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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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‘Widows’ Might Be Something Truly Rare: An Oscar-Winning Action Film

‘Widows’ Might Be Something Truly Rare: An Oscar-Winning Action Film
Plenty of posh European directors make a breakout movie but fail the transition to a commercial Hollywood picture. Oscar-winning British filmmaker Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) is defying the odds by fashioning a smart hybrid genre movie that combines his sophisticated sensibility with an accessible, aspirational story that’s enriching and fun. What’s harder to gauge: Where does “Widows” fall on the awards spectrum?

The Fox movie wowed critics and audiences at its Toronto debut and played the international fall festival circuit, winding up at AFI Fest before it opens wide November 16. Impeccably crafted by such Oscar perennials as McQueen and Denis Villeneuve’s go-to editor Joe Walker, composer Hans Zimmer, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and lead actress Viola Davis, the ensemble movie is a crowdpleaser nourished by its provocative gender-bending plot and social realism. It could be a factor in several Oscar categories.

Back in 1983, McQueen was
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Shania Twain Looking for ‘Diversity’ on USA’s ‘Real Country’ Reality Show

With a name like Real Country, USA Network’s new reality singing competition seems is wading into some contentious territory as it seeks to differentiate between “real country” and, well, whatever the opposite of that is.

Premiering Tuesday, November 13th, at 10:00 p.m. Et, Real Country casts Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt as expert panelists and works mostly within the familiar structure employed by its TV talent-show predecessors — except that each week three new contestants are invited by the panelists themselves, and held up as examples of
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Flashback: Stan Lee Offers Love Advice in ‘Mallrats’

Flashback: Stan Lee Offers Love Advice in ‘Mallrats’
Comic book aficionados aren’t exactly known for their way with romance — which is why it was so surprising when Stan Lee, the Marvel Universe creator who died today at the age of 95, appeared in Mallrats (1995) to give comic-nerd Brodie (played by skateboarder/actor Jason Lee) an endearing speech about the importance of love.

The film — director Kevin Smith’s big-budget follow-up to 1994’s Clerks — opens with Brodie getting dumped by his girlfriend, Rene (played by Shannen Doherty, fresh off her stint on Beverly Hills, 90210). So he and Ts, his best friend,
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars': Kacey Musgraves, Ellen Pompeo, Rita Ora Among Season 4 Guest Judges

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VH1 has unveiled the list of guest judges set to appear on Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” including “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, “Black-ish’s” Jenifer Lewis and musician Kacey Musgraves.

As announced last week, 10 fan-favorite queens from the show’s past seasons will return to compete for their place in the “Drag Race” Hall of Fame when it returns with its fourth “All Stars” season on Friday, Dec. 14.

They’ll be evaluated by the show’s regular panel of judges, RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, as well as a rotating lineup of guest judges which includes Ciara, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash, in addition to the three women mentioned above.

Also Read: 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 4: Everything
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CupcakKe, Rap’s Raunchiest Star, Gets Personal on ‘Eden’

CupcakKe, Rap’s Raunchiest Star, Gets Personal on ‘Eden’
CupcakKe had a tough time titling her second release of 2018.

“I was very conflicted,” the Chicago rapper said on a phone call last week. She took to a group chat for more opinions, originally leaning towards Menu. Since the album is her most personal yet, though, the chat (thankfully) convinced her to go with Eden.

“It’s wordplay on my middle name, because I ate the whole album,” she said, bluntly.

CupcakKe’s fourth LP came out on Friday, and it’s a tight, effortless flex from the young star,
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CBS All Access Orders True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’ – and It Has an Unusual Release Schedule

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CBS All Access has given a straight-to-series to a true-crime drama “Interrogation,” which will have an atypical release schedule.

“Interrogation” is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, and the conclusive season finale will be released at a later date.

“This non-linear approach to storytelling is closer to how real detectives work, picking their own path through the evidence in a search for the truth,” said Anders Weidemann, executive producer and co-creator.

Also Read: As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Don't Forget About CBS All Access

Weidemann will executive producer will co-creator John Mankiewicz, alongside Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate of Fabrik Entertainment for CBS TV Studios.
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Marti Noxon Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal at Netflix

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Netflix has set an overall deal with yet another prolific producer: Marti Noxon. The streamer announced Monday they have entered into a multi-year pact with the Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director.

Under the pact, Noxon will produce new TV series exclusively for Netflix. The streamer will also have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects. She will continue to produce all projects under her Tiny Pyro banner, with Maria Grasso — president of the production company — making the move to Netflix with her.

Among Noxon’s most recent projects as creator-showrunner are HBO’s Amy Adams-led limited series “Sharp Objects” and AMC’s recently-canceled freshman series “Dietland,” and “UnREAL.”

Also Read: 'Dietland' Canceled After One Season on AMC

Noxon’s two-decades long small-screen career includes work on series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Mad Men,” “Glee,” and” Grey’s Anatomy.” On the big screen, Noxon made wrote
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Silas Howard to Direct Lgbtq-Focused Horror Film ‘Moonshadow’ for Gunpowder & Sky

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Silas Howard to Direct Lgbtq-Focused Horror Film ‘Moonshadow’ for Gunpowder & Sky
A Kid Like Jake” director Silas Howard will direct an Lgbtq-focused horror film “Moonshadow” for Gunpowder & Sky, the content studio announced Monday.

Gunpower & Sky will partner with Yomyomf and Nonetheless Productions to develop the film. Ernesto Foronda (“Better Luck Tomorrow”) and Daniel Foerster wrote the screenplay for “Moonshadow,” which was inspired by Daniel Foerster’s own experience with Lgbtq conversation therapy. The film will chronicle a transgender teen who is sent to a science-based conversation camp, where he quickly learns the youth are being transformed into something non-human.

“With a battle over transgender rights playing out on the national stage, and as a member and advocate of the trans community, I feel it is critical to be a part of the conversation,” said Howard. “The current generation of young people is living with entirely new expectations about gender and sexuality, and ‘Moonshadow’ is for them.”

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The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show

The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show
With so many options for music competition shows on television – “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “American’s Got Talent” among them — it’s high time the Country genre got its share of the spotlight. Enter: USA Network’s “Real Country,” a national showcase for promising artists hand-selected by panelists Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen, premiering Nov. 13.

It’s not the first time USA has developed a show for the country music-loving audience, and the network’s previous attempt, “Nashville Star,” had itself a successful six-season run and helped launch Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young. So what’s different this time around?
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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and More Pay Tribute to Comic Book Legend Stan Lee

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and More Pay Tribute to Comic Book Legend Stan Lee
Superheroes and Hollywood figures alike took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to comic book legend Stan Lee, who died on Monday at age 95.

Lee co-created iconic Marvel superheroes including Black Panther, Thor, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in Marvel’s X-Men franchise, shared a picture of Lee’s cameo in the latest “Deadpool” movie. “Damn… Rip Stan. Thanks for everything,” he wrote.

Damn… Rip Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, emphasized Lee’s importance on his own career.
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Marti Noxon Sets Netflix Overall Deal

Marti Noxon Sets Netflix Overall Deal
Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director Marti Noxon has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix.

Under the deal, Noxon will produce new series programming exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects through the pact, as well. Noxon will continue to produce all projects through her production company, Tiny Pyro. Maria Grasso will make the move to Netflix, as well, continuing in her role as president of Tiny Pyro. Noxon previously had an overall deal at Skydance, which she signed in 2016.

“Who can resist the allure of Netflix?” said Noxon. “Not only do
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Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot to Hit Theaters in June 2019

Orion Pictures will release the reboot of “Child’s Play,” starring Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman, on June 21, 2019.

Plaza will portray the mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Henry will play the role of a police detective and Bateman will portray the son. Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, and Carlease Burke are also in the cast.

Lars Klevberg (“Polaroid”) directed from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original motion picture released in 1988 about the soul of serial killer Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray being transferred into a doll, which is then given as a gift to a young boy by his widowed mother, who was played by Catherine Hicks in the original. The original film was a box office hit and grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million. Brad Dourif vocalized Chucky
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