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Hal Needham, director of 'Smokey & The Bandit,' 'Cannonball Run,' dies

85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon - Inside

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Honorary Award recipient Hal Needham (C) speaks at the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills.


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Hal Needham arrives at the 2012 Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Dec. 1, 2012.

An Evening With Stuntman Hal Needham

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An Evening With Stuntman Hal Needham on June 15, 2011 in Los Angeles.

An Evening With Stuntman Hal Needham

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An Evening With Stuntman Hal Needham on June 15, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Deana Martin Celebrates Her Book, "Memories Are Made Of This"

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Hal Needham attends the Deana Martin celebrates her Book, "Memories Are Made Of This" event at DaVinci Ristorante on Nov. 17, 2004 in Beverly Hills.

Hal Needham, the famed stuntman-turned-director, has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter, citing producer Gale Anne Hurd. He was 82. He died in Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to Hurd.


Needham became known as a stuntman with his work on "Have Gun, Will Travel" and did the stunts in movies like "How the West Was Won" and "Little Big Man." He was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds, but moved on to direct him in a movie he also wrote, "Smokey and the Bandit."


Needham and Reynolds also teamed on movies like "Hooper" and "The Cannonball Run."


Several celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Needham's passing, including former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Needham directed Schwarzenegger in one of his early films from the 1970s, "The Villain."


VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger yells your favorite lines to promote 'Escape Plan'

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Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone attend "Escape Plan" New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk on Oct. 15, 2013 in New York City.

Former California governor/action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger really wants you to go see his new movie “Escape Plan,” so he’s taken to Reddit to give his fans what they really want: Him yelling your favorite lines on video.

As Schwarzenegger explains, “Whenever I go to an event, someone asks me to yell out one of my lines. Even when I walk into Starbucks, people scream at me to ‘Get to the choppa.’” So, since he’s already done an AMA Q&A, he decided on a new course of action: “I thought it would be fun to offer myself to yell out all of your favorite lines.”

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He also notes that he’s on set for another film, but planned to yell them out when he had time over the course of the day.

“I can’t wait to scream one of my wilder lines and scare the crew.”

He started out with a line from “Escape Plan,” taking a shot at vegetarians in the process:


VIDEO: Superman's 75th anniversary celebrated in amazing animation

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

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An animated short showing the history of DC Comics' Superman.

It’s Superman’s 75th anniversary, and DC Comics dropped some fan service on Superman fans to celebrate that 75 years. In a two-minute short, they cover the character’s history with beautiful animation, bringing to life the cover of Action Comics #1 and going from there.

The video premiered at New York Comic Con last weekend, then was released widely online this week. It was produced by Zack Snyder, director of the most recent Superman movie, and longtime DC Comics animation guru Bruce Timm.

Timm said at a panel that it was difficult to decide what got in, comic book news site Newsarama reports. “The worst part was not being able to have everything,” Timm said.

It starts with the iconic Superman theme from the 1978 film, composed by John Williams, before leading into the modern Superman theme from 2013’s “Man of Steel” by Hans Zimmer.


The Mighty Boosh cancels Largo comedy show due to government shutdown

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The Mighty Boosh, including Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt Perform in the street during the switching on of Stella McCartney's London store Christmas Lights on Nov. 23, 2009 in London, England.

The Mighty Boosh Festival 2008

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Rich Fulcher and Noel Fielding perform live on stage with the Boosh band during The Mighty Boosh Festival at The Hop Farm on July 5, 2008 in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. 30,000 people attended the one day comedy and music festival, with The Charlatans, The Kills, Gary Numan and stars from TV comedy, The Mighty Boosh performing live.

Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 - Arrivals

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Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt of the Mighty Boosh arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 at Brixton Academy on Feb. 24, 2010 in London, England.

British comedy group the Mighty Boosh was scheduled to play the Largo theater in Los Angeles on Thursday night, but the show’s been canceled — thanks to the government shutdown.

According to an email sent by Largo to ticket holders, the shutdown delayed the visa process, which in turn delayed when they’re going to be able to fly to the States, ultimately leaving L.A. comedy fans in the lurch when it comes to seeing them.

The theater said they were looking into scheduling a make-up show that but that it would be unlikely, and said they would be offering full refunds to everyone if no show was possible or transfer the ticket to the rescheduled show.

They were still scheduled to play Festival Supreme on Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier. That’s a comedy show put together by comedy band Tenacious D which has a comedy nerd’s dream as a lineup, with cult favorites like Mr. Show and Tim & Eric, along with standups like Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and even Adam Sandler.


Dodgers series: 4 ways to follow the game while you're at work

NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while at bat in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 15, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Do you want to track the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, but do it undercover? Maybe you want to keep an eye on the boys in blue but have an office job that gives you checks in black and white, and you want to keep your bleeding red for your favorite team from sending your bank account into the red as well. Or maybe you just aren’t going to have access to a TV during the game. Here are four ways to check the Dodgers playoffs games out.

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1. Track what’s happening with MLB.tv’s free Gameday service

Want to see what’s going on as if the Dodgers game was a video game? You have to pay if you want to watch video (with alternate angles!) or listen to audio on MLB.tv, and postseason video is blacked out anyway, but you can watch virtual avatars simulating the game live with Major League Baseball’s Gameday for free, lines tracking the arc of the pitch and more. There’s even a “Gameday Mini” mode you can click on that pops the game out into a separate smaller window, for ease of use while you work on something else — or at least while you pretend to.