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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 […]


 
 
 

 
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PULPFEST 2014

  Pulpfest 2014 has come and gone for another year, much to the delight of the over 600 attendees present for this annual event. Held the weekend of August 7-10, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, Pulpfest celebrates all things relat...
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LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

  The world mourns as we’ve lost a true cinematic icon. Actress Lauren Bacall has left us on August 12, 2014 at age 89. She was a true Hollywood original and left behind a magnificent body of work. She was born Betty...
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This 1943 photo features Myrna Loy dining out with uber-producer David O. Selznick at a Hollywood restaurant.

MAGNIFICENT MYRNA LOY

  Myrna Adele Williams was born in Radersburg, Montana on August 2, 1905. We know her better as actress Myrna Loy and she would be 109 today. Most know her as Nora Charles from the hugely popular Thin Man series of picture...
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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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GET WELL, JOE SINNOTT

  We’re sorry to report that veteran Marvel Comics artist Joe Sinnott has recently been dealing with some serious medical setbacks. The 88-year-old Sinnott experienced some cardiac issues which required a brief hospi...
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This scene is from a 1978 episode of Garner's popular detective series, The Rockford Files. That's guest-star Kathryn Harrold on the ground. Co-star Stuart Margolin stands in the background. (c) NBC

TRIBUTE TO JAMES GARNER

  We lost actor James Garner July 19, 2014. He was a hugely popular TV and movie star who worked constantly since the mid-1950s. He was 86. News of his passing was of little surprise. When I saw actress Margo Kidder (his c...
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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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CAROLYN JONES

  She’s creepy and she’s kooky….she’s mysterious and spooky…. She’s Carolyn Jones and today she’s also The Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week! Carolyn was born April 28,  1930 ...
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