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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2009 at 1:42AM

Hollywood News:Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It has a new poster and a new release date: October 2.
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Hollywood News:
Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It has a new poster and a new release date: October 2.

Returning to terra firma with Chris Nolan's next Batman installment: no Megan Fox as Catwoman, no entire movie shot in IMAX.

I recommend Big Fan, the directing debut of Wrestler writer Robert Siegel, which stars comedian Patton Oswalt in a moving, funny, searing, authentic performance. I loved Oswalt's Q & As at Comic-Con. Scott Tobias interviews Oswalt. CHUD has video.

CNBC explains why Paramount has it tougher financially than the other studios (hence the repeating pattern of year-end rescheduling). Given that Paramount is short on cash, it makes sense for the studio to take sides in the Redbox wars and make a deal--like Lionsgate, they're interested in short-term cash. They're also taking Redbox for a test drive. So what will holdout Disney do?

Based on Avatar 3D footage, The Guardian asserts that cinema art is on the verge of a renaissance. But what about all the bad 3D movies coming down the pike?

Repertory Cinema
IFC asks: is it going to be harder to see classic films?

The Museum of Modern Art presents Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years this October, “celebrating his work as a director, producer, cinematographer, writer, actor, choreographer, and sometime stuntman.” MOMA is also launching a two-year history of auteurist cinema.

The Playlist looks at the classic titles coming on Criterion.

The Art of the Floating Head in Posters. From Funny or Die...

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Media News
The NYT experiments with new models for raising revenue from its readers.

Pajiba lists The Twelve Most Life-Affirming Films of All Time. I'm not sure I understand inclusion of Magnolia and Children of Men. Someone suggested Life is Beautiful and I totally agree with It's a Wonderful Life. Other possibilities? Children of Paradise always warms the cockles of my heart. So do A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim) and E.T.

If this summer's indies were blockbusters.


My Name is Roger and I'm an Alcoholic: Roger Ebert movingly confesses his alcoholism and 30 year journey of sobriety.

For your amusement, Gawker stalks the twitterati.

Film criticism as a religious cause: Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells tunes into the Movie Gods for guidance and support.

And Charlie Kaufman talks:

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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.