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January 3, 2018

SONY PLANS “SLENDER MAN” MOVIE

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sony Pictures is planning to release a horror movie based on the online character Slender Man. Sony released a trailer today that teases the “Slender Man” movie’s release on May 18. The Slender Man character was created in 2009 as a slim figure in a black suit who preys on children. Slender Man has been cited as a factor in several crimes, including a 2014 attack in Waukesha (WAH’-keh-shah), Wisconsin, when two girls stabbed another girl when they were all 12 years old. The victim survived. The girls told police they had to prove to Slender Man they were worthy of being his servants and to protect their families. The attorneys for the girls and a spokesman for the victim’s family have not returned emails seeking comment.

“BRIGHT” WILL RETURN

NEW YORK (AP) — The Netflix movie “Bright” is coming back for a sequel. Will Smith and director David Ayer are expected to return. The show has gotten terrible reviews but a lot of viewers. Netflix does not release viewing numbers, but it says “Bright” is its highest-viewed original movie ever. Nielsen reports 11 million people watched “Bright” in the U.S. in the first three days of its release. The film is about an alternate version of Los Angeles that includes magic and fantasy creatures.

SETH MEYERS PREPARES TO HOST SUNDAY’S GOLDEN GLOBES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth Meyers says one thing the Golden Globes have over other awards shows is a short walk to the microphone. Meyers says that’s really important, because when it’s a long walk and people are watching, that’s when “self-doubt really has a time to fester.” He says the other calming influence at the Golden Globes is the fact that they serve alcohol on the premises. He says, “Usually I have to sneak it in.” Meyers will host the Golden Globes, which airs Sunday on NBC.

SAMANTHA BROWN: YOU CAN TRAVEL JUST LIKE ME

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Travel Channel host Samantha Brown is promising you can fall in love with the same places she’s visited for her new PBS show, “Places to Love.” Brown visits Brooklyn, Big Sur and Huntsville, Alabama, but also Shanghai and Switzerland. Brown says she’s not having any VIP or staged experiences that regular people can’t have. Brown’s favorite episode is the premiere one, in which she visited Houston. She says it was taped before Hurricane Harvey and she wanted it to air first because the city’s comeback is because of the great people. “Places to Love” premieres Saturday on PBS -- check local listings.

JESSICA CHASTAIN THANKS “THE GOOD GUYS” OF HOLLYWOOD

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Jessica Chastain says a “major change is coming” to what she calls the “flawed system” of Hollywood. Chastain tells the Palm Springs International Film Festival that through everyone’s joint efforts, things will get better. Chastain says they’ve heard about so many bad boys of Hollywood, and she sends her thanks to “the good guys.” Among those she thanked were Ralph Fiennes (rayf fynz), Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan.

PROSECUTORS MAY CHARGE JAMES TOBACK FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against writer-director James Toback in five cases of alleged sexual misconduct. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says prosecutors are reviewing two cases from the Los Angeles Police Department and three from the Beverly Hills police. Toback is probably best known for writing the film “Bugsy.” Dozens of women, including actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams, have accused Toback of sexually inappropriate behavior. Toback has denied the allegations.

CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES OF “FIXER UPPER” ANNOUNCE PREGNANCY

WACO, Tex. (AP) — Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” are expecting. Chip Gaines announced on Instagram yesterday that Joanna is pregnant with their fifth child. The photo shows both of them touching Chip’s stomach. “Fixer Upper” is in its last season.

By Margie Szaroleta