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Pop Chart Lab Creations

November 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE a good chart, I always have. For me to be able to write it out and see how things are related or not related is awesome. I think that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by Family Trees, you can see where or who people came from and why they may be the way they are now. When I taught school I always enjoyed using charts in teaching and I found that the kids usually liked making charts and for people who are visual learners it helps them see the relationships or how the subject evolved. Pop Chart Labs has taken the art of making charts to the next level combining pop culture and art to create both beautiful and fun charts that break down some of our most favorite things. Whether it’s film, TV, fashion, beer, coffee, or dogs there is a chart at Pop Chart Labs for that. At PCL researchers spend a great deal of time researching and learning about particular subjects, then the design team takes that research and turns it into eye-catching art disguised as a chart. All of the charts are made in America, printed on museum-grade paper using environmentally friendly inks. Join me today for a quick look at some of my favorite charts and remember Pop Chart Lab posters would make great holiday gifts this Christmas season. Enjoy!!!

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Haunted House ~ Winchester Mystery House

October 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I remember when I was a teenager reading a story about the reclusive woman, Sarah Winchester, heir to the massive Winchester Rifle fortune and the massive house she built in California outside of San Francisco. Sarah was married to William Winchester and his father Oliver had created the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, when her husband died in 1881 she inherited the company and $20 million dollars, equivalent to $500 million today. Following the death of her husband and their infant daughter Sarah moved to California from the East Coast in 1884, she bought an eight-room farmhouse in what is now San Jose, California. She immediately began renovating and building onto the house, construction on the house continued for the next 38 years, day and night 7 days a week. Today the house is known for the winding hallways and the staircases that go nowhere. Legend says Sarah Winchester was haunted by the ghosts of all the people that had been killed by Winchester guns and she built the house to keep the ghosts confused. Today you can tour the Winchester Mystery House and of course, there are special tours going on right now during Halloween. There’s also a movie coming out about Sarah and her monstrous mansion, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the film is called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built,  the trailer was released yesterday and I’ve added it to the photos below. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Monster Art Prints From Monster No5 and Etsy

October 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s just not a Halloween for me unless I get to watch all of the classic monster movies from Universal, these are the original Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman just to name a few. So, I was excited when I was recently searching Etsy for fun Halloween finds and stumbled across Monster No5‘s site and the great artwork based on the Universal Monsters. The prints are available in this fun and retro color combination of yellow, turquoise, and gray or black and white and are done in an archival print fashion. The silhouettes are done on matte paper and are 8×10 in size. I hope you like these as much as I do, I definitely want to add a couple to our Halloween decor. Join me for a peek and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Halloween Flashback: Favorite Movie Monsters

October 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday, we made it through another week and in celebration we are looking back at a post I did on some of my favorite monsters of both the Silver Screen and television. Whether it’s Frankenstein’s monster, his bride or the scourge of Salem’s Lot, they’re all here with a little bit information and a great photograph. I hope you have time this weekend to curl up and watch your favorite horror flick. Enjoy!!!!

To Flashback and see the original post click here and have a wonderfully spooky weekend. Enjoy!!!

The Beguiled~ A Sofia Coppola Film

July 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We went to the movies over the weekend, one of our favorite things to do, we saw two films and one of them was the new Sofia Coppola film The Beguiled. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as well as Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and is based on a 1966 Southern Gothic novel titled A Painted Devil. The film takes place during the Civil War in Virginia at an all girl’s school run by Martha Farnsworth, she and one other teacher are in charge of the five girls still at the school. One of the students, Amy, stumbles onto a wounded soldier named John McBurney while gathering mushrooms and takes him back to the school hoping Miss Farnsworth will tend his wounds. McBurney is set up in the Music Room of the southern mansion turned school, his wound is tended to and let’s just say sexual tension takes over. (above image via)

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Tabulous TV ~ Feud

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)

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We’re Going To Disneyland!!!

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.

We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.

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Los Angeles 2017: Touring Paramount And Universal

March 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!

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Oscar Winning Home ~ Jeff Bridges

February 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Oscars weekend and we have a winner’s home on the blog today.  I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Bridges as an actor and this year he’s nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in the film Hell or High Water, it’s his seventh nomination and his beautiful home with an ocean view is for sale. I recently saw this article about the house he and his wife raised their daughters in and have recently placed on the market. The home is almost 9,600 square feet and has five bedrooms and is meant to resemble a hilltop estate in Tuscany only this one has glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. The home also has an antique stone fireplace in the sunken living room, the kitchen has its own dining terrace and there’s a secluded area that Bridge’s wife refers to as “his fort” where he relaxes in his hammock and sometimes works on pottery. If five bedrooms aren’t enough there are two guest houses and walking trails to a local hot spring, all this can be yours for $29.5 million. Let me know if you decide to take a look, I want to tag along. Here’s some pics, Enjoy!!!

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Artist ~ Fred Birchal

February 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!

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