Private funeral for Reynolds

Burt Reynolds has been laid to rest at a private funeral in Florida.

The Hollywood legend passed away earlier this month at the age of 82 and was cremated at the Gold Coast Crematory in Florida. On Wednesday, Reynolds’ family and friends gathered to remember the late actor at Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to Us Weekly magazine, the funeral began with an opening prayer and then singer-songwriter Cooper Getschal, who was a student in Reynolds’ acting class at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, performed “Forward to the Moon.”

Reynolds’ friend Mo Mustaine and his Last Movie Star castmate Todd Vittum offered up eulogies, while pianist Copeland Davis and Broadway star Avery Sommers also performed.

The service concluded with a prayer from Burt’s Smokey and the Bandit II co-star Patrick Moody.

Reynolds’ manager, Erik Kritzer, previously revealed the actor had suffered a fatal cardiac arrest, but his death certificate reportedly does not list an official cause.

The Smokey and the Bandit icon had a son named Quinton, who was adopted during his marriage to actress Loni Anderson, but his remains were released to his niece, Nancy Lee Hess, who is also the personal representative of the estate.

It has not been revealed if the family will be scattering Burt’s ashes at a significant location or if there are plans to stage a public memorial for the beloved movie star.

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RIP Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

RIP Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

Always In Our Thoughts Forever In Our Hearts

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Burt Reynolds joins Tarantino’s next film

Burt Reynolds is in talks to join Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen, who all starred in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, are in talks to play smaller or cameo-style roles in the film.

In the movie, set in Los Angeles in 1969, Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.

Burt Reynolds will potentially play George Spahn, a nearly blind man who once rented his Los Angeles ranch to studios for Westerns.

Charlie Manson and his followers stayed on the ranch during the months before they murdered Sharon Tate – who Margot Robbie has been confirmed to play – and six others. Rumour has it that Manson would coerce female followers to sleep with Spahn in exchange for rent.

Tarantino wrote the movie and will produce. Sony has dated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for a worldwide release Aug. 9, 2019.

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The Last Movie Star

Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now, in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.


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Dog Years’ premiering at Tribeca Film Festival

“Dog Years,” the upcoming movie that was filmed in Knoxville and stars Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival coming up in April.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival slate

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Tribeca’s synopsis of “Dog Years” describes the story of an aging movie star.

“‘Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, known for his mustachioed good looks and cocky swagger,” the synopsis reads. “With his Hollywood glory a distant memory, the now-octogenarian Vic is prompted to reassess his life with the passing of his beloved dog and the arrival of an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award from the (fictional) International Nashville Film Festival. With Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Juston Street.”

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Burt Reynolds set to star in “Dog Years”

Reynolds will take on the meta role of an aging actor set to receive a lifetime achievement award in Rifkin’s dark comedy.

Screen legend Burt Reynolds is set to star in Adam Rifkin’s dark comedy, DOG YEARS. Rifkin will direct from his own script.

The story revolves around an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are far behind him when he’s invited to receive a lifetime achievement award from a tiny East coast film festival. Embarrassed by the low rent event, he bails on the award and forces the emotionally unstable girl assigned to be his driver to take him on a soul searching tour of the landmarks of his youth.

Rifkin is producing alongside Gore Verbinski, Orian Williams, Gordon Whitener and Jarred Hoffman. Michael Mandt and Neil Mandt will also produce through their Mandt Bros. Productions.

Reynolds, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in P.T. Anderson’s drama Boogie Nights, is currently working on the boxing drama Shadow Fighter. Reynolds will be at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin to premiere the documentary The Bandit, which tells the story of Reynold’s friendship with his stunt double during the production of the classic comedy, Smokey and the Bandit.

Rifkin is best known for the 1998 family comedy Small Soldiers.

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Amy Smart and Burt Reynolds in ‘And Then There Was Light’

Amy Smart and Burt Reynolds will star in the inspirational family drama “And Then There Was Light”.

Sweet Tomato Films and Character Brigade are producing the movie with Dori Rath and Joseph Restaino producing through Sweet Tomato Films. Castille Landon is directing from her own script.

The story centers on a young girl who loses her eyesight after a traumatic accident. Her parents seek out various options to help her adjust, including enrolling her in a program for seeing-eye dogs, but she is unable to connect until the head trainer of Southeastern Guide Dogs trains a miniature horse to be her companion.

Smart will play the mother of the girl and Reynolds will portray the trainer.

“It’s a really beautiful story about the bonds between family and overcoming adversity as a unit,” Smart said. “I felt a strong emotional connection to this project and I’m so excited to be participating.”

Landon teamed with Rath and Restaino on “Albion: the Enchanted Stallion,” starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Morrison and Daniel Sharman.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to tell this story, shedding light on an experience that nearly 300 million people worldwide have had to go through, but which is rarely portrayed in the media with such accuracy and in such vivid detail,” Landon said.

“And Then There Was Light” is set to lens next month in the Bradenton area in Florida, in conjunction with Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Reynolds received a best supporting actor nomination for “Boogie Nights.” Smart starred in Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club.” Griffo is in the Nickelodeon series “The Thundermans.”

Sweet Tomato Films is an independent film production company of female filmmakers, which recently shifted to producing female-driven, gender-balanced family entertainment. Character Brigade is an independent film company based in Los Angeles and founded by Ryan O’Nan and Restaino.

Source:, Dave McNary
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