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  • The 20 Coolest Things In the Films of Hal Needham

    Hollywood lost a true legend today with the passing of legendary stuntman and director Hal Needham, who through the 1970's and 80's created the good time genre that would come to be known as "Redneck Cinema" with films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run."

    The day of the gum-chewing Burt Reynolds blockbusters may have passed, but its moment will forever bring a smile to the faces of all who lived through it. Here's our list of the coolest moments from the films of a cinematic original.

    Jerry Reed's Hound dog Flash

    Flash from "Smokey and the Bandit"

    Sally Field changing out of her wedding dress while driving in the Bandit.

    Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit"

    Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit"

    Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit"

    In the role of "Frog."

    Bandit in "Smokey and the Bandit

    Bandit

    1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am. Classic

    "Eastbound and Down" - the coolest theme song ever recorded.

    The great Jackie Gleeson as Buford T. Justice


    The jet-powered flying motorcycle sequence of "Megaforce"

    1. Burt Reynolds Moustache.

    The facial hair that defined an era.

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  • Ever have an awkward awards show run-in?

    That's the question Yahoo Movies posed to celebs at the Hollywood Film Awards earlier this week.

    Juliette Lewis is in "August: Osage County," which won an award that evening for its ensemble cast. And when we spoke with the 40-year-old actress, she was quite pleased with herself for coming up with this awards show zinger from her youth: She spit her gum out of her mouth … at the Oscars!

    The awkward part was that Harvey Keitel was there to witness it all — and he was rolled with laughter at the sight. "I was 19 and full of social graces — not," Lewis joked.

    It was 1992, when Lewis was nominated for her supporting role in "Cape Fear" and Keitel had snagged a nom for his supporting role in "Bugsy."

    [VIDEO: Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones: Stars (and Harrison Ford Himself!) Weigh In]

    Lewis and Pitt at the 1992 OscarsLewis and Pitt at the 1992 Oscars (Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage)Um, Juliette, you forgot to mention the part about your Academy Awards escort! You see, back then she was dating Brad Pitt, and was on his arm at the event. (But did he do

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  • Things are certainly looking up for "Ender's Game," as early reviews are pretty positive for the big-budget sci-fi film adapted from Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel. The story revolves around the fact that the fate of humankind has been placed in the hands of an ace space warrior who hasn't even hit puberty yet.

    "Ender's Game" seemed all but doomed upon the recent controversy involving Card's outspoken views against gay rights. It hasn't helped that recent young adult book-to-screen adaptations such as "Beautiful Creatures," "The Host," and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" have all flopped pretty hard at the box office.

    However, while Summit Entertainment may not quite have their new "Twilight" with "Ender's Game," it's at least a film being praised for its thematic maturity. Like the first "The Hunger Games" installment, "Ender's" explores complex issues, including the consequences of violence and maintaining humanity and morality during wartime with intelligence and insight.

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  • Isaiah Washington in "Blue Caprice"Isaiah Washington in "Blue Caprice" (Photo Credit: IFC FIlms)

    Isaiah Washington has had his ups and downs in Hollywood. Still, the disgraced "Grey’s Anatomy" TV star, 50, has come out swinging with an Oscar-worthy performance as a serial killer in the critically-acclaimed “Blue Caprice,” which landed him a Best Actor nomination yesterday from the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

    He shared a contrarian perspective on whether the many African American roles potentially contending for the Academy Award this year – in "12 Years a Slave" and "The Butler," for example -- represent a step forward for Hollywood.

    "Killers and slaves, butlers and maids: it sounds like it’s going to be a great Oscar night for people," Washington told Yahoo Movies while discussing his intense portrait of a character based on John Allen Muhammad, the senior partner in the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002. The "Los Angeles Times" praised the film as "a superb, slow-boil thriller." Critic Gary Goldstein went on to compliment the performances: "The film -- with some creative

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  • 10 Movies We Won’t Be Seeing in 2013 (but Were Supposed To)

    Chris Pine in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"Chris Pine in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (Photo Credit: Paramount)

    At this rate, there won't be any movies coming out this holiday season!

    We're exaggerating, of course, but what was looking like the most overcrowded holiday movie season ever is now shaping up to be a bit more manageable as two high-profile titles got dumped from their December release dates this week: Kenneth Branagh's spy franchise reboot "Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent" and George Clooney's WWII drama "The Monuments Men."

    These films are just the latest to have been crossed off the 2013 calendar. Below you'll find a list of movies we were supposed to have seen or be seeing this year but that were pushed to 2014 for one reason or another.

    1. "Foxcatcher"

    "Moneyball" and "Capote" director Bennett Miller once again mines real life for the dramatic with this adaptation of Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz's autobiography. Channing Tatum stars as Schultz, whose brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), another Olympic wrestling champion, was murdered by John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carell, in

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  • Theo James Gives Us a Chemistry Lesson on the Set of ‘Divergent’

    "What's up gurrrl?" Theo James says as Shailene Woodley strolls by on the set of "Divergent," his eyebrows going in all directions.

    This cheeky flirtation is in stark contrast to the cold, grey buildings surrounding us on the site of Abnegation, the "selfless" faction of the film's futuristic society, in downtown Chicago.

    Seeing as he was a virtually unknown actor – well, except for that small but unforgettable turn on "Downton Abbey" – before being cast in the coveted role of Four, the big love interest for Woodley's Tris, it should be a relief for fans to see such chemistry. And the jokes didn't stop there.

    Theo James and Shailene Woodley in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    "I took her out to McDonalds and we had two shakes," he said when we asked if they did anything to build their relationship. After expressing our own shock that they didn't just order one shake with two straws, he added, "We didn't do that – we thought that was too cliché."

    Touché. But, according to director Neil Burger, it was James's strength, not his sense of humor, that won

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  • Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) in Paramount Pictures's 'Bad Grandpa'.

    Forget about his age, nine-year-old Jackson Nicoll delivers the comedy performance of the year in "Bad Grandpa," the next big shocking comedy from Johnny Knoxville and his band of merry Jackass pranksters.

    Nicoll hadn't even been born with the first "Jackass" movie hit theaters in 2002, but the budding star got Knoxville to double over in laughter (and in pain) when the pair sat down with Yahoo Movies in Las Vegas. Watch the hilarious duo in action:

    "Bad Grandpa" returns Knoxville to some familiarly funny territory; he's been dressing up like 86-year-old Irving Zisman and messing with unsuspecting real people for several years now. But in this new movie, Irving's got his little grandson Billy (Nicoll) to add a whole new, dastardly chunk of hilarious bait to the hook. The two of them set off across America, ostensibly to reunite Billy with his long-lost dirtbag father, but actually it's just a good reason to go mess with innocent people.

    The fact that poor, unsuspecting folks get so

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  • Is ‘Halloween’ Still Scary 35 Years Later?

    John Carpenter's Halloween

    We showed the film to 10 Millennials for the first time.

    John Carpenter's "Halloween" changed the rules of horror filmmaking when it was released 35 years ago today, taking cues from Hitchcock's "Psycho" and shaping the "slasher" movie as we now know it.

    The film about masked killer Michael Myers's holiday rampage in a sleepy Illinois suburb is recognized as bona fide classic, and generally considered one of the most frightening movies of all time. Of course, the voting body for many of the lists that "Halloween" (which Anchor Bay is celebrating with a 35th anniversary Blu-ray) tops remembers when the film opened in theaters, or discovered it on VHS in the '80s or on DVD in the '90s.

    What about for younger generations who have witnessed horror's dramatic evolution in the decades since? Do the film's shock tactics still work on an audience accustomed to more advanced effects, bloodier, gorier murders, and more sadistically deranged "torture porn" villains? Just how much as the film

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  • Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in 'Rushmore,' 1998 (Photo: Everett Collection)Hollywood is certainly full of filthy rich movie stars. Celebs like Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and Angelina Jolie have been able to command $20 million-plus paydays at one point or another in their careers. And, more often than not, the return on the investment has proven to be sweet indeed as their respective movies make ultra-bank at the box office.

    You might think that big-name actors like George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Brad Pitt, and even an "Avengers" star or two always bring in the big paychecks. However, sometimes a superstar will take a severe pay cut. Many don't make as much money much as you might expect.

    Take Bill Murray, for example. The man's one of the most beloved actors of all time, a national treasure who fits right in with big studio movies like "Ghostbusters" as much as quirky indies like Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control." One of his most popular roles is Herman Blume, a successful yet depressed businessman who becomes the unlikely best friend and

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    Luke Skywalker has lost Little Miss Sunshine as his wingman.

    In a surprising move Thursday, Lucasfilm announced that Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt was out as the screenwriter for the hugely anticipated "Star Wars Episode VII," replaced by the tag-team of Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, who is also directing.

    [RELATED: R2's Detour — Abrams Uses Unlikely Hero to Bridge Franchises ]

    "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy wrote on StarWars.com. "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a 'Star Wars' story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right."

    Despite the screenwriting switcheroo, the sequel remains on schedule to begin shooting next spring at Britain's Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

    The bona fides

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