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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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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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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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Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Feige and More Pay Tribute to Comic Book Legend Stan Lee

Superheroes took over Twitter Monday as celebrities from across Hollywood paid tribute to the late comic book legend Stan Lee who died this week. He was 95.

Chief executive officer of Disney, Bob Iger released this statement in response to the news, “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.”

Actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in the Marvel franchise of the same name, honored Lee with a picture of the comic book artist at a DJ booth, before thanking him for his legacy of work. “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,
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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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Endeavor Promotes Executive Dan Limerick to Head of Business Affairs

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Endeavor announced on Monday that it has promoted Dan Limerick to head of business affairs for the company’s representation business, including Wme, Img Models, The Wall Group, Art & Commerce and Dixon Talent.

Limerick will oversee the deal-making process for Endeavor’s clients and business strategy for client deals; that includes the negotiation of talent agreements, licensing arrangements, exploitation of IP and television packages. Additionally, Limerick will be involved with managing guild relationships for the talent management and media company.

He will work alongside Courtney Braun, who was named head of legal affairs earlier this year, but all current business affairs executives across Endeavor will report to him.

Also Read: Endeavor Names Former Under Armour Exec Kerry Chandler as New Hr Chief

Limerick joined Wme in 2016 as head of TV Business Affairs. He has been an integral part of a number of landmark deals over the course of his career,
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Woolsey Fire Update: 20 Percent Contained, 250,000 People Displaced

The Woolsey Fire ravaging Malibu and several other Southern California communities has destroyed 370 homes and buildings, Cal Fire officials announced Monday morning, with Santa Ana winds threatening to make it increasingly difficult for firefighters to manage in the days ahead.

The fire, after burning more than 91,500 acres, is now 20 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. 57,000 other structures remain threatened by the blaze. National Weather Service Meteorologist Curt Kaplan warned strong winds could reach up to 60 miles per hour up through Wednesday. The fire is expected to be fully contained by Nov. 17, officials said.

The fire started Thursday afternoon and has led to the evacuation of at least 75,000 homes and more than 250,000 people. Pepperdine University in Malibu has cancelled classes through Thanksgiving due to the fire, according to Ktla 5 in Los Angeles.

The fire has affected the Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura and Hidden Hills areas of Southern California. Residents of
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‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ PS4 Has the Most Heartwarming Stan Lee Cameo Ever (Video)

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the story of the video game “Marvel’s Spider-Man.”)

Developer Insomniac Games’ new Spider-Man video game isn’t quite a tie-in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling very in line with Marvel Studios’ offerings on film.

Marvel’s Spider-Man” manages to tell a pretty involved, cinematic story in the medium of a video game. It’s not tied to either “Spider-Man: Homecoming” or its sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” instead crafting its own original tale based on Spider-Man’s expansive lore. “Marvel’s Spider-Man” does include one all-important element that all the movies of the McU also have, though: a fun Stan Lee cameo.

Also Read: 'Marvel's Spider-Man' Includes a Great Reference to 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

The cameo scene comes relatively early in the game, after players are introduced to Peter Parker and his superhero persona,
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CBS All Access Orders True-Crime Series ‘Interrogation’

CBS All Access has given out a straight-to-series order to the true-crime series “Interrogation,” Variety has learned.

The series 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, while the season finale will be released at a later date.

The series was co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz. Both will serve as executive
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Rip Stan Lee: Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans and More Remember a Legend

Rip Stan Lee: Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans and More Remember a Legend
Hollywood is mourning Stan Lee, the legendary co-creator of the Marvel universe who died on Monday at 95.

Stars who have worked with Lee across film, TV and comics, regardless of role, paid their respects to the comic book legend.

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige tweeted. “Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”

Also Read: Stan Lee, Comics Legend Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

“Thank you Stan Lee,” actress Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted. “For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a Super Hero!”

Directors and stars of Marvel and DC projects alike, including Chris Evans, Josh Brolin, Scott Derrickson, Ryan Reynolds, James Wan and many more, tweeted or posted their support to
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Netflix Cancels Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ AFI Fest Red Carpet as California Fires Continue to Rage

As the Woolsey fire continues to rage, Netflix has canceled another red carpet out of respect for the victims and first responders of the deadly inferno.

The streaming giant announced that the carpet for Monday’s AFI Fest gala screening of Sandra Bullock’s latest film “Bird Box” has been called off.

“Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires,” Netflix said in a statement. “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. We thank you in advance for understanding and encourage you to support one of the many organizations who are helping those impacted.” Netflix has urged movie goers to donate to the Red Cross and the Humane Society.

Netflix also called off the carpet for AFI’s Sunday screening of
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