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Jackson Farewell, St. Trinian Sequel Adds Tennant, Beatles Terrify

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2009 at 2:25AM

Variety's Dana Harris covered the Michael Jackson memorial. So did Bob Tourtellotte at Reuters and the NYT. I did not go; I listened on NPR and tracked it on Twitter. Defamer posts the ten most important moments at the Memorial.
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Variety's Dana Harris covered the Michael Jackson memorial. So did Bob Tourtellotte at Reuters and the NYT. I did not go; I listened on NPR and tracked it on Twitter. Defamer posts the ten most important moments at the Memorial.

The New York Times is asking its writers to stop texting and IM instead. And no 411 calls.

Funny or Die reminds us of how terrifying The Beatles once were.

As soon as we find out about the stateside release of the UK hit comedy St. Trinian's, the Brits announce that Dr. Who star David Tennant will join the sequel. It remains a mystery to me why Hollywood hasn't snapped up this sexy actor. Didn't anyone see Viva Blackpool?

Filmmaker gives a a blow by blow on the release of Kirt Gunn's micro-indie Lovely by Surprise.

The LAT's intrepid Joe Flint is tracking the moguls to Sun Valley for the annual Allen retreat. Sounds like there are fewer agents, for one thing. Execs tend to go there when they're able to walk the walk, not when they're hurting. Here's #sunvalley.

Originally posted on Variety.com

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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.