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TIFF Hot Tickets: 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premieres

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2012 at 4:46PM

Dueling Saturday night screenings of The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" (WB) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC) are two of Toronto's highest-profile debuts. "Cloud Atlas"'s six-plus minute trailer wowed some and suggested disaster to others, while "The Fighter" director Russell's comedy skipped Telluride to finish last-minute changes just in time for the Canadian fest.
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Silver Linings Playbook poster

Saturday night screenings of The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" (WB) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC) are two of Toronto's highest-profile debuts. "Cloud Atlas"'s six-plus minute trailer wowed some and suggested disaster to others, while "The Fighter" director Russell's comedy skipped Telluride to finish last-minute changes just in time for the Canadian fest. Bradley Cooper must hope that he'll come out ahead on this one after tough reviews on CBS Films' Sundance pickup "The Words."

The New Yorker's well-read profile of the Wachowskis may prove to be good PR--or continue the jinx that dogs the subjects of recent profiles, from Andrew Stanton ("John Carter") to Steve Carell and Anna Farris.

The poster for "Silver Linings Playbook" just debuted, and reveals -- among other things -- that "Hemingway LIED."

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, David O. Russell, Cloud Atlas, Festivals


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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.