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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC

…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’...
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BARBARA EDEN–FOREVER JEANNIE!

  How do you describe someone who is considered a Living Legend? That term is bandied about frequently in today’s pop-culture world. If anyone truly deserves this title it certainly must be actress Barbara Eden. Who ...
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THE HORN

    How can you best describe Lena Horne? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-breaker…? Ms. Horne was all this, and so much more. One thing you can say for sure, she was...
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DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO

One of the star presentations of the 2013 St. Louis International Film Festival was filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s satirical movie, Destination: Planet Negro. A spoof of 1950s low-budget sci-fi flicks, DPN involves a trio of ...
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THE SCIENCE-FICTION BOOK CLUB

  Who out there remembers that venerable old institution, The Science-Fiction Book Club? Based on the business model of that other venerable old institution, The Book-of-the-Month-Club, the SFBC would automatically mail yo...
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MARVEL ARTIST HERB TRIMPE GONE AT 75

  Well. I thought the last thing i’d be doing today would be posting an obituary for legendary Marvel artist Herb Trimpe. But word has just come down that the talented drafsman–who was the first artist to draw...
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PEEPING JOHN. Cadaverous John Carradine portrays yet-another mad scientist in 1957's The Unearthly. This Republic Pictures opus also starred the curvaceous Allison Hayes and the mountainous Tor Johnson. (c) Republic Pictures

JOHN CARRADINE

  OK…..OK…..I know Halloween is over, but I’m still featuring this creepy portrait of John Carradine as this week’s featured portrait. Like Karloff and Lugosi, the Thin Monster is forever identified...
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Please don't ask me what the paper sack over the head of the Fantastic Four member means. I have no clue!

PART DEUX — PLANET COMICON, KANSAS CITY

    Yesterday, as you may recall, we recapped Planet Comicon Kansas City in a celebration of words and exclusive photos. But there was just too much great info and pix to cram into only one post. Conventions today hav...
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A TITANNIC TRIO!

  Talk about star-power! Here’s Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Charles Boyer all together! The caption on this photo is dated August 12, 1948. This troika of cinema royalty had just arrived in New York, having sailed...
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