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TV Icon Jim Nabors Dead At Age 87; Gained Fame As Gomer Pyle

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Jim Nabors, who epitomized the image of a friendly country boy, has died at age 87 at his home in Hawaii. Nabors was plucked from obscurity when Andy Griffith caught his nightclub act in L.A. in the early 1960s and cast him in the role of Gomer Pyle, the affable but simple-minded filling station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show". The program was always among the top shows in the ratings and Nabors' exposure on the show gained him instant fame. The character of Gomer became as iconic as Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife. Nabors' popularity extended into a second career as a pop singer. When he first sang on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", many viewers thought his operatic baritone voice was dubbed. However, they soon
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: Spy Sequel Provides Bugger All in the Way of Fun

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: Spy Sequel Provides Bugger All in the Way of Fun
It took the Bond series 15 years and 10 movies to get to the ridiculed “Moonraker.” The laddish spy franchise “Kingsman: The Secret Service” series, based on Mark Millar’s comic book, has done it in one leap with the bloated, inexplicably un-entertaining follow-up “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Given that the movie struggles to justify its existence from scene to scene, and so ill-uses a VIP table’s worth of stars/actors — Elton John, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges — the better comparison might be to “Cannonball Run II.” At least “Moonraker” had Roger Moore’s bespoke suavity as.
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’Cannonball Run’ Reboot: Warner Bros. Taps ‘Dodgeball’ Director for New Take on Hal Needham Films

Warner Bros. is gearing up for a “Cannonball Run” reboot, with “Dodgeball” director Rawson Thurber and “Reno 911” creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to direct and write, reports Deadline.

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The project will relaunch the franchise begun by Hal Needham’s “The Cannonball Run” in 1981, a slapdash comedy starred Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and many other stars of the time. The Fox release was universally panned by critics, but was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Warner Bros. followed that up in 1984 with “Cannonball Run II,” and Orion released a third film, “Speed Zone,” in 1989. The franchise centers around a cross-country car race, inspired by a real race that took place throughout the 1970’s.

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Cannonball Run Remake Gets Central Intelligence Director

More than five years after a Cannonball Run remake was first put into development by Warner Bros., the studio is finally moving forward on the project. Warner Bros. has brought on Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) to direct this new version of Cannonball Run, with the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum franchise) coming aboard to write the script. Andre Morgan, who produced the original Cannonball Run movies, is producing alongside Alan Gasmer, although no production schedule was released at this time.

We first heard about a Cannonball Run remake in October 2011, when the studio was reportedly considering Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy to direct the film. That report also claimed that Guy Ritchie was eyeing Brad Pitt to star, while Shawn Levy wanted Ben Stiller. The studio was reportedly trying to secure financing from General Motors, through a deal that would showcase
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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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Match the Mustang to the movie – quiz

As Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama Mustang hits cinemas, can you identify which car is from which movie?

I Am Legend

You, Me and Dupree

Mr and Mrs Smith

The House Bunny

Footloose

Cannonball Run II

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Thunderball

Diamonds Are Forever

You Only Live Twice

Goldfinger

Death Race 2000

Nighthawks

Tango & Cash

Lock Up

Mission: Impossible III

War of the Worlds

Knight and Day

Minority Report

Death Becomes Her

Twins

Pretty Woman

Big Business

Menace II Society

Dangerous Minds

Candyman

The Pelican Brief

Scream

Varsity Blues

10 Things I Hate About You

The Faculty

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Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 7

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Nobody's Fool

Grumpy Old Men

Cliffhanger

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You're out of gas

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Backseat driver

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Tropic Thunder screenwriter to pen Cannonball Run revival

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, tapping Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to pen a new film, which is being described as a “relaunch” rather than a “remake”.

Revolving around a cross-country race, the first film was released by Fox in 1981 and was a huge hit at the box office, earning over $72 million from its $16 million budget. Warner Bros. released the 1984 sequel Cannonball Run II in 1984, while Orion released the third film Speed Zone (a.k.a. Cannonball Fever) in 1989.
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'Cannonball Run' Remake Moves Forward with 'Get Hard' Director

'Cannonball Run' Remake Moves Forward with 'Get Hard' Director
After several years in development, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on a new incarnation of The Cannonball Run. Deadline reports that the studio has secured the rights to the original 1981 classic, hiring Etan Cohen to write the script and direct. This report claims the studio doesn't consider this project a "remake," but rather a "relaunch" of the franchise.

Back in 2011, we reported that Warner Bros. was in discussions to team up with auto manufacturer General Motors for a Cannonball Run remake. At that time, the studio was eyeing directors such as Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). It seemed that deal never went through, but now the studio has acquired the sequel and remake rights from the copyright holders, original The Cannonball Run writer Brock Yates, the estate of director Hal Needham and Fortune Star Ltd.

The Cannonball Run starred Burt Reynolds,
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Review: "Hooper" (1978) Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field And Brian Keith; Blu-ray Release

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By John M. Whalen

Back in 1978, Burt Reynolds was still at the beginning of a cycle of six action comedies that he made with director Hal Needham—a cycle that started with “Smokey and the Bandit “(1977) and ended with “Cannonball Run II” (1984). One of the best of these films was “Hooper”—a tribute to Hollywood’s unsung hero, the Hollywood stunt man. “Hooper” was a very personal film for both Reynolds and Needham who both started their movie careers as stunt doubles. Needham started doing stunt work in the early years of live TV in New York and is best remembered for his stunt driving in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” (1968). Reynolds also began in TV and parlayed his athletic ability along with his good looks to become one of tinseltown’s biggest stars. In a very real way, “Hooper” is even more personal film for Reynolds, because one of the
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Abe Vigoda‬ Passes Away at 94

"The Godfather" star Abe Vigoda‬ has died, aged 94.

The character actor passed away in his sleep at his home in New Jersey on Tuesday morning (January 26), his daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs tells The Associated Press.

The Brooklyn, New York native began acting in the theatre as a teen and went on to establish himself with parts in Broadway productions of Marat/Sade, The Man in the Glass Booth, Inquest, and Tough to Get Help.

However, his breakout role came after he was cast as veteran mobster Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather in 1972.

He also featured in a flashback sequence at the end of The Godfather Part II, and later became known for his portrayal of Detective Sergeant Phil Fish on 1970s sitcom Barney Miller and its spin-off series, Fish.

Vigoda's other film credits include Cannonball Run II, Look Who's Talking, and Joe Versus the Volcano.
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Veteran Actor Abe Vigoda Dead At Age 94; "The Godfather" And "Barney Miller" Among His Credits

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Vigoda (left) with Richard Castellano and Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" (1972)

By Lee Pfeiffer

Abe Vigoda, whose hang-dog expression and low-key mannerisms help propel him to fame, has passed away at age 94. Vigoda toiled in films and TV without notable success until director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in the key role of Tessio, a mob lieutenant in the Corleone crime family in the 1972 classic "The Godfather".  Tessio was one of the most trusted "employees" of the Corleone family but following the death of its patriarch Vito Corleone, Tessio is discovered to be planning the assassination of the new godfather, Michael Corleone. Memorably he is led away to his execution with typical understated emotion. Vigoda's stock in the film industry rose immediately and he became a popular character actor, appearing in such films as "The Cheap Detective", "The Don is Dead", "Newman's Law", "Look Who's Talking" and "The Cannonball Run II
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'Godfather' Star Abe Vigoda Passes Away at Age 94

'Godfather' Star Abe Vigoda Passes Away at Age 94
While we aren't even one month into 2016, the entertainment industry has already lost several notable icons. Today, Variety reports that beloved character actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 94. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who revealed he passed from natural causes.

Abe Vigoda was born February 24, 1921 in New York City, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. The actor made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and performed n small theater shows for over 20 years. He had roles in notable off-Broadway productions such as "Richard III" in 1960 and 1961, "The Cherry Orchard" in 1962-63, "A Darker Flower" in 1963 and "The Cat and the Canary" in 1965. The actor made his Broadway debut with a role in a revival of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul
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Blu-ray Review – Cannonball Run II (1984)

Cannonball Run II, 1984.

Directed by Hal Needham.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas, Ricardo Montalban, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Kiel, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tony Danza, Henry Silva, Alex Rocco, Abe Vigoda, Michael V. Gazzo.

Synopsis:

The majority of the drivers from the first film return for a second crack at the top prize in an illegal cross-country car race.

Having had a hit with The Cannonball Run in 1981, it took three years for the inevitable to happen and a sequel to appear and, much like that first film, Cannonball Run II also became a staple of bank holiday television entertainment in the UK. However, in keeping with the tradition of inferior major studio sequels this second outing basically redoes the original but without the charm that carried that film.

Much of that missing charm comes down to the fact that
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Giveaway – Win The Cannonball Run & Cannonball Run II on Blu-ray

“If you like classic, zany, cornball 80s comedies then The Cannonball Run is simply a must-watch.” High-Def Digest

One of the biggest box office smashes of the 1980’s comes to Blu-ray for the first ever time as The Cannonball Run & Cannonball Run II arrive on DVD & Blu-ray dual format 30th November.

To celebrate, we have a copy of each to give away!

Cars, comedy, crashes, chicks, chaos. A stellar “to die for” cast of Hollywood superstars. The Rat Pack reunited! Burt Reynolds doing what he does best. Jackie Chan’s first American film appearance! It’s a tremendous, hugely enjoyable, no-holds-barred comedy romp that almost defines the term “popcorn flick’.

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Good-bye, Alex And Mary

It’s definitely been a week for good-byes.

My daughters and I spent the weekend in the beautiful, still somewhat quaint small town of Auburn, California, helping to lay to rest and celebrate the life of my dear aunt Mary Pascuzzi, my fraternal grandmother’s sister, who was the centered matriarch of her own family and a stabilizing force for all of us in her extended family as well. She, and my grandmother, were big fans of classic-era American movies and enthusiastically encouraged my interest, just one reason why they’re both held dear in my heart and in my memory. And being Italian, they both had more than a casual interest in The Godfather when it came out in 1972. I remember my aunt Mary talking to me about having seen it and wondering, me at the ripe old age of 12, if I’d had a chance to go yet.
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'Godfather' Star Alex Rocco Passes Away at Age 79

'Godfather' Star Alex Rocco Passes Away at Age 79
Actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing mobster Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather, passed away on Saturday in his Studio City, California home at the age of 79. The actor's stepson, Sean Doyle, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the actor passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor's long career spanned 50 years, with over 150 TV and film credits.

Alex Rocco was born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, who caught the acting bug at the age of 30, when he took an acting class to meet women. After moving to Los Angeles, he took a class taught by Leonard Nimoy, who promptly kicked him out because he couldn't understand his thick Boston accent. He then enrolled in a speech class which transformed his Boston accent with a New York accent, which Leonard Nimoy said he could work with. He made his acting debut with the 1965 Russ Meyer film Motorpsycho!
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Movie News: In Memoriam, An Appreciation of Richard Kiel

Los Angeles – He was 7 foot 2 inches tall, an imposing figure that made for one of the most memorable James Bond villains. Richard Kiel portrayed “Jaws” in two Bond films – “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker” – and left an unforgettable mark as a character actor with a distinctive look and persona. Richard Kiel died at age 74 on September 10th, 2014.

Richard Kiel in 2010

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Richard Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his first appearance in the TV show “Laramie” in 1960. Throughout the 1960s, he made appearances in low budget horror movies and television, most notably in a famous episode of “The Twilight Zone,” entitled “To Serve Man,” and in the TV series “The Wild, Wild West.” It was a western series in the 1970s, “The Barbary Coast,” that caught the attention of the Bond producers, and the villain Jaws was born.
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Richard Kiel, James Bond Villain Jaws, Passes Away at Age 74

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Richard Kiel, James Bond Villain Jaws, Passes Away at Age 74
Remembered best as Jaws, the towering steel-toothed villain of James Bond movies, Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. No cause of death was given. The news was confirmed late Wednesday evening by Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Richard Kiel's agent Steven Stevens also reported on the news, both parties refusing to provide further details.

Richard Kiel was a giant of a man, standing at 7-foot-2-inches. He captured the public's attention in the 1977 James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore. Jaws was a cable-chomping henchman who towered over his co-stars. The villain was so popular, he was brought back for the 1979 Bond adventure Moonraker. Of his advisory, Bond would quip, "His name's Jaws. He kills people."

The role of Jaws was an iconic one that Richard Kiel could never seem to get away from. Despite this, he
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Rip Richard Kiel

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Best known as James Bond's formidable foe Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, actor Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. Reaching a height of 7 foot 2 inches, the metal toothed henchman is the most iconic role the actor played, but through his career he has also stared in the likes of 1974's The Longest Yard, Cannonball Run II, Happy Gilmore, as well as lending his voice to Tangled. For bringing to life one of the most memorable bad guys in cinema history, we thank you Sir. The thoughts of everybody here at The Movie Bit are with his friends and family during this hard time.
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Richard Kiel dies, aged 74

Richard Kiel, best known for playing Jaws in the James Bond films, has died at the age of 74.

Some sad news came in overnight. Richard Kiel, who sprung to fame playing Jaws in a pair of James Bond movies, has died at the age of 74.

Kiel appeared alongside Roger Moore in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, yet his film career also covered the likes of Cannonball Run II, Happy Gilmore and Force 10 From Navarone. His casting, particularly in his earlier work, made specific use of his 7 foot 2 inch height, but then more recently, he also lent his voice to the Disney movie Tangled.

He died in California, and is survived by his wife and four children.

Rest in peace Mr Kiel, and thanks for some very fine memories.

Movies News Simon Brew Richard Kiel 11 Sep 2014 - 06:30
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