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Oscar Watch: Tyson Throws Oscar Nod at LAX

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2009 at 2:53AM

Even if the legal fracas between a paparazzi and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson winds up in a likely out-of-court settlement, the evidence points to a boxer punching a photographer in the face. Here's the LAT report.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Even if the legal fracas between a paparazzi and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson winds up in a likely out-of-court settlement, the evidence points to a boxer punching a photographer in the face. Here's the LAT report.

I feel bad for writer-director James Toback, who was informed by blogger Scott Feinberg of the airport brawl today. Feinberg read it on TMZ. Toback should not have to pay the price for Tyson's actions. The trigger-tempered pugilist has never controlled himself and probably never will. But Toback's documentary--which is in the hunt for an Oscar nomination--shows another side of the boxer: how he came to be the way he is. Toback had the smarts to pursue Tyson and get his cooperation at a time when he was vulnerable, undergoing therapy. The results in Tyson are superb.

Here's my Cannes interview with Toback.

This article is related to: Awards, Studios, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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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.