• Film historian Bruce Crawford is at it again, specifically for the 33rd time: he can’t stop! For the 50th Anniversary of The Great Escape, Crawford has corralled star David McCallum (currently on TV’s “NCIS”) to introduce the film and sign some autographs. And you can see the motorcycle Steve McQueen rode in the film! Okay, it’s a replica, but I promise it’s the real Crawford and McCallum. The event is Nov 9 at 7 pm at the Josyln Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall. The $22 ticket price will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association; you can snag them at Hy-Vee food stores or by calling (402).932.7200, so it’s incredibly easy to break in to The Great Escape.
  • Having learned nothing by creating the single most mocked holiday program of all time, the gang in charge of Star Wars wants to do “Darth Vader themed TV specials” in Summer of 2014 as a lead up to Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. It was a vague revelation presented at The European Brand Licensing Show, so it could mean anything. Right now I’m hoping it means Darth Vader just shows up on random shows. Fingers crossed he appears on “Modern Family” and Alderaans the place.
  • Pixar, intent on selling what remains of their once-sterling reputation for as much money as possible, is developing Cars 3. Nevermind that Cars 2 was their lowest-rated film and didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film like usual, the important thing is that Larry the Cable guy will get at least one more paycheck before being forcibly relocated to the island of exile we keep Yakov Smirnoff on.
  • This is too good not to share: Michael Bay was attacked by a man using an air conditioner as a weapon on the set of Transformers 4. This is a real thing. Paramount confirmed that a dude jacked on all of the drugs swung an air conditioner at Bay’s head. So at least one person saw Pain and Gain.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

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