20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Three new releases held the top spots at this weekend's box office, with sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner dominating at number one.
The film, based off the 2009 young-adult novel with the same name, stars Teen Wolf actor Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Game of Thrones' Thomas Brodie-Sangster. In its weekend debut, the movie brought in $32.5 million.
A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, rounded out the top three during their first week, pushing last weekend's leader, crime-thriller No Good Deed, down to number four.
Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. The Maze Runner $32.5 million 2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13.126 million 3. This Is Where I Leave You $11.86 million 4. No Good Deed $10.2 million 5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9.005 million 6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5.18 million 7. Let's Be Cops $2.675 million 8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.65 million 9. The Drop $2.05 million 10. If I Stay $1.835 million
Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Miranda Cosgrove is just your normal 21-year-old college student -- except for the fact that she's been starring in movies and TV for more than a decade on shows like iCarly and hit movies like School of Rock.
While Cosgrove is hard at work, trying to learn as much as she can at the University of Southern California, some of her classmates also happen to be fans.
She just got back to school and said being an actress has its ups and down.
"The weirdest part is after a day at school, I'll go on Instagram or the Internet and there will be pictures of me from school that random people took and I didn't know they took," she told ABC News. "So, that can be kind of weird sometimes."
The good? It helps her meet new people, she said.
"People come up to me and introduce themselves and it kind of opens the door, so that part of it's nice," she added. "I feel like I'm not the kind of person that would just go up to somebody and introduce myself, so it's helped me in a lot of ways."
Right before school, Cosgrove got her own place, but said she regrets it a little because she would love to live on campus and have the classic college experience.
"I might even try it for a semester at some point, because I do want that experience," she said, adding she decided on majoring in film and is interested in screenwriting classes.
In fact, she looks up to the likes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, and admires their ability to both act and write.
"College really does help you grow up and figure out who you are. So, it's just helped me grow as a person, like even just getting to classes on time and figuring out where classes are," she added, laughing.
Cosgrove spoke to ABC as part of her partnership with the NFL as the Tweens/Juniors Apparel brand ambassador. She's a San Francisco 49ers fan and the love of the team comes from her father Tom.
"I'm personally a fan of Colin Kaepernick ... Football also kind of brings everyone together and my dad loves football and loves sports," she said. "For as long as I can remember I've watched football games with my family."
Cosgrove has always been a fan of fashion and sports, making the collaboration ideal, she said.
"Even now that I'm back at school, I like to dress comfortable and I think the shirts [jerseys] are comfortable and cute," she said.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thirty years ago today, audiences were introduced to The Cosby Show, a sitcom about the Huxtable family in Brooklyn, New York, that would remain on the air for eight seasons.
The series was a huge hit, winning six Emmys, two Golden Globes and a slew of other awards -- not to mention ranking number one in the Nielsen ratings for five years in a row.
While most people know a little bit about its creator, Bill Cosby, here are 30 things you may not know about the show:
1. The Cosby Show wasn't the first show named after Bill Cosby. There were three others that came before, The Bill Cosby Show, The New Bill Cosby Show and Cos. After The Cosby Show ended, Cosby and Phylicia Rashad moved to CBS to star in Cosby.
2. Cosby's real-life family was the basis of the Huxtables. Both families consisted of four daughters and one son in the middle.
3. The character Theo was patterned after Cosby's own son, Ennis, who like the character had dyslexia. Ennis was murdered in 1997.
4. Bill Cosby never received an Emmy nod for his acting on the series---apparently at his own request, because he was opposed to such competition between performers. He did receive, however, two Golden Globe awards for playing Cliff Huxtable.
5. Whitney Houston was up for the role as the Huxtables' oldest daughter, but the part instead went to 26-year-old Sabrina Le Beauf because she had more acting experience and Houston was intent on becoming a recording artist.
6. On the show, the Huxtable brownstone was supposedly in Brooklyn, but the facade was actually shot in the East Village at 10 St. Luke's Place in Manhattan.
7. Much of the artwork that hung on the walls of the Huxtable home was by renowned African-American artists Synthia Saint James and by the painter Varnette Honeywood.
8. Phylicia Rashad won the part of Clair, in part, because she spoke fluent Spanish. The show originally planned to have Clair's character be a Dominican who would go on tirades in Spanish -- a la I Love Lucy -- but dropped the idea before the pilot was taped.
9. The show, according to TV Guide, was the biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's fortunes.
10. Cosby used material about family life from his stand-up routines for episodes of the show.
11. The show frequently promoted African-American and African culture by working into story lines artists and musicians, such as Jacob Lawrence, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Miriam Makeba.
12. Bill Cosby, along with his longtime collaborator collaborator Stu Gardner, composed the show's theme music and during season four, it was performed by Bobby McFerrin.
13. The show helped usher in other successful sitcoms, featuring African-American casts, including 227, Amen and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
14. A Different World was a spin-off from The Cosby Show created after the character Denise, played by Lisa Bonet, left home to attend Hillman College, a fictional historically black college.
15. Raven-Symoné originally auditioned for Cosby’s Ghost Dad, but she was too young for the part. Cosby liked her so much that he gave her a role on his TV show as his step-granddaughter Olivia.
16. Four-year-old Alicia Keys appeared in an early episode as one of Rudy’s friends.
17. Adam Sandler also got his start on the TV show playing Theo's friend, Smitty.
18. Cliff Huxtable was ranked No. 1 on TV Guide's List of 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
19. Story was always intended to have the parents in charge -- and not the kids. Cosby thought too many shows were being done from the kids' perspective and wanted the show to always be done from that perspective.
20. Many celebrities made guest appearances – Blair Underwood, Elaine Stritch, Stevie Wonder, Naomi Campbell, Lena Horne, Tony Orlando, Iman, Danny Kaye, Rita Moreno, Debbie Allen, Christopher Plummer, BB King, and Robin Givens ... to name a few.
21. There weren't five kids in the pilot. The character of Sondra was added in the second episode.
22. The Cosby Show was known for its fashion -- Dr. Huxtable’s sweaters were a trade mark of the show, but so were Denise’s high-fashion looks.
23. The designer behind Cosby's sweaters in the show was Dutch designer Koos van der Akker.
24. The show was also famous for its new openings each year.
25. Some of the characters are named after people in Bill Cosby’s life. His mom’s name is Anna -- like the TV mom. And his real brother’s name was Russell, which became his father. His wife’s maiden name in real life is also Claire’s maiden name.
26. Speaking of names, Cosby's character's name was "Heathcliff," though in the first few episodes, he was called "Clifford."
27. A mural featured in the opening of The Cosby Show was taken out because of a dispute with the school responsible for it.
28. The finale of The Cosby Show was the seventh most-watched of all time, with 44.4 million viewers.
29. Rudy was originally supposed to be a boy, but it wasn't until Keshia Knight Pulliam was permitted to audition for the role that producers felt they found the right person to star.
30. It's rumored that Carl Anthony Payne II, who played Cockroach on the show, was fired after he refused to comply with Cosby's request that he cut his hair.
ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Chastain is madly in love.
"The love of my life is Chaplain," the actress said Thursday on The View, while promoting her new movie, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.
Chaplain, the Oscar-nominated movie star's three-lagged, sweet pooch, made his TV debut in all his white, fluffy glory.
After the actress revealed her undying love for her puppy, View host Rosie O'Donnell brought him out to meet the rest of the panel.
Chastain, 37, said she got her dog "from a rescue organization," and that he lost his leg, because "he was hit by a car before I got him."
"He plays fetch better than any dog I've had," she added. "He's an acting dog ... He's in my new film, it's his first part. But I think he wants to be a big old movie star because when I was on Broadway, he jumped on stage in the middle of a performance."
Photo by: E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- After much deliberation and Melissa Rivers' blessing, Fashion Police will officially move forward without Joan Rivers, E! said Friday in a statement to ABC News.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms," the network said about the late comedic icon.
"We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers' blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time," the statement added.
Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. The comedy legend, alongside Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, made Fashion Police a red-carpet staple, with their biting, yet funny comments on the attire chosen by Hollywood's elite for big-time award shows.
Rancic told ABC News earlier this week that Rivers' death was "the shock of a lifetime" and that her daughter Melissa, an executive producer of the show, would be instrumental in deciding if the show would continue.
"They are looking at different scenarios, whether it moves forward or it doesn't," Rancic said. "A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and how she's feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There is no word now. ... They are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan."
Larry Busacca/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Rivers made an appearance on a special Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan -- the first time she's publicly spoken out on television since her mother's passing on Sept. 4 at the age of 81.
Rivers sat next toFashion Police stars Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos for the special, which airs Friday, and spoke about how influential her mother Joan Rivers was and the unexpected people she touched.
"She affected so many people, and people you would never expect to have humor," Melissa Rivers said, according to E! News. "I received a letter from the White House, from President Obama."
Rivers explained that Obama and the first lady were often targets of her mother's jokes.
"But I received a handwritten note saying, 'Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think,'" she said.
Rivers added, "That's one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn't just the funny, she made us think."
Osbourne seconded that sentiment and added that if it weren't for Joan Rivers, "I wouldn't be able to be me...any outspoken, independent woman wouldn't be who they are."
TLC(NEW YORK) -- Mama June had sad news to share Friday.
The Here Come Honey Boo Boo star, whose real names is June Shannon, has separated from Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
"Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship," she told ABC News in a statement. "We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y'all for your support."
Shannon and Thompson have one daughter together, Alana, whom has been nicknamed Honey Boo Boo. Thompson has been involved with Shannon's older daughters, Lauryn ("Pumpkin"), Jessica ("Chubbs") and Anna ("Chickadee") too. Last summer, they held a commitment ceremony during which they exchanged vows.
“I’m so glad that they’re finally doing it,” one of Shannon's friends said at the time. “June just is scared of the whole thing. But I guess he finally convinced her.”
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- A few weeks ago, Kaley Cuoco was among the celebrities who had nude photos of herself leaked on the Internet.
The Big Bang Theory actress called the breach of privacy "disturbing."
"I totally have Google alerts that come to my phone so anything that my name pops up [in] comes to my phone because I'm, like, obsessed. I need to know what's going on," she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday. "So every day, every day there's like 30 'Kaley Cuoco nude photos' [alerts]. It's been going on for years."
"So then this one came up and I was like, 'Oh, it's another fake one,'" she continued. "Then I started getting emails like, 'No, there are some real ones going around.'"
Cuoco, 28, took initiative to send an email to her family, explaining what was happening and adding that she wasn't pregnant or getting divorced. Then she made a joke of it, posting a funny photo of herself on Instagram.
"It was just a really bad situation but I took it in my own hands and make a joke about it because what are you gonna do?" she said. "You gotta make fun of yourself."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YOKR) -- After her "French" wedding, Ashley Tisdale and her husband, Christopher French, honeymooned on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora.
The High School Musical star revealed her post-nuptial vacation spot via Instagram, sharing a photo of herself doing a headstand on the beach, with the caption: "Yoga in paradise #honeymoon #borabora."
Tisdale and French wed on Sept. 8. French, a musician, proposed to Tisdale atop the Empire State Building in August of last year.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo said his ship, the Millennium Falcon, still had "some surprises left in her," but fans could never have guessed the old freighter hid a Batmobile. However, in a new tease from Episode VII director J.J. Abrams shows that's exactly the case.
The video snippet is just the latest in a back-and-forth franchise mash-up between Abrams and his pal, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. Snyder's most recent salvo showed a snap of some of Gotham City's Finest escorting a Stormtrooper into a cop car for reportedly stealing the Batmobile.
Abrams' clip, shot on his U.K. set, gives fans their closest look yet at Solo's ship, the painstaking detail on it more evidence of his pledge to return to the Star Wars saga's roots with physical, non-computer-generated sets. But as the camera tracks along the ship's hull, John Williams' "Binary Sunset (the Force Theme)" gives way to Hans Zimmer's pounding Dark Knight score -- just as the camera zooms in on a detail that would have been invisible at a distance: Batman's Tumbler as seen in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, painted so as to camouflage into the ship.
Incidentally, Abrams has hidden similar Easter eggs in other movies. Even before he was given the Episode VII gig, the lifelong Star Wars fan smuggled R2-D2 into both his 2009 Star Trek and its 2013 sequel,Star Trek Into Darkness.
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release, while Batman v. Superman swings into theaters March 25, 2016.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Jada Pinkett Smith's latest project has her heading to the small screen in Gotham, a Fox series based on the DC Comics characters Detective James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. Smith portrays Fish Mooney, a hot-headed gangster and nightclub owner in Gotham.
"I had a lot of fun with her. Because she was a blank canvas, I dived right in and did some of the most bizarre things," Smith said of her character in the October issue of Health magazine, on newsstands Friday. "One morning I came to the producers, and I had a guy on a chain walking on his hands and knees with the word liar across his face in red lipstick. I said, ‘This is what Fish Mooney does when she’s betrayed by one of her henchmen.’ I was hardcore! Some things worked and some things didn’t."
One of the things that didn't work was an accent for the character. "I went in for the table read and did this over-the-top Mid-Atlantic accent, like Joan Crawford. And Peter Roth from Warner Bros. called me that afternoon and said, 'Jada, I don’t know how to tell you this, I love you to death, but…'"
When Smith isn't on the set of her own TV show, she's watching her favorite small-screen guilty pleasure. "My guilty, guilty, guilty is RuPaul’s Drag Race! It’s the only reality show I watch, and I do not miss an episode," she revealed.
She also spends time with her Hollywood husband,Will Smith. She said date nights can get a little difficult thanks to their star status.
"A lot of times, we’ll do [date nights] at the house because when we go out it can be a little hectic," she explained. "So we have different places around our yard where we like to set up a little Arabian tent, pillows, wine and cheese, candlelight. Will likes really thought-out productions."
Kiyoshi Ota/Paramount via Getty Images(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Twilight's Jackson Rathbone had a close call Thursday when his airplane lost one of its engines in mid-flight.
His wife Sheila and their 2-year-old son Monroe were also on board.
The 29-year-old actor gave a detailed account of the incident in a series of posts on his WhoSay page. "We were on @jetblue flight 1416 to Austin from Long Beach,” he recalls, adding, “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke."
He notes, "The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking."
"We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely," he continues. “I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp. We left all our personal effects on board.”
“Who cares. We were alive," he writes. "We're safe. I'm grateful."
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After swapping Disney actress Zendaya Coleman with Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, Lifetime has announced the release date for the much-discussed Aaliyah biopic, which will chronicle the late singer's rise to fame.
The network confirmed via Twitter that the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will air on Nov. 15. In an accompanying image, Shipp channels the singer by wearing her signature bandana while posing in a recording booth.
The made-for-TV movie will be executive produced by Wendy Williams, who promised to deliver on the controversial film, which is being made without the approval or involvement of the late singer's family.
"You can count on us to get this movie right," said Williams on her daytime talk show. "I want to know the things you wanna know. What happened with R. Kelly, what was going on with Dame Dash, what was Aaliyah's personal life really like?"
The upcoming project is based on Christopher Farley's bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.
ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin's relationship is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress was spotted attending Martin's performance with his band, Coldplay, on Wednesday night at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly.
Sources told the magazine Lawrence tried to keep a low profile at the performance, sitting in the balcony and only arriving minutes before the show started.
"Just before the show was supposed to start, Jennifer Lawrence walked toward the stage, surrounded by a couple girlfriends, trying to find their seat," a source told Us Weekly. "They looked a little rushed, like they wanted to get to their seat before the show started, so someone on the theater staff helped them out."
The source added that when the show started, Martin apparently scanned the crowd in an effort to look for Lawrence.
"Chris gave a good look around the room and then spotted someone up on the balcony," the source continued. "He pointed and said, 'A ha! I see you!' and then smiled and waved. He kept looking up in the direction during the show and smiling, pointing, singing to her."
Rumors of Lawrence, 24, dating Martin, 37, started when they were first spotted together in public at one of his London concerts in July. They were also recently spotted dining together at a Beverly Hills hot spot earlier this month.
Lawrence split from her longtime boyfriend, X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult, over the summer, while Martin separated from Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife of 10 years, in March.
Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. It opens nationwide Nov. 21.
Fox(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday: The Maze Runner -- A boy named Thomas is mysteriously trapped in a maze along with other boys. In order to escape, he must try to remember his past. Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien and Patricia Clarkson also star in the film, which is based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Rated PG-13.
This Is Where I Leave You -- Four adult siblings are forced to spend a week together at their childhood home after their father passes away. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda star in the comedy. Rated R. A Walk Among the Tombstones -- Liam Neeson is a private investigator who helps a heroin trafficker track down the men responsible for murdering his wife. Rated R.