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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 […]


 
 
 

 
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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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CARMEN MIRANDA

None other than the Brazilian Bombshell herself, Carmen Miranda, is the Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week. Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha was born February 9, 1909. She was already a star in South America, appearing in sev...
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The winter soldier himself, Captain America, was there to greet fans as they entered the meeting hall.

C2E2 — CHICAGO’S ‘COMICS’ COMICON #smefunhouse #c2e2

  The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo — that’s C2E2 to us all — took place last weekend, April 25-27 in the Windy City. This was event #5 for the successful convention, and it drew thousands of ex...
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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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THE SOUND OF MORE MUSIC

Last night NBC presented a ‘live’ production of The Sound of Music, featuring vocal superstar Carrie Underwood. It was a huge ratings hit for the beleagured network, and therefore I’m sure we’ll be seein...
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The late, lamented Whitney Houston, in a glamorous portrait from a TV version of 'Cinderella'. Doesn't she look gorgeous here? (c) Disney

BLACK SUPERSTAR ROUND-UP

Black History Month is almost gone….and we’ve only scratched the surface bringing you pictures of the greatest african-american performers. So here’s a round-up of talented people we didn’t have a chance...
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PEEPING JOHN. Cadaverous John Carradine portrays yet-another mad scientist in 1957's The Unearthly. This Republic Pictures opus also starred the curvaceous Allison Hayes and the mountainous Tor Johnson. (c) Republic Pictures

JOHN CARRADINE

  OK…..OK…..I know Halloween is over, but I’m still featuring this creepy portrait of John Carradine as this week’s featured portrait. Like Karloff and Lugosi, the Thin Monster is forever identified...
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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 go...
by Sam Maronie
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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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