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National Board of Review names ‘Her’ best film

The story of a man that falls in love with the voice of his computer won top honors from the National Board of Review on Wednesday.

Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which stars Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, was named best film of the year. Jonze was named best director.

Bruce Dern was selected as best actor for his role in “Nebraska.” The best actress winner is Emma Thompson from “Saving Mr. Banks.”

The nonprofit film group also named its top films of the year: “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Lone Survivor,” “Nebraska,” “Prisoners,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Its top independent films are “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “In a World…,” “Mother of George,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Mud,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Short Term 12,” “Sightseers” and “The Spectacular Now.”

Comics film casts Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.’ superhero team-up film with Batman and Superman.

Warner Bros. made the casting announcement Wednesday. Already starring in the currently untitled film are Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.

Wonder Woman’s inclusion in the film brings it closer to a full gathering of DC Comics’ Justice League.

Gadot is an Israel-born actress who starred in several of the “Fast & Furious” films, including “Fast & Furious 6,” released this year.

‘House of Cards’ gets return date

The second season of Netflix’s political thriller, “House of Cards,” will debut on Valentine’s Day next year.

All 13 episodes will be available Feb. 14.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company says the show, starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, will follow Washington politicos Francis and Claire Underwood on “their ruthless rise to power.”

“House of Cards” has become Netflix’s signature original series, with the show taking home three Emmys for casting, directing and cinematography in September.

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