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Despite occasional brilliance, 'Evil Within' falls short of its horror game predecessors

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My play sessions with The Evil Within unintentionally developed into a nightly pattern. I’d start up the game and play through two or three chapters, only to find myself facing an annoying enemy. That annoyance would give way to outright anger—halting my progress until the next evening, when I would make quick work of the foe that had bested me the night before. The cycle would repeat in waves, infrequent highs that kept being dashed by too frequent lows.

There’s a great game within The Evil Within, but a series of questionable choices and bizarre narrative elements hold it back from being that game.

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Read the 436-page 'Super Mario World' script from 'Chronicle' writer Max Landis

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If the one thought you had while playing Super Mario was that the game could really use some Game of Thrones-level of character development and story detail, Chronicle scribe Max Landis has you covered.

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Broadway box office: Michael C. Hall's 'Hedwig' scores, but Carol Burnett can't boost 'Love Letters'

It’s a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That’s down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous weekbut it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre.

But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales for the already flagging revival Love Letters that opened last month with Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy. Dennehy is still in the two-hander, but box office for Burnett’s first eight-show week fell nearly 6 percent, to $319,810. That’s only 36 percent of the show’s maximum earningsa bad sign. Maybe Carol should bring on Andy Cohen’s dog and reprise her Tarzan yell? READ FULL STORY

Hannibal Buress calls Bill Cosby a 'rapist' in stand-up set

Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a “rapist” in a part of his stand-up set last Thursday in Philadelphia, referencing the numerous sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comedian.  READ FULL STORY

Let's revisit Larry King's 2 a.m. Twitter rampage

We all have those moments late at night when the Netflix queue is just “meh,” everything in the freezer has been microwaved and eaten, and all there’s left to do in this world is to tweet. It seems that Larry King had that kind of night as he tweeted with the stamina of a thousand youths late last night (or more like early this morning). It all began with a critical appraisal of Dane Cook’s Showtime special (as it usually does) and devolved into an appreciation of Derek Jeter, Oreo cookies with milk, and a hatred of people with perfect teeth. Let’s try to figure out what the hell is actually going on.

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BBC to release 'Doctor Who' game to teach children programming

While he won’t be going by The Teacher anytime soon, Doctor Who‘s 12th Doctor will now be helping children to learn how to code.

On Monday, the BBC announced a new game based on world of Doctor Who titled The Doctor and the Dalek. The game will be written by one of the show’s writers, Phil Ford, and it will tell the story of the Doctor as he teams up with one of his mortal enemies, a Dalek, to save all of creation.

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Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon Walk to Defeat ALS

This summer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease—got a big awareness boost with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Sunday morning, the ALS Association hosted its Walk to Defeat ALS event, keeping that momentum going.

“Our goal for today is to raise awareness of ALS and raise funding to support people who are living with ALS and to support research,” said Fred Fisher, President and CEO of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. “The more money that we can raise, the more people we can help and the more research we can fund.”

The walk, held in Los Angeles near Exposition Park, had an impressive turnout, with about 2,500 participants signed up by registration close. Fisher estimated that between 3,000 to 5,000 people ultimately turned up to walk or to cheer on family and friends. READ FULL STORY

GamerGate is happening because we let it happen

Maybe you’ve heard of GamerGate.

Countless stories have been written about the controversy over the past two months—yes, it started that long ago—in outlets ranging from game-centric titles to our biggest national publications. GamerGate has gone mainstream in a big way, but it remains elusive and difficult to understand. If you’re someone who would like to know just what GamerGate entails, check out this exhaustive piece by Deadspin writer Kyle Wagner. It’s long, but it’s also evenhanded and nuanced. Anyone who tries to break the whole mess down in a bite-sized YouTube video or nifty imgur link is probably trying to mislead you.

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Here's an 18-year-old Channing Tatum stripping at a club in Florida

It’s one thing to know that Channing Tatum got some of his Magic Mike moves from his days as a real-life stripper, and it’s an entirely separate thing to then watch an 18-year-old Channing Tatum—who went by his stage name Chan Crawford—grind on middle-aged women and rock a neon thong. But thanks to Us Weekly, we now know exactly what the latter feels like.

Thanks to a video of Tatum dancing at a Florida club called Male Encounter, we can now analyze how he has grown as a dancer. The takeaways? Tatum was a little more flexible as a teen and definitely into the flow-y hip movement—weren’t we all? And just generally, there was a lot more happening with his hands. Then again, that’s probably because he didn’t know what to do with all of the extremely baggy clothes on his hot bod. Welcome to 1999 everybody, where the party never stops and the clothing never fits.

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Ron Perlman talks Connery, Brando, and whether he's watching 'Sons'

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As the title of Ron Perlman’s memoir Easy Street (the Hard Way) implies, the actor—whose Amazon pilot, Hand of God, recently got a season order and who voices a character in the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life now in theaters—has a life story full of ups and downs. “The book is very much about how every time something really, really bad happens, there’s a resolve that takes place as you heal your way out of it,” he says. “One of my favorite quotes, which is really representative of the book, is that I really never learned anything while I was succeeding; I always learned everything while I was failing, when everything was going bad, when the wheels were completely off the bus, and I had no idea how I was gonna get out of it. Somehow you do. And in doing so, you find out so much about yourself, so much about whatever spiritual thing you have going.”

The toughest chapters for him to pen with cowriter Michael Largo were those about the loss of his father at 19 to heart disease and the mental health issues in his family (including his own serious battle with depression). But he also makes it clear in the book that he struggled with how deep to go into his feelings about the isolation and discomfort he experienced on-screen and off during the end of his run on Sons of Anarchy. Did he give anyone a heads-up about that section of the book? “I don’t think any heads-up was necessary,” he says with a laugh. “We all lived through the same s–t.” And no, he’s not watching the show’s final ride. “I’d say there’s 15-20 percent of my work that I’ve never seen because I’m one of these guys that has a much better time doing it than watching it. And when I watch it, I’m not able to watch it objectively,” he says. “So the short answer to that is, I haven’t really watched Sons since season 4, or something like that. I didn’t even watch it when I was on it, so I certainly ain’t watching it when I ain’t,” he says with another laugh.

We got Perlman to share a few of our favorite stories from the book—spitting in Sean Connery’s face in The Name of the Rose and interacting with Marlon Brando on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau—when he visited EW for an installment of Firsts & Worsts. Watch the video and read the transcript below. READ FULL STORY

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