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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 7, 2009 at 5:58AM

I'm in Las Vegas at the International Film Festival Summit. Over the weekend I went to producer Jason Blum's celebratory party for Paranormal Activity at his super-moderne house up above Sunset Plaza. It boasts a huge view of the city and great art and an angled pool that looks like you'd swim off the edge if you weren't careful. Filmmaker Oren Peli, actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, CAA's Bryan Lourd, The Daily Beast's Kim Masters, DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan, New Regency's Amy Israel, attorney Linda Lichter and ICM's Ron Bernstein were among the revelers.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I'm in Las Vegas at the International Film Festival Summit. Over the weekend I went to producer Jason Blum's celebratory party for Paranormal Activity at his super-moderne house up above Sunset Plaza. It boasts a huge view of the city and great art and an angled pool that looks like you'd swim off the edge if you weren't careful. Filmmaker Oren Peli, actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, CAA's Bryan Lourd, The Daily Beast's Kim Masters, DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan, New Regency's Amy Israel, attorney Linda Lichter and ICM's Ron Bernstein were among the revelers.

Sunday, I interviewed Peter Jackson and attended the Lovely Bones press conference. Then I packed and flew to Las Vegas, standing in many lines at LAX, the Vegas airport taxi stand, and Planet Hollywood check-in. I met with some of the folks who will be on my panel this morning on the state of film fests. I went to dinner with Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff, Film Finder founder Peter Belsito and Susan Glatzer from Loyola Marymount. When I get back tonight, I'll do a Q & A at LACMA with Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. More anon.

This article is related to: On the Town, Festivals, Headliners, Jeff Bridges


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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.