Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.
Beth Hanna is a film and TV critic and staff writer for Thompson on Hollywood. A cinephile living in Los Angeles, she holds a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from UCLA. She previously worked in the film programming department at the American Cinematheque, where she programmed the Cinematheque’s first-ever Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel retrospectives in 2012; and at AFI FEST 2009 and 2010, where she oversaw the screen education program, screening a selection of festival titles for middle- and high-school students from across Los Angeles. Follow Beth on Twitter.
Matt Brennan graduated from USC in 2009 with a B.A. in film studies and history. After teaching English for two years at a school for at-risk teens in rural Louisiana, he is pursuing a Ph.D in American history and filing a weekly column, “Now and Then,” for Thompson on Hollywood. His writing has also appeared in L.A. Weekly, Bright Lights Film Journal, and on his own blog, The Filmgoer. He lives in New Orleans.
Meredith Brody, a graduate of USC film school and veteran of studio development hell on both sides of the desk, has written on film, food and other subjects for many publications including the New York Times, Village Voice, LA Weekly, SF Weekly, and a score of film magazines including Cahiers du Cinema, Film Comment, Premiere, and Empire. Her essays have appeared in book collections such as "Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style."
Tom Brueggemann intended to study journalism at Northwestern University before an obsession with film took him in a different direction. He began his career in exhibition running a weekday film program as he studied political science and graduate film studies. Until recently he worked as a film buyer in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, specializing in art house venues. He currently consults for multiple film festivals.
David Chute is a film and television critic based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Maine, Chute was staff film critic for The Kennebec Journal, Maine Times, The Boston Phoenix and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He interviewed Stephen King for Take One, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Sayles, John Waters and Mira Nair for Film Comment, Lawrence Kasdan for American Film, Jackie Chan and Pedro Almodovar for the LA Weekly, and Francis Ford Coppola and Philip Kaufman for the L.A. Times. Most recently David was senior writer, marketing and communications at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Jacob Combs was born and raised in Los Angeles, where his mom—a former screenwriter—and his dad—a gaffer—gave him one piece of advice: don't go into show business. Following in his parents' footsteps (but ignoring their wise suggestion), he has done just that. He lives and writes for TOH in New York City, where he also works as a script supervisor at Blue Sky Studios. His writing on politics and marriage equality can be read on the Huffington Post and the blog Equality on Trial, where he is a contributor and co-editor.
Amy Dawes writes regularly about film and television for publications including Directors Guild Quarterly, Emmy Magazine and The LA Times. She is a former senior features editor and film reviewer at Variety, where she covered the independent film and festival scene beginning in the early ‘90s. She lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated from USC with a master’s degree in professional writing.
Bill Desowitz specializes in animation/VFX/tech/below-the-line movie coverage. He is a former senior editor of AWN and editor of sister site VFXWorld. He also contributes to Animation Scoop and runs his blog, Immersed in Movies. He published his book, James Bond Unmasked, chronicling the evolution of 007 from Connery to Craig, published in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
Maggie Lange was born in Paris, raised in Washington DC, and currently lives in New York. At Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis about the changing portrayal of American cities in film from the 1940s to the 1960s. Maggie writes for Gawker and has worked as a researcher and script developer for documentaries. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in "Interview" magazine, the Providence "Phoenix," "Design Bureau," and "Washington City Paper." Follow her on Twitter.
Ryan Lattanzio was born and raised in Rochester, NY before moving to California, where he received a bachelor's degree in English at UC Berkeley. During college, he covered film for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Guardian and for Berkeley's student paper, The Daily Californian, where he served as lead film critic and wrote a semester-long movie column called "Reeling." After graduating and completing an honors thesis on masculinity in 20th century horror films, he was sent to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on scholarship as a jury member for Critics' Week. Ryan now lives in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.
Matt Mueller has previously edited two British movie magazines – "Total Film" and the UK edition of "Premiere" – and is now a Contributing Editor at "Total Film" and "Wonderland," as well as freelancing for "The Guardian," "The Sunday Times" and "Screen International"among others. Based in London, he covers the UK beat for Thompson on Hollywood.