The Cricket's Daily 3: "Evil Dead" slashes to the top
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Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• The horror movie "Evil Dead" took the top spot in the box office this weekend, with $26 million. [Box Office Mojo]

• Documentary filmmaker Les Blank has died at the age of 77. Blank was known for idiosyncratic films like "Garlic Is As Good as 10 Mothers" and "Gap-Toothed Women," and for two movies involving Werner Herzog: "Burden of Dreams" (which chronicled Herzog's quixotic efforts to make the movie "Fitzcarraldo") and the short "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (in which Herzog fulfills a bet made with Errol Morris.) [San Francisco Chronicle]

• At the Academy of Country Music awards last night, Luke Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year — but Miranda Lambert won Female Artist of the Year, and her hit "Over You" took Record of the Year and Song of the Year. [Entertainment Weekly]