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Weekend Read: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Editor of the Year, Glickman Leaving MPAA, Geek Chic Daily

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2009 at 7:58AM

Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox debuted well at the London Film Festival; Willem Dafoe co-stars with George Clooney and Meryl Streep; he also stars in Lars von Trier's Antichrist---and a host of other movies. Here's Todd McCarthy's Fox review.
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Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox debuted well at the London Film Festival; Willem Dafoe co-stars with George Clooney and Meryl Streep; he also stars in Lars von Trier's Antichrist---and a host of other movies. Here's Todd McCarthy's Fox review.

For me, the movie is comparable to Where the Wild Things Are: what starts out as a visually dazzling, charming, cool, inventive movie falls down after the first hour on the weakness of a talky, undramatic script (by Anderson and Noah Baumbach). Toward the end of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, despite the best efforts of the animators and actors, I got sleepy. Not good.

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It's hard to say that MPAA chairman Dan Glickman filled the gigantic shoes of the late Jack Valenti. But he did do the job, with sense and sensibility. Glickman is stepping down at the end of his contract. Next up: finding--and defining-- a replacement.

The fractious Screen Actors Guild hopes to stabilize with the appointment of moderate David P. White as national executive director and chief negotiator. White had been serving as the Guild’s interim national executive director since January.
This weekend the directors approved a two-year contract by a vote of 70.91% to 29.09% at its national board meeting in Los Angeles. "We now have six previously open contracts ratified, new cost saving and administrative improvements in place, and innovative initiatives underway," said new SAG national president Ken Howard. Added White: "We will continue to get our house in order—financially and strategically. I have great confidence in the Guild’s ability to navigate the dramatic changes taking place in our industry." 


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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.