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Weekly Wrap: AFI FEST & AFM Begin, Hurricane Sandy, Disney Takes LucasFilm, Oscar Talk & More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2012 at 8:34PM

This week on TOH!, we covered the start of both AFI Fest (with "Hitchcock" as the opening night film) and AFM, we followed Hurricane Sandy's violent effects on the Northeast, looked at Disney's major purchase of Lucasfilm and much more!
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This week on TOH!, we covered the start of both AFI FEST (with "Hitchcock" as the opening night film) and AFM, we followed Hurricane Sandy's violent effects on the Northeast, looked at Disney's major purchase of LucasFilm and much more!

Awards:

Oscar Talk: from "Skyfall" to "Hitchcock"

The Hollywood Foreign Press Loves Women, Including Jodie Foster

Interviews:

"SEAL Team Six" Director John Stockwell Talks Fact and Fiction, Harvey Weinstein, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Features:

Rating "Psycho," Behind-the-Scenes "Hitchcock" and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

Immersed in Movies: Previewing "Rise of the Guardians"

Makeup Artists Talk Challenges of "Cloud Atlas": Multiple Characters, Movie Stars Hanks & Berry, Yellowface and Political Correctness

CHALLENGE! Take David Thomson's Second Stump-the-Film-Buff Quiz

Kubrick's Early Odyssey: "Fear and Desire" and "Killer's Kiss"

Women in Film Expands Outreach with Speed Mentoring; Top Ten Pieces of Advice

Reviews:

Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

News:

Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" with Fiennes, Norton, Wilson Brody & Law 

"Arbitrage" Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

May the Rights Be With You: Which Studios Own Which Franchise Characters?

Lionsgate Likes Francis Lawrence; He'll Direct Two "Hunger Games" Sequels After "Catching Fire"

Why Scott Foundas Ditched Lincoln Society Programming to Go Back Where He Belongs UPDATED

Bennett Miller's True Story of Olympian Murder "Foxcatcher" Goes to Columbia; Stars Carrell, Ruffalo, Tatum & Miller

Disney Empire Strikes Back: As George Lucas Moves On, Disney Picks Up His Bay Area Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion

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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.