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Since Halloween is drawing closer, a new reader poll asks what are the top 10 horror movies of all time. It has long been a staple of the American film world, with even an “unoriginal” movie like “Annabelle” doing well this past weekend. The overall best in the poll is the 1973 Best Picture Oscar nominee “The Exorcist” starring Ellen Burstyn. Watch trailers for that classic and others on the list (in order): “The Shining” (1980), “Psycho” (1960), “Halloween” (1978), “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Alien” (1979), “The Haunting” (1963), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “The Thing” (1982), and “Poltergeist” (1982). Rolling Stone

“Ghostbusters 3” is officially a go. Incoming director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday that it will “star hilarious women” this time. The two 1980s comedies starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis. Original director Ivan Reitman has publicly supported Feig for the project, which will be written by “The Heat” scribe Katie Dippold. Huffington Post

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After news earlier this week about the return of “Twin Peaks,” Showtime also nabs the remake rights to “In the Heat of the Night.” The 1967 classic film starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger won the Oscar as Best Picture. It was then turned into an NBC drama series in 1988 starring Carroll O’Connor, who earned an Emmy for his role. The new project is helmed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up“) and former NBC executive Warren Littlefield. The plot is about racial issues in a small Southern police department. Variety

It’s still a few weeks away on November 5, but Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are planning lots of laughs for this year’s CMA Awards. In a new video interview, the two country stars discuss their upcoming seventh time hosting the ceremony for ABC. After great chemistry and funny bits, Underwood says that she loves to hear people say that the Oscar hosts should take notes from them. USA Today

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Nominees are announced for the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Contenders for Best Original Film Score are “Birdman” (Antonio Sanchez), “Fury” (Stephen Price), “Gone Girl” (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), “The Imitation Game” (Alexandre Desplat), “Interstellar” (Hans Zimmer), “The Judge” (Thomas Newman), and “The Theory of Everything” (Johann Johannsson). The event will take place at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on November 4. HitFix

Did Jon Stewart almost move over to NBC as host of “Meet the Press”? The long-running news roundtable program has been struggling in recent years with host David Gregory. Chuck Todd took over for him a few weeks ago, but reports this week say that the network reached out to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” multiple Emmy winner to be the replacement. Since he is funny but “not crazy,” he turned them down. Deadline

Tuesday’s “raucous” Friars Club gala in honor of Robert De Niro included a special tribute to his late friend Robin Williams. Not technically a roast, the event featured zingers at the honoree and many of the guests. Special performers were Aretha Franklin, Sting, and Stevie Wonder. Others on stage included Joel McHale, Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric, and Edward Norton. Hollywood Reporter

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