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"Fury" Takes Top Spot at Box Office in Its Opening Weekend

Sony / Columbia(LOS ANGELES) -- Fury topped the box office in its opening weekend, earning $23.5 million.

The World War II film stars Brad Pitt as an army sergeant. It also features Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.

The thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, fell to the number two spot this weekend, with $17.8 million.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Fury: $23.5 million
2. Gone Girl: $17.8 million
3. The Book of Life: $17.0 million
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $12.039 million
5. The Best of Me: $10.2 million
6. Dracula Untold: $9.9 million
7. The Judge: $7.940 million
8. Annabelle: $7.925 million
9. The Equalizer: $5.45 million
10. The Maze Runner: $4.5 million

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Michael Keaton Feels 'Blessed' for Starring Role in "Birdman"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-five years ago, Tim Burton's Batman, starring a then 37-year-old Michael Keaton, kickstarted the cinematic superhero era.

"I've done a lot of things, you know, besides wearing a big, rubber suit," Keaton told ABC News' Nightline.

For much of the last 20 years, Keaton's had a low profile in Hollywood, but that is about to change thanks to his performance in the film Birdman.

The movie is the story of a down-on-his-luck actor Riggan Thompson, played by Keaton. Keaton's character is famous for his work in a series of films as a costumed avenger, Birdman, and is desperate to redeem himself years later artistically by directing and starring in a Broadway drama. (While there are obvious parallels between Riggan's and Keaton's stints as superheroes, Keaton is quick to dispel any additional connection between his real-life self and his character in Birdman.)

Keaton is joined by the film's all-star cast, gathered at Lincoln Center before Birdman's debut at the New York Film Festival exclusively for ABC News, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough. The actors play characters in this film that are poised to present a personal or professional crisis for Keaton’s character.

"Just when you think he's this kind of weak, desperate, insecure dude--he is that--but he's also this other thing," Keaton said.

Now 63, Keaton said he made a conscious decision to get back in the acting game.

"Specifically, in the last couple of years, [I] started saying, 'I've got to start focusing more on not being so lazy and going after the things.' I mean, I always turned a ton of things down, but it's not like I turned really great things down necessarily," Keaton said. "You wait for that great script to come along, or you hope it's attached with a great director. And that's what happened."

The film is shot almost entirely in and around a Broadway theater. Birdman gets its adrenaline from director Alejandro Inarritu and his decision to shoot it without visible cuts.

"We were attempting two things that are very difficult to do: a comedy and a single shot," Inarritu told Nightline. "It was extremely difficult to coordinate."

With the able assistance of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, said Edward Norton, "I think he pulled off something that's as technically audacious and astonishing and virtuoso as [the film] Gravity,"

The film was challenging for its crew and actors, who were required to be perfect for seven-minute seamless takes.

"We used to get to the twelfth hour in the day, and he felt that he had nothing in the can yet," Naomi Watts told Nightline.

"One word, delivered a little later or earlier, or one door open wrong, even if it's in the right time, but it's not perfectly executed, suddenly it's like the music, the sound," Inarritu said. "There's something that doesn't match, and that was a scary but, I will say, beautiful part of doing this film."

"And the feeling that came over you when it worked was the most satisfaction I've ever felt," Emma Stone told Nightline.

For Keaton, who'd been careful about his roles for years, Birdman, and the character of Riggan Thompson, was a completely original change of pace.

"I was pulling out some of my old tricks or looking for new tricks, and I was getting lazy, so I had no real interest in watching myself for a while," he said. "[Birdman] is different in that … there's nothing like it. There's no other movie that I've seen that's like it, let alone been a part of."

Now earning rapturous reviews, Birdman and Keaton's performance seem likely to be part of the conversation through the awards season. Its themes reach beyond the rise or fall of an actor's reputation.

"I think every character in the movie, except maybe Amy's, whose is grounded, is fighting to get back to a version of themselves that they can respect," Norton said. "Making the film was like a fantastic antidote to those sensations."

"I'm unbelievably blessed. This is 100 percent original. You don't get more original than what Tim [Burton] did with Beetlejuice and arguably what he did with the first Batman too," Keaton said.

"And then you get this, which is like a whole other thing. I mean, come on. Somebody's looking out for me in a large way."

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Queen Latifah to Host Hollywood Film Awards

Sony Pictures Television (LOS ANGELES) -- Queen Latifah will host the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 14.

For the first time since it began in 1997, this year's Hollywood Film Awards will be televised.

The ceremony will air live on CBS after a red carpet show hosted by Nancy O'Donnell.

Then a recap show will follow, hosted by CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King.

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Portia de Rossi Says No Kids With Ellen DeGeneres Is 'Disappointing the Whole of America'

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) --  By now, everybody has heard a rumor at one point that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are planning to have a family.

But de Rossi reiterated that it's simply "one big rumor that doesn't seem to go away."

"At this point, I feel like I'm disappointing the whole of America, not just my mother. You know?" she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "It's true. The tabloids are at me. My mother's at me..."

De Rossi, 41, and DeGeneres, 56, were married in 2008. Neither had a burning desire to be a mother, though they do treasure their roles as aunts to their two young nieces.

"They're adorable and we love them and we play with them, and then we leave," de Rossi said. "My brother's way too smart to leave me alone with his children! It's supervised play, Jimmy."

But the Arrested Development star said her eldest niece prefers her Aunt Ellen, and she's pretty sure that the younger one will follow suit, too. After all, she said, "there are a lot of perks" to having DeGeneres as an aunt.

"There's free stuff, there's meet the pop star that she wants to meet, 12 days of giveaways, obviously," she said. "Yeah, she's a pretty good aunt to have!"

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Dane Cook Calls Out Kate Hudson As His Worst On-Screen Kiss Ever

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Dane Cook may not have had a ton of on-screen kisses in his day, but he knows what his worst one was.

When asked, without hesitating, he responded, "Kate Hudson."

"I did a movie with her, My Best Friend's Girl, and I think she purposely ate like a feast of onions before our scene," he said, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. "I had to burn her on that one!"

Cook, 42, who's promoting a new special, Troublemaker, also revealed that he bedded "a few hundred" groupies in his "younger days," and revealed his biggest male comedic crush.

"Who's funny? Who's a handsome young man?" he wondered. "Gary Gulman."

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Joan Rivers' NYC Clinic Deemed 'Deficient,' Could Lose License

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York City clinic where Joan Rivers underwent the procedures that led to her death could lose its federal accreditation in a matter of months, according to state authorities.

ABC News has obtained the results of the New York State Health Department investigation into Yorkville Endoscopy. The investigation started the day after Rivers died and ended Oct. 9.

It found lapses in four categories required for accreditation: governing body and management, surgical services, medical staff and patient rights. Specifics were not immediately disclosed.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal subsidiary of the Department of Health and Human Services that certifies ambulatory surgery facilities, notified the clinic that "Yorkville Endoscopy LLC no longer meets the requirements for participation as a supplier of services in the Medicare program."

Accreditation will be terminated Jan. 7, 2015, unless the clinic can prove it has corrected the deficiencies, according to the state Health Department.

Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81, just a few days after going into cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy. On Thursday, the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed to ABC News that the comedian died of low blood oxygen during a procedure to treat voice changes and acid reflux. She had been sedated with propofol.

"We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world," her daughter Melissa Rivers told ABC News on Thursday. "We have no further comment at this time."

Neither Yorkville Endoscopy nor Melissa Rivers could be reached immediately for comment Friday.

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Neil Patrick Harris Had 'No Idea' He Was Up for Oscars Hosting Gig

ABC/Mark Ashman(NEW YORK) -- Neil Patrick Harris said he was just happily going about the book tour for his new autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, when he got the phone call last week to host the 2015 Academy Awards.

"[I had] no idea at all," Harris said on Friday's Good Morning America. "I thought, weirdly, because I've hosted other shows, that that was a strike against me a little bit because they had gone with people before -- Seth MacFarlane and stuff -- who were sort of new."

The How I Met Your Mother star has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times.

Harris' connections to this year's producers might've helped him nab the coveted gig. "I know Neil Meron and Craig Zadan very well, the producers of it, and so they asked me to do it," Harris explained.

Harris also clarified that he didn't pitch himself to host Hollywood's biggest night. "Awards shows, you can't really decide that you want to host them. They call you and ask you if you will," he said. "Even if you pitch yourself for it, it feels desperate so you just have to hope the spotlight hits you."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that Harris will host the 87th Oscars ceremony on February 22, 2015. ABC will air the show live.

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Blake Lively Gushes She Wants to Have 'A Lot of Kids'

Jean Catuffe/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Blake Lively walked the red carpet for the first time since revealing that she's expecting -- and the actress couldn't be happier.

Wearing a dress that accentuated her baby bump, the mother-to-be gushed about her pregnancy.

"I never knew what I wanted to do for a living but I knew I wanted to have a lot of kids because I had come from a big family, so it was always important to me," she told Us Weekly. "So it’s just the excitement of that finally being here."

Lively, 27, and her husband Ryan Reynolds, 37, were married in 2012.

Earlier this month, she revealed on her blog, Preserve, that they're expecting their first child together.

"He’s always good to me," Lively said of how her husband has been treating her pregnancy. "That’s like a jerky thing to say because you want to be able to complain about your husband and be that person, but he takes pretty good care of me!"

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Charlie Sheen and Fiancée Brett Rossi Call It Quits

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen and his bride-to-be won't be making it down the aisle after all.

The Anger Management star has announced that he and his fiancée, Brett Rossi, have split. They were due to marry in November.

In a statement to E! News, Sheen says of Rossi, referring to her by her nickname, "Scotty and I had a great year together as we traveled the world and crossed a lot of things off our bucket list."

Calling her a "terrific gal," he continues, "I've decided that my children deserve my focus more than a relationship does right now. I still have a tremendous fondness for Scotty and I wish her all the best."

Sheen, 49, proposed to Rossi in Hawaii in February.

Sheen was previously married to Donna Peele, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller. He has two children each with Richards and Mueller. The actor was also once engaged to Kelly Preston.

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"Fury," "The Book of Life," "The Best of Me" Open Friday

"The Book of Life" - Fox(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Fury -- Brad Pitt is an army sergeant who leads his tank crew against Nazi Germany in 1945. Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood also star. Rated R.

The Book of Life -- The animated film follows Manolo, who makes his way through three fantastical worlds to save his true love and his village. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube and Danny Trejo are part of the cast for the film, which was produced by Guillermo del Toro. Rated PG.

The Best of Me -- Two former high school sweethearts reunite in their hometown after 20 years for a friend’s funeral.  James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato star in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.  Rated PG-13.

And expanding nationwide:

Men, Women & Children -- The drama examines how the Internet affects the lives and relationships of a group of high school teens and their parents. Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler star in the film, which was helmed by Juno and Up in the Air director Jason Reitman. Rated R.

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John Grisham Apologizes for Child Porn Remarks

J. Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- John Grisham has issued an apology after commenting to the British newspaper The Telegraph that punishment for child pornography offenses can be too harsh.

The best-selling author of such books as The Firm and A Time to Kill said America's judges had "gone crazy" over the past 30 years by imprisoning far too many people. He said, "We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who've never harmed anybody, would never touch a child."

He added, "But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn."

Grisham told the story of a law school friend who was imprisoned after he was caught in a Canadian child porn sting operation when his "drinking was out of control." He said his friend "went to a website. It was labelled 'sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that'. And it said '16-year-old girls'. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff -- it was 16 year old girls who looked 30. He shouldn't ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn't 10-year-old boys. He didn't touch anything."

Grisham declared that while he has no sympathy for "real pedophiles," "so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that's what they're getting."

The interview resulted in backlash against the author, who on Thursday posted an apology on his website. It reads, "Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography -- online or otherwise -- should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable."

The statement continues, "I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all."

Grisham's latest book, Gray Mountain, will be released next week.

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"Pacific Rim" Becoming a Trilogy

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Guillermo del Toro had already announced his hit robots vs. giant monsters movie Pacific Rim will spawn a sequel and an animated show, but in a new interview with Collider, the Oscar nominated filmmaker now says PacRim will spawn a cinematic trilogy.

Pacific Rim 2 will begin shooting November or December of next year.

When asked about the sequel, del Toro explains, "Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies,' so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one."

One "favorite character" who will return is Ron Perlman, who played black marketeer Hannibal Chau in the original. Chau, who makes a living selling body parts from the giant monsters, appears to get eaten by one of them in the movie, though an after-credits scene shows him escaping.

Perlman, a frequent collaborator with del Toro since he and the "visionary" director met in 1991, revealed to ABC News Radio that Chau would be back. "We're gonna get the offer any day for Pacific Rim 2," said the star who also starred in Hellboy and its sequel for del Toro.

The former Sons of Anarchy star said of the filmmaker, "He's Mount Rushmore man...He presides over the movie set you've always dreamed of. You know it's almost like a combination of an eight-year-old's birthday party...complete with piñatas and...donkeys that give you that five-minute ride and stuff. Uh, the fart jokes, the, the whoopee cushions...he's like a complete adolescent who happens to be the most well-read, most brilliant, most visionary, imaginative guy who has ever come down the pike, cinema-wise."

Perlman provides the voice for Xibalba, the God of Death, in the new animated movie The Book of Life. The mystical, magical movie, which also features the voices of Zoe Saldana, Cheech Marin, Christina Applegate and Channing Tatum, opens Friday.

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Review: “The Best of Me” (Rated PG-13)

Relativity(NEW YORK) -- The Best of Me, the latest film to be based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, is so embarrassingly bad, it hurts to write about it. If you can forgive bad casting, ham-handed dialogue, obvious digital manipulation of the film, sloppy sound mixing and far-fetched plot points, then you just might be able to enjoy what I believe to be one of the worst movies of the year.
Twenty-one years after going their separate ways, former high school sweethearts Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) are reunited after older mutual friend Tuck (Gerald McRaney) passes away. Dawson is a loner who works on an oil rig, but enjoys reading books about philosophy when he has a break. Amanda is living a Stepford existence, playing the part of the dutiful, beautiful, stay-at-home mother to a teenage son in a loveless marriage.
We learn about their history through a series of flashbacks in which Luke Bracey plays the young Dawson and Liana Liberato plays young Amanda.  And here’s where the movie implodes.
There’s nothing wrong with Bracey as an actor, but this has to be one of the worst pieces of casting I’ve ever seen. He’s supposed to be the high school version of Dawson, but have you ever met a high school student with crow’s feet? In real life, Bracey couldn’t pass for an undercover cop in high school, never mind the fact there’s virtually no resemblance between him and Marsden. Bracey’s casting is such a distraction, it’s a cinematic disaster. Liberato is much more convincing as a young Monaghan.
As for the plot: Dawson’s crazy, drug-running father and brothers, his relationship with Tuck, and his star-crossed relationship with Amanda past and present -- it hardly matters.  Other than the actors’ efforts to try to overcome this flaw-laden film, The Best of Me’s only other redeeming quality is that it finally ends.
One out of five stars.

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Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger Not Rushing to Get Married

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger have been together since 2006, but don’t expect them to walk down the aisle anytime soon.

The former Fringe actor tells the November issue of Glamour magazine, “I can tell you why we're not married: We're not religious.”

Jackson continues, “I don't feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party.”

The 36-year-old actor tells the magazine, “We're both children of divorce, so it's hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you've grown up and are committed to another person," adding, "But it may change at some point. We may get married."

The actress, who was married to French actor Guillame Canet from 2001 to 2006, credits her divorce for teaching her that being married isn’t mandatory.  “I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart, she told Glamour in 2011, adding, “There's no paper that will make you stay.”

Kruger currently stars in the FX series The Bridge. Jackson stars in the new Showtime series The Affair.

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Body Found in Washington State Presumed to Be Missing Actress Misty Upham

Brian To/WireImage(SEATTLE) -- Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, say a body has been found that is presumed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham.

The Auburn Police Department says it received a call Thursday afternoon that a body had been found in a wooded area. The body was found at the bottom of an embankment near the White River by a member of Upham's family.

A purse containing identification of Upham was found at the scene. Police say a positive identification of the body has not yet been made. However, TMZ reports that Upham's uncle says it has been confirmed it was Upham who was found. The Hollywood Reporter further notes that the actress' father, Charles Upham, confirmed her identity to authorities.

The body has been turned over to the King County Medical Examiner for positive identification and a determination of cause of death. The medical examiner's findings are expected to be released in the next few days.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family on Oct. 6. The previous day, Upham's family called police to report she was suicidal.

Upham's acting credits include the films August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained. She appears in the upcoming Jennifer Aniston drama Cake.

Meryl Streep, who starred in August: Osage County, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "So so sad to hear this news -- all our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit."

Frozen River star Melissa Leo told the publication, "Such a loss... so sad, so so sad."

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