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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

8 Famous People With Purple Hearts

Most of you already know that Purple Hearts are medals awarded to soldiers who have been injured by the enemy while serving in the U.S. Military (or posthumously to those killed in combat), but you might not know that these famous figures have received the medal. 1. Charles Bronson Getty Images You know Charles Bronson for his roles [...]

Vintage Ventriloquist Portraits Will Give You Nightmares

It’s hard for me to imagine a time when people didn’t find ventriloquist dummies to be downright terrifying, and these pictures prove they were the stuff of nightmares well before Rod Serling turned them into cold blooded killers on the Twilight Zone. These old timey portraits of ventriloquists and their dummies come from the Vintage Ventriloquism [...]

Why The Twilight Zone is the King of Sci-Fi

The Twilight Zone was more than just a science fiction television show. It was theater that made you think, a showcase for Rod Serling’s vision for television, and it was a proving ground for talented but relatively unknown actors, like William Shatner. The Twilight Zone featured some of Hollywood’s most famous faces… or at least faces [...]

7 Things You Might Not Know About The Twilight Zone

Mental_floss is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Twilight Zone in their own way, by bringing trivia about the show. For example, great acting wasn’t exactly a priority during filming of the episodes. Interestingly enough, many of the actors in these pieces, when interviewed decades after the fact, confessed that they weren’t particularly proud of their [...]

Happy 50th Anniversary Twilight Zone!

You are about to enter a dimension of sight and sound…of a column requested by a reader. That’s a signpost up ahead – next stop, TV-Holic’s look at The Twilight Zone. 1. The Truth about the Theme Song Much like the “dum-de-DUM-dum” Dragnet theme, the opening notes of The Twilight Zone theme song have become a pop [...]

The Twilight Zone Turns 50

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of The Twilight Zone. The first episode of Rod Serling’s classic horror/suspense television show aired on October 2, 1959. William Kates wrote for the AP about the origin of the series: In a time on television when suburbia was idealized in popular shows such as “Ozzie and Harriet” [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Film Set Tragedies

If you’ve seen the movie based on Stephen King’s Pet Sematary Two, you probably remember the horrifying scene at the beginning when the actress is electrocuted on set while her son (Edward Furlong, back in his dreamy days) looks on. While that particular incident comes to us courtesy of Mr. King, film set tragedies aren’t [...]