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Deadline posted a clip earlier today from Jesse Moss’s documentary, THE BANDIT, which premieres this weekend at SXSW in Austin. Word has it that none other than The Bandit himself — Burt Reynolds who recently turned 80 — will be there to intro the doc when it unspools at the historic Paramount Theater.

NOTE: It may have been changed by now, but in Deadline’s first post they listed the year of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT’s release as 1997. We all know better. The movie was the runaway hit of 1977.

Here’s a clip from The Bandit

Burt Reynolds. Eddie Murphy. And now Sylvester Stallone. I think it’s time we do away with the conventional wisdom that the Academy loves the sentimental win for acting awards. Yes, maybe Leo’s win for Best Actor was in many ways an “it’s his time” award but his team had plenty to back up his case for winning. (Even though Tom Hardy had the better role and better performance in that film.) Stallone was the sentimental favorite last night and all the pundits confidently called it for him. I make Oscar picks on a continuum of rarely-to-never but even I got caught up in the Rocky Balboa nostalgia. I told anyone who asked that the only lock at the Oscars this year was Stallone for Best Supporting Actor. Pundits pointed to Mark Rylance as a close second who would be back and win someday. Everyone recognized his performance as the best thing about BRIDGE OF SPIES. But those of us who picked Sylvester Stallone believed this was probably his last hurrah. (And Stallone’s performance is one of the many things to appreciate about CREED.) So, just like Burt who people thought was a lock for BOOGIE NIGHTS, and Eddie Murphy – a lock for  DREAMGIRLS, now Stallone goes home empty handed.

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night. Might scan through the DVR today and watch a few highlights. I saw posts on social media that indicated the broadcast was less than stellar but the awards themselves were fresh and surprising. What did you think? I’d be interested to know.

This past Thursday night I got to attend the opening of the new Alex Israel & Bret Easton Ellis show at the Gagosian in Beverly Hills. Larry Gagosian opens a new exhibit at his space on Camden Drive every year on the Thursday before the Academy Awards. It’s a little bit of a scene. Yadda, yadda, yadda, I met Sir Elton John and then we ate at Nate & Al’s. Not Sir Elton and I but a few others of us who attended the event. Here’s THR’s profile on Alex Israel in connection with this opening. And here’s one of the pieces from the show:

 

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A piece from the Alex Israel / Bret Easton Ellis exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills. 02.25.16

Burt Reynolds Starting Over

Burt Reynolds as Phil Potter in STARTING OVER (d. Pakula, 1979 Paramount)

STARTING OVER (R, 105 min., Paramount, Feb. 10, 1979)

Roger Ebert was hard on STARTING OVER. He compared it unfavorably to the much lauded, zeitgeisty AN UMARRIED WOMAN in which starred Jilly Clayburgh the year before STARTING OVER came out. Despite Ebert’s misgivings both Bergen and Clayburgh received Academy Award nominations for their work in STARTING OVER. This movie may not be classic but it is definitely one for the time capsule in terms of the late 70s/early 80s mores and memes that are on display. Reynolds was at the top of his power in Hollywood – moving from drama, action, comedy (light & dark) at will. And look at the names in the main credit block – not a kid in the bunch but still all so young and vital in 1979.

 

Director: Alan J. Pakula, Writer: James L. Brooks, Producers: Alan J. Pakula and James L. Brooks, Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist, Composer: Marvin Hamlisch, Editor: Marion Rothman, Casting Director: Juliet Taylor, Production Designer: George Jenkins

CAST: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen

 

Watched on DVD from Paramount

*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.

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