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In The Spotlight

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 […]


 
 
 

 
it's a toss-up as to who looks the most horrible in this picture. This still is from 1941's 'Puddin' Head,' starring the homely country singer Judy Canova. The actress was lowly Republic Pictures' top star. Her films rarely played sophisticated theaters in New York, but they were huge hits with neighborhood movie-houses and the rural market. (c) Republic Pictures.

MESSED-UP MONSTERS

Time to stop procrastinating and start the Halloween celebration here at the Ol’ Funhouse! Peruse this collection of unique monster photos featuring some head-scratching creatures likely to evoke as much laughter as terro...
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Lee had long wanted to film a 'definitive' version of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' novel. Stoker's book no way resembled the romanticized character of most modern horror films. He had his chance with 1970's 'County Dracula'. Despite a good cast including Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, and director Jess Franco, the results were less than satisfying.  It was a good try, though!

HAPPY #92, SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE!

  There is only one true horror icon of cinema left in the world, and that is Sir Christopher Lee. The Funhouse wishes Mr. Lee a happy 92nd birthday today, and we are so grateful he is still with us! Think of Christopher ...
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DIRECTOR KEVIN WILLMOTT RECOVERING

  We’re sorry to report acclaimed writer/director, Kevin Willmott, was involved in an automobile accident today en route to a screening and lecture in Kansas City. Willmott is the director of the critical hit, ‘...
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OUR JOAN

Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here today not to bury Joan, but to praise her! Turner Classic Movies has elected Joan Crawford their S...
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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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This Hawkman/Hawkgirl team was one of the most impressive sights of the convention. Their wings flapped and medallions lit up, to the delight of attendees.

PROJECT COMICON 2013

Project Comicon 2013 is now history. The fourth edition of this St. Louis conclave took place September 21 & 22 at the Westport Sheraton Chalet. Project Comicon is one of the best-kept secrets among local conventions. It...
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MIRIAM HOPKINS

    We’ve missed a Portrait of the Week or two here at the Funhouse, while we’ve been busy convention-going and redesigning our site.  We’re back on track now with this week’s tribute to actre...
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Mickey's series of 'backyard musical' films with Judy Garland are all classics. They gave Rooney the perfect opportunity to sing, dance, act and play comedy. (c) MGM

MICKEY ROONEY LEAVES US AT AGE 93

  Born Joseph Yule, Jr. in 1920, Mickey Rooney passed away yesterday, April 6, 2014 at the age of 93. Spanning an incredible career of over 9 decades, Rooney was one of the last remaining links of Old Hollywood. So much co...
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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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