UPDATE: A tribute to Gene Shalit will air on Thursday on Today.
Gene Shalit will be leaving NBC’s Today show where he has been a fixture for the past 40 years. Shalit will make his final appearance (for now) on the top-rated morning program on Thursday. Shalit joined Today in 1970 as a regular contributor until he replaced Joe Garagiola in 1973 as arts editor and critic focusing on movie reviews and celebrity interviews. “Gene is not just a ‘Today’ show treasure but a television legend and an American icon,” Today executive producer Jim Bell said. “We salute him for his unprecedented 40-year run on a single television program, a feat unlikely to ever be matched.” Said Shalit, “It’s enough already.”
The TV Critics Association went for changing of the guard with the nominations for its annual awards. Freshman comedy Modern Family was the most nominated program with 5 noms, followed closely by another hot freshman, Glee, and drama Breaking Bad. Meanwhile, … Read More »
The film critic Roger Ebert and actress Demi Moore are looking to write their memoirs. Ebert has set a deal with Grand Central Publishing for a book that will include his run with At the Movies co-host … Read More »
First, Todd McCarthy lands and now Derek Elley, Variety’s former senior international critic who’s joining Film Business Asia. Elley, who was with Variety for 20 years, was fired in March along with McCarthy.
Roger Ebert, who has refused to allow cancer to silence him, finding a new voice online, was named Man of the Year in the 14th annual WEBBY Awards. Ebert was honored for raising the bar for online journalism for his blog Roger Ebert’s Journal.
Ebert just came out guns a blazin’ … Read More »
Hollywood will be pleased to know that longtime Variety lead film critic Todd McCarthy, who was laid off by the trade two months ago, has found an outlet for his reviews at IndieWire. He “will not be silenced,” the … Read More »
People Magazine has hired a new film critic to replace Leah Rozen, the mag’s critic since 1997 who took a buyout late last year. The gig went to Alynda Wheat, who spent the last six years at Entertainment Weekly. Rosen’s exit came at a time when media was lamenting the … Read More »
From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: The Beeb has named Claudia Winkleman as the new presenter of Film 2010, its influential movie review show. Film is the British equivalent of At the Movies. The show’s been running since 1972. Until now it’s just been a presenter talking to camera, interspersed … Read More »
An oft-asked question — do reviewers matter anymore? — was the subject of lunchtime chatter today in theater circles, after the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies was pummeled by The New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley. Some wondered if … Read More »
Here’s the list of winners at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 15th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, held on Friday at the Hollywood Palladium:
BEST PICTURE – “The Hurt Locker”
BEST ACTOR – Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”)
BEST ACTRESS (tie) – Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”), Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – … Read More »
Flixster Inc, the privately held San Francisco company, made the announcement this morning. In case you don’t know, Flixster is a movie rating website, and Rotten Tomatoes is also a movie ratings site that focuses less on … Read More »
LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 13, 2009 – The Hurt Locker was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was Up In The Air. The 35th annual Los Angeles … Read More »
I and many other Hollywood journalists were sufficiently outraged when, one year ago, Disney/ABC’s movie criticism show once hosted by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, and then Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, was put into the unworthy hands of Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, both of whose primary claim to fame … Read More »
The article about DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com by NYT media columnist David Carr for Friday is online. It claims I’m “thuggish”. So thug this: I’ll be back to work on Monday.
UPDATE: Interesting commentary on the piece by FAIR (Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting) here.
2ND UPDATE: The article has several errors. This is the most glaring: … Read More »
Los Angele Times‘ Calendar journos have always had high praise for entertainment editor Betsy Sharkey (whom I’ve known since she wrote for Ad Age). She’s been described to me as knowledgeable, competent, feisty and over-protective of her writers beyond what they deserved … Read More »
You may recall that last year the Israeli Academy of Motion Pictures chose The Band’s Visit as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar only to see it disqualified by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for having too much English … Read More »
Remember that bombshell ABC Studios memo leaked to me that was a blatant blueprint for ripping off foreign format ideas? Well, now UK television producers and executives are slamming it and also investigating it. The Guardian newspaper today reported that … Read More »