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Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 25-21

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The countdown begins for Digital Spy's 25 best movies of 2014. Over the next five days we'll be revealing our favourite films as chosen by our editorial team.

First up is 25-21, with a trio of well-received independent British films sitting alongside a superhero blockbuster and an Aussie frightener.

25. '71

We said: "'71 is a movie that stays with you long after you've left the cinema. A fascinating, powerful and immensely thrilling masterpiece, it functions perfectly as both a gripping 'cat and mouse' style thriller and a harrowing time capsule of the conflict in Northern Ireland." [Brj]

24. Calvary

We said: "If traditional westerns witnessed the bloody transition from anarchy to civilisation, Calvary sees that process reversed - punctuated by the burning of the chapel. Nobody believes in anything anymore, even Father James's fellow clergyman (a vacuously chirpy David Wilmot) who comes across like the David Brent of the Catholic Church." [Sp]

23. Pride

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Re-Viewed: Does Dumb and Dumber stand the test of time?

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"I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog."

As Jim Carrey told Digital Spy in our recent chat, it was a chance viewing of his 1994 comedy hit Dumb and Dumber on television that lured him back to that iconic bowl cut for the new sequel. But as Harry and Lloyd spread the gospel of dumb to a new generation, just how well does the original movie hold up twenty years on?

The memory can cheat. As time passes, idealisation and nostalgia can mask the truth – whether that be worshipping a movie from your childhood that would induce a cringing fit if you saw it today. Yet despite a soundtrack that includes Apache Indian and the Crash Test Dummies, Dumb and Dumber has a timeless quality. Its goofy brilliance transcends any notion that it's a relic best left in the '90s alongside Tamagotchis and the Macarena.

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Sony now hints at release for The Interview "on a different platform"

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Sony has hinted that it is now planning to push for a release of The Interview "on a different platform".

In a statement, the film studio responded to Barack Obama's claim that cancelling the release was "a mistake" and explained that they actually left the decision of whether to screen the film in the hands of movie theatre owners.

The motion picture giants asserted that their goal is still to get the picture released in some format.

"Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment," the statement begins.

"For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees' personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released.

"Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.

"The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made »

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President Obama: 'Sony made a mistake cancelling The Interview release'

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Us President Barack Obama has spoken out regarding Sony Pictures' reaction to threats from hackers.

Obama directly referenced the studio's decision to cancel the release of The Interview in his end-of-year press conference, calling the move "a mistake".

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

Sony Pictures shares new trailer for The Interview then quickly pulls it

"Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees," the president said.

"I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced [but] having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.

"I wish they had spoken to me first," he continued. "I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by those kinds of criminal attacks.

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. »

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Backstreet Boys debut trailer for behind-the-scenes documentary

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The Backstreet Boys have released a first look at their upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary.

The trailer for Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of features clips filmed at the height of the band's fame as well as during the two years they spent in London recording their most recent album In a World Like This.

The group have also announced that the documentary's UK and Ireland premiere on February 26 will be accompanied by a live performance at 7pm GMT, broadcast by satellite to all cinemas that are screening the film.

"We can't wait to go back to the UK to treat our fans to a very special Bsb performance alongside showcasing our film that we are so very proud of," said the Backstreet Boys in a statement.

"We think the Brits and everyone who comes out to see it will love it!"

The reunited five-piece completed the European leg of »

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Mark Wahlberg to star in "couple more" Transformers films

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Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he will continue to star in the Transformers franchise.

The Departed actor said that he is returning for "a couple more" films in Michael Bay's action series.

"Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more," he told MTV.

"You know I can't speak for Mr Bay, but something tells me [that] we'll be on the set soon."

The fourth instalment in the franchise - which stars Wahlberg as Cade Yeager - has made more than $1 billion (£640 million) in worldwide ticket sales.

The next Transformers film is scheduled for 2016.

Watch Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction below: »

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Sony hackers make further demands following The Interview axe

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The group thought to be behind the Sony hack have reportedly made new demands, following the company's decision to cancel The Interview's December 25 theatrical release.

The 'Guardians of Peace' had previously threatened to attack cinemas which showed Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy.

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

Sony Pictures subsequently chose to pull The Interview from its scheduled cinema release, as well as stating there were no plans for a launch on VOD, DVD or any other home entertainment platform.

The Guardians of Peace - who object to the film's comedic plot about the attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - have now called Sony's decision "very wise" in an email obtained by CNN.

"Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy," the email titled "Message from Gop" read. »

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FBI says North Korea is directly responsible for Sony hack

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The FBI have said that they believe North Korea is behind the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Hackers breached Sony's computer systems in the Us and overseas late last month, and subsequently threatened to attack cinemas showing the studio's planned comedy release The Interview.

Sony hackers make further demands following The Interview axe

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

In an official statement released earlier this evening (December 19), the FBI announced that they now have "enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible" for the attack.

"Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed," they explained.

"[There is] significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the U.S. government has previously linked directly to North Korea.

"Separately, the »

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Dumb and Dumber To review: "Depressingly dumb"

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Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; Screenwriters: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, Bennett Yellin; Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin; Running time: 109 mins; Certificate: 15

Perhaps it's no surprise that this should be the dumbest comedy to come out of Hollywood in years. That's the point, you might say. But there's dumb, and then there is depressingly dumb. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were loveable idiots when they first played Lloyd and Harry in 1994, but now they're older, none the wiser and needlessly abrasive, which takes the fun out of their stupid antics.

It's as if the Farrelly brothers are overcompensating; sharpening the daggers just a tad too vigorously to reclaim their place on the cutting edge of comedy, and yet this still feels dated two decades after the first Dumb and Dumber had audiences doubled over - not sure whether to »

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Chris Martin: 'Angelina Jolie kidnapped me'

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Chris Martin has spoken about writing a song for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken.

The Coldplay singer joked that the actress kidnapped him to motivate him to write a track for the film.

Coldplay's track 'Miracles' features over the end credits of the war drama.

Speaking to Vulture, Martin said: "I got a message [from Jolie] that said, 'Meet in this undisclosed location. You'll be blindfolded and picked up by seven ex-Navy SEALs'.

"So they kidnapped me, hit me over the head, and sprayed me with Mace. When I woke up, I was in an office, and Brad Pitt was doing push-ups as Angelina Jolie was just sitting there with her crown on."

Continuing his surreal account, he added: "There was also a guy holding a knife to my throat, and she said, 'Write me a song, or else'. And Brad Pitt said, 'Yeah. What she said'."

Coldplay are among the list »

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Joss Whedon 'didn't want to make Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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Joss Whedon has revealed that he was reluctant to return for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The filmmaker said that he tried and failed to distance himself from Marvel Studios' sequel.

"I actually didn't want to make the film," he told Comics Alliance. "I was ragged from the first one, and so I just turned off my brain.

"I was like, 'Do not think of cool ideas for the next one. Just get through this'."

However, Whedon failed at this attempt, recalling: "I went to a pub, and sat down with my notebook, and about 45 minutes later, my notebook was filled.

"I have so many things to say, and I was... I was kind of surprised. It was very beautiful."

The Avengers sequel will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against the evil artificial »

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Secret Cinema to protest The Interview cancellation with screenings

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Secret Cinema has announced plans to protest the cancelled release of The Interview by holding one-off screenings of an as-yet unannounced film.

The mystery movie will be shown in London and San Francisco on Sunday (December 21) to stand up against "the threat of censorship".

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

Secret Cinema is hoping others will join them in setting up simultaneous screenings over the weekend.

Proceeds raised from the #freedomtocreate events will go to global free speech charity Article 19. All those who attend the screenings are asked to wear dark clothing and bring a gift for a stranger.

£25 tickets will be made available here at 4pm today (December 19).

A spokesperson said: "Secret Cinema passionately believes in the freedom to create and is looking for partners to join them in hosting a simultaneous screening across the globe with a view to strengthen the »

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Avengers: Age of Ultron preview takes fans behind the scenes

19 December 2014 5:39 AM, PST

Marvel Studios has released a behind-the-scenes look at Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joss Whedon introduces the sneak peek at the production of his upcoming superhero sequel.

The film sees the superhero team going up against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron.

It will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader).

Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will also feature in the Joss Whedon-directed movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on April 24 in the UK and on May 1 in the Us. »

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Kate Winslet stars in Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos trailer

19 December 2014 4:45 AM, PST

Kate Winslet has featured in the first trailer from upcoming romantic drama A Little Chaos.

Alan Rickman has directed the project from a screenplay he co-wrote with Allison Deegan and Jeremy Brock.

Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Danny Webb and Rickman himself also star in the drama.

A Little Chaos is centred around Sabine (Winslet), a landscape designer who challenges sexual protocols when she is selected to build a large garden at King Louis Xiv's new Versailles palace.

She soon finds herself in a professional and romantic puzzle with the court's landscape architect André Le Notre (Schoenaerts).

The period drama will be released on March 27, 2015 in the Us and on April 17 in the UK. »

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Leaked Sony emails describe The Interview as "desperately unfunny"

19 December 2014 4:37 AM, PST

The Interview was described as "desperately unfunny" in a series of emails sent by Sony executives.

In a leaked email allegedly sent by Sony Pictures UK Managing Director, Peter Taylor, the banned comedy was described as "another misfire" from Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

According to Reuters, Taylor wrote: "The unanimous point of view here is that this (is) another misfire from the pairing."

He later labelled the film "desperately unfunny and repetitive", and hit out at Franco's performance in particular.

"James Franco proves once again that irritation is his strong suit, which is a shame because the character could have been appealing and funny out of his hands," he wrote.

Taylor and other executives agreed that while the first half of the film showed promise, it was spoilt by "realistic violence that would be shocking in »

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George Clooney: 'We can't give in to Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people'

19 December 2014 2:36 AM, PST

George Clooney has claimed that Sony has made a "very dangerous" decision by cancelling the release of The Interview.

The actor told Deadline that he set up a petition for members of the industry to sign, so that they could stand up to the terror threat rather than comply with the demands set out.

He said that he has encouraged the studio to release the Seth Rogen comedy online as an act of defiance.

"I just talked to Amy [Pascal] an hour ago. She wants to put that movie out," he said. "My partner Grant Heslov and I had the conversation with her this morning. Bryan [Lourd] and I had the conversation with her last night. Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out.

"Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I'm not going to be told we can't see the movie. That's the most important part. »

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UK movie releases: January 2015

19 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST

January 2, 2015

The Theory of Everything

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

Running time: 123 mins

Certificate: 12A

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

Running time: 98 mins

Certificate: 15


Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis

Running time: 119 mins

Certificate: 15

Dying of the Light

Director: Paul Schrader

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: 18


Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: 15

January 9, 2015

Taken 3

Director: Olivier Megaton

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: 12A


Director: Bennett Miller

Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell

Running time: 134 mins

Certificate: 15

Into the Woods

Director: Rob Marshall

Starring: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick

Running time: 125 mins

Certificate: PG

January 16, 2015

American Sniper

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Running time: 132 mins

Certificate: 15

Testament of Youth

Director: James Kent

Starring: Alicia Vikander, »

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Sony Pictures shares new trailer for The Interview then quickly pulls it

18 December 2014 7:09 PM, PST

Sony Pictures appeared to mistakenly publish a new trailer for The Interview late last night (December 18).

The 30-second clip was shared on the company's official YouTube channel before being quickly set to private, but featured some coincidental references towards recent events.

Firstly the trailer stated: "In Franco and Rogen we trust," while the video's description read: "Only one movie has the whole world talking."

Furthermore, a character in the clip can be heard saying: "How many times can the Us make the same mistake?"

A December 25 release date is also mentioned at the end of the video, despite the studio's decision to pull the film following terrorist threats.

It is not clear whether Sony intends to release the film in some capacity after all, or whether it forgot to remove the trailer from auto-publish.

Some are speculating that the movie could be moved to a VOD release instead, even though »

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Team America 'pulled from Us cinemas by Paramount Pictures'

18 December 2014 12:39 PM, PST

Paramount Pictures has reportedly informed Us cinemas that they cannot screen Team America: World Police.

Various venues had announced showings of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's satirical movie in response to the cancellation of Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.

Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe

Sony's decision to pull The Interview came in the wake of a terror threat from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace', who have condemned the film's comedic plot about the attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Team America - which follows an American paramilitary force thwarting a plan for world domination by North Korea's then-leader Kim Jong-il - was selected as an apt replacement by a number of Us cinemas.

The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the theatres that has had to backtrack on its decision to show the marionette-led comedy. »

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical announces premiere

18 December 2014 11:34 AM, PST

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical has been officially announced.

The Really Useful Group is working with Warner Music Group on the production, which will have its world premiere on Broadway in November 2015.

Previews will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6

As well as featuring songs from Richard Linklater's 2003 film, there will be new music written by Lloyd Webber with lyricist Glenn Slater, and there will be a book produced by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.

The show will be directed by Laurence Connor, who is currently working on Broadway's Les Miserables.

Lloyd Webber said: "School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids. Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school. Ever since then, I and my Art Foundation have been actively »

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