Burt Reynolds at Film & Music Festival

Burt Reynolds, Gerald McRaney and C. Thomas Howell are among the celebrities expected to attend Sun & Sand: The Mississippi Film & Music Festival, which will be Oct. 16-26, according to the festival’s website.

This year’s festival will be held mostly at Cinemark in Gulfport, with a special, invitation-only screening of “Category 5″ at Keesler Air Force Base.

Conversations with the stars are scheduled; Reynolds on Oct. 21 and McRaney on Oct. 18. Times and locations are to be announced.

Source: sunherald.com
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Burt Reynolds Memoir Due in 2015

Burt Reynolds is telling his life story in memoir But Enough About Me, publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced today.

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The book will be co-written with Jon Winkour, who collaborated with James Garner on his New York Times best-selling memoir The Garner Files. Reynolds pal Jon Voight is contributing a foreword. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015.

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The book promises to cover both his great movies, his celebrated romances and his friendship with such Hollywood legends as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra,Clint Eastwood and Johnny Carson.

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Said Reynolds in a statement, “Setting the record straight is something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and with this book I will. This will be a project that will go into many areas I have never discussed.”

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Added Putnam’s Sons executive editor Kerri Kolen, “Whether you adore him as a megawatt movie star, a sex symbol, a TV star or simply a cultural icon with an unforgettable mustache and waggish sense of humor, Burt Reynolds is beloved by fans across generations and demographics. In his new memoir, he will pull out all the stops and share his singular and unforgettable stories — from the jaw-dropping to the heart-rending.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Watch Burt now!!!

“Category 5″ (recently opened in European Markets.)

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A series of disastrous geological coincidences occur creating a perfect storm scenario and forming the largest hurricane in human history. One family is derailed by a series of interconnected events while trying to survive the storm.

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Chelsea Kane and Burt Reynolds.

 

“Hamlet & Hutch” (On demand)

Hutch, an aging Broadway star suffering from Alzheimer’s, his great grand-daughters and a dog are united by their love of the theater. Together this trio proves that anything is possible if you believe.

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Starring: Burt Reynolds, Emma Rayne Lyle and  Elizabeth Leiner.

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Burt Reynolds will pay a visit to “Fast N’ Loud”.

Richard Rawlings (left), Burt Reynolds and Aaron Kaufman flank.

Richard Rawlings (left), Burt Reynolds and Aaron Kaufman flank.

Burt Reynolds will pay a visit to “Fast N’ Loud”.

The show’s hosts, Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman, are devoting two episodes of the popular Monday-night Discovery series to Reynolds’ cult-classic 1977 action movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”

In the movie, which co-starred Sally Field, Reynolds played a legendary truck driver, Bo “Bandit” Darville, who’s offered $80,000 to transport cases of beer from Texas to Georgia — while being chased by a blustery Southern sheriff (played by Jackie Gleason).

The movie spawned two sequels, “Smokey and the Bandit II” and “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3.”

The two “Fast N’ Loud” episodes, scheduled to air in December, will feature Reynolds, 77, engaged in helping Rawlings win a big bet with one of his old rivals.

Rawlings is a huge Reynolds fan and, in the episodes, he shows up in Florida (where Reynolds lives) with a “Bandit” replica car in order to catch Reynolds’ attention — and the ruse works.

Reynolds gives Rawlings one of his treasured cowboy hats as a gift — and also autographs one of Rawlings’ prized possessions (which will be revealed on the episode).

The “Smokey and the Bandit” theme is a good fit for “Fast N’ Loud,” a reality show which centers around Rawlings and Kaufman’s Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas — and the pair’s searches for old cars which they then restore and sell for a profit.

The series, as might be expected, has performed exceptionally well among male viewers since returing for its most recent season — finishing October as the top-rated cable series among men 25-54, men 18-49 and persons 25-54 (excluding sports telecasts).

It’s also been averaging around 2.4 million viewers every Monday night — up 14 percent over last season.

Source: Michael Starr/nypost.com
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Director-Stuntman Hal Needham Dies at 82

Hal Needham, longtime stuntman and director of “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run” for Burt Reynolds, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer, his manager confirmed. He was 82.

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At one time the highest paid stuntman in the world, he was said to have broken 56 bones, broken his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth while working on 4500 TV episodes and 310 feature films. His work was admired by generations of filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino.

Needham, a native of Tennessee, broke into show business as a stunt double for Richard Boone on the series “Have Gun, Will Travel.” Among the hundreds of films on which he did stunts were “Stagecoach,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Bridge at Remagen,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Little Big Man.”

He became friends with Reynolds, who offered Needham the opportunity to direct “Smokey and the Bandit,” for which Needham had written the screenplay. Needham also directed “Hooper,” “Stroker Ace,””Street Luge” and “Rad.”

Needham received a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last year, where he was introduced by Tarantino, who said, “I have ripped off a lot of shots from you, and today I say, ‘Thank you very much.’” At the tribute,  Needham called himself “the luckiest man alive and lucky to be alive.”

He developed numerous camera and production innovations, and won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar in 1987 for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane. Among his other inventions were the air ram, air bag, car cannon turnover, nitrogen ratchet, jerk-off ratchet and rocket power.

Source: Variety.com
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Burt Reynolds will star in ‘Elbow Grease’

Burt Reynolds will star in a movie that’s set to start filming soon in Seneca, according to Mayor Dan Alexander.

Alexander said the film will be a romantic comedy called Elbow Grease, and will be set in the fictional South Carolina town of Guppie, as the town prepares for its annual festival.

Alexander made the official announcement about Reynolds’s involvement Thursday night during Jazz on the Alley, the city’s weekly downtown concert series, with the film’s writer and producer at Alexander’s side.

“We had heard the filmmakers were in talks with Burt Reynolds,” Alexander said, “but the writers and some other behind-the-scenes folks said I could finally announce it, when they came down to the jazz show.”

The mayor said much of the film will be shot along Ram Cat Alley, where Jazz on the Alley is held in downtown Seneca. Alexander said filming will also take place at a Walhalla barber shop, Lake Keowee, and other areas in Oconee County.

Alexander said filming is expected to begin on September 30, and is expected to last for 30 days.

Source: foxcarolina.com

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