Los Angeles—Comic book creator and writer Stan Lee, famed for creating such Marvel superhero mainstays as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man” and “The X-Men,” died Monday. He was 95.
Lee was known for making cameos in the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in such classics as “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “RECOiL” and “Spider-Man.”
He also appeared on the small screen in TV shows like “Chuck,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Entourage.”
Lee served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July 2017. He is survived by his daughter, J.C.
The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite filmmaker growing up?
PL: It’s hard to say who my favorite filmmaker growing up was. I had favorite actors when I was a kid, but I think the filmmaker that really influenced me when I was in college was Steve McQueen…the director not the actor.
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
PL: My favorite movie growing up was “Life is Beautiful” (La Vita è Bella) by Roberto Benign. I saw that film at a really young age, and it truly impacted me forever. It was a lesson on storytelling I didn’t quite understand until I got older. The use of comedy was such a brilliant device in those horrific circumstances in order to protect the innocence of a child.
TDQ: What made you decide to become a filmmaker?
PL: Cooper Ulrich, my fiancé, was the one that told me I could and should do this. But I’ve always had a fascination with storytelling and human psychology. I think filmmaking ended up being just a natural outlet for this fascination.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
PL: I have so many influences. My family and the world we live in are my influences for stories, but the storytellers I’m influenced and inspired by are: Steve McQueen, Guillermo Del Toro, Denis Villeneuve, Antonio Campos.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
PL: Say little. Do much.
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
PL: Oh geez, this list is too long. Before production of “Mail Order Monster”, a PR guy told me that ‘the female filmmaker thing is dead and I shouldn’t use that as part of advertising my film.’TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “Mail Order Monster”
PL: The log line for the film is “A girl seeks help and guidance from a robot monster to cope with the bullies at school and her father’s new girlfriend.” It’s a family, sci-fi, adventure drama that is loosely based on my own life. My stepmother came into my life when I was about 13 and my siblings and I grew up with a single dad for a long time. It’s a true indie and I really hope audiences enjoy the “indie-ness” of it as well as the messages in the story.
TDQ: What project are you working on next?
PL: I’ve been doing a lot of writing. Currently been hired to write another feature as well as working on some fun projects of my own both in the branded, commercial space and narrative.
TDQ: Has the entertainment industry become more welcoming to female filmmakers since you started your career, or do you think it is it still just as difficult?
PL: A little bit of both. People are way more willing to get a female filmmaker involved in a project or in the room, but this industry is never easy. We cannot rely on our gender to get us a job. Content standards are higher and with the democratization of the content, the competition pool becomes bigger.
TDQ: Where do you see yourself and Jax Productions in five years?
PL: Hopefully still creating, but on a bigger scale.
“He was sweating it a little, sure,” the source said. “But only a little, because of the hassle and the fact he may have to pack up and move to another, though likely bigger, house. But he was in no way, shape or form concerned that any findings of his ‘bosses’ (air-quotes) would negatively impact him in any way, shape or form.”
The source also said that there were any number of other jobs that the coach could get with just a phone call, including politician, news broadcaster or college basketball coach. The coach “is quite close (to) and very good friends with Brian Williams, and they spoke pretty much daily during his time off. He also had connections with numerous politicians, not only in Ohio, but Florida and Utah as well, where he crossed paths with a number of state senators and governors and other lifelong politicians. And many, many of them have said that he would fit in seamlessly in their world. He could fun for just about any office anywhere in the country and be successful.”
The report released by the “investigators” helped support recent “mis-remembrances” and “half-truths” and whatnot, by confirming they didn’t think he “knowingly lied.” The source said the coach may have had a hand in that particular language. “He long ago came to terms with the fact that there was absolutely no room in his life for integrity, compassion or morals. Winning is all that matters, and he’s in the right place for that frame of mind. He’s fine. Courtney Smith didn’t help him win games. Bottom line.”
After attending some second-rate college in Tallahassee, Florida, Reynolds turned to acting, getting his first big break on TV in the classic “Gunsmoke” in 1962. He would go on to star in such TV shows as “B.L’ Stryker,” “Dan August,” and he won an Emmy for his work on “Evening Shade.”
On the big screen, Reynolds appeared in “Smokey and the Bandit,” Smokey and the Bandit II,” “RECOIL,” Cannonball Run” and “Cannonball Run II.” He won a Golden Globe Award for his work in “Boogie Nights.”
He is survived by his adopted son, Quinton.