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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 […]


 
 
 

 
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER

  You know, there’s not a lot of modern entertainers that I really  aspire to meet. I could probably name them on one finger. Be sure, that Cedric the Entertainer is certainly one of them! So it’s with great p...
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THE HORN

    How can you best describe Lena Horne? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-breaker…? Ms. Horne was all this, and so much more. One thing you can say for sure, she was...
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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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FAREWELL JUANITA MOORE

JUANITA MOORE Actress Juanita Moore died in her Los Angeles home  on Tuesday, December 31. She was 99. Ms. Moore began her theatrical career after graduation from Los Angeles Junior College. She was a chorus girl at a number o...
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NEVER FEAR, SMITH IS HERE!

  I’ve certainly met a lot of colorful characters in my 40-plus years as an entertainment writer, but none was more memorable than actor Jonathan Harris. Today we remember his passing on this date in 2002. He was 87....
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ROSALIND RUSSELL

    Rosalind Russell was one of the greatest screen actresses–and personalities–in Hollywood history. There didn’t seem to be much that she could not do. Ms. Russell started out as a ‘second-le...
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Martin Nodell's cover to the historic Green Lantern #1 in 1940. Though considered 'crude' by today's slick standards, this image is a teriffic composition of color, action and drama....it's timeless!

GREEN LANTERN AND THE NODELLS

  Perhaps the greatest by-product of working in the comics industry are the many great people I’ve met along the way. Certainly my two favorite friends were Marty and Carrie Nodell. Marty was the co-creator of the or...
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MICHAEL RENNIE — KLAATU WITHOUT HIS SPACE SUIT

  Eric Alexander Rennie was born on August 29, 1909 in Idle near Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. After graduation from school, Rennie toiled as a car salesman and manager of his uncle’s rope factory. He was alway...
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