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Three Critics Debate Future of 3-D

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2010 at 7:46AM

I invited indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin and Eric Kohn to join me in a debate about the present and future of 3-D for Moviefone Movies. Here's a sample (read the full piece here):Maltin kicked off the conversation with his take on 'Jackass 3D' opening with $50 million a few weeks back. "I felt they ought to have a huge asterisk next to that saying, 'And we built most of that out of overages in the admission price,'" he argued.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I invited indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin and Eric Kohn to join me in a debate about the present and future of 3-D for Moviefone Movies. Here's a sample (read the full piece here):


Maltin kicked off the conversation with his take on 'Jackass 3D' opening with $50 million a few weeks back. "I felt they ought to have a huge asterisk next to that saying, 'And we built most of that out of overages in the admission price,'" he argued.

Thompson agreed that the movie wouldn't have brought in as much money in standard 2-D, but also felt that the format itself greatly helped drive audiences to theaters to check it out. "If you want to be surrounded by poop," said Thompson, "don't you want to do it in 3-D?"

Kohn noted that the fast and loose usage of 3-D equipment in the film was novel; it was as if the filmmakers didn't care if the cameras got banged up or vomited on. "There is probably something historical about that alone," he quipped.

This article is related to: Franchises, Digital Future, Exhibition, Production , Harry Potter, Avatar, 3D


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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.