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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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When These California Wildfires Go Out, New Ones Will Come

“Paradise is gone,” resident Sue Brown told the Los Angeles Times after witnessing the devastation from the Camp fire, which is now the largest fire in California history. Brown said she and her husband had planned to spend the rest of their lives in Paradise, a city of about 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada foothills about two hours north of San Francisco. But now the entire town is in ashes. The Camp fire has burned more than 110,000 acres and consumed 6,713 structures. Twenty-nine people have died. And it’s still burning. Southern California is also ablaze.
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All 35 Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameos Ranked, Through ‘Venom’ (Photos)

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Every time a new Marvel movie comes out, the one thing hardcore fans can count on is a special cameo from comic book legend Stan Lee. Some have been fun surprises, while others have been underwhelming. Here’s the definitive list of every Stan Lee appearance through “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” ranked from boring to excelsior!

35.) “Deadpool 2” (2018)

The bottom of this list consists of Lee’s “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos. In “Deadpool 2,” he doesn’t actually appear in the movie in person — he pops up as a huge wall mural that’s a bit tough to spot, and gone almost immediately.

34.) “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Another super-quick Lee cameo, but during the first fight between Spidey and Doc Ock, Lee sees enough screen time to pull a women out of harm’s way. Watch the clip here.

33.) “Spider-Man” (2002)

Same here. Lee gets a freeze-frame shot during one
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Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Universe, Dead at 95

Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Universe, Dead at 95
Stan Lee, the writer, editor, and former publisher and president of Marvel Comics who co-invented Spider-Man and was responsible for turning superhero comic books into a phenomenon, died Monday at the age of 95. Lee was taken to Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Monday after suffering a medical emergency; he was declared dead shortly afterwards, Lee’s daughter confirmed to Variety.

To some, Lee was one of the greatest pop-culture creators of his era – the primary voice behind Marvel’s golden years and the mind that introduced characters every
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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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Sony Pictures TV Hires Nina Lederman to Lead Global Scripted Programming

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Sony Pictures Television has hired former All3Media America exec Nina Lederman as executive VP of global scripted development and programming.

In the newly-created role, Lederman will look to expand the relationship Sony has with its international production teams as a way to bolster its scripted output, both in the U.S. and globally. She will report to Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, co-presidents, Spt Studios, and Wayne Garvie, president, international production, Spt.

“For over two decades Nina has been a leader in the entertainment industry,” said Garvie. “Her experience collaborating with studios and buyers around the world to develop and sell content will be invaluable to Spt as we compete in this changing global marketplace. We can’t wait to work with her.”

Also Read: Alex Trebek Will Stay With 'Jeopardy' Through 2022

While at All3Media America, Lederman executive produced numerous international co-productions, formats and original series, including
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Sony Pictures Television Names Nina Lederman Executive VP of Global Scripted Development & Programming

Nina Lederman has been named to a newly-created position at Sony Pictures Television (Spt).

Lederman will now serve as executive vice president of global scripted development and programming. In her new role, Lederman will be responsible for expanding Sony’s slate of TV series in the U.S. and abroad by facilitating creative and logistical partnerships between Sony’s U.S. development and international production teams.

She will be based in Los Angeles and report to Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television.

Lederman will
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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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Sam Worthington to Star in Brad Anderson Film for Netflix

Sam Worthington to Star in Brad Anderson Film for Netflix
Sam Worthington is set to star in Brad Anderson’s next film for Netflix, sources tell Variety.

The currently untitled project follows a man, played by Worthington, who must find his courage and hold onto his sanity when his wife and daughter disappear in the middle of an ER visit.

Alan B. McElroy writing the script, and Paul Schiff, Neal Edelstein, and Mike Macari are producing. The movie is scheduled to start filming later this year and is expected to release on Netflix in 2019.

Worthington, who broke in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” was most recently seen in Lionsgate’s “The Shack” and Mel Gibson’s Oscar-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge.” He is currently filming the sequels to the “Avatar,” with the next chapter in the franchise anticipated to hit theaters in 2020. On the television side, Worthington also appeared opposite Paul Bettany in the Discovery Channel limited series “Manhunt: Unabomber.”

Anderson, best known
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Stan Lee, Marvel Comicbook Legend, Dies at 95

Stan Lee, Marvel Comicbook Legend, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, who ushered in a comicbook renaissance by co-creating the iconic superheroes Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men — characters who made the leap to film with often-spectacular results — died on Monday, his daughter’s attorney confirmed to Variety. He was 95.

Lee was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday after suffering a medical emergency, and was declared dead shortly afterwards.

Working primarily with artist Jack Kirby, Lee — writing as many as a half-dozen titles or more a month — transformed Marvel Comics into a powerhouse, featuring socially relevant stories that spoke to young readers in
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Stan Lee, Marvel Comicbook Legend, Dies at 95

Stan Lee, Marvel Comicbook Legend, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, who ushered in a comicbook renaissance by co-creating the iconic superheroes Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men — characters who made the leap to film with often-spectacular results — died on Monday, his daughter’s attorney confirmed to Variety. He was 95.

Lee was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday after suffering a medical emergency, and was declared dead shortly afterwards.

Working primarily with artist Jack Kirby, Lee — writing as many as a half-dozen titles or more a month — transformed Marvel Comics into a powerhouse, featuring socially relevant stories that spoke to young readers in a way the form hadn’t previously. Those works, largely created during a wildly productive stretch in the early 1960s beginning with Fantastic Four, a squabbling and at times reluctant team of superheroes, were part of what came to be known as the Silver Age of comics.

The titles Lee
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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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