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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 […]


 
 
 

 
HAPPY 82, PEPPER! Actress Angie Dickinson turns the Big 8-2 today. She's a Hollywood survivor, starting out as cinema eye-candy and ultimately morphing into a very popular TV star. Her 1970's series, Police Woman, was a huge hit at the time. Many more birthdays to you, Angie! (c) NBC

BIRTHDAY BONANZA!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 We’ve got bunch of birthday wishes to distribute today. Let’s wish a happy natal day to the following celebs.                         &n...
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This Hawkman/Hawkgirl team was one of the most impressive sights of the convention. Their wings flapped and medallions lit up, to the delight of attendees.

PROJECT COMICON 2013

Project Comicon 2013 is now history. The fourth edition of this St. Louis conclave took place September 21 & 22 at the Westport Sheraton Chalet. Project Comicon is one of the best-kept secrets among local conventions. It...
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Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn't need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980's. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She's flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

ONE MORE TIME…

Once a Legend, always a Legend…Many a screen superstar were content to rest on their laurels and enjoy retirement. But many TV producers saw the value of adding many of these iconic players to dress up their TV movies and...
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COMICS’ BEST FRIEND

If comic books ever had a best friend, that would certainly be author Michael Chabon. The talented writer’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, was set in the 1930’s milieu of the nascent comic-book ...
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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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I Dream of Jeannie co-star, Bill Daily, poses with MacKenzie Phillips at the Chicago Hollywood Show.

HOLLYWOOD SHOW CHICAGO

The Hollywood Show Chicago took place September 7-8, 2013 at the O’Hare Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Fans came from all over the country to the event in hopes of meeting their favorite celebrity, among the 25+ guests in...
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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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PASSAGES

On August 10 we lost singer Eydie Gorme, a mainstay since the early ’50s. Like Tony Bennett, who is still going strong, Gorme never succumbed to the onset of rock and roll, and reveled in the fact that she was a singer of...
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