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Johanna Hessling of Guinness World Records, right, presents Menahem Asher Silva Vargas, a 37 year old lawyer, with a certificate recognizing him as the title holder for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, at his home in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Silva's 14 year old collection consists of more than 3000 individual items, including figurines, trading cards, wands, clothing, and accessories.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest

A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two ...

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death

Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said ...

Box office top 20: 'Equalizer' debuts with $34.1M

Denzel Washington scored his third-best opening weekend and potentially spawned his first franchise with a $34.1 million debut for "The Equalizer." The Columbia Pictures release, in which Washington stars as a retired commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia, is Washington's second film with "Training Day" director Antoine ...

Washington's 'The Equalizer' debuts with $35M

Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller "The Equalizer" to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance ...

Puerto Rican born actor Benicio del Toro shows his trophy after receiving the Donostia Award for his contribution for the cinema, at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The festival is one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised in Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

"Magical Girl" wins Spanish top film award

Spanish director Carlos Vermut won this year's top award for his film "Magical Girl" and also claimed the best director prize Saturday at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival. The movie, a Spanish-French co-production starring Luis Bermejo, Jose Sacristan, Barbara Lennie and Lucia Pollan, is Vermut's second feature film — after ...

Tyler Perry confirms he'll be a dad

Tyler Perry confirms he's going to be a dad. Rumors have circulated that the 45-year-old Perry and girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, were expecting a child. But Perry had not made a public statement. When asked about the prospects Friday at the opening night of the New York Film Festival, Perry responded ...

Work is done on the marquis of the Webster Theater, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Webster City, Iowa.  When the historic downtown movie theater in Webster City, Iowa, went bankrupt and shut down last year, some wondered whether it was further proof of the small town’s demise after a factory closure put hundreds out of work. Instead, residents rallied. They held public meetings, hashed out volunteer work and launched a fundraising campaign. More than $200,000 later, the theater reopened.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Small towns rescuing, restoring movie theaters

When the historic downtown movie theater in Webster City, Iowa, went bankrupt and shut down last year, some wondered whether it was further proof of the small town's demise after a factory closure put hundreds out of work. "This community, not more than a year ago, was labeled as done. ...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo, U.S director Quentin Tarantino shows a v-sign during the 39th Cesar Film Awards at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France. Colorado has approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight.” The state Economic Development Commission approved the package Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

Colorado approves $5M incentive for Tarantino film

Colorado on Friday approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film "The Hateful Eight." The Oscar-winning screenwriter's movie could be filmed on a 900-acre ranch west of the ski town of Telluride, depending on local permit approval, The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/1utJtW5 ). ...

Correction: Movie Drones story

In a story Sept. 25 about the Federal Aviation Administration granting permits for drones to be used in moviemaking, The Associated Press reported erroneously that ConocoPhillips was the only company previously granted a permit for commercial drone fights. BP also had been granted a permit. A corrected version of the ...

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the presentation of Lanvin's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kardashian scare, Hepburn offspring hits Paris

It's Kim Kardashian causing mayhem at Paris Fashion Week again. This time, the reality star was the innocent victim of a kerfuffle outside the Balmain show Thursday, in which she was nearly knocked to the floor. The video of the event, claimed by celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk, went viral. But ...

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." The film will make its world premiere as the opening night film at the 52nd New York Film Festival on September 26. The 20th Century Fox thriller, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, will premiere in theaters shortly after on October 3. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)

2 American heavyweights frame NY Film Fest

With a pair of much-anticipated book adaptions, two heavyweight American filmmakers frame the 52nd annual New York Film Festival. The Lincoln Center event, arguably the most prestigious film festival in the country, kicks off Friday with the world premiere of David Fincher's "Gone Girl," a thriller starring Ben Affleck and ...

Kim Kardashian and her husband U.S rap artist Kanye West arrives at the Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection, in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

Kardashian jostled outside Paris fashion show

Kim Kardashian received a fright at a Paris Fashion Week event Thursday when she was apparently jostled by someone waiting in a large crowd outside her car. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star had just exited her car at the posh Hotel Salomon de Rothschild when the kerfuffle erupted ...

Spain picks Lennon film to compete for Oscar

Spain's film academy has selected the movie "Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados" (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film, chosen Thursday, tells the true ...

In this Sept. 7, 2014 photo, actors James Franco, left, and Scott Haze pose in Toronto, during the Toronto International Film Festival. Franco and Haze star in the film, "The Sound and the Fury." (AP Photo/John Carucci)

James Franco on work relationship with Scott Haze

As James Franco gets set to open his latest film, "The Sound and the Fury," the actor-director likes to think of star Scott Haze as the Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio to his Martin Scorsese. "Scott is one of my favorite actors. I would call him my De Niro. ...

In this image released by XLrator Media, Andre Benjamin portrays Jimi Hendrix in the film "Jimi: All Is By My Side." “All Is By My Side,” which opens in theaters Friday, eschews the usual cradle-to-the-grave biopic trajectory, focusing instead on Hendrix’s discovery by Linda Keith, his formation of The Experience and his breakthrough in a town dominated by the Beatles and Eric Clapton. (AP Photo/XLrator Media, Patrick Redmond)

Andre 3000 finds a new rhythm in Hendrix biopic

Andre Benjamin was uniquely qualified to play Jimi Hendrix in the film "Jimi: All Is By My Side," and not just because his colorfully cosmic style has long owed something to the '60s icon. The film, written and directed by "12 Years a Slave" screenwriter John Ridley, is a portrait ...

This photo released by HBO shows Hugh Eakin, left, and Robert Silvers, in a scene from the documentary, "The Fifty Year Argument: An Inside Look at The New York Review of Books," which airs on HBO on Sept. 29, 2014. The film mixes archival footage with contemporary interviews, scenes from the Review's office and highlights from an anniversary celebration at Town Hall in Manhattan in 2013. The film is co-directed by Scorsese and David Tedeschi, who edited Scorsese's documentaries on Bob Dylan and George Harrison. (AP Photo/Courtesy HBO)

Scorsese's latest is documentary on magazine

As the New York Review of Books approached its 50th anniversary in 2013, editor Robert Silvers and his staff wondered if words were enough to honor one of the world's signature literary publications. "Should we do anything at all, rumble along in our usual way, or should we make an ...

FILE - Director and producer George Sluizer attends a news conference for the film Dark Blood at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, in this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 file photo. Sluizer, the Dutch filmmaker who directed River Phoenix's last movie, "Dark Blood," died at age 82. Organizers of the Netherlands Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival said Sluizer died Saturday Sept. 20, 2014 "after a long illness," but did not specify the cause of death. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Dutch director George Sluizer dead at 82

George Sluizer, the Dutch filmmaker who directed River Phoenix's last movie, "Dark Blood," has died at age 82. Organizers of the Netherlands Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival said Sluizer died Saturday "after a long illness," but did not specify the cause of death. Sluizer suffered from arterial ...

In this image released by Focus Features, Eggs, voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright, appears in a scene from "The Boxtrolls." (AP Photo/Focus Features)

Review: 'Boxtrolls' has a demented charm

A spooky surrealism has been the specialty of the Oregon-based animation studio Laika, the Pacific Northwest purveyors of 3-D stop-motion. The self-stylized descendants of the Brothers Grimm and Neil Gaiman (whose "Coraline" they adapted for their first of three features), Laika seems to yearn for a little more darkness, a ...

This photo from a film provided by Drafthouse Films shows Pastor Jay Reinke addressing the Overnighters from his church pulpit in a scene from the documentary "The Overnighters" that was filmed in North Dakota. The documentary looks at the gritty side of life in North Dakota's booming oil patch. It follows a Williston pastor who opened his church and later his home to migrant workers arriving to the boomtown down and out. The move sparked controversy when people in the growing town found out sex offenders were living in the church.  It’s scheduled to be released in October. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Drafthouse Films)

Documentary features ND oil boomtown's gritty side

When filmmaker Jesse Moss started hearing about the North Dakota oil boom that was creating overnight millionaires and drawing workers from around the country to a seemingly endless number of high-paying jobs, he imagined there was a darker side of the story. Over the course of a year and a ...

Box office top 20: 'Maze Runner' outruns the field

The young-adult novel adaptation "The Maze Runner" proved far quicker at the box office than the weekend's other new wide releases: Liam Neeson's grim thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" and the ensemble dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You." In final figures announced Monday, 20th Century's Fox's "The Maze ...

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