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Pennywise Isn’t Welcome at Los Angeles Public Schools, as District Continues Its Clown Ban for Halloween

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Pennywise Isn’t Welcome at Los Angeles Public Schools, as District Continues Its Clown Ban for Halloween
They all float down here. Except, apparently, on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses.

For the second year in a row, the LAUSD has banned all clown costumes and masks for Halloween. That includes, of course, what’s expected to be the most popular Halloween costume of the year: Pennywise, from the blockbuster smash thriller “It.”

Clowns are actually having a moment in pop culture, as FX’s hit series “American Horror Story: Cult” is crawling with them. (And, of course, had previously introduced the now-iconic clown Twisty on “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”) Krusty the Clown from “The Simpsons” and Zach Galiafianakis’ Chip Baskets continue on the comedy side.

And even reality competition shows aren’t immune to a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants, as “Puddles Pity Party” (real name: Mike Geier) was a contender on this year’s “America’s Got Talent.
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Real Gone Music’s October Album Releases Include The Return Of The Living Dead Soundtrack, Cujo Score & More

With the season of apple cider-soaked gatherings nearly upon us, Real Gone Music is making sure you have the appropriate tunes for party time with their announcement of four October album releases, including The Return of the Living Dead soundtrack, the Cujo score, and more.

"Real Gone Music announces several Halloween-themed albums available this October including the soundtrack to Stephen King's Cujo, Zacherle's Monster Gallery from the Cool Ghoul, John Zacherle, the sole studio album from one of the great 80s goth/death rock bands, 45 Grave, and another eagerly awaited repress of the cult soundtrack to Return of the Living Dead.

Charles Bernstein

Cujo—Music from the Motion Picture

Available October 6 Limited Edition "St. Bernard" Vinyl First Ever Vinyl Reissue Includes New Cover Art and Production Stills

Ah, life in the country…such bucolic bliss. Until your neighbor’s dog contracts rabies, kills its owner, and then comes after you!
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Film Feature: 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com

Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa

Photo credit: Lionsgate

To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be.
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9 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question

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9 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question
Marriage-hopefuls feel plenty of pressure to dream up an unforgettable proposal. But there is always one surefire way to make the big offer truly memorable: roping in your significant other's favorite celebrity. Lucky for all the ultra-romantic Romeos and Juliets out there, many stars are totally game for helping their fans create a super special moment. KeshaThe singer made a trip to Disney World extra magical for two special fans last weekend. "I had been wanting to propose for a while, just was not sure how to do it, so I just decided to message her on Instagram and never
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9 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question

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9 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question
Marriage-hopefuls feel plenty of pressure to dream up an unforgettable proposal. But there is always one surefire way to make the big offer truly memorable: roping in your significant other's favorite celebrity. Lucky for all the ultra-romantic Romeos and Juliets out there, many stars are totally game for helping their fans create a super special moment. KeshaThe singer made a trip to Disney World extra magical for two special fans last weekend. "I had been wanting to propose for a while, just was not sure how to do it, so I just decided to message her on Instagram and never
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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: First 104 Games Announced

The New Xbox One Experience will be with us on November 12, and with it comes the highly-anticipated backwards compatibility update. Come the service’s release, 104 games from the Xbox 360’s vast back catalogue will be available to play on the Xbox One, says Mike Ybarra, Director Of Program Management for Xbox.

Today, I’m happy to unveil to you the first 104 Xbox One Backward Compatibility games. Some of my favorites are included, like the complete “Gears of War” catalog, “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Fallout 3,” “Borderlands,” and “Castle Crashers.” The full list of the first 104 games is below and can also be found on Xbox.com/BackCompat. And, as I shared at Gamescom, going forward, all Xbox 360 games available through Games with Gold after Nov. 12 will be playable on Xbox One.

You can peruse the full list of games to be available on day 1 below:

A Kingdom for Keflings

Lode Runner
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The Vampire Diaries: Who's Going to Die Next Week?

The Vampire Diaries: Who's Going to Die Next Week?
The Vampire Diaries' midseason premiere, "Woke Up with a Monster," certainly gave fans a lot of options as to who might meet an impending and untimely end in the near future.

As the series begins its sprint to the season finale, characters both beloved and brand new stared down death.

Star Paul Wesley directed the episode, which picked up directly after Kai (Chris Wood) abducted Elena (Nina Dobrev) and as Caroline (Candice Accola) struggled to accept her mother's cancer diagnosis. Even amid those merciless circumstances, Elena and Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) weren't the only folks in Mystic Falls whose lives were in peril.
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The Vampire Diaries: Who's Going to Die Next Week?

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The Vampire Diaries: Who's Going to Die Next Week?
The Vampire Diaries' midseason premiere, "Woke Up with a Monster," certainly gave fans a lot of options as to who might meet an impending and untimely end in the near future. As the series begins its sprint to the season finale, characters both beloved and brand new stared down death. Star Paul Wesley directed the episode, which picked up directly after Kai (Chris Wood) abducted Elena (Nina Dobrev) and as Caroline (Candice Accola) struggled to accept her mother's cancer diagnosis. Even amid those merciless circumstances, Elena and Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) weren't the only folks in Mystic Falls whose lives were in peril.
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Reader, Beware, You’re In For A Scare With These New Monster Images For Jack Black’s Goosebumps

Whether it was through R.L. Stine’s popular and indeed extensive horror book series or via the camp television show of the same name, it’s almost inevitable that you experienced Goosebumps in some shape or form throughout the course of the 90s. Now, almost 22 years after the first novel hit the shelves, Sony is working on introducing the franchise to a modern day audience through a live-action film, and today we got our first look at some of the ghostly ghouls and malevolent clowns that will be making up the film’s roster of monsters.

The images, which you can feast your eyes on in the gallery below, include a colorful collection of baddies, and are exactly the brand of monsters that no doubt haunted your nightmares in your younger years — demonic clowns and reanimated mummies, to name but a few. And while we’re still a ways away
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Turbo Monster Truck

Turbo Monster Truck is a simple monster truck game. Here you get behind the wheels of your monster truck and start to drive it across the different tracks in the different levels of the game. There is no time factor in the game and so you need not be in a hurry. However, maintaining balance is very important because the tracks have extreme unevenness and that makes driving very challenging. Moreover, there are things floating around that must be collected to get better scores in each level. Use the arrow keys to drive and balance the monster truck in the […]
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Watch the Universal Monster Action Figures in the Animated Short Film ‘Trick or Treat’

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They’ve been known to suck blood, howl at the moon, and lurk beneath the water’s murky surface, but though the Universal Monsters can each be intimidating in their own way, they all show a friendlier side on Halloween night when little ghouls and goblins come to them in search of candy. Diamond Select Toys features their Universal Monster action figures in the animated short film, Trick or Treat.

From Diamond Select Toys: “Every year, the spirit of Halloween takes over the world for 31 glorious days, and Diamond Select Toys unleashes a new batch of Monsters! Based on Universal Studios’ iconic horror films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Dst’s 7-inch scale Universal Monsters action figures have become an annual tradition, and now they’re starring in their first-ever stop-motion animated short film!

Starring some of the toy line’s most famous characters, “Trick or Treat” was animated by Alex Kropinak,
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - 7 Crucial Observations

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Julie Chen says the phrase, "It's a double eviction" the way the doctor in "Love Story" tells us Jenny has leukemia. Grim, unsmiling, heavy monotone -- and she's right to establish the stakes. It's a life-or-death moment, and I'm glad we're getting to the most dramatic type of "Big Brother" week just as I realize I can't take another minute of the "Battle of the Block" rigamarole. Two houseguests are voted back into society tomorrow (which is a scary idea as is), and it seems like spanky Zankie is in grave danger. Is this good or bad for "Big Brother 16"? Instead of recapping every moment of this better-than-usual Wednesday episode, we're breaking down the events with seven crucial questions about the game at hand. Who's game is most impressive right now? Whose game is suffering from dramatic setbacks? Who does the best job of remembering Victoria's name? I consider all
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House of Mouse Horror: A Defense for Disney Channel Original Movies

Before The Disney Channel became the network responsible for unleashing Miley Cyrus to the world and driving Shia Labeouf to lose his damn mind, they were the pinnacle of children’s entertainment. Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon were great, sure, but were they great enough to run a channel that only showed commercials…for its own channel? The original programming always drew in a huge audience, but Disney Channel Original Movies were in a league above everything else. Before High School Musical came along and set the standard for Dcoms from there on out, The Disney Channel was consistently cranking out made-for-tv movies that completely shaped the childhoods of generation Y. Despite the family friendly demeanor, Dcoms provided some surprisingly great kid-friendly horror flicks. Horror fans are breeding their own little ones and while their four-year-old may not be ready for The Exorcist, there are plenty of kid-horror flicks at their
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[Comic-Con 2014] Goosebumps Movie Panel Announced, Includes Jack Black and First Clips

Slappy the Dummy, Monster Blood, the HorrorLand clan: these are just a few antagonists from R. L. Stine’s popular Goosebumps book series that may still send a nostalgic shiver down your spine. Though we don’t know for certain which creatures will appear in the upcoming Goosebumps movie, there’s a good chance we’ll find out during Comic-Con, as a panel featuring clips of the monster creation process for the Goosebumps film has been announced, with Jack Black as one of the guests.

Columbia Pictures will have a Goosebumps movie panel at the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom on Thursday, July 24th from 12:30pm – 1:30pm with director Rob Letterman and the actor who will portray R. L. Stine: Jack Black. According to Deadline, the two panelists, who have previously collaborated on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels, will reveal clips of the monster-making process.

Originally slated for a 2016 release,
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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Eight Creatures We’d Like To See In The Goosebumps Movie

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A Goosebumps movie has been on the cards for a while now, but the project has really started to pick up some momentum under director Rob Letterman. A recently released synopsis for the film revealed that it would not be a straight adaptation of one single R. L. Stine story, but like Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed would instead form a sort of greatest-hits mash-up.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.

It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he
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Dylan Minnette To Star Opposite Jack Black In Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’

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Dylan Minnette To Star Opposite Jack Black In Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’
Exclusive: Dylan Minnette has been cast as the co-lead in Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps, the adaptation of the iconic Scholastic Ya scary book series written by R.L. Stine. Sony nabbed the rights to the books and tapped Black’s Gulliver’s Travels helmer Rob Letterman to direct last March. The pic is loosely based on the series and is scripted by Darren Lemke and Mike White. Minnette will play Zach Cooper, who moves with his family move from NY to to the idyllic town of Greendale, MD, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be author R.L. Stine (Black). When the many, many demons in Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Zach and Stine’s niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) to put the evil genies back in the bottle. Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are producing. Minnette, repped by Cesd,
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