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Watch ‘Today’ Show's Top-Notch ‘SNL’ Halloween Homage (Video)

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“Live from the ‘Today’ show's Rockefeller Plaza, it's Friday morning!” NBC's a.m. show provided a slight Halloween trick — but mostly a treat — Friday morning, when the “Today” personalities paid homage to 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” in celebration of the pagan dress-up holiday. Willie, Matt, Tamron, Al and the gang were joined by some very special guests in their pursuit to set a new standard for morning shows on Halloween. See photos: Halloween on Morning, Daytime TV: George Clooney and His Bride the Hottest Costume This Year First, real “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson took a break from writing and. »


- Tony Maglio

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Richard Branson Spaceship Explodes Over Mojave Desert, Kills at Least One

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One of Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic spaceships exploded Friday over the Mojave Desert after suffering from a major malfunction. The California Highway Patrol says at least one person was killed and another was injured, according to The Associated Press. “During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted later Friday. See photos: Moguls on a Boat 2014: Where Rupert Murdoch, Ryan Kavanaugh, Clive Davis, Puff Daddy Had Fun in the Sun According to the same report, the SpaceShipTwo rocket is manned by two pilots and was in the testing phase at Mojave Air and Space. »


- Travis Reilly

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‘The Showrunners’ Review: Engaging Look Behind-The-Scenes With J.J. Abrams, Bill Prady and Co.

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“The Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” is a dream come true for TV fanatics, packed with powerful TV producers sharing insights about what it takes to get and keep a series on the air. J.J. Abrams, “Big Bang Theory's” Bill Prady, Joss Whedon and “The Good Wife” power duo Michelle and Robert King are among the many contributing to Des Doyle's documentary, screening at the Arena Theater in Hollywood and available on demand Friday. “The Showrunners” can be bittersweet — several of the shows tracked are no longer on air — and sags a bit toward the »


- Diane Garrett

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Matt Taibbi Returns to Rolling Stone After Nasty Split From First Look Media

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Well, that didn't take long. A day after news broke that Matt Taibbi bolted start-up First Look Media eight months after joining, Taibbi is back at Rolling Stone. He made a name for himself at Rolling Stone for over 15 years for his biting and rebellious writing, often at Wall Street's expense. “I can confirm that he has written a piece for the next issue of Rolling Stone,” a Rolling Stone spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap. Also read: Matt Taibbi Quits First Look Media 8 Months After Joining Taibbi left Rolling Stone in February to head one of First Look Media's digital magazines. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Bradley Cooper, Todd Philips Developing ‘Limitless’ Adaptation With Relativity TV for CBS

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Add another project to the quickly growing heap of film-to-tv adaptations. Bradley Cooper and Todd Philips are developing a small-screen version of Cooper's 2011 hit “Limitless,” which has received a production commitment from CBS. See photos: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies Being Made Into TV Shows (Photos) Cooper and Philips are on board to executive produce the project through their newly formed, yet-to-be-named production company. This will mark the company's first foray into television. Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman will executive produce through Relativity Television. Also read: Movies-to-tv Overload! Why Hollywood Has 27 Projects in the Works (And Counting) The adaptation will pick. »


- Tim Kenneally

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J.K. Rowling Pens 6 New ‘Harry Potter’ Halloween Stories

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Harry Potter” fans were given a major Halloween treat on Friday with the release of six new stories from J.K. Rowling. The author put up the new tales on Pottermore, her online platform, along with an essay that studies the character of Dolores Umbridge, the Ministry of Magic. See photos: 15 Books That Scored Better Big Screen Titles — ‘Cruel Intentions,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Goodfellas’ Rowling reveals that the evil Hogwarts professor is based on someone from the author's real life. She describes the actual woman as someone “whom I disliked intensely on sight. The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘Ray Donovan’ Star Vinessa Shaw Sued for Allegedly Hitting Pedestrians With Car

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Ray Donovan” star Vinessa Shaw has found herself involved in another drama, this time in the legal system. Shaw, who plays Kate McPherson on the hit Showtime series, is being sued for allegedly hitting two pedestrians with her car. Also read: ‘Ray Donovan’ Hits Series High in Ratings With Season 2 Finale The actress has been slapped with a lawsuit by Maridalia Chepi-Nolasco and Anastasia Gregorio Arce, who claim that Shaw struck them with her car, allegedly causing “sustained severe bodily injuries.” According to the lawsuit, filed Oct. 3, the incident occurred on Nov. 6, 2013, at the crosswalk of Franklin Avenue and »


- Tim Kenneally

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Midterm Madness: TheWrap's Guide to TV News Election Coverage

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TV news networks are dispersing top talent and resources for the midterm elections Tuesday night. From broadcast to cable to digital, here's how the top networks will cover this year's midterm elections. See photos: President Barack Obama Speaks at DreamWorks (Photos) ABC George Stephanopoulos will anchor from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Et online. At 10 p.m. Et and 10 p.m. Pt, he will host the ABC broadcast and also provide live updates at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m., and midnight Et as polls close in various states. Stephanopoulos will be joined by Diane Sawyer, “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘Olive Kitteridge’ Review: Frances McDormand Battles Small-Town Saps in HBO's Gloriously Flinty Mini

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Olive Kitteridge” is as flinty, and gloriously thorny, as the title character: HBO's miniseries adaptation starring Frances McDormand  doesn't coddle the audience any more than Olive would, unfolding at its own pace, character flaws resolutely on display. It starts, forebodingly enough, with a suicidal episode before flashing back 25 years. Olive, improbably nicknamed “Ollie,” as in rhymes with jolly, is a depressive teacher in coastal Maine with a caustic way about her. Prone to truth telling and cutting candor, she's “not exactly warm,” as one character commiserates to her daughter-in-law mid-way through the decades-spanning adaptation, airing in two installments on subsequent. »


- Diane Garrett

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‘The Taking of Deborah Logan’ Is a Netflix Horror Gem: 7 More Awesome Picks For Halloween Weekend

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Straight-to-dvd distribution is usually a pretty good indication that a horror movie isn't worth your time, but “The Taking of Deborah Logan” — produced by Bryan Singer and currently streaming on Netflix — is one of the finer exceptions. See photos: 9 Most Popular Hollywood-Themed Halloween Costumes: From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Captain America’ (Photos) The found-footage horror film that tracks the possession of the eponymous character, played by 67-year-old soap opera actress Jill Larson (“All My Children”) with demonic intensity, succeeds in delivering the thrills and chills the genre is supposed to offer after opening on a unique premise: A Ph.D. student is making. »


- Greg Gilman

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Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries Revealed: Complete List of 134 Films (Exclusive)

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Voters for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar won't have to sift through a record number of eligible films this year, but they still have a big job choosing 15 docs to make up the category's shortlist. That's because 134 documentaries are in the running this year, according to a list of eligible films obtained by TheWrap. The number is shy of last year's all-time record of 151, but it still represents a formidable pile of screeners to consider before first-round ballots are due in late November. Also read: Edward Snowden and Vivian Maier Documentaries Nominated for Ida Awards Contenders include “CitizenFour” and »


- Steve Pond

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AMC Not Moving Forward With Pilots ‘Knifeman,’ ‘Galyntine’

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Pilots “Knifeman” and “Galyntine” have been cut from AMC's development roster. The network has decided not to go forward with the pilot “Knifeman,” which focused on a charming, arrogant, decorum-breaking surgeon who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries. “We have enormous admiration and appreciation for everyone associated with these projects,” AMC said of the decision not to go forward with the projects Friday. “We are grateful to have ongoing relationships with several of these talented creators and look forward to working together again.” Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Doll Drama: Aaron Paul Slams Toys R Us, Barbie in Defense. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Chris Rock Swears He's Sexy Enough to Share Stage With Prince in ‘SNL’ Promos (Video)

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Chris Rock headed back indoors to 30 Rock's famed “Saturday Night Live” Studio 8H for his second set of “SNL” promos this week, dumping Bobby Moynihan for even longer-term cast member Kenan Thompson. As per usual, the two hyped up the coming weekend's show — which will be hosted by Rock and feature Prince as musical guest. The enigmatic guitarist/singer has not participated in the promos, though Rock and Thompson attempted to conjure him up from NBC headquarters. See video: Chris Rock Takes ‘SNL’ Promos, Fake Prince to NYC Streets “Legend has it that if you say his name three times sexy as. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Revenge’ Star Nick Wechsler Talks His Spotify Halloween Mix: ‘It's the Darkest Stuff in My Collection’ (Audio)

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Revenge” star and huge music fan Nick Wechsler has compiled an exclusive Halloween playlist for Spotify. It includes more than 30 tracks, such as “The Becoming” by Nine Inch Nails, “Rosemary's Baby” by Fantomas, “Buried in Water” by Dead Man's Bones, among many others. “Some were chosen for obvious lyrical or thematic reasons,” Wechsler, who plays Jack on the ABC drama, told TheWrap, “some because I found them particularly haunting or moody, while others were chosen because they straight-up scared me when I first heard them.” See photos: The Halloween in Hollywood Scene — Best Costumes of 2013 TheWrap spoke to Wechsler, who's heading. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Taylor Swift ‘Ambassador’ Title Draws Mixed Reactions From NYC Nightlife Icons: ‘Perfect,’ ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Offensive’

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To industry analysts, Taylor Swift is doing everything right. The pop artist crossover's just-released fifth studio album, “1989,” is on its way to an estimated 1 million in first week sales, an unprecedented number in today's bleak music industry climate. But as she prognosticated in lead single “Shake It Off,” “the haters gonna hate, hate hate, hate, hate” — not everything's coming up kittens and roses for the newly-minted New York City tourism “ambassador.” Swift was named the “Global Welcome Ambassador for the Big Apple” this week by the city's official tourism agency, NYC & Company. The honor comes in conjunction »


- Jeremy Blacklow

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Jake Gyllenhaal's ‘Nightcrawler’ Creeps in With $515,000 at Thursday Box Office

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Jake Gyllenhaal‘s ”Nightcrawler” sent a shiver up the spine with $515,000 at Thursday night's box office in 2,766 theaters. The Open Road thriller is not expected to surpass the $10 million at the box office over the weekend, leaving the possibility that last week's teen horror film “Ouija” will once again capture the top spot. See Photos: 9 Most Popular Hollywood-Themed Halloween Costumes: From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Captain America’ (Photos) Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” also opens nationwide, as does a 10th anniversary reissue of the horror film “Saw.” Neither is expected to top $10 million. Theatrical business will likely remain. »


- Gina Hall

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Ratings: CBS Comedy Block Debut Draws Mixed Results Following ‘Big Bang’

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Even TV's top comedy is no replacement for NFL football, clearly. ABC's Shondaland Thursday edged CBS in the key demographic, when the latter hosted the time period premiere for “The Big Bang Theory,” season premieres for fellow comedies “Mom” and “Two and a Half Men,” the series debut of “The McCarthys” and the return of drama “Elementary.” CBS, which had “Thursday Night Football” in primetime up until this week, still finished first in viewers last night. The network did have local preemptions for last night's pro football game, so its numbers are likely inflated. See photos: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Interstellar’ Sending One Lucky Fandango Ticket Buyer to Space

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If you've ever dreamed of going to space and want to see Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar,” then prepare to get your hopes up, because Fandango is sending one lucky ticket buyer to the final frontier. The online ticket retailer launched a month-long sweepstakes on Friday, which will award a grand-prize winner a seat aboard Xcor's Lynx Mark II spacecraft. Also read: ‘Interstellar’ Lifts Off, But There's Still No Oscar Frontrunner That ride that reaches 62 miles above the Earth's surface would normally cost $100,000, so it's a pretty good deal — especially considering “Interstellar” has been praised by the majority of those who have seen it, »


- Greg Gilman

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‘Idol’ Alum Todrick Hall Uses Taylor Swift's ‘Shake It Off’ to Raise Traffic Safety Awareness (Video)

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Todrick Hall, the viral video master and “American Idol” alum who recently landed his own unscripted series on MTV, is out with a new PSA aimed at driver and pedestrian safety. In “Alice in WeHoLand,” commissioned by the City of West Hollywood following a series of traffic accidents in the Los Angeles adjacent city's pedestrian-heavy streets, Hall stars alongside “RuPaul's Drag Race” Season 4 contestant favorite Willam Belli and YouTube personality GloZell Green in a parody set to the tune of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” In the YouTube video, posted this week leading up to West Hollywood's Halloween Carnaval gathering. »


- Jeremy Blacklow

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Why ‘Hollidaysburg’ Should Win Starz's ‘The Chair’ (Guest Blog)

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Objectively, subjectively, and critically, “Hollidaysburg” is the better film and deserving winner of “The Chair.” Read on. And bear with me. I'm not a man of few words. I'm working on that. My producing partners Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and I produce a documentary television series for Starz called “The Chair,” created by Chris Moore. Two directors were given the same script, the same budget, and the same city, and each had to go make a feature film. Every other decision was theirs, including “final cut.” The show wraps up in two more episodes and has been compelling. The two. »


- Neal Dodson

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