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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 […]


 
 
 

 
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STOOGEFEST ST. LOUIS

  I don’t know where you’ll be this coming Saturday, but I will have my fanny parked at the Three Stooges Convention taking place in St. Charles, Missouri, which is near St. Louis. The event is taking place Saturday, N...
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ORSON WELLES

ORSON WELLES

  Many contemporary fans will be surprised by this dashing portrait of Orson Welles. Most remember him as the overweight, bearded bufoon who cavorted on cheesy TV variety shows in the 1970s and was a pitchman for low-grade...
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THE LOST WORLD SILENT

PREHISTORIC HALLOWEEN MONSTERS

  This past weekend I came across this fantastically rare still from the silent film ‘The Lost World,’ made in 1925. This was one of model animator Willis O’Brien’s earliest screen assignments, and ...
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There are no stars in this vintage still. It's a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new 'Golddiggers of 1935.' Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers

RARE MOVIE TREATS!

  A great part of attending film fests are the many treasures I pick up along the way. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of these gems I’ve just acquired with you, the fans! For some reason they all rev...
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Producer Glen Larson created dozens of TV series during his heyday, but Battlestar: Galactica was undoubtedly his most popular.

GLEN LARSON DEAD AT 77

    Producer Glen Larson passed away Friday, November 14 age age 77. His family released a statement that he succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Even if you were the most casual TV water in the 1970s, you couldn&#...
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Al Feldstein fields questions from fans during a Q&A session at a mid-2000s Chicago comics convention. He could--and would--talk for hours about his fascinating career.

FAREWELL, MR. FELDSTEIN

  We’ve lost another giant in the comics industry. Editor/writer/artist Al Feldstein  passed in his Livingston, Montana home yesterday, April 30. He was 88. The Brooklyn-born Feldstein was always interested in art, ...
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LAIRD CREGAR

  Only the most devoted film fan knows the name Laird Cregar. He was a screen character actor who rivaled Karloff and Lugosi for creepy cinematic portrayals. Samuel Laird Cregar was born July 28, 1913 in Philadelphia.  He...
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THE MEETING

THE MEETING

  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, than to praise the powerful production of Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting, currently running at the St. Louis Black...
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Here are two exclusive color photos of the great Christopher Lee. These two pix were taken at Monster Bash 1999 held in Crystal City, Virginia. Lee's in his early 90s now and we hope he'll be with us for many more years. Exclusive photos by Sam Maronie

CHRISTOPHER LEE

THE SPELLBINDING COUNT… I’ve been to lots of film conventions and have heard lots of actors speak about their careers, but none will ever compare to the fantastic talk Christopher Lee gave at Monster Rally 1999 in C...
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