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Weekly Wrap: SXSW, Box Office, Interviews, and Previews

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood March 17, 2012 at 12:32PM

Wondering what to watch on the big screen this weekend? Our Weekend Preview highlights "21 Jump Street," "Footnote," "Kid with a Bike" and "Detachment." For next weekend's box office, get ready for "The Hunger Games" -- early reviews praising Jennifer Lawrence are here.
"Gimme the Loot"
"Gimme the Loot"

Wondering what to watch on the big screen this weekend? Our Weekend Preview highlights "21 Jump Street," "Footnote," "Kid with a Bike" and "Detachment."  For next weekend's box office, get ready for "The Hunger Games" -- early reviews praising Jennifer Lawrence are here.

SXSW Coverage: We started with opening day and day two coverage of  "The Imposter," "Sun Don't Shine" and "Hunky Dory."  We caught up with "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" writer-directors Jay and Mark DuplassLena Dunham and Judd Apatow talked about HBO's hilarious and sexually frank comedy series, "Girls." Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum discussed their raucous comedy "21 Jump Street," and we posted an exclusive clip from black Brit comedy "Black Pond" and talked with "Prince of Broadway" director Sean Baker about keeping "Starlet" verite. "Gimme the Loot" and Jay Bulger's documentary on "Ginger Baker" took home jury awards (review-roundup and clips from the winners here)

In SXSW doc news: Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up Sundance/SXSW climate change documentary "Chasing Ice" and we covered "Paul Williams Still Alive" plus a review round-up and trailer.

On the tech side, Forest Whitaker launched his JuntoBox Films project in order to crowdsource and support new low-budget features. Feel the need to see a SXSW movie? Hulu is distributing the "Re: Generation Music Project" exclusively on its ad-supported site for free.

Tribeca Film Festival announced its lineup, including Men-Hattan program. 

Music Box made two Sundance buys, Ira Sachs' Gay Relationship Drama 'Keep the Lights On' and HBO Doc 'Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present'

Across the pond, "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" transformed from a pleasant surprise to a phenomenon. Cusack and McTeigue's "The Raven" premiered a week before the States - our review of "The Raven" here.

On the Classics side,  "The Bodyguard" returns to cinemas to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and late star Whitney Houston.  Robert Altman's first film was discovered in a garage sale: you can watch Altman's 1951 "Modern Football" here.   The iconic singer-actress Doris Day was honored with a TCM programming spotlight.  This week's "Now and Then" column is "All About Almodóvar."

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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.