Anne Thompson’s THE $11 BILLION YEAR (Exclusive Excerpt)


After reporting on everything movies for 25 years, Hollywood pundit Anne Thompson, an AWFJ member, has written her first book. It’s fascinating. We excerpt it here.


In its history, the Academy’s largely male directors’ branch had nominated only three other women directors—Italian Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), New Zealander Jane Campion (The Piano), and American Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), daughter of Oscar-winningGodfather creator Francis Ford Coppola.

Gender politics in Hollywood—as everywhere else—are complex, layered, often unconscious, and difficult to parse. One can argue that things are slowly improving for women in the film industry, but they are still woefully underrepresented in too many areas, from hiring, especially as directors, to roles onscreen.

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Book On Movies Essentials – Carrie Rickey comments

The British Film Institute recently polled film critics and historians about the essential films books. Here’s its list — and also mine: Read more>>

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Women On Film – Molly Haskell’s “Frankly, My Dear” – Carrie Rickey comments

Molly Haskell revisits “Gone With the Wind” in “Frankly, My Dear,” a slim but rich volume that persuasively explains why the 1939 film blockbuster it inspired continues to revolt and rivet Americans. To read it is to catch Scarlett Fever. Read more>>

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Book Review: Maitland McDonagh’s “Movie Lust”

“Movie Lust”

By Maitland McDonagh

Sasquatch Books

ISBN 10 1-57061-478-4


If you’re a cinemaniac or want to impress one, Maitland McDonagh’s “Movie Lust” is a must!

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Book Review: New Titles for Smart Moviegoers

“Understanding Movies,” Louis Grannett’s essential student guide to the formula of filmmaking, hitting shelves this February with its 11th Edition. The Prentice-Hall Humanties/Social Science publication has been a staple in classrooms for generations and has been updated to include the newest films and techniques.

“There’s No Business Like Soul Business: a Spiritual Path to Enlightened Screenwriting, Filmmaking and the Performing Arts” will be available in bookstores this winter. Author Derek Rydell, a screenwriter and script “doctor” himself, promises this book with help the reader not just more purposeful, but also prosperous. Now that’s quite a promise, isn’t it?

“Buster Keaton, Tempest in a Flat Hat,” by Edward McPherson, makes its paperback debut in February. Other releases from Newmarket Films Books include the Shooting Scripts for DreamGirls, The Good Shepard, Little Children and United 93 and Little Miss Sunshine. Coming in March, to coordinate with the release of the film, The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film based on the Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Joanna Langfield

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