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Christopher Lombardo Celebrates Canada Day with 3 Backwoods Canadian Horror Films

1 July 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Guest author Christopher Lombardo of Really Awful Movies celebrates Canada Day by looking back at three backwoods Canadian horror films.] In the ’70s, Canadian tax loopholes spurred growth in domestic horror films, providing a more reliable low-cost means of recouping one’s investment in a frequently fickle business. A few, like Martin Scorsese’s favorite The Changeling, were critical darlings, while the bulk of them were regarded as cheap government-funded trash. A prominent Canadian critic famously called Cronenberg’s Shivers “an atrocity, a disgrace to everyone connected with it” in a jeremiad titled “You Should Know How Bad This Film Is. After All, You Paid for It.”

Luckily, for those of us invested in such things artistically if not financially (unless you count our tax dollars), we got gems such as Happy Birthday to Me, My Bloody Valentine, Black Christmas (1974), and many others.

The “tax shelter” era, in addition to straight-ahead slashers, also gave us lesser-known films that exposed class divisions—punishing urban interlopers who lacked the necessary survival skills to thrive in the wilderness. »

- Christopher Lombardo

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16mm Screening of Easy Rider March 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks

2 March 2016 8:42 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”

Easy Rider screens in 16mm at 7:30pm Monday March 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

The perfect film to watch in old-school 16mm!

Easy Rider (1969) is much more than a 60s relic – it’s still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an European- influenced arthouse approach. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well-chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue Easy Rider is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made The Wild Angels, Hopper the less remembered The Glory Stompers, and Jack Nicholson Hells Angels On Wheels, but Easy Rider reinvented the biker movie (or technically created a new subgenre: the “hippy” Biker Film), and things were never »

- Tom Stockman

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »

- Andre Soares

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Dan Haggerty obituary

17 January 2016 7:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American actor who starred as the bushy-bearded, animal-loving woodsman in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The bushy-bearded, burly actor Dan Haggerty, who has died from cancer of the spine aged 73, went from working on films as an animal trainer and stunt performer to starring as the gentle frontier woodsman in the popular 1970s television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

In the sentimental, wholesome programme, he played James Capen Adams, who leaves his home and family, and flees to the Rocky Mountains after wrongly being accused of a murder. Struggling to survive in a cabin in the wilderness, the woodsman befriends an orphaned grizzly bear he names Ben, after Benjamin Franklin, and other “critters” – raccoons, owls, deer, rabbits, hawks, badgers and cougars. His solitary existence is relieved by occasional visits from the old trader Mad Jack (Denver Pyle) and Nakoma (Don Shanks), a Native American who watches over him. »

- Anthony Hayward

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Dan Haggerty, Star Of "Grizzly Adams", Dead At Age 74

15 January 2016 5:27 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Dan Haggerty, who found fame as Grizzly Adams, has died from cancer at age 74. Adams had been playing bit parts in films until he was cast as the title character in "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", a 1974 low budget family film that went on to gross the (then) sizable sum of $45 million. The show was spun off as an NBC TV series a few years later. It lasted two seasons but made Haggerty synonymous with the role of a character who was loosely based on a real-life adventurer. Adams was a mountain man who encountered larger-than-life adventures. Although Haggerty continued to work fairly steadily in the ensuing years, he was relegated largely to low-budget and straight-to-video projects. Nevertheless, his name and that of Grizzly Adams remain pop culture icons of the 1970s. Click here for more.   »

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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

15 January 2016 11:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Dan Haggerty, who brought to life the titular frontiersman in the 1974 film and subsequent TV series "Grizzly Adams," died after battling cancer at the age of 74.

In "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," Haggerty's woodsman flees into the wilderness to escape a wrongful murder charge. He befriends and cares for a bear cub, who remains Grizzly's best friend, even after maturing into full size.

Before starring in the show, Haggerty worked as an animal handler and stuntman in Hollywood. He guest starred in shows including "CHiPs," "Charlie's Angels," and "The Love Boat." His last movie credit was a cameo in the 2013 movie "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan."

Haggerty suffered from cancer of the spine, which was discovered by doctors during surgery for back pain. He is survived by five children.

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Dan Haggerty, 'Grizzly Adams' Star, Dead at 74

15 January 2016 10:31 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dan Haggerty, best known for playing mountain man Grizzly Adams in both a TV series and on film, died Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 74. The actor's manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed his passing to ABC News.

Haggerty first starred as James Capen "Grizzly" Adams in the 1974 film The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which was based on the life of a real outdoorsman and grizzly bear trainer who resided in California in the 1800s. The movie finds the protagonist heading into the mountains and bonding with animals »

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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Passes Away at 74

15 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been a rough week for the entertainment industry, with several beloved icons passing away in just a few short days, such as Angus Scrimm, David Bowie, David Margulies and, just yesterday, Alan Rickman. Today, ABC News has confirmed the passing of another beloved entertainer, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty, who passed away early this morning at the age of 74. The actor's manager confirmed his client's passing, after a long battle with cancer.

Dan Haggerty was born Gene Jajonski on November 19, 1941, in Pound, Wisconsin, raised by a family who ran a wildlife animal attraction. During his childhood, he helped raise wild animals such as a black bear that performed tricks, before moving to Southern California to pursue acting. While pursuing his acting career, he was also a bodybuilder on Muscle Beach in Venice, California, which lead to his first film role in 1964's Muscle Beach Party. »

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Dan Haggerty Dies: ‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Was 74

15 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty died today from cancer at the age of 74, his manager Terry Bomar confirmed to Deadline. A Wisconsin native, Haggerty started out his long film and TV career with a non-speaking role as a bodybuilder in the 1964 film Muscle Beach Party. He then went on to appear in several films including Easy Rider, Angels Die Hard, The Adventures of Frontier Fremont and Terror Out of the Sky. But his breakthrough came with the title role in the 1974… »

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Dan Haggerty, ‘Grizzly Adams’ Star, Dies at 74

15 January 2016 8:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dan Haggerty, the famous ’70s actor who played Grizzly Adams in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died Friday morning of cancer, a rep for Haggerty told TheWrap. He was 74. Doctors discovered the cancer after Haggerty had surgery for back pain. “All the awards pale in comparison to his huge laugh and wonderful sense of humor that made everyone laugh with him,” his manager Terry Bomar said in a statement to TheWrap. “He would light up any room he entered. He loved life, loved his family, loved his friends and fans. The last words I heard him say were. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

15 January 2016 8:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dan Haggerty, best known for his role in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died from cancer early Friday morning in Burbank. He was 74.

The actor’s manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed the news to Variety.

His daughter, Megan, was using a crowdfunding site to raise money for his fight against “this bear known as cancer,” and had accumulated about $10,500 of the $100,000 goal.

Haggerty played outdoorsman James Capen “Grizzly” Adams, who befriends a bear he raises as a cub, in the 1974 surprise box office hit “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and the TV series of the same name, which aired on NBC from 1977 to 1978. He later played Adams in another film (1981) and in a 1982 telefilm

He also had small roles on other TV shows, including “Charlie’s Angels” in 1981 and “The Love Boat” in 1983.

Haggerty was arrested in 1985 after selling cocaine to two undercover police officers. His career »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Grizzly Adams' Dan Haggerty Dead at 74

15 January 2016 8:15 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Dan Haggerty, best known for playing the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, has died. He was 74.

Per TMZ, the actor had been battling cancer for several months.

Haggerty played James “Grizzly” Adams, a mountain man whose best friend was a bear he raised from a cub, in the short-lived NBC series, which aired in the late 1970s.

He guest-starred on ChiPs and Charlie’s Angels, in addition to other film roles and voiceover work. Haggerty also appeared in the series-related movies Grizzly Mountain and Escape to Grizzly Mountain.

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

15 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died. Haggerty lost his battle to cancer Friday morning at age 74, People confirms.Haggery's rep and friend of 20 years Terry Bomar told People Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer in his spine in August after experiencing back pain in July. "He fought hard," Bomar said. "He had a great Thanksgiving, he had a great Christmas with his family." Bomar added that Haggerty was visited by his close friends and family in the hospital in his final days. On the NBC series, the actor played Grizzly Adams, a mountain man who »

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

15 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died. Haggerty lost his battle to cancer Friday morning at age 74, People confirms.Haggery's rep and friend of 20 years Terry Bomar told People Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer in his spine in August after experiencing back pain in July. "He fought hard," Bomar said. "He had a great Thanksgiving, he had a great Christmas with his family." Bomar added that Haggerty was visited by his close friends and family in the hospital in his final days. On the NBC series, the actor played Grizzly Adams, a mountain man who »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

15 January 2016 6:42 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Famous '70s TV star Dan Haggerty -- who played Grizzly Adams -- died from cancer early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned.  Haggerty died after battling cancer for the last few months. Sources close to Dan's family tell us doctors discovered the cancer after he had surgery for back pain.  Haggerty starred in the 1977 hit TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" as the lovable mountain man whose Bff was a grizzly bear. »

- TMZ Staff

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