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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 […]


 
 
 

 
in this still from King Kong vs. Godzilla, the Hairy One has clearly had one too many. I sure hope Godzilla took his keys away from him! (c) Universal Studios

GODZILLA & COMPANY

  Everyone’s posting their reviews of the new Godzilla movie. All the early buzz indicates that it’s a fun film and headed to be big at the turnstiles. We hope so! So instead of yet another critique of the spec...
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SAM MARONIE TRIPPING THROUGH POP CULTURE

  Maronie Creative Services LLC and Sam Maronie’s Entertainment Funhouse have finally given birth to their first offspring! Sam Maronie: Tripping Through Pop Culture is just-released to entertainment fans across the ...
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An amazingly rare candid, unretouched photograph of Boris Karloff (l) and Basil Rathbone from Universal's 1939 Tower of London. It was the same year that the duo co-starred in Son of Frankenstein, which ignited another cycle of Universal horror films. (c) Universal Studios

TOWER OF LONDON

Universal’s 1939 entry, Tower of London, is part of the studios horror heritage while not exactly being a ‘monster’ film. It starred genre icons Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone (who also played together in So...
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Maybe not such a rare image, but I haven't seen it around. Here's a funkadelic publicity shot from the beginning of Season 3. Dig that far-out background!

BATMAN ’66 RARITIES!

The iconic Batman TV series (known as ‘Batman ’66’) is hotter than ever now! There are current comic-books featuring sixties versions of the Dynamic Duo, a whole line of action figures, high-priced statues, an...
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ELEANOR POWELL

ELEANOR POWELL

      She was known as the Queen of Tap. Lovely Eleanor Powell was plucked from obscurity in the 1930s and became one of Hollywood’s top musical stars. She was one of illustrious MGMs top money-makers durin...
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'I Married An Angel,' was the last teaming of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Eddy is down on one knee with MacDonald, while a bevy of costumed beauties look on. (c) MGM

COLOR ME HOLLYWOOD!

Fans don’t see a lot of color photography from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Sure there are color portraits of that era’s stars circulating around. But you don’t find a lot of scene stills from an actual movie ...
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Forrest J-no-period Ackerman, appearing at Defcon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, circa 2000. Just one of the thousands of conventions--small and large--that the lifelong fan attended in his lifetime.Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

MAN AND ACKERMAN

  Certainly much has been written by Forrest J Ackerman over the years. Yes, we know he was the foremost collector of this…..or the very first person to do that….. Or created the original fill-in-the blank̷...
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'Three Daring Daughters' (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness!  They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There's birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and  singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELINOR DONAHUE!

  Mary Elinor Donahue was born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. She started out as a child player in vaudeville and later appeared in a few low-budget musicals at Universal Studios in the 1940s. She continued to appea...
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Lady Sings the Blues was a 1972 biopic of legendary singer Billie Holiday. The picture made movie stars of Ms. Ross and Richard Pryor. (c) Paramount

Call Her MISS Ross….

Much has been written about performer Diana Ross over the years—a great majority of that has been controversial. All that aside, it’s important to focus solely on her tremendous talents as singer, actress and stage ...
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