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Burt Reynolds Remembered: ‘The Last Movie Star’ Filmmaker’s Heartbreak Over His Friend & Childhood Hero

Adam Rifkin remembers Burt Reynolds

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Rifkin wrote and directed The Last Movie Starthe 2018 release starring Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at 82. The iconic actor played an aging screen hero who is talked into attending a local film festival that plans to give him a career achievement award. The event turns out to be "run" by a pair of starstruck local dudes. Here is Rifkin’s first-person remembrance of the real-life screen legend. I am utterly heartbroken by the news of Burt Reynolds'… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Burt Reynolds: ‘Boogie Nights’ Co-Star Mark Wahlberg Praises “Legend & Friend”

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Refresh for updates Hollywood remembered Burt Reynolds today, with Arnold Schwarzenegger praising the actor as one of his heroes and a “trailblazer,” and Deliverance director John Boorman calling him “brilliant and fearless.” “Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes,” tweeted Schwarzenegger. “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.” Sally Field, Reynold’s former romantic partner and… Read

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Neil Simon Remembered By Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick And Other Broadway, Hollywood Stars

Refresh for updates. An outpouring of fond remembrances is filling the online world as news of Neil Simon’s death spreads. Actors and others who worked with him saluted his career, and those who merely enjoyed his works also shared their thoughts on one of the world’s most popular playwrights. Simon died last night in New York City at age 91 from pneumonia complications. He was the creator of Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple and countless other major plays, and was… Read

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Hollywood Remembers John McCain: Bob Iger, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres Honor The “American Patriot”

Refresh for updates. In addition to Cindy & Meghan McCain and Barack Obama, more Hollywood and political figures continue to pay their respects to John McCain after he died Saturday at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer. Disney CEO Bob Iger took to Twitter and wrote: “Rest in peace #JohnMcCain, a hero, a patriot, a selfless man, who served others before serving himself. Our country will miss you.” Talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute… Read

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast Reacts To End Date: “As Life Changing As It Gets”

"The Proposal Proposal" - Pictured: Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). Amy gives Sheldon an answer to his proposal while Howard and Bernadette struggle with some unexpected news, on the 11th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, Sept. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Laurie Metcalf returns as Sheldon--С™Р"--ћР"Т's mother, Mary; Riki Lindhome returns as Ramona; and Stephen Hawking returns as himself. Photo: Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Р'В¬Р'В© 2017 WBEI. All rights reserved.

UPDATED with Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik reactions: With the announcement Wednesday that The Big Bang Theory‘s upcoming Season 12 would be its last, the show’s cast began to share their reactions on social media and star Kaley Cuoco was among the first. “This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets,” Cuoco wrote on Instagram. “No matter when it was going to end , my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring… Read

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Carrie Underwood Remembers Craig Zadan: “He Will Be Greatly Missed”

Country star Carrie Underwood took to Twitter Wednesday to respond to the death of Craig Zadan, executive producer of The Sound of Music Live! which she starred in. “Such sad news,” Underwood tweeted. “Craig was a visionary, a risk-taker, a lover of music and just an all around nice guy! I am honored to have worked with him. He will be greatly missed.” Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live version of the musical that aired on Dec. 5, 2013 and… Read

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Bette Midler, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hugh Jackman Remember Craig Zadan

Refresh for updates Bette Midler, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hugh Jackman and Barbra Streisand have added their remembrances to the continuing roster of condolences for Craig Zadan, the producer who ushered in a new era of musicals for a television audience. Zadan, whose credits include televised stagings of the Midler-starring Gypsy in 1993, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and Jesus Christ Superstar, among many others, died Tuesday of complications following shoulder replacement… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Craig Zadan: Kevin Bacon, Neil Patrick Harris And Others Pay Tribute To Prolific Producer

Refresh for updates Hollywood figures and celebrities took to Twitter to honor prolific producer Craig Zadan, who died Tuesday after complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Zadan is known for championing musical theater and produced Oscar telecasts as well as the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the musical Chicago. He is also known for bringing live musical events to NBC including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, the Wiz, Hairspray, and most recently… Read

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President Donald Trump Gets Personal Noting Death Of Aretha Franklin: “She Worked For Me On Numerous Occasions”

In 2005, President George W. Bush brought Aretha Franklin to tears as he presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian award – for “her lifetime of achieving and for helping to shape our nation’s artistic and cultural heritage.” Aretha Franklin receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. RIP. pic.twitter.com/iLw4CY040b — CSPAN (@cspan) August 16, 2018 Ten years later, Franklin moved President Barack… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Aretha Franklin: Iconic Queen Of Soul Praised By Carole King, Paul McCartney, Shonda Rhimes

Refresh for updates From Carole King, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bette Midler to Clive Davis, LaChanze and Donald Trump, reactions and praise began almost immediately following the death of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. King sent her love, respect and gratitude, and Shonda Rhimes tweeted a simple “Aretha.” The legendary artist died today after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. We’ll be updating throughout the day. Today we have lost one of the greatest. She… Read

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Most Popular Oscar May Not Be So Popular: Rob Lowe Tweets, “Film Business Passed Away Today”

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Refresh for updates A new Oscar category for “popular” films doesn’t seem very popular in Hollywood, at least judging by first reactions. “The film business passed away today,” began Rob Lowe’s tweet (read below for the whole thing). Lowe, of course, had his own Oscar low moment, during his musical number with Snow White in the critically lambasted Allan Carr produced telecast. “Finally,” wrote Andy Richter, “the Oscars will be giving a statue based on popularity so that… Read

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Charlotte Rae Remembered By ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, ‘Facts Of Life’ Casts

Charlotte Rae’s Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life cast mates have been remembering the beloved actress, who died Sunday in Los Angeles at 92. Facts of Life‘s Kim Fields rhetorically asked, “…how do I capture 40 yrs of love/admiration/respect/gratitude/joy/laughter in a statement? How can I make them understand the body of ur theater/film/tv wk was amazing, w/an iconic staple at the core?” Tweeted Diff’rent StrokesTodd Bridges, “My heart is full of pain,” while Fact… Read