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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Martin Nodell's cover to the historic Green Lantern #1 in 1940. Though considered 'crude' by today's slick standards, this image is a teriffic composition of color, action and drama....it's timeless!

GREEN LANTERN AND THE NODELLS

  Perhaps the greatest by-product of working in the comics industry are the many great people I’ve met along the way. Certainly my two favorite friends were Marty and Carrie Nodell. Marty was the co-creator of the or...
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Lugosi gives British journalists a scare as he arrives in England during the 1950s to make the film, My Son, the Vampire. This production was also known under the titles Vampire Over London, King Robot and several other incarnations.

A MOST HAPPY BELA

  LUGOSI LIVES ETERNAL There’s not much new that can be said about horror film icon Bela Lugosi that hasn’t already been said before. He became ever-identified as Count Dracula. He turned down the role of Frank...
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HOW I GOT STARTED IN SHOW BUSINESS

Back in the days when movies were king, new studio contract players were regularly thrown into B-movies, short-subjects and other low-level cinema foddder. This was done to give them some practical experience on a real movie se...
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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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Actor Cesar Romero, photo taken in St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

CESAR ROMERO

Back in the late 1970s, there was a quaint institution that was quite popular called the Dinner Theatre. Most larger cities had one–often several. What it was exactly was a live theatre where the patrons not only saw a li...
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This prehistoric couple walks among New York's Finest in the Big Apple. The unidentified duo is from the Hugh Hefner-produced film, 'The Naked Ape'. It was loosely based on the Desmond Morris international best-seller. (c) Universal

BIGFOOTS, NEANDERTHALS, AND OTHER HAIRY DUDES

    The cinema has always been fascinated with cave-men, yeti, and other missing links. Whether you’re a subscriber to Charles Darwin or not, here’s a smattering of hirsuite Hollywood players for your peru...
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OLD-TIME RADIO….WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

Believe it or not—back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth–there was a type of radio that was not just a jukebox There were sitcoms, variety shows, opera, dramas, and all sorts of slick programming. The catch...
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ROSALIND RUSSELL

    Rosalind Russell was one of the greatest screen actresses–and personalities–in Hollywood history. There didn’t seem to be much that she could not do. Ms. Russell started out as a ‘second-le...
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COMICS’ BEST FRIEND

If comic books ever had a best friend, that would certainly be author Michael Chabon. The talented writer’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, was set in the 1930’s milieu of the nascent comic-book ...
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