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2005's best movies

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39 Pounds Love
A History of Violence
Ballets Russes
Bee Season
Best of Youth
Breakfast on Pluto
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Chicken Little
Christmas in the Clouds
Cote Z'Azur
Dear Wendy
Derailed
Domino
Doom
Dreamer
Duane Hopwood
Elizabethtown
Ellie Parker
Emmanuel's Gift
First Descent
Flightplan
Fun with Dick and Jane
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Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Gilles' Wife
God's Sandbox
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Howl's Moving Castle
In Her Shoes
Innocence
Innocent Voices
Jarhead
Just Friends
King Kong
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Kung Fu Hustle
Land of the Dead
Loggerheads
Machuca
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mirrormask
Munich
Never Been Thawed
Nine Lives
Nobody Knows
North Country
Paradise Now
Pride & Prejudice
Prime
Protocols of Zion
Pulse
Rent
Saraband
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Saw 2
Separate Lies
Serenity
Shopgirl
Stay
Syriana
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Constant Gardener
The Dying Gaul
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Family Stone
The Gospel
The Greatest Game Ever Played
The Ice Harvest
The Kid & I
The Legend of Zorro
The Passenger
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
The Producers
The Ringer
The Squid and the Whale
The War Within
The Weather Man
The White Countess
The World
Three...Extremes
Tony Takitani
Touch the Sound
Two For the Money
Ushpizin
Waiting...
Walk the Line
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Where the Truth Lies
Yours, Mine and Ours
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OUTTAKES

How long to make a film musical?

Wait just 1 minute ... or a few million
 



The film version of the Broadway musical "Rent" takes place between Christmas Eves 1989 and '90. To quote "Seasons of Love," the show's hit song, that length of time is "525,600 minutes." Quite a stat --until one realizes that the nine years it took the show to become a movie is a bit more impressive--4.7 million minutes. Even that pales in comparison to the mega-minutes for these other hits to leap to film:

'EVITA' (1996): For years the film edition of this bio-musical of Argentina's late first lady Eva Peron was off again/on again with Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Michelle Pfeiffer variously discussed for the part created on Broadway by Patti LuPone. In the end, Madonna got the role--13 years (or 6.8 million minutes) after the show closed in 1983. Though it's arguably the Material Girl's best movie, that's not saying much with "Swept Away" and "Body of Evidence" on her resume--and vocally Madonna's no Patti LuPone.

'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' (2004): Last year's movie adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Web-ber blockbuster dripped with atmosphere. But its slow-as-molasses pacing and lack of star wattage in the title roles didn't help at the box office. The show is still running on Broadway, though, approximately 8.9 million minutes after it opened in 1988.

'CHICAGO' (2002): Bob Fosse's legendary razzle- dazzle production had a two-year run on Broadway in 1975-1977 and returned in a stripped down, stylized version--and renewed success--in 1996. The all-star (Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah) film version won six Oscars and opened in movie theaters about 15.8 million minutes after audiences first heard "All That Jazz."








 
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