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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 […]


 
 
 

 
Al Feldstein fields questions from fans during a Q&A session at a mid-2000s Chicago comics convention. He could--and would--talk for hours about his fascinating career.

FAREWELL, MR. FELDSTEIN

  We’ve lost another giant in the comics industry. Editor/writer/artist Al Feldstein  passed in his Livingston, Montana home yesterday, April 30. He was 88. The Brooklyn-born Feldstein was always interested in art, ...
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Here's a beautiful MGM portrait still of the great Charles Laughton from his role as 'The Canterville Ghost.' Laughton never really played monsters, but he was in some fine fright features like 'The Island of Lost Souls, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and a couple of others. (c) MGM

MONSTER-IFFIC PORTRAITS!

No better time than Halloween to showcase some rare portraits of iconic monster stars. Here these horror film actors take a sedate moment or two to pose for the studio still photographer. True monster fans will recognize these ...
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BING CROSBY

I suppose there’s no Hollywood celebrity more identified with Christmas than Bing Crosby. His rendition of the Irving Berlin song, White Christmas, is a Holiday staple. As is the constant unspooling of his popular 1954 Pa...
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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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'Three Daring Daughters' (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness!  They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There's birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and  singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELINOR DONAHUE!

  Mary Elinor Donahue was born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. She started out as a child player in vaudeville and later appeared in a few low-budget musicals at Universal Studios in the 1940s. She continued to appea...
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THE SOUND OF MORE MUSIC

Last night NBC presented a ‘live’ production of The Sound of Music, featuring vocal superstar Carrie Underwood. It was a huge ratings hit for the beleagured network, and therefore I’m sure we’ll be seein...
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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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BOOS IN THE NIGHT

…SOMETHING VERY STRANGE GOING ON HERE… Masks and makeup are as part of Hollywood as they are of Halloween. Here’s a collection of frightening faces from cinema and TV that will surprise many of you. Many have ...
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