STAN LEE IS DEAD AT AGE 95 – (11/13/2018)
The legendary writer, publisher and creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, has died at age 95. Born in 1922, he got his first job in 1939 as a gofer making $8 a week at Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. While there, he wrote a two-page story, “The Traitor’s Revenge!” that was used for filler in Timely’s Captain America No. 3 comic. From there, he worked his way up the ladder, until teaming up with another fellow colleague.
The prolific artist and businessman started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961, and created or co-created lack Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters. Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
His comic-book creations helped push the boundaries of censorship in comics, and took great strides in decimating stereotypical portrayals of women and people from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Like Alfred Hitchcock, Lee made cameo appearances in all Marvel movies.
While Lee essentially founded Marvel, as it grew, his relationship with the company became increasingly fraught. In 2002, he sued Marvel for royalties he said he was owed for Spider-Man. He settled for $10 million. In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel for $4 billion.
Soon after Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July of 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment, a company he founded in 2001 to develop film and video projects, for $1 billion alleging fraud. Many observers began worrying that Lee was suffering from some sort of mental decline, and whispers about his close circle of advisors began swirling in Hollywood.
Lee dropped the suit against POW! weeks after filing it, but the legal trouble continued. He sued an ex-business manager and filed a restraining order against a man who had been helping to manage his business schedule.
In June of this year, a series of blistering exposes in The Hollywood Reporter and elsewhere reported that the LAPD was investigating claims he was being abused and / or manipulated by business associates.
Lee is survived by his daughter J.C. and a younger brother named Larry Lieber, who worked as a writer and artist for Marvel. J.C. tells TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
MILEY CYRUS LOSES HER HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES – (11/13/2018)
Miley Cyrus has lost her home in the raging California wildfires. The 25-year-old singer confirmed the news in a series of tweets on Sunday night.
“Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now,” she wrote.
“My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department! If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet…. Donate $ , Time , Supplies I love you more than ever , Miley.”
The deadly wildfires ripping through California have forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate, including some celebrities whose homes have been lost to the blazes. At least 31 people have died in the fires: 29 in the Camp fire and two in the Woolsey fire. Some 228 people are unaccounted for.
Neil Young, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler were also among those whose houses were ravaged by the Woolsey fire raging north of Los Angeles in Southern California.
Butler posted a photo on Twitter of the charred remains of his Malibu home and thanked firefighters for their courage..
Thicke posted a statement on Instagram thanking firefighters and volunteers who “risked their lives trying to save our home.”
LADY GAGA VISITS CALIFORNIA FIRE VICTIMS AT RED CROSS SHELTER – (11/13/2018)
Lady Gaga was evacuated from her Malibu home amid the raging Woolsey fire, but she still made time to give back to other displaced residents in need.
The singer showed up at a Red Cross shelter at Pacific Palisades High School Sunday evening to lift the spirits of fellow evacuees. In a video obtained by TMZ, Gaga tells the crowd, “I extend my love. I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone.”
She encourages everyone to take advantage of the mental health counselors on site and to share their stories. “Let’s keep the faith, together,” she says.
Gaga reportedly spent about 90 minutes at the shelter, taking photos, handing out gift cards and even singing to a 98-year-old woman who had been evacuated.
TMZ reports that so far Gaga’s home has survived the blaze.
SANDRA BULLOCK DONATES $100K TO FIRES, KIM KARDASHIAN HIRES PRIVATE FIREFIGHTERS AS DESTRUCTION CONTINUES – (11/13/2018)
As California fires continue to rage, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee and killing at least 31 people (with hundreds more missing), Sandra Bullock has stepped up to donate $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County. Her donation will reportedly help provide care for animals evacuated because of the fires.
The Humane Society thanked her on Facebook, writing: “The Humane Society of Ventura County was deeply humbled today by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family. Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support.”
KIM KARDASHIAN HIRES FIREFIGHTERS
According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took an under-the-radar step and hired private firefighters to protect their home and neighborhood. The fire was threatening their property as of Friday, but the team of firefighters they hired doused the flames, saving their home and others in the neighborhood.
Several celebrities have lost their homes to fire, including Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke, Orlando Bloom and Neil Young. Still more have used their spotlight, both from the stage at the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, and on social media, to urge people to donate to relief organizations and express their deep condolences to those who have lost their homes and loved ones to the flames.
The KarJenner sisters, Lady Gaga, Bella Hadid, Katy Perry, Alyssa Milano are just a few of the bold-faced names standing by victims of the fires.
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