THR’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2014

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Robin Williams, Ellen Page, John Voight

The news, features and videos (and one definitive ranking) that were the most popular on THR.com in 2014

Leading the most popular list on The Hollywood Reporter's website in 2014 was a mix of news and features, along with a definitive film ranking, a guest column and multiple videos. 

The below stories are listed by pageview totals from Jan. 1 to Dec. 13. 

1. Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

News of Robin Williams’ death on Aug. 11 at age 63 sent shockwaves of disbelief beyond Hollywood.

Williams was a comic legend, Oscar-winning actor (for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting), and a force behind humanitarian efforts such as Comic Relief. His improv skills were unparalleled.

The beloved comedian and actor had made no secret of his long struggle with drugs and alcohol, and he had recently checked himself in to a renewal facility to work on his emotional well-being and focus on his ongoing sobriety.

Officials later ruled Williams’ death was a suicide caused by asphyxia and hanging.

2. Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

Everyone loves a top 10 list, so why not crank the dial to 11 and make it 100?

For film lovers, a list of Hollywood’s favorites -- as judged by the people who make them -- is not only a valuable resource, it’s a great nostalgic read.

Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty all were surveyed as The Hollywood Reporter published its first definitive entertainment-industry ranking of cinema's superlative films in June.

3. Grammys: Jay Z and Beyonce Open Show With Sexy Performance (Video)

Beyonce and Jay Z heated up the stage in a sexy Grammy Awards performance to open up the 56th annual show honoring the year's biggest names in music on Jan. 26.

The couple’s dynamic duet of Beyonce’s "Drunk in Love" warmed the audience and brought everyone to their feet. Video of their performance is a must-see for fans.

4. Jon Voight Pens Letter to 'Ignorant' Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz on Israel

“My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry,” the Oscar-winning actor started his guest column in August. “I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.”

Not one to mince words, Voight, the father of Angelina Jolie, took Bardem and Cruz to task for denouncing Israel’s incursion into Gaza and called upon those in Hollywood who’ve supported them to “hang your heads in shame” and “come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.”

5. Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission'

Ellen Page came out as a gay woman in February in a deeply personal speech delivered before several hundred attendees at a Las Vegas conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth.

"I’m here today because I am gay," the star of X-Men: Days of Future Past told the audience. Her declaration drew cheers and a standing ovation.

"I am tired of hiding, and I am tired of lying by omission," Page said proudly and defiantly.

6. Here Are the Movies Coming to Netflix in December (and the Ones That Are Leaving)

What Netflix giveth, Netflix eventually taketh away.

The company announced the movies and TV series coming to the streaming service in December, plus a list of content scheduled to be removed from the lineup.

Films leaving the roster included Dirty Dancing, Double Indemnity, Mission: Impossible III and Spice World. Joining the list were the Netflix series Marco Polo, American Horror Story: Coven, Almost Famous, American Beauty and, of course, Sharknado 2: The Second One.

7. 'Once Upon a Time' Season 4 Teaser: 'Frozen's' Elsa Gets Chilly Storybrooke Debut (Exclusive) 

In a teaser for Once Upon a Time's fourth season, Frozen's Elsa (Georgina Haig) passes through the town's landmark hangouts (Mr. Gold's shop, Granny's diner), leaving her chilly mark wherever she goes.

The 30-second video, which premiered in August, announced the series' upcoming fairy-tale mashup, which included a flurry of familiar characters as it picked up after the events of Disney's Oscar-winning movie.

8. Hollywood Sex Abuse Film Revealed: Explosive Claims, New Figures Named

As the debut of Amy Berg's highly anticipated and disturbing documentary, An Open Secret, neared in November, The Hollywood Reporter talked to Berg about her filmmaking decisions.

The film paints a broad picture of alleged sexual abuse of minors by powerful Hollywood players, and it names those who have been accused. Berg worked with Michael Egan III, who sued Bryan Singer and a handful of other Hollywood execs for allegedly sexually assaulting him in a series of lawsuits that were all ultimately dismissed, on the documentary.

Berg defended her choice to include the men Egan sued, saying, "The question is, if you are an adult at one of these parties where so much is going on out in the open, what is your responsibility?"

9. A Train, a Narrow Trestle and 60 Seconds to Escape: How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life

A wave of grief and anger spread through Hollywood following the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was struck and killed by a train on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider film set in February.

The investigation into Jones’ death has set the stage for the biggest safety-related scandal to rock Hollywood in at least a decade.

A THR reconstruction, based on an exclusive eyewitness account and interviews with Jones’ parents and others, revealed harrowing details of what happened when a 20-person film crew tried to shoot a scene on a live train track.

10. Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel Make 'Sex Tape' in First Red Band Trailer (Video)

A trailer for the R-rated comedy Sex Tape rounds out THR’s top 10 most popular stories of the year.

The film follows a married couple, played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, who discover the raunchy video they made the night before was accidentally made public, leading them on a frantic search to figure out how to do damage control.

The trailer for the film was released in March.

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