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The AP's top 10 movies of the year

FILE - This file image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:


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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


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Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


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Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Golden Globe nominations for TV drama series

In this image released by Showtime, Claire Danes portrays Carrie Mathison in a scene from the Showtime original series, " Homeland." Danes was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for her role in “ Homeland .“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


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Globe nominations for TV comedy series actor
The Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Golden Globe nominations for TV comedy series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Golden Globe nominations for animated film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.


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US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.


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US dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China's help

The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures, which caused it to cancel the release of the film "The Interview" and wants China to help block cyber attacks from PyongyangThe United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. Washington blames North Korea for a breach of cyber security at Sony which led to the release of embarrassing emails and prompted executives to halt the release of "The Interview". Pyongyang has repeatedly denied that it was behind last month's crippling attack, which also led to the leaking of scripts, and called Saturday for a joint probe with the US.


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Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.


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AP source: US seeks China's help after cyberattack
HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea.
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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
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'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014

This photo provided by Electronic Arts shows a scene from the video game, “Dragon Age: Inquisition." (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:


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Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." The film, released in 2014, is based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.


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Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?


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Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014

FILE - this Nov. 8, 2014 image provided by NBC shows, from left, John Allyn as Michael Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Jake Lucas as John Darling, and Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling from the musical version, "Peter Pan Live!" (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood)NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample:


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2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

In this image released by The CW, Gina Rodriguez portrays Jane in the new series, "Jane The Virgin." (AP Photo/The CW, Tyler Golden)NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.


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Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Travolta accidentally introduced her as "Adele Dazeem" right before she was about to sing the hit song "Let It Go," from the animated film, "Frozen." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.


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The AP's top 10 movies of the year

This image released by Music Box Films shows Agata Trzebuchowska in a scene from "Ida." (AP Photo/Music Box Films)The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:


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The AP picks its Top 10 theater of 2014

FILE - This file image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus, File)NEW YORK (AP) — This year's best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that's set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier. Our Top 10 list of the best in theater in 2014:


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Year's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'
NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.
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Year's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour'
NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:
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Bill Cosby's silence may be his best defense at this point

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Cosby has has remained silent, and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making accusations stretching back years, Cosby has little to gain by speaking publicly. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy.


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