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Cameron on Avatar, Roberts Reads Books, Leibovitz's Problems

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 11, 2009 at 1:20AM

The LAT's Geoff Boucher talks Avatar with James Cameron.
Thompson on Hollywood

The LAT's Geoff Boucher talks Avatar with James Cameron.

Barry Diller’s online empire isn’t doing as well as he might like.

Hollywood Elsewhere rounds up some of the great opening sequences in film.

I had a sense that Rebecca Yeldham coming into the LAFF was probably not good news for head programmer Rachel Rosen, who is returning to her old hunting grounds, the San Francisco Film Festival.

Julia Roberts reads a book!

Like everyone else who has trouble balancing my checkbook, I find it endlessly fascinating that someone as rich, cosseted and talented as Annie Leibovitz could be so destructively stupid.

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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.