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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Wes Anderson's Absurdist Family Comedy 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 26, 2014 at 11:12AM

A Criterion Royal Flush! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums."
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'The Royal Tenenbaums'
'The Royal Tenenbaums'

A Criterion Royal Flush! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Anderson’s absurdist family comedy features a jam-packed cast full of eccentrics that recall the heyday of Preston Sturges. Anderson’s deadpan mannerist approach seems to bring out the best in his eclectic cast including Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray and Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum, the trouble-making patriarch who sets the story in motion. Fans of dogs being run over for comedic purposes will be especially pleased.

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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.