News Nuggets: Hottest Halloween costumes include ‘Frozen,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Star Wars’

Disney and Marvel characters are among the hottest Halloween costumes from Hollywood this year. A new feature showcases nine of the most popular choices for kids and adults. Topping the list is “Frozen,” which opened in November of last year and is now one of Disney’s top five franchises in their storied history. In second place are the zombies from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Others in the upper tier are “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Batman,” “Despicable Me,” “Maleficent,” “Star Wars,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” (especially Groot), and “Captain America.” The Wrap

HBO locks up the cast of “Game of Thrones” for a potential seventh season of their most popular series. The principal actors, including Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, were previously only signed through six seasons. For signing the new deals, the network will give them raises for all three upcoming seasons that will make them among the highest-paid actors on cable TV. Hollywood Reporter

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Robert Bianco reviews the new HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” premiering this Sunday and Monday. He gives it four stars, and especially praises the lead performance by Frances McDormand as a “full-bodied, honestly sympathetic portrait of the difficult, demanding, and ultimately admirable Olive.” He adds that it is the best HBO movie or miniseries since “Temple Grandin” in 2010. Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray co-star in the project directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”). USA Today

Joel McHale extends his contract with E! Entertainment through 2016. He will remain at the helm of the long-running “The Soup” and will have a production development deal with the network. They will have first-look rights to any non-scripted series his company develops. After losing Chelsea Handler earlier this year, it is the first major talent deal closed under new E! chief Jeff Olde. Deadline

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Will this finally be Hugh Laurie‘s ticket to an Emmy win? After a bidding war, AMC lands the rights to the limited series “Night Manager” starring the “House” star and Tom Hiddleston. Based on an adaptation of the John le Carre book, it will be either be six or eight episodes. The plot is about a former soldier who becomes a hotel night auditor working with British intelligence. Hollywood Reporter

Brent Lang and Claudia Eller report that Stacey Snider will soon be named co-chairman of 20th Century Fox. Her contract with DreamWorks will mostly end next week, and she has been touring the Fox lot with introductions to key personnel, including the staff of Fox Searchlight. In her career, she has also been the boss at Universal and TriStar. She will report to Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. Variety

Before “Sons of Anarchy” ends its FX run on December 9, the cast will visit Conan OBrien‘s late night talk show on TBS. “Conan” will welcome Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo, Mark Boone Junior, creator Kurt Sutter, and a few others to be announced on November 11. It is the only time this many cast members have been interviewed together on a talk show. Entertainment Weekly

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