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Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 04/ 5/2010

3 HOT LINKS: Stan Lee wins lawsuit over 'Stan Lee'; 'Robot Chicken' lands real Star Wars

By Michael Cavna

What we're following so far this week...

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1. LEE v. LEE: Stan Lee was the winner Monday in a lonnnng-running lawsuit. The loser? Stan Lee Media.

Confused? So, probably, are most folk who haven't been paying attention to this eons-old legal battle. According to wire reports, a New York judge has thrown out a suit against Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment. At stake: Many of Lee's lucrative comic co-creations, including Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The $750-million lawsuit was filed on behalf of Stan Lee Media Inc and claimed "shareholders were harmed when Lee in 1998 transferred rights to the characters to Marvel, which is now owned by Walt Disney Co.," Reuters reports. Stan Lee Media filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001.

2. "ROBOT CHEWBACCA": George Lucas has decided the force is strong with "Robot Chicken's" very funny creators, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. The dudes behind the Adult Swim parodypallooza have twice spoofed "Star Wars" on their show; now they'll get to have fun with the real franchise, the Hollywood Reporter says. Lucasfilm Animation says that it'll develop an animated Star Wars series and that Green, Senreich and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart's" Brendan Hay will have "creative involvement" in the project. No network is yet attached; "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" airs on Cartoon Network.

3. THE ORIGINAL COMICS 'CURMUDGEON'?: Let us wrap my heads around this for a minute. O-kay: Andy Rooney, the lonnnngtime "60 Minutes" rumpled curmudgeon with the glorious eyebrow awnings (they are glorious, seriously -- right out of the Muppets), is calling someone or something else unfunny. Namely: the funnies. Watch for yourself, if you'd like, but first we ask dryly: Is it even really ironic anymore when the irony is so bloody blatant? Then again: At least good ol' Andy has the humble self-awareness, if not the sense to deflect criticism, to know just how subjective humor can be -- even his own. (Our thanks to and Tom Spurgeon for the item.)

By Michael Cavna  | April 5, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes, The Animation  | Tags:  Andy Rooney, Marvel Entertainment, Robot Chicken, Stan Lee, Star Wars, the funnies  
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Every time I've seen that one (and only?) photograph of Stan Lee in recent months, the first thing that always comes to mind is that he is laughing (no, not crying!) all the way to the bank.

Posted by: kilby | April 6, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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