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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 25, 2009 at 4:00AM

In Indie news, despite Inglourious Basterds' rousing start, the Weinsteins aren't out of the woods. They weren't taking any chances. They upped their media spend by several millions in the week before the opening, targeting their weakest link, women. It worked. The WSJ explains why the Weinsteins face a long road ahead.
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In Indie news, despite Inglourious Basterds' rousing start, the Weinsteins aren't out of the woods. They weren't taking any chances. They upped their media spend by several millions in the week before the opening, targeting their weakest link, women. It worked. The WSJ explains why the Weinsteins face a long road ahead.

Michael Fassbender popped in The Hunger and Inglourious Basterds. But wait until you see Fish Tank. That's the sexy role that will break him out with women. Here's IFC's interview.

Taking up some of the slack from the departing Senator, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group is cementing their already close relationship with Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad's new distrib outfit Apparition by giving them Sundance and Seattle hit Black Dynamite, a blaxploitation comedy, to release this October.

Check out Strongbad's amusing cartoon about the difference between indie and independent.

Over at Disney, as far as I'm concerned, the more we can all listen to John Lasseter describe what it is that Pixar does so well, the better. Here he answers a fan's question about how the script for Up was written.

And this fall Disney is mounting a new Comic-Con style expo.

The New York Times has devised a nifty but confusing-to-read chart showing the differing box office patterns of summer and holiday releases vs. longer slower fall runs. The chart shows that:

Summer blockbusters and holiday hits make up the bulk of box office revenue each year, while contenders for the Oscars tend to attract smaller audiences that build over time.
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Time posts Barack Obama's vacation reading list. Tom Friedman, David McCullough, Richard Price, Kent Haruf and George Pelecanos are very happy.

Recent production news: Gus Van Sant is lining up his next, Restless, for Columbia and Imagine.

Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network is a go, reports CHUD. Here's Sorkin video on how he got roped into taking on the adaptation of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires.

On the Awards circuit, after some confusion about conflicting dates for the announcement of the nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild's SAG Awards, the Globes announcement is now scheduled for December 15 and SAG for December 17, 2009.

Kris Tapley hears Oscar buzz around Michelle Monaghan's role in James Mottern's long-on-the-shelf indie flick Trucker, which debuted at Tribeca in 2008. I'm not sure Monterey Media and Plum Pictures are in a position to launch a proper Oscar campaign.

Here's the trailer:

The director interview is an aspect of film criticism that troubles The Cine File.

Venerable Hollywood film processor Technicolor adapts to the digital age.

Here are rare photos of the very young Beatles.

And in a yummy 20-minute video interview, David Tennant bids farewell to Dr. Who:


This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Independents, Studios, Daily Read, Marketing, Summer, Quentin Tarantino, John Lasseter, Weinsteins, Disney


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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.