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    'Deadwood' Writer David Milch To Pen Adaptation Of Video Game 'Heavy Rain'

    We've pretty much made our feelings on video game movies clear at this point, but to sum up: it's feasible that a good one will be made at some point, particularly if the more intriguing likes of "Bioshock" eventually reach the screen, but as the genre continues to rip-off much better movies and are helmed by C-list talent like Paul W.S. Anderson, it's not going to happen any time soon. Still, with David O. Russell on board to write and direct a version of PS3 hit "Uncharted," possibly with Mark Wahlberg, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro all involved, things are looking up.

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    Movie Review: The Tough Yet Poetic "When We Leave"

    A young man points a gun at a woman while she walks down the street holding a small boy’s hand. As we soon learn in the long flashback that leads us full circle to this point, the man is the woman’s, Umay’s, much-loved younger brother, and she has been trying desperately to create a life with her son apart from her intolerant, old-world family. From this very first scene, Austrian writer/director Feo Aladag’s remarkable, tough yet poetic When We Leave makes us feel we have stepped into Umay’s prisonlike existence, set in the world of Turkish immigrants in Germany.

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    Brian De Palma To Direct Remake Of Alain Corneau's 'Love Crime'

    It's been quite a while since we've had a film from Brian De Palma. His last effort was the poorly received Iraq war drama "Redacted" and while last year it seemed like things were in motion for him to film his long-gestating psychological thriller "Toyer" in the fall, it looks like the project never quite got off the ground. But it seems he's got another film on the horizon.

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    Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman To Topline Dreamworks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians'

    Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher Also Among Cast, Leonardo DiCaprio Out; 'Rabbit Hole' Scribe David Lindsay-Abaire Penning The ScreenplayFor over a decade now, DreamWorks Animation have been consistently behind Pixar in their output: films like of "Shark Tale," "Monsters Vs. Aliens" and the "Shrek" sequels substitute star voices, bombastic action sequences and already-past-their-sell-by-date pop culture gags for heart and soul, to increasingly diminishing returns. But, to their credit, the company seem keen to change things, bringing on big creative names to aid their newer projects: Guillermo Del Toro will serve as executive producer on many of the company's new films, and top-flight writers like Charlie Kaufman and Noah Baumbach are writing sequels to "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Top Grossing Comedy Actresses

    The Hollywood Reporter has a list of the top grossing comedy films led by actresses and surprise your highest grossing female comedy actress in Meryl Streep. Her comedic films have earned $1.3 billion. They include Mamma Mia, The Devil Wears Prada, It's Complicated and Julie & Julia.

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    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island. Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two."Here is the scorecard, King George VI's speech, a clip from the film (which Weinstein Co. may trim for a PG-13) and Obama's State of the Union, below:

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    Updated: Kristen Stewart Sought & Viggo Mortensen In Talks For 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Emily Browning Has Also Tested For Snow White RoleUpdate: Deadline reports that Kristen Stewart "looms large as a potential lead" in the role of Snow White in "Snow White And The Huntsman." But nothing is quite certain as Emily Browning -- set to appear in Zack Snyder's forthcoming "Sucker Punch" -- tested for the role last week, according to THR.

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    Peter Jackson Hospitalized With Perforated Stomach Ulcer, 'Hobbit' Start Likely To Be Pushed Back

    Possibility Increasing That Hobbiton Was Built On Sacred Indian Burial Ground Man, can a multi-billion dollar franchise not catch a break? After years of delays, following the financial uncertainty over rights holders MGM, followed by the bailing of original helmer Guillermo Del Toro, and controversial labor issues in New Zealand, the two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit," the prequel to "Lord of the Rings" finally seemed to be moving ahead. Original cast members like Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis were finally locked in, and they were joined by new additions like Martin Freeman, in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins along with an extensive cast including Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.

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    The Trailer For Robert Redford's 'The Conspirator' Arrives

    The trailer for Robert Redford's Civil War-era drama, "The Conspirator," has arrived. The drama, set in 1865, centers on the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. She is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

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    "Take Shelter" Q&A With Jeff Nichols

    Definitely one of the frontrunners for the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" had its second screening in Park City last night and continued to win over audience members. Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics just prior to the fest, Nichols' psychological drama depicts Curtis, a thirtysomething family man who encounters a sudden struggle with mental illness. Starring Michael Shannon (who also starred in Nichols' previous film, "Shotgun Stories") as Curtis and Jessica Chastain (likely one of 2011's big breakouts between this and "The Tree of Life) as his wife, "Shelter" is a haunting and tense portrait of a family unravelling.

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