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Weekly Wrap: SFIFF, Cannes, Must See Summer Box Office, Casting Updates, Celebs Sell, Brad Pitt

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2011 at 8:15AM

BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING
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Thompson on Hollywood


BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING

- Summer Preview: Anne Thompson's Must-Sees on Big Screen, Skippable, Must-to-Avoid.

- Weekend Preview: Fast Five Pumps Testosterone, Prom Tween Fantasy, 13 Assassins, Cave 3-D, The Arbor.

- Spring Fest Mania: Brit Week Meets American Idol, TCM Classics, LAT Fest of Books.

- Todd Phillips Compares The Hangover Parts I & II To The Godfather. Seriously.

- Trailer Watch: Life In A Day Releases July 24, Will Tug Your Heartstrings

- How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca’s Last Night, Starring Knightley.

FESTIVALS

- SFIFF 54: Keynote speech, Opening Night, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven.

- Cannes 2011: Les Bien-aimés To Close Festival May 22; Tesson to Head Critics Week; Egypt Tribute, plus Cannes Classics 2011: A Clockwork Orange, Despair, A Bronx Tale, The Conformist, and Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music.

- Venice Film Fest 2011: Aronofsky to Head Competition Jury.

- Seattle International Film Festival 37: Galas, Tributes and Presentations.

CASTING

- Poll:The Lone Ranger: Who Should Ride with Johnny Depp? Armie Hammer or Timothy Olyphant? (Olyphant by a landslide).

- The Hunger Games Cast Updates and Picture: Elizabeth Banks, Paula Malcomson Join.

- Superman: Man of Steel: Cast Updates and Picture.

CELEBS & LEGENDS

- Hollywood Waits for Brad Pitt.

- Interview Watch: Michelle Williams Talks Career, Harrison Ford on CGI, Gabriel Byrne on Catholicism.

- Anne Thompson: Two or Three Things I Know About Harvey Weinstein

- AFI Lifetime Award to Morgan Freeman: Pitt, Hanks, Mirren, Nicholson, Eastwood To Pay Tribute.

- Gregory Peck Gets a Stamp.

AWARDS

- Oscar Watch: 84th Academy Awards Are February 26, 2012; BAFTAs February 12 and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Picks Date for Golden Globes 69.

TELEVISION

- BAFTA TV Award Nominations Include Danish The Killing, Mad Men, Glee, Boardwalk Empire.

- Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars.

- Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking.

- HBO’s Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets.

MEDIA

- Celebs Sell: 2010 Ten Bestseller Magazine Covers Led by Sandra Bullock, Dr. Oz and Angelina Jolie.

- Elvis Mitchell Ankles Movieline: Why?

PLUS

- Playbill Gives Jersey Shore the Oscar Wilde Treatment.

- Unite for Japan: Stars Ask for Donations for Post-Tsunami Relief.

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Thompson on Hollywood

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.