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Woodstock Now & Then, Mad Men Ads, Journalism Online, Shah Rukh Khan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 17, 2009 at 8:16AM

The U.S. treatment of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stirs up a ruckus back in India. Shalini Dore and Jon Brooks explain.
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The U.S. treatment of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stirs up a ruckus back in India. Shalini Dore and Jon Brooks explain.

I’m not the only one delirious that Mad Men is back. Fast Company researched some of the real-life ad campaigns that inspired the Mad Men TV series.

Thompson on Hollywood has posted a slide show of 17 unpublished photos of young starlet Marilyn Monroe. They’re fairly tacky and stiff. But she had the right stuff.

Paid Content tackles Journalism Online, which has lined up about 500 possible affliliates with letters of intent.

Based on the Robert Harris novel, Roman Polanski’s new movie The Ghost (due in 2010) stars Ewan McGregor as the ghostwriter for a former British prime minister (Peirce Brosnan). There’s a brief teaser on the film site.

Little White Lies reviews one of my fave movies of all time, Once Upon a Time in the West.

Eugene Hernandez’s second movie column Movies Now More than Ever compares today's movie culture wars with the ones in the 70s.

Barbara Kopple’s Woodstock: Now & Then on VH1 is a surprisingly deep exploration of the mythic 1969 concert, complete with new info that surprised me. I liked it more than Robert Lloyd of the LAT. Of course I’m an old hippie who grew up listening to the soundtrack and desperately wished that I could have gone the day that my aunt and I drove by the Woodstock traffic jam. She wasn’t willing to take the dog, and I was too young to go by myself. Here’s the NYT review, and Joan Baez talks to the Today Show:

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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.