Star Wars was the highest grossing film in the United States in 1977, but do you know what movie sits in the #2 spot? It’s the high speed action comedy Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed and a slew of impressive car chases and crashes. Now, 43 years after the movie kicked off a franchise, there’s a Smokey and the Bandit TV series in the works from Universal Content Productions, and it’ll be produced by some heavy-hitting comedic talent. Read More »
Last week we were sad to learn about the passing of screen icon Burt Reynolds. Unfortunately, the actor died before he was able to shoot his role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, fans of the actor will still have a chance to catch Burt Reynolds on the big screen one more time.
AMC Theatres is bringing the high-speed bootlegging action comedy Smokey and the Bandit, which features one of the most iconic performances of Burt Reynolds’ career, back to theaters for a little over a week. Find out when and where you can see Smokey and the Bandit in theaters below. Read More »
(Welcome to Cinematic Inspirations, a series where filmmakers talk about the movies that inspired their latest release. In this edition: the second of two conversations with Edgar Wright on the movies that inspired Baby Driver.)
Leading up to the release of Baby Driver, director Edgar Wright was a guest programmer at the British Film Institute for a series of films under the banner Car Car Land. The filmmaker rounded up 10 of the movies that influenced Baby Driver in some way for cinephiles in London to enjoy. Since not everyone can attend those screenings and hear all the wonderful things he has to say about these movies, some of which he introduced himself, we wanted to hear from the man himself why he loves these movies and how they inspired his new film, which is being called a “dazzling car chase musical.”
A little over a week ago, we had an extensive phone call with Edgar Wright where he laid down his passion for these 10 movies and provided some fun facts. Since this is such an extensive conversation, we’ve split it up into two parts.
Below is part two of this feature, which covers the second five movies, and you’d do well to read the first part before you go any further.
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Drive Angry 3D Director/Co-Writer Patrick Lussier and Co-Writer Todd Farmer have provided us with a list of their favorite movie car chases. It’s worth noting that Lussier was just selected as one of Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch. Drive Angry hits theaters on February 25th 2011. Check out the list after the jump.
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