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Stan Lee Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against His Former Company Over Image Rights

Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages from POW! Entertainment, the company he co-founded. In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, 95-year-old Lee alleged that POW! fraudulently forged his signature on legal documents and stole his identity. According to the lawsuit, POW! CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion are alleged to have “conspired and agreed to broker a sham deal to sell POW! to a company in China and fraudulently steal Stan Lee’s identity, name, image, and likeness.” Lee, who co-created super-heroes including the X-Men, the Avengers and the Black Panther, formed POW! (standing for “Purveyors of Wonder”) in 2001 with Champion and Arthur Lieberman. Lee is currently a Marvel “goodwill ambassador”, having received a $10 million payout when the company was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2010. ...Read more

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-Off Is Coming To Freeform

Freeform has picked up a 10-episode spin-off of the popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist is another book series by the same PLL author Sara Shepard. The show is about two girls from Beacon Heights, a town know for its mysteries, who become the prime suspect in a murder they did not commit. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist will focus on new faces of the PLL universe — Sofia Carson from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Sydney Park from the Walking Dead and newcomer Eli Brown will all become part of the main cast. The show is created by I. Marlene King, who was the the same creator for the original series. The pilot has already been filmed, however, the series is not set to premiere until 2019. ...Read more

Pauley Perrette Responds To CBS Statement About Her ‘Multiple Assaults’ Claim

After CBS acknowledged a “workplace concern” involving Pauley Perrette of the crime drama “NCIS”, it prompted a response from the actress on Tuesday. Perrette had earlier posted a series of cryptic tweets saying she had endured “multiple physical assaults” and suggested that may have contributed to her departure from the show. “It’s horrifying,” she wrote. “I left.” CBS Television Studios issued a statement late Tuesday confirming that “over a year ago” Perrette ― who played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on “NCIS” for 15 seasons before her final episode aired last week ― “came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.” Perrette responded on Twitter by thanking CBS and saying the network “always had my back.”   ...Read more

Singer Rihanna’s Stalker Is Charged With Vandalism, Burglary And Other Felonies

A man who broke into Rihanna’s Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Leon has not entered a plea and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9. Authorities say Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police.  ...Read more

Damon Wayans Accuses Former ‘Lethal Weapon’ Co-Star Clayne Crawford Of Injuring Him & Hitting Another Star On Set

A day after Clayne Crawford was officially replaced on “Lethal Weapon” due to allegations of misconduct on set, former co-star Damon Wayans leveled new accusations against the actor. In a series of tweets, Wayans shared a video of himself being hit in the back of the head by a piece of shrapnel and the subsequent injury from an episode of the show, that Crawford had directed. Wayans, who plays Murtaugh on the show, also posted a sticker calling Crawford an “emotional terrorist” and claimed that he “hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open.” Crawford, who played Martin Riggs, was fired last week after being accused of misconduct on set. His apology included a mention of an actor feeling unsafe because of falling shrapnel, but it’s unclear if that was about Wayans.  ...Read more

Kensington Palace Release Statement Requesting ‘Understanding And Respect’ Regarding Meghan Markle’s Father, Thomas Markle

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day. ...Read more

Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dead At 69

Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels. Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles she took roles on TV shows including “McQueen” and “Mod Squad.” Kidder also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage. Kidder was married three times, and after facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, she found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder. Kidder eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate. No cause of death has been disclosed. ...Read more

Avengers: Infinity War Becomes Fifth Biggest International Release Of All Time

Avengers: Infinity War opened in China this weekend, and with that release the film currently stands as the fifth biggest international release of all time. Disney said Sunday that the Marvel superhero film is estimated to now be up to $1.6 billion in sales following a $200 million opening weekend in China. In the US, the film has earned another $61.8 million in its third weekend in theaters. Infinity War has passed 2012’s The Avengers, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie brings together the stars of nearly every Marvel movie released over the past 10 years, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and many others against mad titan Thanos. While Infinity War and Black Panther were hugely successful, Marvel movies aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Marvel Studios is gearing up for its summer release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel coming in March 2019 and Avengers 4 set for May 2019. ...Read more

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Saved By NBC

One day after the show was canceled by Fox, NBC has rescued the popular sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The series received a 13-episode sixth season order from NBC. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. He added: “We’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled along with two other comedies — “The Mick” and ‘”The Last Man on Earth” — as Fox made room on its schedule for a crop of new shows. The news of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” resurrection marks the second major network shuffle of the day, as earlier on Friday, Fox announced it was reviving Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” one year after the show was canceled by ABC. ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein’s Estranged Wife Georgina Chapman Breaks Her Silence

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly for the first time about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein. Chapman spoke in the June issue of American Vogue about how she never suspected Weinstein of the multiple sexual assaults of which he has been accused.  “Absolutely not. Never,” she replied, when asked if she had suspicions, adding that she has “never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.” She said: “I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” Chapman shares two children with Weinstein: India, 7, and Dashiell, 5.  She disclosed that she has seen a therapist to help her work her way through the situation. “There was a part of me that was terribly naive – clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?… What are people going to say to them?… It’s like, they love their dad. They love him … I just can’t bear it for them!” ...Read more