- An ex-Nazi commander was acquitted of murder in three massacres in Slovakia after a court said Monday there was no reliable evidence he was involved in the killings.
- Rome is starting to lose its priceless archeological legacy to neglect, and a lack of attention and funds. On Dec. 13, the ruins of the Domus Aurea were closed after authorities discovered that a neglected water leak had so undermined the structure’s foundations as to endanger the entire edifice.
- No more Western music, Iran president decrees indecent artists like Kenny G. to get boot off TV, radio airwaves. The latest media ban also includes censorship of content of films.
- Surprise summer hit Dancing with the Stars is returning to ABC on Jan. 5, with the same ballroom-dancing format that made the goofy show such a hit. Who will be the contestants?
- The most popular—and controversial—novel of our time hits the screen in May. An exclusive report on the second coming of The Da Vinci Code.
- Awful is the new awesome. The worst films of 2005 you should totally see anyway.
- Top 10 films of 2005. George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise took the No. 1 spot at the box office. Woody Allen hit a career peak, marquees were promoting Fun With Dick and Jane, and a remake of King Kong was in wide release. Steven Spielberg imagined what extraterrestrials might be like—though the sweet aliens of Close Encounters of the Third Kind have now turned into the sour monsters of War of the Worlds.
- Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride and Prejudice gal Keira Knightley will star in Silk, based on the book by Alessandro Baricco.
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