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'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor Sues Warner Bros. Over Merchandise Revenue

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:00PM
James BestJames Best, known to millions as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' is suing Warner Bros. Entertainment.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor's suit alleges Warner Bros. owes him royalties agreed upon when he starred in the series. The lawsuit claims Best may be owed more than $25 million.

Best filed his complaint in North Carolina federal court and in it he says he's been fighting to get detailed accounting from Warner Bros. for the last 22 years. In his original contract, Best says Warner Bros. entitled him to 5 percent of merchandising revenue from products that featured his likeness and 2.5 percent of total revenue that features other 'Dukes of Hazzard' cast members. In the suit, Best claims he got word from Warner Bros. that sales of merchandise with his identity netted less than $10 million, something he says conflicts with published reports that "sales of merchandise had soared to 'over $190 million per year' during the first 6 years in which the show aired on CBS."

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Peggy Rea, 'Waltons' and 'Dukes of Hazzard' Star, Dies at 89

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 11th 2011 11:45AM
Peggy ReaPeggy Rea, an actress who starred in 'The Waltons' and 'Dukes of Hazzard,' died Saturday at the age of 89.

According to The New York Times, Rea died of heart failure in her home in Toluca Lake, Calif.

Rea was a fixture on television in the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing Olivia Walton's cousin Rose on 'The Waltons' and Boss Hoggs' wife Lulu on 'The Dukes of Hazzard.' The actress also appeared on 'All in the Family,' 'The Golden Girls' and 'Step by Step.'

Her last TV role was as Jean Kelly, the feisty mother-in-law to Brett Butler's titular character on the sitcom 'Grace Under Fire.'

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Ten great fashion statements on TV

by Paul Goebel, posted May 14th 2008 11:04AM

Catherine BachTelevision has often been a benchmark of current popular culture. Whether it's clothes, cars or furniture, people have always looked to TV to help them decide how to look and how to live. Here are ten great examples of how TV characters have "helped" us look our best.

Daisy Duke's Daisy Dukes (The Dukes of Hazzard)
No one knew it at the time, but when Catherine Bach slipped on those ultra-short denims, she was making an impression on more than the teenage boys who were watching. Years later, a brand new and very different generation embraced the Daisy Dukes, much to the delight of those teenage boys who were now old enough to know better.

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How to write a Dukes of Hazzard episode

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 26th 2007 12:04PM

The Dukes of HazzardWell, apparently someone expects The Dukes of Hazzard to return to TV. On Everything2.com, someone has written how to write a Dukes of Hazzard episode. The author goes over all the perceived formulas and cliches found in the run of the series.

Admittedly, given the popularity of southern culture, a Dukes of Hazzard return isn't outside the realm of possibility, merely outside the realm of probability. I think it was written more for a laugh than anything. I would give more credence to the post if the author actually wrote one or more of the episodes, but this doesn't appear to be the case.

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No, seriously, do you want to buy that Dukes of Hazzard car?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2007 2:18PM

General LeeAdam mentioned last week that the person who put it the $10 million winning bid for the General Lee car on eBay didn't pay up. In fact, it now looks like that someone's eBay account was hacked and he wasn't even the one doing the bidding, it was someone else.

But now the car is for sale again on eBay, only this time you have to go through a strict qualification process before you can even bid on the car. No more phonies.

I don't really get this whole story. The car being auctioned, owned by former star John Schneider, wasn't even used on the show! Which is interesting, because they used over 300 different General Lees on the show. It's just an extra one. Sure, it's signed by the cast, but is that really worth $10 million (or even $5 million or $1 million)?

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eBay bidder fails to pay for General Lee

by Adam Finley, posted May 10th 2007 2:02PM

general leeRemember when the General Lee (or one of many versions) went up for auction on eBay recently and someone finally won the auction with a bid of $9,900,500?

Well, the person who made that bid, one William Fisher, has disappeared, along with the alleged $9,900,500 he was supposedly going to pay for the 1969 Dodge Charger owned by actor John Schneider (Bo Duke). The car itself was never used on the original series, but it did appear in the TV movie Dukes Go to Hollywood.

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General Lee goes for $10 million on eBay

by Anna Johns, posted May 5th 2007 6:08PM
general leeThe General Lee broke a sales record on eBay this week. Actor John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, put up his version of the General Lee and it sold for $9,900,500. If the bidder actually pays the money, it'll be the biggest ticket item ever sold on eBay. Schneider says he's stunned, because he only expected $3 million at the most for the car. He says he'll use the extra cash for a vacation and to fund a sequel to a movie he recently made.

As I mentioned earlier this week, the 1969 Dodge Charger that Schneider put up for sale was not featured in the television show, but it did make an appearance in the movie Dukes Go To Hollywood. It has signatures from all the original cast members and it actually drives! Schneider has taken it to charity events and even raced it.

What memorabilia would you pay $10 million for?

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The General Lee is for sale on eBay

by Anna Johns, posted May 2nd 2007 1:10PM
general lee; john schneider; ebayJohn Schneider appears to still be a fan of his old claim to fame, The Dukes of Hazzard, on which he played Bo Duke. He has his own "Hazzard County Store" on eBay and has put up the mother of all Dukes memorabilia for auction: It's the General Lee. The real one... well, one of the real ones. There are quite a few out there.

Schneider's ad explains that the 1969 Dodge Charger appeared in the Dukes movie, not the television show. He has had it for the last ten years. Photos on the advertisement show Schneider brought it to a lot of charity events, but he also has apparently driven it in races! It also has autographs of all the living cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard. And he says that it recently won a race against the Starsky & Hutch car and the Batmobile.

The current bid for the car is $2 million, which is a hell of a lot, but at least you get to drive it!

[Via Pop Candy]

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A Christmas Story director killed in car crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 4th 2007 6:22PM

Bob ClarkA Christmas Story is right up there with A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as a TV staple every holiday season. TNT even devotes an entire day to showing the movie over and over again.

Bob Clark, the director of the movie, was killed earlier this morning in a car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Also killed in the crash was his 22 year-old son. Their car was hit head-on by a man that police have arrested for drunk driving.

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The 18 greatest TV drinkeries

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 4th 2007 11:02AM
cheersWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

Ah, the friendly neighborhood drinking hole. In one way or another, they're there to give you that much needed morning/evening buzz before/after work or school. In what order you visit them is up to you. We've seen our fair share of these booze and caffeine shoppes on TV throughout the years, and here's my pick for the top 18 -- why settle for just ten?

1) Cheers (Cheers) -- Let's get right down to it and start with the obvious number one choice before we move on. I'm not going to insult you with dragging you on to the end to see what is very obviously the most famous of all TV bars. And since I'm from the area, I have no business not making this number one.

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Dukes of Hazzard concert stopped over protests

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 20th 2007 8:02AM

general leeIf you had plans to see Tom Wolpat and John Schneider of the Dukes of Hazzard perform with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, you'll have to wait. The performance, which was supposed to be based on the Dukes of Hazzard, was canceled when several people complained about the series' racist content.

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Top 10 movies based on TV shows

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 1st 2006 8:34AM
serenityJoBlo, a website that respects Fight Club as much as I do, has a great list of the Top 10 movies based on television shows. For the most part, I agree with it. Except there is one major oversight: What about The Muppets? The Muppet Movie didn't make the list and, quite frankly, I'm baffled. I think it should totally replace The Naked Gun, which weighs in at #4. What-ever. The rest of the list looks good, however. It includes everything from last year's Serenity to Wayne's World to The Untouchables.

I'm going to list his Top 10 after the jump, but I highly recommend you go on over and read it and then come back and tell me if you think they forgot something. If you say Dukes of Hazzard or Starsky & Hutch... so help me... I'll reach through your computer and slap you!

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Knight Rider just says no to Hasselhoff

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2006 3:28PM
David HasselhoffAfter the release of Dukes of Hazzard and the big-screen adaptations of Dallas and Miami Vice already in the works, perhaps you started thinking to yourself, "They should make Knight Rider a full-length feature." If so, you should probably start watching some television that isn't pushing 20 years. But still, you're in luck 'cause the Weinsteins have picked it up for some sweet ex-cop/talking Trans-Am action. Unfortunately for David Hasselhoff fans, this is yet another no-show (he's not included in the upcoming Baywatch movie either). As long as they bring Mr. Feeny back to voice KITT, I'll keep my protesting to a minimum.

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Luke Duke arrested for drunken driving...Uncle Jesse devastated

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 17th 2006 9:01PM

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Bach The Dukes of HazzardWell, looks like Luke Duke, otherwise known to you cityfolk as actor Tom Wopat, has got himself into a heaping hunk of trouble, and there ain't no Bo or Daisy Duke to help him out of this pig slop.

Turns out Mr. Wopat, who played the dashing Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985, faces a charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) from the fine police of Ringwood, New Jersey. Seems that Tom was pulled from his Ford Bronco Wednesday night (the General Lee was in the shop; too many jumps over the ravine) after hitting some orange traffic cones and nearly slamming into a Ringwood police car. He was charged with the DWI, and one count of reckless driving, then released into the custody of his girlfriend.

Uncle Jesse, Luke could sure use some of that southern-fried advice right about now.

 

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