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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)

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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Ennio Morricone Denies Making ‘Hateful’ Quentin Tarantino Comments, Threatens to Sue Playboy Germany

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Ennio Morricone Denies Making ‘Hateful’ Quentin Tarantino Comments, Threatens to Sue Playboy Germany
Ennio Morricone has denied participating in an interview with Playboy Germany magazine in which he was quoted as saying Quentin Tarantino was a “cretin,” who made nothing but “trash” films.

“This is totally false,” the 90 year-old composer said in a statement released Sunday. “I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

Morricone, who won an Oscar for composing Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” was quoted in the December issue of the German-language magazine as saying Tarantino was a “chaotic” director on set and lacked originality.

But Morricone claims the remarks were a fabrication.

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, i clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time.
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Dan Crenshaw on Pete Davidson’s ‘SNL’ Apology: ‘We Had a Lot of Fun’

Dan Crenshaw on Pete Davidson’s ‘SNL’ Apology: ‘We Had a Lot of Fun’
Less than two days after roasting and forgiving Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live for his controversial Weekend Update jokes, Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw detailed the mindset of unity that prompted his appearance.

The Texan congressman-elect admitted on Monday’s Today Show that he was initially “hesitant” about the SNL spot since he wasn’t sure “what the skit was going to look like.” He went forward with the pre-Veterans Day bit “because what better platform to give a united message for the country, talk about forgiveness and talk about
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Bjork to Debut ‘Cornucopia’ Production at New York Venue in 2019

Björk announced Monday that she will debut a new concert production called Cornucopia in the spring of 2019 at new New York performance arts venue the Shed.

“This winter I will prepare my most elaborate stage concert yet, where the acoustic and digital will shake hands, encouraged by a bespoke team of collaborators,” the singer tweeted of Cornucopia, which marks Björk’s “first-ever production created with theatrical collaborators,” the Shed CEO Alex Poots said in a statement (via Variety).

Details about Cornucopia‘s music – whether it features new songs or draw
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WSJ Editor-at-Large Gerry Baker Gets Weekly Fox Business Show

Gerry Baker, the former top editor of The Wall Street Journal, will launch a weekly primetime series on Fox Business Network starting November 30, the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said Monday.

“WSJ At Large With Gerry Baker” will run Fridays at 9:30 p.m., following “Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street” at 9 p.m. The show is expected to feature interviews with ” major industry leaders impacting Wall Street, Washington and business in America,” the network said in a statement.

“The combination of Bartiromo and Baker will make the 9 p.m. hour one of the most informative and comprehensive in cable news,
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Fox Business Hires Former Wall Street Journal Chief for New Primetime Program

Fox Business announced on Monday that former Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker will host a new weekly primetime show on the network.

“WSJ at Large With Gerry Baker” will air on Fridays at 9:30 p.m. Est after Maria Bartiromo’s show.

“We’ve assembled the best team in business news and we’re excited to add Gerry to the roster,” said network chief Brian Jones in a statement. “The combination of Bartiromo and Baker will make the 9Pm/Et hour one of the most informative and comprehensive in cable news.”

Also Read: Matt Murray to Replace Gerard Baker as Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief

Baker, who served as the editor of the Wall Street Journal for five years, stepped down in June and he was replaced by his deputy Matt Murray. Baker now holds the title of editor at large. At the time, the journal’s parent company,
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‘Full Frontal': I.C.E. Agents Raid the Nativity Scene in Samantha Bee’s Holiday Special (Video)

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‘Full Frontal': I.C.E. Agents Raid the Nativity Scene in Samantha Bee’s Holiday Special (Video)
Add Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” to the list of shows that are doing a holiday special.

In what Bee called “a festive reminder that we’ve f—ed over thousands of immigrants and we still haven’t fixed it yet,” her TBS show will air a holiday special, “Christmas on I.C.E.,” on Dec. 19. Per TBS, the special is described as a “less-godless-than-the-usual-liberal Christmas variety spectacular with all the traditional trimmings: music, laughter, joy, deep rage that the administration is separating migrant families, and gingerbread.”

Bee will be joined at New York’s PlayStation Theater by special guests including skating superstar and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon. A portion of proceeds from both the special and merchandise sales will benefit Kind’s Family Separation Response Team.

Also Read: Samantha Bee: Reaction to My Ivanka Trump 'Feckless C--' Segment Was 'Beyond Overblown'

“Personally I don’t buy that Jesus was a Capricorn,
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Song You Need to Know: Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, ‘I Hate Chicago’

“Learn to make pizza you fucking jack-offs,” Laura Jane Grace sings on “I Hate Chicago.” On its surface, the song is a tongue-in-cheek love-hate letter to Grace’s hometown, a document of the city’s famous landmarks, traditions and famous musicians, which Grace has simultaneously pokes fun of, tears down, and pays tribute to.

But halfway through the song, Grace not-so-slyly reveals the song’s moving conceit. “Alright. Christ you caught me,” she mumbles to herself, “This is actually just another divorce song. Maybe it’s not all of Cook County’s fault!
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The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates, Moves Final Season of ‘Jane the Virgin’ to Wednesdays

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The CW has set its midseason schedule, including the premiere date for freshman drama “Roswell, New Mexico,” as well as a new night for the final season of “Jane the Virgin.”

The “Roswell” reboot is set to debut on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 9 p.m., with “Black Lightning” moving to Mondays after “Arrow” beginning the following week.

“Jane” will move to Wednesday nights in the spring following the season finale of “All American.” Also scheduled to premiere in the spring is the freshman drama “In the Dark,” which will air on Thursdays once the “Vampire Diaries” spinoff “Legacies” completes its run.

Also Read: CW Orders Additional Episodes for Freshman Series 'Charmed,' 'Legacies' and 'All American'

Currently unscheduled, but set to premiere sometime in later in the spring, are the final season of “iZombie” and the sixth season of “The 100.”

See the full schedule below.
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Brothers Osborne Extend Headlining Tour With New 2019 Dates

With a chance at a third consecutive Cma Vocal Duo of the Year award on the line later this week, Brothers Osborne are busy plotting out their 2019 plans with news of more than 40 new tour dates that will include Wild Feathers, Ruston Kelly, and Devon Gilfillian as opening acts.

The duo of Maryland natives, who recently released “I Don’t Remember (Before You)” as the latest single from their sophomore LP Port Saint Joe, are already in the midst of a world tour that pauses early in December after a
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is an Adorable Spark of Energy (Video)

‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is an Adorable Spark of Energy (Video)
Ryan Reynolds is finally playing the role he always knew he would, which was on display in the first trailer for the film “Detective Pikachu.”

In director Rob Letterman’s live-action Pokémon film, Reynolds voices an adorable yellow Pikachu that only Justice Smith’s Tim Goodman, who once aspired to be a Pokémon trainer, can understand.

In the trailer, Reynolds’ Pikachu meets Tim, who appears to be in the midst of a significant life and professional change. They connect, come to terms with one another and help each other on a quest for Tim’s dad.

Also Read: Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Moves to Warner Bros. From Universal

The film features a mix of human actors and CGI Pokémon. It’s a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, but Tim comes across Reynolds’ intelligent Pikachu, who instead seeks to be a detective.

“Detective Pikachu” comes after the phenomenal
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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Greyhound’ Illustrate Cost of War at Home and Abroad

‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Greyhound’ Illustrate Cost of War at Home and Abroad
Since the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have been telling military stories to both pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the troops and explore greater human truths. Whether fact- or fiction-based, from 1927’s Oscar-winning “Wings” to upcoming projects including “Greyhound” and “The Outpost,” war has served as a backdrop for rich, memorable character studies, illuminating details about veterans’ lives that do not merely resonate cinematically but intersect with universal themes, and spark important real-life conversations.

Aaron Schneider, who is directing “Greyhound” for star and screenwriter Tom Hanks, says military characters and their experiences satisfy almost foundational needs for storytellers.

“It was [author William] Faulkner who said that the pillars of story are love, pity, pride, compassion, honor and sacrifice, and a war story comes with all of the above,” Schneider says. “So right from the start, if you’re telling a war story, you’re starting with about the purest protagonist you can start with,
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Nov. 12, 2018: ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Narcos’

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Escape at Dannemora” debuts on Showtime and “Narcos” premieres its fourth season on Netflix.

“Mars,” National Geographic Channel, Monday, 9 p.m.

Season 2 of this series, which mixes scripted and documentary elements, picks up five years after the conclusion of Season 1, following the successful maiden mission to the Red Planet when the original International Mars
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