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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 FathomEvents.com (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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'The Don Rickles Show': THR's 1968 Review

On Sept. 27, 1968, ABC tried out a new half-hour comedy show at 9 p.m., The Don Rickles Show, which proved to be short-lived. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Cut-down comedian Don Rickles threw out his barbed lances over the ABC network in a program which can best be described loosely as a host and a guest format interspersed with insult skits and film clips, "all for fun," as the star explained.

When Rickles could take a moment away from needling his audience, and his announcer, writer Pat McCormick, he used special guest Danny Thomas as the target...
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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.

Synopsis:

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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Brad Pitt’s World War II Movie ‘Allied’ Set for Nov. 23 Release

Brad Pitt’s World War II Movie ‘Allied’ Set for Nov. 23 Release
Paramount Pictures has given an awards season release date of Nov. 23 for “Allied,” Brad Pitt’s World War II romantic thriller.

“Allied,” produced by Gk Films, also stars Marion Cotillard and is directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film is shooting in London, with production also taking place in the Canary Islands.

Zameckis is directing from a script by Steven Knight (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”). Graham King, who won an Oscar for “The Departed,” is producing with Zemeckis, and Steve Starkey.

Denis O’Sullivan, Jack Rapke (“Flight”),” Jackie Levine, Patrick McCormick and Knight are serving as executive producers.

Pitt is portraying an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa who encounters a French Resistance fighter, played by Cotillard, on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Joining Pitt and Cotillard are Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Matthew Goode of “Downton Abbey.
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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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Untitled Robert Zemeckis Thriller Adds Lizzy Caplan Opposite Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard

Fresh from inducing moviegoers with vertigo in The Walk, director Robert Zemeckis is quietly assembling the cast of his new, yet-to-be-titled feature.

Last summer, we learned that Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard had closed a deal to headline the drama as a lovestruck pair of assassins, and now Deadline is reporting that Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan has boarded Zemeckis’ latest in an unknown role.

Attracting the support of Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency, there’s no official word from either party about the plot underpinning the director’s mystery project, nor how Caplan fits into the puzzle. That said, Deadline claims the Now You See Me 2 actress will play the sister of Brad Pitt’s character, but we await official confirmation.

Behind the lens, Robert Zemeckis will be directing from a script produced by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders). On the producing end of things,
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Lizzy Caplan Joins Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis’ Next Movie

Lizzy Caplan Joins Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis’ Next Movie
Lizzy Caplan has joined Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckisuntitled period spy thriller.

Zemeckis is directing the film from a script by Steven Knight.

Graham King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The movie will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The pic, set in 1942, follows a spy (Pitt) who falls in love and marries a French agent (Cotillard) during a dangerous North African mission. Caplan will play Pitt’s sister in the thriller.

Production is set to start next week in Europe, and the film is expected to bow on Nov. 23.

Caplan was most recently seen in “The Night Before” alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen and has the sequel to “Now You See Me” set to bow later this year.
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‘Mad Men’s’ Jared Harris Joins Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis Thriller (Exclusive)

‘Mad Men’s’ Jared Harris Joins Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis Thriller (Exclusive)
Jared Harris has joined Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckis’ untitled period spy thriller.

Zemeckis is directing the film from a script by Steven Knight.

Graham King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The movie will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The pic is set in 1942 and follows a spy (Pitt) who falls in love and marries a French agent (Cotillard) during a dangerous North African mission.

Production is set to start next week in Europe and the film is expected to bow on Nov. 23.

Harris had a busy 2015 with a slate that included “Poltergeist,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Certain Women.” He can be seen next in “The Last Face.” Besides a strong film career, Harris’ popularity grew
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Robert Zemeckis’ Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard Film Gets 2016 Release Date

Robert Zemeckis’ Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard Film Gets 2016 Release Date
Paramount Pictues has dated Robert Zemeckis’ untitled Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard drama for Nov. 23, 2016.

From Paramount and GK Films, the film is based on an original story by Steve Knight and is produced by Graham King, who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey.

The story will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with Jack Rapke Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan serving as executive producers.

Zemeckis most recently helmed Sony’s “The Walk.” Pitt is currently filming the Netflix dramedy “War Machine” while Cotillard is filming “Assassin’s Creed.”
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Paramount Dates Robert Zemeckis’ Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard Film For Fall 2016

Paramount Dates Robert Zemeckis’ Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard Film For Fall 2016
Robert Zemeckis’ next movie, a sweeping romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, will be released on November 23, 2016, Paramount Pictures said today. The epic project scripted by Steven Knight and produced by Graham King and his Gk Films banner is also being produced by Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O'Sullivan are also listed as EPs. Zemeckis’ previous collaboration at Paramount was Flight which made $161.8M…
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Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard to Play Spies and Lovers in Robert Zemeckis’ WWII Movie

Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard to Play Spies and Lovers in Robert Zemeckis’ WWII Movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing for Paramount and New Regency, TheWrap has learned. Zemeckis is also producing the romantic spy drama with his longtime collaborator Steve Starkey as well as Graham King. Steven Knight wrote the script and will serve as an executive producer alongside Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan. Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to.
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Marion Cotillard to Star With Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis’ Spy Thriller

Marion Cotillard to Star With Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis’ Spy Thriller
Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to co-star with Brad Pitt in Paramount, New Regency and Graham King’s untitled period spy thriller.

Robert Zemeckis is directing the pic from a script by Steven Knight.

King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.

The pairing of Pitt and Cotillard was almost not meant to be as the shoot date for this movie did not initially work with Cotillard’s schedule. She will next shoot the Fox and New Regency action pic “Assassin’s Creed” with Michael Fassbender.

Production for “Assassin’s Creed” begins at the end of the summer and would have overlapped with the Pitt film,
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Pitt Joins Zemeckis' Romantic Thriller

Brad Pitt will team with filmmaker Robert Zemeckis ("Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump") for a currently untitled romantic thriller at Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency.

Specific details about the plot are unknown. Steven Knight ("The Hundred-Foot Journey," "Dirty Pretty Things") penned the script with Zemeckis, Graham King and Steve Starkey producing.

Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O'Sullivan will serve as executive producers.

Source: Variety
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Brad Pitt, Robert Zemeckis team up

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Brad Pitt will star for Robert Zemeckis in an epic drama for Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency based on an original story by Steve Knight.

Graham King developed the project with Zemeckis and Steve Starkey and produces through his Gk Films label, with Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan serving as executive producers.

Zemeckis most recently directed Flight for Paramount after famously collaborating on Forrest Gump. He is in post on The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

King and Knight are partnered on French thriller remake The Red Circle.
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Brad Pitt to Star in Romantic Thriller from Robert Zemeckis

Brad Pitt will star in an untitled romantic thriller for Paramount with Robert Zemeckis directing from a Steve Knight script.

Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.

Pitt was last seen in “Fury” and recently finished filming “By the Sea” with spouse Angelina Jolie, who’s starring and directing.

Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.

King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “The Red Circle,” a remake of
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson | Review

Director: Robert Altman Writers: Arthur Kopit (play Indians), Alan Rudolph (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) Starring: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan F. Nicholls, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Denver Pyle, Frank Kaquitts, Will Sampson, Pat McCormick, Shelley Duvall, Burt Lancaster Thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics, there’s now an excuse to revisit a film you […]
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2015 Preview Includes New Images From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And Pan

For the second consecutive year, Warner Bros. Pictures International has exceeded the coveted $3 billion mark at the international box office. This benchmark comes on the heels of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, which surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend and is still going strong.

Nine Warner Bros. Pictures films have exceeded $100 million internationally, topped by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with Paramount Pictures), which has taken in an astounding $467 million outside of the U.S. to date, and Godzilla (with Legendary Pictures), which has earned $327 million overseas.

Four titles – Doug Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow (with Village Roadshow Pictures), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie (also with Village Roadshow Pictures), and Noam Murro and Zack Snyder’s 300: Rise Of An Empire (with Legendary), along with the 2014 spillover grosses from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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Ida and Find File Amicus Brief in Closely-Watched Ninth Circuit Copyright Case

Guest post by recent USC Law grad Rom Bar-Nissim ’13, who was on the legal team on the brief. Clinic interns Patrick Boyle and Patrick McCormick also worked on the project.

On April 15, 2014, the International Documentary Association and Film Independent filed an amicus brief in the Garcia v. Google case in the Ninth Circuit. The brief was prepared by the legal team of Gary L. Bostwick, Jack Lerner, Michael C. Donaldson, Lincoln D. Bandlow and Rom Bar-Nissim.

Garcia v. Google is a copyright case brought by an actress in the ...
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Could You Make the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Beer Run in 28 Hours or Less?

When people mention the year in film for 1977, everyone stampedes towards Star Wars. There’s good reason for that, considering it was one of the biggest hits of all time and spawned careers, sequels, and an entire movie effects industry. However, a lot more happened in 1977 than just Luke Skywalker leaving his desert home on Tattooine. Smokey and the Bandit was the fourth-highest grossing film of the year (after Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, and of course the aforementioned battle against the Death Star). It raked in more than $126m at the box office and was even nominated for an Oscar (for Best Editing, losing again to that pesky George Lucas flick). The 70s was a different time, and it wasn’t uncommon for a fun little comedy to take the top spot without being a massive release like we see today. The times were also different then because Coors beer, the
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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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