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'Playable Teaser' trailer reveals the brilliance behind the horror game

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Coming out of last month’s Gamescom, a small horror game called P.T., or The Playable Teaser, stole the spotlight. Downloadable for free on the PlayStation 4, the game came with virtually no warning or explanation. Instead, it let players exploreand be horrified bythe game for themselves.

P.T. initially presents itself as a simple affair, set in the hallway of an average-looking house. Players start at one end and walk through the hall to a door that seemingly leads to a garage. But that door instead opens back into the hallway. In each subsequent loop, the hallway changes, and the story of a gruesome double murder comes into focus. There’s plenty of creepy imagery, a seemingly random puzzle to solve, and more than a few jump scares to satiate any horror fan. (I played with friends who screamed so loudly, my neighbors knocked on our wall to quiet down.)

The game’s mysteries were quickly solvedit turned out the game was actually a teaser for the upcoming Silent Hillsbut the brilliance of P.T.‘s scares and simplicity are still a marvel. Now, its creators have given players a chance to see the game’s even more bizarre origins.

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William H. Macy teaches us the art of the perfect roast

If you’re the sensitive type, you probably don’t want to invite William H. Macy to your wedding.

When Macy called up EW to talk about his directing debut, the music-heavy Rudderless, he shared that he’s had quite a bit of musical experience of his own. In fact, he and wife Felicity Huffman went through a phase where they would write inappropriate songs to perform at their friends’ weddings. “We would just roast them,” he says, “Mercilessly roast them.”

“He’s a brilliant songwriter,” musician Ben Kweller, who has a supporting role in Rudderlesstells EW. “No one really knows this.” READ FULL STORY

'Disney Infinity 2.0': Anything your heart, or imagination, desires

Disney Infinity 2.0 made me feel eight years old. And I mean that in the best way possible.

There’s a certain magic to playing with toys when you’re young. Action figures spring to life in your imagination, and pieces of furniture transform into the sites of epic battles. A hallway can become a racetrack, a chair a mountaintop, and all it takes is a couple plastic figures to create a spark of inspiration.

Infinity 2.0 lets players create whatever they can imagine, and the spark this time around is bringing together the Mouse House’s vast catalogue of franchises and some of the most famous superheroes in the world, Marvel’s Avengers. By creating a cohesive art style and setting players loose in the game’s Toy Box mode, Infinity 2.0 is a brilliant package for kids looking for a creative outlook—and it can satisfy an older crowd, too.

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Amazon's new tablet reveals are probably no coincidence

On Wednesday, Amazon revealed a number of new tablets and eReaders aimed at every corner of the market. Starting with its $80 revamped Kindle and going all the way up to the $379 Fire HDX 8.9, there’s something for everyone. And hopefully, everyone gets on board—before Apple announces its revamped iPads.

Industry buzz holds that Apple is keeping its tradition of holding an October event for showing off updated iPads, as well as the latest OS X release, Yosemite. Amazon’s newly announced devices are scheduled to ship in October.

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'The Voice' winner joins Broadway's 'Pippin' in title role

Broadway’s circus-inspired musical Pippin has found its new prince… all the way in Los Angeles.

Josh Kaufman, the angel-voiced soul singer who dominated and won the sixth season of NBC’s The Voice, has been tapped to make his Broadway debut in the title role of the smash Broadway revival of Pippin. He’ll play the young eighth-century prince, who grows tired of life in the kingdom and leaves the comforts of home to find purpose.

Starting Nov. 4, Kaufman will take over the reins from Kyle Dean Massey, who exits the show Nov. 2. Kaufman will stick with the production through Jan. 4, 2015.

The Tony-winning revival opened at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on April 25, 2013, and went on to win four Tony Awards including Best Revival. The show launched its U.S. national tour earlier in September.

'Bloodborne' continues to look terrifying, definitely has blood

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Maybe you’ve heard of From Software. It’s a studio famous for games with the word “Souls” in them. If you ask anyone about these games, they’ll probably describe them in one word: “hard.” (Or two words, provided there’s an expletive in there. People have strong feelings about these games.)

While that’s true—Demons’ Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls II are far from easy—reducing the games to their difficulty sells them short. The Souls games are experiences—there’s nothing quite like them anywhere else. And Bloodborne, From Software’s latest game, looks like it’ll continue the trend. It also looks absolutely terrifying. READ FULL STORY

'Final Fantasy XV' has a gorgeous new trailer, might actually come out

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Final Fantasy XV has been through a lot. First announced way back in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII (don’t ask), FFXV has been the Moby Dick of video games for both fans of the Japanese Role Playing Game genre and developer Square Enix.

After eight years of waiting with almost no word on the status of the game, it’s easy to get jaded. And then an amazing new trailer comes out and everything is exciting again.
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Derek Jeter does it his way in farewell Gatorade ad

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It’s best not to look too closely at the way Derek Jeter and his New York Yankees are limping home this September, his 20th and final season in pinstripes. Better to focus on the glory days—the World Series titles, the clutch playoff home runs*, and the general sense of class he brought to the game for two decades. He’s earned his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats, from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle to Reggie.

In a new Gatorade commercial set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Jeter takes a game-day stroll to Yankee Stadium, surprising fans who treat him like an immortal. Yet I have enough faith in the Bronx’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately denizens that I’d bet at least one passerby yelled, “Can I borrow that wet newspaper when you’re finished hitting .249 with it!?” and had to be edited out.

To be fair to Jeter, who’s still a lifetime .309 hitter, even Sinatra sometimes forgot the lyrics as he approached the final curtain. READ FULL STORY

A poem for James Franco, in honor of his poetry

This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.

There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a poem for Franco in his own style. READ FULL STORY

'Godzilla' has a 'Breaking Bad' Easter egg

Even though Breaking Bad ended almost a year ago, pop culture is still finding ways of elongating the life of Walter White. This week, /Film noticed a tiny sliver of an Easter egg from the title sequence for Godzilla, in which Bryan Cranston’s title card has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to the meth king before the words are redacted from the screen.

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