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With this weekend's release of the video game adaptation Need for Speed, the cross-country auto-race movie is back. So, let's get out our copies of The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II and other similar movies and see which one darts to the front of the pack. If not those two Burt Reynolds vehicles, then how about the related semisequel Speed Zone? Or one of the earlier, unrelated movies based on the same race, The Gumball Rally or Cannonball? And before that, don't forget the cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop, which was a major inspiration on the real Cannonball contest. Not all movies of the genre and that time period dealt with coast-to-coast races, though. Vanishing Point and the Smokey and the...
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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gabriel Axel (1918-2014) - Danish director whose Babette's Feast won the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (see the win below). His other work includes Royal Deceit and a part of Lumiere and Company. He died on February 9. (THR) Sid Caesar (1922-2014) - Comic actor and writer and legendary TV host who appears in the movies Grease, Grease 2, Cannonball Run II, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part 1 and It's a Mad, Mad...
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