40-Year Vet Gene Shalit Exits NBC’s ‘Today’

By | Tuesday November 9, 2010 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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‘Modern Family’, ‘Glee’ & ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 7:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MODERN-FAMILY-Undeck-the-Halls-550x366The 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 »

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Roger Ebert, Demi Moore Ready To Tell Tales In Memoirs

By | Tuesday May 18, 2010 @ 4:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

People Roger EbertThe 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 »

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Another Fired Variety Film Critic Lands

By | Tuesday May 4, 2010 @ 12:39pm PDT

variety-xed-out.JPGFirst, 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.

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Ebert Honored As Webby Man Of The Year

By | Tuesday May 4, 2010 @ 9:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

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.

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Todd McCarthy Lands At IndieWire

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 7:54pm PDT

todd mccarthyHollywood 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 »

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People Hires From EW For New Film Critic

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

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Movieline Appoints New Chief Film Critic

By | Monday April 12, 2010 @ 12:59pm PDT

NEW YORK – April 12, 2010 – Movieline.com [which, like Deadline, is owned by MMC] has appointed one of the top film critics in America, Stephanie Zacharek, to its lineup of award-winning writers and editors. A member of the New York Film Critics Circle and The National Society of

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BBC Names New Host Of Film Review Show

By | Thursday April 1, 2010 @ 2:11am PDT

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 »

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Disney Cancels Syndicated ‘At The Movies’

By | Wednesday March 24, 2010 @ 8:43pm PDT

Goodbye Nepotism, Hello Competence: New Critics For ‘At The Movies’
Contract Disputes End Ebert-Roeper

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Can Critics Kill Broadway-Bound Musicals?

By | Wednesday March 10, 2010 @ 2:24pm PST
Mike Fleming

broadway1An 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 »

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Broadcast Film Critics Award ‘Hurt Locker’

By | Saturday January 16, 2010 @ 12:42am PST

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”)

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Flixster Buying IGN’s Rotten Tomatoes: Is This “Online Movie Category Domination”?

By | Monday January 4, 2010 @ 12:50pm PST

Flixster Inc, the privately held San Francisco company, made the announcement this morning. In case you don’t know, Flixster Rotten TomatoesFlixster is a movie rating website, and Rotten Tomatoes is also a movie ratings site that focuses less on … Read More »

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Los Angeles Film Critics 2009 Awards: Best Picture & Director For ‘The Hurt Locker’

By | Sunday December 13, 2009 @ 12:30pm PST

lafcaLOS 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 »

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GOODBYE NEPOTISM, HELLO COMPETENCE: New Big-Time Critics For ‘At The Movies’

By | Thursday August 6, 2009 @ 5:49am PDT

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 »

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DHD On Page 1 Of The New York Times…

By | Thursday July 16, 2009 @ 10:41pm PDT

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 »

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LA Times’ New Film Critic Speaks Out…

By | Tuesday December 16, 2008 @ 4:52pm PST

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 »

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Israel’s Oscar Bid: ‘Waltz With Bashir’

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 3:02pm PDT


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 »

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UK TV Producers Slam ABC Studios Memo

By | Monday August 11, 2008 @ 10:36am PDT

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 »

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