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Ben Bates Dies: ‘Gunsmoke’ Stunt Double was 84

Stunt double Ben Bates, best known for his work substituting for Gunsmoke star James Arness for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, California, according to his family. He was 84. Bates’s long career included doubling spots for the television series How the West Was Won (for which he was also a stunt coordinator), McClain’s Law, Bosom Buddies, The Fall Guy and Matt Houston. He also appeared in the film The Legend of the Lone Ranger and the TV movies The Alamo: Thi…
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Cliff Bole, Director of ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 76

Director-producer Clifford John Bole, who helmed more than 40 episodes of various “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 15 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 76.

Bole directed 25 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” seven of “Deep Space Nine” and 10 of “Voyager.” The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in “Tng” episode “Conspiracy,” were named for him.

Bole also helmed episodes of series including “Baywatch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island,” “MacGyver,” “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” “Matt Houston,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,”

“Spenser for Hire,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The X Files,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Vegas.”

Bole was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham.

Born in San Francisco, Bole grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he played in the backlots of studios,
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Briefs: The “Sherlock” Mini-Episode, Kathy Vs. Anderson, And The Creepiest “Home Alone” Tribute You’ll Ever See

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Birthday shoutouts for today and tomorrow go to Ryan Seacrest, who is 39 (again), Sissy Spacek is 64, Cch Pounder is 61, and Alannah Miles is 55.

First, a housekeeping note. We’ll be operating on a limited schedule this holiday week. We’re taking tomorrow off, but we’ll back Thursday and Friday with memes and briefs, as well as a Friday Liveblog, and some special posts. Have a happy holiday!

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BBC One has just released a seven-minute mini-episode of Sherlock in anticipation of Season Three. Can Silver Fox Rupert Graves track down the famous detective around the world?

The Oscar race is already getting out of control.

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Ok. For real My amazingly strong wife home-birthed a happy and healthy baby boy last night . Please send love )

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MoreHorror Spotlight: Interview with Dawna Lee Heising

Interviewed by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com

Michael Juvinall: I wanted to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me for a little bit. I really do appreciate it.

Dawna Lee Heising: I appreciate you wanting to talk to me and actually, I'm used to doing interviews but I've never been interviewed before so this is a little nerve racking for me, my manager said it would be really good to do it now because so many things are happening.

Mj: First of all, I wanted to ask you, I was doing a little bit of research on you and discovered you have a BA, you have a master’s degree and you have a PhD in business management. It's very impressive.

Dlh: Thank you, First of all, I started out as a swimsuit model, no actually, I started out in school. I went
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Scorpion Releasing Doling Out Another Four Lost Gems - Thrill Kill, Mark of Cain, Whispers, Double Exposure

It's like an odd flickapalooza, man! The sickos over at Scorpion Releasing have four more terror flicks on tap for us that haven't seen the light of day in ages. Read on for all the details.

From the Press Release

On February 21st, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present Whispers, from the horrifying best seller by master horror writer Dean R. Koontz! Hilary Thomas (Victoria Tennant, L.A. Story) is a beautiful young writer who is stalked by a madman. The demented killer, Bruno Clavel (Jean LeClerc, All My Children), brutally attacks Hilary one night and she thinks she kills him, but he later reappears alive and well. She enlists the aid and protection of a cop (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night, Child's Play, The Sentinel) who believes her story, and as his love for her grows, he helps her discover the terrifying dark secret that drives Bruno to kill!

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New On Blu-ray and DVD This Week

This week sees the release of a few Academy Award nominees and winners, some new tv shows and some movies coming to Blu-ray for the first time. Among the ones we’re most interested in this week are Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, The Boondock Saints II, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Commish and Up in the Air (with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, pictured above.)

Check them out:

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Capitalism: A Love Story (Blu-ray and DVD)

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit And The Pendulum ~ Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila (Blu-ray and DVD)

Falling for Grace ~ Gale Harold, Fay Ann Lee, Billy Asher (Blu-ray and DVD)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale ~ Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Blu-ray and DVD)

Nine Dead ~ Melissa Joan Hart, John Terry, Lawrence Turner (Blu-ray and DVD)

Old Dogs ~ John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Robin Williams, Seth Green (Blu-ray and DVD)

Paris ~ Juliette Binoche,
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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

This week is an 80s extravaganza, as we have the first season of 'Matt Houston,' the first season of 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King,' a 'Wiseguy' collector's edition, and even a 'Tenspeed and Brownshoe' complete series set.

For those who have never heard of the latter, it was a comedic private eye show starring Ben Vereen. I remember the reviews for the show were outrageous, but for some reason, the show was very short-lived (which is why we're getting a complete series set).

I'm very, very tempted to get 'Matt Houston' and 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King,' though I don't know if they will hold up today. I'm guessing that 'Scarecrow' will hold up better than the Lee Horsley show.

'Charlie & Lola' - Vol. 10 'The Commish' - Season 1 'Greek' - Chapter 4 'Hannah Montana' - Vol.
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Party Favors: Totally Rad

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Concord, Nh - The Rad Girls prove that women can be out of control without beating each other senseless. The trio of Ramona Ca$h, Munchie and Darling Clementine are in the midst of their third season of mayhem on MavTV. How could I refuse a chance to talk women who figured out how to give themselves bikini waxes using a car bumper?

Ouch. The trio called the Party Favors hotline from various parts of the Southwest including the lonely highway from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Munchie swore they were just in a convenience store that seemed a location from The House of a 1,000 Corpses. Please excuse me if I attribute a quote to the wrong member since the conversation moved fast and furious.

The outrageous series wasn’t always on MavTV. Clementine explained, “We had a really fun run on Fuse. We got a lot of fans. They were like,
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Matt Houston might be coming to DVD next year

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Matt Houston might be coming to DVD next year
It's funny how shows you didn't think would ever be released are suddenly released on DVD. Case in point: Matt Houston, the series from the early '80s that starred Lee Horsley as a Texas-born private eye. Yes, his last name was Houston and he was born in Texas. It's always great when your last name is also the name of a city in your state. Maybe the show didn't trust viewers enough to know that even though he lives in Los Angeles He's A Cowboy.

TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that the show is going to come out on DVD some time in 2010.

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Aaron Spelling dies at age 83; built TV dynasty

Aaron Spelling dies at age 83; built TV dynasty
Aaron Spelling, a onetime movie bit player who created a massive number of hit series, from the vintage Charlie's Angels and Dynasty to Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 83. Spelling died at his home in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke June 18, according to publicist Kevin Sasaki. Spelling's other hit series included The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law, The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, T.J. Hooker, Matt Houston, Hart to Hart and Hotel. He kept his hand in 21st-century TV with series including 7th Heaven and Summerland. He also produced more than 140 television movies. Among the most notable: Death Sentence (1974), Nick Nolte's first starring role; The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), John Travolta's first dramatic role; and The Best Little Girl in the World (1981), which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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