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John Clarke, ‘Days of Our Lives’ Star and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Winner, Dies at 88

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John Clarke, ‘Days of Our Lives’ Star and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Winner, Dies at 88
John Clarke, a longtime star of the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement daytime Emmy in 2005, died Oct. 16 from complications stemming from pneumonia, his family announced in a statement Monday night. He was 88, and had been in declining health for the last several years.

Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1931 and raised across the country due to his father’s career as an Army officer, Clarke attended UCLA, receiving a BA in theater, where among his accolades he received the Sigma Rho award. He studied with Dorothy Foulger at UCLA, Michael Ferrall of the University of Washington, and Stephen Book in Hollywood.

Clarke also served as an Air Force sergeant during the Korean war, performing as part of a troupe that entertained soldiers throughout the United States.

Also Read: Bill Macy, Actor Who Played Bea Arthur's Husband Walter on 'Maude,' Dies
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Roberta Haynes Dies: ‘Return To Paradise’, ‘The Nebraskan’ Actress Was 91

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Roberta Haynes Dies: ‘Return To Paradise’, ‘The Nebraskan’ Actress Was 91
Actress Roberta Haynes died Thursday in her home in Delray Beach. She was 91.

Haynes is known for her role opposite Gary Cooper in the 1953 Mark Robson-directed film Return to Paradise where she played a native of Matareva who develops a relationship with Cooper’s American drifter Mr. Morgan. In the same year, she starred in two westerns including The Nebraskan directed by Fred F. Sears and Gun Fury directed by Raoul Walsh.

Born Roberta Arline Schack in Wichita Falls, Tex. on Aug. 19, 1929, Haynes was raised in Toronto and moved on to California where she starred on Broadway and film. In 1949, she appeared in the film Knock on Any Door starring Humphrey Bogart and the John Huston-directed We Were Strangers. On stage, appeared The Madwoman of Chaillot in 1950 opposite John Carradine as well as The Fighter with Lee. J. Cobb in 1952. Her other film credits include High Noon, Gun Fury and Hell Ship Mutiny.
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John D.F. Black, Screenwriter on 'Shaft' and 'Star Trek,' Dies at 85

John D.F. Black, Screenwriter on 'Shaft' and 'Star Trek,' Dies at 85
John D.F. Black, who co-wrote the screenplay for Shaft and wrote and produced for the original Star Trek series, has died. He was 85.

Black died Nov. 29 of natural causes at home in Woodland Hills, Calif., his publisher, Jacobs Brown Press, announced.

Black penned 10 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-o, five installments of Charlie's Angels and multiple episodes of other series, including Lawman, The Untouchables, Mr. Novak, Laredo, The F.B.I., Room 222 and The Streets of San Francisco.

He also wrote and co-produced a 1974 pilot for a Wonder Woman series that starred Cathy Lee Crosby. (ABC and Warner Bros. went in a different direction a ...
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Lucifer Casts the Twisted Sinnerman — With Whom Does He Have a Past?

Lucifer Casts the Twisted Sinnerman — With Whom Does He Have a Past?
An ominous name uttered in hushed tones during Lucifer‘s Season 3 premiere now has a face to go with it.

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TVLine has learned that The Leftovers alum Kevin Carroll will appear in multiple episodes of the supernatural-tinged Fox drama as The Sinnerman, a mysterious and twisted criminal mastermind with deep-seeded motivations who has set his sights on Lucifer (played Tom Ellis). Like Lucifer, this character earned quite the reputation for doing favors. The question is: Why has he set his sights on Lucifer, and how is he connected to the fallen angel’s recently-returned wings?
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10 Tombstone Facts You Never Knew Until Now

10 Tombstone Facts You Never Knew Until Now
Who doesn't love Tombstone? It's one of the most beloved Westerns of the modern era. And if you're a fan, you can undoubtedly quote most, if not all, of the lines delivered with scene-stealing flair by Val Kilmer in what's become the definitive portrayal of gambling gunslinger Doc Holliday. You may know every scene in this movie like the back of your hand, but today we've collected 10 Things You Never Knew About Tombstone. And you may walk away pleasantly surprised and shocked.

Tombstone boasts one of the most formidable macho ensembles imaginable: Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, as well as smaller roles for Michael Rooker, Thomas Haden Church, Stephen Lang, Billy Zane, Jason Priestly, Billy Bob Thornton, and Terry O'Quinn. So let's get into it, shall we?

Tombstone is missing a few Earps.

The heroic ensemble at the center of Tombstone includes Wyatt Earp, played by Kurt Russell,
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Farewell, Old Chum: Seminal Batman Adam West Dead at 88

Adam West, the titular star of ABC's Batman television series that ran from 1966 - 1968 and left a defining mark on popular culture, passed away Friday, June 9th, from a battle with leukemia. The iconic thespian was eighty-eight years old. Born William West Anderson, West grew up in the town of Walla Walla, Washington before serving in the U.S. Army where he worked as an announcer for the American Forces Network -- considering the cadence of his voice, this is a supremely fitting start if you ask me. West then moved to Hawaii to pursue acting and subsequently appeared in early classic television such as Maverick, Lawman and The Outer Limits. At 37 he got his big break when producer Lorenzo Semple Jr. cast...

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Batman Star Adam West Has Passed Away At Age 88

It's with great sorrow that I report fan-favorite Batman star Adam West has passed away. He was 88 years old and he died after a short battle with leukemia. His family offered the following statement:

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero."

A spokesperson for the actor added:

“A true American icon and beloved father and husband, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and millions of fans around the world."

I grew up watching reruns of the original 1960's Batman series and I've always enjoyed seeing him pop up in other films and TV shows over the years. It's so sad to hear that he's passed on, but he's left behind a legacy of greatness.

West's career as an actor all began in the 1950's as a
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Peter Brown Dies: ‘Lawman’, ‘Laredo’ Star Was 80

Peter Brown Dies: ‘Lawman’, ‘Laredo’ Star Was 80
Peter Brown, known for his roles on ABC’s western series Lawman and NBC’s Laredo, died Monday at his home in Phoenix, Az. A family friend announced Brown’s death on Twitter. He was 80. Brown appeared in dozens of television shows throughout his decades long career, but is best known as Deputy Johnny McKay in ABC’s Lawman (1958-1962), and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on NBC’s Laredo (1965-1967). He also did crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Mave…
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"The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection" Debuts June 2 From Warner Home Entertainment

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Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western,
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Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living

Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘LifeboatMary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming,
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The Town That Dreaded Sundown – The Blu Review

Have you ever wanted to see Mary Ann from ‘Gilligans Island’ covered in blood and chased through a corn field by a serial killer who wears a potato-sack as a hood and commits murders with a knife strapped to the end of a trombone? If so track The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a fact-based blend of police procedural, slasher flick, and redneck comedy from 1977. In addition to having one of the great movie titles of the ‘70s, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a realistic, chilling, and effective thriller that Shout Factory has released on Blu-ray just ahead of its 2014 remake.

‘The Phantom Killer’(aka ‘The Moonlight Murderer’) was a real life fiend who committed a series of murders in Texarkana, a border town between Texas and Arkansas, in 1946. Like the ‘Zodiac’ killer who terrorized San Francisco 25 years later, he was never caught or identified. Stalking couples parked at lovers
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Remember Me: Richard Matheson (1926-2013) – “Just” A Great Storyteller

A week after James Gandolfini died, we lost another Jersey boy: novelist, short story writer, film and TV screenwriter Richard Matheson. His was not as well-known a name to the general public as Gandolfini’s, certainly, and perhaps only familiar to sci fi and fantasy fans, the genres within which he scored some of his most memorable successes. When he died, Steven Spielberg, whose early career received a huge boost when he directed the made-for-tv movie Duel (1972) which Matheson adapted from his own short story, said, “For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov.”

Personally, I don’t think he stood in that same tier with Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein – the real sci fi giants. Nor did he stand in any rung below them. Rather, he stood off to the side.

Clarke grappled with our place in the cosmos, Bradbury used sci fi and
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R.I.P. Richard Matheson

One of the giants, famed sci-fi author Richard Matheson, has died in California at the age of 87.

Matheson's most famous novel, "I Am Legend," has been adapted three times for the screen - most recently the 2007 version starring Will Smith.

Numerous other novels and short stories of his were turned into films including "Duel," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," "Somewhere in Time, "The Legend of Hell House," "The Comedy of Terrors," "Stir of Echoes," "What Dreams May Come," "The Box," and "Real Steel".

He himself penned numerous episodes of TV shows like "Star trek," "Night Gallery," "Lawman" and multiple episodes of "The Twilight Zone" including one of that show's most iconic stories - "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
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Richard Matheson: 1926-2013

We at Shadowlocked are saddened to announce the passing of a writing legend, Richard Burton Matheson. Born on February 10, 1926 to Norwegian immigrants, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He served as an infantry soldier in World War II, earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1949, and moved to California in 1951. He married Ruth Ann Woodson on July 1, 1952 and the pair had four children (three of whom – Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson – became writers of fiction and screenplays).

Matheson was a very influential writer, writing not only many novels, novellas and short stories that were adapted for television and film – I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come and A Stir of Echoes, to name just a few – but also writing 14 memorable episodes of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ is probably his most known,
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R.I.P. Richard Matheson [1926-2013]

R.I.P. Richard Matheson [1926-2013]
Another of the greats has passed on. Richard Matheson, truly a titan of science fiction and horror, reportedly passed away this past Sunday. He died at the age of 87, and left us with a legacy that will not be forgotten. He was legend, and his characters and worlds will live on forever, long after the last man on Earth.

His career in the literary world and in Hollywood speaks for itself (spanning more than half a century), and includes I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, The Omega Man, A Stir Of Echoes, The Shrinking Man, and droves more of intelligent and inspiring works of art.

He wrote Duel, Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut. He adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s classics with Roger Corman. He was a staple of the anthology series of the 1960s and 70s, penning the most indelible episodes of The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Rod Serling’S Night Gallery,
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Clips from Blu-ray Versions of The Burning and The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Scream Factory will be releasing Blu-ray versions of The Burning and The Town That Dreaded Sundown next week, and have provided us with four clips from each film.

The Burning Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: “Gather around the campfire to die! A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp’s creepy caretaker…and he takes bloody revenge! “Gruesome” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “stomach-churning” (Boxoffice), this terrifying tale is “a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell” (slasherpool.com)!

After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp…and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy
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Bonus Features Revealed for 'The Burning' Collectors Edition DVD/Blu-ray

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Bonus Features Revealed for 'The Burning' Collectors Edition DVD/Blu-ray
Last month we shared some exciting news about new Collectors' Edition DVD/Blu-ray combos of 1981 slasher fave The Burning and the true-crime cult hit The Town That Dreaded Sundown (check out that article here). Today the company has unveiled the finalized list of extra features for both discs, and it's quite an impressive lineup. The Burning Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will now feature the following extras: Audio Commentary with Director Tony Maylam and International Film Journalist Alan Jones Audio Commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski Blood ‘n’ Fire Memories – A detailed look at the creation of the film’s make-up effects with Special Effects Artist Tom Savini Slash & Cut – An interview with editor Jack Sholder Cropsy Speaks – An interview with actor Lou David Summer Camp Nightmare – An interview with actress Leah Ayres Behind-the-Scenes Footage Theatrical Trailer Make-Up Effects Still Gallery Poster & Still Gallery The Town That Dreaded Sundown,
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Scream Factory Announces Special Features for The Town That Dreaded Sundown and The Burning Blu-rays/DVDs

The headline pretty much says it all. Wanna know what's in store for you when you pick up the long awaited releases of The Town That Dreaded Sundown and The Burning? Then read on!

From the Press Release

Disfigured and hooded mad killers are on the loose this spring as Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and collectors to embark on a nostalgic trip filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and terror! On May 21, 2013, the gory summer camp slasher The Burning created and produced by Harvey Weinstein and featuring Fisher Stevens (The Cove), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (The Piano) in their early film roles and Charles B. Pierce’s long sought-after The Town That Dreaded Sundown starring Oscar®-winner Ben Johnson and Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island") arrive on home entertainment shelves everywhere from Shout! Factory.

Both movies debut for the first time on Blu-ray™. The Burning will be presented as a
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Bonus Features Revealed for Blu-ray/DVD Release of The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Scream Factory will release a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of The Town That Dreaded Sundown on May 21st. The official list of bonus features have just been released and it has been confirmed that a copy of Charles B. Pierce’s The Evictors will be included.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: “Don’t get caught in this town after sundown! When two young lovers are savagely beaten and tortured on a back country road in Texarkana, local police are baffled. Three weeks later, two more people are slain in a similar setting and Deputy Norman Ramsey fears a pattern might be developing. Texas Ranger J.D. Morales (Ben Johnson, The Wild Bunch) is brought in to help. The two officers must find “the Phantom Killer” before he can kill again. Also starring Andrew Prine (Grizzly) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), directed by Charles B. Pierce
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R.I.P. Chad Everett of Medical Center and Mulholland Drive

The actor Chad Everett—best remembered as the star of the ‘70s hospital drama Medical Center and a memorable scene in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive—has died at 76, after a long battle with lung cancer. As one of the last contract players during the dying days of the studio system, Everett (né Raymond Lee Cramton) spent eight years doing journeyman work on TV, with guest shots on such series as Maverick, Lawman, Bronco, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Combat, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Ironside, as well as tiny roles in such movies as ...
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