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Smokey Is the Bandit

Also known as Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, the third entry into the Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason good-old-boy car comedies has everything but Burt Reynolds. A beleaguered production from the get go, the plan was for Gleason to take over the Reynolds role in a dual role alongside his bumptious character, Sheriff Buford T. Justice. That didn’t pan out and Jerry Reed stepped in to save the day. He didn’t.
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Loretta Lynn’s Surprise Appearance Highlights Alan Jackson’s Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I Love You, Honey!’

Loretta Lynn’s Surprise Appearance Highlights Alan Jackson’s Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I Love You, Honey!’
By all rights, Alan Jackson should have been the star of his own induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night. But he somehow got upstaged at the ceremony, and he didn’t mind a bit. In fact, he asked for it.

The multi-platinum artist was allowed to choose which Hall of Fame member would usher him into country’s most hallowed ranks, and he picked his heart’s desire – 85-year-old legend Loretta Lynn – despite the fact she has been recovering from a stroke she suffered in May. But Lynn was determined to accept the invitation, and
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Glen Campbell Dead at 81 After Alzheimer's Battle

Glen Campbell Dead at 81 After Alzheimer's Battle
Glen Campbell has died. The country legend was 81.

Campbell died Tuesday in Nashville, his family confirmed in a statement posted to his website.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease … In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page.”

The family adds, “A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates
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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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Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’

Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’
With one of the most celebrated careers in the history of country music, Alan Jackson is often asked if he still has anything left to accomplish. Until now, he hasn’t dared to speak his heart’s desire.

“I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious, you know, to think that I deserve to be in there,” he said, standing in the Hall of Fame Rotunda in Nashville. “I never say that. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list right here.”

He could say it because,
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16mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club April 4th – First Blood and Smokey And The Bandit

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday April 4th and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up Is First Blood (1982)

First Blood was the original Rambo film before he became known as a one-man army as shown in the sequels, Sylvester Stallone plays Ex-Green Beret and Vietnam War veteran John Rambo who’s passing through a small town after learning of the death of a member of his unit, and all he wants is something to eat. The local sheriff (Brian Dennehy) doesn’t take too kindly to him, however, and after he breaks out of jail,
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Blu-ray Review – Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection

Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection.

Directed by Hal Needham/Dick Lowry.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Mike Henry, Colleen Camp, Dom DeLuise, Macon McCalman, Michael Mann, George Reynolds.


Box set featuring all three car chase movies remastered on Blu-ray, courtesy of Fabulous Films.

Thanks to Fabulous Films you can now relive those rainy bank holidays of the 1980s with this box set of good ol’ boy charm and crazy car stunts that is the Smokey & The Bandit trilogy, fully restored and available as a box set or individually.

In the first movie, legendary driver The Bandit (Burt ReynoldsDeliverance/Boogie Nights) accepts a challenge from shady businessmen Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormickScrooged) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams – The Muppet Movie) that he cannot illegally transport a truckload of beer from Texas to Atlanta within 28 hours. Recruiting
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Bandit’

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

(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
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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

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

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

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 and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
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Howard West, Producer and Longtime Manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Dies at 84

Howard West, Producer and Longtime Manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Dies at 84
Howard West, a producer and co-manager of Jerry Seinfeld with his longtime partner George Shapiro, has died. He was 84.

West died Dec. 3 at UCLA Medical Center following a massive stroke. He was a partner in management firm Shapiro/West and Associates with his friend from childhood in the Bronx.

West and Shapiro were key players in the launch of the NBC comedy series “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1989 to 1998, and served as exec producers on the show that remains a monster hit in syndication. In addition to Seinfeld, the duo also managed such comedy legends as Andy Kaufman.

More recently, Shapiro and West were involved in Seinfeld setting up his Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Howard was doing what he loved til the end,” Seinfeld said. “There’s nothing better.”

West and Shapiro became friends at the age of 8 after meeting on the playground in elementary school.

“I invited
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23 specially-shot movie teaser trailers

From Psycho to Jurassic Park, here are 23 teaser trailers that don't show a frame of footage from the movies they're advertising...

These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.

But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed,
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Monologue: Sterling Archer, Burt Reynolds & Dead Bodies

Have you ever watched Archer? I had tuned in here or there but hadn't ever committed. This weekend I binge watched about 10 episodes and now I'm madly in love. I'm beginning to think it's one of the great sitcoms, each character is so fully defined and there are jokes of so many varieties, not just verbal but visual and physical and recurring and always true to character. One of my favorite recurring gags is Archer's obsession with Burt Reynolds. In the Season 2 episode "Pipeline Fever" he keeps talking about Gator (1976) since he and his ex-girlfriend/coworker are going to the swamp. They're arguing about the element of surprise when Archer gets distracted.

Which is why mobility is key. And how will we achieve mobility, huh? An airboat, Lana. Just like Burt Reynolds in White Lightning. Not to mention Gator! Which... even though it's a sequel I think it's the stronger of the two films.
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GTA V Soundtrack Leaked?

Grand Theft Auto V digital Playstation 3 pre-orders were made available for pre-load overnight throughout the UK. This has led fans to uncover mysterious info through searching of the game’s files. The most significant pieces of info to come out of this leak was the finding of information of a number of music stations and songs. The list below shows the traditional mix of Hip Hop, Rock and Country while including artists such as Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and Muse.

Please take this information with a pinch of salt as the legitimacy of this information has yet to be clarified by Rockstar. Hopefully within the next few days more will be revealed. If true, what do you make of the soundtrack and which artists were you hoping would make an appearance?

The source of this leak came from GTAForums

An updated list can be viewed at on Reddit

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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970′s

Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.

Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.

This article focuses on the 1970’s,
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Burt Reynolds

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
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Wanna See 'The Avengers' Gag Reel? Sure You Do

You knew it was inevitable, that this day of reckoning would finally come: "The Avengers" has a gag reel.

And what a gag reel it is.

Set brilliantly to Jerry Reed's "Eastbound and Down," a.k.a. the theme song to "Smoky and the Bandit," these bloopers make it look like "The Avengers" may have been the most enjoyable $200-million Marvel Studios ever spent.

What marvels will you witness in this laugh-a-second clip? Chris Evans struggling to get a backpack on, Agent Coulson coming on to Captain America, Chris Hemsworth awkwardly juggling Thor's mighty hammer and Cobie Smulders Act-ing!

There's plenty of crack-ups, corpsing and straight up mugging for the camera, as well as an occasional cameo from director Joss Whedon, who walks into a scene of the whole superhero ensemble having a bickerfest and proclaims, loudly, "Stop Fighting!"

Fans are also getting another unexpected treat with a
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Smokey and the Bandit Blu-ray Review

Smokey and the Bandit was a movie I couldn't stand to watch as a kid. It was one of those movies that, on any given weekend, was playing on one of the cable superstations. If it wasn't on Wgn, it was on TBS - and my parents would devour it.

But as you get older, and your tastes become a little more inclusive, you're more apt to give things a chance. At some point while I was in college, I gave Smokey and the Bandit a chance, and to this day if I see it in the cable listings, then my remote control is guaranteed a break for a couple of hours.

Universal, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration, released the classic cat-and-mouse film starring Jackie Gleason and Burt Reynolds, respectively, as the titular characters this week, and while the technical aspects of the presentation aren't entirely up to snuff,
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Blu-ray Review: Universal 100th Anniversary Titles ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ ‘The Sting’

Chicago – Universal has slowly but consistently been releasing an amazing collection of Blu-ray combo packs (Bd, DVD, and Digital Copy) throughout 2012. Spanning the entire catalog of this 100-year-old company, movies like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Deer Hunter,” and “All Quiet on the Western Front” have been given lavish, restored treatments and “E.T.” and “Jaws” will come later in the year. By the time it’s done, this will be one of the most important waves of Blu-ray releases in the history of the form. This week’s inclusions feature two Oscar winners and one true ’70s phenomenon.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What do “The Sting.” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “Erin Brockovich” have in common? Nothing but a Blu-ray release date. The underrated “Brockovich” won an Oscar for America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, and “The Sting” was a juggernaut, winning Seven Oscars, including Best Picture. I like “The Sting” but it’s
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'Smokey and the Bandit': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Burt Reynolds Movie

Of the two biggest franchise-launchers of 1977, one involved a pair of rebellious outlaws with a shaggy sidekick, a runaway heroine, a Mutt-and-Jeff pair of tall-short comic relief characters, epic-length chases, spectacular stunts, and endless vehicular mayhem. The other was "Star Wars." Yep, we're talkin' "Smokey and the Bandit," which opened 35 years ago this week (on May 27, 1977) and wound up grossing more money than any movie that year except for George Lucas' interstellar road adventure. It also launched a truckload of sequels on film and TV, gave Burt Reynolds his most iconic role, helped make movie stars out of country guitarist Jerry Reed and TV sitcom starlet Sally Field, provided a career comeback for Jackie Gleason, and sent Pontiac Trans Am sales soaring. Still, as popular as Reynolds and his muscle car were, there's plenty about "Smokey and the Bandit" that you may not know. Read on to learn Bandit's real name,
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