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MEET GOGO LOMO-DAVID

  Gogo Lomo-David. Don’t forget that name! SMEF predicts you’ll be hearing a lot from this talented young actor in the near future. You can see Gogo on the big screen starting this weekend in the major motion picture F...
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Lugosi gives British journalists a scare as he arrives in England during the 1950s to make the film, My Son, the Vampire. This production was also known under the titles Vampire Over London, King Robot and several other incarnations.

A MOST HAPPY BELA

  LUGOSI LIVES ETERNAL There’s not much new that can be said about horror film icon Bela Lugosi that hasn’t already been said before. He became ever-identified as Count Dracula. He turned down the role of Frank...
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DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO

One of the star presentations of the 2013 St. Louis International Film Festival was filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s satirical movie, Destination: Planet Negro. A spoof of 1950s low-budget sci-fi flicks, DPN involves a trio of ...
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Super-Fine, Super-Bad detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) from the classic 1971 film. (c) MGM

RICHARD ROUNDTREE AKA JOHN SHAFT

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN POP CULTURE Actor Richard Roundtree will forever be identified with iconic detective John Shaft. As the hero of the 1971 blaxploitation classic, Roundtree inspired a generation and cemented his pla...
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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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Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn't need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980's. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She's flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

ONE MORE TIME…

Once a Legend, always a Legend…Many a screen superstar were content to rest on their laurels and enjoy retirement. But many TV producers saw the value of adding many of these iconic players to dress up their TV movies and...
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This 1943 photo features Myrna Loy dining out with uber-producer David O. Selznick at a Hollywood restaurant.

MAGNIFICENT MYRNA LOY

  Myrna Adele Williams was born in Radersburg, Montana on August 2, 1905. We know her better as actress Myrna Loy and she would be 109 today. Most know her as Nora Charles from the hugely popular Thin Man series of picture...
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This is a piece of early 'Star Trek' publicity that shows the more human side of everyone's favorite Vulcan. Nimoy is obviously at home, grokking on a filk tune or two. (c) NBC

FINAL TREK FOR LEONARD NIMOY

  Buckets of tears have flowed from the public on news of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy. Forever associated with his Star Trek character, the Vulcan Mr. Spock, Nimoy left this mortal earth today at the age if 83. He h...
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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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HAPPY 82, PEPPER! Actress Angie Dickinson turns the Big 8-2 today. She's a Hollywood survivor, starting out as cinema eye-candy and ultimately morphing into a very popular TV star. Her 1970's series, Police Woman, was a huge hit at the time. Many more birthdays to you, Angie! (c) NBC

BIRTHDAY BONANZA!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 We’ve got bunch of birthday wishes to distribute today. Let’s wish a happy natal day to the following celebs.                         &n...
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A TALE OF TWO POP-CULTURE SHOWS

  I recently attended a couple of pop-culture shows, both which took place in Chicago during the same weekend. One was quite enjoyable, while the other was a hot mess. I’d been looking forward to the annual Chicago Holly...
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AUDREY TOTTER (1918-2013)

We’ve been saying good-bye to way too many iconic stars these past couple of weeks. But it’s with extra sadness that we report the passing of actress Audrey Totter. She was 94. Totter had a long and varied Hollywood...
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THE OTHER LADY DAY–DORIS, THAT IS…..

  Happy 91 to singer/actress Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, a/k/a Doris Day. She had a fantastic career. Her voice is still one of most-recognized in modern musical history. Doris was pretty much squandered by her time in Holl...
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANS CONRIED

  Many people won’t know who Hans Conried is. But I’m betting most of them will remember how he sounded! The popular comedian, voice artist, actor, etc., etc. was born on this day in 1917. Conried was one of th...
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