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Stan Lee Undergoes Heart Surgery, Has Pacemaker Implanted

September 30th, 2012 12:35pm EDT
Stan Lee
Comic book mogul Stan Lee has opened up about his recent health scare, revealing he underwent heart surgery last week.

The 90 year old sparked concern among fans when he recently cancelled a number of personal appearances and he has now confirmed he was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles to have a pacemaker fitted.

Lee has released a statement to assure followers he is recovering well and jokingly compared his health problems to that of his comic book creation Iron Man.

He says, "Attention, Troops!... Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avengers, T...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'American Reunion,' 'Damsels In Distress,' & More

April 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
American Reunion
In addition to interviewing Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly from “The Cabin in the Woods” last week, I also spoke with author Dana Fredsti about her new zombie book Plague Town, which comes out on Tuesday. We talked about her book, her connection to the cult classic “Army of Darkness,” and about this season of “The Walking Dead.” If you haven’t seen my interview yet, definitely check it out.

This week you’ll have the opportunity to see the “American Pie” gang back together again in “American Reunion,” the college comedy “Damsels in Distress,” the Morgan Spurlock documentary “Comic-Co...
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Spider-Man Creator Stan Lee Is Proud Of New Disney XD 'Ultimate Spider-Man' Cartoon

March 29th, 2012 7:15pm EDT
Stan Lee
Stan Lee created Spider-Man in 1962, possibly his most famous creation on top of The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and The X-Men. In comic books, movies and animated television Spidey continues to sling his webs. The latest incarnation is Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man, which Lee proudly supports.

“Whatever comes along, Spider-Man should be part of it because he has become possibly one of, if not the most popular characters in the world,” Lee said. “They know him in the orient, they know him in Africa, they know him in the mideast. They know him all over. And more than know him, they see...
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'Rango' Sweeps The 2012 VES Awards

February 8th, 2012 8:05am EST
Rango
Johnny Depp's animated Western Rango was the runaway winner at the 10th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards on Tuesday after scooping four trophies.

The film, in which Depp voiced a chameleon stranded in the Mojave Desert, was honored for its outstanding visual effects, animated character (Rango), created environment and virtual cinematography.

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's Oscar contender Hugo nabbed two awards including outstanding supporting visual effects and virtual cinematography.

Other big winners included Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Rise of the Planet of the Apes,...
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'Tintin' And 'Boardwalk Empire' Lead VES Awards

January 9th, 2012 9:17am EST
The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg's The Adventures Of Tintin and crime drama Boardwalk Empire are leading the film and TV nominations at the upcoming Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards.

The director's animated adventure has scored six nods, with three in the Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Motion Picture category.

Other movies to receive nominations for special effects include Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and a host of sequels - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark of the Moo...
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Stan Lee To Receive VES' Lifetime Achievement Award

October 19th, 2011 4:10pm EDT
Stan Lee
Comic book legend Stan Lee is to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) next year.

The beloved co-creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men will follow in the footsteps of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, who have all previously been handed the trophy.

VES chairman Jeffrey Okun announced the honor on Tuesday, saying, "Stan Lee's imagination has created a completely original and profitable niche in the entertainment world and has allowed visual effects to flex its muscle in service to it."

Lee will pick up the prize at ...
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Review: 'X-Men First Class' 'Two Jews On Film' Just Like Prof X & Magneto Go Their Separate Ways (Video)

June 3rd, 2011 10:04am EDT
X-Men First Class
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Right off the bat, I have to say that I gave 'X-Men First Class' 5 bagels out of 5. I absolutely loved it. The director, Matthew Vaughn did the 'X Men' franchise proud.

'X-Men First Class' is a prequel. Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) was Professor X and Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) became Magneto, they were just two mutant guys discovering their powers and figuring out how to use them. Charles and Eric were also on the same side.

Charles is your typical nice guy...goodlooking, brilliant, and super rich. He's also an Oxford graduate whose sp...
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'The Governator' Terminated

May 21st, 2011 11:30am EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger's animated project The Governator has been cancelled following the announcement the actor is halting his Hollywood career to concentrate on his private life.

The actor stunned fans earlier this week when he revealed he had fathered a lovechild with a member of his household staff more than a decade ago. The announcement came just days after he and his wife Maria Shriver had announced their split.

Following the revelations, Schwarzenegger announced on Thursday he has decided put a hold on his big comeback, which included a new Terminator film.

Hours after the sta...
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Anthony Kiedis To Donate His MTV Award To Benefit Japanese Red Cross

May 11th, 2011 3:52pm EDT
Anthony Kiedis
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Anthony Kiedis is selling off an MTV Europe Award to help raise funds for ongoing relief in devastated areas of Japan.

The item features among the fresh highlights of an ongoing online auction organized by Japanese pop star Yoshimi. Also up for grabs: a signed Clint Eastwood 35 Films 35 Years DVD collection, an Amazing Spiderman comic book signed by Stan Lee, and autographed guitars from Anthrax's Scott Ian and Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland.

Yoshimi says, "I am so grateful to everyone who has donated these very special items for this auction. There are nearly 140,...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Back In 'The Governator' Trailer - Watch It

April 5th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
EW's Governator Cover
Despite the announcement arriving around April Fools' Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't joking around when he said he would be back as The Governator. A trailer was released today for the cartoon series, which is tentatively set to air in 2012 and was co-developed by Stan Lee.

Uhm, wow. Part-Terminator, part-Batman, Arnold access his secret hanger underneath his mansion and saddles up on a motorcycle while wearing some sort of power suit. Of course, there is that Matrix bullet-dodge thrown in as well. I'm also wondering what random kids are doing hanging out in Arnold's basemen...
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Stan Lee's 'The Governator' Set For Comic-Con

April 2nd, 2011 3:29pm EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger and superhero icon Stan Lee are racing to complete a prototype comic book featuring the movie star's new action man The Governator in time for the upcoming Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California.

The former California Governor has been turned into the fictional crimefighter by Lee, who hopes to launch the project as a comic and animated TV series by the end of 2012.

But fans of the genre will get a sneak peek at the Comic-Con convention in July when Spider-Man creator Lee unveils a prototype.

Launching the project in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Lee r...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns As 'The Governator'

March 31st, 2011 8:21am EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger EW
Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to show business as a cartoon hero who creates a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his Los Angeles home.

The action man-turned-politician has turned himself into a superhero, known as The Governator.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "When I ran for governor (of California) back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about the Governator, I thought the word was so cool."

"The word Governator combined two worlds - the world of politics and the movie world. And (this cartoon) brings everything together. It combines the governor, ...
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Marvel's $1 Billion Lawsuit Dismissed Again

February 10th, 2011 11:57am EST
Stan Lee
A New York judge has thrown an ongoing $1 billion copyright lawsuit against comic book legend Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment bosses out of court for a second time.

Lee was taken to court in 2009 by Jose Abadin and Christopher Belland, the shareholders of Stan Lee Media Inc. (SLMI), which was declared bankrupt in 2001. They claimed Lee had harmed their interests by signing away all his rights in the Marvel Entertainment brand and the copyright to characters including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and X-Men to the company in 1998 - a year before they became sharehol...
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Stan Lee's $750 Million Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

April 5th, 2010 2:40pm EDT
Stan Lee
Comic book icon Stan Lee is breathing a sigh of relief after a New York judge dismissed a $750 million suit filed against him and Marvel Entertainment bosses challenging the copyright of his most famous superhero characters.

Lee was taken to court last year by Jose Abadin and Christopher Belland, the shareholders of Stan Lee Media Inc. (SLMI), which was declared bankrupt in 2001. They claimed Lee had harmed their interests when he signed away all his rights in the Marvel Entertainment brand and the copyright to characters like Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and X-Men ...
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Stan Lee Hit With Another Lawsuit

February 15th, 2010 11:41am EST
Stan Lee Hit With Another Lawsuit
Comic book legend Stan Lee is facing more legal woes - he's been hit with a second lawsuit in two weeks. Lee - the man behind Spider-Man, Hulk and the X-Men - is currently facing legal action from the shareholders of a company bearing his name, over film and book profits.

The shareholders of Stan Lee Media Inc. (SLMI) filed suit at the end of last month claiming Lee signed all his interests in the Marvel brand and its characters over to them. And Lee now has more legal problems to contend with after attorneys from law firm Lavely & Singer filed suit against the star, alleging he's faile...
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Everything Geeky - Happy 70th Birthday Marvel Comics!

August 11th, 2009 12:17pm EDT
Spider-Man
Today is the 70th anniversary of Marvel comics, and I thought as a geek it would only be fair to dedicate this week's column to them. All over the country there are going to be parties for Marvel so if you'd like to find one in your area, check their website for a list of participating locations. There will be special Barnes & Noble meetings too in specific cities where famous Marvel writers, editors, and artists will appear for Q&A sessions and sign autographs.

Marvel Comics was founded by Martin Goodman, and it was originally called Timely Publications in 1939. He was already publishi...
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Everything Geeky - Advice for Attending Comic Con

July 21st, 2009 2:05pm EDT
Heroes
It's that time of the year again, and San Diego is preparing itself for the invasion of the geeks. This week the San Diego Comic Con launches its 40th anniversary, and writers, authors, video game programmers, television execs, actors, producers, and of course comic book creators come out of the woodwork in the beautiful Californian city.

I will be there myself, and as a veteran of comic conventions, I thought I would offer some advice for those of you who are new to the whole game. This might come in handy if you choose to check out some other conventions, such as New York Comic Con (O...
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Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

October 16th, 2008 12:33pm EDT
Will Smith
1.) Benjamin Azumah asks, "What's going on with Will Smith?"

Smith has several films coming up, including "Seven Pounds" on Dec. 19, Empire (2009) and The Last Pharaoh (2010). He recently made the gossip blogs after comic book creator Stan Lee said he would consider him to play a black Captain America.

2.) Starpulse user Travelar asks, "Which country does Lil Wayne came from? Are his parents Nigerians?"

Lil Wayne was born in New Orleans, La., on Sept. 27, 1982.

3.) tanga asks, "Will Cane return on CBS with Jimmy Smits?"

Nope, "Cane" was canceled, and Smits i...
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'The Incredible Hulk' Indeed Jacked Up on CGI Roids

June 13th, 2008 9:53am EDT
Incredible Hulk
(Hollywoodchicago.com) – Technology has done double-edged service and disservice to the legendary Hulk superhero character from Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics.

In peering at the CGI-created ripped body of nothing remotely reminiscent of Edward Norton, the 2008 film iteration of “The Incredible Hulk” has a leg light years up on Lou Ferrigno’s character in the 1978 television series of the “The Incredible Hulk”. Then, Ferrigno only had the luxury of makeup. The rest was the real deal.

On the other hand, Ferrigno – who treats 2008 audiences in a gasping reveal when he appears in...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 28

December 28th, 2007 3:00am EST
Denzel Washington
Happy Birthday to English actress Sienna Miller (1981), singer/songwriter John Legend (1978), Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter (1972), American actor Denzel Washington (1954), musician Edgar Winter (1946), Professor McGonagall portrayer Maggie Smith (1934), Star Trek's Uhuru Nichelle Nichols (1933), comic book creator/author Stan Lee (1922), and 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson (1856; d. 1924).
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Season 2 Of 'Who Wants To Be A Superhero?' Starring Stan Lee Returns Next Month

June 20th, 2007 9:42am EDT
Stan Lee
SCI FI Channel's hit reality series "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?" returns for its second season on Thursday, July 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The new season features an all-new league of 10 superhero contestants, exciting new physical challenges, a few fiendish villains, and two more episodes than last year (eight in all).

"Who Wants To Be A Superhero?" is a competition reality series unlike any other. It's a show with heart, humor, thrills, adventure, surprises and spandex! It challenges a lucky few to create their very own superhero alter ego, live together in a secret lair under the watchf...
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SCI FI Channel Unveils Summer Programming

April 27th, 2007 10:11am EDT
Eureka
SCI FI Channel is about to launch its biggest summer yet with a lineup featuring all-new originals and the return of some of last year's most popular shows. Last year's record-breaking hit dramedy Eureka returns as does an even bigger season of the competition series Who Wants to be A Superhero? with Stan Lee, all-new investigations with the Ghost Hunters, and season 3 of Doctor Who.

Summer will also introduce viewers to a contemporary re-imagined take on Flash Gordon, the investigative adventure reality series Destination Truth and the mind-twisting British mentalist Derren Brown.

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 28

December 28th, 2006 3:00am EST
Denzel Washington
Happy Birthday to English actress Sienna Miller (1981), singer/songwriter John Legend (1978), Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter (1972), American actor Denzel Washington (1954), musician Edgar Winter (1946), Professor McGonagall portrayer Maggie Smith (1934), Star Trek's Uhuru Nichelle Nichols (1933), comic book creator/author Stan Lee (1922), and 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson (1856; d. 1924).
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'Who Wants To Be A Superhero' To Debut July 27

June 28th, 2006 11:01am EDT
Pow
The Sci Fi Channel has announced a July 27 launch date for Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment's new reality television Show Who Wants To Be A Superhero? The six-episode, one-hour weekly competition reality series will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero and reward the winner with the best reality competition prize yet: immortality!

Each contestant begins with an original idea for a superhero, a self-made costume, and their best superhero mojo. From thousands of hopefuls, Stan Lee chooses 11 lucky finalists who must live together during the entire competition in a secret...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 28

December 28th, 2005 3:00am EST
Denzel Washington
Happy Birthday to English actress Sienna Miller (1981), singer/songwriter John Legend (1978), Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter (1972), American actor Denzel Washington (1954), musician Edgar Winter (1946), Professor McGonagall portrayer Maggie Smith (1934), Star Trek's Uhuru Nichelle Nichols (1933), comic book creator/author Stan Lee (1922), and 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson (1856; d. 1924).
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