‘Elbow Grease’ to screen at festival

He was one of Hollywood’s leading hunks of the ’70s, and was still starring in major films in the 1990. He’s kept working in movies and television in recent years and his 2015 memoir reached number 3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

In a phone interview from his home in Jupiter, 80-year-old Burt Reynolds sounds much frailer than he does in his in his most famous roles, in films such as “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights.” But he’s not slowing down.

His latest film. “Elbow Grease,” will screen at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. Reynolds is the only big name in the cast.

“It’s a very sweet film, family film,” Reynolds said. “I got to work with actors that I like very much. Keith Harris, especially, who plays my son, I really like.”

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Publicity photo: Jason Shirley

Writer-director-co-producer Jason Shirley and co-producer Paul Papadeas grew up in South Carolina, Reynolds said, “they wanted to spotlight what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1990s.”

Reynolds plays the patriarch of the Barnes family, who are having trouble enough keeping their lives together when wayward son Randy comes home and infects the whole town of Guppie, S.C., with the family’s craziness.

Harris, who actually goes by R. Keith Harris, is a lot like Mark Wahlberg, who starred with Reynolds in “Boogie Nights,” Reynolds said. It was the first major film role for Wahlberg, who had been known as a rapper.

“They’re both young tigers,” Reynolds said. “They’re going to do well.”

Reynolds’s other recent project is “But Enough About Me,” his memoir that came out last year, in which he chronicles, among other things, his roles in such films as “Semi-Tough and “Smokey and the Bandit,” his marriage to Loni Anderson and his relationship with Sally Field. The ending of that relationship, Reynolds writes in the memoir, is the biggest regret of his life.

“What I found out in writing this book,” he said, “is that I have another book in me.”

He doesn’t live to far away from Sarasota, so he’s hoping to make it over here for the screening of “Elbow Grease” at the film festival, but he hasn’t committed to it.

“You say ‘yes’ and then the New York Times calls and you have you have to go somewhere else,” he said. “You know how it is.” Actually, though, not many people who aren’t Burt Reynolds — movie and TV star, former sex symbol, best-selling author — really know how that is.

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Burt Reynolds Added To 2016 TCM Film Festival Lineup

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced that renowned actor Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career. In addition to the interview, Reynolds will be on-hand to introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974), for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor. The interview will be taped Saturday, April 30 in front of a live audience of festival pass holders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

“For more than five decades, Burt Reynolds has been both a superstar and a force to be reckoned with on screens around the globe, having ranked among the top ten box office attractions in the world on 13 different occasions,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “He is one of the great talents of our time and a true film icon. I’m thrilled our fans will be able to hear him discuss his life as a movie star, the classic films he’s had the privilege of working on and the talented artists he’s worked alongside.”

In addition to directing four feature films, Reynolds movies include Deliverance (1972), The Longest Yard (1974), Gator (1976), Hooper (1978), The End (1978), Starting Over (1979), Sharky’s Machine (1981), Breaking In (1989) and, of course, Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

Each year, the TCM Classic Film Festival features an extended interview taped in front of a live audience for telecast on TCM under the Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival banner. In 2010, the first TCM Classic Film Festival welcomed two-time Oscar® winner Luise Rainer, who was 100 at the time. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the featured guest, followed in 2012 by actress Kim Novak. In 2013, Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint participated, followed by Academy Award®-winner Alan Arkin in 2014, and last year, Academy Award®-winner Sophia Loren was featured as was Norman Lloyd.

Reynolds joins an already exciting roster at this year’s festival, including previously announced appearances by director John Singleton for the 25th anniversary screening of his coming-of-age classic Boyz N The Hood (1991), Carl Reiner with an extended conversation and screening of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) Elliott Gould with screenings of his Golden Globe nominated performance in M*A*S*H(1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and Eva Marie Saint who will be on hand to introduce a screening of the political comedy The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966).  Actor Stacy Keach will be discussing John Huston’s gritty look at the world of small-time boxing in Fat City (1972) and French actress Anna Karina will be introducing Band of Outsiders (1964), Jean-Luc Godard’s riff on gangster films.

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Happy 80th birthday!!!!

Happy 80th birthday to Mr. Reynolds!!!

Congratulate Mr. Reynolds by signing the guestbook.

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Reunion “Gunsmoke” actors in Dodge City, including Burt Reynolds.

Six decades after the show started, there will be a reunion of six “Gunsmoke” actors in Dodge City, including Burt Reynolds.

The actors are being brought in for Wild West Fest on Sept. 25-27. The event is hosted by the Boot Hill Casino & Resort, the Wild West Heritage Foundation and the Roundup Rodeo.

The actors include Reynolds, who portrayed blacksmith Quint Asper from 1962 to 1965; Buck Taylor, who played Deputy Newly O’Brien from 1967 to 1975; Jess Walton, who was Patricia on the series in 1973; Lane Bradbury and Merry Florene, 1965 to 1969; and Bruce Boxleitner, who played Toby Hogue in 1975. Also scheduled to attend is Jim Byrnes, a writer from 1969 to 1975.

“Gunsmoke” ran on CBS from 1955 through 1975. It was nominated for more than a dozen Emmys, including for best series.

Some of the key actors have died since the show ended, including James Arness, who starred as Matt Dillon; Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty, and Milburn Stone, who was Doc Adams. Stone was a native of Burrton and won an Emmy for the show in 1968.


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“Earlier this year at the casino, we signed on Buck Taylor as our spokesperson,” said Jessi Rabe, the casino’s director of marketing. “We started brainstorming and asking who else we could bring to Dodge.

“We’ve been trying to get Burt Reynolds for awhile.”

The Wild West Fest includes “Gunsmoke Under the Stars” on the evening of Sept. 25, a showing of several episodes and video messages from some of the stars at the South Drive-In Theater; some meet-and-greet sessions including photos and autographs on Sept. 26; and the “Gunsmoke” Anniversary Banquet on Sept. 27.

The September event is somewhat reminiscent of a time in 1939 when Dodge City hosted Hollywood stars. More than two dozen actors and movie executives traveled by train to Kansas for the premiere of “Dodge City.”

The stars of the movie included Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Ann Sheridan, but other stars – such as Humphrey Bogart and Jane Wyman – came along for the ride. The star power caused Dodge City, a town of 10,000 in 1939, to reportedly swell to 160,000 or more.

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Dutch-Burt 10th anniversary

Dutch-Burt is proud to be celebrating its 10th ANNIVERSARY!
I’m exited and humbled to have gotten this far.
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Burt Reynolds scheduled to attend Macon Film Festival

Burt Reynolds is coming to Macon next month.
The Hollywood icon is set to headline a special screening of “Deliverance” at the Douglass Theatre on July 17 as part of the 10th annual Macon Music Festival, which runs July 16-19.

Reynolds will be available for a Q&A after the movie. The special film print secured from Warner Brothers Pictures will screen at 8 p.m.

Another movie, “Sharky’s Machine,” which Reynolds directed, will be shown at 5 p.m. July 19 in the Douglass Theatre.

Reynolds, who was born in Waycross, said in a release that he loves Georgia and that most of his movies have been made in the state. For example, several chase scenes from “Smokey and the Bandit” were filmed near Jonesboro.

Reynolds said he is “very proud that the Macon Film Festival has selected two films that show two very different sides of what I call my lucky state. … I look forward to sharing these with you this summer.”

Reynolds’ professional acting career began in 1958, and through the years he appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. Among them, Reynolds starred alongside Dolly Parton as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in the 1982 musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” and in “Stroker Ace,” he starred as the title character with his future wife, Loni Anderson. Later in his career, Reynolds brought star power to the TV comedy “Evening Shade.”

Julie Wilkerson, the Macon Film Festival’s president, said screening “Deliverance” with Reynolds at the 10th festival celebrates a Georgia film, brings a celebrity to Macon and pays homage to the first Macon Film Festival, where “Deliverance” also was screened.

“‘Deliverance’ was also the first special screening at the 2006 Macon Film Festival, so showing it this year brings us full circle,” Wilkerson said.

Passes for the festival are available on the festival’s website: http://www.maconfilmfestival.com. Tickets are $10 for single blocks (Single block tickets do not provide admission to special screenings); $25 for one-day passes; $75 for screening passes, valid all four days; and $150 for all-access passes that include admission to all screenings.

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Burt Reynolds Tells About His Upcoming Memoir

In his memoir But Enough About Me, Burt Reynolds tells about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson.

“I wanted to set the record straight,” Reynolds, 79, tells PEOPLE about his book, out this fall. “Not only about my relationships with Dinah, Sally and Loni, but also about the things that people don’t know about me.”

There’s a lot more to the star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and, more recently, Boogie Nights, than a ’70s sex symbol famous for his 1972 nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan.

Such as? “My art, my music, my teaching [and] my time in New York studying with the Actor’s Studio,” says Reynolds.


Cover of Burt Reynolds’s But Enough About Me Courtesy of G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Herb Ritts/Trunk Archive

“Along the way,” he says, “I talk about marching for equal rights with Ossie Davis and Dr. King, going to prison with Jimmy Carter, to Europe with [British actress] Lesley-Anne Down and Clint Eastwood [and] saying ‘No!’ to Queen Elizabeth.”

Turns out back in 2008, after Reynolds starred in A Bunch of Amateurs – a movie about a washed-up actor (Reynolds) who arrives in a small British town to play King Lear – the Queen picked the movie for a special screening and invited the actor. He turned down the invitation, which caused an uproar.

“I’ve turned down queens before!” Reynolds jokes.

For more on that story, plus all the details on Reynolds more than 60 years in show business, fans must wait until his memoir, published by Penguin Random House, comes out in November.

Source: Liz McNeil, People.com
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