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Weekly Wrap: Summer Box Office Lacks Class, Oscar Watch Begins, Bridesmaids, Top Actresses & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2011 at 8:25AM

OSCAR WATCH- Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close.
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Thompson on Hollywood


OSCAR WATCH


- Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close.

- Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto.

- Plus Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford.

-And Meryl Streep Keeps Pearls in Iron Lady Teaser: Faces New Oscar Rival.

IN THE WORKS

- Dueling Snow Whites: Huntsman Set as Trilogy; Character Details for Stewart, Theron and Hemsworth.

- Paramount’s Grey Gets Tough with DreamWorks Animation’s Katzenberg, Launches Paramount Animation.

- Five Things We Learn from Esquire on Daniel Craig: Dragon Tattoo Violence, Tintin Leotard.

- Gods Behaving Badly Starts New York Shoot with Silverstone, Falco, Stone, Turturro, Walken.

BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING

- Weekend Preview: Will Transformers 3-D Make Room for Crass Horrible Bosses, Dopey Zookeeper or Quality Indie Fare?

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Early Reviews Debate Franchise Ending.

- Bridesmaids Breaks Records But Can’t Escape Femme Sub-Genre.

- Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess.

- Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

- New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises’ Juno Temple

- Micro-Indie Myth of the American Sleepover Intros New Director, Actress.

- Last Weekend's Box Office: 3-D Transformers 3 Breaks Records, Larry Crowne Fizzles.

MEDIA

- Mogul Wives Murdoch and Sloan Produce Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

- Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

- Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook’s Media Command.

PLUS

- This is What Money Looks Like: Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses…Is There A Magic Formula?

- Ten Films to Compete for LUX Prize.

- HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel’s Division in Strauss-Kahn Case.

- Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award.

- Silent Masterpiece Sunrise Boasts New Score: For a Single Guitar.

- Dardennes’ Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Video, Reviews, TOH: Best of the Week, Oscars, Summer, 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.