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London Film Fest: Coming Up

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2009 at 11:51AM

I'm off to the London Film Festival for a few days. It's my first time covering this fest, and I'm going because they're flying me over. Friday night, they're screening Precious. Gabourey Sidibe is the only one going at this point. Lee Daniels, who is profiled in this Sunday's NYT Magazine, is sick, and may not make it for his Master Class on Saturday.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I'm off to the London Film Festival for a few days. It's my first time covering this fest, and I'm going because they're flying me over. Friday night, they're screening Precious. Gabourey Sidibe is the only one going at this point. Lee Daniels, who is profiled in this Sunday's NYT Magazine, is sick, and may not make it for his Master Class on Saturday.

I've seen some of the pics, but look forward to the debut of fest closer Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon's early years, one of 15 world premieres at the expanded fest, beefed up by $2.7 million over the next three years from U.K. Film Council. Other first-looks include Malcolm Venville’s gangster noir 44 Inch Chest, David Morrissey’s Don’t Worry About Me and Penny Woolcock’s 1 Day.

[Photo of Lee Daniels and Mo'nique courtesy NYTimes Magazine]

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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.