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Biggest names in entertainment share thoughts on Stan Lee’s death at 95

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Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics and a plethora of its iconic characters, died at the age of 95 early Monday morning, Nov. 12.

Lee’s daughter reportedly confirmed the news of her father’s passing on Monday to TMZ. The outlet reports an ambulance went to Lee’s house in the Hollywood Hills early Monday, and that he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he died.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO, said in a news release.

“The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

The co-creator — with Jack Kirby — of Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, The Avengers, Fantastic Four and many more had battled a number of health problems in recent years. He started Marvel with Kirby back in 1961, and wrote some of the most iconic comic characters and stories for many years.

Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City — which served as the homebase for so many of his iconic characters –, and started using the name “Stan Lee” with a 1941 issue of “Captain America.”

In the past couple of decades, Lee continued to stay involved on the comic con scene and by having a cameo in so many movies featuring characters he had a hand in either creating or writing.

In the 1940s, he served in the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps and returned to comics in 1945 once his service was complete.

He became the head of Marvel Comics in the early 1970s as he transitioned from enthusiastic, lively writer to the person in command. Lee’s patented dialogue, character development and clever use of sound effects helped bring comic books out of its dark ages and into the state we see today.

His creations now make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the most wide-ranging, profitable entity of its kind in the world.

As if his influence or impact on the entertainment industry wasn’t evident enough, scroll through the rest of this post for a collection of tributes and reaction to the news of Lee’s death on Monday. From Seth Rogen to longtime competitor DC Comics, the memories and comments came from every direction once word made the rounds:

Source: https://www.mlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/11/319ddb82859528/biggest-names-in-entertainment.html

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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