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    Dead Man Riding: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

    This season's other cowboy bonding pic, Tommy Lee Jones' spare, deeply warped theatrical directorial debut may not be as socially radical and ultimately important as "Brokeback Mountain." But in all other respects (structure, dialogue, and detail) it's "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," with...

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    National Board of Review Names Best of '05

    After a bumpy road to today's delayed announcement, the National Board of Review has unveiled its top films of 2005. The group of 150 members selected George Clooney's "Good Night, And Good Luck" as the best film of the year. "Paradise Now" was chosen best foreign language films, while "March of the Penguins" was named best documentary. The other nine, in alphabetical order are: "Brokeback Mountain, "Capote", "Crash", "A History of Violence", "Match Point", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Munich", "Syriana", and "Walk the Line". Among other winners, best director is Ang Lee, best actor is Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote", best actress is Felicity H...

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    Big Weekend for "Brokeback" As L.A. Critics and Audiences Embrace New Film

    Film reviewers in Los Angeles unveiled the year's first list of critics' picks, naming Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" the best film of 2005. The news came this weekend as the movie, about a pair of Wyoming ranch hands who unexpectedly fall in love in 1963, opened in limited release and racked up siz...

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    Paramount Announces Deal for Dreamworks

    Paramount Pictures officially announced today its $1.6 billion deal for Dreamworks SKG, the would-be independent movie studio formed 11 years ago by David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg. During a conference call Sunday afternoon, Viacom co-president & co-COO Tom Freston praised the...

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    AFI Picks Top 10 of '05

    The American Film Institute has announced its Top Ten for 2005, naming the feature films that are " most outstanding achievements in film." Chosen as AFI's Movies of the Year, in alphabetical order, are: "Brokeback Mountain", "Capote", "Crash", "The 40 Year-Old Virgin", "Good Night, And Good Luck", ...

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    Big Numbers for "Brokeback" Debut

    Focus Features' release of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" was a resounding success with the film earning more than half-a-million dollars in its limited debut this weekend. According to a Focus Features estimate Sunday, the film made $544,275 at five venues split between New York City, Los Angeles a...

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    B.N.A.T.

    Internet movie maven Harry Knowles annually celebrates his birthday with a 24 hour movie marathon at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse. This year's Butt-Numb-A-Thon has just ended in Austin, offering the select group of attendees a sneak peak at a number of unreleased films (and a few classics). Matt Dentle...

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    "Brokeback" Leads BFCA Nominations

    "Brokeback Mountain" is leading the list of nominees for the Critics Choice Awards (list via MovieCityNews), presented each year by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film received 8 nominations, including best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and m...

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    NYT: Doing the Hollywood Math: What Slump?

    In The New York Times today, Lorne Manly examines the infamous box office slump of 2005, finding that while theatrical grosses may be down from last year, over all the Hollywood studio business is healthy:In an age of hundreds of cable channels, video games and other distractions, the domestic box o...

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    Dubai International Film Festival Kicks Off with "Paradise Now"

    The Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates kicked off its second edition Sunday. "Paradise Now," directed by Hany Abu-Assad, opened the festival on December 11, with ninety-eight films from 46 countries to screen throughout the seven days of the festival.

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