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Simon Thompson

Film, TV and Entertainment Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

Simon Thompson

I am a freelance film, TV and entertainment journalist.
Originally from the UK, I am now based in Los Angeles.
I work across TV, radio and online.

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Steven Spielberg Interview

Interview with Steven Spielberg in the first edition of Popcorn magazine, the UK's biggest film magazine.
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Actor Alan Rickman, A Critical And Financial Success, Dies at 69

Alan Rickman leaves a diverse body of work that many actors can only dream of, both critically and financially. He was an internationally renowned talent who once described his film career as “a bit of a surprise.”. The 69-year-old actor, writer and director only found fame in his late 30s, but in the three decades after, he played roles in some of the best-loved films in cinema, featuring in movies that generated over $10.2 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
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The Walking Dead attraction review: Universal Studios' new experience is live-horror genius

Going to a theme park with a bag always slows you down, but when you next head to Universal Studios Hollywood you will need to take one. To carry a spare pair of pants. Take it from us, if you're checking out the new The Walking Dead Attraction, you'll probably ruin the ones you're wearing. It officially opens to guests on July 4 but a week ahead of that, Digital Spy was one of the first to get a peek inside.
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The Shallows Review

By Simon Thompson Make sure you take spare pants when you go to see The Shallows because when the shocks come, chances are, something’s going to give. Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s resume is littered with films that grip you but sometimes flirt with so many genre clichés that you’re begging for them to just get a room.
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Russo Brothers Talk 'Captain America: Civil War', Their Plans for Spider-Man And Post-Credits Scenes

Known collectively as The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors of what is set to be one of 2016’s biggest box office success stories, Captain America: Civil War. The first two Captain America movies made over $1.08 billion at the worldwide box office – the last one, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, accounts for $713 million of that figure alone.
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Summer of Sequels: The Race for Box Office Billions

Independent Film Critic Simon Thompson discusses the new “Avengers” sequel that opens tonight in the U.K. and previews the movies that could be seeing billions at the box office. He speaks to Bloomberg’s Mark Barton on “Countdown.”.
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TV Showreel 2015

Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) is a highly experienced broadcaster, journalist, critic and TV producer with almost two decades of experience. He has worked for, and alongside, some of the biggest brands in the industry including the BBC, ITN, BSKYB, Channel 5, London Live, The Sun, Yahoo! , MSN, The Huffington Post, Evening Standard, The Independent, Empire magazine, Capital Radio and Global Radio's Heart brand - the largest commercial radio brand in the UK.
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Justin Bieber Finds His Purpose And His Biggest Payday Yet

In 2014 there were people asking what was point of Justin Bieber but it seems that in 2015 he has really found his Purpose – and potentially his biggest payday yet. The announcement of his world tour, his first in three years, comes just weeks after the release of his fourth studio album which has already taken the top spot in the album chart in over 100 countries and in the UK he’s knocked himself off the top of the singles chart.
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'I meet a lot of Hollywood actors doing what I do, but this was something else': a tribute to Robin Williams

Mork and Mindy was my Monty Python. It was a bizarre and silly comedy that made little sense to me as a 6-year-old but I know it made me laugh. I remember the first time Mork and Mindy made the cover of Look-In magazine. These are vivid memories of my childhood. I remember watching Good Morning, Vietnam with my late father and listening to the soundtrack so much that we would recite the spoken word bits back at each other in the car.
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Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is Likely To Be The Biggest Movie Of All Time

There is probably one question that gets asked more than any when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that is “Will it be the biggest movie ever?”. There are only a few franchises that garner, or have garnered, such fervent awareness from die-hard fans and even the casually intrigued. Even the indifferent or straight up haters have an opinion and are talking about it – many even still paying out to see it just to confirm their suspicions.
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Top 10 loveable TV rogues we just can’t resist watching

As a nation, us Brits can’t help but love-to-hate and hate-to-love TV characters that push the boundaries and break the rules. Audiences fall in love with characters, that despite having unruly personalities, are undeniably charming and intriguing. To celebrate the launch of The Sopranos series 1-6 on Sky Box Sets, we’ve teamed up with Sky and TV and Film journalist, Simon Thompson, to identify top irresistibly likable but undeniably complex characters and loveable rogues from all-time classic box sets.
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Evening Standard: '24: Live Another Day' Feature

'24: Live Another Day' feature for the London Evening Standard
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About

Simon Thompson

I am a freelance film, TV and entertainment journalist. Originally from the UK, I am now based in Los Angeles.

I have experience of working across digital, newspapers, magazine as well as radio and TV (both on and off camera). I can create everything from in depth feature pieces to lighter news pieces, with short and long form, as well as Buzzfeed-style list pieces.

I have over a decade of experience interviewing the biggest names in the world of entertainment. My interviews have made headlines around the world.

The outlets I have worked for include IGN, Digital Spy, BBC, Forbes, The Sun, Mashable, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo!, MSN, Empire magazine, Total Film magazine, ITN, The Huffington Post, the London Evening Standard and Independent newspapers and many more.

I regularly appear on TV and radio around the world talking about the big entertainment stories of the day.

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  • Movies
  • TV
  • Film
  • Showbiz
  • Hollywood
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Interviews
  • Features
  • Los Angeles
  • Video
  • Video Editing