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Movies Go to Facebook, Legos, Lebanon, Redbox and Wellywood

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 12, 2009 at 2:39AM

Media Watch: Vibe could be coming back to--digital--life, while it looks like those wild and crazy salad days at Conde Nast are finally over.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Media Watch: Vibe could be coming back to--digital--life, while it looks like those wild and crazy salad days at Conde Nast are finally over.

At least Conde Nast is facing facts. A culture that no longer recognizes reality is doomed, according to Chris Hedges' new book, Empire of Illusion.

DVD sales are on the wane, but Redbox kiosks are spreading like kudzu. Lionsgate is the latest studio to jump on the Redbox gravy train.

Vet screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn't think twice about hopping onboard the new Facebook movie.

Comic-Con interviews keep rolling out. MTV Movie's Josh Horowitz talks to exhausted-looking Wellywood filmmaker Peter Jackson about his new movies, including his collaborations on the upcoming District 9, Tintin and The Hobbit.

Cinemascopian asks: Is Israeli film Lebanon, which may turn up in Telluride, Toronto and New York fests, the next Waltz with Bashir?

With toy movies all the rage, Warners is prepping a Lego picture.

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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.