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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Goes to the Movies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2014 at 7:30PM

Check out the movie-related content at this weekend's LA Times Festival of Books, including a panel I will join called "Hollywood Past and Present."
LAT Fest of Books
LAT Fest of Books
Looper, diner
Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

Spring is here and that means the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Every year, amidst the plethora of young adult panels, poetry readings, fiction talks, signings and children's events, a few movie-related book panels sneak in. And this year I get to hang out with my fellow authors in the Green Room, ahead of my 3:30 pm Sunday panel on Hollywood Past and Present, followed by a signing for my book "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System." (The full schedule is here.)

Joining me on the panel moderated by Richard Raynor are Steven J. Ross ("Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics") and Mark Harris, who once edited me at Entertainment Weekly and wrote Pictures at a Revolution, the most-excellent book about the five Oscar Best-Picture contenders of 1968, as well as the new book about Hollywood directors covering World War II, "Five Came Back." 

Also on the LA Times Fest of Books docket are conversations with "Divergent" writer Veronica Roth and "The Fault Lies in Our Stars" writer John Green--both movies star Shailene Woodley. More events listed below. 

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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.