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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 […]


 
 
 

 
it's a toss-up as to who looks the most horrible in this picture. This still is from 1941's 'Puddin' Head,' starring the homely country singer Judy Canova. The actress was lowly Republic Pictures' top star. Her films rarely played sophisticated theaters in New York, but they were huge hits with neighborhood movie-houses and the rural market. (c) Republic Pictures.

MESSED-UP MONSTERS

Time to stop procrastinating and start the Halloween celebration here at the Ol’ Funhouse! Peruse this collection of unique monster photos featuring some head-scratching creatures likely to evoke as much laughter as terro...
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Gotta give it to this guy for cleverness! A great interpretation of one of he characters from Narnia.

ARCHON 38

St. Louis’ long-running science-fiction convention, Archon, recently convened for edition #38 this past week-end. As someone who attended Archon #1 way back when, it had been a few years since I last attended an edition o...
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MEET GOGO LOMO-DAVID

  Gogo Lomo-David. Don’t forget that name! SMEF predicts you’ll be hearing a lot from this talented young actor in the near future. You can see Gogo on the big screen starting this weekend in the major motion picture F...
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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR.

  Douglas Elton Ulman Fairbanks Junior was born December 9, 1909. Junior was born into Hollywood Royalty, the son of silent film super-star Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and heiress Beth Sully. It was only natural that Fairbanks ...
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ROBERT WISE

  A belated birthday wish to the late film director Robert Wise. Wise was best known for his big-budget musicals like West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Star. But this blogger credits the filmmaker for helming one of ...
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JUNE HAVOC

  June Havoc (1912-20010) achieved theatrical immortality without even appearing in a play. She was the pint-sized vaudevillian, ‘Dainty June,’ whose character was featured in the 1959 smash Broadway musical Gy...
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A TALE OF TWO POP-CULTURE SHOWS

  I recently attended a couple of pop-culture shows, both which took place in Chicago during the same weekend. One was quite enjoyable, while the other was a hot mess. I’d been looking forward to the annual Chicago Holly...
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THE FIFTH BEATLE AND VIVEK J. TIWARY

  Today it seems like everyone is putting out a graphic novel. Some are good, some are mediocre….a few are even great. I’m happy to report that one of the great ones is The Fifth Beatle by author Vivek J. Tiwary and il...
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There are no stars in this vintage still. It's a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new 'Golddiggers of 1935.' Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers

RARE MOVIE TREATS!

  A great part of attending film fests are the many treasures I pick up along the way. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of these gems I’ve just acquired with you, the fans! For some reason they all rev...
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