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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year from the entire indieWIRE team. The next edition of indieWIRE: Daily will be published via email on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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    "Kings and Queen" Crowned Best Foreign Film in indieWIRE Poll; "2046" and "Hidden" Also Popular

    In a surprising victory, French maverick Arnaud Desplechin's fifth feature "Kings and Queen" was voted best picture in indieWIRE's fourth foreign-language film survey. Wong Kar-wai's sumptuous sci-fi romance "2046" was the runner-up choice for best film, but was the highest vote-getter across all ca...

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    indieWIRE's Top Ten Lists for 2005

    For indieWIRE's final story of 2005, we are offering a round-up of the ten best lists from the indieWIRE team of staff and our more frequent contributors. The group was invited to survey films released theatrically in 2005, but each person devised their own criteria. The complete lists follow.

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    BBC: US film institute picks Penguins

    The documentary film "March of The Penguins" has been branded a "moment of significance" by a US movie body. The American Film Institute (AFI) chose six events and trends from 2005 from the US movie and TV industries. Others included George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck, and "War of the World...

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    AP: Films in 2005 National Film Registry

    Twenty-five films were selected to be in the 2005 National Film Registry. 1920's "Making of an American" and 1995's "Toy Story" as well as classics as "Giant" (1956) and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) are among the inductees. A.P. reports with the full list.

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    Reuters: Europe's Film Box Office Declined in 2005

    A dearth of strong local films severely dented box office revenue in most of Europe this year, with only Britain holding steady thanks to a stream of homegrown favorites like "Pride & Prejudice" and the latest "Harry Potter" movie. German film executives expect a decline of as much as 20 percent, ev...

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    Insider Ten Best Lists for 2005: "Brokeback" Tops Tally

    Last year it was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Sideways" that received the most mentions in the indieWIRE survey of industry insider top ten lists. This year "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Squid and the Whale" were the most mentioned titles, with each of the dozen people surveyed menti...

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    A History of Reference: Woody Allen's "Match Point"

    There are those who will take the opportunity to elevate "Match Point" to instant classic status and those who will damn it with faint praise -- yet both will do so by saying the same thing: "Woody Allen's best in years!" Never mind that Allen stands utterly alone in output quantity, and that approx...

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    Aristocratic, Magical and Just Like Candy, Comedy Busts a Gut in '05

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005.]

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    "Penguins" Top Intimate Goldeneye Fest/Retreat Event

    The 2nd annual Goldeneye Film Festival & Retreat welcomed 200 guests to the luxurious former home of Ian Fleming, in Jamaica from December 7th - 13th. "March of the Penguins" won the audience award at the event, while the prize for best feature went to "Transamerica" and the best doc prize was awarded to "Grizzly Man" and "Boys of Baraka". The directors award went to Michael Winterbottom and Fernando Meirelles, while the best Jamaican film prize went to "The Harder They Come" and the best music film award was presented to "Bob Dylan: No Direction Home". The event, led by Palm Pictures' Chris Blackwell & David Koh was also programmed by Josh ...

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