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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Richard Denning in an atmospheric portrait from 1955's Creature with the Atom Brain. (c) Columbia Pictures

RICHARD DENNING

MONSTER HUNTER #1 Richard Denning was never more than a ‘B’ movie actor–and he’d be the first person to tell you that–but he always gave 110% no matter how poverty-row the production was. Denning h...
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THE BARONESS BIDS FAREWELL…

Actress Eleanor Parker has passed away today, Dec. 9, 2013, at the age of 91. She died of natural causes in Palm Springs, CA. Ms. Parker was a contract player at Warner Brothers in the 40s and 50s. She achieved great success in...
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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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SURELY, HE WON’T BITE…

WATCH THOSE TEETH….. A tried-and-true Hollywood publicity gimmick features movie actors visiting the action on other movie sets currently shooting on the lot. Here’s an especially interesting one for science-fiction...
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SHELDON MAYER’S ‘LOST’ BATMAN STORY?

  Golden Age comics fans know editor Shelly Mayer was front and center during the creation of DC comics’ most iconic characters. Mayer mid-wifed such super-stars as The Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman...
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It's more than a little disturbing to see the Archieverse thrust into real-life grimness. The last time I read an Archie book, Betty and Veronica were wiping up nothing more serious than a spilled chocolate shake. (c) Archie Comics Company

ARCHIE ANDREWS….DEAD? NAHHH!!

  A lot of ink has been spilled recently over the announcement that perennial teen-ager, Archie Andrews, is scheduled to ‘die’ in the coming months. Well, don’t believe what you see there, folks. It’...
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Here are two exclusive color photos of the great Christopher Lee. These two pix were taken at Monster Bash 1999 held in Crystal City, Virginia. Lee's in his early 90s now and we hope he'll be with us for many more years. Exclusive photos by Sam Maronie

CHRISTOPHER LEE

THE SPELLBINDING COUNT… I’ve been to lots of film conventions and have heard lots of actors speak about their careers, but none will ever compare to the fantastic talk Christopher Lee gave at Monster Rally 1999 in C...
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BORIS KARLOFF was not the first Fu--actually that was Swedish actor Warner Oland--but he is the first Englishman and the one most remembered. This 1932 MGM film, The Mask of Fu Manchu, came right after Frankenstein. The studio hoped to spark a horror cycle of their own, but the dismal results of this movie put an end to those plans. (c) MGM

A FEW FU-MANCHUS

CASTING AGAINST TYPE…. It must be irresistable for producers to want to cast horror stars in the role of Sax Rohmer’s insidious Eastern foe, the diabolical Dr. Fu-Manchu. But really—! Why choose two dyed-in-th...
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