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“Cars 3” teaser trailer released

“Cars 3” teaser trailer released

Disney released a teaser trailer Monday morning for the Disney-Pixar animated film, “Cars 3,” which will be in theaters June 16. So Lightning McQueen obviously suffers a sort of catastrophic race crash during the film, reminiscent of Strip “The King”…

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Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Filmmaker March Mercanti will premiere his documentary about Harley Russell of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday at the San Jose International Short Film Festival. The nearly 14-minute film is titled simply “Harley.” Here is the summary: Despite living…

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

The Missouri History Museum has been working on a documentary, “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri,” for about a year. The 90-minute film will premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in…

Tow Tater, aka Tow Mater, has a competitor in Missouri Mater

Tow Tater, aka Tow Mater, has a competitor in Missouri Mater

A lot of Route 66 folks know of Tow Tater, the 1951 International boom truck on Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, that served as the direct inspiration to the Tow Mater character in the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars.” But barely…

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque’s Safe City Task Force took over control of the Desert Sands Motel after the property experienced a third fire there since May. The Route 66 motel faces an Oct. 1 deadline to make a good-faith effort to repair the property or…

Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

The historic Circle Cinema in Tulsa will screen the cult-classic based on Route 66, “Bagdad Cafe,” on Thursday night as part of the Mother Road Revival festivities. The screening of “Bagdad Cafe” is slated for 7 p.m., but a reception will…

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

The longtime owners of the Milagro gas station west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, will retire by the end of August. The future of the Route 66 landmark remains unknown. Last week’s print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator reported Rudy…

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

I missed this when it was uploaded a few weeks ago, but this seven-minute film about the 1928 Trans-American Footrace, aka Bunion Derby, encapsulates the amazing Route 66 sports event as well as anything you’ll likely see. The film was produced by…

“The Leisure Seeker” film gets a Grade-A cast

“The Leisure Seeker” film gets a Grade-A cast

The good news is the film version of Michael Zadoorian’s Route 66 novel “The Leisure Seeker” will star Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren in the lead roles, and filming will begin later this year. The bad news is the film won’t take place…

Upcoming “Sinatoro” comic will become a television series

Upcoming “Sinatoro” comic will become a television series

“Sinatoro,” a forthcoming comic created by Grant Morrison, will be turned into a television series by Universal Television and filmmakers Chris and Paul Weitz. The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop over the weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. It reported:…

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