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Best of the Week: '12 Years a Slave' Interviews, Inside the PEN Awards, Argento in 'American Horror Story' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2013 at 4:24PM

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Taissa Farmiga in "American Horror Story: Coven"
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The top stories of the week from TOH!

Box Office:

"Gravity" Strength Hides Weak Friday Box Office Results; "12 Years a Slave" Starts Well, "Carrie," "All Is Lost" and "Fifth Estate" Don't

This Weekend: See "12 Years a Slave" and "All Is Lost"; Plus, "Carrie" and Cumberbatch as Assange Hit Theaters

Reviews:

NOFF Review: In Neil LaBute's "Some Velvet Morning," Sex on a Slow Boil (VIDEO)

NOFF Review: Naomie Harris' Breakout Performance Can't Save Staid, Reverent "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Review: "The Fifth Estate" Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

Review: Spike Jonze Returns with a Vengeance with 'Her'

Columns:

TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Is Murphy Channeling Argento in Raunchy "American Horror Story: Coven"?

Your Week in Streaming: Eight Nightmarish and Truly Terrifying Films to Scare Up Your Halloween

Awards:

Why Michael Fassbender Doesn't Have to Campaign for Oscar Frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" (CHARLIE ROSE VIDEO)

Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

Festivals:

"Saving Mr. Banks" Producer Owen Says Film Industry Should Embrace the Internet in Keynote for BFI London Film Fest

Robert Redford Candidly Talks Career and Stunning "All Is Lost"

DOC NYC Kicks Off with Errol Morris, Closes with Michel Gondry

Interviews:

Chandor Talks Directing Silent Redford in "All Is Lost"

Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca Talk Controversial "Captain Phillips," Rating, "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Talks "12 Years a Slave"

John Ridley Talks Writing "12 Years a Slave" and Directing Hendrix Biopic "All Is By My Side"

Josh Singer Talks Challenges of Tackling WikiLeaks Drama "The Fifth Estate" -- and What He Left Out

Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave"

Steve McQueen Explains Why He Can't Talk Enough About "12 Years a Slave," Unlike Michael Fassbender (VIDEO)

"Strongman" Director Zach Levy Takes Distribution Into His Own Hands

David Thomson Recalls Moments that Made the Movies

Obit:

Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013), from Hitchcock's "Family Plot" to "The Artist"

News:

Why Indie Aronofsky Struggles with Studio Over 'Tentpole 'Noah'

Schlessel Reshapes Focus Features, Loses New York Talent

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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.