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Fans of R.L. Stine’s children’s horror novel series Goosebumps have likely been wondering just how an upcoming movie adaptation could fit in so many unrelated storylines. As SlashFilm notes, it’s decided to just go meta. According to the official synopsis, the movie will follow a teenager named Zach who befriends the daughter (Hannah) of the author R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black):

It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

If Stine’s creepy puppets and basement dwelling monsters are as terrifying as our eight-year-old selves remember, than this may very well be the scariest movie of all time ... Discuss

 

Time has released their annual list of the world's most influential people, and this year's cover went to Her Royal Highness Queen Bey, which is just one more thing to check off Miss Carter's bucket list before she hits 40. In a video on Time's website, Beyoncé said, "I feel like my mother and my daughter have probably been the most influential. And being a mother—and becoming a mother, and looking at my daughter in her eyes—made me into a woman. And made me very, very strong."

The list also included Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis, Megyn Kelly, Jack Ma, Robin Wright, Rand Paul, Matthew McConaughey, Carrie Underwood, Seth Meyers, Richard Sherman, Michele Bachelet, Malala Yousafzai, Edward Snowden, Marina Abramovic, Miley Cyrus, Key and Peele and lots more. Check out the whole list here ... Discuss

 

Yesterday, People put Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) at the top of their annual list of the world's Most Beautiful People. It remains sort of a strange list to keep making this day and and age, but Nyong'o is only the third black woman to ever to receive the honor, so it's culturally significant. And at this point. Nyong'o has established herself as such a articulate, thoughtful voice in Hollywood (and possibly the voice of a wolf as well) that it's impossible to not cheer her on. A few newscasters are also finding it impossible to pronounce her name, as Jimmy Kimmel revealed on his show. Pro-tip: She tells you how to pronounce it here ... Discuss

 

The gospel song “Every Praise” may have helped saved one young boy’s life. Police in Atlanta say that earlier this month, 9-year-old Willie Myrick was abducted from his driveway, by a man who is still on the loose. Willie says for nearly three hours, he sang the gospel song repeatedly until the man eventually let him go unharmed. This week, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church honored the young hero, and Hezekiah Walker, the Grammy Award-winning gospel singer behind the song, flew in to meet Willie in person. Walker told USA Today, "I really believe that God spoke through me to save that young man's life." At the church service on Thursday night, Willie joined Walker onstage to help lead a chorus of “Every Praise” to a tearful standing ovation ... Discuss

 

In an effort to “change how you see the homeless,” the NYC Rescue Mission conducted a viral video social experiment, to see if people would even notice members of their own families if they appeared homeless. The idea behind the video is to ask the question, “Have the homeless become so invisible we wouldn’t notice our own family living on the street?” The results are pretty compelling. You can learn more about how NYC Rescue Mission is helping the New York’s homeless community—and how you can support them—at MakeThemVisible.com ... Discuss

 

Nerd alert. Having originally titled the final (hopefully) chapter in his Hobbit trilogy There and Back Again, Peter Jackson today announced that he'd decided to give it a decidedly flashier title: The Battle of the Five Armies.There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film," Jackson wrote on Facebook. "But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived 'there' in the Desolation of Smaug."

Fair enough. In any case, there's reason to be hopeful. While the first Hobbit film was a bit of a slog, The Desolation of Smaug picked up significantly. Still, neither of the Hobbit films have touched the pristine excellence of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so here's hoping number three, The Battle of the Five Armies, is a charm ... Discuss