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
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 CareLiving.org donation page.”
The family adds, “A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates
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.
“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,
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,
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 Reynolds – Deliverance/Boogie Nights) accepts a challenge from shady businessmen Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick – Scrooged) 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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
These films were actually shot all at once but ultimately released as two separate films telling one long story. As the musketeer with a dark past, Oliver Reed provides a lot of the heart and soul in these very entertaining and well-made films. Technically, since we have to isolate one film for our fantasy nomination, it would be The Four Musketeers as his role is more prominent in that film. Reed’s reunion scene with Faye Dunaway’s Milady is superb as is Reed’s intense swordplay with an array of opponents including Christopher Lee. An underrated actor whose career was damaged by well-documented alcohol problems and notorious off-screen behavior, Reed still logged in some truly incredible acting performances over the course of his career. His portrayal of Athos is definitely one of them.
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