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Weekly Wrap: Fests, WonderCon, Box Office, In The Works, Academy, Interviews & Women in Film

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2011 at 8:26AM

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BOX OFFICE

- Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek’s Cutoff.

- Oscar-Winner In a Better World’s Box Office Slashed by Harsh Reviews.

- Arthur Early Reviews: “Dispiritingly Witless,” “Crude instead of Whimsical”.

- Your Highness Early Reviews: “Utterly Batshit Insane, Misguided, Chaotic, Teenage Titillation”.

- Joe Wright on Hanna, Karenina, David Lynch, Fairy Tales; Slams Sucker Punch’s Sexual Objectification.

- WonderCon Highlights: Thor, Immortals, Cowboys & Aliens, Three Musketeers, Priest, Star Trek Sequel.

- Let’s Talk About Sex: A Call to Action for the Sake of American Teens’ Health.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS NEWS

- Dawn Hudson Takes Over Motion Picture Academy as CEO; Ric Robertson Reports to Her as COO, will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy.

- French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview.

- LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times.

- Anne Hathaway Talks Hosting Oscars on Today Show: Will She Host Again? “Maybe…Perhaps No”.

- San Francisco Film Fest Preview: Christine Vachon’s Keynote, Frank Pierson’s Master Class.

- Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes.

- Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock.

- Turner Classic Movie Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies.

VIDEO:

- Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women.

- Gabriel Sunday Talks My Suicide, Starring Late David Carradine, Opens in May Via Distrib Big Air.

- Trailer Watch: Is Crazy, Stupid, Love Gosling’s Crazy, Stupid Sellout?.

MEDIA

- AOL’s Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone’s Chui Loses Job.

- Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

- In The Works: Bullock and Freeman May Chase Somali Pirates, Meg Ryan Directs, Medallion Adds Stars.

- The Crow Reboot Lands Director.

- In The Works: Nolan Helps Snyder with Superman; Working Title’s Trash; Flight of Conchords’s Hobbit.

- Javier Bardem for Dark Tower, Penelope Cruz & Woody Allen Reteam, The Hobbit’s Legolas & Gollum.

LISTS:

- Writers Guild’s 101 Greatest Screenplays List Starts with Casablanca, Ends with Notorious.


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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.