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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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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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HAPPY 74 TO SMOKEY ROBINSON! Here's the singer/writer/performer/executive Robinson (r), flanked by The Cos. From a 1985 TV special. (c) NBC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SMOKEY ROBINSON!

  Happy #74 to William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr!  Smokey  is a legendary R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. He was the founder and leader of the Motown vocal group The Mi...
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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...
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in this still from King Kong vs. Godzilla, the Hairy One has clearly had one too many. I sure hope Godzilla took his keys away from him! (c) Universal Studios

GODZILLA & COMPANY

  Everyone’s posting their reviews of the new Godzilla movie. All the early buzz indicates that it’s a fun film and headed to be big at the turnstiles. We hope so! So instead of yet another critique of the spec...
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HOW I GOT STARTED IN SHOW BUSINESS

Back in the days when movies were king, new studio contract players were regularly thrown into B-movies, short-subjects and other low-level cinema foddder. This was done to give them some practical experience on a real movie se...
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You can't get much more classic than this! Here's Glen Strange as you-know-who from 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.'  I was shown file cabinet bulging with vintage stills, but only allowed to select 20 to purchase before the rest were destroyed. This one was a must-have! You can read all about this occurrence in my new book, 'Sam Maronie Tripping Through Pop-Culture,' which is available soon. (c) Universal Studios

MORE MONSTER PORTRAITS

Our first installment of magnificent Monster portraits was such a hit that we’re back with another ghoulish grouping.! Relax and enjoy our favorite terror titans in a more relaxed state, as they lift up their chins and sh...
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This great color portrait of Sidney Poitier is from one of his rare television appearances in the film, Separate but Equal.  In this 1991 TV film, Poitier portrayed Judge Thurgood Marshall. (c) ABC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. POITIER!

  He’s an actor, director, humanitarian, ground-breaker….Sidney Poitier is all that—and much, much more. Mr. Poitier is 87 years young today. He is a true icon of African-Americans in the cinema, the firs...
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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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This exciting ad-art still for 1958's 'The Space Children' has it all! ....rocket-ships, aliens, military action, panicking crowds and threatened children! Whew! 1950's sci-fi exploitation at it's best! And it's even a pretty decent picture! (c) Paramount Pictures

MARVELOUS MOVIE ART

  Back in the long-ago, prehistoric, pre-Photoshop days, movie marketers relied on illustrators to help publicize their films with elaborate illustration art. Most studio releases were accompanied by these ‘ad-art...
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BARBARA EDEN–FOREVER JEANNIE!

  How do you describe someone who is considered a Living Legend? That term is bandied about frequently in today’s pop-culture world. If anyone truly deserves this title it certainly must be actress Barbara Eden. Who ...
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Producer Glen Larson created dozens of TV series during his heyday, but Battlestar: Galactica was undoubtedly his most popular.

GLEN LARSON DEAD AT 77

    Producer Glen Larson passed away Friday, November 14 age age 77. His family released a statement that he succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Even if you were the most casual TV water in the 1970s, you couldn&#...
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Submitted for your approval is a trio of great photos of Sidney Poitier the Director working on the set of 1980's Stir Crazy. I didn't care much for the movie as a whole, but no question that Sidney brought the best out of the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder teaming.  Here Poitier and Pryor share a life during rehearsal. (c) Columbia

SIDNEY POITIER AT WORK

  We’ve been writing way too many obituaries here at The Funhouse as of late. So lets take a turn and celebrate an icon who is still with us. We marked filmmaker Sidney Poitier’s birthday recently. But let̵...
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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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Lee had long wanted to film a 'definitive' version of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' novel. Stoker's book no way resembled the romanticized character of most modern horror films. He had his chance with 1970's 'County Dracula'. Despite a good cast including Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, and director Jess Franco, the results were less than satisfying.  It was a good try, though!

HAPPY #92, SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE!

  There is only one true horror icon of cinema left in the world, and that is Sir Christopher Lee. The Funhouse wishes Mr. Lee a happy 92nd birthday today, and we are so grateful he is still with us! Think of Christopher ...
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