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Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2009 at 4:37AM

Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.
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Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

And Fox 411 blogger Roger Friedman, who often praises Weinstein Co. movies, hearts Rob Marshall's Nine, which most of us will see at the end of November. The Vogue cover story promises more than it delivers, with only one Annie Leibovitz photo on the inside (on the jump, with the photo-shoot video) and a breathlessly gushy Shepperton-as-Cinecitta set feature by Plum Sykes.

I lost some faith in Chicago's Marshall after the inert and overwrought Memoirs of a Geisha. I never saw this musical on Broadway, and question how a $90-million movie can make its money back. But as an ardent fan of 8 1/2 and movie musicals, I am eager to see this.

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[Nine photos for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz]

This article is related to: Awards, Independents, Media, Marketing, Oscars, Summit, Weinsteins


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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.