driver who must outrace the law, bounty hunters and a pair of fellow truckers after she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit.” Should “East Bound and Down” have started playing as those words went across your eyes, good; comparisons to Smokey and the Bandit — along with, possibly given its female lead, Thelma and Louise — have already been coming up.

And, well, you could do a whole lot worse than those two, »

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Michael Polish to direct 18 Wheel Butterfly starring Evan Rachel Wood

28 August 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Evan Rachel Wood is set to star in 18 Wheel Butterfly written by Christian Divine which will be helmed by Michael Polish, and produced by Aaron Magnani. Variety reports that the film is being described as a cross between comedy Smokey and the Bandit and crime drama Thelma and Louise. The film takes place in Texas in summer, 1977 and has Wood as Rainbeaux, a driver who must dodge te law as well as fellow truckers and a bounty hunter due to a crime she's accused of, but didn't commit. Magnani of Water Bear/Aaron Magnani Productions will produce alongside Mark and Michael Polish's Polish Brothers Construction »

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