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'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Hardly truth in advertising as there's no million-eyed beast in Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller. 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes is one of my favorite 1950s alien invasion films. Set in an ugly, desolate landscape – shot “for wide screen in terror-scope” in Indio and California's Coachella Valley – the screenplay by future novelist Tom Filer (who also played Jack Nicholson's sidekick in the 1966 Western Ride in the Whirlwind) focuses on a dysfunctional family whose members become the first victims of a strange force from another galaxy after a spaceship lands nearby emitting sound vibrations that turn domestic animals into aggressive killers. Killer cow First, the lady-of-the-house is pecked by a flock of chickens and, »
- Danny Fortune
TV Director, James Sheldon, has died at the age of 95. Sheldon's extensive resume includes classic TV series like The Millionaire, The Twilight Zone, Naked City, Batman, M*A*S*H, Route 66, The Fugitive, Sanford & Son, and The Waltons. His last direction credit was the "Dori Day Afternoon" episode of Sledge Hammer!, which was cancelled by ABC, after two seasons.
Per his New York Times biography, Sheldon directed over 1,000 TV show episodes and discovered his fair share of talent, including the late Tony Randall, co-star of the first TV adaptation of The Odd Couple. Randall had landed a bit part on the Mr. Peepers TV series. Reportedly, Sheldon was so pleased with his performance, he expanded Randall's part in the script and cast him as a series regular.
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Prolific director James Sheldon, who worked on “The Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive” and “Perry Mason” among scores of other classic TV shows, is dead. He was 95. He died in Manhattan of complications from cancer, his son Tony told The New York Times. His first show business job was as a page at NBC in the early 1940s, when the network specialized in radio, but TV was Sheldon’s oeuvre. He didn’t work on a single feature film but estimated that he had directed about 1,200 hours of TV during his career. He got started early and directed episodes of “The Bing Crosby. »
- Todd Cunningham
His son, Tony, told the New York Times that Sheldon died of complications from cancer at his Manhattan home.
Sheldon once estimated that he directed about 1,200 episodes of television over his long career. Among them are 44 episodes of “The Millionaire,” an entire season of “The Bing Crosby Show” and several episodes of “Room 222,” “Love, American Style,” “That Girl,” “The Fugitive” and “My Three Sons.” He also directed the pilot of “Family Affair.”
His career also included six episodes in the second and third seasons of “The Twilight Zone,” featuring such classics as “I Sing the Body Electric” and “A Penny for Your Thoughts.” He helmed an episode of “Batman” in 1966, featuring Julie Newmar as Catwoman.
The helmer had a unique role in the career of James Dean, »
- Alex Stedman
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.
Jason Wingreen, known for his numerous television roles, including playing the bartender in All in the Family and appearances in The Twilight Zone, and for voicing Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, died at his home in Los Angeles on Christmas Day. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news through his son, Ned. Wingreen was 95. Born in Brooklyn, Wingreen spent much of his career as a character actor, accumulating nearly 200 credits in small roles in everything from The Twilight Zone (as a train conductor in 1960’s “A Stop at Willoughby”) to The Untouchables, Matlock, The Fugitive, and Star Trek. Wingreen had a small part in Airplane, as a doctor from the Mayo Clinic, seen talking on his phone as a heart beats on his desk. And, in his longest-running role, Wingreen appeared on 117 episodes of All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place as bartender »
- Jackson McHenry
Wayne Rogers, the actor most famous for his role as Trapper John on the TV adaptation of M.A.S.H., has died. He was 82. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogers' former publicist confirmed that the actor died from complications from pneumonia. Rogers played the memorable doctor Trapper John for three years, from 1972-1975, on the hit TV series, which was adapted from the acclaimed film by Robert Altman. His career spanned both film and TV, and he subsequently appeared in Cool Hand Luke, Ghosts of Mississippi and Murder, She Wrote. The Birmingham, Alabama, native graduated from Princeton with a history degree, later »
- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz
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