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Lake Bell Directs Again

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2014 at 1:59PM

Writer-actress-helmer Lake Bell is getting back into the director's chair. We need as many talented women directors as possible. So this is welcome news. Her follow-up to her debut "In a World" is "The Emperor's Children," adapted by Noah Baumbach from Claire Messud's novel set around 9/11 among New York's young Liberal intelligentsia. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing; Baumbach was at one point going to direct.
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Lake Bell in "In a World"
Lake Bell in "In a World"

Writer-actress-helmer Lake Bell is getting back into the director's chair. We need as many talented women directors as possible. So this is welcome news. Her follow-up to her debut "In a World" is "The "Emperor's Children," adapted by Noah Baumbach from Claire Messud's novel set around 9/11 among New York's young Liberal intelligentsia. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing; Baumbach was at one point going to direct.

"In a World" won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Bell also earned a nomination for best first screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. 

Next up: Bell stars with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in thriller "The Coup" for Weinstein Co., and co-stars with Simon Pegg in "Man Up."


This article is related to: Lake Bell, In A World..., Noah Baumbach, Noah Baumbach, Brian Grazer


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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.