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Weekend Recap: Jeremy Renner on SNL, 'Now You See Me' Trailer, Rome Fest Winners, Stoppard on Love, and PT Anderson SteadiCams

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 1:49PM

The weekend in review, from Jeremy Renner's SNL stint to Tom Stoppard's knowledge of "Anna Karenina" and a brief history of Paul Thomas Anderson's relationship with the SteadiCam.
Eisenberg interview
Eisenberg interview
Boogie Nights

- The trailer for twisty romp "Now You See Me" (June 7, 2013) shows Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson having fun with their gadgets as heist magicians.  Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman also star in the film (linked below).

- For long shot enthusiasts, PT Anderson devotees, or anyone that wants to geek out on production - check out this BFI short.  The video details the complicated tracking shots in Anderson's movies, from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" through "There Will Be Blood."  Nothing yet on "The Master." Here's the BFI website.

- Tom Stoppard schools us on "Anna Karenina" and the overlooked aspects of Tolstoy's opus on NPR. The playwright and screenwriter behind "Shakespeare in Love" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" recently adapted the Russian novel for Joe Wright.  Stoppard defends and details several unexpected choices in this short interview. And he gives as good an explanation of that thing called love as we've ever heard.

- Larry Clark's "Marfa Girl," a moody-looking Americana exploration, wins best film at the Rome Film Festival.  Gabriel and Alan Polsky's "The Motel Life" won the Audience Award.  More on the film in this IndieWire review.

- EW's Popwatch summarizes Jeremy Renner's SNL appearance accurately: impossible mission.  Lackluster, the weakest episode of the season, the "Hurt Locker" star lampooned his "Avengers" character, but overall it was a big swing-and-miss.  

- This fascinating essay on Digital Dorr looks at how social media might replace TV ads, by looking at how "The Hunger Games" and "Prometheus" attempted to woo audiences.  It seems that going forward, rallying audiences, and asking them to spread information, is going to be the strongest marketing tool.  This quote below gives the gist:

"Interruptive advertising, like TV commercials and banner ads will increasingly be filtered by technology like ad blockers and DVRs.  To gain attention and interaction, you need to move to permission marketing tactics, that excite people rather than interrupt them."

This article is related to: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Rome Film Festival, Anna Karenina, Short Film, Shorts, Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Karenina, Trailers, Trailers, Video, Video

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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.