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    Great Odin's Raven! Will Ferrell To Guest In 4-Episode Arc On 'The Office'

    While it's not our long anticipated reunion between Ron Burgundy and Brick Tamland, this will definitely tide us over for now. Deadline reports that Will Ferrell will be joining "The Office" including one episode that will take place after Steve Carell's Michael Scott has left the branch.

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    Josh Duhamel Joins 'New Year's Eve'

    We're not sure what the appeal is here -- an easy paycheck for about five minutes of working or getting to rub elbows with a bunch of fellow celebs in a breezy romcom -- but it appears everyone in Hollywood is jumping out of windows to work on Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve."

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    Interview with Feo Aladag - writer and director of When We Leave

    When We Leave, Germany's entry for the Academy Awards, is written and directed by Feo Aladag. It is a powerful film that tells the story of a young Turkish German woman who leaves her unhappy and abusive marriage and how the family handles the cultural shame brought on by her stand for independence. It opens in limited release in NYC and LA on Friday, January 28.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Video: Zachary Quinto and J.C. Chandor Talk Margin Call

    Sundance Video: Zachary Quinto and J.C. Chandor Talk Margin Call

    Margin Call is one of several low-budget ($3.5 million), accessibly commercial smart films for adults debuting at Sundance that got made with a major cast willing to work for nothing against the promise of worthy material and a decent back end.

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    'Let Me In' Director Matt Reeves Weighs His Next Options, Hopes To Make 'The Invisible Woman' Soon

    'Cloverfield' Sequel Not Coming Anytime Soon; Filmmakers Still Trying To Find An Idea They LikeEXCLUSIVE: This time last year, we were being pretty vociferous in our opposition to Matt Reeves' "Let Me In." As an Americanized remake of a recent, widely acclaimed Swedish film, "Let The Right One In," it seemed to symbolize everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema, and we were dreading the thing. This means we've been left happily eating crow for the past few months after the film hit last fall and turned out to be terrific: deeply personal, beautifully crafted on every level and yes, superior to the original.

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    Review: 'The Rite' Is Demonically Dull

    William Friedkin pretty much ruined it for every other director after making "The Exorcist." Juggling a priest questioning his faith, a little girl possessed by the devil, pea soup, spinning heads, people falling down stairs and generally scaring the living shit out of viewers, ever since, films dabbling in the same thematic territory just haven't stacked up. More recent films like "The Last Exorcism" have tried to solve the problem by amping up the jump scares while the opposite tack taken by Paul Schrader's more cerebral approach for "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" got him booted off the project, so full credit to director Mikael Håfström ("Derailed," "1408") for attempting something a little bit brainy. Just a shame that the wonky casting (Rutger Hauer? Alice Braga? Who allowed Colin O'Donoghue to lead a movie?) was distracting and the by-the-numbers and plodding script nearly put us to sleep.

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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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  • Caryn James
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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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