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Scream for October's Scariest Releases

As Halloween approaches each year, a slick string of seriously terrifying horror flicks make their debut. After all, what better way is there to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with a good ole fashioned scary movie? This year's offerings are full of creepy dolls, classic stories re-imagined, and classic board games, all of which are guaranteed to have you shaking in your seat. Think you're up to challenge? Well, here are this month's scariest new releases, perfect for watching through your fingers in terror.


1. Annabelle: As Chuckie proved long ago, there are few things more terrifying than a killer doll. This month's Annabelle is based on a true case investigated by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. In the film the doll, Annabelle, terrorizes a man and his expectant wife after becoming possessed by an evil entity. While the thought of a killer doll is scary enough, the fact that the real doll is locked away in the Warrens' Occult Museum in Connecticut is ever more terrifying, Catch this flick in theaters now, and maybe take a trip to see the real Annabelle - at your own risk.

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Joan Rivers' Cause of Death Revealed

Joan Rivers' cause of death has finally been revealed. The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) concluded that Rivers died from “anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest” which is brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

The OCME released a statement saying, “[The] OCME has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”

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Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host the 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris revealed via Twitter yesterday that he will be hosting the 2015 Academy Awards.

The How I Met Your Mother star tweeted a link to a video that showed him on his iPhone and saying the words “I’m in.” The camera then pans over the actor’s bucket list which includes things like getting married, having children, writing a book and starring in a broadway show. The last thing on his bucket list is hosting the Oscars, which the actor then circles.

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. 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,” the actor said in a statement after the news was announced.

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Wilmer Valderrama Launches New Family-Friendly Animated Series

Wilmer Valderrama has partnered with Northgate Gonzalez Market and Los Altos Ranch Market to promote his new animated series, Muertoons. The first of its kind, the innovative promotion campaign is a scripted animated program that harnesses the marketing strength and widespread viewership of a large supermarket chain.

For a three-week period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 4, shoppers who purchase items from participating brands from either of the aforementioned markets will have the chance to earn exclusive codes on their receipts. In turn, these will unlock two episodes of the animated series, which can be viewed both on mobile or home devices.

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Happy National Boss's Day

No need to panic. We know Boss's Day is tomorrow, and our guide to identifying the type of boss you have based on some of the famous bosses we have all come to know and love (or hate) will not only help you understand them, but figure out exactly what he/she needs. These famous bosses come in all shapes and sizes, just like your gift will! Is your boss more like a Leslie Knope or a Miranda Priestly? It could be the difference between a promotion and banishment to eating lunch in a bathroom stall for the rest of the year. Once you match your boss up you'll never be worried about another Boss's Day again.

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Jane the Virgin is Your New Favorite Show

The CW's newest show may be its craziest gamble in years - and it seems that gamble is paying off. Jane the Virgin, based on a Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, tells the story of 24-year-old virginal Jane who finds herself living her own telenovela when she is accidentally artificially inseminated. Crazy? Yes. Worth watching? Totally.

Jane has the distinct honor of having perhaps the most peculiar premise of any of the new fall shows. Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) is a hard-working, religious young adult who has been staunchly abstinent her entire life, choosing to wait until marriage to finally have sex. This fact alone feels far-fetched by 2014 standards, but it’s by far the tamest aspect of the show.

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Dear White People Review: See This Film

There is a need for Dear White People. This need has little to do with the film itself, or its first-time director Justin Simien, but rather the gaping abscess that is the modern, intellectual, mainstream black cinema. Dear White People attempts to shoulder this massive burden all by itself, telling as many stories as it can within its two-hour runtime, and it occasionally buckles under that weight. But when the film is finally able to bring its many narratives into focus, it has a sharp eye for the way systematic oppression can destroy the soul.

Dear White People is the story of four black students enrolled in an almost exclusively white Ivy League school, and their attempts to navigate being upper class, highly educated, and still facing the miasma of racism that envelops their university. The fulcrum of the film is Tessa Thompson as Sam White, a tiny, beautiful firecracker that sets her complacent environment on fire with her radio show, ‘Dear White People.’ Thompson is a relative newcomer who brings a deft mix of anger and humor to the role, and it tremendously fun to watch her physical and sharp comic sensibility.

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It's Official: Teresa and Joe Giudice Are Heading to Jail

On Thursday October 2nd, 2014 Teresa and Joe Giudices’ legal woes came to a head when the pair was sentenced. Nearly seven months after the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars pleaded “guilty” to multiple charges, including bankruptcy and mortgage fraud, the couple has learned they will both be serving jail time.

Joe was sentenced to 41 months behind bars while his wife, in a surprising move by the judge, was sentenced to 15 months. Many believed that Teresa would be spared jail time, but alas, the judge took no pity on the New Jersey housewife despite her pleas that she is “more sorry than anyone will ever know.” The judge did allow the couple to serve their sentences at different times, however, so that one parent was always there for the girls. Teresa will be up first as she has to report on January 5th, 2015.

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Katy Perry To Headline Super Bowl Half-Time Show?


The Super Bowl is about to get a little sweeter. Pop sensation Katy Perry has reportedly been chosen to headline the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show.

“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” a source told the New York Post.

Perry was on the shortlist of potential performers back in August. Coldplay and Rihanna were also possible performers. However, Rihanna’s recent feud with CBS may have cost her the job. The NFL is most likely hoping Perry’s fun family-friendly act will help revamp the league’s image which has been marred by several scandals over the past few months.

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Mean Girls' Daniel Franzese releases 'Stay With Me' Parody

We all remember Daniel Franzese as Damian in Mean Girls, but now he has a new starring role in a parody video of Sam Smith’s song “Stay With Me” called “Please Go Home.”

Although Smith’s song is about him pleading to his one-night stand not to leave him, this spoof is the complete opposite. This version is about a one-night stand that doesn’t get the hint to leave.

“Please Go Home” also stars Adrian Anchondo and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

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Hilary Duff Repsonds to Aaron Carter's Tweets



Before the days of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, there was Hilary Duff and Aaron Carter. Although Duff would prefer to forget those days, Andy Cohen brought up the topic when the actress/singer appeared on his late night talk-show Watch What Happens Live on October 8th.

After Carter declared his love for her earlier this year on Twitter and how he was going get her back, clearly for Duff the feeling isn’t mutual for a reconciliation. When Cohen asked Duff about the tweets she joked, “Andy! I'm going to hurt you right now. It's...ugh! I don't know. I don't know what to say about it! It was so many years ago. I literally haven't seen him in...so, it's uncomfortable.”