BURT REYNOLDS DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Burt Reynolds is being remembered as an actor whose career included roles in movies that both won acclaim – and were commercial hits. The star of the movies “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit” has died. He was 82. During his long career, Reynolds starred in the Oscar-winning film “Deliverance” in 1972 and the Oscar-nominated “Boogie Nights” in 1997. He also delivered commercial hits like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Longest Yard.” His iconic good looks made him a fan favorite.
BURT REYNOLDS – REACTION
UNDATED (AP) – Many have offered their reactions to the death of actor Burt Reynolds:
“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.” – Sally Field, in a statement released to The Associated Press.
“Quinton and I are extremely touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and family throughout the world. Burt was a wonderful director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton’s loving father for 30 years. We will miss him and his great laugh.” – Loni Anderson and Quinton Anderson Reynolds, Burt Reynolds’ ex-wife and son, in a statement to the AP.
“Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Twitter.
“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you.” – Dolly Parton, who posted the statement on social media along with a photo of Reynolds in a sheriff’s uniform in their 1982 film “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
“Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.” – Mark Wahlberg, via Twitter.
“A sad day, my friend Burt Reynolds has passed away. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in ‘First Blood,’ I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo! He laughed, He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP Buddy.” – Sylvester Stallone, on Instagram.
“Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once. He introduced himself by saying, ‘Hi, I’m Burt Reynolds. I used to be big in the 70’s.’ How do you not love that?” – comedian Michael Ian Black, on Twitter.
“Burt, what an impact you made. Working beside you and seeing firsthand what a movie star was like when cameras were and were not rolling was truly instructive. Thanks for the kindness you always extended. RIP, Giant.” – Actor Carl Weathers, on Twitter.
“I’m 19. I get a few lines in a movie. The megastar on set was really nice and cool to this punk actor (me) for no reason. The director called me before the movie came out to tell me I had hit the cutting room floor. But I never forgot that Star. Thanks Burt.” – Kevin Bacon, on Twitter.
“Burt Reynolds, you are the glorious dictionary definition of a golden man. Thank you for spreading your glow.” – Lena Dunham, on Twitter.
“Very sad to hear about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache.” – Steve Harvey, via Twitter.
ACADEMY AWARDS SUSPENDS PLAN FOR NEW OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Oscars have walked back plans to have a new Academy Award for popular films. The motion picture academy says it’s suspending the idea – after it got serious pushback on it. For now, the academy says it will do further study on the category before rolling it out. Many in and outside of the film industry felt the new Oscar for popular films would affect films like “Black Panther,” which was commercially popular – and is being looked at as a possible contender for best picture.
“PREDATOR” SCENE CUT
TORONTO (AP) – Steven Wilder Striegel was supposed to have a scene in the upcoming movie “The Predator.” But no more. Twentieth Century Fox has cut the scene from the movie after learning the actor is a registered sex offender. Word of the edit came hours before the film was to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. Fox says it didn’t know about the actor’s history because of legal imitations on running background checks on actors.
TERRY CREWS SETTLES WITH AGENT HE ACCUSED OF GROPING HIM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Terry Crews and Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which the actor claims the agent groped him at a Hollywood party. Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor – which was also named as a defendant in the case – has confirmed the lawsuit has been dismissed. Crews filed the civil suit on Jan. 30, saying Venit grabbed and squeezed his crotch at a 2016 party. Crews was among the most prominent men to come forward as a victim in the (hash)MeToo movement. Venit denied the allegations – and prosecutors declined to file criminal charges in the case.
LES MOONVES UPDATE
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s word that CBS chief Les Moonves is talking about a possible exit strategy from the network. The Wall Street Journal reports Moonves is in talks with independent directors of CBS’ board about leaving. The network had appointed two law firms to investigate Moonves for sexual misconduct claims spelled out in a July article in the New Yorker. CBS didn’t return a request for comment.
CHARGES FILED IN SONY PICTURES HACK
WASHINGTON (AP) – Remember the massive data hacking at Sony Entertainment nearly four years ago? The Justice Department has filed charges in the case. The Feds have charged a computer programmer working on behalf of the North Korean government with the hacking. The suspect is also charged in two other major cybercrimes: the massive Wannacry ransom-ware attack last year and an $81 million theft from a bank in Bangladesh.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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