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Chris Barker Creates Sgt. Peppers Themed Album Cover For Deceased Celebrities in 2017

Chris Barker has created a poster in homage to the iconic, famous Beatles cover art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing all the celebrities who had passed away in 2017.

This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper, which makes the new art even more iconic.

Tom Petty, Adam West, Gordon Kaye, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Fats Domino, Sir Roger Moore, Hugh Hefner, and John Hurt are among the many well-known faces who passed away this year, and are commemorated in the new art.

Events were also featured in the art, taking on a bit of an apocalyptic, climate change theme with the red skies and flooded waters at the bottom.

In the background looms the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Las Vegas scene now associated with Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre of at least 58 people. Also in the background are palm trees blown by the multiple hurricanes and tropical storms that have ravaged the world in 2017.

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Stan Lee Honored With Hand And Footprint Ceremony In Hollywood

On July 18, 2017 the iconic creator and force behind Comics, Stan Lee, put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, was the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan. ”Now, we, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has exerted his influence over the entire entertainment industry leaving an indelible mark on the comic book industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized comic characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a lifeline of box office success to the entertainment industry, toy industry.

With help from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, director Kevin Smith, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Agent Phil Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, and comic book artist Todd McFarlane, Lee pressed his hands and shoes into a slab of wet cement.

“I thank you from the bottom from my heart, and I’ve always wondered about that expression. Why is the bottom of your heart more important than the top of your heart?” Lee said, which caused the crowd to chuckle. “I thank you from my whole heart. You’ve made this day certainly, totally unforgettable, and almost unbelievable to me.”

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday, 70th wedding anniversary, and 78th anniversary of the day he first started in this industry filling inkwells at Timely Comics.

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Stan Lee Is Getting A Tony Stark-Style Bash For His 95th Birthday Celebration

Few figures in comics have a legacy quite like Stan Lee‘s. Alongside Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita, Lee co-created almost all of Marvel’s biggest heroes, including Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and the X-Men. Lee is a true living legend, and this year, he’s going to get his due.

On July 18th, Legion M and fans from around the world are coming together to celebrate Lee’s 95th birthday, his 78th year in the comic book industry, and the 70th anniversary of his wedding to Joan Lee. To mark the occasion, there’s an epic party starting at 11 am at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, where Lee will make an impression of his handprints in cement that will be placed alongside Hollywood luminaries from the past and present.

Check out the poster for the event, which will also be available as a limited edition.

The poster was designed by Bryan Morton (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Paul Shipper (Doctor Strange). It’s a terrific image that features Lee doing his best Spider-Man impression, and it really captures his spirit. But this is just the beginning of Lee’s big day. We are thrilled to exclusively announce that Legion M is also putting on a massive afterparty for Lee in the Hollywood Hills at a 9,000 square foot mansion fit for Iron Man himself. It’s already been dubbed the Stark Mansion Bash, and it’s going to be a semiformal event that will feature performers, professional cosplayers, and even the chance to participate in a massive group photo with Lee and the rest of the guests.

To learn how you can participate in this event, check out Legion M’s official page.

Reprinted from Nerdist

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Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee To Put Handprints-Footprints In Cement At TLC Chinese Theater On July 18, 2017

On July 18, and on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.” Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations. By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” says Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.

Fans are invited to get involved, attend the event (and after party), pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting https://thelegionm.com/celebrating-stan-lee.

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British Artist Chris Barker Creates “Sgt. Pepper” Styled Tribute To Those Lost in 2016

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British Artist Chris Barker has created a “Sgt. Pepper” themed tribute to all the beloved celebrities we’ve lost in 2016. Legends like David Bowie, Prince, Leon Russel and Glenn Frey grace the photo along with Carrie Fisher, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn and Nancy Reagan.

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A History of Unexpected Celebrity Comic Book Appearances

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The relationship between reality and the fiction of superhero comics can be a slippery one. Obviously there are no space cops with magic rings in the real world, and radioactive spider bites would certainly have less exciting results. HERE are 16 of the most unexpected celebrity cameos in comics.

 

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Gene Wilder Has Died At Age 83

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The Associated Press reports that the family of Gene Wilder, star of film favorites such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has announced the actor has died at the age of 83.

Wilder was born June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and studied drama at the University of Iowa and then attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After a lengthy time on the stage, he made his feature film debut in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Mel Brooks’ The Producers that same year. He would go on to star in two other high profile Brooks films, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (for which he was also nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award with Brooks).

Wilder also dabbled in directing, helming four features, including The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The World’s Greatest Lover, The Woman in Red, and Haunted Honeymoon. He also went on to form an on-screen partnership with fellow comedian Richard Pryor, starring in Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You together over the course of 15 years.

The actor wrote several books, including his 2005 biography, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, but also several novels with his most recent being 2013’s Something to Remember You By. Wilder penned a book titled Gilda’s Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer, a work in remembrance of his third wide Gilda Radner whom he met filming 1982’s Hanky Panky.

Wilder’s nephew announced the news today that the actor died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Vinyl Idolz: Stan Lee

After spending the last seventy-five years defining genres, creating characters and building entire universes, Stan Lee is still all smiles! All it took was an inspired kid from New York City to introduce the world to Iron Man, Hulk, and Spider-Man.

In Stan’s world, differences are powerful and, while his own origin story is humble, Stan’s message is simple: with great power comes great responsibility. The Vinyl Idolz: Stan Lee is coming in February!

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Famous Business People & Their Film Influence

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Many people haven’t heard of the possibility of a Steve Wynn movie until they hear about his appearance as himself in both film and TV productions. Regardless of whether it takes the form of a cameo appearance in a movie or an interview, business professionals make an impact on film. One of the things that people can appreciate is how influential business people are in such settings.

Cameo Appearances in Films

Although somewhat rare, influential business people are sometimes given cameo movie roles as themselves. Although this technique is meant mainly to add to the story, it can also serve to draw more attention to the cameo actor’s activities. It’s not uncommon for viewers to start searching to find out if the person with the cameo role is a real business owner and learn more about their company.

Production, Direction, and Cinematography

Business professionals often have the financial resources to take part in producing or otherwise having some involvement in making documentaries. When a project is independent, a business professional with extra financial resources might be what the project needs. When a person involved in business takes the lead in such an undertaking, they make it easier for those involved in film making to get their message out.

Special Contributions

Sometimes, a person in the business world contributes to a film or TV show by way of allowing a property’s use during filming. Many movie and TV viewers are impressed by the generosity of people who contribute in this way. Another way in which business owners might contribute is by offering stills, photos, or archived video footage. These prove especially useful for filming documentaries where the majority of witnesses to the events are no longer alive, and, therefore, unavailable for interviewing.

Business-Focused TV Shows

As more people find it easy to enter the business world today, TV shows that highlight the journey to success have become very popular. Documentary or news-style shows that feature prominent business professionals have become very popular. One of the things that these features do is make the prominent business owners of the world more influential in the eyes of up-and-coming business professionals. Another popular format on TV involves using a reality show to highlight new professionals, often with the advice of a known name in business.

Can Business People Become Pop Culture Icons?

A successful person in business can become very popular outside of the business sphere. Social media has helped put many business owners in the public eye to an extent that they never were before. Because there are very successful business people known to the rest of the public because of the company they founded, they have a social presence that will help their recognition outside of business.

Seeing people who own businesses in new roles, especially on TV and in film, goes well with today’s business environment. Successful business owners no longer have a reputation for being inaccessible to ordinary people. Having these successful people play a bigger role in society will help make a meaningful difference for everyone with business aspirations.

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Yvonne Craig, TV’s Batgirl of The 1960s, Dies At 78

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Yvonne Craig, the sexy actress who originated the role as the high-kicking crime fighter Batgirl on the iconic 1960s ABC series Batman, has died. She was 78.

A former ballerina, Craig died Monday night at her home in Pacific Palisades, her nephew, Christopher Carson, announced. The cause was breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver, he said.

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Craig also was known for playing Marta, an insane green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk (William Shatner), in a 1969, third-season Star Trek episode, “Whom Gods Destroy.”

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Craig joined Batman for its third season and final season (1967-68) as Batgirl/librarian Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton).

Batman producer William Dozier, for whom she had done an unsold sitcom pilot years earlier, called and asked her if she would come in for an interview, she once recalled.

“When I got there, he said, ‘We’re thinking of adding a new character to the Batman series — Batgirl. Would you be interested in doing it?’ I said, ‘Very!’ ”

Craig said they put her character on the show “because they needed someone who could encourage an over-40 male audience and a prepubescent female audience. That’s the real reason why they hired me!”

Craig did all of her own stunts and all of her motorcycle riding on the show. Her leatherette-clad character accessed her sleek Batgirl Cycle from an old, unused elevator that was hidden behind a revolving wall in her apartment and led to the street below.

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On the series, only the Wayne butler Alfred (Alan Napier) knew her secret identity  — not even Batman (Adam West) or Robin (Burt Ward).

Batman was an immediate sensation when it debuted in January 1966 but ran out of steam by the time Craig joined the series for its final 26 episodes.

The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She traveled the U.S. and was with the troupe for three years when she was discovered by director John Ford’s son Patrick and cast for the lead in the movie The Young Land (1959).

She then starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). The two dated for a spell.

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Her film résumé also included The Gene Krupa Story (1959), John Sturges’ By Love Possessed (1961), 7 Women From Hell (1961) — with future Joker villain Cesar Romero — Ski Party (1965) and Mars Needs Women (1967).

On television, she appeared on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Land of the Giants, Mod Squad, The Wild Wild West, Emergency! and many other shows.

Most recently, she provided the voice of Grandma in the 2009 cartoon series Olivia for Nickelodeon, served as executive producer for the documentary feature BIRTH and worked as a real estate broker.

Yvonne and her sister, Meridel, went into the prepaid phone card business at its inception, producing phone cards as fundraisers for many charitable organizations as well as promotional phone cards for the 1995 Paramount film Clueless — starring Alicia Silverstone, who played Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robin. They also did Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny cards for Warner Bros. stores, her nephew noted.

In 2000, she wrote a memoir, From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.

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In addition to her sister and nephew, survivors include her husband, Kenneth, and another nephew, Todd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Angeles Clinic Foundation.

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