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US cinemas screen The Interview movie

The Interview, the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day.

It drew sell-out audiences in many movie theatres, where punters said they were championing freedom of expression.

Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the low-budget comedy with James Franco, and co-director Evan Goldberg surprised moviegoers by appearing at a screening in Los Angeles.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports.


'Increase in numbers' at Glasgow church services

Glasgow church services have reportedly seen an increase in numbers following this week's bin lorry tragedy in the city in which six people died.

Speaking after today's Christmas service, the Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth of St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow said:

At each of our festival services people have been speaking of the sadness that has come to the city this Christmas.

At every service people have been speaking to me about what it was like to be in Queen Street when the tragedy was unfolding.

It is also significant that all the services that we've had this week have had increased numbers.

People have been saying that they want to come together to pray and stand in solidarity with those who grieve and those who are traumatised. It is said that people make Glasgow and this Christmas we are once again seeing the people of Glasgow joining together, united in love for one another.

– The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth

Glasgow churches remember bin lorry victims

Victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash have been remembered at Christmas services across the city.

Six people were killed and 10 more injured when the truck lost control in Queen Street on Monday.

Candles were lit and prayers were said for all those affected at church services on Christmas morning.

Christmas lights across Scotland were turned off last night as a mark of respect. Credit: PA

Four people remain in hospital following the George Square tragedy. A 14-year-old girl, two women aged 18 and 64, and a 57-year-old man are all now in a stable condition, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said.

Man held after body found in flat

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.

The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall, Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.

Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.

The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).


Dapper Laughs creator resurrects comedy act

The performer behind the Dapper Laughs comedy act has resurrected the character after declaring him "dead" last month following accusations of misogyny.

The comedian, real name Daniel O'Reilly, today posted a video on social media proclaiming 'Dapper's Back':

The video parodies O'Reilly's appearance on Newsnight in November, during which he appeared contrite and admitted the Dapper Laughs brand of humour was "a type of comedy that I should not have been doing".

However, in the new video Dapper Laughs says, "my work is not finished".

More than 50,000 people signed an online petition last month calling on ITV2 to not commission another series of his dating show Dapper Laughs: On The Pull.

Left: Daniel O'Reilly on Newsnight. Right: Dapper Laughs in his ITV2 dating show. Credit: BBC / ITV

The campaign criticised the performer's "misogynistic views" and "normalising" of sexism.

He was also filmed at a London gig telling an audience member she was "gagging for a rape".

The pressure led to ITV taking the decision not to renew his TV series and operator Academy Music Group scrapping the remaining dates of his nationwide tour.

Cycling gold medallists Trott and Kenny engaged

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny won two gold medals apiece at London 2012. Credit: PA

Laura Trott has announced her engagement to fellow double Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny.

The couple went public about their relationship during the London 2012 Games, where they won two gold medals apiece.

Essex-born Trott, 22, tweeted the news this morning:

Trott triumphed in the team pursuit and the six-discipline omnium at London 2012, while Kenny was victorious in the team and individual sprints.

They were also both made OBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Kate 'sorry for not bringing noisy' Prince George to church

The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."

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