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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Looks like Lena Dunham took Kanye West's bait.  No, the Girls creator wasn't depicted nude in West's "Famous" video and hasn't sued the rapper, but she did take to Facebook to excoriate West for what she called "one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory."

Dunham compared the video's image of inert wax figures of famous people naked in bed to the recent spate of very public controversies over sexual crimes and allegations. 

As convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner "is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat" and as sexual assaults are Periscoped, Dunham writes, "Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager?  It give me such a sickening sense of dis-ease."

She also defended her friend Taylor Swift -- who is depicted in the video -- writing, "seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift..., a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna [Wintour], reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films."

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Promotional image from "The Amityville Horror"; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to buy a house that's either guarateed to attract trick-or-treaters -- or maybe, frighten them away?

The infamous house that inspired the 1979 film The Amityville Horror is on the market for $850,000.  

According to a real estate listing, the home is a "stately center-hall Colonial on Amityville River with large boat house and slip. Two-car garage. Living room with fireplace. Formal dining room, heated sun room. Master bedroom w/bath."

However, the listing neglects to mention that on Nov. 14, 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. shot to death his mother, father and four siblings in that house. At trial, Defeo testified he was possessed by Satan when he committed the murders.

That claim inspired the 1977 book The Amityville Horror, and the films and legends that followed.

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Hollywood Casting News

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Owen Wilson is in negotiations to join Julia Roberts in Wonder, an adaptation of the R.J. Palacio YA novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Child actor Jacob Tremblay, who had a breakout performance in Room opposite Brie Larson, will star in the film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. Wilson would play the boy’s father and Roberts will play his mother.

Fault in Our Stars and Divergent series actor Ansel Elgort is in early talks to star in Dungeons & Dragons, also according to The Hollywood ReporterThe film is based on the classic role-playing game.

And Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally and Fresh off the Boat’s Constance Wu have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404, reports Variety.  Mullally and Wu join previously announced cast members including Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Sarah Hyland, Joel McHale, Ashley Rickards and Patton Oswalt.

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Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones aired its sixth-season finale Sunday night to a record show audience.

Some 8.9 million people watched the episode, which featured some of the most ruthless ever dispatching of characters both liked and hated, in a show known for its unsentimental killing off of fan favorites.

That number is the show’s biggest audience ever, according to Variety, which notes last season’s final episode drew 8.1 million viewers, which was then also a record audience.

Indeed, the audience for Game of Thrones has grown steadily in the six years it’s been on the air, beginning with the 2.2 million who watched the series premiere and the three million who watched the first season finale.

When you add in everyone who watched Sunday’s finale on all available platforms, the total audience estimate nearly triples, to 23.3 million, notes Variety.

If you’re not yet a fan, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the first six seasons.  Game of Thrones season seven – which will either be the show’s final season or the next-to-last one, depending on reports – returns in April, 2017.

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Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in 1990; Barry King/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s, says she finds it hard to imagine the actor as violent and abusive.  In divorce proceedings the actor has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Amber Heard.

"It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable," Ryder tells TIME. "You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn’t that."

Ryder is quick to add that she's not necessarily doubting Heard's claims. "It’s like anybody who says anything about it is a victim-blamer," she said. "I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it."

"He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me," she said. "I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves."

But, Ryder added, "All I have to offer is my own experience, which was a very, very long time ago."

Ryder is starring in the upcoming Netflix thriller Stranger Things, which debuts July 15.

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