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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! 4-STAR FEATURE

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 75,000 enthusiastic fans.  Many refer to it as ‘San Diego light.’  There’s something for everyone, without being the top-heavy juggernaut of the west […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN CRAWFORD!

Today is Joan Crawford’s birthday! While the year is much-disputed, this great star is generally acknowledged to have been born today in 1904. Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here on her natal day not to bury Joan, but to praise her! […]

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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 Williams describes his first book as a photo series of men of color, capturing the beauty, spirit, […]

Rashaad Santiago is flanked by two of his most outre creations. His handiwork made him winner of Season 6 of the Syfy Channel's 'Face Off' reality show. 4-STAR FEATURE

CATCHING UP WITH . . . RASHAAD SANTIAGO

  We caught up with make-up wizard Rashaad Santiago recently at the Indy PopCon held  in Indianapolis, Indiana (#indypopcon). Santiago, as many of you know, was the Season Six winner of the Syfy Channel’s popular reality challenge, Face Off. FO is part game show/part reality series, where aspiring cosmetic technicians labor to change humans into […]

Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC 4-STAR FEATURE

…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’s certainly an imposing individual! The actor/MMA fighter/motivational speaker/trainer and a half-dozen other things has had a fascinating career, even at […]

This glamorous portrait still of actress Jean Arthur is from another 1935 picture, Public Hero No. 1. A penciled note scrawled on the back of the photo remarks that the World Premiere of this film is to take place May 30 at Loew's State Theater in St. Louis. The old movie palace has been long-gone. I wonder if Miss Arthur and co-star Lionel Barrymore were in attendance? (c) Columbia Pictures FILM

THESE JUST IN….

  Folks often ask, “Where do you find all those great old stills you run in your posts?” My answer is always–“Everywhere!” I find them at estate sales, flea markets, private individuals, ebay, etc., etc! I found the accompanying batch of rare movie photos just the other day, quite by accident, in a local antique […]


 
 
 

 
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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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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MARVEL ARTIST HERB TRIMPE GONE AT 75

  Well. I thought the last thing i’d be doing today would be posting an obituary for legendary Marvel artist Herb Trimpe. But word has just come down that the talented drafsman–who was the first artist to draw...
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THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES

  I just saw a teriffic movie yesterday. The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Spring Byington and Robert Cummings. Briefly, the plot involves the curmudgeonly owner of a departmen...
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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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IN YOUR EASTER BONNET…..

Tomorrow is officially Easter Sunday, but today we celebrate the 1948 MGM film, Easter Parade. The movie starred Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford and Jules Munshin. Gene Kelly was originally cast in the Ast...
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THE OTHER LADY DAY–DORIS, THAT IS…..

  Happy 91 to singer/actress Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, a/k/a Doris Day. She had a fantastic career. Her voice is still one of most-recognized in modern musical history. Doris was pretty much squandered by her time in Holl...
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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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Of course, cosplay was in full blossom during the event. Here DC icons Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash take pause for a photo-op!

PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY 2015

  Kansas City’s grand Planet Comicon has come and gone. Like previous years, this year’s event continued to grow in size and scope. Pretty soon this great show will become the Comicon International: San Diego o...
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