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Top 50 Movies of 2014: No. 50-11

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley counts down the best movies of the year. Click here for No. 50-11 today and check back tomorrow for the cream of the crop in our Top 10.

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  • (Following Advance for Use Saturday, January 3)

           MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP         ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On January third, 1967, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys refused to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice. Wilson said he was a conscientious…

  • (Following Advance for Use Friday, January 2)

           MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP         ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On January second, 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the U.S. album chart, with “All Things Must Pass.” In 1974, singer…

  • (Following Advance for Use Thursday, January 1)

           MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP         ———————————— ! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY ! ———————————— On January first, 1950, Sam Phillips opened his first recording studio, the Memphis Recording Service. In 1953, country star Hank Williams died of a heart attack brought on…

  • British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

    NEW YORK (AP) — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday…

  • Renee Fleming to make Broadway debut in ‘Living on Love’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star. The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano will star in the comedy “Living on…

  • Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for…

  • Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel

    CAIRO (AP) — The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile…

  • NBA prepares for Christmas coming-out party

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense. The NBA season may have opened Oct. 28, but Christmas is the…

  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued…

  • Writer seeks records of long-dead arsenic killer

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A writer telling the story of a serial killer who inspired the play and 1944 movie “Arsenic and Old Lace” hopes the Connecticut Supreme Court will order records related to her…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 92. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” ”Route 66″) is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist…

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  • South Africa’s high crime rate inspires novelist

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa’s fascination with South Africa’s violent crime has made her one of the country’s most popular writers. Using sharply drawn characters and intriguing plots, Makholwa’s fiction helps South Africans to…

  • Actress Billie Whitelaw, 82, dies

    LONDON (AP) — British actress Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, has died in a London nursing home at age 82. Denville Hall…

  • Colts owner helps out Jack Kerouac organization

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac’s legacy alive. James Irsay’s donation is the largest single pledge…