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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)

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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)
Sabrina Spellman will return to Netflix sooner than you think — and she’s bringing a little holiday cheer with her. Kiernan Shipka and the rest of the cast of the streamer’s haunting new take on the half-teen, half-witch will be back for a holiday episode, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

Here’s the special installment’s official logline: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice–the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair,
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

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People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List
The People’s Choice Awards made its debut on the E! channel Sunday night to “For the People, By the People” fanfare, announcing the winners of the annual ceremony. Marvel conquered the film side with Avengers: Infinity War winning Movie of 2018 while Shadowhunters topped TV, winning Show of 2018.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe saw multiple wins with Scarlett Johansson winning Female Movie Star of 2018 and Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira winning Male Movie Star and Action Movie Star of 2018 respectively.

Shadowhunters stars Harry Shum Jr. and Katherine McNamara won for their roles on the Freeform drama. Riverdale won Drama of 2018 while Orange is the New Black nabbed Comedy of 2018.

This year’s ceremony (which didn’t have a host) kicked off with a performance by Nicki Minaj as well as a touching tribute by John Legend to honor The People’s Champion award recipient Bryan Stevenson. The ceremony
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‘Bachelor’ Mansion Remains “Unscathed” By California Wildfires – Update

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‘Bachelor’ Mansion Remains “Unscathed” By California Wildfires – Update
Update Sunday, 5:27 p.m.: After the fate of the Agoura Hills mansion that plays host to the Bachelor and Bachelorette was in question, it is safe to say that the mansions have not burned down despite their proximity to the fire.

The mansion seems to be intact and unharmed by the fires according to a tweet from USA Today’s Chris Woodyard. The tweet includes a photo of him and the mansion which shows no signs of damage.

“The house from ABC’s The Bachelor survived the fire unscathed,” he wrote. However, he said: “House next door burned to the ground.”

The news comes a day after Mike Fleiss, the creator and executive producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette tweeted: “I still don’t know exactly what condition #TheBachelor Mansion is in. But I do know that the beautiful community of Malibu — and the surrounding areas— are struggling. Good thoughts for all…
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Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires

Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires
Netflix on Sunday said it was canceling the red carpet portion of its premiere for the Coen brothers' new movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs amid the fires raging through California.

The screening of the film was set to take place as planned Sunday night at AFI Fest, which said it supported Netflix in its decision.

"Our hearts are with the victims and families of the Borderline shooting and of the California wildfires," Netflix said in a statement. "In light of the tragedies this week, we will be cancelling tonight's AFI Fest red carpet coverage for The ...
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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90

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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90
Douglas Rain, who voiced the soft-spoken Hal 9000 robot that went rogue in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” has died. He was 90.

The Stratford Festival, which Rain, who was a dedicated Shakespearean actor, co-founded in 1952, said that Rain had died of natural causes in Stratford, Ont. in Canada.

The festival said Rain performed at the festival for more than 45 years.

“Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development,” the festival’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, said in a press release Sunday, according to CTV.

“Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors.”

Rain was born in Winnipeg, Man. in 1928, studied at the Old Vic in London, and performed at theaters and festival across Canada. He received a Tony nomination in 1972 for his role in Robert Bolt’s production of “Vivat! Vivat! Regina!”

All of Rain’s
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Todd McFarlane Compares Stan Lee to Walt Disney

Todd McFarlane Compares Stan Lee to Walt Disney
Todd McFarlane first met Stan Lee at a comicbook convention. All of 16 years old, the teenage McFarlane was several decades removed from creating Spawn and Venom. In contrast, Lee was already a legend, having ushered in Marvel’s golden age by cooking up Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other iconic superheroes. But despite the vast gap in resumes, Lee allowed McFarlane to spend the entire day sitting by his side.

Years later the two would become friends and fellow titans of fandom. Lee would always insist he didn’t remember that early interaction. But McFarlane never forgot their first meeting.

“I get that he created all these characters, but Stan’s true superpower was the way he interacted with his fans,” McFarlane told Variety, shortly after news broke that Lee had died Monday at the age of 95. “He got that in 30 seconds a celebrity can make a big impact on someone.
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': Ross Lynch Is Just as Into Harvey-Nick Bromance As You Are (Video)

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': Ross Lynch Is Just as Into Harvey-Nick Bromance As You Are (Video)
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” through the Season 1 finale)

Pop culture fanatics can add one more pairing to the list of greatest TV couples of all time, thanks to “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” And, no, we’re not talking about Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch).

Yeah, those two are cute and all, but if you’ve watched through the Season 1 finale, then you know the real dynamic duo is Harvey and Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) — the male witch vying for our heroine’s affections.

Also Read: Netflix Sets 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Holiday Special (Video)

And Lynch told TheWrap he and Leatherwood were actually waiting for the moment when you’d all realize just how adorable they are together.

“You know what’s so funny? Just today I just texted Gavin, who plays Nick, and was like, ‘Dude they’re shipping us already,
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‘Amazing Grace’ Film Review: Aretha Franklin Lives in This Resplendent Gospel Concert Film

‘Amazing Grace’ Film Review: Aretha Franklin Lives in This Resplendent Gospel Concert Film
Aretha Franklin was at the peak of her career and her creative powers when her gospel album “Amazing Grace” was released in 1972. (It sold more than two million copies and became her best-selling record.) Director Sydney Pollack was hired by Warner Brothers to make a film of Franklin’s recording session for this album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, but Pollack didn’t use a clapperboard to synchronize picture and sound at the beginning of each take, and so he was unable to complete the movie, which sat in storage for 38 years.

The footage was handed over to producer Alan Elliott in 2008, and Elliott managed to salvage the project, but then Franklin sued him and prevented him from showing the movie at various film festivals. After Franklin’s death this year, Elliott was given the go-ahead by her estate to finally show “Amazing Grace” in theaters,
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Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic

Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic
The new Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace — filmed in 1972 during the live recording sessions for her hit album of the same name, but not available for public viewing until today — is a marvelous 87-minute testament to Franklin’s unrivaled singing ability.

But amid the embarrassment of vocal riches, there’s a scene that stands out, a showstopper to top all showstoppers. Franklin is tackling the album’s title track with her trademark bravura, wringing every ounce of expressive potential from each note, sighing and whispering and wailing with only piano and organ for accompaniment.
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Why Stan Lee Was a Great Gateway Drug for a Lifelong Comic Book Addiction

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Why Stan Lee Was a Great Gateway Drug for a Lifelong Comic Book Addiction
I was in second grade the first time I heard the name Stan Lee.

I couldn’t tell you what I did for my birthday that year, or the names of any of my classmates, but all these years later I remember the opening narrations from the 1981-83 Saturday morning cartoon show called “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.”

Just last month, I rewatched the entire show, and I’m particularly fond of Stan’s narration from “Triumph of the Green Goblin,” the show’s first episode: “A sudden storm inundates New York. Thunder, lightning and the incessant downpour of pounding rain. This is Stan Lee, hoping you’re warm and comfortable while you watch….’cause you’re about the witness one of the strangest adventures of all.”

That friendly New York City squeak of a voice sounded positively exotic to my Oklahoma-raised ears. Especially the way he often signed off with,
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TV News Roundup: CW Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Roswell, New Mexico,’ ‘In the Dark’

In Today’s TV News Roundup, The CW announced its midseason premiere dates and Wgn America announced the premiere date for its upcoming drama “Pure.”

Dates

Wgn America’s upcoming religious crime drama “Pure is set to premiere Jan. 23 at 10/9 p.m. Ct. Starring Ryan Robbins and Alex Paxton-Beesley, “Pure” follows the double life of a mennonite pastor who must protect his family from a crime syndicate. Wgn America has also greenlit a second season for the series, which will premiere in late 2019 with Alyson Hannigan joining the cast. Michael Amo created and wrote the series and Ken Girotti is directing.
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Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige Reflects on Stan Lee’s Legacy, Teases Lingering Cameos

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige represents something of a super-fan in a global community of followers devoted to Stan Lee — the comicbook creator who died Monday at 95 following complications from a medical emergency.

Feige spoke with Variety shortly after the news sent Twitter and an army of movie stars into tribute mode, where many reflected on the significant heroes that Lee brought to shelves, movie theaters, and streaming screens.

“The amazing thing to be thankful for is that Stan got to see it all happen,” Feige said of the massive success his Disney-owned unit has seen since the Marvel Cinematic Universe was reborn in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man.” Three separate phases of Marvel films, which encompass the record-smashing “Avengers” series, have reportedly grossed close to $7 billion.

“Stan dominated pop culture. He saw it and was aware and he loved it. I’ve been saying for years
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‘Homecoming': Yes — Sam Esmail Knows the Geist Group Looks a Lot Like ‘Mr Robot’s’ E-Corp

(Warning: This story contains spoilers for the first season of Amazon’s “Homecoming.”)

If the Geist Group, the large monolithic company at the center of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” reminds you of another big, shadowy company from a Sam Esmail-led series, well, the “Mr. Robot” creator gets it.

“If I have to psychoanalyze myself, I would say there are a lot of similarities,” Esmail tells TheWrap after we pointed out how similar the two companies appear. The only real differences between the two are that Esmail came up with E Corp himself, while The Geist Group was something already baked into “Homecoming,” as it was adapted from the Gimlet Media podcast from Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz.

“I just think there’s something in the air right now, something in the world that’s going on where we have this untrustworthiness with powerful conglomerates,” Esmail said. “In that way, even
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Lorde Accuses Kanye West & Kid Cudi of Stealing Glass Box Stage Design

Lorde is not happy with Kids See Ghosts. The singer took to Instagram to claim Kanye West and Kid Cudi stole the design for the floating, glass rectangular box they performed in at Camp Flog Gnaw this weekend from her.

“I’m proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves,” she wrote on Instagram. “But don’t steal — not from women or anyone else — not in 2018 or ever.” The floating
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Travis Scott’s Next Album Might Be a Broadway Musical

Travis Scott appeared on Ellen on Monday morning — it was the typically taciturn rapper’s third time on the show, but his first appearance in which he sat down for an interview with DeGeneres.

Riffing off a stipulation in Scott’s tour rider, DeGeneres greeted the musician with a platter of Moët champagne, Don Julio tequila, Ciroc apple vodka and Hennessy. Scott reciprocated by presenting DeGeneres with a pair of his Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

Scott opened up in the interview, talking about his family life with Kylie Jenner and their newborn daughter Stormi Webster.
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10 Years Later, Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ Still Slaps

10 Years Later, Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ Still Slaps
Like Propel water, The Scarlet Letter and mechanical pencils, Taylor Swift’s Fearless pairs well with the sporadic squeak of team-issued sneakers, overpriced hot lunches and the kind of angst that defines comfortably suburb-bound teenage years. Sliding open the album on Spotify with my iPhone 8, I can still feel my limbs stretched in all directions, hear the snap-crackle-pop of a dozen adolescent girls’ joints going through the motions of yet another warm-up to what would become the soundtrack of my high school varsity dance team’s inner and outer lives,
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Review: Late Saxist David S. Ware Shines on Unfettered Live Set ‘The Balance’

Review: Late Saxist David S. Ware Shines on Unfettered Live Set ‘The Balance’
Kamasi Washington was hardly the first saxophonist to revive the so-called spiritual-jazz aesthetic of John Coltrane and his key successors like Pharoah Sanders. As early as the late Seventies, the late David S. Ware was combining blissful melodicism with mighty fervor in a way that pointed directly back to those influences. From the early Nineties through 2007 Ware led a celebrated quartet that garnered him wide acclaim — Rolling’s Stone‘s David Fricke called him a “radiantly confident player” in a review of the group’s 1995 album Cryptology— and even a brief major-label deal.
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