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Sony Pictures Classics' Secrets: 'Mr. Turner' Opens Competition, First of Five Cannes Entries (TRAILERS)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 15, 2014 at 8:12AM

Sony Pictures Classics is always one of the big North American buyers at Cannes. This year they're taking five movies to the Riviera festival--and plan to buy a few more. We find out some of their secrets for survival.

This article is related to: Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classic, Foxcatcher, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Festivals, Trailers, Trailers, Mr. Turner , Zhang Yimou, Whiplash

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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.