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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 […]


 
 
 

 
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...
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THE MEETING

  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, than to praise the powerful production of Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting, currently running at the St. Louis Black...
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Of course, cosplay was in full blossom during the event. Here DC icons Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash take pause for a photo-op!

PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY 2015

  Kansas City’s grand Planet Comicon has come and gone. Like previous years, this year’s event continued to grow in size and scope. Pretty soon this great show will become the Comicon International: San Diego o...
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NICHELLE NICHOLS

Actress Nichelle Nichols will forever be identified as Lt. Nyota Uhura, communications officer on the star-ship U.S.S. Enterprise. Her role in the classic 1960s Star Trek series made the performer an instant international icon....
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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!

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...
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Lee had long wanted to film a 'definitive' version of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' novel. Stoker's book no way resembled the romanticized character of most modern horror films. He had his chance with 1970's 'County Dracula'. Despite a good cast including Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, and director Jess Franco, the results were less than satisfying.  It was a good try, though!

HAPPY #92, SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE!

  There is only one true horror icon of cinema left in the world, and that is Sir Christopher Lee. The Funhouse wishes Mr. Lee a happy 92nd birthday today, and we are so grateful he is still with us! Think of Christopher ...
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DIRECTOR KEVIN WILLMOTT RECOVERING

  We’re sorry to report acclaimed writer/director, Kevin Willmott, was involved in an automobile accident today en route to a screening and lecture in Kansas City. Willmott is the director of the critical hit, ‘...
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J. Anthony Kosar puts some detail work on one of his critters. Kosar was the winnter of Season 4 of the make-up competition show, Face-Off.

SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE #3

  Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL) convened for its third edition this past weekend (May 9-11, 2014) at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. SFAL bills itself as ‘The Art Fair With a Sense of Wonder.’ Well, ...
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