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AFM: Big Titles For Sale from Redford, Soderbergh, Sheridan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 28, 2009 at 6:30AM

In the midst of trying times for the film industry, as the American Film Market gets under way in Santa Monica November 4 through 11, the presence of three high-profile projects is making buyers feel better about their prospects.
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Thompson on Hollywood

In the midst of trying times for the film industry, as the American Film Market gets under way in Santa Monica November 4 through 11, the presence of three high-profile projects is making buyers feel better about their prospects.

Scripts are circulating in advance of the global indie market for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace, with Michael Douglas set to star as the flamboyant Vegas pianist, and Matt Damon as his partner; Robert Redford's The Conspirator, a post-Civil War drama set inside a nest of Lincoln assassination plotters, starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, Kevin Kline and Danny Huston; and Irish writer-director Jim Sheridan's psychological thriller Dream House, starring Daniel Craig.

This article is related to: Directors, Headliners, Independents, Indies, Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon


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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.