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John Sheppard "Sacred Choral Music" (Delphian)

Cineworld to buy European cinema chain in £500m deal

Cineworld is set to acquire one of Europe's largest cinema operators in a blockbuster deal that will boost its estate to almost 2,000 screens.

2013 - the year in review: The best films of the year

Blue Jasmine

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a scene from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The desolation of the Weinstein brothers: Film producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films

Harvey and Bob Weinstein claim they are entitled to cash from the three instalments of the film, which was originally a single book

Batfleck returns? Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman

Ben Affleck: My Batman will be 'older and wiser'

The actor said he wanted to redefine the character in a different way to Bale

The statuette of the Maltese Falcon sold for $4 million at auction in New York

Maltese Falcon sells for $4m at auction

The figurine outstripped the price paid for Judy Garland's ruby slippers

Jake Bugg burst onto the scene aged 18

The Jake Bugg effect: The young bards bugged by emotion

The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides

Cineworld founder lowers curtain after 44 years in film industry to 'enjoy the fruits of success'

Wiener oversaw the flotation and expansion of the cinema chain

Laurence Fox (Guy) and Jack Huston (Bruno) in Strangers on a Train

Strangers On A Train: Theatre review

Gielgud Theatre, London

Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity

Gravity's 3D supervisor attacks 'crap' 3D effects in superhero blockbusters

Chris Parks says Alfonso Cuaron used the technology properly

Lizzy Caplan will star in Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview

Screen Talk: When a Caplan comes together

Tinseltown Insider

Chas and Dave - Chas Hodges, Dave Peacock

Play it again, Chas: Chas & Dave make their big comeback

Hits such as Snooker Loopy, Rabbit and Gertcha established Chas & Dave as two of the towering figures of the 1980s light entertainment-pop cross over world. Now, 18 years since their last album the Rockney duo are being re-launched as the credible grandfathers of British rock n’ roll.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

Is Gravity the first film since Avatar that people want to see in 3D? Record 3D sales for Sandra Bullock space epic

Its opening weekend box office in the US should soar above $40m

JK Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages

JK Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages earmarked as next Harry Potter spin-off film

After news that a spin-off Harry Potter film is in the pipeline, Warner Bros has hinted that another film based on Quidditch could be in development.

Danielle Bisutti in a scene from

Screen Talk: A screaming success story

Tinseltown Insider

Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight

Batman returns: Prequel TV series to focus on Commissioner Jim Gordon

Fox wins the rights to Gotham, a new show from the creator of The Mentalist

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review