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Hollywood can be murder. Even on the demon from the Paranormal Activity franchise. T hrough four Paranormal c hapters (plus one o shoot m ovie), starting with 2009’s original hit, the hell-raising spirit known only as Toby literally has been invisible. He has left footprints, loves slamming doors and brutally broke a guy’s back in Paranormal Activity 3 . But there hasn’t been a moment of screen time for the über-baddie. That changes with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in which Paranormal filmmakers unveil the force behind the mayhem as they wrap up the franchise. “It’s a big deal,” producer Jason Blum says. “It’s Toby in the flesh, or maybe not so much flesh.” The reveal has been kept under wraps, though hinted at in trailers for The Ghost Dimension , which follows a new family in the saga that has killed o or possessed its past characters. This time, a family moves into a house where they find a working 1980s- era video camera and tapes. The tapes are filled with footage of two young girls, possessed sisters Katie and Kristi from Paranormal Activity 3 , being mentally prepared to meet Toby. Meanwhile, the old camera serves as a lens to Toby’s spiritual world. Views through that camera, onscreen in 3-D for the first time in the franchise, show the evolving Toby in hardly recognizable forms at first. Director Gregory Plotkin worked with designers at the visual e ects company Industrial Light & Magic to develop the computer-generated creature who grows more prominent in the film. “We have talked about an end game for years. It’s like, who is this guy Toby and what does he want?” Plotkin says. “We knew we’d have to pay it o in the end.” The found-footage franchise’s tale started when original writer and director Oren Peli showed his $15,000 film at the 2007 Scream- fest Horror Film Festival and received rave reviews. B lum joined Paranormal as producer and helped secure distribution with Paramount. Formidable low-budget Paranormal installments have been the feared m onster of the Halloween fi lm season since, hauling in $811 million worldwide. But box o ce has w aned with the past two chap- t ers, and fans have grown impa- t ient for answers to mysteries such as Toby, what the witch coven is seeking and the fate of past possessed children. The Paranormal faithful are eager for satisfying answers, Ner- dist reviewer Scott Weinberg says. “All good things must come to an end,” he says. “But fans deserve real closure. And revealing the head villain is very appealing.” Plotkin says the message has been received, and he promises to tie up the story strands while showcasing Toby in the final film. “I definitely have sensed some impatience. We all did,” Plotkin says. “But I don’t think this franchise would have been as fun if the fans got too much, too early. “I hope and expect people’s mouths to be open as they finally get these answers.” MOVIES Final ‘Paranormal Activity’ finally reveals its demon Bryan Alexander @BryAlexand USA TODAY PARAMOUNT PICTURES Katie (Chloe Csengery) shows up on tapes found in the new home of Leila (Ivy George), dad Ryan (Chris J. Murray) and mom Emily (Brit Shaw, top) in The Ghost Dimension .After a time, the videos reveal more than the possessed girls of previous films. 6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE SATURDAY,OCTOBER24,2015 LIFELINE MONEY AUTOS TRAVEL SPORTS LIFE USA SNAPSHOTS © Bouncing baby 22% of new moms say they used an exercise ball to bounce their baby to sleep. Source Gerber “Good Start” survey of 1,000 adult mothers of infants up to 4 months old TERRY BYRNE AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY Maybe viewers just didn’t like Kermit and Miss Piggy’s breakup. For the fourth week in a row, ABC’s The Muppets has topped the list of most talked-about new TV series. But the buzz has turned sharply negative, according to the most recent in a four- week survey by Keller Fay Group, aresearch firm that queries viewers about conversations they’ve had both on- and o ine. “ The Muppets started with a healthy (positive) sentiment, but l ast week it took more than a turn — it plummeted,” Keller Fay’s M att Phillips says. Talk about another ABC series, Sunday soap Blood & Oil ,also soured last week to below-average levels, a harbinger of declining interest. And though it’s not in the top 10, CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , which premiered last week, had viewer “sentiment” that was well below average. Buzz about Scream Queens , Fox’s horror comedy and the second-most-talked-about new series, has been loud but often negative for weeks, a finding b orne out by consistently low rat- i ngs. (The show averaged 2.6 million viewers this week.) But in a first, more women than men frowned upon it, with 44% of women reporting mixed or negative chatter compared with just 36% of men. That finding is unexpected because women make up the show’s target audience. On the positive front, talk about NBC’s Blindspot is 73% positive, an overwhelmingly high number that parallels its standing as fall’s top-rated new series. ABC’s Quantico and CBS’ Code Black and Limitless were next, marking their network’s most positively viewed series. The online survey polled sepa- r ate samples of nearly 1,450 A mericans ages 13 to 69 each w eek to measure which new shows they’re talking about, and how. While social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter mark one barometer of buzz, Keller Fay says the majority of such conversations take place face to face, by email, telephone or other outlets. Three fall series have yet to premiere, including CBS’ Super- girl , due Monday. But by the season’s fourth week, viewers largely “have settled into what they’re watching and what they’re talking a bout,” Phillips says. TELEVISION Viewer buzz on ‘Muppets,’ ‘Queens’ doesn’t bode well Gary Levin @GaryMLevin USA TODAY ERIC MCCANDLESS, ABC Kermit and Gonzo are looking a little glum. NEW SEASON’S MOST TALKED- ABOUT TV SHOWS Researchers polled viewers to see which shows were generating buzz, both online and offline.But talk about some is more effusive than others. New series ranked by volume of chatter, with how much of that was positive and negative. Show (network) % p ositive % negative/ mixed 1. The Muppets (ABC)5636 2. Scream Queens (Fox)5239 3. Blindspot (NBC)7317 4. Quantico (ABC)7018 5. Limitless (CBS)6622 6. Heroes Reborn (NBC)6228 7. Code Black (CBS)6920 8 . Blood & Oil (ABC)6126 9. Grandfathered (Fox)6224 1 0. Supergirl (CBS)*5732 Based on online surveys of 5,738 Americans ages 13 to 69 from Sept. 21-Oct. 18, 2015. Ranked by new shows with most c onversation, with percentage of positive and negative or mixed chatter included. S ource: Keller Fay Group “He’s still riding (his motorbike). It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it. I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to k eep Geor ge off it.” — Duchess Kate to a fan in Dundee, Scotland, on Friday about her fear of Princ e William’ s motorbike. THEY SAID WHAT? THE STARS’ BEST QUOTES Newlywed Allison Williams dazzled, literally and figuratively, in agold-sequined Lanvin gown at the Fashion G roup Interna- t ional’s 2015 Night of Stars o n Thursday night in New York. STYLE STAR FILMMAGIC GOOD DAY CAITLYN JENNER FANS Her reality series, ‘I Am Cait,’ was pick ed up by E! for a second season Thursday. And she announced a five-city lecture tour, focused on transgender acceptance, in the U.S. and Canada. Tick ets for the first, in Toronto in February, will sell for $50-$500. HOW WAS YOUR DAY? GOOD DAY CEE LO GREEN He’s not only releasing a new album, ‘Heart Blanche,’ on Nov.6, he confirmed Friday to ‘People’ that he has been engaged for a year to his longtime girlfriend, Shani James, 38. GETTY IMAGES FOR THE POINT FOUNDATION GETTY IMAGES FOR RACE TO ERASE Vin Diesel hired ‘Furious 7’ c o- star Ronda Rousey to train his 7-year-old daughter, Hania, in judo, and now she’s at orange-belt level. Protective Dad wants his daughter to be able to defend herself. “I’ve been thinking about this since the day I cut the umbilical cord,” he told World Entertainment News Network in an interview this week. Compiled by Maria Puente GETTY IMAGES MAKING W AVES CHRIS JACKSON, GETTY IMAGES

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