Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)
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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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MARTIN LEWIS

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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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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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’...
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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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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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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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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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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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ALICE, SWEET ALICE (Ann B. Davis May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014)

  Actress Ann B. Davis passed yesterday, June 1, 2014 at the age of 88. She’ll forever be remembered as the all-wise, all-knowing Alice Nelson from the insipid Brady Bunch TV series. I recall her from my youthful vie...
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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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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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Marsha Hunt at one of the Memphis Film Festivals from the late 1990s

MARSHA HUNT’S SWEET ADVERSITY

  There are documentaries of all shapes and sizes. Some are total fluff, others are dry and pedantic. But Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity(MHSA) is a fascinating piece about a totally fascinating lady. Marsha Hunt was an ac...
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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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