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'Paranormal Activity 3' takes scares back to '80s

MoviesThe trailer for "Paranormal Activity 3" creeps me out. The first movie was scary enough, and now the third has to go and mess with kids. The film seems to be mostly set in the 1980s childhood of Katie and Kristi, the two sisters who were cursed in the earlier films. Not sure I can sit there and see two cute-as-pie kids tormented. And they play "Bloody Mary" in the bathroom mirror — a game
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Movies

The trailer for "Paranormal Activity 3" creeps me out. The first movie was scary enough, and now the third has to go and mess with kids. The film seems to be mostly set in the 1980s childhood of Katie and Kristi, the two sisters who were cursed in the earlier films. Not sure I can sit there and see two cute-as-pie kids tormented. And they play "Bloody Mary" in the bathroom mirror — a game I could never complete out of sheer terror. But if you're braver than me, which I'm sure you are, it'll certainly get you in the mood for Halloween. (Opens Oct. 21.)

A thriller about our financial collapse doesn't, at first, sound like a great movie concept. But I admit it, the "Margin Call" trailer sucked me in. The cast is aces, with Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany as employees at a financial-services firm. Quinto is our hero, apparently, the young employee who spots an error that's about to wreck our economy. And hey, that actually happened, though I'm not sure we can blame one single error for it. The film's getting great early reviews, and we have an exclusive video clip. (Opens Oct. 21.)

Didn't Hollywood just make a "Three Musketeers" movie? Or am I confusing it with the candy bar? No, wait, that Charlie Sheen-Kiefer Sutherland version was nearly 20 years ago. So of course, it's time for a new one. With pounding, spooky horror-movie music, "Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger"-like acrobatics, weaponry I'm guessing they didn't have in the 1800s, and, of course, it's in 3-D. (Opens Oct. 21.)

TV

There are two fairy-tale-based TV series debuting this month. "Grimm" comes to NBC next week, and "Once Upon a Time" debuts this week on ABC. The show comes from two "Lost" alums, and blends fairy-tale characters like Snow White and Prince Charming into our world. It's already earned some raves. A USA Today critic put it on his list of top 10 new shows, and E! called it "the most mind-blowingly unique new show coming out this fall." (Premieres Oct. 23, 8 p.m., ABC.)

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Don't think of him as Frasier. In "Boss," a new series on Starz, Kelsey Grammer plays Tom Kane, the tough mayor of Chicago who's hiding a degenerative disorder. The cable channel must like what it's seen so far — it's already renewed the show for a second season even before the first one has aired. (Premieres Oct. 21, 10 p.m., Starz.)

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DVD

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" film titles tend to run together. This one is #4, subtitled "On Stranger Tides," but you may remember it better as the Fountain of Youth quest. It earned mixed reviews, but Johnny Depp still cracks wise as Captain Jack Sparrow, and "Deadwood's" Ian McShane is a terrific Blackbeard. Yo ho ho! (On DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 18.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.