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Best of the TOH!: Cannes Line-Up Analysis and Career Watch, Reviews, Box Office, In the Works

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood April 21, 2012 at 6:19AM

This week, we explained why Rich Ross had to leave Disney; we analyzed the line up at Cannes; two Weinstein Aussie auteurs join the competition, and no women. Our weekend preview: a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend.
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Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master

Our weekend preview: there's a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend, along with a few standouts to compete with the likes of holdovers "Titanic 3-D," "The Hunger Games" and "Cabin in the Woods." "Marley" tops as pick of the week.  Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion" comes out this weekend as well; our interview with the writer-director and film's star Kevin Kline is here.

This week, we explained why Rich Ross had to leave Disney; we analyzed the line up at Cannes; two Weinstein Aussie auteurs join the competition, and no women.  We consider fourteen careers heading to Cannes including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Matthew McConaughey.  Paul Thomas Anderson's Producer Tips "The Master" for Cannes? - It Was Pitt-Starrer "Killing Them Softly."  In more festival news, SFIFF bestows Graham Leggat award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Zeitlin.  And at Ashland Independent Film Festival: From Taymor and Kashmir to the Kennedys.

We also take on the issue of how movie news, analysis, and critical sites should balance posting movie trailers and posters, without hawking - sharing worthwhile info is fine by us, it's new, it informs.

More Best of TOH! Below:

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

Early Reviews: Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love' Falls Short of 'Midnight in Paris,' Does Not Please Romans

SFIFF David D'Arcy Review: Doc 'The Waiting Room'

SFIFF David D'Arcy Review: Doc 'Tokyo Waka: A City Poem'

New Trailer and Early Reviews: Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' Triangle Stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt

Review Round-Up: 'Marvel's The Avengers': The Best Super Hero Movie Of All Time?

Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen", opener of SFIFF and Berlin, is a sapphic turn on Marie Antoinette.

Career Watch: Michelle Yeoh Builds on Asia Powerbase, But "The Lady" Opens Soft

Now and Then: Werner Herzog's Matters of Life and Death

BOX OFFICE

Indie Box Office, from New 'Monsieur Lazhar' to Holdover 'Bully': What It Really Means

Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Takes Fourth

EVENTS

COLCOA 2012 Opening Night, From New "My Way' to 'A Trip to the Moon' and 'Breathless'

TELEVISION

Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

IN THE WORKS

'Prometheus' Celebrates Fassbender's Fascinating Robot; Fox Confirms Film Not Yet Rated

Why Lionsgate Picked 'Water for Elephants' Director Francis Lawrence for 'Hunger Games'

MEDIA

Entertainers in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Include Depp on Weinstein, Griffin on Handler, Tyson on Davis

New Media: Film Society of Lincoln Center, StoryCode and Kill Screen Mag Present Story Hackathon

EXCLUSIVE: Online Indie Label SundanceNOW Launches Curated Doc Club

In ProMotion Pictures Competition, Students Tell Subway Stories

OBITS

Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins in TV series 'Dark Shadows', Has Died


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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.