FD News: Cops finger; ‘Black Panther’ stinger; Marvel’s Lee lingers
Marvel comic legend Lee back home after heart problems
Thursday, 95-year-old comic book icon Stan Lee was taken to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles with undetermined heart problems. Though representatives divulged he’d remain there for a few days, Lee is already back home and according to an interview with KABC and is “feeling great.”
With his signature humor still clearly intact, Lee stated his brief hospital stay did both him and his fans a lot of good, keeping him “off their backs for the evening”. “I can’t wait to get in there and tangle with all the competition”, he declaimed. On Monday Lee was seen enjoying the Black Panther premiere, where he posed with fans and stars of the movie.
Black Panther on track to smash opening weekend records
Lee will surely also be delighted to discover Black Panther headed for a staggering $150 million opening weekend according to updated tracking. It was originally suggested the movie could make somewhere in the range of $100 million to $120 million.
This new estimate proposes Ryan Coogler’s superhero blockbuster could break the Presidents’ Day weekend record of $152 million set by Deadpool in 2016. On Wednesday Fandango reported Black Panther to have surpassed all other superhero movies in advance ticket sales. In the wake of the movie’s world premiere and positively reviewed first screenings, Black Panther topped the online ticket service’s sales numbers.
New witnesses make Wagner “person of interest” in reopened Wood investigation
With new witnesses having reportedly emerged, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is now calling 81-year-old actor Robert Wagner (Austin Powers) a person of interest in the death of Natalie Wood (West Side Story). Wood was married to Wagner at the time of her drowning in 1981 after a night of yachting with her husband, friend Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths), and yacht captain Dennis Davern.
Though the sheriff’s department doesn’t have enough evidence “to make an arrest at this moment”, statements received from the new witnesses “portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night”, apparently detailing sounds of an argument between the couple and “yelling and crashing” coming from their stateroom.
Wagner has declined to be interviewed by the sheriff’s department since the case was reopened in 2011, but has always denied involvement in Wood’s death. The actor confessed he smashed a wine bottle while arguing with Wood in his 2008 memoir and theorized she may have been “trying to get away” from the fight or “trying to tie the dinghy” when she fell into the water.