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Fest Buzz, Where the Wild Things Are Pics, Hackman's Novels, Cruz Vanity Fair Cover

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2009 at 5:36AM

Gene Hackman hasn't been turning up in movies because he has retired to write historical fiction, reports The Daily Beast:
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Gene Hackman hasn't been turning up in movies because he has retired to write historical fiction, reports The Daily Beast:

You know him as Popeye Doyle, Lex Luthor, and Royal Tenenbaum, but these days two-time Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman has retired from acting and taken on a new role: historical novelist. He and fellow Santa Fean Daniel Lenihan have written three works of fiction, and their latest, Escape From Andersonville is a rousing, old-fashioned Civil War adventure.

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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.