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L-R: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, writer/director Steve McQueen, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez; Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-winner Steve McQueen says he did not have award show season on his mind when he went to work on his latest film Widows.

The film, which is an adaptation of the popular 1980s British series of the same name, follows the widows of three crime bosses who are murdered during a robbery attempt. After enlisting the all-star cast, which includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki, McQueen says his next priority was to make sure his thriller was worth seeing.

"I do this for the audience," McQueen says. "First and foremost. I mean, my first protocol is the audience. I never finished this film until I showed it to the audience. And that's what I'm here for."

McQueen's heist film is the director's first official feature since winning the Best Picture Oscar for his 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. Still, McQueen is not worried about making a comeback.

"There's no point of me making a picture about people and those people don't come and see it," he continues. "It's about the audience. It's about about we. Not me." 

Widows, also starring Brian Tyree Henry, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya, hits theaters on November 16.

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L-R: Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman and Ivanka Trump in 2010; Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hugh Jackman defended his longtime friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on The View Tuesday.

The couple, whom Jackman said he’s known for 15 years, made headlines when they recently attended the actor’s 50th birthday party.

“They’ve always been so kind and generous,” said Jackman, recalling Ivanka’s “kindness” when she wrote his late mother-in-law, Fay Duncan, a handwritten letter when she won the Order of Australia medal for her charity work.

“People question, ‘Really?’ And I’m kinda like, 'OK, let’s say your friends of 15 years’ father became president. Whether you agree with the politics or not, do you just dump your friends?” Jackman said. “I’m like, 'no, no you don’t.' I don’t understand that.”

Jackman stars in the film The Front Runner, based on the story of Senator Gary Hart, who withdrew from the presidential race in 1988 in the wake of a rumored affair that made media headlines in ways such stories seldom had before in America.  Jason Reitman, who wrote and directed the film, said the story parallels today’s political environment.

“We’re all trying to figure out how the hell we got here and I can’t help but look at the story and see the kind of seeds, the threads that you pull on to get us here,” Reitman said.

“It’s so hard to have that conversation in 2018,” Reitman added.  “The volume is at a 12 -- you go onto Twitter, you say one wrong thing… you’re gonna get your head ripped off!”

“What’s nice about a story from 1987 is that we can kinda bring the volume down a little and actually have a conversation about gender politics, about the line between a public and a private life, the relationship between politicians and journalists," Reitman said.  "All these things we’re trying to talk about.”

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Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which of the three artists each from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson‘s teams who performed on Monday would advance to the next round: two based on America’s vote, the other chosen by his or her coach.

At the top of the show, Daly also acknowledged the passing of The Voice season 1 finalist Beverly McClellan, who died on October 30 at the age of 49 from endometrial cancer.

The artists advancing after Tuesday’s show are:

Team Blake:

Soulful country singer Kirk Jay and gruff-voiced blues artist Chris Kroeze advanced, based on America’s votes. Blake saved country artist Dave Fenley. Funsho, Michael Lee and Natasia GreyCloud were sent home.

Team Adam:

America saved soul artist DeAndre Nico and 14-year-old pop singer Reagan Strange. After agonizing over which of the remaining artists would complete his team, Adam settled on teen heartthrob Tyke James, explaining that there was still more he wanted to see from him. Steve Memmolo, RADHA and Kameron Marlowe went home.

Team Jennifer:

America sent Kentucky native MaKenzie Thomas and Kennedy Holmes -- the youngest artist in the competition at 13 -- to the next round. Acknowledging it was a tough decision for her to make, Jennifer saved R&B singer Sandyredd. Franc West, Colton Smith and Patrique Fortson were sent packing.

Team Kelly:

America saved 16-year-old country artist Chevel Shepherd and blues singer Sarah Grace, 15. Kelly, known for getting emotional, saved gospel powerhouse Kymberli Joye. Abbie Cates, Keith Paluso and Zaxai were sent home.

Also on Tuesday’s show, Ayanna Joni and Lynnea Moorer, the two finalists from The Voice Comeback Stage -- the show's new digital series in which judge Kelsea Ballerini gave artists who failed to get chair turns during the blind auditions a chance to re-enter the competition -- performed for America’s vote. Joni tackled Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” and Moorer delivered “Boo’d Up,” by Ella Mai. America picked Moorer, who chose Clarkson as her coach and moves on, along with the other 12 contestants. Joni was sent home.

The evening also included country star Kane Brown performing his latest single “Lose It,” and pop outfit Backstreet Boys singing their new song, “Chances.”

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

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John Lamparski/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Boardwalk Empire alum Paz de la Huerta has slapped Harvey Weinstein with a new sexual assault lawsuit, according to Deadline.

In a copy of the suit obtained by the entertainment website, the 34-year-old actress alleges the disgraced movie mogul exposed himself in a "taunting manner" while greeting her at the door of his Four Seasons Hotel room in Beverly Hills in 2011.

The documents go on to claim that another undressed woman was in the room, and that Weinstein invited her "to participate in a three party sexual encounter."

The alleged incident took place a year after a couple of earlier encounters in which de la Huerta has previously claimed she was raped by Weinstein in New York City. The suit alleges she was there to Weinstein to, "stop stalking and harassing her and quickly left the vicinity of Weinstein’s room feeling embarrassed, scared, shocked and humiliated. She added that that Weinstein appeared angered by her rejection and denunciation."

She explains her appearance in the doorway of Weinstein's Four Seasons hotel room as an attempt to warn him to, "stop the harassing phone calls, which he had that day resumed, and any further uninvited visits to her building."

Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, denied the claims on Tuesday, according to Deadline, saying, "It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons."

Adds Brafman: "We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination."

De la Huerta's lawsuit come on the heels of another accusation of sexual misconduct earlier this month, alleging Weinstein assaulted a 16-year-old model: claims Brafman, called "preposterous" in a statement to ABC News.

Last month, Weinstein scored an apparent legal victory, when the Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of the charges against him involving Lucia Evans, the actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004.

Ever since allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein came to light late last year, he has continued to deny any claims of non-consensual sex.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are already brainstorming ideas for a potential performance of “Shallow” at next year’s Oscars.

In a new interview with Variety, the pop superstar said she’s “one hundred percent” on board to sing the A Star Is Born duet with Cooper at the ceremony, should it be nominated for best original song.

Co-star and director Cooper adds, “We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac. I started texting [Gaga] the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”

A nomination for “Shallow” seems likely as it continues to climb the charts. Gaga says she believes the song is resonating with people because it’s about a dialogue between a man and a woman.

“To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” she says. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”

The official video of Gaga and Cooper's performance of "Shallow" has earned over 101.4 million views on YouTube in just over six weeks.

At this point, it's seeming as if it's not a question of if A Star Is Born will score any Oscar nominations, but how many.  Oscar buzz began the moment the movie debuted at the Venice Film Festival August 31 to near universal acclaim. 

Released nationally October 5, A Star Is Born debuted in second place.  In the six weeks since it's earned $178.1 million domestically and just under $324 million worldwide.

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Eric Ray Davidson/TBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Snoop Dogg gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Monday, November 19.

The 47-year-old rapper, actor, philanthropist, producer, game show host and stoner icon -- born Calvin Broadus Jr. -- will receive the 2,651st star, located right in front of where they record ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Kimmel himself will join Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones in honoring Snoop at the ceremony.

The honor coincides with the 25th anniversary of Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, in November of 1993. 

You can watch the ceremony stream live at  You can also catch Snoop every week hosting TBS' Joker's Wild game show, and with his buddy Martha Stewart on VH1's Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, now in its second season.

Snoop also stars opposite Matthew McConaughey and Martin Lawrence in the movie The Beach Bum, due out in March 2019.

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Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK)-- In her latest film, Widows, Oscar-winner Viola Davis plays a fierce widow whose husband and others are  killed during an attempted robbery.  Her character then recruits the other widows to pull off a heist her late husband was planning.

"The heist is just a metaphor for women saying, 'You know what? My life isn't working for me. I got to pay my bills, so I'm going to make it work," Davis told Tuesday's Good Morning America

"That's what women have to do," Davis continued.  "You have a lot of single mothers out there, you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance; they have to get it done. And this movie, you'll see. It's for the girls."

Davis's own girl -- eight-year-old daughter Genesis -- once gave her mom some sage advice about life, after hearing her on the phone with her manager.

"[We were] haggling over something and she said, 'Mommy, put the phone down. I got to tell you, don't let anybody put their life into your life. If they put their life into your life, you have to tell them to get out because they don't have the pass-code,'" Davis said.

"I put the phone down and I said, 'Genesis, say that again so I can write it down.' She teaches me a lot."

Davis also shared her go-to mantras with GMA

"'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,'" she said.  And another: "You don't have to hustle for your worth. You don't have to barter for it. 'You're just born worthy. "

Davis said she wants some of these inspirational words to apply to her daughter as well:  "I want her to know that exactly who she is, is enough."

Widows is out this Friday.

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Vladimir Furdik as the Night King; courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILER ALERT) We've known for what seems like ages that Game of Thrones isn't returning until next year, but we haven't known when -- until now.

HBO has just revealed that April will see the return the eighth and final season of their worldwide hit medieval fantasy drama. Still no date, however, on when the first episode will air.

They spilled the news with a series tweets and videos, each featuring a pivotal moment from the show all the way back to season one, and each with the hashtag #FortheThrone.  As of late Tuesday morning there were 13 videos -- Daenerys becoming khaleesi, Ned Stark's execution, Joffrey Baratheon's death, the Red Wedding, Jon Snow's resurrection, the Battle of the Bastards and more, ending with the season seven final scene of the dragon Viserion, now an undead pet of the zombie Night King, destroying the Wall. 

"Every battle.  Every betrayal.  Every risk.  Every fight.  Every sacrifice.  Every death," HBO declares.

As of last word, we're still expecting Game of Thrones season eight to be just six episodes, though many of those will me much longer than an hour.  We also know shooting on the final season began back in October of 2017 and only ended in early fall of this year.

Entertainment Weekly also revealed two weeks ago that the final season opens with Daenerys Targaryen and her army arriving at the Stark ancestral home of Winterfell to prepare for their final battle with the Night King and his army of the dead, which producers say is the longest sustained action sequence ever created for TV or film.  Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says, “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park," referring to the mammoth season six battle.

Winter is almost here -- stay tuned.

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Monday, we were unexpectedly treated to the first teaser-trailer for Toy Story 4.  Today, we get an even bigger surprise -- an official reaction video to the teaser-trailer.

But this reaction video isn't your usual online nobody gasping into the camera as we watch them watch a trailer.  This one's from Pixar themselves, and features two brand-new Toy Story 4 characters: carnival toys Ducky and Bunny, a stuffed yellow duck and a fluffy blue-and-green stuffed rabbit voiced by none other than Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively.

We meet Ducky and Bunny at a carnival shooting gallery after closing time, where they're chilling out on the counter.  Bunny asks Ducky if he's seen the new Toy Story 4 trailer.  That leads to them taking turns imitating Buzz Lightyear's catchphrase "To infinity and beyond!" as well as a brief but on-the-nose Keegan-Michael Key impersonation of Tom Hanks as Woody. 

But neither Ducky nor Bunny can get the catchphrase correct -- that is, until Woody and Buzz themselves show up.

"It's 'To Infinity and beyond!'" Buzz declares.  Which leads to Ducky and Bunny busting up laughing.

"That's the stupidest thing I ever heard!" says Ducky. 

"You can't go to infinity, dummy!' Bunny chimes in.  "It's just impossible!"

"You don't know nothin' about science," Ducky agrees.

Toy Story 4 opens nationally June 21, 2019 from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Ben Lamb and Rose McIver in "A Christmas Prince"; Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving isn't even here and yet we're already seeing Christmas decorations in all the stores.  Why not start watching holiday movies now, too? 

Netflix has compiled a list of upcoming original films and the classics you already know and love.  Hits like 2003's Love Actually along with instant sensations like A Christmas Prince are already available on the streamer, with new films like The Christmas Chronicles coming later this month.

Here's a look at what's on the way for your family holiday binging pleasure:

Netflix Films and Shows
A Christmas Prince

A Very Murray Christmas
BoJack Horseman: Christmas Special
Christmas Inheritance

The Holiday Calendar

Love Actually
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas
Bad Santa
Bad Santa 2
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Get Santa
A Christmas Star
A Holiday Engagement
The Christmas Project
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale
Christmas in the Smokies
Angels in the Snow
Christmas Crush
Christmas Ranch
Christmas Wedding Planner
(New 11/15)
Christmas with a View
Coffee Shop
Dear Santa
Holiday Baggage
Holiday Breakup
 (Expires 12/15)
How Sarah Got Her Wings
Merry Kissmas
Miss Me This Christmas
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Chill with Bob Ross
(New 12/1)
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
A Russell Peters Christmas
All American Christmas Carol
Trailer Park Boys: Xmas Special
Christmas Cracker
Red Christmas
Semana Santa
The Christmas Candle
The Spirit of Christmas
You Can’t Fight Christmas

Coming Soon
Nov. 16
The Princess Switch

Nov. 22
The Christmas Chronicles

Nov. 30
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

Dec. 7
Nailed It! Holiday
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas
Super Monsters and the Wish Star

Dec. 14
Fuller House: Season 4 (Episode 1: Oh My Santa)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Legendary comics creator and master of the Marvel Studios cameo, Stan Lee, passed away on Monday, and on the Late Show, Marvel fanboy Stephen Colbert took a moment to remember "Stan 'The Man'"-- as fans came to know the 95-year-old comics icon.

Colbert fans know the Captain America shield that Colbert wielded on the Daily Show followed him to his Late Show set, where it still hangs above the audience.

"Today, the world lost a legend," said Colbert, who noted Lee's service in World War II and love for his beloved wife of 70 years, Joanie, who died in 2017.

"Thanks for all the stories, Stan, Colbert said, adding to the comic icon, his catchphrase: "I know you're hearing it a lot today, but: 'Excelsior.'"

Incidentally, Colbert's first guest Monday night was Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine, one of Lee's X-Men, in nine movies. Jackman -- who wasn't initially supposed to play the razor-clawed character in 2000's X-Men -- is now synonymous with him. "I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye," Jackman said. "He is a creative genius...He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people, mine included."

The actor also recalled Lee's fame could check anyone's ego. "[Y]ou think, 'Well, I'm Wolverine, I'm walking in to Comic Con, you know, this is my spot. This is a good day for me.' And I was on a red carpet, and I was the only one on there, and nobody was taking my photo -- because on the other end, there was about 300 photographers and interviewers, just all on Stan."

He ended with, "God bless you, Stan, you're one of the greats."

Disney, who acquired Marvel almost a decade ago, released a statement from CEO Bob Iger that read, "Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart."

Other celebs were quick to commemorate the comics icon, moments after the news broke. Robert Downey Jr., the man who helped get Marvel movies on the map, posted a photo of he and Lee together, commenting, "I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan."

Captain America himself, Chris Evans wrote, "There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!"

Spider-Man Tom Holland wrote, "How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy."

Ryan Reynolds posted a photo of Lee in one of his many cameos, this one when he played a strip joint DJ in Deadpool. That hero's alter-ego said, "Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything."

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- We got a double dose of dances during Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars semi-finals, with each couple taking the dance floor twice. But it all culminated in a double elimination at the end of the night.

And that elimination was a doozy, sending home arguably the best performer of the competition, Juan Pablo Di Pace, as well as consistent low scorer “Grocery Store” Joe Amabile.

It was an especially shocking elimination for Juan Pablo, who, along with partner Cheryl Burke, had earned his third consecutive week of perfect scores from the judges. The crowd booed and the judges called the decision just plain “wrong.”

But before all that went down, the first round of dances of the night was the “dedication” round in which the contestants got to dedicate the dance to someone special to them.

In this round, Juan Pablo’s tango dedicated to his mom who had battled breast cancer and Evanna Lynch’s contemporary routine dedicated to a friend who died from ALS, both received perfect scores.

And if you’re keeping track of the budding romance between Alexis Ren and dance partner Alan Bersten, this week Alexis dedicated her passionate rain-soaked waltz especially to him.

In the second round of dances, it was judges’ choice. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli asked the couples to redo one of their dances and gave them pointers on how to improve it.

Juan Pablo was again the star of this round, with his sexy salsa earning him another perfect score. Alexis and Alan’s ‘80s aerobics-themed jive also delighted the judges, giving them a perfect score as well.

“Grocery Store” Joe's second dance -- a quickstep -- got him his highest score of the competition: a 24/30. It also kept him from being the lowest scorer of the night. That misfortune went to Bobby Bones, who had a combined total of 45/60.

Bobby's heading to the finals next week though, along with Milo Manheim, Alexis Ren and Evanna Lynch.

Highest Score:
Juan Pablo Di Pace, Fuller House & Mamma Mia! actor, with Cheryl Burke, 30;30 60/60 (eliminated)

Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten, 29;30 59/60
Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe, 30;28 58/60
Milo Manheim, Disney Channel star, with Witney Carson, 27;28 55/60
"Grocery Store" Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Jenna Johnson, 22;24 46/60 (eliminated)

Lowest Score:

Bobby Bones, radio personality, with Sharna Burgess, 21;24 45/60

Dancing with the Stars returns for its season finale Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Douglas Rain, best-known as the soothing, understated voice of HAL 9000, the sentient computer that went rogue in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, died Sunday at the age of 90.

The Stratford Festival, which Rain, co-founded in 1952, revealed that Rain died of natural causes in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, according to a statement obtained by Canada's CTV.

Primarily a stage actor, the Winnipeg native performed all over Canada, and also earned a Tony Award nomination in 1972 for Vivat! Vivat! Regina!

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright remembered Rain on Twitter, writing of his work in 2001, “One of the best performances in film, with just his voice.”

Rain reprised the role of HAL in the 1984 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live bid farewell to Jeff Sessions -- and Kate McKinnon's hilarious impersonation of President Donald Trump’s embattled former attorney general -- whose firing on Wednesday precipitated a reminiscing.

The show's cold open began with McKinnon's Sessions crawling out from under his desk and starting to pack up his office.

"Luckily I've still got the box I was born in," he said. "I'm sorry, I promised myself I wouldn't cry."

Of course he packed up his mug as well -- featuring the Confederate flag, as well as the NAACP's first sarcastic award and a hate letter supposedly from Dr. Martin Luther King’s late widow, Coretta Scott King.

Sessions was paid a visit by Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. -- played by Mikey Day and Alex Moffat, respectively -- who told him he should've ended the Mueller investigation a long time ago. They were followed by Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence, who was very worried by Sessions' mentions of gays, even though he said he hated them just like Trump wanted.

"I heard the word 'gays' and 'cages' and I went somewhere crazy," Bennett's Pence said. "And my Apple Watch says I'm having a heart attack."

Sessions pulled out a photo of Trump -- well, a photo of Alec Baldwin as Trump, anyway -- before launching into a version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

Robert De Niro returned to cameo as Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to whom Sessions declared, "You can't arrest me, I quit."

"You're a weird little dude, Jeff," De Niro's Mueller responded.

Sessions offered Mueller one final warning, though: "With this new attorney general, you might be out of a job soon, too."

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Stan Lee, co-creator of timeless Marvel comic characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and The X-Men, has died at age 95.

Family attorney Kirk E. Schenck confirmed Lee's death to ABC News, saying he died Monday morning in Los Angeles.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created," said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger in a statement.  "A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.  The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said of Lee: "No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!"

Considered one of the founding fathers of comic books, few figures can rival Lee's impact on pop culture.  Born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City in 1928, Lee's beginnings in the world of comics were humble: He refilled ink pots and fetched sandwiches for artists at the comics division of publisher Martin Goodman's company, Timely. Lee landed the job through a family connection, and began rising up the ranks at the company that in the 1960s would become Marvel Comics.

His first official contribution to the comic universe was a small one: a six word-long text box in Captain America Comics No. 3, though his responsibilities grew.  After a stint in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942-1945, Lee returned to the comics business in New York, but by the late '50s reportedly became dissatisfied and entertained leaving the field. However, an opportunity to create a superhero team to compete with rival DC comics' Justice League led Lee and frequent collaborator, famed artist Jack Kirby, to come up with the Fantastic Four in 1961.

The success of that comic and its more naturalistic approach to its characters -- these heroes weren't perfect -- led to the team creating The Incredible Hulk and Thor in 1962, and Iron Man and The X-Men in 1963. Lee, along with another legendary collaborator, Steve Ditko, also created another enduring hero, Spider-Man, in 1962.

Lee's fans spanned all walks of life: President Ronald Reagan had said Spider-Man's adventures got him into the habit of reading every day, while Spidey was reportedly a childhood favorite of President Barack Obama's as well. President George W. Bush honored Lee in 2008 with the National Medal of the Arts, and Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Lee's popularity led to numerous cameo appearances in the Marvel movies during their recent resurgence, from 2003's Daredevil to The Avengers and most every Marvel film since. He also appeared as himself in TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, and in movies like 1995's Mallrats and the 2011 documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope.

In 2012, Lee, then just short of 90 years old, had a pacemaker installed, joking at the time in a statement to fans he did so to be more like Iron Man's alter-ego, Tony Stark, who required an energy device implanted in his chest to stay alive. Lee said the real-life gadget would ensure, "that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years." Author Bonnie Burton, who in the Geek DIY series Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel agreed, telling ABC News of Lee, "I always thought of him as the Hugh Hefner of comics. Ladies just flock to him! He's a blast to be on panels with -- he's got more pep at 90 than most geek guys 1/3 of his age!"

Asked in 2004 how he'd like to be remembered, Lee told the Television Academy, "I’d like to be remembered as a guy who provided some entertainment for people, and who enjoyed doing it."  But he then added, "I’m not a guy who thinks much really of posterity or how I’m remembered... [O]nce I’m not here anymore it’s not going to matter to me if I’m remembered or not. I’d like to be remembered while I’m alive, that would be nice."

Lee is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee, born in 1950. Lee's wife of 70 years, also named Joan, died in July 2017.

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