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BROADWAY AT THE MOVIES

  I’ve just viewed two of the oddest movies I’ve seen in quite a while. What makes them so strange is that they are both filmed versions of Broadway shows. I mean that literally. They are two theatrical product...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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O'Bryan to Ryan to Goldberg! Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) was a terffic MGM musical featuring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams. No water ballets, but Esther warbles the title tune while splashing in a hotel pool. Betty Garrett sings the knock-out song, 'It's Fate, Baby, It's Fate!'. (c) MGM

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PLAY BALL!

  Baseball season is here at last! The ball-parks are alive with fans! Lots of hot dogs are being eaten and beer guzzled. Hollywood has always carried a love-affair with America’s Greatest Past-time! Baseball-themed ...
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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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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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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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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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OLD-TIME RADIO….WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

Believe it or not—back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth–there was a type of radio that was not just a jukebox There were sitcoms, variety shows, opera, dramas, and all sorts of slick programming. The catch...
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SAM MARONIE TRIPPING THROUGH POP CULTURE

  Maronie Creative Services LLC and Sam Maronie’s Entertainment Funhouse have finally given birth to their first offspring! Sam Maronie: Tripping Through Pop Culture is just-released to entertainment fans across the ...
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