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Blaine to stream new stunt


Magician-daredevil David Blaine is ready to shock people.

Blaine is returning to New York City on Oct. 5 for a three-day, three-night stunt called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.” It will be streamed live.

A trailer for the stunt shows the 39-year-old endurance artist wearing a futuristic-looking bodysuit in between two conductors.

Blaine’s last stunt was hanging upside down without a net high over New York’s Central Park for 60 hours in 2008. But the grand finale of the “Dive of Death” stunt didn’t go according to plan.

His other stunts include holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, being buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin and being encased in a block of ice for 63 hours.

Emmy ratings rise

In what television networks surely hope is a trend that carries over into their new season, viewership is up for the Emmy Awards.

Nielsen, a company that measures media usage, estimated that 13.2 million viewers watched Sunday night’s awards show on ABC. That’s up from the 12.4 million who watched in 2011.

The social media measurement company Trendrr reported there were more than 1.5 million mentions of the Emmys on social media Sunday, up 29 percent from last year.

Elmo on new track

Elmo will be carrying a tune on “Sesame Street.”

A shift in how the popular puppet is deployed marks the most visible change on “Sesame Street,” the children’s program that begins its 43rd season on public television this week.

The “Elmo’s World” segment is being phased out after 13 years. It will be replaced by a new segment called “Elmo the Musical.”

‘Watch’ cops win

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “End of Watch,” $13.2 million

2. “House at the End of the Street,” $12.3 million

3. “Trouble with the Curve,” $12.2 million

4. “Finding Nemo,” $9.6 million

5. “Resident Evil: Retribution,” $6.7 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Newswoman Barbara Walters is 83. Actor Michael Douglas is 68. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 65. Actor Mark Hamill is 61. Actress Heather Locklear is 51. Actress Aida Turturro is 50. Actor Tate Donovan is 49. Actor-singer Will Smith is 44. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 43. Rapper T.I. is 32.