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Fox's Jim Gianopulos to Deliver USC Film School Commencement Address; Marvel's Kevin Feige Gets Alumni Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2014 at 3:41PM

Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, Jim Gianopulos (“Avatar,” “Titanic”), is set to deliver the commencement address at the 2014 USC School of Cinematic Arts’s graduation ceremony. It will be held on May 16.
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Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, Jim Gianopulos (“Avatar,” “Titanic”), is set to deliver the commencement address at the 2014 USC School of Cinematic Arts’s graduation ceremony. It will be held on May 16.

Also during the ceremony, Marvel president Kevin Feige, who just oversaw the release of superhero hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” (not to mention juggernaut hits “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers,” which hold the second and first biggest all-time box office openings, respectively) will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award.  He is a USC alum.

Past recipients of the Mary Pickford award include the likes of Conrad Hall, Ray Harryhausen, Michelle Manning, Walter Murch, Robert Zemeckis, Laura Ziskin, Shonda Rhimes, Bryan Singer and Matthew Weiner.

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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.