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Weekly Wrap: First Looks at J. Edgar, Extremely Loud, Coriolanus; The Help Reviews; Oscar Watch

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 12, 2011 at 11:16AM

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Reviews of the Help: Southern Sass, Avoiding Sociological Minefield; Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender

30 Minutes or Less, Unexpected Box Office Boost

Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral “Three Act Drama”


Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover

Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

Top Five Visual Effects Contenders


Lone Ranger: Johnny Depp and Pirates Crew Reinvent Lone Ranger

Bridget Jones Three Update: “Still In Development

Sin City 2 Funded, Bruce Willis Is Newest GI Joe, Keanu Reeves Directs

Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo Characters Get Mugshots & Bios; Rooney Mara Defends Salander’s Nipples

Gangster Squad, Noir Casting Stars Enos Joins Brolin, Gosling, Penn, Mackie, Ribisi, Peña & Emma Stone

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Chasing Tom Cruise, Landing Idris Elba: “Rodin Sculpture”

Big Screen Remake: Ortega Directs Dirty Dancing Revamp & Jennifer Grey Reacts on Twitter


J. Edgar, Margaret, Marigold Hotel To Skip Fall Fests, Twixt to Deauville

Texas Killing Fields Debuts at Venice, Lands Stateside Release Date

IFP’s Independent Film Week Project Forum: Highlights of 150 Participating Projects


The Killing Borrows from Fincher's Seven

Imagination-Free Networks Are Bewitched, Frankensteined and Nannied

TV Roundup: NBC Remakes Munsters, Jeff Garlin’s New Show, PBS Clarifies Bert and Ernie’s Status

Torchwood, "the loopiest of all TV shows," Episode 5 Review

Walking Dead: Why Did AMC Fire Showrunner Frank Darabont? THR Blames AMC’s Joel Stillerman


Alec Baldwin Studies for Mayor, Michael Moore Backs Matt Damon for President

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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.