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Marvel - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel's upcoming blockbuster movie, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as an arrogant surgeon-turned-seeker-turned-Sorcerer Supreme. But behind every great man, as they say, are some great women.

Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton sat down with ABC's Chris Connelly to talk all about the movie, and their respective roles.

Strange has already been heralded for it's eye-popping special effects -- effects special enough to excite the movie's co-stars.

"Magic even for us because these people are so cutting edge they're inventing the programs kind of a week ago to be honest," Swinton marveled. "I mean, the film is still wet as far as I know," she added with a laugh.

Swinton stars as an incarnation as a wise guide to the unseen world, The Ancient One -- a character who is bald, originally male, and, as the character's name implies: OLD. 

The role was specifically written with her in mind, director Scott Derrickson has said, so how did Swinton accept that in youth-obsessed Hollywood? "...[B]eyond accepting that he wanted someone ancient, which I was very happy to take on the chin, yeah," she laughed.

"No, The Ancient One absolutely does me well. Apart from everything else, people say I'm too young to play someone 700 years old."

As McAdams' Dr. Christine Palmer joins Dr. Stephen Strange to mourn the loss of his surgical gifts in an accident, she marveled at Cumberbatch's craft. "He is so emotionally in touch with his feelings, I mean, we spent a whole day crying and I've never cried for that long," she notes. "You know, and it was take after take after take and I just thought, you're my rabbit's foot. I have to take you everywhere with me."

Doctor Strange opens nationwide on Friday, November 4 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to freak out, to cringe and scream! This is, of course, the season of all things creepy. That means now is the perfect time to binge-watch the scariest flicks of all time.

But before you grab the obligatory popcorn, candy and perhaps even a security blanket, you’ll need to know just which movies will scare the bejesus out of you. Peter Travers, host of ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers, breaks down the best of the best to help you get your scare on.


In an all-new Halloween special, Travers said zombies are the most popular genre of horror movies right now, especially because of the rising popularity of zombie shows on TV.

“Come on, zombies are everywhere. The Walking Dead has come back for season seven,” Travers said. “And we have to ask, ‘What are our favorite zombie movies? And why are we so obsessed with them?’

“I know that my favorite of this that started it all for me is Night of the Living Dead. That’s George Romero. It’s black and white. And I remember that opening scene in the cemetery where that old man said, ‘They’re coming for you, Barbara.’ It’s just so scary. It always gets me.”

Romero’s Dawn of the Dead also made Travers’ list. But with less scare-factor. “I laugh at it as well as be scared of it,” he said.

But there’s one zombie movie that Travers said tops his list.

"The top zombie movie of the 21st century is a movie called, 28 Days Later," he said. "These zombies moved like this," Travers said while moving his hands like speeding race cars. “They were fabulous. They knew how to move. This movie still gets me. It’s one of the scariest ever to me.”


But if zombies aren’t your thing, maybe vampires will do it for you.

“There’s a movie that you don’t know about that I want you to watch. It’s directed by Catherine Bigelow,” Travers said. “Yes, that Catherine Bigelow who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker. Before that she made a movie called Near Dark, which is kind of a Western version of a vampire movie. It sneaks up on you and it just knocks you down.”


Just how much fun can one have during the Halloween season without ghosts? Probably not much. Travers included several ghost movies on his list.

“Who can forget The Sixth Sense where little Haley Joel Osment kept running around saying, ‘I See Dead People?’” Travers said. “And the truth is, he did. And that movie with Bruce Willis -- I think that was his last really great performance -- can still give you the chills.”

Travers added, “Then of course there was The Ring, which Naomi Watts was in when it was the American version. But all of you Japanese horror fans know that the best one is called Ringu. I don’t want to say anything [more] because if you’re going to watch it, you’ve already seen Naomi Watts do it. Watch the Japanese version of it.


There's still another horror flick category that seems to have found a cult following.

“For the new world, we have a bunch of Conjuring movies now, Conjuring 1 and 2, which are actually quite good if you want to see a haunted house movie. Amityville Horror; never liked it, never will like it," Travers said. “But The Conjuring gets what we need to get. “


Over the years demonic figures like Jason Voorhees have become all the rage. And they've found a solid place in the scary movie lineup.

“You should all have this argument at home,” Travers said. “Which one of these demonic figures is the scariest? Freddie Krueger always got me because he had those slicy Edward Scissorhands kind of things going and haunted your dreams. But then there are all those Halloween movies with Michael Meyers in it. He had that mask and it was, ‘Ooh’. And then we have a bunch of Friday the 13th movies which has Jason Voorhees. The only one worth watching is the first one."

Travers said there are some great scary movies most people have never heard of.

“There’s one called Frailty. It’s with Bill Paxton and he basically is telling his sons that demons are roaming the earth and that they have to grow up and learn to kill them,” Travers said. “The man is crazier than anything I’ve ever seen in a movie.”

Don’t Look Now and Martyrs also made it on the list.

“This is a dare to you. If you can sit through all of Martyrs and not need some kind of bucket to throw up in, you get an award from me,” Travers joked. “If you really want to test yourself, that’s the one to do it.”


So what are really the best movies of all time that will work and that will still get you, the true classics? You may have guessed that Carrie makes the list.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- The movie that arguably made Kim Kardashian famous, her "leaked" sex tape with rapper Ray J, has gone high-tech, and into the world of virtual reality.

Adult content giant Vivid, which sold the original movie as Kim K: Superstar, has launched a new VR platform with The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience.

Kardashian sued Vivid in 2007 over its sale of the film, though later dropped the case, settling for millions.

The original film was converted to a first-person format, which the company promises, "will enable fans to feel an unprecedented intimate connection with one of the most celebrated pop culture figures of the era." 

The movie, and the others on the VividVirtual website can be viewed on headsets from Oculus, Samsung, Google Cardboard, or any other VR specs.

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Disney - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney announced Wednesday that production has begun on a reimagined Muppet Babies, which will feature the Muppets -- Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Animal -- as children, as well as their caretaker, Miss Nanny.

The CG-animated series is set to debut on Disney Junior in 2018.

"We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved Muppet Babies. Parents will delight in seeing their favorite Muppets in the mixed animation style they remember from the original series, and kids will be introduced to this warm and zany world made just right for the Disney Junior audience," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide.

Muppet Babies first ran from 1984 to 1991 on CBS as an animated show. This reboot will have a similar focus, and will feature two 11-minute stories that document the Muppet Babies' many adventures.

"Bringing Muppet Babies to Disney Junior is a wonderful opportunity to reach a new generation of viewers and to creatively build on the innovative original series," said Debbie McClellan, vice president of The Muppets Studio. "We hope to engage and delight the nostalgic fans while also entertaining new kids, parents and diverse audiences through heart and humor as only the Muppets can deliver."

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© 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- Sausage Party, the unapologetically raunchy animated movie from Seth Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg, could someday be the first film featuring a food orgy to win an Oscar.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Rogen and Goldberg, along with Sony Pictures, have started a full-court press to court the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to consider the film for nomination.

The R-rated movie, which grossed $135 million bucks domestically on a $19 budget, will be screened on November 1 for members of the Academy's short films and feature animation branch, according to the trade, as well as journalists and critics, and members of the Golden Globes-packing Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  

Rogen noted to the trade, "We've never been this passionate about a film and we're thrilled to enter uncharted territory. It's rare you really get to break new ground, and we hope that people view it as a good thing for the medium."

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(MIAMI) -- Adele's British, so she can't vote in the election, but she made it quite clear on Tuesday night which candidate she'd vote for if she were able to.

Speaking from the stage in Miami, Florida, the Grammy and Oscar-winner asked the crowd how they were feeling about the election.  While she acknowledged that she's British, she said what happens in America affects her too.   "I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m really glad I’m not an American at the moment, it’s hard work," she told her fans. "I wouldn’t know what to do, I mean I do know what to do: don't vote for him, that's all I'm saying.”

As the audience cheered, Adele continued, "I support Hillary Clinton 100 percent, I do. And for anyone else that wants to vote for him, I don't care, good for you, do whatever you want. I'm just letting you know who I would vote for."

Hilary Clinton happened to be in the audience at the concert, her campaign confirmed.  Perhaps it was an early birthday present: the Democratic presidential nominee turns 69 today, and she's previously said she enjoys Adele's music.

You may recall that earlier in the campaign, a spokesman for Adele said that Republican nominee Donald Trump didn't have permission to use her music at his rallies -- he'd been using "Skyfall" and "Rolling in the Deep."

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton makes a surprise appearance at American Airlines Arena & Adele urges Miami voters not to vote for "him". pic.twitter.com/lSuiOgu9Ee

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Gene Page/AMC(ALTANTA) -- (SPOILER ALERT) While Walking Dead fans continue to mourn the loss of Glenn and Abraham, new footage shows that a somehow even more gruesome death was in the cards: Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan was to supposed to execute Lauren Cohan's pregnant character Maggie.

To maintain secrecy as to which character was going to die in the season premiere, producers filmed each hero getting bashed by Negan's barbed wire-covered bat Lucille -- with the footage being used in the episode as "what-if" scenarios in Rick Grimes' troubled mind.

The footage shows Steven Yeun's Glenn screaming for his wife Maggie and getting knocked out for it, before Negan tees off on the pregnant woman, who rises up again, defiantly, like Michael Cudlitz' Abraham eventually did in the final cut.

Maggie spits blood at Negan, who responds -- as he did in the actual episode, but to Abraham -- "Look at that! Taking it like a champ!" before finishing her off.

It's unclear who leaked the footage, part of which appears to be conspicuously blocked by a piece of on-set equipment.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, earned for the real estate mogul-turned Republican presidential nominee's hit show The Apprentice, was vandalized early Wednesday morning.

Deadline reports a man dressed as a construction worker sledgehammered the monument around 5:45 Pacific time, dislodging the brass television symbol from its pavement mount.

The LAPD's Hollywood station confirmed the vandalism, adding that it had received a threat against the star yesterday.  The LAPD is now providing extra security around the star, which was dedicated in 2007. 

This is not the first time the star has been vandalized; People reported back in April that in recent months, the star had been defaced with a graffiti, a swastika, a "mute" symbol, and dog poop.

The vandalism comes a little over a week after a North Carolina GOP campaign office was firebombed, and hateful rhetoric and threats were spray-painted on its walls.

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Terence Patrick/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh off her performances on Saturday Night Live last weekend, Lady Gaga hopped into James Corden's passenger seat for another installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show.

Gaga did more than "Carpool Karaoke" -- she nearly took over the show, coming out to tell a couple of jokes. “You may know me as Lady Gaga, but tonight I am Lady Haha,” she told the crowd, punctuated with a rim shot. “Who’s ready for some topical monologue jokes?” The crowd cheered as she joked about Donald Trump, but James soon appeared. After some back and forth, he announced that Gaga would sit in with Reggie Watts and the band for the rest of the show.

“Carpool Karaoke” started with the two shouting at drivers, talk-singing Ludacris’ “Move, B****” before singing a chorus of Gaga's "Perfect Illusion." Afterward, they humorously reenacted the phone call in which Gaga received the invitation to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show in February.

Next came a chorus of "Bad Romance," during which Gaga explained why she ad-libs “Rah, rah, ooh la la.”  Gaga even took a turn driving -- awkwardly, as she just got her license not too long ago. She and Corden discussed vocal warmups, which Gaga sang and James spoke before rocking out to “Born This Way.”

Corden also asked her about her collection of Michael Jackson outfits.  Gaga admitted she bought about 400 pieces at auction, including a “Thriller” jacket and one of his gloves. Later, Corden appeared in a variety of outfits Gaga had worn, including yellow police tape.

They closed the segment with a duet of her recently released ballad, “Million Reasons,” from her new album, Joanne. Gaga continued to perform with the band through the end of the show.

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Belle Jewel; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The knockout rounds continued on Tuesday’s edition of The Voice, a night in which artists from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys’ teams duked it out to see which ones would make it to the live rounds.

Miley Cyrus‘ team wasn’t featured, but she pulled of one of the fastest steals in knockout history, snatching an artist from Keys.

The coaches again got some help during the rehearsals from country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The one-hour show began with Team Blake's Courtney Harrell, singing Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” facing Bindi Liebowitz, who tackled Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Faith’s advice for Courtney was to hold back and “not give it all away” at once. Bindi’s challenge, on the other hand, was to be more dynamic. “Start out strong and get stronger,” urged Faith and Tim.

Alicia, Miley and Adam gave the round to Courtney. Blake noted that Bindi had a personality drew people in, while Courtney’s performance appeared as though there was “ a volcano underneath the ground… and there was an explosion on the stage.” He declared Courtney the winner.

Team Adam’s Ponciano Seoane, singing Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire” took on Billy Gilman singing Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” Adam’s biggest concern for Billy was whether or not he could connect with the song on an emotional level. Ponciano’s task was to capture the audience’s attention right from the start.

The other three coaches had praise for both artists. While Adam believed Ponciano had the best performance of the two, he gave the round to Billy based on his perseverance and his ability to emote.

Team Alicia’s Belle Jewel, tackling Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” faced Christian Cuevas, singing Luther Vandross’ version of “Superstar.” It was hard for Alicia, Faith and Tim to come up with anything to critique in Belle’s performance, but Faith thought Christian needed to figure out how he wanted to interpret his song. Alicia warned Christian that he would have “a lot of work to do” to win her approval.

Miley, Adam and Blake were torn, but gave the edge to Christian. Alicia felt both artists delivered the goods, but chose Christian. However, in one of the “fastest steals in knockout history,” Miley snatched up Belle, citing her blend of talent and style.

The Voice will air more knockout rounds next Monday night on NBC.

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Marvel - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- A new promo spot for Marvel's Doctor Strange takes a cheeky look at the face off between The Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.

Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned neurosurgeon until a career-ending injury leads him to an alternative treatment that opens his eyes to a whole new world of mysticism -- and a new "career" as the Sorcerer Supreme. 

The spot has Dr. Stephen Strange's alter-ego, Benedict Cumberbatch, diagnosing the injuries suffered by the characters in the last Marvel blockbuster. 

They range from a "superficial scratch" suffered by Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes at the hands, or claws, of Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther -- a topical ointment, a Band-Aid and a rabies test was recommended. 

Barnes' ultimate injury in the film, Tony Stark's Iron Man blowing off The Winter Soldier's metal arm, was met with Strange's "I'm a doctor, not a mechanic." Strange laughs, adding with mock concern, "It looks bad."

On the other hand, Stark's falling out with Steve Rogers/Captain America was assessed as a "broken heart."

"There's no cure for that," Cumberbatch sighs, before adding, "Maybe a distraction would help. Perhaps you can see a new movie with mind-bending visual and an all-star cast, and a hero that defies the impossible. Just suggesting."

Of course, he's referring to Doctor Strange, which opens November 4, from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

They've got injuries. He's got the cure. The Doctor is in. #DoctorStrange pic.twitter.com/dzFmL48ci3

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Saeed Adyani/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Get excited, Gilmore Girls fans. The new trailer for the four-part Netflix revival series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, has arrived -- and it has everything your Stars Hollow-loving heart could want.

There are the show’s signature pop culture references and witty banter, as well as a slew of appearances from all your favorite characters -- including Rory’s ex-boyfriends Jess, Dean and Logan. There’s even a glimpse of Melissa McCarthy as quirky chef Sookie.

The trailer suggests some big changes are brewing for Lauren Graham’s Lorelai and Alexis Bledel’s Rory. Lorelai is contemplating her relationship with diner owner Luke, while Rory grapples with the state of her career.
Gilmore matriarch Emily is also seen dealing with the death of her husband, Richard, who was played by the late Edward Herrmann on the original series.

The four 90-minute installments -- “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer” and “Fall” -- premiere November 25. 
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Lane Savage/Comedy Central (NEW YORK) -- Abbi Jacobson is gearing up for the fourth season of her show Broad City, but she's now showing off her side project, her new comedic book of illustrations called Carry This Book.

"Every spread is a different famous person or famous fictional character's contents of their bag," she explained to Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Jacobson, who went to art school, told GMA After Hours that the cheeky book gave her a chance to unplug fromBroad City, and also stretch her creative muscles. "I really wanted to get back into illustrating," she explained, noting that each celebrity's hand-illustrated contents, are based on reality, at least.

"There are some actual facts about each person -- I did basic research, and then I sort of elaborated in a comedic way on what I thought they would have. So like, when I got into their to-do lists, and reminders, and datebooks...that's where I got to really got to expand and talk about what I thought."  

One of the subjects of Jacobson's new book is Hillary Clinton, who appeared on Broad City -- much to the shock of Jacobson and her co-creator Ilana Glazer. "It was unbelievable," Jacobson recalled. 

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Artist: Elizabeth Torque/Marvel - 2016(NEW YORK) -- Ariell Johnson has been collecting comic books for more than a decade, but she'll soon add a very personal one to her collection.

The 33-year-old founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. will appear on a variant cover of "Invincible Iron Man #1."

The first image of the book, which goes on sale next month, features Johnson having a meal with new Marvel superhero RiRi Williams -- the young African American woman who has stepped into Tony Stark's shoes as Iron Man. 

Like Williams, Johnson is a trailblazer. She opened Amalgym last December, becoming the first black, female comic book store owner on the East Coast. However, her obsession of all things geek really began around age 10 or 11, when she discovered "X-Men" character Storm.

Johnson credits the character, one of the first black, female superheroes, with being, "the bridge that got me into this world."

"To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: 'I want to be Iron Man!' 'I want to be Batman!' 'I want to be Superman.' 'I want to be Han Solo!' When you are a person of color, you're scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people's adventures," she explained. "Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics]."

After graduating from cartoons to comics in high school, Johnson began buying her own books in college. Her Friday routine was comforting: She'd go to the comic book store to get her weekly stash, and then take the books across the street to her favorite coffee shop, where she'd read them over a hot chocolate and piece of cake.

When the coffee shop was forced to close some 10 years ago, Johnson decided it was up to her to create a space that gave her the same feeling of warmth.

"The goal is to be an inclusive geek space," she said. "So it’s not just comics; it’s gaming, it’s sci-fi, it’s horror, whatever you geek about, we want to make room for you!"

She's also proven to be a role model for girls and women. Johnson, who points to Marvel's diverse cast of characters and story lines as proof that the industry is evolving in a positive way, said that she's worked hard to make sure that everybody feels welcome at Amalgam.

"I had a girl tell me I had an excellent book selection and she was 7 or 8. I don’t know how welcome she might feel in some other spaces," she said. "Women exist in this space! We’ve always been reading comic books, we just may not have been as open about it. I definitely get very positive feedback from not just little girls, but grown women too."

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AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- Fans tuned in in droves to see just who fell in the Season 7 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead.

According to Variety, the episode that had Jeffrey Dean Morgan's bat-wielding big bad Negan braining two of Rick Grimes' gang drew some 17 million fans -- down slightly from the series high Season 5 premiere of 17.29 million viewers -- but still by far, the biggest show on TV, and more than two million more viewers that watched the Season 6 premiere.

What's more, the show that followed, a 90-minute edition of AMC's Talking Dead, drew more than 7.5 million viewers, who processed their grief over (SPOILER ALERT) Glenn and Abraham during a live show held at a rainy Hollywood Forever Cemetery. During the broadcast, host Chris Hardwick noted it hardly ever rains in L.A., as it was as if "Jesus was crying" along with the fans for the fallen heroes.

The trade notes that not wanting to be spoiled by social media may have led more people to tune in, night-of, which is increasingly rare nowadays. 

Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, whose Daryl Dixon was spared the wrath of Negan's barbed wire covered bat Lucille -- but not a terrible future as his captive by the show's end -- told ABC's Peter Travers the lengths that the cast and crew goes through to keep the show's secrets secret. 

"It's changed every year. We used to get a lot of scripts in advance, and then show got more and more popular, and now we know right at the last minute. It's even kept from us 'til the last minute."

Reedus says, and the episode proved, that "no one is safe" on The Walking Dead -- not even fan favorites.

The secrecy bleeds, so to speak, into the actors' process. "It's actually kind of helped us, I think...It's a lot like life: you always feel like you have more time with people, and you never think it's gonna come, and when it does come, it's a shocker."

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC. 

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