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THE FIFTH BEATLE AND VIVEK J. TIWARY

  Today it seems like everyone is putting out a graphic novel. Some are good, some are mediocre….a few are even great. I’m happy to report that one of the great ones is The Fifth Beatle by author Vivek J. Tiwary and il...
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TARANTULA

It’s sci-fi Saturday here at the old Funhouse! We’re celebrating the 1955 Universal Studios classic, Tarantula, with an entertaining picto-feature chock full of rare stills! Enjoy! All photos (c) Universal Pictures
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Anyone remember the comedy team of Wayne and Shuster? I thought so. Anyway, they were hugely popular in the late 50s and 60s. Johnny Wayne of the duo is prepped for a comedy skit which appeared in a summer replacement series for CBS in 1960. (c) CBS

MUST-SEE TV STILLS

      Behind-the-scenes or ‘production’ stills are pretty rare for TV series. The networks seldom release them to the general press. Even more scarce are such photos from vintage television of the 50s...
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THE MEETING

THE MEETING

  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, than to praise the powerful production of Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting, currently running at the St. Louis Black...
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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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This prehistoric couple walks among New York's Finest in the Big Apple. The unidentified duo is from the Hugh Hefner-produced film, 'The Naked Ape'. It was loosely based on the Desmond Morris international best-seller. (c) Universal

BIGFOOTS, NEANDERTHALS, AND OTHER HAIRY DUDES

    The cinema has always been fascinated with cave-men, yeti, and other missing links. Whether you’re a subscriber to Charles Darwin or not, here’s a smattering of hirsuite Hollywood players for your peru...
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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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RUBY DEE (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014)

  We’ve lost yet another iconic African-American artist. Actress Ruby Dee died today at her home in New Rochelle, New York. She was 91. Much has been written in memoriam about Ms. Dee’s life, career, and marria...
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R.I.P. MAXIMILIAN SCHELL

It was announced today that actor Maximilian Schell has passed away. He was 83. The actor was born in Vienna on Dec. 8, 1930. He made his stage debut in 1952 and lensed a few German films before relocating to the US in 1958. He...
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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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Jane Adams never appeared in many Universal horror films, but she appeared in one with the most monsters! In 'House of Dracula' (1945) she starred opposite Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man---and a mad scientist. Plus she had to wear a deforming hump on her back. Whew! That's gotta be a record! (c) Universal

HORROR HEROINE AUTOGRAPHS

  When I was a lad I literally devoured each issue of the horror fan-magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. I loved when editor Forry Ackerman ran a signed photo of some monster film celebrity. I wanted to start my own col...
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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...
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LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

  The world mourns as we’ve lost a true cinematic icon. Actress Lauren Bacall has left us on August 12, 2014 at age 89. She was a true Hollywood original and left behind a magnificent body of work. She was born Betty...
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NICHELLE NICHOLS

Actress Nichelle Nichols will forever be identified as Lt. Nyota Uhura, communications officer on the star-ship U.S.S. Enterprise. Her role in the classic 1960s Star Trek series made the performer an instant international icon....
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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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