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at 16:40 on December 22, 2014, EST.

The top films of 2014 as chosen by The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A remarkable look at the growth of a young boy, a gripping portrait of a maniacal jazz instructor and a quirky summer blockbuster are among the cinematic stories that captured the imaginations of the reporters and editors at The Canadian Press this year. In alphabetical order, our top films of 2014 are:


at 16:39 on December 22, 2014, EST.

British singer Joe Cocker, of 'You Are So Beautiful' fame, dies at age 70

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.


at 16:35 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Actor Mark Wahlberg went through extreme weight loss for 'The Gambler'

TORONTO - When director Rupert Wyatt first met actor-producer Mark Wahlberg about "The Gambler," the star was shooting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and in strapping form.


at 16:30 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Keith Urban says wife Nicole Kidman, family spending New Year's in Niagara Falls

TORONTO - A gig used to be Keith Urban's only annual New Year's Eve tradition — then he married Nicole Kidman, and a new ritual emerged.


at 15:50 on December 22, 2014, EST.

Celine milestone: 25 years since 'Unison' broke Dion in English Canada

TORONTO - Twenty-five years ago, English audiences finally caught on to a secret that had previously been whispered mostly in French: Celine Dion.


at 15:41 on December 22, 2014, EST.

New York City theatre plans reading of 'The Interview' script 'in the name of free speech'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie "The Interview," but it will be in at least at one theatre in New York City — onstage, that is.


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