Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)
IT'S POP-CULTURE PARTY-TIME!

In The Spotlight

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 […]

JOAN 12 FILM

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! […]

shades 2 4-STAR FEATURE

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 […]


 
 
 

 
Artist Bernie Wrightson at a 2012 Kansas City Missouri convention appearance.

BERNIE WRIGHTSON AILING

  Artist Bernie Wrightson is recovering from a series of ‘small’ strokes that has left the award-winning draftsman hospitalized. Wrightson burst upon the comic-book scene in the late 1960s where his work for DC...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
There were some fantastic costumes at ECC! Isn't this Wookie fantastic! Looks like he just stepped off the Millenium Falcon, doesn't he---or it?

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

I thought I would take a breather from traveling and post a few facts and fotos from some of the events I’ve recently attended. We’re in the throes of convention season, and there now is scarcely a week-end without ...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
TURKEY

NO TURKEYS HERE

The character actor is almost extinct in today’s entertainment world. In Hollywood’s past, these colorful performers made even the most pedestrian film that much better with their presence. On Thanksgiving Day, let&...
by Sam Maronie
0

 

 
JOAN 12

OUR JOAN

Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here today not to bury Joan, but to praise her! Turner Classic Movies has elected Joan Crawford their S...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
This autographed still is unidentified, but methinks it is probably from one of his 'El Hombre Lobo' series of films.

THE SPANISH ‘LON CHANEY’–PAUL NASCHY

    Only die-hard horror movie fans will recognize the name of actor Paul Naschy (1934-2009). But this Spanish filmmaker has produced, directed, written and starred in literally dozens of foreign terror films. For dec...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
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...
by Sam Maronie
0

 

 
beauty parlor

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...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
Stephen Sadowski was constantly busy during the convention, drawing for his many fans. Stephen is remembered for his awesome run on JSA.

STEPHEN SADOWSKI

  One of the most exciting talents in comics today is artist Stephen Sadowski. After starting out with various assignments for DC, his run on their JSA title of the early 2000s made him a fan-favorite. Other high-profile proje...
by Sam Maronie
0

 
 
meloni

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...
by Sam Maronie
0

 




css.php