The other day here at Jammy Toast, we mourned the passing of Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds and learned some fascinating facts about the man. The star of such great films as Smokey And The Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights could have had even more great roles if he hadn’t turned them down. During his sixty year career he maintained he was offered the parts of James Bond and Han Solo. When Sean Connery decided to call it a day as 007, the makers turned to Burt but he turned them down saying that he didn’t think people would accept an American James Bond. “It was a stupid thing to say, I could’ve done it and I could’ve done it well,” he told USA Today in 2015.
We were all saddened last night to hear of the death of Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds. The star of one of our favourite ever film series’, Smokey And The Bandit, the wisecracking movie heartthrob and Oscar nominee died in a Florida hospital at the age of 82 with his family at his side. The moustachioed megastar had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010. He shot to fame in 1972’s Deliverance, and became a Hollywood legend with his roles in Smokey And The Bandit, The Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights.
Some people live from Bond film to Bond film just yearning for the next episode of the spy story – here at Jammy Toast we are the same but for Luther. We have waited nearly three years since the last series and are very much looking forward to seeing Idris Elba back as the London detective. Idris has stated in the past that he doesn’t want to become type-cast as DCI John Luther, but it is the only role we have really loved him in. He has been alright in other films/series but nothing even in the same league as Luther.
When you see famous celebrities on the telly it is difficult to remember that underneath the big star persona is an ordinary person with ordinary fears and worries. These days everyone has more access to celebrities through social media than ever before. But not everyone uses social media to boost their favourite celebrity’s egos or tell them how great their last film/programme/album was. Some people are nothing but vile bullies. One such recipient of this treatment is Scarlett Moffatt.
Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street have launched a lawsuit against an upcoming sex, drugs and violence-laden puppet-based movie called the Happytime Murders. The movie uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” on promotional material. The lawsuit says this tarnishes the Sesame Street brand and confuses people into thinking the two are linked. Melissa McCarthy stars in the film, slated for August release, where humans and puppets co-exist. She is given a new puppet partner in the R-rated film to try to solve a string of murders.
Party on, Dudes. It’s official: Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure is set to continue – thirty years after their first time-travel escapade. The new instalment, “Bill and Ted Face The Music”, will see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back as Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan and Bill S Preston Esq. However, this time, they’ll be navigating middle-age and family responsibilities. The writers of the first two films, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, are behind the script, while Dean Parisot is confirmed as director. So, after three decades, why are two dudes with completely normal names still causing such excitement?
There’s been a murder – said in my best Jim Taggart impression… or should that be, “There’s bin a murdah”? I should explain. It was the early hours of this morning when I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. There is nothing worse than trying to get to sleep and failing, so to take my mind off sleep, I turned the television on quietly so as not to disturb any of the sleeping bears. The BBC News Channel was telling the story of a murder case from 70 years ago aboard the cruise ship Durban Castle. Fresh evidence was casting doubt on the original conviction of a deck steward for the ghastly deed. The victim was a young actress thought to have been murdered on-board the ship but may actually have died from natural causes, it is now being claimed.
Here at Jammy Toast one of our favourite telly programmes is Tattoo Fixers. So you can imagine how devastated we were this week to learn that Jay is to leave the show. Some of his photo-realistic tattoos have to be seen to be believed and all we can say is that he hasn’t done too badly for someone whose art teacher told him he couldn’t even draw. Not only did he prove her wrong by moving to another class and achieving an A grade, he went on to set up his own tattoo studio at the age of 21, which inadvertently ended up catapulting him to fame on Tattoo Fixers.
Here at Jammy Toast we all love filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith and his films are amongst our all-time favourites. So we were totally shocked to read his tweet the other day stating he had had a massive heart attack after performing on stage and thought he was about to die. The director of Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and Chasing Amy, had finished one of two shows when he fell ill on Sunday. The 47-year-old was rushed to hospital and says doctors found one of his arteries was totally blocked. “I faced my greatest fear tonight… and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be,” he tweeted. In a tweet written from his hospital bed in LA, Smith said he was reminded of his father, who died after a heart attack.
For some time now I have taken the mick out of Chimpton by calling her Gippy Grewal. Poor Chimpton is the sickliest person I have ever known. It is usually self-inflicted because she never eats properly and when she does eat she eats crap. She is a vegan and you could be forgiven for thinking that vegans have a healthy diet. Well this vegan eats anything, unless it is produced by an animal. The only time I have ever seen her eat properly was during a holiday to Portugal about fifteen years ago when she took a liking to a local restaurant’s carrots and garlic served with bread and oils. She ate that much of the concoction that she had perfect 20/20 vision even in the dark and used to imagine seeing and hearing owls in the trees on the way back to our villa.