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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

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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

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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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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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