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Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 13, 2009 at 5:50AM

John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.
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Thompson on Hollywood

John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.

Thompson on Hollywood

Some folks are pushing A Serious Man's Fred Melamed as a possible best supporting actor awards candidate. I don't know about that (although if the movie keeps doing as well as it is doing, it will have long coattails indeed), but the home videos on his Facebook page are a must-see. Besides reading the Percy Bysshe Shelley sonnet "Ozymandias," he takes credit for giving the Coens the ending of A Serious Man!

With new management overseeing the slimmed and trimmed versions of the LAT and LA Weekly, Annie Gilbar is out at the LAT Magazine and LA Weekly veteran Steve Mikulan follows Laurie Ochoa out the door. The "Media Transformers" panel at Digital Hollywood conference in Santa Monica next week should be revealing, with high-ranking reps from the Times, Weekly, The Wrap, A.P., Mediaweek and Variety.

According to Businessweek, no matter what happens with Comcast and NBC/Universal, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt is sticking with failing-upward Jeff Zucker, because he knows Zucker will look out for GE's interests.

This article is related to: Awards, Hollywood, Moguls, Studios, Daily Read, TV, Oscars, Universal/Focus Features


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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.