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Weekend Recap: Director Interviews with Stone and Coppola, January Releases, and More Best of 2012

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2012 at 1:08PM

Weekend Recap: Director Interviews with Stone and Coppola, January Releases, and More Best of 2012
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Gangster Squad

- Russsia News site RT.com interviews Oliver Stone, who argues that America is "an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up in the database somewhere.” More with the director as well as well as historian Peter Kuznick here.

Noomi Rapace Prometheus

- Entertainment Weekly has posted a list of random awards they would like to dole out for movies in 2012, including "Scariest Pregnancy Since 'Rosemary’s Baby'" - a landslide win for Noomi Rapace in "Prometheus."  They also include "Best Unintentional Homage to 'Home Alone'" and "Best Song by an Artist in Leather Cowboy Chaps."

- Rodrigo Rubano and Ramiro Longo have released an app to help independent filmmakers keep track of dates, details, and deadlines to market their films at international festivals.  Read more about iFilmfest App, which is the first app of its kind, in this interview with Rubano at Digital Journal.

Keri Russell in FX's 'The Americans'
Keri Russell in FX's 'The Americans'

- Yahoo Movies have compiled a list of movies out in theaters January - from "Promised Land," "Gangster Squad," "Movie 43," and "Broken City," just in case you're caught up on  December holdovers.

- TV Guide has posted a list of shows to watch out for in 2013 including NBC's "1600 Penn," FX's "The Americans" with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, and Cinemax's "Banshee," about an ex-con who imposes his own type of justice in Amish Country, Pennsylvania.

- The Screen Actors Guild mails ballots via postcard on Monday Dec. 31, 2012 to the 100,000 SAG-AFTRA members who are eligible to vote.  These postcards will allow them to choose Outstanding Performances of 2012 in five film and eight television categories.

Jennifer Lawrence

- Dairy of a Screenwriter has posted an interview with Francis Ford Coppola from 1979 for Rolling Stone, in which Coppola talks through the tribulations behind making "Apocalypse Now."  To give you a hint of what to expect for this exchange, when the interview asks: "Would you do it all again?" He answers: "I'm tempted to say no. I really think there's a limit to what you ought to give a project you're working on. It's not worth it, it's really not worth it."

- BuzzFeed has posted the "Best Jennifer Lawrence Quotes of 2012."  She calls Belize "unBelizeable."


- Deadspin posted a fantastic (and fake) top ten movies of 2012 list including: "Yours, Mine, And Pedro's (But Not Stan's)," "There Is A Dog Here," and "Bring The Thunder, Sing The Rain, Rock The Boat Or Die, Mi Tio."  Read their full list here.

This article is related to: Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Television, Gangster Squad, Promised Land, Keri Russell, Jennifer Lawrence


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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.