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CinemaCon: Fox Launches 'Walter Mitty' Oscar Campaign, Bullock & McCarthy's 'The Heat'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2013 at 7:40PM

Last year Twentieth Century Fox used its CinemaCon presentation to wow exhibitors with glorious footage from Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," and instantly established the 3-D epic as a major Oscar contender. This year, solo chairman Jim Gianopulos, no longer paired with now-departed Tom Rothman, introduced his upcoming slate with impressive footage from Ben Stiller's ambitious cinematic retelling of the classic James Thurber New Yorker short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

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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.