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IT'S POP-CULTURE PARTY-TIME!

 
 

 
This image is from the first season of Fresh Prince in 1990. From left to right is Will Smith, Tatyana M. Ali, Janet Hubert and James Avery. The series lasted until 1996. (c) NBC

GOOD-BYE TO JAMES AVERY

  JAMES AVERY The Funhouse has been delivering way too many obituaries as of late. And it’s our sad duty to add two more tho the list. Actor JAMES AVERY, “Uncle Phil” Banks, passed away on December 31 fro...
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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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MOVIE PREMIERE–ST. LOUIS STYLE!

Hollywood came to St. Louis back in 1966 when the stars turned out for a full-scale movie premiere. The new film was The Trouble with Angels, a middling comedy starring the legendary Rosalind Russell and a passel of veteran per...
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CELEBRATING PAM GRIER

    They called her The Queen of the Bs…Bs as in blacksploitation films of the 1970s! The film titles were ludicrous…..The Big Doll House, Sheba Baby, Coffy….but as varying in quality as these pictur...
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CONVENTION BLUES

We’re now nearing the final gasp of the convention season. The behemoth known as Comicon San Diego has come and gone. Wizard World Chicago and Dragon Con Atlanta are coming up fast and promise to be huge fan conclaves. Th...
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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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THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES

  I just saw a teriffic movie yesterday. The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Spring Byington and Robert Cummings. Briefly, the plot involves the curmudgeonly owner of a departmen...
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PASSAGES

On August 10 we lost singer Eydie Gorme, a mainstay since the early ’50s. Like Tony Bennett, who is still going strong, Gorme never succumbed to the onset of rock and roll, and reveled in the fact that she was a singer of...
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An actor rarely has a chance to portray one iconic characters in their career---let alone two--but Karloff accomplished that feat. Not only will he be forever identified with the Frankenstein monster, but also as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This holiday special has run for years---and will most likely continue to run for decades more. (c) CBS

KAROFF THE UNCANNY

OUR FAVORITE MONSTER Mention ‘horror films’ to any fan, and more than likely he’ll automatically respond ‘Boris Karloff’. The British actor was the quintisesential terror film star. He started it a...
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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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SEEN BETWEEN SCENES

Studio publicists call these ‘production shots’. They’re the candid photos of moviemakers in-between actual shooting of a film. Usually they are corny shots of stars visting with each other between takes, enjo...
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A TITANNIC TRIO!

  Talk about star-power! Here’s Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Charles Boyer all together! The caption on this photo is dated August 12, 1948. This troika of cinema royalty had just arrived in New York, having sailed...
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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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Harold Ramis (l) confers with former hair-bender-turned-producer Jon Peters on the set of the 1980 mega-hit Caddyshack. (c) Warner Brothers

Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

Film fans mourn the loss today of Director/Writer/Producer/Actor Harold Ramis. He was 69. Ramis was born in Chicago, where his creative flair for comedy brought him into the orbit of other avante garde comedians.  He connected...
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