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Watching horror movies burns calories, recent study finds

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Life-changing news for horror film aficionados and serial dieters alike, just in time for a Halloween candy splurge: A recent study found that watching horror movies could lead to weight loss, The Telegraph reports. READ FULL STORY

Five things we can't wait to see in Guillermo del Toro's TV adaptation of 'The Strain'


Another vampire series is coming to TV,  and we couldn’t be more excited.

Guillermo del Toro is adapting The Strain Trilogy that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan as a series for FX. According to Deadline, the two men will pen the pilot episode, and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse is expected to be the showrunner.

I know what you’re thinking, naysayers. Another vampire TV show? But the Strain Trilogy — which includes The StrainThe Fall and The Night Eternal – is a totally different take on the vampire mythology, and honestly, one of the scariest book series I’ve ever read. In a pop-cultural landscape overcrowded with romantic vampires, it’s nice to see true monsters make a return. So in honor of the pilot order, here are five things from the book series we can’t wait to see on TV. (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, of course): READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' meets 'Growing Pains' in hilarious mashup -- VIDEO

Ever wondered what AMC’s zombie-tacular show The Walking Dead might look like if it was an ’80s sitcom? Of course you haven’t. That would be crazy! But this hasn’t stopped someone providing the answer in the form of a video mashup which boasts both the theme song from Growing Pains and some entertainingly retro, fake credits (“Guest starring Well Zombie”).

What would Merle have to say about all this? (Something horribly racist, probably. So let’s not dwell on that!)

You can check out the clip below. The “real” Walking Dead returns on Feb. 12. READ FULL STORY

'Paranormal Activity' to ruin your sleep for a fourth time, but where can -- or should -- the franchise go next?


As far as horror franchises go, Paranormal Activity might just have the strongest legs to keep going and going and going and going. (Of course, if we’re talking numbers here, The Human Centipede actually has the most legs. Yuck. Sorry. But, if it makes you feel any better, I just lost my lunch at the thought of it, too.)

Between the spooky, getting-better-as-it-goes saga of the possessed Katie and her mounting list of victims and the filmmakers increasingly clever ways to scare the bejeezus out of moviegoers by doing so much with so little (stacks of papers aren’t the only things freaked out by oscillating fans anymore), Paranormal Activity has quickly done what not even the game-changing Blair Witch Project could scare up: The franchise has kept audiences coming back for more, thanks to some clever marketing and worthy follow-ups. (In its opening weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 earned a wildly impressive $53 million, over PA 2‘s $40 million start.) READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' Postmortem: The Good, the Bad, and the Theories About Season 2

American Horror Story wrapped up its highly rated, Golden Globe-nominated first season on Dec. 21 with one hell of a cliffhanger. But the devilish dramatic flourish on the FX series didn’t happen in the final frames of “Afterbirth,” which unleashed a toddler Antichrist on the world (nannies, beware!) and left each member of the Harmon family – Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), and daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — dead and destined to spend eternity stuck in a haunted house with their one-eyed, two-faced maid (Francis Conroy/Alexandra Breckenridge), a Grunge-era mass murdering teen (Evan Peters), a hideous patchwork of sewn-together baby parts known as The Infantata, and a small nation of other ghoulish squatters. No, the breathtaking twist occurred during a press conference the morning after the season 1 finale, in which AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy announced that the Harmons, their fellow spirits, and their wretched suburban manor — that “classic L.A. Victorian,” a dark star of “paramagnetic” evil, dense with secrets, spirits, and untold history — would not be coming back for the second season. Instead, Murphy revealed that AHS will focus on new characters and a new supernatural locale each season. In fact, Murphy recently told EW that season 1’s penultimate installment “Birth” contained a clue to the location of next year’s piece of unreal real estate. (We tasked an intern to analyze the episode frame-by-frame, but he found nothing, except the sad, sobering epiphany that all of his expensive college learning has absolutely no value or relevancy to the glorious work that’s done here at Entertainment Weekly. Merry Christmas, kid.) READ FULL STORY

Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect with a whole host of non-geeks, too. Key ingredients: Mystery. Monsters. Morally ambiguous heroes and misunderstood villains who belong to a world gone strange, fighting or surviving supernatural beings, strange science and/or secret history, debating things faith and reason, fate and happenstance as they go. Toss in some quips, sex appeal, and a smattering of literary and philosophical hyperlinks, and DUDE! you got yourself another Lost. Right?

Among the wannabes that launched during the span of Lost’s six-year run, Heroes came closest to achieving Lost-like glory, though its critical and popular regard quickly waned after its first season. Fringe — developed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and launched late in Lost’s run — is a critical favorite that remains on the air, but has never cracked the code for mainstream acceptance. Since Lost self-terminated in 2010, cable hits like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story have engendered the kind of intense following that Lost engendered and received the Cool Thing! anointing that Lost received, yet they will most likely will never produce the kind of weekly viewership numbers that Lost produced. This past fall, ABC introduced Once Upon a Time, a fantasy from two of Lost’s key producers that has aggressively courted old Lost watchers, with promos that touted the Lost pedigree and episodes sprinkled with Lost Easter eggs like Apollo candy bars and McCutcheon whisky. The family-hour fairy tale ranks among the season’s top-rated rookies, yet many media folks — often allergic to earnestness and partial to Buffyesque grim — haven’t been able to wholly embrace it. Here at EW, we’re constantly getting e-mails from readers that go something like: “I love [Insert show here] – but it’s not the same as Lost.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Top 10 craziest moments from season 1

We teased tonight’s American Horror Story finale yesterday, but what about the 12 absolutely insane episodes that have preceded it? In advance of tonight’s season-ender, we’ve narrowed down 10 of the show’s weirdest, wackiest, WTF-iest moments so far. With so many spine-tingling, mind-blowing revelations, it was a tough call — tougher than munching on a plate o’ brains! Click through to see our countdown. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Creepy Woman' Maria Olsen talks scaring audiences in 'Paranormal Activity 3'


As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. Most women wouldn’t relish landing roles with names like “Creepy Woman,'” “Crack Whore Girlfriend,” and “Succubus,” but South African actress Maria Olsen welcomes the chance to scare the bejesus out of millions of moviegoers. Her wordless role as a member of a terrifying witch coven at the end of Paranormal Activity 3 certainly left an impression. So how do you tell a witch? Olsen shares her secrets below. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Maria Olsen

When I was starting off in film, I would watch the footage of the stuff that I shot. I realized I’m really intense on screen. It’s not something I set out to do specifically. It’s just how I come across. Not everyone can do those very intense and scary roles. When I went to the audition, I didn’t even know that I was going in for Paranormal Activity 3. It went out under a code name [Sports Camp], and everything was very hush-hush. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'American Horror Story' co-creator Brad Falchuk names his scariest scene of the season

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk has been behind some of this fall‘s most shocking television. With so many murders and revelations under his belt (or Rubber Man suit as it were), how can Falchuk (pictured, right, with creative partner Ryan Murphy) pick a single scene as the most chilling of all? It was surprisingly cut-and-dried. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Brad Falchuk

The idea of horror in the show is that people have all these fears that manifest themselves in so many different ways — in our imaginations, as monsters like the Bogeyman. We’re exposing ourselves and our vulnerabilities, the pains and pleasures of our lives — it’s all very personal. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' Murder House for sale: Would you pay to live here?

Considering it’s been an ongoing plotline on American Horror Story that the unhappy Harmon family couldn’t sell their home (a.k.a. “Murder House”) if their lives depended on it — and, yes, those are actually the stakes — will the real-life abode featured on Ryan Murphy’s latest show fare any better? The 15,000-square-foot house, located in L.A.’s Country Club Park, recently hit the market.

Some of the highlights: READ FULL STORY

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