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Posts Tagged ‘Andy Klein’

Trio of LA Times Entertainment Contributors Get Bumped to Full-Time

The fall-winter of 2008-2009 was a particularly bad time for LA movie critics. Carina Chocano was let go from the LA Times in October; the Daily News laid off Glenn Whipp in December; and Andy Klein got his walking papers from LA CityBeat in January.

Today, the LA Times announced that Whipp is joining the paper fulll-time as anchor reporter for The Envelope, “with the special mission of making the online version as compelling as the print edition.” There’s a certain level of irony there, but given that this gig comes with full benefits and a fair amount of prestige, Whipp will take it.

Fellow LA Film Critics Association member Mark Olsen, author of the paper’s Saturday “Indie Focus” column and contributor to LAT film festival coverage, has also been promoted to full-time status. In his LAFCA questionnaire a few years ago, Olsen had this advice to would-be fellow film critics:

“Please do not enter this profession expecting to become rich in a monetary sense, but it will push you as a person in ways you likely cannot expect. Also, there will, if you’re lucky, be crazy-ass moments when you’re utterly pinching yourself knowing that your 15-year-old self just had his/her mind totally blown. (Your 15-year-old self will also sometimes frown and be scornful of the very grown-up compromises and decisions you will be forced to make. But maybe it’s better to forget that kid.)”

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Another Free Weekly Collapses on Film Critic Andy Klein

The final print review assignment for Brand X film critic Andy Klein this week is the new Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts flick Larry Crowne. An apt narrative echo of the LA Film Critics Association member’s latest experience with the world of free weekly LA newspapers.

Klein was formerly the film editor and lead critic for Los Angeles City Beat, until he was laid off at the beginning of 2009, ahead of the publication’s shuttering in March of that same year. Now, via LAObserved, comes the news that the LA Times is ending its bizarre weekly Brand X experiment, and with it, the regular print slot for Klein.

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Film Critic Andy Klein Re-Emerges At Brand X

When Andy Klein left LA CityBeat* back in January, readers and fellow journalists alike despaired. But now the popular critic is back in print as a reviewer for Brand X, the recently-launched weekly publication from the Los Angeles Times. His first piece is a short introduction to Hollywood’s big summer movies, but we are assured that traditional reviews are on the way. Nice to have some good news for a change.

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*We know all the parties involved and still can’t figure out if Klein quit, was fired, laid off, or the victim of a terrible misunderstanding.

One Last Hurrah For CityBeat

Former CityBeat employees from throughout the paper’s six year history (but mostly the first five) gathered at El Chavito on Sunday night to say goodbye. The drunken wake of the recently deceased publication was organized by former CityBeat editor and columnist Natalie Nichols, who was good enough to buy us a drink when we realized we’d forgotten our wallet. After we crashed the party. Yeesh.

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Dean Kuipers
and Steve Appleford

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Amy Nicholson and Andy Klein

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