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Best of the Week: Box Office and Olympics Butt Heads, Sight & Sound Top 50, Remembering Chris Marker and Gore Vidal & More

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2012 at 3:49PM

This week on TOH, the box office came down with a case of Olympics syndrome, Sight & Sound announced the Top 50 Films of All Time (with "Vertigo" taking the crown), we remembered avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker and screenwriter-essayist Gore Vidal, and more!
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This week on TOH, the box office came down with a case of Olympics syndrome, Sight & Sound announced the Top 50 Films of All Time (with "Vertigo" taking the crown), we remembered avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker and screenwriter-essayist Gore Vidal, and more!

Interviews:

Will Roadside's Wall Street Drama "Arbitrage," Starring Richard Gere, Repeat "Margin Call" Magic?

Documentary Action: "Invisible War" Sparks Change in the Military's Approach to Rape

Immersed in Movies: Previewing Disney's Animated "Wreck-It Ralph"

Features:

Spend a Sleepless Night and Day with Marilyn Monroe: A Guide to Her Best Roles

Critical Consensus:

"Vertigo" Tops New Sight & Sound Top 50 List; "2001: A Space Odyssey" Most Recent in Top 10

Sight & Sound Top 50 Editor Nick James Talks Changes in List and Voters

Television:

"The Girl," Ethel Kennedy Dominate HBO at TCA: Hedren Calls Hitchcock "evil and deviant," Sorkin Answers "Newsroom" Critics

"The Newsroom" Episode 6 Review and Recap: "Bullies," Heroes and Will McAvoy's Charmed Navigation of the Two

Box Office:

Arthouse Audit: New Releases Led by "Ruby Sparks" Are Hurt by the Olympics

Weekend Box Office: Business As Usual? No, It's the Olympics, Stupid

Oscar Watch:

Magnolia Juggles Mads Mikkelson's "Royal Affair," "The Hunt"

News:

It's True: Peter Jackson Will Turn "The Hobbit" Into a Trilogy (COMIC-CON VIDEO)

Travel Diary:

The View from China, Part One

Obits:

Remembering Gore Vidal, Prolific Author-Screenwriter-Playwright and First-Rate Feuder (VIDEO)

One Day with Chris Marker, Film Essayist and Influencer

This article is related to: Box Office, London Olympics 2012, Television, HBO, Vertigo, Interviews, Gore Vidal, Chris Marker


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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.