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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Oct. 19

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Shatters Ticket Sales Records
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has established a new record, bypassing “The Hunger Games” to move the most tickets in its first day on sale, Fandango reports. It didn’t just surpass that picture, it shattered its benchmark, outselling “The Hunger Games” eight times over. Traffic to the online ticketer’s site surged to seven times more than its peak level in less than 24 hours.

Marty Ingels, Actor and Husband of Shirley Jones, Dies at 79
Marty Ingels, an actor, talent agent and industry raconteur who was married to Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday at Tarzana Medical Center following a massive stroke. He was 79.

‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival in the Works at Netflix
Netflix is developing a revival of the much-loved Warner Bros. series “Gilmore Girls” with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, exec producer Daniel Palladino. The project would be four 90-minute movies, rather than a series, Variety has learned. Warner Bros. and Netflix both declined to comment.

Maureen O’Hara, Fiery Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 95
Maureen O’Hara, the Irish actress who starred in a slew of American films including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Quiet Man” and “The Parent Trap” and one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age, died on Saturday at home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.

Yahoo Loses $42 Million on ‘Community,’ 2 Other Original Series
Reviving “Community” has been a costly adventure for Yahoo — and might spell the end of its foray into big-budget original series.

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This Week in Entertainment 1938

Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater inadvertently touched off a panic on Oct. 30, 1938, when they presented a dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” on the radio. The show began at 8 p.m. with an announcement of the presentation, but many listeners tuned in a several minutes later when what sounded like actual news reports of Martians invading Earth were being read on air. Hollywood, true to form, jumped in to capitalize on the event with alien invasion films.

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