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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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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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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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The man behind that monkey mask is no less than famous director John Landis! This was his first commercially released film in 1973. Landis, of course, went on to bigger and better things like 'An American Werewolf in London,' 'Animal House,' 'The Blues Brothers,' and many more classics. We'll forgive him for 'Oscar!' The makeup for this movie was by the great Rick Baker, Monster Maker. (c) Jack H. Harris Enterprises.

MAD, MAD MONKEY MONDAY

  Simians in the cinema have been great fun ever since the silent era. We’ve seen everything from men in suits, elaborate make-ups, and stop-motion animation. No matter how they’re served, we can’t get en...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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...
by Sam Maronie
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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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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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