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LACMA Film Program Saved, Housing Unit for Aged to Close

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 26, 2009 at 8:19AM

There's good news and bad news.
Thompson on Hollywood

There's good news and bad news.

The threatened LACMA film program has been saved through the fiscal year 2010 by $150,000 in pledges from the Hollywood Foreign press Association (they put on the Golden Globes) and Time Warner Cable (in association with Ovation TV). The museum has often mounted screenings of restored prints that are headed for DVD release or showings on cable.

LACMA Director Michael Govan stated that the museum:

"is grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Time Warner Cable, and Ovation TV, for expressing their tangible support for the art of film at LACMA, and we’re very pleased that we can keep film rolling while we build for the future."

The bad news is that the Motion Picture and Television Fund is set to close its long-beleaguered housing unit an affliliated care center for the aged, as planned, by year's end, reports the NYT.

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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.