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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Here's a beautiful MGM portrait still of the great Charles Laughton from his role as 'The Canterville Ghost.' Laughton never really played monsters, but he was in some fine fright features like 'The Island of Lost Souls, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and a couple of others. (c) MGM

MONSTER-IFFIC PORTRAITS!

No better time than Halloween to showcase some rare portraits of iconic monster stars. Here these horror film actors take a sedate moment or two to pose for the studio still photographer. True monster fans will recognize these ...
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MOVIE PREMIERE–ST. LOUIS STYLE!

Hollywood came to St. Louis back in 1966 when the stars turned out for a full-scale movie premiere. The new film was The Trouble with Angels, a middling comedy starring the legendary Rosalind Russell and a passel of veteran per...
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LOUIS HAYWARD

  Only the most passionate of movie fans will remember actor Louis Hayward. In the 1930s the suave British actor was noted for his swashbuckling appearances in such escapist Hollywood fare as The Son of Monte Cristo, The M...
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Please don't ask me what the paper sack over the head of the Fantastic Four member means. I have no clue!

PART DEUX — PLANET COMICON, KANSAS CITY

    Yesterday, as you may recall, we recapped Planet Comicon Kansas City in a celebration of words and exclusive photos. But there was just too much great info and pix to cram into only one post. Conventions today hav...
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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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CONVENTION BLUES

We’re now nearing the final gasp of the convention season. The behemoth known as Comicon San Diego has come and gone. Wizard World Chicago and Dragon Con Atlanta are coming up fast and promise to be huge fan conclaves. Th...
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SUPERMEN OF AMERICA

Fan clubs have been around for decades. There have been such organizations for movie stars, sport celebs….and even for fictional characters! Back in the 30s, many pulp-magazine and radio heroes had their own ‘secret...
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JERRY REUSS — BRING IN THE RIGHT-HANDER!

  Jerry Reuss worked the room like worked the batters he faced in his 22-year career as a major-league pitcher. Like a consummate pro. A crowd of over 200 gathered at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters a few nights ...
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