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EW Cover Sells When Bond Met Indy, Not Cowboys & Aliens

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 21, 2011 at 7:20AM

"When Bond Met Indy" is a headline to woo any fan of movies, Hollywood icons, or handsome men. That's what EW's cover story sells with a joint profile of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.
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Thompson on Hollywood

"When Bond Met Indy" is a headline to woo any fan of movies, Hollywood icons, or handsome men. That's what EW's cover story sells with a joint profile of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

But the cover isn't really promoting the pair's upcoming movie Cowboys & Aliens, which has not been tracking well in advance of its July 29 release. The film is the first major tentpole to premiere at Comic-Con. (Trailer posted below.)

This genre-bender from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) mashes sci-fi thriller with period western as extraterrestrials invade a small town in 1870s New Mexico. Even Ford admits to EW that when he first heard the concept he "frankly didn't get it at all." Talking to Favreau about the visuals helped him understand and convinced him to be on board.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Summer Movies, Media, Marketing, Jon Favreau, Comic-Con, Indiana Jones, Sci-fi, Western


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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.