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If You Could be Adopted by a Mother in the Movies, Who Would It Be?

I’ve been reading Richard Corliss’ "Mom in the Movies," a sprightly survey of cinemamas, as though it were a catalogue of mail-order moms. Which movie mom would you choose for your own? Why?
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • May 10, 2014 12:10 PM
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More: Books, Critics

All-Star Cast Lines Up for Andy Goddard's Cannes-Bound Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones have joined the cast of Brit helmer Andy Goddard's Untitled Patricia Highsmith adaptation.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2014 12:07 PM
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I Answer Questions About My New Book 'The $11 Billion Year'

My new book about the year 2012, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," is in bookstores.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2014 5:36 PM
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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Goes to the Movies

Check out the movie-related content at this weekend's LA Times Festival of Books, including a panel I will join called "Hollywood Past and Present."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2014 7:30 PM
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How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

"Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 7:46 PM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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On 'The $11 Billion Year' Promo Tour, from NY to LA

I'll be signing copies of "The $11 Billion Year" on Sunday March 16 at 6 PM at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a Q & A on the future of movies with The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters and the LA Times' John Horn, regulars on KCRW's "The Business," and a screening of Ben Affleck's Oscar-winner "Argo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2014 5:20 PM
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Academy Names Film Scholars

Who has the Academy's Educational Grants Committee picked this year as an Academy Scholar to receive $25,000 to write a book? Past awardees include writers Cari Beauchamp, Richard B. Jewell, and Donald Crafton. The Academy doles out the first portion of the grants at a ceremony on Monday March 17.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2014 12:51 PM
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Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep is up for an Oscar on March 2 for her over-the-top portrayal of a grieving, drug-addicted mother in John Wells' movie version of Tracy Letts' Broadway smash "August: Osage County," although she's not pegged for another win. Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her new book.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 5:11 PM
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'Network' Meets the Future, as Olbermann Takes on Itzkoff

On Sunday, New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff will be interviewed at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image about his hot-off-the-presses (-and-tablet-download) “Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” about the baroque construction project that was the Sidney Lumet classic of 1976, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s dystopian vision of what the TV news business was going to become, and largely has.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 20, 2014 3:44 PM
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