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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 […]


 
 
 

 
A beautiul portrait of Anne Baxter from her days as a contract player at 20th Century-Fox.

ANNE BAXTER

  Beautiful Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923.  She later moved to New York City with her parents, where as a child she began acting in stock productions and later Broadway. 20th Century-Fox ...
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The always-glamorous Hazel Scott performs in a segment of the all-star Waner Bros. film, Rhapsody in Blue. Ms. Scott appeared in several Hollywood films. Unfortunately these performances were confined to 'segments' that could be edited out of prints shipped to sensitive Southern states. 
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HAZEL SCOTT

  Hazel Dorothy Scott  was an internationally known American jazz/classical pianist and singer. Ms. Scott also appeared in several films. Unfortunately, as was the case in those segregationist years, her screen appearance...
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HAPPY 82, PEPPER! Actress Angie Dickinson turns the Big 8-2 today. She's a Hollywood survivor, starting out as cinema eye-candy and ultimately morphing into a very popular TV star. Her 1970's series, Police Woman, was a huge hit at the time. Many more birthdays to you, Angie! (c) NBC

BIRTHDAY BONANZA!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 We’ve got bunch of birthday wishes to distribute today. Let’s wish a happy natal day to the following celebs.                         &n...
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AUDREY TOTTER (1918-2013)

We’ve been saying good-bye to way too many iconic stars these past couple of weeks. But it’s with extra sadness that we report the passing of actress Audrey Totter. She was 94. Totter had a long and varied Hollywood...
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TRIBUTE TO NICK CARDY

By now everyone knows Golden Age comics legend Nick Cardy has left us at age 93. I’m not going to spend a lot of time here reciting the beloved artists’ stats. You can read those other places. Here I’m going t...
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The winter soldier himself, Captain America, was there to greet fans as they entered the meeting hall.

C2E2 — CHICAGO’S ‘COMICS’ COMICON #smefunhouse #c2e2

  The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo — that’s C2E2 to us all — took place last weekend, April 25-27 in the Windy City. This was event #5 for the successful convention, and it drew thousands of ex...
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Richard Denning in an atmospheric portrait from 1955's Creature with the Atom Brain. (c) Columbia Pictures

RICHARD DENNING

MONSTER HUNTER #1 Richard Denning was never more than a ‘B’ movie actor–and he’d be the first person to tell you that–but he always gave 110% no matter how poverty-row the production was. Denning h...
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GET WELL, JOE SINNOTT

  We’re sorry to report that veteran Marvel Comics artist Joe Sinnott has recently been dealing with some serious medical setbacks. The 88-year-old Sinnott experienced some cardiac issues which required a brief hospi...
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Stephen Sadowski was constantly busy during the convention, drawing for his many fans. Stephen is remembered for his awesome run on JSA.

STEPHEN SADOWSKI

  One of the most exciting talents in comics today is artist Stephen Sadowski. After starting out with various assignments for DC, his run on their JSA title of the early 2000s made him a fan-favorite. Other high-profile proje...
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