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Winner and loser of the week: Tom Hanks does the most Tom Hanks thing; Alicia Machado gets called fat again

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Winner
Tom Hanks. The actor is the latest celeb to crash a wedding, and honestly, can you think of a better person to have in your wedding photo album? Hanks snuck up behind a couple taking their wedding photos in Central Park, and though he declined an invite to the reception, he joked that he would officiate the wedding if they needed him. Hanks took an Instagram pic with the happy couple and posted it with "Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx."This is the most Tom Hanks thing Tom Hanks has ever done.

Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx.

A photo posted by Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) on  …

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It's official: Lady Gaga to play halftime of Super Bowl LI in Houston

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The worst-kept secret in the NFL has been confirmed.

Lady Gaga will headline halftime of Super Bowl LI in Houston, the NFL announced Thursday night, confirming rumors that have been swirling for weeks.

For Gaga, it'll mark her second straight appearance at the big game, after she sang the national anthem before this year's game in February. But it'll also mark the culmination of a two-year run that you could, in the wake of her disappointing 2013 album Artpop, call a comeback.

There was her widely acclaimed tribute to Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music at the 2015 Oscars. There was her curious but charming 2014 album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, which ended up winning a Grammy. There was her Golden Globe-winning role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

And then, in February, came three more enormous performances she knocked out of the park: The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl, a David Bowie tribute medley at the Grammys and a stirring performance of her Oscar-nominated song Til It Happens To You at this year's Academy Awards, featuring an introduction by Joe Biden. …

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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Westworld,' Historically Black podcast

Historically Black from APM Reports and the Washington Post.

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Historically Black from APM Reports and the Washington Post.

Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO, Sunday

After so much buildup, years of production mired in controversy, television critics and fans were left wondering if HBO's Westworld would be another smash hit like Game of Thrones. Inspired by the Michael Crichton-directed 1973 film of the same name, Westworld follows the hosts and guests of the technologically advanced, highly interactive theme park. The hosts are artificial intelligence, created to bleed, cry and act exactly like the human guests they serve. The hosts are so realistic, the entire show is basically a giant game of "real or not real."

Review: Westworld mashes Wild West fantasy with chilling science fiction.

NEW Marvel's Luke Cage, midnight, Netflix, Friday. You fell in love with Mike Colter's Luke Cage in Jessica Jones. The diamond-skinned hero is back for his own series, following Luke after the experiment that gave him super strength. …

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Review: 'Westworld' mashes Wild West fantasy with chilling science fiction

Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is Westworld's creator with Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe.

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Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is Westworld's creator with Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe.

After so much buildup, years of production mired in controversy, television critics and fans were left wondering if HBO's Westworld would be another smash hit like Game of Thrones.

After seeing the first four episodes, I can say that it did deliver, even beyond my expectations.

Inspired by the Michael Crichton-directed 1973 film of the same name, Westworld follows the hosts and guests of the technologically advanced, highly interactive theme park.

The hosts are artificial intelligence, created to bleed, cry and act exactly like the human guests they serve. The hosts are so realistic, the entire show is basically a giant game of "real or not real."

They're the main inhabitants of the role-playing resort alongside an impressive team of creators, scientists and marketing professionals. The minds behind the fictional town of Sweetwater are brilliant, but terrifying.

In the first 15 minutes we meet Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden), two seemingly star-crossed lovers who repeat their love story every time Teddy comes back to town. …

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Scream-A-Geddon is turning the election into a real horror show with I-275 billboards featuring Trump and Clinton

The billboards advertise the Scream-A-Geddon horror attraction as scarier than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Scream-A-Geddon

The billboards advertise the Scream-A-Geddon horror attraction as scarier than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

A Pasco County "scream park" is finding the humor and the horror in the current election with some clever marketing—two large billboards in Tampa advertising Scream-A-Geddon as more terrifying than a Hillary Clinton or a Donald Trump presidency.

The billboards, which can be seen from northbound Interstate 275 near the Interstate 4 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exits, read "Scream-A-Geddon, scarier than...," next to a picture of Trump or Clinton's face.

Benjamin Nagengast, CEO for the seasonal horror attraction which opened last year on 60 acres of land in Dade City, said the idea was to show that Scream-A-Geddon is willing to go out on a limb and not be afraid to offend people, unilke its more corporate theme park competitors.

"So many people are afraid of one, or the other, or either of these candidates winning," Nagengast said. "One's gonna win, there's not much you can do about that, but we wanted to play with that idea."

Nagengast said Tampa ad agency Schifino Lee came up with and executed the billboard idea.  …

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Are you following Donald Trump's debate sniffle on Twitter?

The morning after the debate Donald Trump said that his sniffing was perhaps breathing that a bad microphone picked up.

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The morning after the debate Donald Trump said that his sniffing was perhaps breathing that a bad microphone picked up.

The Internet and late-night TV had a blast with Donald Trump's sniffing during the first presidential debate. In his live Late Show that aired after the debate, Stephen Colbert described it as sounding like Trump was "fighting off a cold ... of cocaine."

Trump himself addressed his nose situation in an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, saying, "No, no sniffles. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing ... but no sniffles. No cold."

You can watch this supercut of every single sniff below and decide for yourself if a sensitive microphone was to blame. 

And if you need more Trump/sniffing action, you can follow Trump's sniffle on Twitter at @TrumpSniff.

*sniiiifffff* @breatheright *sniiiifffff* pic.twitter.com/4pQm5NVgkw

*sniff* �� *sniff*

*sniff bae* pic.twitter.com/5P10miaTQn

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Splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis dies at age 87, not as messily as you might expect

Herschell Gordon Lewis pioneered splatter cinema with 1963's Blood Feast, filmed in Miami.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis pioneered splatter cinema with 1963's Blood Feast, filmed in Miami.

Herschell Gordon Lewis once slit my throat, before dozens of surprised witnesses in stadium seating.

Mr. Lewis died Monday under much more peaceful circumstances, in his sleep at age 87, at his Fort Lauderdale home. A quiet end to a life largely built upon gruesomely faked death.

In the 1950's Mr. Lewis swapped an advertising career for producing nudie flicks, which led to pioneering the splatter movie genre with his Miami-produced 1963 drive-in theater hit Blood Feast. One of those Florida productions that isn't usually cited by scholars, with more widespread influence than a handful of Cocoons.

Blood Feast changed my life, and eventually led to Mr. Lewis pretending to end it, at a Gasparilla International Film Festival screening in 2008. When asked by the festival for a classic Florida film suggestion, Blood Feast was my first and only choice. …

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What to expect: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party brings more treats than tricks to Disney

The Hallowishes fireworks show at Cinderella's castle during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Chelsea Tatham | Times

The Hallowishes fireworks show at Cinderella's castle during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Once a year, Disney villains take center stage at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party.

The party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom runs 29 nights through Oct. 31 and features trick-or-treating, A Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show, a Boo-To-You parade down Main Street and the HalloWishes fireworks show.

Disney's party was one of the first Halloween attractions to open this year, filling its parks with fall decorations, pumpkins carved with Mickey Mouse faces and costume-clad characters since early September.

It's quite an experience hearing spooky music and watching guests sweat through costumes while surrounded by Jack-o-lanterns.

We recently checked out Mickey's not-so-spooky ghoulish gathering on another muggy Friday night. …

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What to Expect: Howl-O-Scream 2016 at Busch Gardens conjures a hellish motel and murderous mermaid

The Black Spot is one of two new haunted houses for 2016 at Howl-O-Scream.

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The Black Spot is one of two new haunted houses for 2016 at Howl-O-Scream.

The spookiness at the first night of Howl-O-Scream 2016 began before guests had even entered Bush Gardens proper, when a tram driver ferrying them across a parking lot reminded passengers to wait for the vehicle to come to a complete stop, then let out a ghoulish “hahahahahahaha.”

Entering the Tampa theme park for the annual, after-hours event, it’s striking how dark the place is. You never can quite tell what’s coming at you through all the artificial fog as you walk from one open-air Scare Zone to the next. Sometimes it was a clown with an axe, or a guy in a demented bunny mask, toting a sledgehammer and riding a recumbent bicycle. Other times it was a teenager with a dustpan, cleaning up an overturned container of Dippin' Dots. In an environment that threatens to make you jump with fear at any moment, they’re all kind of unsettling. …

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What to watch and listen to this week: First presidential debate of 2016, Presidential podcast

The Presidential podcast examines each of our 44 presidents leading up the election of our 45th.

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The Presidential podcast examines each of our 44 presidents leading up the election of our 45th.

First Presidential Debate, 8 p.m. Monday: The first presidential debate in one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Watch on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and CNN.

Gotham, 8 p.m. Monday, Fox: Penguin's popularity soars, Ivy Pepper returns to Gotham and Bruce continues his investigation into the Court of Owls.

SEASON FINALE MADtv, 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW: Will Sasso and Bobby Lee perform sketch comedy with the cast.

SEASON PREMIERE Drunk History, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central: The fourth season premier has LSD guru Timothy Leary breaking out of prison, a bold rescue from Devil's Island and a baker on the Titanic remaining calm during disaster thanks to his affinity for whiskey. During San Diego Comic Con in July, creator Derek Waters announced some of the guest stars appearing this season include Dave Grohl, Kat Dennings, Liev Schreiber and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

PREMIERE Aftermath, 10 p.m. Tuesday, SyFy: The channel's newest apocalyptic series follows a married couple and their three almost-grown children as they battle to survive amidst catastrophic weather, disasters and the appearance of supernatural beings, which threaten to end civilization for good. …

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Winner and loser of the week: Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcome baby; Vitalii Sediuk pulls another "prank"

Yep, that baby is going to be gorgeous.

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Yep, that baby is going to be gorgeous.

Winner
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. With all the celeb couple splits recently, RIP Brangelina and Hiddleswift, we could use some happy A-list relationship news. Maroon 5 singer and Voice judge Levine and Victoria's Secret model Prinsloo welcomed their first child this week, a daughter named ... wait for it ... Dusty Rose. And who doesn't love a good celeb baby name, right? While we're happy for the couple, the real winner is obviously Dusty because that baby just won the genetic lottery. Former Voice judge Gwen Stefani gushed over the family's new addition on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying "Adam actually has been FaceTiming me all day because he just had his baby. She's so cute!"
Loser
Vitalii Sediuk. The man also known as the "red carpet menace," who once crawled under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and also attacked Brad Pitt at a premiere, has taken his latest "prank" too far. The Ukraine-born man was filmed running up behind model Gigi Hadid, grabbing her and lifting her several feet above the ground before Hadid fought back with an elbow to the face. All those body guards surrounding her - who needs 'em? Sediuk's motives were complete bogus, too. "While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram," Sediuk told the Hollywood Reporter and posted on Instagram. In what world do you think it is okay to grab a woman from behind? When the fashion crusader was asked if his actions should be seen as anything more than an assault on a woman, he responded with "Don't be over-dramatic." Okay, crazy. As for Hadid, she tweeted, "Thanked my boxing coach today." #girlpower

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What's coming to Amazon Prime in October?

Bong Joon-Ho's The Host is among the films being added to Amazon Prime this month.

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Bong Joon-Ho's The Host is among the films being added to Amazon Prime this month.

The big bounty for Amazon Prime in October comes early with a huge slew of movies being added on Oct. 1, including a number of horror movies in time for Halloween. The Lethal Weapon series, Pink Panther franchise and several Woody Allen films will also come to the streaming service this month. For a full list, read below: …

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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'The Exorcist,' Here Be Monsters podcast

Here Be Monsters

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Here Be Monsters

The Exorcist, 9 p.m., Friday, Fox

Only time and more episodes will tell if Fox can deliver quality long-term horror in its small screen remake of The ExorcistThe Exorcist follows a similar vein as the 1973 original: A well-to-do suburban family becomes victim to demonic possession, and two very different priests are determined to save them. The two stories occur in the same universe, confirmed by a newspaper article about the Georgetown events 40-some years earlier.

Director Rupert Wyatt's take carries on the spirit of the original quite nicely. The scenes are blanketed in the crisp blues and steely grays of a chilly Chicago autumn. The calm of suburban life is punctuated by feverish shots of Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) attempting to exorcise a young boy in Mexico City. But that's really where the similarities end. The pilot isn't very pilot-y. It jumps right in and assumes every viewer has already seen the original. (Who hasn't?)

Review: Fox's The Exorcist delivers on recreating the dreary, insidious spirit of the original  …

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Brad Pitt reportedly accused of child abuse

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As rumors continue to swirl around Angelina Jolie's divorce from Brad Pitt, Pitt is now reportedly being investigated after being accused of verbal and physical child abuse.

While the Los Angeles Police Department has told numerous organizations it is not investigating the allegations against Pitt, TMZ reports the actor is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services for an incident that took place on the couple's private jet.

Spokesman Armand Montiel told USA TODAY  the agency cannot confirm or deny investigations.

TMZ has also reported that the case is out of jurisdiction for the LAPD and has been handed over to the FBI because the alleged incident happened in the air while they were travelling from France to the U.S. on Sept. 14.

The couple's separation is listed as the following day, and Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children.

"This decision was made for the health of the family," Jolie's reps said.

With talk of Pitt also having an affair with Allied co-star Marion Cotillard, Cotillard has now entered the ring to defend herself and shoot down rumors. …

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What's coming to and leaving Netflix in October?

Ava DuVernay's documentary The 13th comes to Netflix in October.

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Ava DuVernay's documentary The 13th comes to Netflix in October.

Netflix has struggled to find the same success with its original movies as it has with its television series, but October may change that. The month sees the release of documentaries by acclaimed directors Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme, as well as Christopher Guest's first movie in a decade in Mascots and horror film I Am the Pretty That Lives in the House — all of which made have the film festival circuit. Several TV shows and movies will be added as well, though there are also notable departures including The Exorcist and the Back to the Future series. For a full list, read below: …

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