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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

16 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk »

- Movie Geeks

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Carol Burnett Honored with Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

30 January 2016 6:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carol Burnett can add another statuette to her shelf: the Screen Actors Guild's life achievement award! The comedian, 82, considered a pioneer for women in comedy, was presented with the honor by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who introduced her during the ceremony on Saturday."She has deserved every award because comedy is much harder than drama. Comedic actors have to do all of the same things that dramatic actors do, but faster - but sometimes also with a chimp," said Poehler, who also zinged Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant. "So you slept in a horse and you ate bison liver. »

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Carol Burnett Explains How Lucille Ball Got a Nsfw Nickname

21 January 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carol Burnett, 82, says it was her good friend Lucille Ball who gave her some very valuable career advice. Over dinner one night, Ball explained to Burnett that during her years on I Love Lucy with husband and co-star Desi Arnaz, it was Arnaz who dealt with the writing, lighting, and many other day-to-day operations on the show. But after Arnaz and Ball divorced in 1960, that all changed. "Lucy told me when she got a divorce she had to do all the stuff that Desi did and the first table read on the Lucy Show stunk." After the disastrous table read, »

- Mia McNiece

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Carol Burnett Explains How Lucille Ball Got a Nsfw Nickname

21 January 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carol Burnett, 82, says it was her good friend Lucille Ball who gave her some very valuable career advice. Over dinner one night, Ball explained to Burnett that during her years on I Love Lucy with husband and co-star Desi Arnaz, it was Arnaz who dealt with the writing, lighting, and many other day-to-day operations on the show. But after Arnaz and Ball divorced in 1960, that all changed. "Lucy told me when she got a divorce she had to do all the stuff that Desi did and the first table read on the Lucy Show stunk." After the disastrous table read, »

- Mia McNiece

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Steve Carell Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

6 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a notable lineage in cinematic history of gifted comedic actors who have gone on to achieve great commercial and critical success as dramatic players. Perhaps the most famous example is Robin Williams, whose career began with his now-iconic role as a wacky, displaced alien on “Mork & Mindy” before giving way to parts with considerable heft, from the titular lead in “The World According to Garp” to his revelatory turn in “The Fisher King” to his Academy Award-winning performance as Matt Damon’s therapist in “Good Will Hunting.”

And there are scores of other comedians, from Jackie Gleason to Michael Keaton to Bill Murray, all three of whom received Oscar nominations for their dramatic work in “The Hustler,” “Birdman” and “Lost in Translation,” respectively.

And now there’s Steve Carell, who rose from a “senior correspondent” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to loner workaday hero Michael Scott »

- Malina Saval

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