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Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Showcases Burt Reynolds At His Best!

Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Showcases Burt Reynolds At His Best!

“The Last Movie Star” is a smart, fresh take on stardom that left me nostalgic for the era of classic Hollywood. Reynolds’ Vic Edwards represents a pedigree of Hollywood that has long since faded with the popularity of reality stars and internet flash in the pans. A Hollywood fixture for decades, Reynolds’ translates his ups and downs to Vic Edwards with such ease, you lose yourself in the character as if Reynolds’ tragedies and triumphs weren’t public knowledge.

When first meeting Vic, we find a broken man faced with heartbreaking news – he has to put down his longtime companion, his trusty canine Squanto. We’re immediately drawn into a long life of love and loss through his tough decision to end his friend’s suffering. Upon his arrival at home we see he has nothing left within the walls but faded memories of a better life and ultimately he is alone. But, as things are looking down, Vic discovers he is being honored at a film festival near his hometown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Though skeptical at first, his old pal (Chevy Chase) convinces him to show up and collect the award in-person. Vic finds the accommodations for his travel and stay in Nashville far less than impressive. His fears are realized once he arrives at the festival, a small gathering to be held in the back of a bar. Vic’s frustration turns to anger, and bourbon, and the actor turned curmudgeon lashes out at the young fans Doug and Shane, played exceptionally by Clark Duke and Ellar Coltrane, respectively.

Begrudgingly along for the ride is Lil. Lil is portrayed by Ariel Winter in what should prove to be a breakout role for the promising young starlet. Pushing through years of her “Modern Family” image, Winter is stellar opposite Reynolds in the film. Her quick wit and cynicism match Reynolds’ been there, done that attitude pitch perfectly.

Ariel Winter and Burt Reynolds in ‘The Last movie Star.’

Reynolds and Winter embark on a journey around Edwards’ childhood hot-spots visiting his childhood home, college stomping grounds where he was once king, and everything between. Their chemistry is remarkable given the age difference. Reynolds’ is as old school as they come. Golden age of Hollywood all the way. But Winter’s ability to not only match intensity, but sometimes outshine the veteran, is an impressive feat and testimony of her talents.

The cast assembled for the film is nothing short of wonderful. Lead by Reynolds and Winter, Duke, Coltrane, Al-Jaleel Knox, Nikki Blonsky and Juston Street shine like we’ve never seen from each before.

Penned with love, director Adam Rifkin taps into the zeitgeist of past and present, forming a poetic, cautionary tale presented through the eyes of a weathered film star whose message is clear: Do good, be good.

Rifkin’s script is masterful in hiding a personal love letter to a childhood icon while parading itself as a multi-million dollar property loaded with stars.

“The Last Movie Star” is currently available on DirecTV and opens around the nation on March 30, 2018 from A24.

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Check Out The Trailer For Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter

Check Out The Trailer For Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star’ Starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter

Check out the official trailer for Adam Rifkin’s ‘The Last Movie Star.’ The film stars the legendary Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase. The uproarious story about getting older arrives on Blu-ray™ and Digital on March 27 from Lionsgate.

Synopsis: Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “The Best Is Yet to Come: Adam Rifkin of The Last Movie Star” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Adam Rifkin

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WWE Superstar Triple H “Chaperones” WWE Studios’ Latest Comedy

WWE Superstar Triple H “Chaperones” WWE Studios’ Latest Comedy

WWE Studios announced today that actors Kevin Corrigan (“American Gangster”), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and Annabeth Gish (“The West Wing”) have joined WWE® Superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque (“Blade: Trinity”) in the cast of the studios’ upcoming comedy, “The Chaperone.” The film will begin principal photography today in and around New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stephen Herek will direct the film from a screenplay by playwright S.J. Roth. “The Chaperone” is produced by WWE Studios Executive Vice President Michael Pavone and executive produced by WWE Studios Vice President David Calloway.

Ray Bradstone (PAUL “TRIPLE H” LEVESQUE) is the best “wheel man in the business,” but he is determined to go straight and be the best parent he can be to his daughter, Sally (ARIEL WINTER), and make amends with his ex-wife, Lynne (ANNABETH GISH). As Ray struggles to find honest work, his old bank-robbing crew, led by Phillip Larue (KEVIN CORRIGAN), offers him one last job. He agrees at first, but changes his mind at the last second leaving the crew without a driver. Ray decides instead to serve as a “chaperone” for Sally’s school field trip. When the robbery goes awry, Larue blames Ray and chases the school bus all the way to the Museum of Natural History in New Orleans. Ray must deal with Larue, while supervising Sally’s class on what becomes one of the craziest school trips ever.

WWE Superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque is ex-con Ray Bradstone, a former getaway driver determined to turn his life around and establish a relationship with his estranged daughter Sally. Levesque is a thirteen-time World Champion. He debuted in 1995 with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. as Hunter Hearst-Helmsley™ and has become one of WWE’s most popular and successful Superstars of all time. Levesque has appeared in the film, “Blade: Trinity,” as a vampire enforcer and just finished filming WWE Studios’ “Inside Out” with Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey and Bruce Dern.

Ariel Winter portrays Ray’s teenage daughter, Sally, who wants nothing to do with her father after his release from prison. Winter currently stars as Alex Dunphy in the popular and critically acclaimed ABC series, “Modern Family.” She recently completed the films “Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega,” “Opposite Day” and “Duress.” Her other film credits include “Speed Racer,” and voice work for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Afro Samurai: Resurrection,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Curious George.”

Kevin Corrigan plays Phillip Larue, who pursues Ray after the botched bank robbery. A graduate of the Actors Studio, Corrigan is familiar to many for his roles in “American Gangster,” “The Departed,” “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “True Romance,” “Goodfellas,” “Bad Boys,” and the 2009 Oscar-winning short, “The New Tenants.” His television credits include portraying slacker Eddie Finnerty in the series “Grounded for Life,” recurring roles on “Damages” and “Fringe,” and guest starring roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Californication.”

Annabeth Gish is Lynne, Ray’s former wife, who has moved on with her life. Gish most recently portrayed Eileen Caffee on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, “Brotherhood.” Gish’s other credits include Elizabeth Bartlett Westin, the eldest daughter of President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) on “The West Wing” and as Special Agent Monica Reyes on “The X Files.” She made her film debut as a teenager in the 1986 film “Desert Bloom,” and went on to star in the films, “Mystic Pizza,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Nixon,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Double Jeopardy” and “The Celestine Prophecy.”

Director Stephen Herek made his debut as the writer-director of the feature film “Critters.” He also directed the blockbuster “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” as well as the films, “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Holy Man” and “Rock Star.”

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