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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'Barfly,' Starring Mickey Rourke

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2013 at 11:33AM

Dipsomania Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly," starring Mickey Rourke.
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Mickey Rourke, left, in "Barfly"
Mickey Rourke, left, in "Barfly"

Dipsomania Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly," starring Mickey Rourke.

Rourke's booze-soaked lead role in poet Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical bar-crawling memoir was first offered to Sean Penn, who wanted Dennis Hopper to direct, but the script had been commissioned by French director Schroeder, so he ended up directing it as one of the rare Cannon Film productions to play the Cannes Film Festival.

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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.