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Weekly Wrap: Academy Awards, Oscar Watch, SXSW, Sundance, Berlinale, Cold Weather

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2011 at 10:10AM

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- Cold Weather’s Katz & McFadden Talk Characters, Genre, Free Collaboration.

- Paul Haggis Talks Scientology to The New Yorker, ABC Videos Cruise.


- The Eagle Early Reviews: Tatum and Bell Are “Junior League Versions of Snyder’s 300 Macho-Erotica”.


- Oscar Talk: Bening vs. Portman, Leo’s Gaffe, Nominees Lunch, BAFTAs, Inception Surge.

- SBIFF Oscar Directors Panel: Aronofsky, Ferguson, Granik, Hooper, Russell, Unkrich.

- SBIFF Oscar Q & A: Nicole Kidman Talks Career, Rabbit Hole.

- Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short.

- Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing.

- Academy Lunch Assembles Nominees for Portrait Monday, Livestreams Interview Room.

- Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells.

- Take That Zuckerberg! Winklevi Fight For More Money, Publicity with Spandex.- Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy.

- Oscar Watch: Bening Could Beat Portman, Exclusive The Kids Are All Right Video, Tribute Q & A.

- Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall.

- Indie Spirit Award Nominees Talk; Presenters Are Eisenberg, Saldana, Rudd, Wasikowska.

- London Film Critics Circle Goes for Fincher, Firth, Bale, Bening, Manville.


- Sundance Dealbook: Oprah Winfrey Buys Feminist Media Critique Miss Representation.

- SXSW 2011 Adds Midnighters, Fest’s “Bloody Beating Heart”.

- Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy.

- Berlin Dealbook: Pina, Midnight’s Children, Tyrannosaur, Hot Potato, House of Horror (UPDATE).


- Streep Starts Filming Iron Lady Thatcher Role, in Talks for Great Hope Springs with Prada’s Frankel.

- Seven Reasons To Be Excited about Abrams/Spielberg’s Super 8.

- Dueling Snow Whites: Kavanaugh Lands Roberts as Evil Queen.

- Little Miss Sunshine Team Tackles He Loves Me, Palahniuk’s Gang-Bang, Keaton & Harris Look of Love.


- Sony Negotiating MGM Distrib and Financing Deal, Including Bonds.

- Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Independents, Production , TOH: Best of the Week, Oscars, Critics Groups, Sundance, SXSW

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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.