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Here are six awards I'd like to see handed out
Most terrifying future technology
The winner is Her. Not for Samantha, who shows us a future where the importance of human interaction has diminished. Nor for Joaquin Phoenix's website, offering to write creepy heartfelt personal letters for people too busy to connect emotionally. No, it's because of the trousers. Who could possibly want to live in a future where everyone looks like Simon Cowell?
Film to inspire the most tedious broadsheet thinkpieces
If The Wolf of Wall Street wins an Oscar, we'll be reading: "Can we really forgive the bankers yet?" columns for weeks. If 12 Years a Slave wins, it'll be: "Why I've decided that slavery is bad". But if Blue Jasmine wins, we're done for. It'll be wall-to-wall Woody Allen opinions for the rest of the year. Let's give it this award and hope that's enough.
Tom Hanksiest Tom Hanks
No contest. »
- Stuart Heritage
And so the pool of possible bad guys widens … is the smoke-and-mirrors plot making your head hurt too?
Spoiler alert: Don't read on if you haven't watched episode three of BBC2's Line of Duty
Sarah Hughes' episode two blog
One of the things I'm most enjoying about this second series is the fact that there are so many possible villains to choose from. On the surface, our new big bad is Dryden, a man with a convenient lack of conscience who seems to have set up his former lover Denton in order to mastermind the murder of our man in witness protection – aka Tommy. Smart viewers will remember Tommy as the annoying, short-tempered Scottish crime lord from series one. But the reveal concerning Tommy raises more questions than it answers. If Dryden was on Tommy's payroll (which must be a possibility – why else is he trying to shut him up? »
- Sarah Hughes
Warning: This article contains spoilers some readers may wish to avoid
Video: Lego Movie stars discuss favourite cameos
Already a box office hit Stateside, The Lego Movie heads to UK cinemas this Friday (following a weekend of well-received preview screenings), and is poised to become the first big screen success story of 2014.
For directors Lord and Miller, the appearance of Abraham Lincoln holds special resonance as it saw them reunite with Will Forte, who voiced the Us president in their animated show Clone High a decade ago.
Benny the '80s-era space guy (voiced »
No actress of modern times has subjected matrimony to more vigorous onscreen interrogation than Kate Winslet. What began in a fit of melodrama, with Winslet threatening to throw herself from the aft of the Titanic rather than face loveless marriage to caddish Billy Zane, has turned into a series of fine-grained portraits – in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce – of suburban drudges, marooned in their marriages, doomed by their intelligence, staring at the dust motes.
Her happy marriage to Alan Rickman at end of Sense & Sensibility is beginning to look like the joker in the pack. Winslet's early performances fizzed like firecrackers, giddy with their own freedom, but now she dulls her own innate brightness to play American Madame Bovaries. Then she sets something loose in their »
- Tom Shone
One night after the 2014 "Royal Rumble" and it looks like this will be an interesting episode of "WWE Raw." Not for the reasons WWE had hoped, though. When the show went off the air with Batista winning the 30-man match, destined for the "Wrestlemania XXX" main event, the audience booed loudly.
Something special and unique to professional wrestling happened during the show, and has been building to this point for months. The crowd wanted to see Daniel Bryan enter the match and win. After losing early in the show, they had convinced themselves he would end the night on top of the world.
5 items from 2014
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