Recent Posts by Matthew Rettenmund

Mamie Van Doren Turns 88, Has *@#! Message for Trump

Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to her president, but Mamie Van Doren is taking another route. Mamie's most recent photo on FB (Image via Facebook) The last of the '50s sex kittens, Van Doren turned 88 February 6 ... but age is doing a poor job of mellowing her! The ageless vamp was actually unable…
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Julie Adams, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Heroine, Dies @ 92

In news that was initially confirmed by the Creature himself — stuntman Ricou Browning (b. 1930) — legendary horror heroine Julie Adams, whose long career spanned multiple genres, has died. She was 92. (Image via Universal Pictures) Born Betty May Adams in Iowa on October 17, 1926, Adams lived in many states growing up, parking…
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Past & Curious: ‘Gone’ Is Back, ‘Star Wars’ Over & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Talk about for-profit prisons! (Image via Warner Bros.) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: Caged (1950) airs February 7 on TCM, and Rick's got a write-up that'll make you remember to watch or record it. Designing woman (Image via Dance Theater of Harlem) NYT: The Times looks back at the incredible…
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Never-Seen Footage of Sal Mineo & Don Johnson Onstage

If you know anything about Sal Mineo (1939-1976) and Don Johnson (b. 1949), you know they acted in the racy play Fortune and Men's Eyes 50 years ago, and that while it was adapted as a feature film in 1971 starring Wendell Burton (1947-2017), Michael Greer (1943-2002) and Zooey Hall (b. 1946), no footage of…
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Dick Miller of ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Fame’ Dies @ 90

Just a month after turning 90, longtime character actor Dick Miller has died, according to Variety. He had actual Gremlins in his cab! (Image via Warner Bros.) A familiar face in films ranging from cult classics to blockbusters, Miller made his name in Roger Corman (b. 1926) and Joe Dante (b. 1946) films — and…
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Louisa Moritz, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Bombshell, Dies @ 72

Louisa Moritz, a Havana-born actress who specialized in playing ditzy blondes, died last week at home in L.A, ExtraTV reports. She was 72. An early Moritz modeling shot (Image via headshot) Her friend and publicist Edward Lozzi confirmed she had succumbed to a heart ailment. In a statement, he said: "Louisa Moritz was so full…
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You Say Marc Singer Made You Gay?

It's okay — we know that people are born gay, but a shockingly larger percentage of gay boys who grew up in the '80s probably discovered the truth about themselves courtesy of The Beastmaster (1982) and its loinclothed star, Marc Singer. Cuddling with Tanya Roberts (b. 1955) in The Beastmaster (Beastmaster images via MGM/UA) I…
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Streisand Replies to Oscar Nominee’s Fan Letter 47 Years Later

If you haven't seen Can You Ever Forgive Me?, please do — both Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant (not to mention Jane Curtin!) are brilliant in this true story about a woman who resorts to forgery when her sheer talent isn't enough to put food on the table. Both leads are Oscar-nominated, but it…
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Gina Lollobrigida Spotted in L.A.

Living legend Gina Lollobrigida, she of Beat the Devil (1953), Trapeze (1956) and Bueno Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), is 91 years old — but she hasn't slowed down. Photographer Brennan Tope noticed the Italian siren standing hand on hip, all in black, at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in L.A. today, surveying her…
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R&B and Pop Legend James Ingram Dies @ 66

James Ingram, the Grammy-winning R&B crooner who crossed over in a big way to the pop world, has lost his battle with brain cancer. He was 66. Born February 16, 1952, in Akron, Ohio, Ingram launched a professional singing career 45 years ago, working in the band Revelation Funk and as a keyboardist for Ray…
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