Entertainment Weekly announced today that Geoff Boucher is coming to the official magazine of receptionists to join the Movies team as a senior writer. This is after the Los Angeles Times moronically let him walk out on its “Hero Complex” blog. Just one wrinkle: Boucher also is in talks with movie/TV/gaming mogul JJ Abrams. Says my source: “I wouldn’t say JJ is supporting a journalistic endeavor. But you could say the two are discussing a future collaboration.” Hey, boys and girls, can you spell s-e-l-l-o-u-t? (And, no, Deadline didn’t try to hire him…)
2ND UPDATE: ‘Hero Complex’ blogger Geoff Boucher tonight finally acknowledged he is leaving the Los Angeles Times. He said on Twitter:
@geoffboucher: Interviewed Clint Eastwood over on the Warner Bros lot today…great way to go out.
@MYGEEKTIME: ”going out”? are u leaving LA TIMES?
@geoffboucher: Yes after 21 years.
UPDATE 5:30 PM: Back on August 23rd I scooped the news from a reliable Hollywood source that Geoff Boucher was moving on from his position as the Los Angeles Times ‘Hero Complex’ blogger for reasons unclear. To date there has been no announcement from Boucher or the paper. (Although at one point Boucher was checking to see if his company Twitter account was still working…) Today I’ve obtained an internal email not for public consumption from a top LA Times entertainment editor that confirms in the subject line, “No maybe about it: Geoff is leaving.” I said it last month and I’ll repeat it now: this is a huge loss for the paper and it follows on the heels of longtime movie columnist Patrick Goldstein taking a buyout instead of working for the new editorial leadership. According to my sources, the new editorial leadership is hell-bent on pushing out those LA Times writers with the biggest salaries and/or the strongest opinions. I know of at least four other big-ticket columnists/reporters who are under pressure.
‘Hero Complex’ is a great blog, Boucher is an expert in all things comics, and I truly envy his extensive knowledge about Marvel and DC …
UPDATE: About 10 minutes after I posted this, Geoff Boucher tweeted about hanging up on me. He still hasn’t confirmed his departure:
@geoffboucher - Shortest phone call ever: “Hi. It’s Nikki Finke, I heard you’re leaving The Times.” “I’m not a fan.” Click.
PREVIOUS: Geoff Boucher wouldn’t confirm or deny it on the phone to me just now. But a reliable Hollywood source tells me tonight that the Los Angeles Times ‘Hero Complex’ blogger is moving on for reasons unclear. This would be a huge loss for the paper and it follows on the heels of longtime movie columnist Patrick Goldstein taking a buyout instead of working for the new editorial leadership. ’Hero Complex’ is a great blog, Boucher is an expert in all things comics, and as Indiewire’s Anne Thompson wrote recently, “The LAT‘s Geoff Boucher is the new model entertainment writer, constantly creating and repurposing and sending out new material online, via his ‘Hero Complex’ blog. Boucher came to the LAT in 1991 and, after years covering crime and local politics, he switched to the Hollywood beat covering film and music and then became the paper’s go-to geek. As someone who didn’t grow up with Marvel or DC comics, I truly envied Boucher’s extensive knowledge about his beat evident in everything he wrote. Boucher’s exit follows Editor Davan Maharaj’s arrival and then a new entertainment editorial team announced June 20th. That …