CALIFORNIA CHAOS

The Camp Fire, which has thus far scorched over 140,000 acres, burning over 8,500 homes to the ground, is considered the deadliest and most destructive in state history–at least 56 people dead; 300 unaccounted for.

Here are some before and after photos showing the devastation in Paradise, which looks like a war zone…some survivor stories…and ways you can help.

GO SCAM ME

Remember last year when we were all like, Oh, how nice, a woman with no money on her runs out of gas and a homeless man gives her his last $20 to help her out? You may recall, the woman later returns to the spot to repay him, they strike up a friendship, and she starts a GoFundMe account to help him get off the streets. The encounter goes viral and donations totaling over $400,000 pour in from all over the world. Fast-forward to now and we learn what we began to suspect last summer–the whole thing was a SCAM.

ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

The 2018 iteration of Singles’ Day, the 24-hour shopping and entertainment extravaganza from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, got off to a great start (sales hit $1 billion in one minute, 25 seconds), and finished with a bang, racking up more than $30.8 billion. That’s about 4-5 times what Americans spend online here on Black Friday, and is a new record for Alibaba, which has been hosting this celebrity-endorsed event for 10 years now.

GRINCH SEES GREEN

Christmas came early for the box office this year! Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch,’ based on the 1957 book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” arrived in over 4100 theaters in North America last weekend, taking in a surprisingly massive $66 million (and nearly $80 million worldwide) despite mixed-at-best reviews. That makes it the best start for a holiday film, proving that a little nostalgia among families (especially this time of year) can be a prime opportunity for studios to cash in. Fun wins!

STAN LEE

The comic book world lost a legend earlier in the week: Stan Lee. The masterful writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics who helped create some of pop culture’s most iconic characters–Spider-Man, the X-Men, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Black Panther–died in Los Angeles at the age of 95.  Hollywood heavyweights who brought Lee’s characters to life (among them, Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman) paid tribute, as did his many fans–at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We expect to see Lee’s final cameo in the upcoming Avengers 4.

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