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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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PLANET OF THE APES REDUX #dawnoftheplanetoftheapes

  Celebrating the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, here’s a monkeyman flashback to 1972. Here’s a photo of actor Roddy McDowall and Blogmeister Sam on the set of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Bat...
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FLORIDA SUPERCON #supercon2014

  Florida Supercon just convened in glamorous South Beach Miami July 3-7, 2014.  Like most  big conventions anymore, it was a complex event. Trying to juggle Cosplay, comics, media and other interests is never easy. Ther...
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ONWARD TO SUPER-CON MIAMI!

  Blogmeister Sam is headed out to Super-Con Miami Beach, Florida this holiday weekend! #supercon2014 It’s shaping up to be a major-league event. Celebs from such popular shows as Game of Thrones, Spartacus, and Arro...
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Here's birthday girl June Lockhart in 'The She-Wolf of London'. This came at the tail-end of the Universal wartime horror cycle. It's not a bad movie at all. Not to take away from June, but note famed character actress Sara Haden giving our girl the stink-eye in this photo. Ms. Haden was playing against type here, as she usually portrayed spinsters, school marms, and dear 'Aunt Millie' in the Andy Hardy films at MGM. (c) Universal

PASSAGES

Live is full of passages and change. And today is no exception. We celebrate a birthday and a passage this day of two of the entertainment world’s most beloved talents.   FAREWELL, ELI WALLACH (1915-2014) Actor Eli W...
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE SCHWARTZ

  What’s left to say about iconic DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz that hasn’t been said before? The godfather of the Silver Age of Comics passed away, June 19, 2004. He would have been 99 yesterday. Julie edit...
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CARMEN MIRANDA

None other than the Brazilian Bombshell herself, Carmen Miranda, is the Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week. Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha was born February 9, 1909. She was already a star in South America, appearing in sev...
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Carla Laemmle, at Monster Rally 1999 held in Washington, D.C. Carla was so pleased with this photo that she asked for extra copies to send to a foreign film museum's exhibit of her famous Uncle Carl's career. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

CARLA LAEMMLE, GONE AT 104

  If I have to run one more memorial for the passing of a Hollywood great, I’m going to have to change the title of this site to Sam Maronie’s Obituary Funhouse. There’s certainly no fun in marking the pa...
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RUBY DEE (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014)

  We’ve lost yet another iconic African-American artist. Actress Ruby Dee died today at her home in New Rochelle, New York. She was 91. Much has been written in memoriam about Ms. Dee’s life, career, and marria...
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