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Box office top 20: 'Ouija' scares up $19.9 million

The mystical board game adaptation "Ouija" summoned $19.9 million for a box-office topping debut over the Keanu Reeves revenge thriller "John Wick." Universal's "Ouija" succeeded where Hasbro's "Battleship" had failed by keeping a relatively tiny budget ($5 million) to scare up Halloween-ready moviegoers. Lionsgate's "John Wick" surpassed expectations with $14.4 ...

FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. The new title, Furious 7," for the film, previously known as “Fast and Furious 7,” was unveiled online Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, by Universal Pictures. The film, set to open in April, is one of the last films by the late actor Walker, who died in a car crash last November.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

'Fast and Furious 7' retitled 'Furious 7'

The latest "Fast and Furious" movie has been retitled "Furious 7." The new title for the film, previously known as "Fast and Furious 7," was unveiled online Sunday by Universal Pictures. The film, set to open in April, is one of the last films starring Paul Walker, who died in ...

This photo provided by Julie Strassman, shows her sister actress Marcia Strassman. The actress who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, Julie, on the 1970's sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died at age 66. Strassman’s sister, Julie, said the actress died at her Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after a long battle against breast cancer. (AP Photo/Courtesy Strassman Family, Randi St. Nicholas)

'Welcome Back, Kotter' star Marcia Strassman dies

Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer for seven years, her sister, Julie Strassman, said Sunday. "They gave her 2 ½ years to ...

This photo released by Lionsgate shows Keanu Reeves as John Wick in a scene from the film, "John Wick." The action film co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch is in theaters, Fri. Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, David Lee)

Spirits move 'Ouija' to No. 1 at the box office

The spirits moved "Ouija" to No. 1 at the box office, with the board-game adaption leading the weekend with a $20 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The horror movie release, timed to Halloween, attracted more moviegoers at the North America box office than the violent Keanu Reeves thriller ...

FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, actor Ed O'Neill, a cast member in the television series "Modern Family," poses before the PaleyFest panel discussion on the show, in Beverly Hills, Calif.  O'Neill is supporting an effort to raise funds to complete a documentary about former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Actor, Ohio native Ed O'Neill aids Traficant movie

Ed O'Neill is supporting an effort to raise funds to complete a documentary about a colorful congressman in his native northeast Ohio. Filmmaker Eric Murphy says he has a crowdfunding campaign to raise $17,500 to finish production and add a new ending to "Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown." Former Congressman James ...

Vernice White, Chaka Khan, and Ray Parker Jr. perform at the 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert, presented by The Jazz Foundation of America to benefit The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, at The Apollo Theater on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is musician Herbie Hancock. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Actor Bruce Willis, introducing Hancock at Friday night's ...

Police, Guard face penalties in bikini film shoot

Utah National Guard members could face career-ending penalties for allowing a risque video featuring bikini-clad British women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks to be partially filmed at a military training camp, the agency's top commander told state lawmakers Thursday. A separate investigation, meanwhile, has found that a state ...

This image released by Film Movement shows Juliette Binoche in a scene from, "A Thousand Times Goodnight." (AP Photo/Film Movement)

Binoche explores risks, passion of war photography

Actress Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos. Who are they, and what are they like? She got a crash course when preparing for her new movie, "1,000 Times Good Night," in ...

Chan wants to be better father after son's arrest

Jackie Chan has pledged to become a better father after his son Jaycee was arrested on drug charges. The film star said in his first comments in person after the arrest: "I am always a father. I used to be an unqualified father. Now, after this event, I want to ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, John Lasetter, right, chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Aniamation Studios and Disney Toon Studios, poses for a photo with Japanese actors, Miho Kanno, center, and Kotaro Koizumi, both holding a character of "Baymax," the inflatable marshmallow-like robot in the animation movie "Big Hero 6," during an opening ceremony of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo. Disney executives call their next film “a love letter to Japanese culture.” No wonder: This nation can’t get enough of animation, especially Disney’s. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film

Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's. Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of "Frozen." The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than ...

Steinbeck heirs fight over control of movie rights

John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books. Steinbeck's surviving son, Thomas Steinbeck, and the wife of another son, Nancy Steinbeck, filed a petition Oct. 10 with the California Labor Commission claiming the RSWG ...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns walks through the museum at the Georgia home used by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Ga.  FDR, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and another Roosevelt who occupied the White House as president, Theodore Roosevelt, are the subjects of a new Burns documentary for public television, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The most popular was the first night, on Sept. 14, which had 11.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Burns' series gives PBS a ratings milestone

Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average ...

This image released by IFC Films shows Ellar Coltrane at age six in a scene from the film,"Boyhood." Richard Linklater’s 12-year-long family drama “Boyhood” leads the Gotham Independent Film Awards with four nominations including best feature. The Independent Filmmaker Project, which presents the awards, announced nominations Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, for its 24th annual awards to take place December 1 in New York. The Gothams honor independent film and mark one of the first galas in the film industry’s lengthy awards season. (AP Photo/IFC Films)

'Boyhood' tops Gotham Awards with 4 nominations

Richard Linklater's 12-year-long family drama, "Boyhood," leads the Gotham Independent Film Awards with four nominations, including best feature. The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations Thursday for its 24th annual awards Dec. 1 in New York. The Gothams honor independent film and mark one of the first galas in the film ...

FILE - In this July 21, 2014 file photo shows musician and producer Mick Jagger at the world premiere of the film "Get On Up" at the Apollo Theater in New York. Mick Jagger is behind another James Brown project, the documentary, “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” which airs Monday, Oct. 27, on HBO. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Q&A: Mick Jagger, the film producer, heads to work

Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed by Martin Scorsese. Jagger is also ...

In this image released by Magnolia Pictures, Shiloh Fernandez, left, and Shailene Woodley appear in a scene from "White Bird in a Blizzard." (AP Photo/Magnolia Pictures)

Review: Shailene Woodley gets lost in a blizzard

By now, there should be no question in anyone's mind that Shailene Woodley is an actress on a rapid-fire journey to stardom. She's enchanted us in enough films — "The Descendants," ''The Spectacular Now," ''The Fault in Our Stars" — that one less-than-stellar film won't alter her upward trajectory. Which ...

Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Season Hotel on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life." The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become "unrecognizable." Her appearance at a Hollywood event ...

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Laura Poitras poses for a portrait in New York. Poitras' one-of-a-kind documentary "Citizenfour," intimately captures Edward Snowden during his leak of NSA documents. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Q&A: Poitras on capturing history in a hotel room

Imagine if Bob Woodward's clandestine meetings in a Washington D.C. parking garage with Deep Throat had been documented — or, better yet, filmed by Woodward, himself. The analogy isn't perfect, but that's about the closest equivalent to Laura Poitras' one-of-a-kind documentary "Citizenfour," which captures former National Security Agency contractor Edward ...

This photo released by Lionsgate shows Keanu Reeves as John Wick in a scene from the film, "John Wick."  (AP Photo/Lionsgate, David Lee)

Review: 'John Wick' delivers non-stop action

In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves' Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on "John Wick," a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular action debut. After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the ...

Police contacted actress before she was found dead

Suburban Seattle police say they contacted actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in "August: Osage County," ''Frozen River" and "Django Unchained," several times before she was found dead in a ravine last week. Auburn police said Tuesday that officers contacted Upham four times since July 2013, and each time ...

In this image released by CBS, Maggie Q appears in a scene from "Stalker." The series, which stars Maggie and Dylan McDermott as detectives who investigate stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton)

'Stalker' star Maggie Q loves acting _ and privacy

For Maggie Q, her new series, "Stalker," hits close to home. But not too close, if Maggie can help it. She sees privacy, and guarding her personal space, as vital to her freedom. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. "He thought he had a relationship ...

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