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Archives: September 2012

David Denby Looks Back at the Future of Movies

At age 69, New Yorker film critic David Denby owns at least two marks of modern media distinction. He is not on Twitter, and he still gets to mete out erudite, long-form print media movie critiques. A collection of his magazine essays spanning 1999 to 2011 make up his latest book Do the Movies Have a Future?, out next week from Simon & Schuster.

At the New Yorker, Denby famously alternates on the cinematic beat with Cambridge, UK based professor Anthony Lane. Part Six of the book is also about “Two Critics” – iconic predecessors James Agee and Pauline Kael. In the piece about Kael (an amalgamation of 2001 and 2003 articles), Denby recalls how she delivered a death blow in the early 1970s via telephone, informing him that he was simply not cut out to be a film critic.

“I was a graduate student in California going nowhere fast,” Denby tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “And if Pauline Kael hadn’t taken an interest in me – and she took an interest in many, many people, particularly young people – I probably would have become a professor of film, which is of course not bad. But this has been a lot more fun.”

“When she said, ‘This is not really for you,’ of course it was a blow and I was very upset,” he continues. “But she wound up hurting my feelings and not my career. In fact, in some ways it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Because if I had stayed within that circle, I don’t think I would have ever grown up. She was so powerful that you wanted her approval. Internally, you conformed to her opinions… It was sort of like, ‘What would Pauline think?’ And I think that’s a bad habit for anyone to get into, particularly a critic. So in a way, by being kicked out, I was forced to be my own man.”

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Greg Kelly Fails to Win New York’s Funniest Reporter

Newly minted lead WNYW anchorman Greg Kelly competed for the title of New York’s Funniest Reporter. Despite his ad-libbing qualities at the anchor desk, Kelly did not win the charity event held last night at Comic Strip Live.

It was Fox News’ Clayton Morris who grabbed the top prize in the 7th annual event. He edged In Touch Weekly‘s Marianne Garvey. Kelly settled for third place.

“We offer many congratulations, praise, and thanks not only to Clayton Morris but, to all participants in the show who were brave enough to go on stage and help out a great cause,” co-producers Mark Goldman and Ryan McCormick said.

The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of New York.

Rosanna Scotto Co-Hosts on Anderson Live Today

Like a sale at your favorite department store, One Day Only! That could be the banner headline as Rosanna Scotto does a TV doubleheader today. Following her Good Day New York work at WNYW with Dave Price, Channel 5 viewers will see Scotto guest host on Anderson Cooper‘s syndicated daytime show. This season Anderson took it up a notch as Anderson Live. But to accommodate Scotto, our sister site TVSpy reports the show was recorded earlier this week.

Anderson Live is seen at noon on WNYW.

TVSpy has a video clip
of Scotto showing off her rarely seen dancing talents.

New York Film Festival Bows Tonight for 50th Time

The New York Film Festival raises the curtain tonight on its 50th year. The gala event kicks off with the screening of Ang Lee’s latest movie, Life of Pi.

In all, 32 movies will be screened featuring a mix of major directors and indie fare.

David Chase of The Sopranos fame, makes his feature film debut directing Not Fade Away. Watch for a supporting role by James Gandolfini. Chase’s movie is named the Centerpiece Gala Selection. Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight, starring Denzel Washington closes the festival.

Another film being shown is the New York debut of Hyde Park on Hudson. The film stars Bill Murray as F.D.R. and Laura Linney, already generating Oscar buzz, as a distant cousin having an affair with the only four-term president. Also garnering plenty of attention, and available for viewing at the NYFF, is Brian De Palma‘s Passion.

The New York Film Festival runs through October 14.

Photo credit: blogs.indiewire.com

The Wall Street Journal Adds Three to Business Coverage

The Wall Street Journal has added three new members to its business coverage team. The details:

  • Tom Gara joins from the Financial Times. Gara had been with FT since 2010, most recently serving as gulf news editor. Gara — along with Joe White — will write and edit the Journal’s new blog, Corporate Intelligence.
  • Evelyn Rusli comes to the Journal from The New York Times. Rusli had been with the Times for the past two years. Prior to that she was a reporter and video anchor for TechCrunch and Forbes.
  • Matthew Lynley joins the Journal from Business Insider. Lynley will be lead blogger for Digits, the Journal’s tech blog.

The full memo announcing the hires is below.

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THR Reviews Tom Cruise-David Miscavige as a Bad ‘Bromance’

With Tony Ortega having (at least, temporarily) suspended his daily blog missives about the Church of Scientology, it’s up to other outlets to pick up the e-meter slack. This morning, that honor belongs to Hollywood Reporter contributor Dana Kennedy:

The headline is a reference to a quote from ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, who deems Tom Cruise’s relationship with embattled church leader David Miscagive to be “the most intense, expensive bromance in history.” Later on in the article, Headley’s wife Claire repeats some damaging claims that the “bromance” is built on a lie, and that behind Cruise’s back, Miscavige has repeatedly mocked the actor.

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Mid-City Student Newspaper Still Waiting for the Rabbi OK*

The slogan of The Boiling Point, the student newspaper at Shalhevet High School on South Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles, is: “When we know it, you’ll know it.” So FishbowlLA assumes that as soon as a decision has been made about a certain upcoming Saturday in November, the publication will relay that information promptly.

The paper is nominated in the 2012 National Scholastic Press Association category of “Broadsheet 17 or More Pages.” Although several Shalhevet students plan to be in attendance at the November 15-18 San Antonio convention, they are not sure if they will be able to accept an award in person if they win. The Jewish Journal’s Jonah Lowenfeld explains:

The winners in all categories will be announced on November 17… The ceremony takes place on Shabbat, and the school’s rabbis hadn’t decided whether accepting an award would be appropriate.

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Meredith Promotes Two, Names New EatingWell Publisher

Meredith Corporation has made two promotions and named Stephen Bohlinger publisher of EatingWell. Bohlinger comes to Meredith from Hearst, where he most recently served as associate publisher of Food Network Magazine. He succeeds Tony Catalano, who has been promoted to publisher of Meredith’s Special Interest Media. Catalano will now oversee a variety of titles, such as Diabetic Living, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, and Country Gardens.

Additionally, Christine Guilfoyle has been promoted from publisher of Every Day with Rachael Ray to group publisher, where she will now also oversee both EatingWell and Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Bohlinger will report to Guilfoyle and Catalano will report to Steve Levinson, vice president, group publisher, home solutions.

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Jillian Reynolds Fills In the Blanks on Facebook

In the wake of yesterday’s latest Good Day LA shuffle, Canadian-born, LA-shaped Jillian Barberie Reynolds has posted additional information about her exit on Facebook. She wants everyone to know that she was not exactly sacked:

I wasn’t let go as in fired. In fact, FOX was trying to find something for me to do a few times a week. But the truth is I loved being on set. Teasing Steve doing celebrity interviews and working off script and ad libbing! It’s what I do.

I could not imagine doing any other role on that show after almost two decades!! They were hoping I would stay and do segments from the field of some sort but I told them I didn’t think it was a good fit. I love hosting. I just do!! My agent told them we weren’t interested. So…

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