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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 […]

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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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IRWIN HASEN

  As  sit and write these words, i can look up above me and view hanging on my office wall the beautiful cover  of All-Star Comics #43, recreated by its original artist, Irwin Hasen. Mr. Hasen left us after an incredible...
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This is a piece of early 'Star Trek' publicity that shows the more human side of everyone's favorite Vulcan. Nimoy is obviously at home, grokking on a filk tune or two. (c) NBC

FINAL TREK FOR LEONARD NIMOY

  Buckets of tears have flowed from the public on news of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy. Forever associated with his Star Trek character, the Vulcan Mr. Spock, Nimoy left this mortal earth today at the age if 83. He h...
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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...
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EMPIRE’S TRAI BYERS

  POP CULTURE IN BLACK HISTORY We’ve already spoken about a couple of classic Black entertainment icons. Now it’s time to spotlight a modern performer who is on his way to becoming a great star. Friend of this ...
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Super-Fine, Super-Bad detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) from the classic 1971 film. (c) MGM

RICHARD ROUNDTREE AKA JOHN SHAFT

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN POP CULTURE Actor Richard Roundtree will forever be identified with iconic detective John Shaft. As the hero of the 1971 blaxploitation classic, Roundtree inspired a generation and cemented his pla...
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A lovely MGM glamour portrait of Lena Horne, probably from the late 1940s. (c) MGM

LENA HORNE

    What better choice to start 2015 Black History Month than with  a true icon, the great Lena Horne. How can you best describe her? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-brea...
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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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Ms. Rainer won her second Academy Award for her role as O-Lan in the MGM film, 'The Good Earth,' in 1937. Here she's posed with her co-star, Paul Muni. Both were born Austrian Jews, but convincingly portrayed Eastern characters in this classic movie.

LUISE RAINER GONE AT 104

  Today we lost one of the last links to 1930’s Hollywood. Actress Luise Rainer passed away at the incredible age of 104 in London. She was only 13 days shy of reaching 105. She began making films for the legendary M...
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From the 1932 RKO version. Mitzi Green looks on sympathetically as Matt Moore administers a tonic to Buster Phelps. You can catch this seldom-seen film on TCM from time to time. (c) RKO

ORPHAN ANNIE ON FILM

  With all the comic-strip characters that were put on film in the 1930s and 1940s, you would have thought that Harold Gray’s precocious moppet would have been a huge deal. Actually, there were a couple of Little Orp...
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