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Halloween: Find where famous dead people are in Southern California

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The collection of maps below, put together by Esri, looks at the locations of the eternal resting places of a number of luminaries, including many buried right here in Southern California. It takes you on a tour of these cemeteries with famed residents, just in time for Halloween.

Those whose remains remain local:

  • Michael Jackson (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale)
  • Marilyn Monroe (Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles)
  • Frank Sinatra (Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City)
  • Marlon Brando (Death Valley and Tahiti)
  • Gangster Bugsy Siegel (Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
  • Vincent Price (Point Dume, Malibu)
  • Bela Lugosi, "Dracula" (Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City)
  • "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates (His former Hollywood Hills home)
  • "Psycho" star Janet Leigh (Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles)
  • "Psycho" author Robert Bloch (Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles)
  • Peter Lorre (Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
  • Heather O'Rourke, "Poltergeist" (Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles)

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Why there's still no Black Widow or Hulk movies (Plus a calendar of all upcoming superhero movies)

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President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

There are plenty of Marvel and DC Comics-based movies coming over the next few years — dozens of them already announced — but some movies that have had fans calling for them are still being left unmade. Here's why those movies aren't hitting your local box office.

Black Widow

Perhaps the most persistent calls for a solo movie have been those for Black Widow. Black Widow and Hawkeye are the only two members of the core Avengers team to not receive solo films yet, and it's a particular matter of concern due to the lack of female superhero films.

At Tuesday's Marvel press event, Marvel executives said that the place for Black Widow at this time is in movies with the rest of the Avengers. However, they did promise a big role for Black Widow coming up in one of the other films; she came close to a co-headliner in "Captain America: Winter Soldier," so there could be more backdoor ways of featuring the character while not launching a solo film if they don't feel the character could carry one.

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Marvel unveils 9 new movies, including 'Captain Marvel,' 'Black Panther': What it all means

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Actors Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Actors Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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"Black Panther" concept art

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(L-R) Actors Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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(L-R) Actors Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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A general view of the atmosphere at Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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Fans line up for Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

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A general view of the atmposphere at Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.


Marvel wasn't going to let the recent announcement of 10 forthcoming DC Comics movies go unanswered: On Tuesday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel laid out its own slate of films in its so-called "Phase 3," going into 2019.

Marvel announced the full titles of nine new films (in addition to the already announced "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Ant-Man"). Here's a complete rundown of the new films and what they mean:

Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Civil War was one of the most iconic storylines in modern comics, pitting Captain America against Iron Man in a battle over civil liberties as the government called for heroes to register their secret identities with the government. Iron Man sided with the government while the American icon Cap stood for his freedom-centric ideals.

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You can read a pristine $3.2 million copy of Action Comics #1 online

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The cover of a near-mint copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman.

The 1938 Action Comics #1 is the first appearance of Superman and only 50 to 100 copies are known to still exist, making it the most valuable comic of all time. The copy in the best-known condition of the comic classic sold in August for more than $3.2 million on eBay.

Not all of us have the money rattling around in our Scrooge McDuck vault to buy our own, especially the best of its kind. But thanks to modern technology, we can all flip through what a nearly pristine 1938 comic book looks like.

The comic book received a 9.0 on a scale of 10 from the Certified Guaranty Company's comics grading service. To put that in perspective, some dings in a newer comic can take it down to a 9.0 pretty quickly. CGC has put scans of this exact comic up for viewing on their website. Watch this video of the eBay seller flipping through the book, take a peek at a few pages below or check out the full issue at CGC's site:

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Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars

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Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It's a big week for Neil Patrick Harris. The 41-year-old actor's kids had their fourth birthday, his autobiography hit stores — and now, he's hosting the Oscars.

NPH made the announcement in a video on Twitter. It was shot in the horribly gauche style of vertical video, but since he was scrolling down a long list in the video, we'll forgive him.

In  the video, he tells someone on the phone "I'm in," before the camera pans over to "NPH's Bucket List" and scans down items he's already checked off. They include the more serious ("Win a Tony Award"), less serious ("Rap with Snoop Dog") and just plain awesome ("Saw a lady in half"), before finally getting to the last item on his list: "Host the Oscars."

"It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards," Harris said in a Motion Picture Academy's press release. "To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."

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