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Why Leigh Whannell Enjoys ‘Seeing People Get Scared’ at Halloween Horror Nights’ ‘Insidious’ Maze

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Even one of the most talented screenwriters in horror gets scared by his own product sometimes, especially when it is brought to life by the geniuses at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. “Insidious” writer and “Saw” franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell (above with wife, actress Corbett Luck) recently walked through the latest maze at the Hollywood theme park’s annual living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror — and while he lived to tell the tale, he didn’t emerge completely unscathed. But Whannell was not half as disturbed as the thousands of other screaming guests getting leapt on by the Red-Faced Demon or stalked by. »


- Debbie Emery

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China’s Perfect World Locks In $250 Million for Universal Slate Financing Deal

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Universal’s Chinese partner Perfect World Pictures has secured a $250 million facility from East West Bank and Jp Morgan to fund the second phase of its slate financing arrangement with the studio, possibly indicating signs of life after an extended pause in China-Hollywood relations. Last February, Perfect World and Universal agreed on a 50-film financing deal, which Perfect World initially funded with a $250 million equity investment. It was the first time a Chinese company invested in a multi-year slate deal with a Hollywood studio. Lindsay Conner, a partner and chair of the Media and Entertainment Group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, »

- Matt Pressberg

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Chinese Director Chen Sicheng Takes His Show to New York

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Plenty of Hollywood blockbusters, from “Skyfall” to “Mission: Impossible III,” were at least partially filmed in China, as film execs want to continue to appeal to the world’s second-largest movie market – and likely soon to be the biggest. But there haven’t been many Chinese movies that have chosen to shoot in the U.S. – yet. Chinese actor and director Chen Sicheng is shaking that up, as he’s currently filming his next movie, “Detective Chinatown Vol. 2,” in New York City. And once the film was written, he had little choice – the Big Apple is a central part of. »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Riverdale': Yes, That Was a ‘Zodiac’ Homage at the End of ‘Nighthawks’

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(Spoilers ahead for the October 18 episode of “Riverdale,” “Nighthawks”) So at the end of this week’s “Riverdale,” the man with the hood showed up again to do some more murder. That’s not surprising on any level, obviously, since that guy is at the center of the plot of the show in season 2. First he shot Fred Andrews in the season 1 finale, then he returned in the season 2 premiere to kill Ms. Grundy with a cello bow. So while not surprising that this guy is at it again, the method is a bit surprising, because it’s a pretty. »


- Phil Owen

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‘NCIS’ Fans Have a Lot of Questions After Maria Bello’s Debut

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There is no shortage of action this season on “NCIS,” and apparently plenty of loose ends as well. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Maria Bello as Special Agent Jack Sloane, who joined Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team. The episode also featured a storm knocking out power in Washington, D.C., along with the investigation into a kidnapped sailor. Many fans took to Twitter during the episode to ask questions about the show, with a number of queries focused on the chemistry between Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Navy Commander Thomas Buckner (Trevor Donovan »


- Ryan Gajewski

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David Cross: Charlyne Yi ‘Did Not Understand’ Racist Comments Were Meant as a Joke

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David Cross has once again responded to accusations from actress Charlyne Yi that he made racist comments to her 10 years ago, explaining that if he did make offensive statements, he meant them as a joke. “With the luxury of time and critical thought (two things antithetical to Twitter) in regards to all of this I believe I may have figured it out,” he wrote in the note shared to Twitter, which was titled “A Fruitless Endeavor Part 2.” “Firstly, there are two important facts to consider here. 1) I have Never said, ‘ching chong, ching chong’ unless I was doing »


- Reid Nakamura

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TheWrap Launches 2017 Award Season Screening Series in La, Adds New York

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TheWrap is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017-2018 Awards and Foreign Screening Series with the addition of New York City for screenings in partnership with Nyu Tisch School of the Arts. The series in La launches on October 19 with director Evgeny Afineevsky and his searing documentary about the humanitarian crisis, “Cries from Syria.” TheWrap’s film series bring together the year’s most notable films in contention during awards season along with the top documentary films from around the world seeking to win Best Documentary film at the Academy Awards. Also Read: Syrian Activist in HBO Doc on Her Life Now:. »


- Wrap Staff

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‘Salvation’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

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CBS continues to find “Salvation.” The serialized thriller series that premiered in July has been picked up for a 13-episode second season. The new run will air in summer 2018. The cast includes Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance and Ian Anthony Dale. Also Read: 10 Lowest-Rated TV Shows of Summer 2017 (Photos) Season 1 focused on a team tasked with stopping an asteroid from colliding with Earth. The project from CBS Television Studios is executive produced by Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Stuart Gillard and Peter Lenkov. “Salvation” was created by Kruger, Shapiro and Matt Wheeler. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Melania Trump Body Double Conspiracy Theory Roasted on Twitter

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Prone to distraction as it is, Twitter was briefly consumed on Wednesday by the conspiracy theory that Melania Trump used a body double at a press conference with her husband last week. The theory was originated by user @JoeVargas, who shared a CNN clip in which the first lady appeared alongside Donald Trump as the president discussed the situation in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Trump is seen wearing a trench coat, with her face hidden by large sunglasses and cast in shadow for much of the interview. “This is not Melania,” he wrote. “To think they would. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Splits With Boyfriend Doug Spedding (Report)

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Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa has ended it with her boyfriend Doug Spedding, In Touch reports. The Hgtv personality has broken up with Spedding, who has entered a rehab program to deal with addiction issues, In Touch reported Wednesday. According to the magazine, El Moussa split with Spedding after she discovered that he was meeting with an ex-girlfriend and had been taking drugs. In Touch noted that Spedding was arrested in 2011 after being caught in possession of methamphetamine, and completed a diversion program. Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa Shares Photo From 'One of the Absolute. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo! 2’ Expected to Dominate Overstuffed Box Office Weekend

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Not one, not two, not three, but four movies are getting wide release in theaters this weekend, but of those films, the only one expected to have a solid outing is “Boo! 2,” the latest Madea film from Tyler Perry. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend’s charts with $20-22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening made last year by the first “Boo!”, which went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Leatherface’ Review: Umpteenth ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Origin Story Is a Bloody Bore

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Prequels exploring the early days or formative moments of established characters are not inherently bad, but “Leatherface” is second only to Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” remake in horror’s pantheon of terrible origin stories. Tackling the formative moments that gave birth to everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding hillbilly with less subtlety than the flashback sequence that opens “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Inside”) lay on visual style as thick as the corn syrup used for their buckets of fake blood while Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff try in vain to lend dignity to the film’s lousy, »


- Todd Gilchrist

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La Weekly Has New Mystery Buyer, Semanal Media

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Ten months after putting the venerable alt-magazine on the market, Village Media Group has announced it will sell La Weekly to a company called Semanal Media, LLC, with the deal expected to close within two weeks. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is representing Voice Media Group in the transaction. Semanal, whose name means “weekly” in Spanish, is a new entity established solely for the purpose of acquiring the La Weekly, a Dirks, Van Essen & Murray spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. The spokesperson declined to say »

- Jon Levine and Ross A. Lincoln

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Frank Ocean Wins Libel Lawsuit Filed by His Father

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Good news for Frank Ocean — though this might make his next family reunion a little strained. The “Sweet Life” singer has prevailed in a libel lawsuit brought against him by his father, an attorney for the singer told TheWrap on Wednesday. Ocean was sued by his dad Calvin Cooksey earlier this year over an essay that the singer wrote that painted his father as a bigot. According to the suit, Ocean’s 2016 Tumblr post falsely claimed that Cooksey discriminated against a transgender waitress, and dragged Ocean out of a neighborhood diner while he made “immoral comments” about the waitress’ hygiene. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jake Tapper Shuts Down Bill O’Reilly in Tweet Clap Back

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Every once in while, Twitter will remind us why we deal with its vortex and deliver a perfect tweet on a random Wednesday afternoon. Today is one of those times. In a diss at CNN’s Jake Tapper, Bill O’Reilly touted Sean Hannity’s ratings on Twitter. While Hannity’s 9 p.m. slot on Fox News had more than 3.1 million viewers on Tuesday — ahead of Tapper’s 835,000 at 4 p.m. – primetime shows usually have more viewers than shows airing during the day. “Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Why Gordon Hayward, Brett Gardner and Gucci Mane Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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The week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters A Celtics forward, a Yankees outfielder and a newlywed rapper had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days. The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Oct. 11-17 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. Also Read: Boston Celtics Forward Gordon Hayward's Horrific Ankle Injury Sparks Sympathy From Sports »

- Fabric Media

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Company Sues Ozy Fest Promoters in Logo Dispute

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This lawsuit might seem crazy — but that’s how it goes. Ozzy Osbourne’s Monowise Limited Corporation has filed a suit against the organizers of the Ozy Fest festival, claiming that the festival’s logo steps on Monowise’s trademark. The suit, filed against Ozy Media on Wednesday, claims that the Ozy Fest marks “are nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to Mlc’s well-known Ozzfest mark.” Also Read: Ozzy Osbourne Slapped With $2 Million Lawsuit Over 'Crazy Train' Osbourne’s company contends that the Ozy Fest logo makes a point of associating itself with rock music. “Defendants »


- Tim Kenneally

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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show to End After 2 Seasons

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Chelsea Handler’s talk show is ending after two seasons on Netflix, the star announced Wednesday on social media. The comedian wrote in a Facebook post that she is stepping away from the show that launched in May 2016, and will focus on activism for the next year. She is also partnering with Netflix on a politically-focused documentary. Also Read: Chelsea Handler Ripped as a Hypocrite for Condemning Jokes About Racism Her full statement is below: Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Erinn Hayes Says She’s ‘Very Aware’ That Scientology Is Behind ‘Bashing’ of ‘Kevin Can Wait’

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Erinn Hayes is weighing in on criticism of her former show, “Kevin Can Wait,” after a slew of social media posts have called for a boycott of the Kevin James comedy series. The actress, who departed the CBS show over the summer after her character was killed off, has been actively interacting on Twitter with the show’s disgruntled fans — some expressing anger over her departure — and clicking “like” on messages that offer her support. The show added Leah Remini, who played James’ wife in their prior series “The King of Queens,” as a series regular over the summer. One. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Caught the ‘Mindhunter’ Bug? Here Are 11 Shows You Should Stream Next (Photos)

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Netflix’s latest crime thriller “Mindhunter” is gaining steam–even Stephen King is a fan. If the deep dive into serial killers’ psyche has you hooked, here are some more crime shows you’ll probably love. “Confession Tapes” This series of documentaries takes a fascinating look at those who claim their confessions to murder were coerced, involuntary or false. “Making A Murderer”  If you missed the “Making a Murderer” bandwagon, it’s not too late to hop on. This documentary was filmed over a decade about a man exonerated for one crime and then the prime suspect of another. “The Keepers »


- Ashley Boucher

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