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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 […]


 
 
 

 
This early-1930's portrait of Robert Montgomery is from his peak years at MGM. He was one of the studio's most popular actors, later becoming a top-notch director and producer. (c) MGM

ROBERT MONTGOMERY

Robert Montgomery was one of 1930’s cinema’s most popular players. He started his career at the top, under contract to quality studio MGM. He made a number of early talkies, making a big impression in the powerful p...
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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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SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE

  Attention all fans in the Kansas City/Midwest United States area! Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL) convenes this weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. If you have even the most casual interest in fantasy art illustration, ...
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DIRECTOR KEVIN WILLMOTT RECOVERING

  We’re sorry to report acclaimed writer/director, Kevin Willmott, was involved in an automobile accident today en route to a screening and lecture in Kansas City. Willmott is the director of the critical hit, ‘...
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MOVIE PREMIERE–ST. LOUIS STYLE!

Hollywood came to St. Louis back in 1966 when the stars turned out for a full-scale movie premiere. The new film was The Trouble with Angels, a middling comedy starring the legendary Rosalind Russell and a passel of veteran per...
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WHOOP! THERE IT IS!

I’m often asked “Where do you find your entertainment memorabilia?” Well, the answer is: In the unlikliest of places! I was browsing in an antique mall today, where I came across a playbill from St. Louis̵...
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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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From the 1932 RKO version. Mitzi Green looks on sympathetically as Matt Moore administers a tonic to Buster Phelps. You can catch this seldom-seen film on TCM from time to time. (c) RKO

ORPHAN ANNIE ON FILM

  With all the comic-strip characters that were put on film in the 1930s and 1940s, you would have thought that Harold Gray’s precocious moppet would have been a huge deal. Actually, there were a couple of Little Orp...
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