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Legendary comic creator Stan Lee poses with students at the Savannah College of Art and Design while visiting the college on Wednesday.

Emeril Lagasse has a new cookbook and new season of TV’s “Top Chef” premiering in a week, but what really got the chef talking was boudin and beer.

Lagasse said Wednesday that chefs from across the country are heading to New Orleans this week to serve up some of their favorite dishes using or inspired by boudin — a pork and rice sausage common in Louisiana cuisine.

“It’s a staple in what we do in Louisiana, but lots of cultures have their own versions of boudin,” Lagasse told The Associated Press.

Chefs from San Francisco and elsewhere will join two dozen from New Orleans for Lagasse’s “Boudin and Beer” street party at The Foundry, where on Friday they’ll dish out their fare among live music and Louisiana-brewed Abita beer.

The Foundry is the site of a former brewery dating back to the 1850s.

The event kicks off a two-day celebration of Louisiana food and culture benefitting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, a charity the chef established in 2002 to support children’s education programs in culinary arts and nutrition.

A film festival in Savannah is honoring Stan Lee for helping bring superheroes to the big screen, but the Spider-Man co-creator showed he’s still got a soft spot for comic books.

Best known as the co-creator of many classic Marvel heroes, Lee slipped out during a Wednesday screening of “The Amazing Spider-Man” at the Savannah Film Festival to visit with a classroom of art students.

Lee told stories of his early days in comics to 11 students at the Savannah College of Art and Design and took time to praise their work.

Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

The nation’s largest gay rights group announced Wednesday that Pitt agreed to match contributions from the group’s members up to $100,000.

In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it’s “unbelievable” that people’s relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day.

Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state.

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