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Stan Lee dies at age 95

Chris Stokes

The creative genius that brought the world that Marvel Universe as died at the age of 95.

Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Lee’s final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion alleging fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later. He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee’s estate is estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books and, later, a multimedia giant.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War’s $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters.

“I used to think what I did was not very important,” he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”

Lee’s fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable. I had the honor of meeting this wonderful man and experienced his genius and creativity first hand. He will be missed.

 
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Pure Motivation

Chris Stokes

Always be mindful of your health. I always try to workout regularly and eat right. It’s not always easy but with the hard work and discipline the results turn out great!!! Work hard at whatever you do and take care of health. Mentally, physically and spiritually…

 
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Tragedy at a bar in Thousand Oaks

Chris Stokes

The Borderline Bar & Grill was packed as patrons danced, watched a Lakers’ game or played pool.

Suddenly, a man wearing a black trench coat and glasses approached the bar entrance and shot the security guard.
Inside the bar, some people thought it was fireworks or sound effects from the music, and kept dancing, witnesses said.

Within seconds, witnesses said, the gunman burst into the bar with a Glock .45-caliber handgun and shot someone at the cash register. People dropped to the ground and hid under pool tables and bar stools. Some piled atop one another while others slammed bar stools against windows to break them.

Those who got out ran, the rapid gunfire echoing around them in the dark.

“They ran out of back doors, they broke windows, they went through windows, they hid up in the attic, they hid in the bathroom,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

By the time the gun went silent, 12 people were dead, including sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus.

Thousand Oaks, California, described as one of the nation’s safest cities, is now on the long list of places affected by a mass shooting.

 
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Reflection with Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

At times we can all find ourselves moving through life at a pace that is so fast that we don’t know what’s going on. When you find yourself in that spot, sometimes you have to slow down and take a minute to reflect and relax.

Chris Stokes

Life is too short. Take the time to take care of yourself. That means mentally, physically and spiritually. You can’t do for anyone if you can’t do for yourself.

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Chris Stokes 3 Picture Deal With Viacom

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes started 2018 heading in the right direction pertaining to film and television. After ending 2017 with his hit movie Til Death Do Us Part starring Stephon Bishop and Taye Diggs, and a Top 10 Weekend Opening at that, Stokes is back directing We Belong Together, which will be the first of a three-picture deal with Viacom Entertainment.

The new film stars Charles Malik Whitfield, Elise Neal and Draya Michele. We Belong Together is a “Fatal Attraction” style thriller about a college professor who bites off more than he can chew with a crazy student he gets involved with after his wife leaves him. The movie is set to release later this year. We got a chance to catch up with Stokes on set and drill him a bit on the project.

How did it feel to have Viacom Entertainment request your three-picture deal?
I’m very excited that I am working with Viacom again and that they trust me to make three great movies for them. I’m hoping that these movies do well for them and I can further establish myself in the Viacom system as a director. Hopefully, one day I will be able to work with Paramount Players President (A Viacom Company and division of Paramount Pictures) Brian Robbins. I would love to direct and produce some commercial urban feature films with him.

We noticed in your past movies you cast new players like Draya Michele and Karrueche Tran.
There is definitely a reason behind that. Both young ladies, Draya Michele and Karrueche Tran, are amazing on camera. They have a large social media following and surprisingly they are really good actreses. I had no doubt they could pull off the roles with flying colors and they never disappointed me or their fans. The audience loved them. I love working with new talent and helping to develop their craft — just like how I got my start in the music business back in the day by taking new talent and pushing them to reach their potential. It’s a successful formula of mine.

We can’t overlook you casting Elise Neal in your latest project
Elise Neal is definitely a veteran actress with many accolades under her belt. She is a true professional when it comes to this business and she never delivers anything less than a stellar performance. I was elated she accepted the opportunity to be a part of this project. You are going to love We Belong Together.

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For more information, visit www.chrisstokesent.com. Check out more behind-the-scenes photos, after the break.

 
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Slow down and enjoy life

Chris Stokes

Sometimes in life you have to realize that you can’t always run at a million miles an hour. We are only guaranteed one life and we’d be stupid to not acknowledge that. Time is precious…it’s the most precious thing that we have. So having said that make the most out of your life. Slow down and enjoy it!!! #facts

 
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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in prison

in News.

Chris Stokes

Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand. Back in 2006 the case was settled for an undisclosed amount that was later found out to be $3.38 million. The case resurfaced in 2015 when Cosby was facing several felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby will be serving his sentence at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institute at Phoenix. Upon his release from serving his sentence Cosby will have to have monthly counseling and be placed on a sex offender’s list.

 
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Father Of The Bride

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Two weeks ago I was so deeply honored to see my baby girl…Chrissy Stokes. She married a wonderful young man, a young man that I am excited to call my son…Giovanni Morales. I’m so happy for the both of you and give you all my love!!!! #themorales’

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Original Destiny’s Child Members Beyonce and LeToya Luckett Reconnect

Chris Stokes

I had the pleasure of working with this group on their second album “The Writing’s On The Wall” and I can truly say both of these women are like sister’s to me. Very happy to seem them reconnect. It’s been a long time coming. LeToya’s IG caption describes this best….LOVE!!

 
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Chris Stokes Gears Up For The Release Of His New Movie “Running Out Of Time”

in Movies.

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As the year begins to come around the home stretch and go into 2019, Chris Stokes is getting ready for the release of his next film “Running Out Of Time”. The movie stars Tasha Smith and RonReaco Lee. It’s a political thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Running Out Of Time is set to release later this year but no exact date has been set yet.

 
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