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Weekly Wrap: Awards and Festivals, News, Media, Celebs

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2010 at 7:23AM

In the past week, TOH looked at Names That Rule in Moviesphere, considered Recycling at the Cinema [pictured: DiCaprio and Hall, potentials for Great Gatsby remake] and pondered the five things that went wrong with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
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Thompson on Hollywood

In the past week, TOH looked at Names That Rule in Moviesphere, considered Recycling at the Cinema [pictured: DiCaprio and Hall, potentials for Great Gatsby remake] and pondered the five things that went wrong with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

AWARDS & FESTIVALS

We rounded up the week's Oscar buzz, which focused on the best actress race, from likely nominees Annette Being and Natalie Portman to Winter's Bone long shot Jennifer Lawrence. The Gotham Awards favored Winter's Bone with three nominations.

Our Oscar Talk podcast covered the animation race, Michael Douglas's Oscar chances for Wall Street 2 or Solitary Man, Alice in Wonderland and Fair Game.

Carey Mulligan and James Franco both got a boost into awards season with the Palm Spring Film Festival's Breakthrough Performance Award (Mulligan) and the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Outstanding Performance of The Year Award (Franco).

NEWS

IndieWIRE welcomed one of our favorite and movie blogs, ThePlaylist, into to its blog network.

News of Mel Gibson's Hangover 2 cameo was shot down due to cast and crew protests, and we considered his black-listing.

The Hobbit's filming fracas continued, despite the labor dispute being resolved, leaving fans uncertain if New Zealand will continue to be Middle Earth.

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Jackass 3D kicked ass at the box office with Red not too far behind. Secretariat, The Social Network and The Town held on due to strong word-of-mouth.

We took a look at director Mike Nichol's latest (Death of A Salesman on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman), as well as Darren Aronofsky's Wolverine 2, Ben Affleck's next actor-director project and Pierre Morel's Ouija board.

And as expected, Disney Studios and its subsidiary Marvel Entertainment bought back Iron Man 3 and The Avengers for $115 million.

MEDIA

The new Hollywood Reporter made additions to their team, including TOH contributor Tim Appelo, who provided our Mad Men season four recap.

CELEBS

We asked what was scarier than a Demon (A Damon, in Funny or Die's Paranormal Activity 2 spoof), profiled Chris Pine who was interviewed for Details magazine's November issue, and featured the latest Huston to be making headlines: Jack Huston, whose film Hemingway's Garden of Eden releases in December.

We also looked at sixteen-year-old Saoirse Ronan and her meaty dramatic roles, and put our two-cents into the debate on whether Jon Hamm will become a George Clooney or a Tom Selleck.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Video, Stuck In Love, TV, Media, TOH: Best of the Week, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Darren Aronofsky, Iron Man, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Pine, Ben Affleck, Annette Bening, Trailers, Mad Men


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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.