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Weekly Wrap: Transformers Good News for 3-D, Oscar Lineup Shaping Up, Original Content in the Works

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 1, 2011 at 7:42AM

Thompson on Hollywood


- Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon; plus Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne; and Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews: 3-D Action Porn, Nostalgia for Megan Fox

- Screenwriters Talk A Better Life: From Capracorn and Social Realism to Weitz and Bichir.

- Last Weekend's Box Office: Cars 2 Beats Critic Brickbats and Cars with $68 Million; Diaz Opens Bad Teacher


- Outer Space Horror in APOLLO 18, In Theaters September 2; Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Starring Oldman, Firth, Hardy, Strong.


- First Look at The Raven: Cusack Frighteningly Passable as Edgar Allen Poe.

- Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese’s Furious Love.

- Place Beyond The Pines: Cast Gets Hotter, with Liotta Joining Gosling, Cooper, Mendes, Mendelsohn.

- Next Coen Brothers’ Feature Goes Folk, Moverman Writes Brian Wilson Biopic.

- Emma Thompson to Adapt Annie for Will and Willow Smith and Jay-Z?

- Mandate Buys Diablo Cody Script Lamb of God for Her to Direct.

- Why Tragic Jeff Buckley Biopic Has Lured the Likes of Pitt, Maguire, Pattinson, and now Badgley.

- Franco Nero Talks Meeting Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained.

- Johansson Sings, Cranston for Affleck’s Argo, Denzel Washington for Katrina Drama, Patel for Sorkin.

- Noomi Rapace & Husband Ola Rapace to Star in Hardwicke’s Lindblom/Högberg Love Story.


- Academy Moves Around Governors List, Adds Hurd, Bening, Mazursky.

- Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up.

- Oscar Watch: Weinstein Co. Adds Director Madonna’s Sophomore Film W.E. to Holiday Line-Up.

- Palm Springs International ShortFest: The Road to Hollywood, Oscar.

- LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners.

- AFI-Discovery Channel’s Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy.


- Hollywood Chases Bin Laden Capture.

- Media Watch: Wikipedia Love Button, Hearst Umbrella Campaign, Mind the Spending Gap.

- First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU.

- Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman.

- Media Watch: Selling MySpace for a Song, Tina Brown Defends Photoshopping Princess Diana


- Long-Running Ron Meyer Wins Universal Game of Survivor; More Changes in Store?

- BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards to Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter, Harry Potter’s David Yates

- Last Chance to Celebrate LACMA Classic Cinema Favorites!

- Mickey Spillane’s Best Mike Hammer Hits Criterion via Kiss Me Deadly.

- EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock’s Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Blu-ray & DVD August 23.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Hollywood, Independents, Studios, Video, Marketing, TOH: Best of the Week, Oscars, Summer, Transformers, Trailers

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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.