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Catalog From The Beyond: The Killer Shrews (1959)

  • DailyDead
Ah, the carefree days of 1950s America. Suburban families had the white picket fence in the yard, the 2.3 kids in the living room, and the persistent anxiety of dying in a blast of radioactive flame. The Cold War had eyes tilted skyward in anticipation of the day the Kremlin decided to drop the big one on the Us. And while there were “plans” in place (duck and cover, kids!) most people knew that there really wasn’t a whole lot they could do if a fifty-megaton warhead came to town.

As is often the case, the horror genre reflected this anxiety through the metaphor of scientists who, instead of creating giant weapons, created giant creatures. We had enormous lizards, gargantuan spiders, and even humongous blobs of unidentified slime. By 1959, if there was something that could have been made huge, it had likely been made huge. Enter Ray Kellogg, a former
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Killer Shrews Gear up for the Attack

  • Horror News
For the past two years, Niagara Falls based White Lion Studios has been cooking up something awful: A splatstick remake to the 1959 cult classic “The Killer Shrews”, a low budget creature feature made popular by Mystery Science Theatre 3000. The original film, directed by Ray Kellogg and starring James Best, is best known …

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Doris Roberts -- Film Project in Jeopardy ... Cast Keeps Dying

  • TMZ
Doris Roberts' death is causing turmoil for a movie she was set to headline ... because she's the third big name attached to the flick who has died. One of the last movie roles Doris signed on for was the female lead in "Old Soldiers" ... which is still securing its last bit of financing before it starts production. Problem is ... 2 of the other major roles belonged to Mickey Rooney and James Best ... who died in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
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Review: "Hooper" (1978) Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field And Brian Keith; Blu-ray Release

  • CinemaRetro
By John M. Whalen

Back in 1978, Burt Reynolds was still at the beginning of a cycle of six action comedies that he made with director Hal Needham—a cycle that started with “Smokey and the Bandit “(1977) and ended with “Cannonball Run II” (1984). One of the best of these films was “Hooper”—a tribute to Hollywood’s unsung hero, the Hollywood stunt man. “Hooper” was a very personal film for both Reynolds and Needham who both started their movie careers as stunt doubles. Needham started doing stunt work in the early years of live TV in New York and is best remembered for his stunt driving in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” (1968). Reynolds also began in TV and parlayed his athletic ability along with his good looks to become one of tinseltown’s biggest stars. In a very real way, “Hooper” is even more personal film for Reynolds, because one of the
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Emmys 2015: Nothing About This Show Makes Any Damn Sense

Emmys 2015: Nothing About This Show Makes Any Damn Sense
The Emmy Awards are just one "whyyyyy?" after another. Nothing about this award show makes a lick of sense. Why does it take itself so seriously? Why are the categories so random? (As host Andy Samberg said, "Orange Is the New Black is now officially a drama and Louie is officially jazz.") Why didn't Broad City get nominated? Did the voters get their wisdom teeth pulled every day this year? Peg me gently with a chainsaw! In our golden age for award shows, not to mention for TV, why are
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James Best, Dukes of Hazzard actor, dies aged 88

American actor who played Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in TV show from 1979-85 has died from complications of pneumonia

James Best, a prolific character actor known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, has died aged 88.

His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said he died on Monday night in a hospice from complications of pneumonia.

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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88
James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon
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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88
James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon
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'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Passes Away at 88

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'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Passes Away at 88
James Best, who played the memorable Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltrane on the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, passed away yesterday at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. The actor played Roscoe P. Coltrane, the longtime rival to the Duke brothers, on all seven seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979 to 1985.

The actor was raised in Indiana and ended up moving to New York after serving in World War II. He found work as a fashion model which lead to him being discoverd by a casting agent. He became a contract player for Universal Pictures. He appeared in a number of films throughout the 1950s such as Winchester '73 alongside James Stewart and The Cimarron Kid with Audie Murphy. He ended up working in both TV and film throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, appearing in notable episodes of The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and Have Gun - Will Travel,
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'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Dead at 88

'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Dead at 88
Actor James Best, who played hapless Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane for six seasons on the hit CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday, April 6th, in hospice care in Hickory, North Carolina. According to the Charlotte Observer, Best died from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

Best was born Jules Guy in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, the youngest of nine children. His mother, who died when he was three, was the sister of Ike Everly, the father of music duo the Everly Brothers. After her death, the child was adopted and raised in Indiana.
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James Best Dies: Played Bumbling Sheriff On ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’

James Best, a veteran character actor best known as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS’ action-comedy series The Dukes Of Hazzard, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 88. Best appeared in dozens of films and TV series during a 55-year career, including a role in the upcoming indie dramedy Old Soldiers. Born July 26, 1926, and raised in Indiana, he moved to New York after a stint in the Army during World War II. While working as a fashion model, Best was noticed by a casting…
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James Best, Dukes Of Hazzard Star, Dies At 88

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Actor James Best, who was best known for starring on The Dukes of Hazzard, died on Monday. He was 88. James Best Dies Best passed away following a battle with pneumonia and a brief illness, his rep told Fox News. Best played the frequently confused Sheriff Rosco R. Coltrane on the Dukes of Hazzard throughout […]

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James Best 1926-2015

James Best 1926-2015
He may have become known for becoming the televisual embodiment of frustrated, low-level lawmen, but James Best’s career spans a lot more than playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in 1970/'80s TV hit The Dukes Of Hazzard. The good-natured actor has died at the age of 88.Indeed, Best’s career has something of an iceberg nature – a lot of people know him for a couple of famous roles, but so much of his work lurks beneath the surface of public awareness. Born Jewel Franklin Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, he briefly spent time in an orphanage after his mother’s death in 1929 and was adopted by Armen and Essa Best who took him home and, at the young lad’s suggestion, changed his name to Jimmie. He began acting in school plays, but enlisted in the Us Army Air Corps out of high school, going on to become a gunner
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James Best, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star, Dead at 88

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James Best, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star, Dead at 88
James Best, the actor best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died on Monday. He was 88. According to an obituary posted on his personal website, Best died at 9:28 p.m. Et on Monday after a brief illness and complications from pneumonia. Best was born in Powderly, Kentucky in 1926, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before turning to a long career in show business. The armed forces, in fact, nurtured his talent, as he joined the military theatrical company after serving as a military police officer in Germany. See photos: 11 Essential ‘Mad Men’ Quotes: From Pitch.
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James Best, Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Dead at 88

James Best, Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Dead at 88
Actor James Best, best known to ’80s audiences as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday from complications of pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. He was 88.

Best played the inept lawman during the CBS show’s entire seven-season run (1979-1985). Additional TV credits included guest stints on The Andy Griffith Show and In the Heat of the Night.

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James Best Dies; Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Was 88

James Best Dies; Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Was 88
James Best, an actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the original Dukes of Hazzard, has passed away. He was 88. Best died in hospice after a brief illness of complications from pneumonia, his longtime friend and Hollywood colleague Steve Latshaw told the Charlotte Observer. The Kentucky-born star most memorably portrayed Sheriff Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series from 1985 to 1989. He would reprise the role again in 1997 for The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion, a TV movie, and even voiced the character in a 2004 video game. "I acted the part as good as I could," he told the Charlotte Observer in 2009. "Rosco—let's face it—was a charmer. It was a fun...
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Veteran Actor James Best, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Sheriff, Dies at 88

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Prolific film and television actor James Best, who played the iconic role of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on classic series "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

Best portrayed Coltrane on "Dukes" from 1979 through 1985, and remained active in the "Dukes" fan community, appearing at multiple reunions and festivals in the years since the show's conclusion.

Aside from that memorable role, Best starred in hundreds of episodes of television series, including "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show," and "Gunsmoke." He also had a busy film career, working both in front of and behind the camera on movies such as "Winchester '73," "Sounder," and "The Left-Handed Gun."

In addition to his passion for acting, Best was also a devoted dog lover. His family has asked fans to make donations to their local humane society in his name in lieu of sending flowers.

"He was a fine actor,
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James Best Dead -- 'Dukes of Hazzard' Sheriff Dead at 88

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James Best -- who famously played bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" -- died Monday night at age 88.  Best passed in a hospice facility following a brief illness and complications from pneumonia, a close friend told the Charlotte Observer. In addition to his role on "Hazzard," Best appeared on several classic shows, including, "Gunsmoke," "Mod Squad," "I Spy," "Bonanza," "Perry Mason" and "Rawhide." Best formed an acting school in the '
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James Best Dead: Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Dies at Age 88

James Best Dead: Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Dies at Age 88
Actor James Best died at age 88 on Monday, April 6, TMZ reports. Best passed away after suffering complications from pneumonia.  He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series from 1979 to 1985 and on the short-lived spin-off, The Dukes, in 1983.  The seasoned actor had 187 film and TV credits to his name and was next set to appear in the film Old Soldiers, which is supposed to come out later this year.  Some of his other acting credits [...]
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