May 9, 2015 |
In the midst of all the crime-fighting superheroes, time-traveling aliens, and walking dead who will populate the 15th annual Wizard World Comic Con this weekend, Burt Reynolds may seem somewhat out of place. But if remaining an icon for more than four decades armed with nothing more than a lady-killing smirk, a machismo-emitting mustache, and a death-defying Trans Am isn't a superpower worthy of Wizard World, then what is? The Convention Center will be filled for the next three days with appearances by a host of pop-culture celebrities, from actors to comic book artists and writers to professional wrestlers to rock stars.
May 7, 2015 |
AS BURT Reynolds mingles with fans at Wizard World Philadelphia this week - his first-ever Wizard World Comic Con - the geek speak is likely to center around what might have been. He might have been Han Solo. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas queried him about the job, but Reynolds turned it down and instead made "Smokey and the Bandit," a hit in its own right. "I saw the director, and we talked about it, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about it," said Reynolds, speaking from his home in Florida.
May 1, 2015 |
As Burt Reynolds mingles with fans at Wizard World Philadelphia this week - his first-ever Wizard World Comic Con - the geek speak is likely to center around what might have been. He might have been Han Solo. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas queried him about the job, but Reynolds turned it down and instead made "Smokey and the Bandit," a hit in its own right. "I saw the director, and we talked about it, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about it," said Reynolds, speaking from his home in Florida.
June 27, 2013
DEAR READERS: After I printed the letter from "Can't Believe It Down South," about the grandfather who is insisting that his granddaughter's Greek fiance change his last name "because it is too long and impossible to pronounce," I loved what you had to say. Some of your comments made me laugh, so I'm sharing them with you: DEAR ABBY: I saw the letter from "Can't Believe It," and I have just the response for him: "Dear Grandpa: Don't...
March 15, 2013 |
STEVE CARELL and Jim Carrey, Evan and Bruce Almighty, respectively, could have used some divine intervention in their new joint venture. It's called "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," a comedy about dueling magicians that's several rewrites short of magical. Carell has the title role as a Vegas schlock magician, and his performance is mostly a sight gag - his stocky form filling out a sequined velvet jumpsuit, blown-out Wayne Newton hair, David Copperfield eyeliner. He's sketched as a magician whose genuine love for the craft was formed in childhood, though by middle age he's become angry, vain and pompous.
May 12, 2011
Burt Reinhardt, 91, an early president of CNN who helped build the global news network in its formative years, died at his home near Atlanta on Tuesday. Mr. Reinhardt had suffered a series of strokes, said his daughter, Cheryl Reinhardt. "Without Burt Reinhardt, it is doubtful that CNN would exist today," said Tom Johnson, who in 1990 succeeded Mr. Reinhardt as the 24-hour network's chief. He joined CNN in 1979 as the network prepared to launch, his daughter said. Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner named Mr. Reinhardt president in January 1982.
September 28, 2010
9 tonight FOX Jimmy (Lucas Neff, left) hires Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward, center) cousin to babysit Hope when he returns to work. Burt (Garret Dillahunt, right) tries to get Virginia to quit smoking. Cloris Leachman also stars.
July 12, 2010 |
Thin as the screens on your summer windows and not as airy, the new musical called Burt & Me , which Act II Playhouse in Ambler is staging as a summer add-on to its schedule, is about a high school kid who hates having to play the piano until the fated day he discovers Burt Bacharach. This changes his worldview of musicianship. Bacharach wrote the music to the show Promises, Promises - now in revival on Broadway - and, with lyricist Hal David, some of the most tuneful, classy hits of the '60s through the '80s.
June 29, 2010
Burt S. Holland, 64, professor of statistics at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University, died of Lou Gehrig's disease Monday, June 21, at his home in Huntingdon Valley. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Jamaica (N.Y.) High School in 1962 and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1966 and a doctorate in statistics at North Carolina State University in 1969. A son, Benjamin, said Dr. Holland joined the faculty of Temple University in 1970 and was chairman of the statistics department from 1991 to 1996.
May 18, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I'm a divorced, middle-aged professional woman with a Ph.D. who has been keeping company with a man my age for seven years. "Burt" treats me well. He takes me out, has helped with some major home renovation projects, sends me flowers and I enjoy his company. I'm perfectly happy in his world, and I like most of his friends. On the flip side, Burt is overweight, has a drinking problem and never finished college. My problem is, I can't bring myself to introduce him to those in my "professional circle.