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An example of one of the many FANTASTIC costumes on display. The amount of work that went into this outfit must have been tremendous! 4-STAR FEATURE

C2E2 2016

  The opening salvo in this season’s program of mega-conventions was fired during the weekend of March 18-20 with the latest edition of C2E2. The Chicago-based pop-culture nerdy-gras boasted an attendance of some 75,000 enthusiastic fans.  Many refer to it as ‘San Diego light.’  There’s something for everyone, without being the top-heavy juggernaut of the west […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN CRAWFORD!

Today is Joan Crawford’s birthday! While the year is much-disputed, this great star is generally acknowledged to have been born today in 1904. Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here on her natal day not to bury Joan, but to praise her! […]

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SHADES OF COLOR

  It’s always a pleasure to see someone you admire greatly achieve a new level of success. I’ve known Steven S. Williams for a while and I’m excited to present his upcoming photo book, Shades of Color. Author Williams describes his first book as a photo series of men of color, capturing the beauty, spirit, […]

Rashaad Santiago is flanked by two of his most outre creations. His handiwork made him winner of Season 6 of the Syfy Channel's 'Face Off' reality show. 4-STAR FEATURE

CATCHING UP WITH . . . RASHAAD SANTIAGO

  We caught up with make-up wizard Rashaad Santiago recently at the Indy PopCon held  in Indianapolis, Indiana (#indypopcon). Santiago, as many of you know, was the Season Six winner of the Syfy Channel’s popular reality challenge, Face Off. FO is part game show/part reality series, where aspiring cosmetic technicians labor to change humans into […]

Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC 4-STAR FEATURE

…Catching up with SHONDO BLADES

He grabs your hand with a bone-crushing grip, looks you right in the eye and speaks forcefully….that’s how Shondo Blades greeted his many fans during an appearance last week at Indianapolis’ Indy PopCon. #Indypopcon He’s certainly an imposing individual! The actor/MMA fighter/motivational speaker/trainer and a half-dozen other things has had a fascinating career, even at […]

This glamorous portrait still of actress Jean Arthur is from another 1935 picture, Public Hero No. 1. A penciled note scrawled on the back of the photo remarks that the World Premiere of this film is to take place May 30 at Loew's State Theater in St. Louis. The old movie palace has been long-gone. I wonder if Miss Arthur and co-star Lionel Barrymore were in attendance? (c) Columbia Pictures FILM

THESE JUST IN….

  Folks often ask, “Where do you find all those great old stills you run in your posts?” My answer is always–“Everywhere!” I find them at estate sales, flea markets, private individuals, ebay, etc., etc! I found the accompanying batch of rare movie photos just the other day, quite by accident, in a local antique […]


 
 
 

 
Wow! Wayne Boring at his best! This will always be the definitive Superman/Lois  for Silver Age fans!

WAYNE BORING–ULTRA-RARE IMAGES!

  To many Gold and Silver Age fans, artist Wayne Boring’s rendition of ‘Superman’  is truly iconic.  While this may be debated by some fans, there is certainly no argument that Boring was one of the gre...
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MEET GOGO LOMO-DAVID

  Gogo Lomo-David. Don’t forget that name! SMEF predicts you’ll be hearing a lot from this talented young actor in the near future. You can see Gogo on the big screen starting this weekend in the major motion picture F...
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Lugosi gives British journalists a scare as he arrives in England during the 1950s to make the film, My Son, the Vampire. This production was also known under the titles Vampire Over London, King Robot and several other incarnations.

A MOST HAPPY BELA

  LUGOSI LIVES ETERNAL There’s not much new that can be said about horror film icon Bela Lugosi that hasn’t already been said before. He became ever-identified as Count Dracula. He turned down the role of Frank...
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TARANTULA

It’s sci-fi Saturday here at the old Funhouse! We’re celebrating the 1955 Universal Studios classic, Tarantula, with an entertaining picto-feature chock full of rare stills! Enjoy! All photos (c) Universal Pictures
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THE FIFTH BEATLE AND VIVEK J. TIWARY

  Today it seems like everyone is putting out a graphic novel. Some are good, some are mediocre….a few are even great. I’m happy to report that one of the great ones is The Fifth Beatle by author Vivek J. Tiwary and il...
by Sam Maronie
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J. Anthony Kosar puts some detail work on one of his critters. Kosar was the winnter of Season 4 of the make-up competition show, Face-Off.

SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE #3

  Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL) convened for its third edition this past weekend (May 9-11, 2014) at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. SFAL bills itself as ‘The Art Fair With a Sense of Wonder.’ Well, ...
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BARBARA EDEN–FOREVER JEANNIE!

  How do you describe someone who is considered a Living Legend? That term is bandied about frequently in today’s pop-culture world. If anyone truly deserves this title it certainly must be actress Barbara Eden. Who ...
by Sam Maronie
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I Dream of Jeannie co-star, Bill Daily, poses with MacKenzie Phillips at the Chicago Hollywood Show.

HOLLYWOOD SHOW CHICAGO

The Hollywood Show Chicago took place September 7-8, 2013 at the O’Hare Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Fans came from all over the country to the event in hopes of meeting their favorite celebrity, among the 25+ guests in...
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PASSAGES

On August 10 we lost singer Eydie Gorme, a mainstay since the early ’50s. Like Tony Bennett, who is still going strong, Gorme never succumbed to the onset of rock and roll, and reveled in the fact that she was a singer of...
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