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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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The Cunninghams from 'Happy Days' pose for a highly-retouched 1983 Thanksgiving photo. Left to right are Erin Moran, Scott Baio, Tom Bosley, Henry Winkler, Marian Ross, Steven Shortridge and Anson Williams. What? No Ralph Malph? (c) ABC

THANKSGIVING TURKEY TIME

  ‘Holiday Art’ has long been a staple of the entertainment world. Gathering a show’s cast together for Christmas, Halloween and other seasonal photos is about as corny a publicity gimmick as you can get....
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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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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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Here's a beautiful MGM portrait still of the great Charles Laughton from his role as 'The Canterville Ghost.' Laughton never really played monsters, but he was in some fine fright features like 'The Island of Lost Souls, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and a couple of others. (c) MGM

MONSTER-IFFIC PORTRAITS!

No better time than Halloween to showcase some rare portraits of iconic monster stars. Here these horror film actors take a sedate moment or two to pose for the studio still photographer. True monster fans will recognize these ...
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it's a toss-up as to who looks the most horrible in this picture. This still is from 1941's 'Puddin' Head,' starring the homely country singer Judy Canova. The actress was lowly Republic Pictures' top star. Her films rarely played sophisticated theaters in New York, but they were huge hits with neighborhood movie-houses and the rural market. (c) Republic Pictures.

MESSED-UP MONSTERS

Time to stop procrastinating and start the Halloween celebration here at the Ol’ Funhouse! Peruse this collection of unique monster photos featuring some head-scratching creatures likely to evoke as much laughter as terro...
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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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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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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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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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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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The picture of domestic bliss! Johnny Weissmuller and his 'Jane,' wife Beryl, pose with young John Scott. The tyke is one of three children the actor had during his marriage to Beryl.

UP IN TARZAN’S TREEHOUSE . . .

  Movie publicists have always used the ‘stars-at-home’ photo feature to showcase performers in their natural habitat. Back before TMZ and shows of their ilk, this was the only way movie fans could see how thei...
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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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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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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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