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Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, 'The Giver' and Other Oscar Possibilities

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2014 at 12:49PM

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic.
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'The Giver'
'The Giver'

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic. It's a shorter podcast than usual as I had to run into the next panel, Paramount--where Chris Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first visit, a surprise, to the Con. Report here. 

And yes I know that both "Penguins of Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" are sequels--and some animated sequels do well at the Oscars. It depends. "Toy Story 3" did well, obviously. 

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This article is related to: Comic-Con, Comic Con 2014, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Nolan, Interstellar, The Giver, Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man


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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.