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Welcome to Screen Talk, Indiewire's New Weekly Podcast, with New Co-Host

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2014 at 1:32PM

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did for some years with In Contention's Kris Tapley. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn.
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Robert Pattinson in 'The Rover'
Robert Pattinson in 'The Rover'
Indewire's Eric Kohn and Nigel Smith at Cannes
Indewire's Eric Kohn and Nigel Smith at Cannes

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did with Hitfix's Kris Tapley weekly, and later, monthly. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn. We are friendly colleagues, but you will see that he's a man of strongly held opinions-- as Kris was --and he does not like to let me get the last word!

While Kris and I came at Oscar Talk from an awards perspective, this podcast will cover a wider range of topics--when award season is upon us, Indiewire's awards writer Peter Knegt will join us, along with other guests--including Kris. In this inaugural session, Eric and I tackle the best and worst of Cannes and name a few likely Oscar contenders. We debate the merits of Cannes entries from David Cronenberg, "Maps to the Stars," and David Michod, the dystopian road movie “The Rover,” which opens this weekend. We also discuss another post-apocalyptic adventure, Bong Joon-ho's L.A. Film Fest opener “Snowpiercer." Also opening this weekend is bromantic comedy “22 Jump Street,” which I enjoyed with some quibbles, while Eric recommends two other movies opening in limited release today, “Coffee in Berlin” and “Manuscripts Don’t Burn.” 

We wind up talking about the return of Nikki Finke. Of course.

This article is related to: Screen Talk, David Michôd, David Michôd, Rob Pattinson, Robert Pattinson, The Rover, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Festivals, Snowpiercer, Joon-ho Bong, Joon-ho Bong, Oscars, Awards, Awards


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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.