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Weekend Fest Duel: Classic Films vs. Fest Of Books

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2010 at 7:39AM

TCM’s first-ever Classic Film Festival launches April 22nd, running 50 classic films and wide-ranging panels over four days at three landmark venues--Grauman’s Chinese, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
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Thompson on Hollywood

TCM’s first-ever Classic Film Festival launches April 22nd, running 50 classic films and wide-ranging panels over four days at three landmark venues--Grauman’s Chinese, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The fest kicks off with a screening of the newly restored George Cukor film A Star is Born (1954). Other highlights include gorgeous prints of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Mel Brooks' The Producers, which will be accompanied by a discussion with the triple threat writer/director/actor.

A special screening of Joan Crawford’s home movies will be hosted by grandson Casey LaLonde; effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull will host a VFX presentation; and two out of many panel discussions include The Knack of Finding the Right Actor and A Remake to Remember: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Updating Movie Classics. (I'm moderating one called Location, Location, Location.)

I'm also moderating a film book panel on the same weekend at the always bustling LAT Festival of Books on the UCLA campus. Both events were vying for some of the same film panelists: I had to exchange one Classic Film panel for another when it conflicted with my Fest of Books panel.

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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.