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November 13, 2018

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Fall FlashI spent most weekends of my youth watching TV. Back then, we had only a few channels to choose from. Where some would see that as a disadvantage I rather enjoyed it because I got to see so many classic television shows, in re-runs of course, that otherwise would have gotten lost in the programming shuffle.

These days, even with the excessive amount of channels at the ready, it can be hard to find classic shows like Sea Hunt, Combat (My Dad's favorite), Burke's Law and so many others to quench that thirst for nostalgic entertainment. That's why a TV buff like me was beyond excited to get the Lost TV Shows Collection - 20 Classic Episodes on DVD! And you can tune-in, too!

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Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee dead at 95

Legendary comic-book creator, writer, personality, actor and producer Stan Lee has died, his daughter Joan Celia "J.C." Lee's attorney told Variety. He was 95 years old.

TMZ said he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday morning. The news was also confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.

The former president and chairman of Marvel comics was the most recognizable and successful comic-book creator in the history of the medium who paved the way for Marvel to become the premiere multimedia company it is today under Disney that produces top-grossing films, television series, video games, merchandise and more.

Lee is credited with writing and creating alongside a collection of artists the majority of Marvel's staple of superheroes who have become pop culture icons including the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men with noted artist Jack Kirby, Daredevil with artist and writer Bill Everett and Marvel's most successful character, Spider-Man alongside artist Steve Ditko.

Other notable creations include the first mainstream African-American superhero's Black Panther and Captain America's partner Falcon, along with iconic side characters for his heroes such as Spider-Man's love interest Mary Jane Watson and hot-tempered newspaper boss J. Jonah Jameson. Lee also had a hand in crafting legendary villains in his comic-books such as the Green Goblin, X-Men main antagonist Magneto, Fantastic Four foe Dr. Doom and the planet devouring Galactus.

Lee, real name Stanley Martin Lieber, was born December 28, 1922, in New York City to Romanian immigrants Celia and Jack Lieber.

After being hired at Timely Comics as an interim editor by comic-book publisher Martin Goodman in 1939, which would later morph into Marvel, Lieber changed his published name to Lee with the release of his comic-book debut, Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge in Captain America Comics #3 in May of 1941.

Lee continued working at the company moving up the ladder earning the right to pen pulp comics that centered around mysteries, westerns and science fiction adventures. In 1942, he began serving in the United States Army stateside during World War II working as a writer who helped put together manuals, training films and slogans.

Remaining at Timely which became Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, Lee was challenged by Goodman to create a superhero team that could compete with rival DC Comics' current hit, Justice League of America, which brought together their staple of popular characters consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

Reportedly unsatisfied with his current career, Lee, on the advice of his wife Joan went all in with his own ideas for a superhero team with Kirby. The iconic comic-book duo then created the Fantastic Four in 1961 which became an instant hit for Marvel and allowed Lee and Kirby to continue to create more original characters such as the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men.

The writer tackled real-world issues in his comics including the cold war, drug use and depression. Out of Lee's more relatable, humanistic characters, none became more popular then Spider-Man whom Lee collaborated on with Ditko in 1961. The iconic web-slinger whose alter ego Peter Parker was an unsure, geeky high-schooler who struggled to balance his personal life with being a superhero, quickly became the poster-boy for Marvel.

As Marvel's popularity skyrocketed, Lee began to write less and was promoted to editorial director and publisher in 1972. Working as a face for the company making various appearances at comic-book conventions, the creator would relocate to California in 1981 to help jumpstart Marvel's television and movie properties.

Lee was since credited as an executive prouder on nearly all of Marvel's theatrical releases where he was also seen in cameo roles starting with Fox's 2000 X-Men actioner in which he played a hot dog vendor standing on a beach.

Lee's cameos would increase in regularity, becoming a staple of Marvel's films, as he continually appeared in brief, sometimes comedic speaking roles. He had a cameo as "Man in Times Square" in 2007's Spider-Man 3 as a bystander who explains to Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker, "You know, I guess one person can make a difference. Nuff said." He also had a cameo as a man attempting to pull Thor's hammer Mjolnir out of a crater with his pickup truck in 2011's Thor jokingly asking, "Did it work?" and as a FedEx postman delivering a package to Tony Stark/Iron Man in 2016's Captain America: Civil War where he mispronounces Stark's name as "Tony Stank."

The comic icon has also done voice work and made appearances across a variety of Marvel video games, cartoons, television show's and special features. Usually seen playing himself, as a comic-book legend, Lee has guest-starred in shows such as The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, The Big Bang Theory, Entourage and Phineas and Ferb just to name a few.

Lee was recognized throughout his life being placed in the comic-book centered Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994, receiving the National Medal of Arts honor in 2008 and having his name placed on the 2,429th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I'm no prophet, but I'm guessing that comic books will always be strong. I don't think anything can really beat the pure fun and pleasure of holding a magazine in your hand, reading the story on paper, being able to roll it up and put it in your pocket, reread again later, show it to a friend, carry it with you, toss it on a shelf, collect them, have a lot of magazines lined up and read them again as a series. I think young people have always loved that. I think they always will," Lee said of comic-books and his career.

Lee had been in bad health this year -- he was hospitalized in February for pneumonia.

Lee's wife, Joan, died in July 2017 at the age of 93.

Lee is survived by his daughter Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.

Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler lose homes to California wildfires

Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler have announced on social media that they have lost homes to the raging wildfires affecting California.

"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. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong," Cyrus said on Twitter Monday, seemingly referencing her fiance Liam Hemsworth.

"I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff's department!" she continued in a second tweet before directing her fans who want to help to a number of charities and organizations that deal with wildfire relief.

Butler, meanwhile, posted on Instagram Sunday a selfie he took featuring his burned down house and truck.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California," the actor captioned the image.

"Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LosAngelesFireDepartment. If you can, support these brave men and women at," he continued.

The California wildfires have also burned through the Agoura Hills mansion where The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were filmed and Paramount Ranch's Western Town which was used for Westworld. A number of celebrities were forced to flee their homes including Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Jamie Foxx.

The Kardashian family, including Kim, Khloe, Kourtney Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner, gave a speech about the wildfires on Sunday while accepting the People's Choice Award for Best Reality Show for their program Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

"As horrible as this has been, it's been amazing to see the resilient spirit of everyone involved, and the heroism of those risking their lives on the front lines," Kim said.

"Our country is stronger when we come together and we cannot face devastation alone," she continued. "We must continue to reach out and help each other during these trying times."

Foxx also commented on the wildfires while attending the Sunday premiere of Robin Hood in New York City and confirmed that his family was safe.

"So, I can't tell people enough, in a world right now where it's sort of crazy times to just look for the good in people. Stop looking for the bad in people," he said to Entertainment Tonight. "And just pray for the kids, man, pray for everybody in California. People are losing their whole existence. we were fortunate enough to be able to move but a lot of people aren't, so just god bless all."


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Which Oscar-winning actor rang in his 44th birthday at star-studded bash?

'The Affair' to get massive time jump, new cast member Anna Paquin

Oscar winner Anna Paquin will play Alison and Cole's adult daughter Joanie Lockhart in the fifth and final season of The Affair, Showtime announced.

Her story will pick up decades after the show's most recent events as she returns to "a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle," a press release from the cable network said.

The final season is now in production and new episodes are scheduled to air next year. The series explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together.

The show stars Joshua Jackson as Cole, Dominic West as Noah and Maura Tierney as Helen. Ruth Wilson's character Alison died in Season 4.

"Season 5 will chronicle the aftermath of the season finale's horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices -- as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first, face the past," Showtime said. "This final season is about how everything does really fall apart in the end, but somewhere in that wreckage, the seeds of change finally sprout."

Paquin is known for her roles in Alias Grace, Bellevue, True Blood, The Piano and the X-Men film franchise.

"To say we're happy to welcome @AnnaPaquin, would be the understatement of the century. Been a HUGE fan of hers for as long as I can remember. We can't wait to show you all this final season.... @SHO_TheAffair #Season5," show creator Sarah Treem tweeted.

"Super excited to join you all!" Paquin responded.

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Which Oscar-winning actor rang in his 44th birthday at star-studded bash?

Leonardo DiCaprio rang in his 44th birthday at a star-studded bash.

E! News said the actor and producer celebrated the occasion Friday at the members-only Spring Place club in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio officially turned 44 years old Sunday.

Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Alex Rodriguez were among the celebrity guests. Aniston was seen arriving at the venue in dark jeans and a black top, according to Entertainment Tonight.

People said Beyoncé and Jay Z, Larry David and Sacha Baron Cohen also attended the event. Beyoncé and Jay Z were reportedly among the first to arrive and took a seat by the dance floor.

DiCaprio hosted a smaller dinner for 50 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, prior to the party, according to Page Six. 500 people were invited to the main event.

DiCaprio will next star in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which opens in theaters in August 2019. The movie takes place during the summer of 1969 when the Manson Family murders took place.