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Stan Lee sues his former company Pow! Entertainment for $1 billion

ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) — Comic-book legend Stan Lee, who created some of Marvel’s biggest superheroes, filed a lawsuit against his former company, Pow! Entertainment, Tuesday, citing his business partners took advantage of his poor eyesight and the fact that he was mourning his wife, Variety reports. Lee is suing for $1 billion. 

When Lee sold his company last year to Camsing International Holding in China, he said he was suffering from macular degeneration, which weakens eyesight. According to the suit, CEO Shane Duffy and Gill Champion used this health condition against him and swindled him into signing over his name. He says the two tricked him into signing away exclusive rights to his name, image and likeness. Lee even claims the two forged his signature. 

In addition to his declining vision, Lee says he did not know nor understand the terms of the contract because he was mourning the death of his wife. 

He now wants $1 billion and his name back. 

Lee is no stranger to legal issues lately. He also filed suit last month against his former publicist and business manager Jerardo Olivarez, whom Lee claims stole $1.4 million. 

Lee created or co-created some of Marvel’s most recognizable characters, like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and The Avengers, in the 1960s. He founded Pop! Entertainment in 2001.

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Deadpool crashes Stephen Colbert’s late-night monologue, pokes fun at President Trump

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — Taking a break from fighting crime and saving the world, Deadpool tried to crush something else: a late-night monologue. 

The superhero, played by Ryan Reynolds, crashed Stephen Colbert’s monologue during Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show to promote Deadpool 2, which premieres Friday. 

Colbert starts by pointing out the number of superhero blockbusters that have already premiered this year, including Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. 

“At what point will audiences say, ‘Enough with the superheroes’?” he asks just as Deadpool enters the frame from behind Colbert, answering, “Is it Deadpool 2? I bet it’s Deadpool 2.”

After a quip about the show’s guest Jamie Foxx being from Back to the Future, Deadpool attempted to finish Colbert’s monologue and reads off the cue cards. 

“The administration is still dealing with the fallout from Trump announcing that the U.S. will be pulling out of the Iran deal. It’s Trump’s biggest pulling out blunder since Eric,” he said with the character’s signature deadpan. 

In another joke, he brought up the Trump scandal around alleged urinating prostitutes in Russia. 

“President Trump spent the day on Twitter complaining about leaks inside the White House, because we all know Trump prefers his leaks in Russian hotel rooms,” he quipped. 

At the end of the monologue, Deadpool appears to disintegrate a la Infinity War, and in a “bonus scene” at the very end of The Late Show, Colbert sweeps up Deadpool’s powdered remains and pours them into a drink.

Deadpool 2 drops into theaters Friday.

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“The Voice” recap: Adam Levine loses his last artist as four contestants are sent packing

Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Adam Levine’s Raysun LaMarr; Team Alicia Keys’ Jackie Foster; Team Blake Shelton’s Pryor Baird and Team Kelly Clarkson’s Kaleb Lee were sent home.

Baird and Lee were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an “Instant Save” vote to Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan.

Prior to the vote, Baird, Lee and Buchanan sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Baird performed The Allman Brothers Band’s “Soulshine,” Lee covered “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrdand Buchanan tackled Calum Scott’s “Dancing on My Own.”

There are now four singers remaining in the competition: Buchanan is Team Alicia’s last remaining member, along with Team Blake’s Spensha Baker and Kyla Jade, and Brynn Cartelli from Team Kelly. There are no artists left on Team Adam.

The results show also featured Kane Brown with the primetime debut of his number one country hit, “Heaven,“ and Panic! At the Disco performing their latest single, “Say Amen (Saturday Night).” Blake Shelton also performed “I Lived It,” from his album Texoma Shore.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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A “Lethal Weapon”: Damon Wayans details co-star Clayne Crawford’s allegedly violent behavior

Jordin Althaus/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Lethal Weapon star Damon Wayans took to social media on Monday night to air out the details of the reported feud between him and his recently-fired co-star Clayne Crawford.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, captured by the The Hollywood Reporter, Wayans went online to address the “Twitter outrage” and allegations against Crawford that reportedly led to his firing from the Fox series.

“How does the shrapnel from this hit me on the opposite side of the head? #directedby @claynecrawford,” he wrote, sharing a photo of an injury to his head.

He also posted a tweet with a photo of a flyer that said: “Clayne Crawford is an emotional terrorist.” In the tweet, Wayans said Crawford “became UNINSURABLE! Relished in making female cry. And stuck [sic] fear in cast and crew. #dontblameme.”

Wayans alleges that Crawford was also violent towards others on set, saying Crawford “hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open.”

He concludes by saying, he had to “put up with this two seasons, ” adding, “it wasn’t just me. @ClayneCrawford has a file of infractions.”

Damon’s Twitter rant came after Fox announced the show’s renewal without Crawford. As previously noted, Crawford will be replaced with Seann William Scott, who will play a new lead character in the show’s third season.

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Spencer Christian’s memoir, “You Bet Your Life,” shares an important message

Post Hill Press, 2018(NEW YORK) — Spencer Christian became a household name as weatherman, feature reporter and co-host of Good Morning America during the late 70s and early 80s. While he managed to maintain his public persona, Christian struggled with a serious gambling addiction, which he documents in his new memoir You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling.

With his gambling addiction is behind him, Christian is opening up about his story and the important message he has.

“I’m hoping people will see that even someone whose life seems perfect on the surface as mine may have seemed to some people — we all have problems,” Christian tells ABC Radio. “We all have fears, failures, flaws, self-doubt and sometimes self-loathing. Even when you feel you’ve hit rock bottom, you can rebuild, you can recover.”

According to Christian, it’s a lot of hard work to “repair damaged relationships” and to reclaim one’s life after a seemingly debilitating fall. However, he believes if he can do it, anyone can.

“And that’s what I hope people will get from this — I hope that my falling to rock bottom, several times, and bouncing, back will serve as a source of hope that anyone facing any kind of adversity or difficulty can can bounce back,” he says.

You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling is available now from Post Hill Books.

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Ryan Reynolds talks “Deadpool 2”, and his daughter’s budding career as singer

ABC(NEW YORK) — Hours after the New York premiere of Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds stopped by Good Morning America to talk about the new film, his life as a father to two girls, and more.

With the bar set set so high after the success of the first movie in 2016, Reynolds said he’s happy that most of the initial reviews for Deadpool 2 have been positive because he has an “unquenchable thirst for approval.” He said the acclaim is a reflection of the work everyone involved in the movie did.

“It’s the role of a lifetime for me,” Reynolds said of his potty-mouthed hero.

The role of a lifetime needed the soundtrack of a lifetime, and Deadpool 2 went for a legend in Celine Dion. Her new song for the film is called “Ashes” and also features Reynolds’ character in the music video.

While thinking about whom they could sign on for the soundtrack, Reynolds said he thought about who had the last great ballad for a movie. What immediately came to mind was Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic.

“So, I wrote her a letter,” he revealed. “Somehow, some way, she said, ‘Yes.'”

But Dion may have some competition if and when Deadpool 3 arrives because Reynolds may have a budding singer at home. The father of two girls with wife Blake Lively recently found out his daughter James was featured in the Taylor Swift song, “Gorgeous.”

“That was a voice memo that ended up on a song,” he said. “My daughter has a terrible ego problem after that.”

Even with the ego, Reynolds is happy to be wrapping up promotion for the film so he can “get a couple weeks just to be a dad.”

“I’m excited to stay put for a min,” he told GMA.

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Writer Tom Wolfe, author of “The Right Stuff”, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, dead at 88

Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImageAuthor Tom Wolfe, whose novels The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities were made into feature films, has died at age 88. 

Wolfe’s agent confirmed his passing to ABC News, saying he died Monday in a Manhattan hospital after being admitted for an infection.

Trained as a journalist, Wolfe was equally adept at non-fiction and fiction in a career that spanned over half a century.  He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced .  The novel featured Wolfe himself as a subjective participant and is celebrated as one of the seminal examples of what came to be known as New Journalism.

The Right Stuff, Wolfe’s 1979 account of the early days of the U.S. space program and the test pilots recruited for it, remains his best-selling work.  It was made into a film in 1983 that lost money at the box office — perhaps due to its more than three-hour run time — but was a critical and Oscar-winning hit that was included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry five years ago.

Wolfe’s other big-screen adaptation, the 1990 comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities, was based on his 1987 novel about amorality and excess in 1980s New York City.  Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, it was a commercial and critical flop.

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Watch now: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in First “Bohemian Rhapsody” trailer

Credit: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; courtesy Twentieth Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — The first trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has dropped, finally giving us our first really good look at Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Mercury.  And so far, it all looks very promising.

Set mostly to a mash-up of Queen hits laid over the bass line from “Another One Bites the Dust,” the one-minute thirty-second trailer gives us plenty of shots of Malek and the rest of the cast re-creating some of Queen’s most memorable performances, as well as peeks of off-stage scenes of the band coming together, achieving stardom, squabbling, and yes, writing and recording their magnum opus, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“It goes on forever!  Six bloody minutes!” complains a record exec about the operatic section.

“I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever,” Rami’s Mercury fires back.

It’s easy to get the music right — you just play the originals — so the big question is how do the actors playing the band look?  From the glimpses we get of them, the answer is they look pretty good.  We’ve already seen a promo pic of Rami as Mercury, released some time ago.  Now we get to see more of Malek, as well as of Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, and Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May and his hair.

Bohemian Rhapsody opens November 2.

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Netflix renews “Lost in Space”; gives go-ahead to “Shape of Water” Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro for horror series “10 After Midnight”

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix announced on Monday that it has renewed its Lost in Space reboot for a second season, and has touted a new partnership with The Shape of Water‘s Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.

Lost in Space — starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, Ignacio Serricchio and Parker Posey — is a modern take on the classic 1960s sci-fi series. Set 30 years in the future, the Robinson family, chosen to colonize a new planet, veer off course and are forced to survive in an alien environment.

The streaming service also revealed on Monday that it has partnered with The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to produce its first original horror anthology series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight — a collection of personally curated stories from the Academy Award-winning writer/producer/director. Del Toro also created the Emmy Award-winning computer-animated series Trollhunters, returning for its third season May 25 on Netflix.

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Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding & Josh Norman are heading to the “DWTS: Athletes” finale

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — The Dancing with the Stars: Athletes finale is set: figure skater Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber, NFL star Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgess, and figure skater Adam Rippon and partner Jenna Johnson will all compete for the Mirror Ball trophy next Monday night on ABC.

The night ended with the brutal elimination of three couples: luger Chris Mazdzer and partner Witney Carson, Jennie Finch Daigle and partner Keo Motsepe and Mirai Nagasu and partner Alan Bersten.

This week was “MVP Week,” as the contestants all dedicated individual dances to their own “Most Valuable Persons.”  That was followed by “Ballroom Battles,” where two couples each faced off against each other, doing the same dance simultaneously.

Also this week, contestants got some help from guest mentors and a guest judge, all former athletes who’d competed on past seasons.  Season 24 runner-up, baseball star David Ross, served as a fourth judge, while the Ballroom Battle couples were mentored by season 18 champ and Olympic skater Meryl Davis, season 22 contestant and football star Von Miller, and season 20 semi-finalist and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.

Here’s a recap of the night’s dances and scores:

Mirai chose her mother as her MVP. She and Alan did a quickstep to “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony.  The judges all approved of the performance, though Mirai was criticized for her posture at times.  Carrie Ann Inaba showed off her language skills by telling Mirai’s mom that her daughter had done well…in Japanese. Score: 35/40

Jennie chose her husband Casey as her MVP. She and Keo performed a romantic Viennese Waltz to TimMcGraw and Faith Hill’s “The Rest of Our Lives.” Carrie Ann said she wished the competition was longer so Jennie would have more room to grow and improve each week. Score: 29/40

Chris chose his mom, a Dancing with the Stars superfan, as his MVP.  He and Witney performed a show-stopping foxtrot to “I’ve Got Rhythm,” which featured them dancing on top of a piano and doing choreography with hats.  At the end, Chris’ mom joined in.  Carrie Ann was booed when she said she’d ding the couple for sneaking in a lift, which they argued was more of a “catch.” Score: 33/40

Tonya chose her late father, who passed away nine years ago, as her MVP, and spoke about how much she missed him.  At the end of their emotional rumba to “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, Tonya was literally in tears. Score: 33/40

Adam chose his mother as his MVP.  He and Jenna dancing a stunning contemporary dance to “O,” the Coldplay song he skated to in the Olympics.  The bird-themed performance actually started out inside a giant birdcage.  Carrie Ann called the dance “perfection, while Bruno Tonioli said it was a “masterpiece.” All the judges except Len Goodman gave the couple 10s. Score: 39/40

Josh chose his four brothers as his MVPs.  He and Sharna danced a contemporary number to Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”  The judges loved it, with David Ross calling it “smooth” and “beautiful.” Score: 36/40

Once the partner dances were complete, the Ballroom Battles began.  The winning couple from each pairing received two extra points. Here’s what happened:

Jennie and Keo danced the cha-cha against Tonya and Sasha.  The judges voted to give the points to Tonya and Sasha, though America’s vote, displayed on the “Passionmeter,” showed that viewers preferred Jennie & Keo, with 60% of the vote.

Best friends Adam and Mirai faced off against each other, each performing a super-energetic jive.  The judges were tied, so America’s vote was used to determine the winner.  It was Adam and Jenna, with 64%.

Josh and Sharna then went up against Chris and Witney, dancing a salsa.  Both men ripped off their shirts and showed off their sexy moves, and at first, it appeared to be a tie.  Then it was revealed that David Ross had mistakenly voted for Chris and Witney when he meant to vote for Josh and Sharna, so they got the points, though America preferred Chris and Witney, with 55%.

At the end of the show, the first couple to be announced as finalists was Adam and Jenna, followed by Tonya and Sasha and, finally, Josh and Sharna.

The finale of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes airs next Monday night on ABC.

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