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Are ’70s auteur pictures liberated and loose, or flaky and undisciplined? Bob Rafelson’s Alabama escapade places Jeff Bridges amid a wide range of choice-quality nuts, with both Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger staking their claim on the big screen. What do the changing face of The South and competition-level body building have to do with each other? You tell us!

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1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong, Robert Englund, Helena Kallianiotes, Roger E. Mosley, Woodrow Parfrey, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Miller, Fannie Flagg, Joanna Cassidy, Ed Begley Jr., Joe Spinell.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper

Film Editor: John F. Link II

Original Music: Byron Berline, Bruce Langhorne

Written by Bob Rafelson, Charles Gaines from his novel

Produced by Bob Rafelson, Harold Schneider

Directed by Bob Rafelson

Some movies are ahead of their time,
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The Panic in Needle Park

Drug addicts! Who in 1970 really knew what life was like for them? Jerry Schatzberg, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne's story of hell on the streets of NYC provided a stunning debut for Al Pacino -- and should have done the same for Kitty Winn. It sounds too tough to watch, but it's riveting. The Panic in Needle Park Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Raul Julia, Joe Santos, Paul Sorvino Cinematography Adam Holender Film Editor Evan Lottman Original Music Ned Rorem Written by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne from the novel by James Mills. Produced by Dominique Dunne, Roger M. Rothstein Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We all know how the 1970s upheaval in Hollywood brought new talent to film -- actors,
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The Rockford Files: Actor Joe Santos Dies at 84; Farewell, Lt. Becker

Actor Joe Santos, Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died at the age of 84. TMZ reports his son Perry said Santos had a heart attack on Wednesday, March 16, at his Los Angeles home. According to the report, he was placed on life support, but passed this morning, March 18, at a Santa Monica hospital.

In addition to NBC's The Rockford Files TV series and subsequent TV movies with the late James Garner, Santos recurred on The Sopranos, Magnum, P.I., Hardcastle and McCormick, and had guest roles on a laundry list of shows. He was a series regular on the a.k.a. Pablo TV series, starring Paul Rodriguez, which was cancelled by ABC after only six episodes aired. He was often cast as a cop.

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84
Joe Santos, known as Lt. Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” died Friday morning at the age of 84, according to multiple reports.

TMZ reports that Santos suffered a heart attack Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, Perry Santos. He was put on life support at a hospital in Santa Monica, where he passed away.

The actor played Becker, a frustrated Los Angeles policeman, on the NBC show for eight years, appearing in 112 episodes. Santos received an Emmy nomination for his work in 1979 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

Santos built a career around playing in police-themed shows including “Magnum P.I.” and “Police Story.” Taking a break from being the good policeman everyone loved in “The Rockford Files,” he played a bad guy on “The Sopranos.”

Santos’ big screen appearances included roles in the 1971 film “Panic in Needle Park,” where he starred opposite Al Pacino,
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Rockford Files Star Joe Santos Dies at 84

Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 84. His son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at home in Los Angeles Wednesday and died Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital, where he had been on life support. Santos earned an Emmy nomination for his work on NBC's The Rockford Files, where he appeared in 112 episodes from 1974-1980, with his character Lt. Dennis Becker serving as the friend to private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner). He was known for playing cops on other shows such as Magnum,
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Rockford Files Star Joe Santos Dies at 84

Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 84. His son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at home in Los Angeles Wednesday and died Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital, where he had been on life support. Santos earned an Emmy nomination for his work on NBC's The Rockford Files, where he appeared in 112 episodes from 1974-1980, with his character Lt. Dennis Becker serving as the friend to private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner). He was known for playing cops on other shows such as Magnum,
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Joe Santos Dies: ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor Was 84

Joe Santos, best known for his role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died. His rep confirmed the death to Deadline, but the cause is not known. He was 84. Over a career that spanned some 40 years, the Brooklyn, NY-born Santos is best known for his police lieutenant roles in 1970s series The Rockford Files and 1980s Hardcastle and McCormick. His role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files earned him a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1979. His most…
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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84
Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker on James Garner’s “The Rockford Files,” has died at the age of 84. According to TMZ, Santos’ son told the outlet that his father had a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday and was put on life support. He subsequently passed away Friday morning in Santa Monica. Santos was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work in “The Rockford Files.” He also starred in “Magnum, P.I.,” “Miami Vice,” “Quantum Leap” and “MacGyver.” Also Read: Larry Drake, Star of 'La Law' and 'Darkman,' Dies at 66 Most recently,
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Rockford Files' Joe Santos Dead at 84

Joe Santos, best known for playing The Rockford Files‘ Lt. Dennis Becker, died Friday. He was 84.

According to TMZ, which first reported the death, Santos suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was placed on life support, then died Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Monica.

In 1979, Santos was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Rockford Files‘ Becker, a role he inhabited for six seasons and several subsequent TV movies. His TV work also included Hill Street Blues, Hardcastle and McCormack, Magnum, P.I. and The Sopranos.

He is survived by a daughter and two sons.
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'The Rockford Files' Actor Joe Santos Dead at 84

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Joe Santos, who played Lt. Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files" has died. Joe's son, Perry, tells TMZ, Joe had a heart attack at his L.A. home Wednesday and was put on life support. He passed away Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital. Joe's career spanned more than 40 years and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work on "The Rockford Files." He also had roles on "Magnum, P.I." and "The Sopranos.
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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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Blu-ray Review – The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle, 1973.

Directed by Peter Yates.

Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco, Joe Santos and Mitchell Ryan.

Synopsis:

After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.

Eddie Coyle is a small time gun runner for an organised crime outfit in Boston. He knows the game. He knows when to keep his mouth shut and what happens to those who do not. They call him ‘Fingers’ due to an incident with his hand, an open drawer, and someone’s foot closing that draw on his hand. It’s a constant reminder of the life he chose.

We enter the film with Eddie in trouble; caught smuggling contraband and it’s not his first time which means another stretch in jail. But Eddie is 51 years old,
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‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ Blu-ray Review (MoC)

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco, Joe Santos, Mitchell Ryan, Peter MacLean, Marvin Lichterman, Carolyn Pickman, James Tolkan, Margaret Ladd, Matthew Cowles | Written by Paul Monash | Directed by Peter Yates

One of the fun things about loving a particular medium is the aspect of things being recommended, and this is something which has really grown in prominence for me with the growth of social media and podcasts. Having so much immediate access to the thoughts and opinions of others you specifically choose to listen to, whether they align with your tastes or challenge them, enables the discovery of a great deal of content in which much pleasure can be derived. One such example of this is The Friends of Eddie Coyle, a film which I hadn’t heard of before seeing and hearing talk of it’s forthcoming release over the past few months. Seeing
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Criterion Collection: The Friends of Eddie Coyle | Blu-Ray Review

Those seeking a groove-tastic immersion in a gritty 1970s crime drama will want to pop Criterion’s new burn of The Friends of Eddie Coyle into the nearest blu-ray player. Directed with a cool efficiency by master storyteller Peter Yates, the film is a tale of small time hoods and the sketchy federal marshals who pursue them. Told under the gray, heavy skies of Boston, it depicts a working class world of tiny clapboard houses and chain link fences, with massive land yacht automobiles cruising its wet, glistening streets. With Dave Grusin’s funky yet foreboding score providing Fender Rhodes twinkles and wah-wah pedal counterpoint, The Friends of Eddie Coyle unfolds as a fine example this decade’s unique sub genre: Disco Noir.

Based on a best selling novel by George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle was chiefly a vehicle for Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum, who at the
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'Blue Thunder' Remake Will Be a Drone Thriller

'Blue Thunder' Remake Will Be a Drone Thriller
Columbia Pictures is set to remake the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder, only this time instead of a tricked-out hi-tech helicopter, the story will revolve around a more advanced piece of surveillance weaponry with a state-of-the-art Drone at the center of the action. Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle (Thor) is updating the screenplay, with Fifty Shades of Grey's Dana Brunetti set to produce. The movie will reunite Brunetti with Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at Columbia, and will oversee the project.

The Sony-based studio Escape Artists were simultaneously developing their own take on the material, but will now join this remake as a producer. The new version of the story is said to be 'timely', as it will explore the exploding use of drone technology in our society, both privately and in government sectors. This is just one of many Drone movies heading our way soon.
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Appreciating the relaxed genius of the late James Garner

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Appreciating the relaxed genius of the late James Garner
There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy. Garner, who reportedly died in his home on Saturday at the age of 86, first hit it big in 1957 with "Maverick," a comical Western in which he played Bret Maverick, a Wild West cardsharp who was as quick on the draw as he was with a quip. At a time when TV was dominated by Westerns — and very solemn ones, at that — Garner was happy to play the same material lighter, to occasionally be the clown or the guy who gets punched in the face, and yet always made it clear that Maverick could easily kill you if he wanted to — it just wasn't his preferred way of doing things. Garner left Maverick after only a few seasons (and had spent much of that time alternating episodes
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James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’ Dies at 86

James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’ Dies at 86
Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, according to reports. He was 86.

Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. He was one of the first of TV’s leading men to cross over into films in the ’60s with such popular movies as “The Thrill of It All” and “The Americanization of Emily.” But he had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,
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James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files,’ Dies at 86

James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files,’ Dies at 86
Amiable film and television actor James Garner, who starred in popular television series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 86.

Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. Garner won two Emmys and racked up a total of 15 nominations. He had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,” for which he captured his sole Oscar nomination for lead actor.

Appreciation: James Garner Gracefully Bore the Weight
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'NCIS' Season 11 premiere - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot': Boom, bang and a Tiva tease

First up, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," the "NCIS" season opener on Tuesday (Sept. 24), is part one of a two-part episode, so if you're looking for a resolution of the Ziva issue, it won't be here.

We open upon Department of Defense investigator Richard Parsons (Colin Hanks) -- who's been relentlessly pursuing NCIS Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team, who resigned en masse in the Season 10 ender to protect the boss -- chatting up Homeland Security honcho Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) in front of a hotel during a soiree with Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis (a k a SecNav).

He's accusing Morrow of hiding Gibbs from him, but Morrow tells him not to cross a line in the sand (the color of said line is not mentioned).

Morrow walks into the hotel, which promptly explodes in a giant fireball. When in doubt, giant fireballs are always a good idea.
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Hollywood Heart Helps Teens Take the Spotlight

Hollywood Heart Helps Teens Take the Spotlight
A Boeing 747 crash-lands on a deserted island. The survivors who stumble out of the wreckage are bleary-eyed and disoriented. Many are badly injured. They band together to search for a way back to civilization.

Sound familiar? Well, this “Lost” weekend was actually an exercise. And the “survivors” were at-risk teens and chronically ill young adults participating in a workshop held by the nonprofit org Hollywood Heart, which teamed up with electronics maker Rohde & Schwarz Dvs to teach the ins and outs of filmmaking, courtesy of those inside the biz, helping them to create their own short films.

The workshop, titled Shooting Stars, was held last month, and the shorts will be screened June 6 in red-carpet, Hollywood fashion at the Technicolor Burbank Theater, where the youngsters’ accomplishments will be celebrated.

Kara Mondino, Hollywood Heart’s exec director, noted that the volunteers, such as f/x makeup maven Jill Galsterer and scribe David Aslan,
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