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Kaufman's Meta Frank or Francis, Craig and Mara Pose in Empire

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 3, 2011 at 8:06AM

- Check out Empire's spread of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, as they continue to build hype for David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. More details on the issue and why Lisbeth Salander is "not a superhero" here.
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- Check out Empire's spread of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, as they continue to build hype for David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. More details on the issue and why Lisbeth Salander is "not a superhero" here.

Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

- ThePlaylist has read Charlie Kaufman's script, Frank or Francis, and shares all the details you want and none you don't. They describe the script as "a sprawling, super ambitious and hyper meta-textual. It’s also hilarious, completely bizarre, multi-layered, dense and therefore the ne plus ultra of Charlie Kaufman-esque."

Here's more:

"Frank or Francis, in our estimation, feels like a deliciously good and contemptuous (though self-aware) screed/send-up of the film industry, not only, the graffiti-with-punctuation bloggers, but the entire machine: fatuous filmmakers, vapid PR people, self-absorbed writers, blowhard actors, and last but not least it serves up a jiujitsu-like takedown on the ego-driven, vacuous meat-parade that is the Academy Awards. No stone is left unturned nor is there much of any kind of hero in the story as everyone is as equally moronic and narcissistic as the other."

The Guardian interviews Kaufman about what makes good writing.

[Empire]

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Video, Stuck In Love, Daily Read, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Books, Trailers, Screenwriters


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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.