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Best of TOH Weekly Wrap: CinemaCon, Tribeca, San Francisco, Reviews, Interviews, In the Works and More

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2012 at 7:44PM

Weekend Preview: What to watch from "Raven" to "Five-Year Engagement" to "Elles."
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Weekend Preview:  What to watch from "Raven" to "Five-Year Engagement" to "Elles."

Upcoming anticipated features:At the theater owners convention, CInemaCon: Pixar stole the show at the Disney Panel with a first half-hour screening of "Brave."  (Watch the new trailer for "Brave" here.) They also announced new films and dates.  We looked at CinemaCon in 3-D: Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee and Fox Oscar Contender 'Life of Pi,' and surveyed the show-and-tells for Warner Bros. and Paramount and Sony and Universal (Immersed in Movies Talks 3-D with 'Men in Black 3' Director Barry Sonnenfeld.) And we showed the first look at Tarantino's "Django Unchained."  Controversial? Hell, Yes!

In our festival coverage, we catch Robert Redford in a rare appearance promoting Sundance London.  At Tribeca, James Franco shows more of his imperturbable self in his film "Francophenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)"- our review here.  At the Tribeca Talks Panel, we break down the three things you should know about short-filmmaking, with tips from experts including Morgan Spurlock and Jason Spingarn-Koff.  Tribeca Institute announced Latin American Media Arts Fund winners; we break down the awardees here.

Our update on San Francisco International Film Festival, with everything from Jonathan Lethem to "Oslo, August 21st," "Queen of Versailles," and "The Sheik and I."  More SFIFF reviews of "Goodbye," "Robot & Frank," "How to Survive a Plague," and "Fourth Dimension," here.  Our notes on "Farewell My Queen, "Trishna," and "Twixt" here.

A look back at festivals, Tom Brueggemann takes on Cannes 2011 Box Office recap: some played, some didn't.  Cannes 2012 news: Brazilian auteur Carlos Diegues to head Camera d'or Jury.

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REVIEWS

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BOX OFFICE

Weekend Box Office Specialty Films Report: What It Means

Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like a Man' Rousts 'Hunger Games' from Top Spot

FESTIVALS

Los Angeles Film Festival Books Galas 'Seeking Friend for End of World,' 'Beasts of Southern Wild,' 'Middle of Nowhere'

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Tribute Honorees Sissy Spacek and William Friedkin

"The Intouchables" Wins Unprecedented Top Two Prizes at COL-COA

IN THE WORKS

Casting Watch: Iron Man 3 Wants Chastain; Carano for "Fast & Furious 6"

CASTING WATCH: Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada Join Firth, Kidman, Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky's 'The Railway Man'

'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

EXTRAS

KiD CuDi Samples "Attack the Block" in his Latest Track, Plus "Hunger Games" Anthem

Coming to Theaters This May: 1964 "The Beatles: The Lost Concert"

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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.