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Summer Wraps, Michael Moore, Fest Clips, Brit Wit, Remakes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 10, 2009 at 1:14AM

Catching up after the holiday weekend and travel to and from fall film fests:
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Catching up after the holiday weekend and travel to and from fall film fests:

Summer boxoffice wraps from THR and LAT.

Fall fest round-up:

Jay Fernandez covered my Telluride panel with Nic Cage et les autres.

Scott Burns talks The Informant! at MCN.

Analysis of the contemporary role of the film festival.

Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Michael Moore promos his Capitalism: A Love Story reviews.

Lots of lit flicks are coming this fall.

Other news on the jump:

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To state the obvious: we'll be hearing a lot of Beatles in next few months on top of the simultaneous release of Beatles Rock Band and new remastered CDs. Fine with me. I confess that I missed the satiric edge of this intro-to-Beatles critique from The Onion's Chuck Klosterman. Sometimes I read too fast. Hazard of the beat.

Annie Leibovitz is on the verge of losing rights to her photography: Tuesday September 8 was the deadline for her to come up with $24 million.

Could Ant Man be the first Marvel/Pixar movie?.

Michael Sheen won't play Tony Blair any more, after The Special Relationship.

The Hobbit is clear of legal issuesnow clear of legal issues, so Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson can proceed.

Check out this Atlantic feature on the Brit Wit invasion, mainly focused on Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais.

The WSJ looks at a classic screwball comedy collection.

Total Film's 28 most horrifying movie moments.

Patrick Goldstein finally gets around to the topic of one of my first posts here: Hollywood's lust for the familiar.

Michel Gondry has a new music-video compilation DVD.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Headliners, Daily Read, Steven Soderbergh, Peter Jackson, Michael Moore, Toronto, Telluride, Matt Damon

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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.