Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)
IT'S POP-CULTURE PARTY-TIME!

 
 

 
An example of one of the many FANTASTIC costumes on display. The amount of work that went into this outfit must have been tremendous!

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...
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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 William...
by Sam Maronie
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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.

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 re...
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Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC

…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’...
by Sam Maronie
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ANNE MEARA GONE AT AGE 85

  Some of my earliest television-watching experiences were watching comedy team Stiller and Meara on the old Ed Sullivan Show. The Stoic One would point and introduce the duo and boom! they were off on another rapid-fire r...
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THE SCIENCE-FICTION BOOK CLUB

  Who out there remembers that venerable old institution, The Science-Fiction Book Club? Based on the business model of that other venerable old institution, The Book-of-the-Month-Club, the SFBC would automatically mail yo...
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There were some fantastic costumes at ECC! Isn't this Wookie fantastic! Looks like he just stepped off the Millenium Falcon, doesn't he---or it?

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

I thought I would take a breather from traveling and post a few facts and fotos from some of the events I’ve recently attended. We’re in the throes of convention season, and there now is scarcely a week-end without ...
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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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HAPPY 78, MR. SULU

  George Hosato Takei aka Hkaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise spacecraft was born on this day, April 20, 1937. The talented Mr. Takei is an actor, director, author, and activist. After starring in the original Sta...
by Sam Maronie
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BILLIE HOLIDAY AT 100

  It’s truly a milestone today! We just celebrated another Birth of a Day–Doris Day–a few days ago. Now it’s time to remember iconic singer Billie Holiday as we mark Lady Day’s 100th birthday ...
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IN YOUR EASTER BONNET…..

Tomorrow is officially Easter Sunday, but today we celebrate the 1948 MGM film, Easter Parade. The movie starred Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford and Jules Munshin. Gene Kelly was originally cast in the Ast...
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STABLER HITS THE BIG 5-4

Well, well, well….Everyone’s favorite detective, Elliot Stabler–actor Christopher Meloni. The star of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz and even The Fannelli Boys, hits the big 5-4 today! Birthday cheers...
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beauty parlor

BLACK HAIR-CARE….AND DOROTHY LAMOUR?

  Everyone remembers actress Dorothy Lamour, who was famous for wearing a sarong and covorting with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in a number of their comedy films. What is a surpising aspect of Dottie’s life is that in t...
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EMPIRE’S TRAI BYERS

  POP CULTURE IN BLACK HISTORY We’ve already spoken about a couple of classic Black entertainment icons. Now it’s time to spotlight a modern performer who is on his way to becoming a great star. Friend of this ...
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A lovely MGM glamour portrait of Lena Horne, probably from the late 1940s. (c) MGM

LENA HORNE

    What better choice to start 2015 Black History Month than with  a true icon, the great Lena Horne. How can you best describe her? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-brea...
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