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Christoph Waltz: 'Tim Burton got me out of my comfort zone'

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Having made his name as the chillingly still, mild-mannered Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds, Christoph Waltz has become largely known for playing characters in the same vein.

In Tim Burton's Big Eyes he gives, appropriately, his biggest performance to date, playing the wildly charismatic and manipulative fraud Walter Keane.

Watch the video above to hear Waltz discuss getting out of his comfort zone, and dodge Digital Spy's questions about playing the next Bond villain.

Big Eyes is released in the UK today (December 26). »


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Christmas TV movie guide: Friday, December 26 - Pinocchio, Cool Runnings

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Watch the Digital Spy team discuss their favourite Christmas movies above, then see the best films showing on TV today to prepare your festive entertainment.

Pinocchio - 9am, BBC One

If you're feeling weighed down by Christmas over-indulgence, settle down and watch the long nosed puppet lose his strings in this original Disney animation. Follow Pinocchio's adventure from puppet, to donkey, to real boy.

Cool Runnings - 11.30am, BBC One

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme and get on... down to the heartwarming underdog story of Jamaica's first ever bobsleigh team. You might be feeling lethargic on Boxing Day, but bobsleigh's 90% sitting down anyway - it's all good.

The 'Burbs - 1.15pm, ITV4

Tom Hanks stars as the paranoid neighbour in this alternative Boxing Day watch. An over-stressed suburbanite grows suspicious that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult. He just needs to prove it. »


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The Interview review round-up: Critics divided on Rogen and Franco's comedy

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It's become the most talked-about movie of the festive season - if not the entirety of 2014.

Seth Rogen and James Franco's political comedy The Interview was released in selected Us cinemas and online this Christmas, and the critical reception so far has been mixed. Read on to find out what Hollywood critics thought of the headline-grabbing movie:

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"I don't know any political satire that could carry the burden of repping free expression in America. The Interview certainly can't. Its mission is merely to make audiences piss themselves laughing. At that it succeeds. It's killer funny. Even when the jokes miss, or grow repetitive, you can't help rooting for it...

"In the end, The Interview hits the sweet spot for raunchy fun and spiky lampooning because Franco and Rogen are effing hilarious and fearless about swinging for the fences. It's the American way."

Todd McCarthy, The »


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Seth Rogen surprises moviegoers at a screening of The Interview

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Seth Rogen and The Interview co-director Evan Goldberg surprised moviegoers at a screening of the controversial movie at midnight.

The pair thanked attendants at the Cinefamily theater in Los Angeles for coming out to see the movie, as well as the theater itself for deciding to show the film.

"You are the best, we thought this might not happen at all," Rogen said.

"The fact that it's showing here and you guys all came out is super f***king exciting!" Goldberg added.

"If it wasn't for theaters like this, and people like you guys, this literally would not be... happening."

More than 200 theaters have decided to show the film, following Sony Pictures' u-turn on the release of The Interview.

The movie is also available to rent and purchase digitally via YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video and Sony's own website.

Apple reportedly turned down the opportunity to show The Interview on iTunes, »


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Movie review of 2014: Year in pictures - Oscars, Marvel, Batfleck, more

25 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST

It started in Wall Street and ended up in North Korea. 2014 was a year full of highs and lows in the world of cinema, with a diverse range of movies reeling in the punters, some striking visual moments that captured the present and teased the future, and several hugely saddening departures.

January

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street opens in cinemas, providing the soundtrack to 2014 with Matthew McConaughey's chest-beating humming. The black comedy became the director's highest grossing film, scooped five Oscar nominations and reminded everyone why driving under the influence is a very bad idea.

February

The world of entertainment was devastated by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman at the age of 46. The acclaimed actor, who excelled in films like Boogie Nights, Capote, The Master and Magnolia, had been working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at the time of his passing. »


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Christmas TV movie guide: Thursday, December 25 - Big, Star Trek

25 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Watch the Digital Spy team discuss their favourite Christmas movies above, then see the best films showing on TV today to prepare your festive entertainment.

Back to the Future - 10.55am, ITV

Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown. To save his own existence, Marty must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to get back to the future.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - 3.25pm, Channel 5

In this classic family film, an eccentric professor invents a flying car to the surprise of himself and everyone around him. When a dictator from a foreign government finds out, he resorts to all means necessary to get his hands on it.

Jurassic Park - 3.35pm, ITV2

In Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown during a preview tour, allowing its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. »


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Guardians of the Galaxy is film of the year in DS 2014 Reader Awards

25 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Guardians of the Galaxy has been named the Best Film of 2014 by Digital Spy readers.

A total of 26,942 people voted in the complete Reader Awards survey and the action-comedy comic book adaptation beat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 into second place.

Guardians of the Galaxy becomes third-biggest Marvel film

Despite missing out on the Best Film prize after last year's success for Catching Fire, the franchise's star Jennifer Lawrence retained her Best Actress crown, beating Angelina Jolie into second place.

While he was snubbed at the Oscars once more, Leonardo DiCaprio was your Best Actor of the year for his lead role in The Wolf of Wall Street, beating Benedict Cumberbatch into second and Chris Pratt into third.

The top five in each movie category were as follows:

Best Film

1. Guardians of the Galaxy - 18.3%

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - 16.8%

3. The Inbetweeners 2 - 11.3%

4. 12 Years a »


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See Kevin Costner become cross-country coach in McFarland, USA trailer

24 December 2014 10:20 AM, PST

Kevin Costner becomes a cross-country coach in the trailer for Disney's McFarland, USA.

The sports film follows the 1987 true story of a farming-town in California, where teacher Jim White (Costner) finds inspiration in the town's youth.

Discovering a group of boys with exceptional running ability, the coach sets up a cross-country team and enters them into competitions.

The boys find that they need to overcome various difficulties in order to become champions, and the team learn a lot about one another when the pressure is raised.

McFarland, USA's cast also includes Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Michael Aguero and Sergio Avelar.

The film is set for release on February 20, 2015 in the Us. »


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The Interview to stream on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox and Sony site

24 December 2014 8:33 AM, PST

Seth Rogen's film The Interview will be available to watch on websites including YouTube and Google Play.

The comedy will also be streaming on Xbox Video and Sony's dedicated website in the Us.

Sony hack: The full story behind The Interview axe and the fallout

According to Sony, the film will cost $6 to rent and $15 to purchase, and will be available from 10am Pt today (December 24).

Sony chairman Michael Lynton said in a statement: "It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech.

"We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release."

This means that The Interview is receiving a simultaneous release in both cinemas and on the internet. »


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Why Richard Linklater's Boyhood is Digital Spy's movie of 2014

24 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST

Looking back at 2014, it's been an eventful year in film. Audiences have travelled to the far reaches of the universe in Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy, seen Scarlett Johansson shift from AI to Black Widow, visiting alien to arse-kicking superbeing, and even discovered that everything is awesome in a world made of Lego. And yet for all these high concepts and lofty ideas it's a film with a clear, simple idea at its core that sticks out the most.

Of course, calling Richard Linklater's Boyhood "simple" is to do it something of a disservice. This coming-of-age drama follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from youngster to college student, but instead of actor switches and the usual bag of cinematic tricks we get to witness the passage of time thanks to Linklater's bold decision to shoot over the course of 12 years. Under his guidance, it all looks so effortless. »


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Apple 'turned down chance to show The Interview on iTunes'

24 December 2014 7:06 AM, PST

Apple reportedly turned down the opportunity to upload The Interview to iTunes after its theatrical release was cancelled last week.

According to The New York Times, Sony asked the White House to help get Apple on board as a potential "technology partner" for the film.

However, Apple was not interested in releasing the film on iTunes in the short term.

On Tuesday (December 23), Sony announced the release of The Interview in theatres as originally planned, as well as on video on demand services.

"We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Sony Picture Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton.

Barack Obama has applauded the decision to reinstate the film's release, while stars Seth Rogen and James Franco have also celebrated the move.

Watch a trailer for The Interview below: »


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Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 5-1

24 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST

The wait it over! It's time for us to reveal our favourite movie of 2014. Those who've been following the list will have seen the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl and 12 Years a Slave already fly by - so what's our number one spot?

Read on to find out Digital Spy's top five, and scroll down to have your say in the comments.

Best movies of the year 2014: 25-21

Best movies of the year 2014: 20-16

Best movies of the year 2014: 15-11

Best movies of the year 2014: 10-6

5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

We said: "Mockingjay - Part 1 is a rare blockbuster that builds on the complex themes and ideas of its predecessors in a thought-provoking and compelling way. The darker, more mature tone, each victory coming at a personal cost and the fact that everything seems to be going to hell for »


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Christmas TV movie guide: Wednesday, December 24 - Wall-e, Skyfall

24 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Watch the Digital Spy team discuss their favourite Christmas movies above, then check out the best films showing on TV today.

Wall-e - 11am, BBC One

This dystopian Pixar film follows a small waste-collecting robot roaming the Earth alone. When an Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator (Eve) arrives to check for life, Wall-e inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will decide the fate of mankind.

Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit: 1.45pm, BBC One

The plasticine duo return to screens in this Oscar-winning feature-length film. Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable-growing contest.

It's a Wonderful Life - 4.10pm, More4

James Stewart stars as George Bailey in this classic Christmas film. When innocent Bailey faces a jail sentence over stolen money, the long-serving businessman is left contemplating suicide. A guardian »


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Katherine Waterston cast as female lead in Steve Jobs film

23 December 2014 2:23 PM, PST

Katherine Waterston has been cast in the upcoming Steve Jobs film.

Waterston will play the female lead Chrisann, Jobs' long-term girlfriend and mother of his first child, reports Deadline.

Waterston has appeared in projects such as Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice and Robot & Frank.

Michael Fassbender will star as Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed film, while Aaron Sorkin is behind the script.

Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak, and Michael Stuhlbarg is set to play Andy Hertzfeld.

The film was dropped by Sony Pictures in late November, but was picked up days later by Universal Pictures.

The film will start production next year. »


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Star Trek 3 gets July 2016 release date

23 December 2014 1:10 PM, PST

Star Trek 3 has received its release date.

The third instalment of the sci-fi reboot will be released on July 8, 2016, reports Variety.

The release date will mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's television series, which launched on September 8, 1966.

The news comes after it was announced that Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin will be directing the movie.

Roberto Orci was originally due to direct, after replacing Jj Abrams, but will remain as a producer on the project.

Abrams left Star Trek due to his commitment to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all expected to return for Star Trek 3.

Watch a trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness below: »


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President Obama agrees with decision over The Interview's release

23 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST

Barack Obama has applauded Sony Pictures over its decision to reinstate the release of The Interview.

The president, who publicly disagreed with the studio's original choice to cancel the film's distribution, is said to "welcome [the] outcome".

A statement released via the White House press secretary Eric Schultz said: "The president applauds Sony's decision to authorise screenings of the film.

"As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression.

"The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome."

Earlier today (December 23), Sony announced that Seth Rogen and James Franco's The Interview would receive a December 25 release in cinemas that are willing to show the comedy.

The film will also be receiving a simultaneous release on an as yet unknown video on demand service.

Rogen and »


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Helen Mirren explores the past in first Woman in Gold trailer

23 December 2014 11:21 AM, PST

The first trailer for Woman in Gold has been released.

Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl star in the true drama about Gustav Klimt's portrait 'The Lady in Gold'.

Director Simon Curtis' movie centres around Maria Altmann (Mirren) a Jewish refugee who seeks to reclaim the painting that was stolen by the Nazis and ended up in Austria.

Reynolds plays Randol Schoenberg, a young lawyer who takes on Altmann's case.

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and Katie Holmes also feature in the movie, which cuts between the present day and First World War.

Woman in Gold will arrive in Us cinemas on April 23. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »


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Seth Rogen and James Franco tweet about The Interview release

23 December 2014 11:12 AM, PST

Seth Rogen and James Franco have responded to the news that The Interview will be released on December 25.

The film's stars shared their happiness on Twitter and Instagram after the news was announced earlier today (December 23).

The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014

Rogen tweeted: "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theatres willing to play it on Xmas day!"

Franco added on Instagram: "Victory!!!!!!! The People and The President have spoken!!! Sony to release The Interview in theatres on Xmas Day!"

Victory!!!!!!! The People and The President have spoken!!! Sony to release The Interview in theaters on Xmas Day!

A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:26am Pst

Evan Goldberg, who directed the film with Rogen, »


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Scott Derrickson tweets fan art image of Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

23 December 2014 11:02 AM, PST

Scott Derrickson has tweeted an image showing Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.

The Doctor Strange director tweeted the cosmos-themed picture on Monday (December 22), later stating that it is fan art.

"Strange but not a stranger" - Talking Heads pic.twitter.com/30lPiwfGhk

Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014

Last tweet is online fan art, not official. I have no idea who made it.

Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014

The image sees Cumberbatch with a moustache, and is accompanied by a quote from the song 'Burning Down the House' by Talking Heads.

"Strange but not a stranger," tweeted Derrickson.

Cumberbatch was confirmed as Doctor Strange at the beginning of December, following months of speculation that he would land the part.

The movie will apparently be filmed in London during 2015.

Marvel Studios will release Doctor Strange on October 28, 2016 in the UK and on November 6, 2016 in the Us. »


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First trailer for the Entourage movie is here: Vincent Chase is back

23 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST

The first trailer for the Entourage movie has premiered.

The teaser sees Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven reprising their roles from the hit HBO sitcom.

Entourage's first big-screen outing also brings back the TV show's key supporting players Rex Lee, Perrey Reeves and Debi Mazar alongside newcomers Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment and Emily Ratajkowski.

Entourage is written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin, with Mark Wahlberg returning as producer and appearing as himself in a cameo role.

Entourage will open in Us cinemas on June 5, 2015 and June 19, 2015 in the UK. View the poster for spoof movie Hyde, starring Vincent Chase and Calvin Harris, below: »


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