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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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ROBERT WISE

  A belated birthday wish to the late film director Robert Wise. Wise was best known for his big-budget musicals like West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Star. But this blogger credits the filmmaker for helming one of ...
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THE BARONESS BIDS FAREWELL…

Actress Eleanor Parker has passed away today, Dec. 9, 2013, at the age of 91. She died of natural causes in Palm Springs, CA. Ms. Parker was a contract player at Warner Brothers in the 40s and 50s. She achieved great success in...
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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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BROADWAY AT THE MOVIES

  I’ve just viewed two of the oddest movies I’ve seen in quite a while. What makes them so strange is that they are both filmed versions of Broadway shows. I mean that literally. They are two theatrical product...
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I Dream of Jeannie co-star, Bill Daily, poses with MacKenzie Phillips at the Chicago Hollywood Show.

HOLLYWOOD SHOW CHICAGO

The Hollywood Show Chicago took place September 7-8, 2013 at the O’Hare Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Fans came from all over the country to the event in hopes of meeting their favorite celebrity, among the 25+ guests in...
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One of Amanda's first studio portraits at MGM. They tried to promote her as a new Greer Garson. (c) MGM

MISS KITTY OF THE LONG BRANCH

  Actress  Amanda Blake, best known as ‘Miss Kitty Russell’ from the long-running TV series, Gunsmoke, was born on this day in 1929. So its appropriate we make the red-haired personality the Funhouse’s P...
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