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Geoff Boucher Launches 'Humans from Earth' Screening Series and Podcast

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2014 at 1:31PM

Geoff Boucher, founder of the LA Times' Hero Complex, is kicking off a new monthly screening and stage-interview series May 2 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater: Humans from Earth. Designed as a showcase for all things Comic-Con culture, the series bows with the cult classic “Slither” and writer-director James Gunn (who’s currently in post-production on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).
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Geoff Boucher relaxing with Jabba the Hutt at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood
Geoff Boucher relaxing with Jabba the Hutt at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

Geoff Boucher, founder of the LA Times' Hero Complex, kicks off a new monthly screening and stage-interview series at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater on May 2 : Humans from Earth. Designed as a showcase for Comic-Con culture, the series bows with the cult classic “Slither” and an in-person Q&A with writer-director James Gunn (who’s currently in post-production on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

The series is just the first initiative from the open-ended partnership between Boucher’s new company and the Cinematheque. The Egyptian is also set to host tapings of the Humans from Earth podcast, which will be recorded in front of a live audience. The first podcast on May 3 has a lineup of guests including the Russo brothers ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) and Gerard Way (former lead singer of My Chemical Romance and writer of the Eisner-winning comics series “Umbrella Academy”).

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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.