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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Faces only a mother could love. Actually it's three of Hollywood's top character actresses, striking an uncharacteristically jovial pose. Left-to-right, that's Almira Sessions, Una O'Connor and Dorothy Vaughan from the 1941 Columbia film, 'Three Girls About Town.' They had the market cornered on playing maids, cleaning women, and other tart-toungued domestics.  Aren't they Precious? (c) Columbia Pictures

TOO FUNNY FOR WORDS

Wow, we sure need some laughter right now. So here’s a collection of some of the funniest movie stills I could round up. Some are intentionally humorous—some are just examples of horrible taste. You be the judge! It...
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The Cunninghams from 'Happy Days' pose for a highly-retouched 1983 Thanksgiving photo. Left to right are Erin Moran, Scott Baio, Tom Bosley, Henry Winkler, Marian Ross, Steven Shortridge and Anson Williams. What? No Ralph Malph? (c) ABC

THANKSGIVING TURKEY TIME

  ‘Holiday Art’ has long been a staple of the entertainment world. Gathering a show’s cast together for Christmas, Halloween and other seasonal photos is about as corny a publicity gimmick as you can get....
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Producer Glen Larson created dozens of TV series during his heyday, but Battlestar: Galactica was undoubtedly his most popular.

GLEN LARSON DEAD AT 77

    Producer Glen Larson passed away Friday, November 14 age age 77. His family released a statement that he succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Even if you were the most casual TV water in the 1970s, you couldn&#...
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NEVER FEAR, SMITH IS HERE!

  I’ve certainly met a lot of colorful characters in my 40-plus years as an entertainment writer, but none was more memorable than actor Jonathan Harris. Today we remember his passing on this date in 2002. He was 87....
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STOOGEFEST ST. LOUIS

  I don’t know where you’ll be this coming Saturday, but I will have my fanny parked at the Three Stooges Convention taking place in St. Charles, Missouri, which is near St. Louis. The event is taking place Saturday, N...
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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...
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PREHISTORIC HALLOWEEN MONSTERS

  This past weekend I came across this fantastically rare still from the silent film ‘The Lost World,’ made in 1925. This was one of model animator Willis O’Brien’s earliest screen assignments, and ...
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You can't get much more classic than this! Here's Glen Strange as you-know-who from 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.'  I was shown file cabinet bulging with vintage stills, but only allowed to select 20 to purchase before the rest were destroyed. This one was a must-have! You can read all about this occurrence in my new book, 'Sam Maronie Tripping Through Pop-Culture,' which is available soon. (c) Universal Studios

MORE MONSTER PORTRAITS

Our first installment of magnificent Monster portraits was such a hit that we’re back with another ghoulish grouping.! Relax and enjoy our favorite terror titans in a more relaxed state, as they lift up their chins and sh...
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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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