The Last Days of Stan Lee: Being “Picked Apart by Vultures”

Since retiring from appearing at #ComicCons & the death of his wife of 70 years 7 months ago, reports are surfacing that people surrounding #Marvel’s Stan Lee are trying to grab as much money from him as possible. One insider described it as, “It’s a real f*cking mess over there. I think his money will be gone in a few weeks… Stan and [his daughter] JC are literally being picked apart by vultures.”

The following questionable actions have occurred over the past 2 months:

  • An unauthorized check for $300,000 was written without Lee’s knowledge from his business account to “Hands of Respect”, a so-called merchandizing company & ersatz charity formed by Lee & Jerry Olivarez.
  • A West Hollywood condo was purchased for $850,000
  • $1.4-million disappeared in a complicated wire-transfer. (Forensic accountants are investigating.)
  • Police were called to Lee’s home on Feb. 16 to remove Lee’s longtime bodyguard Mac “Max” Anderson (often seem accompanying Lee at lucrative live appearances) after allegedly threatening Lee & his daughter JC.

Other issues have also been occurring:

  • Several former nurses have accused Lee of sexual impropriety, which Lee denies.
  • Other 5-figure checks were written to Olivarez.
  • Money missing from other larger financial transactions.
  • Olivarez temporarily obtaining power of attorney over Lee after his wife died, but later rectified by Lee’s daughter JC.
  • The firing of Lee’s longtime Merrill Lynch accountants and his lawyers of 20-30 years.

We hope things will improve for Stan Lee & his daughter JC.

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Rian Johnson Scrapped J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars VIII Script

#StarWars actress Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey) has revealed that #StarWarsVIII (#TheLastJedi) director Rian Johnson scrapped a script that J.J. Abrams drafted after he directed #StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens.

In an interview for French magazine Le Magazine GEEK, Daisy Ridley revealed that J.J. Abrams drafted scripts for both Episode VIII and IX before Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow jumped in to direct the sequels.

“Here’s what I think I know. J. J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX,” Ridley said. “Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote TLJ entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way.”

“Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work,” Ridley explained regarding Abrams’ involvement with The Last Jedi. “I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.”

As of 2017, J.J. Abrams replaced Colin Trevorrow as director of Episode IX, but we’ll never know what J.J. Abrams version of The Last Jedi would’ve been like.

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The Oscars: “The Shape of Water” Wins Best Picture!

Congratulations to director Guillermo del Toro (who won the #Oscar for #BestDirector) and the cast & crew of #TheShapeOfWater for winning #BestPicture at the 2018 #AcademyAwards! It’s been 14 years since another #SciFi or #fantasy film has won Best Picture, and that was Peter Jackson’s 2003 film “#LordOfTheRings: #TheReturnOfTheKing” in 2004.

Science fiction & fantasy movies are rarely nominated for “Best Picture” even though many of them out-perform the actual nominees at the box office. Other sci-fi & fantasy movies that have been nominated for “Best Picture”, but didn’t win include the following:

  • “Arrival” (2016)
  • “The Martian” (2015)
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)
  • “Her” (2013)
  • “Gravity” (2013)
  • “Life of Pi” (2012)
  • “Hugo” (2011)
  • “Inception” (2010)
  • “Avatar” (2009)
  • “District 9” (2009)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
  • “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • “The Green Mile” (1999)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
  • “Ghost” (1990)
  • “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” (1982)
  • “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)
  • “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977)
  • “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
  • “Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
  • “Heaven Can Wait” (1943)
  • “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
  • “Lost Horizon” (1937)

Sci-fi & Fantasy movies that were never nominated for “Best Picture”, but (arguably) should have been, include the following:

  • “The Dark Knight” (2008)
  • “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
  • “Aliens” (1986)
  • “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983)
  • “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
  • “Alien” (1979)
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977)
  • “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

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RIP: David Ogden Stiers Has Died

#RIP: actor David Ogden Stiers has died at the age of 75. He played Timicin in #StarTrek #TNG, Oberoth in #StargateAtlantis, Kamaji (voice, English version) in #SpiritedAway, the announcer (voice) in #THX1138, & much more, including a lot more voice work. He also played the character Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester, III in the long-running sitcom #MASH.

Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers (1942-2018)

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