Pixar released the trailer for “Toy Story 4” on Monday, and the whole gang — Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Slinky Dog, Hamm the Piggy Bank and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head — are back, along with a new character; a spork named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale.) While further details about the latest installment of the legendary Toy Story franchise are still scarce, the official synopsis states, “A road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.”
Stan Lee, a legend who created many of the popular Marvel characters, has died at age 95. Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City. Lee got a job at Timely Comics as an assistant at age 17, and was with the company for near six decades before Timely Comics became Atlas Comics and then Marvel Comics. Lee created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and other characters. Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.
The 44th Annual People’s Choice Awards — now called the E! People’s Choice Awards– made it’s debut on the E! channel on Sunday night, taking place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The evening’s big winner was the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” earned a total of five awards, including the year’s biggest movie (“Avengers”) as well as top action stars (Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira, respectively, for “Black Panther”). In addition, Melissa McCarthy was awarded the “People’s Icon of 2018” and Victoria Beckham won “Fashion Icon” award, ahead of the show.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” earned $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last week’s top film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” dropped to second for 20th Century Fox with a $30.8 million weekend that brings its overall take to $100 million. “The Grinch,” with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, was widely expected to be No. 1 with few other major openings this weekend, but it surpassed projections that had it bringing in closer to $60 million. Paramount Pictures’ “Overlord” was third with $19 million.
Actress Meg Ryan confirmed her engagement to John Mellencamp on Thursday, November 8, just one day after she was spotted wearing a diamond ring. The 56-year-old actress captioned a photo of an illustration of the twosome on Thursday via her Instagram with the statement “ENGAGED!” Ryan and Mellencamp, 67, were first linked in 2011, but called it quits in 2014. While the pair reconciled later that year, they split again in 2015, before reuniting for a third time in 2017. Ryan was previously married to actor Dennis Quaid, with whom she shares 26-year-old son Jack, from 1991 to 2001. She later adopted a now 14-year-old daughter Daisy. Mellencamp has been married three times and has five children, including Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.