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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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Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times

Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times
Burt Reynolds has seen both sides of America, and he stands at the center of a great divide. Shortly before Hillary Clinton announced her second presidential campaign, Reynolds joined her and Bill for a high school football game in Arkansas. The actor has deep roots in the state, where he’d shot the early ’90s show “Evening Shade” and the 1973 rural action drama “White Lightning.” In the audience with the Clintons, Reynolds found himself witnessing a very different country from the fast-paced world of entertainment figures and political pundits.

“Nobody paid much attention to us,” said Reynolds, 80, during a recent conversation in Key West, Florida. “It was a hell of a lot of fun. I love Bill. Mrs. Clinton and I had a lot of laughs. I had never that experience any place, before or since.” The crowd was respectful but ambivalent about the famous faces in the room. “It was important to them,
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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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Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More

Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”

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Film Festival Roundup: Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, To Save and Project Reveals Slate And More

Film Festival Roundup: Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, To Save and Project Reveals Slate And More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The Philadelphia Film Society has announced the full film lineup of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 20 – October 30 on four theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Opening on October 20 with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land “and closing on October 30 with “Arrival,” the 11-day festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year. The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now right here.

– The San Francisco Film Society has announced the lineup of programs for the second annual Doc Stories festival, November 3 – 6 at the Vogue Theatre, the Castro Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Doc Stories gives the
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MonsterFest 2016: A Gunfight, Deadly Relatives and an Autopsy Lead First Wave of Titles

MonsterFest is coming! Prepare yourselves, Melbourne, Australia, for your fill of fantastic film delights at the end of November. The first wave of titles was announced today and there are heaps of goodness coming to Melbs.    Attendees will see Ben Wheatley's Free FireAndré Øvredal's The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and Mattie Do's Dearest Sister. There is a documentary that sounds very intersting, The Bandit, about the friendship between Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned director Hal Needham during the filming of Smokey and the Bandit.    There is the proverbial lots more in the first wave and still more to come. You will find descriptions of all the titles included so far in festival below. We will keep you posted when the next films are announced.   ...

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Key West Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Critics Focus Program

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Key West Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Critics Focus Program
The Key West Film Festival announced today its second annual Critics Focus program, to be curated by David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone and Amy Nicholson, Chief Film Critic of MTV. Attending critics will serve as the jury for the first annual Key West Film Festival Critic’s Prize.

Read More: Key West Film Festival Announces Brett Ratner Scholarship, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn to Curate Critics Focus

As part of the Critics Focus program, Fear has curated Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film “Manchester by the Sea” and will feature a conversation by David and Nicholson after the film. Nicholson will curate the other Centerpiece film, to be announced next month.

Other participating film critics and journalists attending the festival this year include Eric Kohn, Chief Critic of IndieWire, who serves on the festival’s advisory board; Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic of The Washington Post; Steve Dollar,
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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek

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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek
Similar to how Smokey and the Bandit is held together by the friendship between Bandit and Snowman, the film's production was made possible by the bond between star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham. In an exclusive clip from The Bandit, the upcoming documentary about the making of the iconic 1977 film, Reynolds talks about his close relationship with Needham, who died in 2013. "If he'd been a woman, we'd have had a great marriage," Reynolds, now 80, says of his best friend, roommate and stunt double. Other interviewees speak about Needham's dedication to the low-budget film, which served as his directorial debut
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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek

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Burt Reynolds Looks Back on Making Iconic Smokey and the Bandit in Exclusive Sneak Peek
Similar to how Smokey and the Bandit is held together by the friendship between Bandit and Snowman, the film's production was made possible by the bond between star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham. In an exclusive clip from The Bandit, the upcoming documentary about the making of the iconic 1977 film, Reynolds talks about his close relationship with Needham, who died in 2013. "If he'd been a woman, we'd have had a great marriage," Reynolds, now 80, says of his best friend, roommate and stunt double. Other interviewees speak about Needham's dedication to the low-budget film, which served as his directorial debut
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Burt Reynolds & Hal Needham Documentary ‘The Bandit’ Gets Premiere Date On Cmt

Cmt has slotted Saturday, August 6, 10 Pm for the premiere of its original documentary The Bandit about Burt Reynolds and his best friend and stuntman Hal Needham and their making of iconic film Smokey and the Bandit. The film, which premiered earlier this year at SXSW to critical praise, tells the story of the making of the film while tracing the personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom. It features new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive…
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Daily | San Francisco 2016

The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson
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Daily | San Francisco 2016

The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson
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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance
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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival

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Us Briefs: 'Love & Friendship' to open San Francisco International Film Festival
Plus: Warner Bros dates Annabelle 2, Untitled event movie; FilmRise acquires The Bad Kids

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the Big Nights selections for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 21–May 5.

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will open the festival and the closing night selection is Jesse Moss’ documentary The Bandit (pictured), a look at the making of the Burt Reynolds film Smokey And The Bandit.

James Schamus’ feature directorial debut Indignation is the Centrepiece selection.

Warner Bros has scheduled a raft of 2017 releases and announced on Tuesday it will open the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow comedy Fist Fight on February 17. New Line’s horror film Annabelle 2 will debut on May 19, Untitled WB Event Film on August 11, and Ben Affleck crime drama Live By Night on October 20.FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s Sundance
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San Francisco Film Festival Kicks Off with Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

San Francisco Film Festival Kicks Off with Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'
The two-week-long 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) launches Opening Night with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy of manners "Love & Friendship" (Amazon/Roadside Attractions, May 13), starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. The movie debuted at Sundance, along with another literary adaptation, writer-producer-turned-director James Schamus's "Indignation" (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, 2016), a 50s coming-of-age story starring Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon, which is based on a Philip Roth novel and will play April 30th in the festival's Centerpiece slot. Read More: Whit Stillman Q & A Read More: How James Schamus Made His Directing Debut with 'Indignation' (Exclusive Video) The Festival will close on May 5th with Bay Area director Jesse Moss’ documentary "The Bandit," a look at how Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham made the high-speed pursuit classic "Smokey and the...
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Burt Reynolds Recalls Bra-Tossing Fans, Dumb Dogs and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (Video)

Burt Reynolds Recalls Bra-Tossing Fans, Dumb Dogs and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (Video)
Even at age 80, Burt Reynolds can still command the attention of the ladies. “Somebody threw a bra at you yesterday after the screening,” noted Jesse Moss, the director of “The Bandit,” a new documentary about the ’70s superstar’s relationship with stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham. “It didn’t fit,” Reynolds quipped in an interview with TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Also Read: Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley Talk 'Shovel Buddies' at SXSW (Video) Reynolds recounted his admiration for Needham. “He was the most amazing guy I ever knew,” the actor said. “If they had
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SXSW: Five Questions for The Bandit Director Jesse Moss

Jesse Moss’ documentaries often take on heavy material, and his last film — 2014’s The Overnighters — was no exception. The experience of profiling pastor Jay Reinke — a North Dakota minister whose decision to open up his congregation to homeless laborers seeking oil field work placed him at odds with his flock — took a heavy toll on Moss. His new documentary The Bandit is a completely different kind of movie, an archival-based profile of Burt Reynolds and his good friend Hal Needham. Moss examines their complicated relationship through the making of 1977’s Needham-directed Smokey and the Bandit, a film still in regular circulation […]
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‘The Bandit’ Clip: Reynolds, Needham & One Badass Making-Of Docu Crashes SXSW

‘The Bandit’ Clip: Reynolds, Needham & One Badass Making-Of Docu Crashes SXSW
Exclusive: Here’s the first glimpse at Jesse Moss’ feature documentary The Bandit, a firsthand look at Burt Reynolds, his best friend/roommate and one of Hollywood’s most famous stuntmen Hal Needham, and the making of their iconic 1977 movie Smokey & The Bandit. The docu has its world premiere Saturday at SXSW in the Special Events sidebar; Reynolds is set to intro the film for its noon screening at the Paramount Theater. It features new interviews with Reynolds, rare…
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