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Oscar Bloggers Get Biblical Treatment from New York Magazine

GoldDerbyLogoThe marquee sit-down took place at Musso and Frank, one of the very few remaining vestiges on Hollywood Blvd. of Tinseltown’s Golden Age. However, despite writer Boris Kachka‘s description of Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone as the Oscar blogging realm’s respective Adam and Eve, the professional picture painted seems a far cry from the Garden of Eden. More like a den of inequity.

According to Kachka, for those who make up this “motley and contentious” bunch, “no film buzz is too preliminary or perfunctory.” The writer raises with Pete Hammond a conflict-of-interest that has become fairly entrenched and carries his cheeky Old Testament allegory to the next, illogical level:

If Stone and O’Neil were the Adam and Eve of Oscar blogging, frenemies David Poland and Jeffrey Wells were its Cain and Abel. (Which one was Cain depends on whom you ask.) Poland started Movie City News in 2002 and began broadcasting his jaundiced perspective…

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Indiewire Boycotts Russia

It certainly wasn’t your typical Indiewire article headline. Yesterday afternoon, LA-based editor-in-chief Dana Harris chimed in with “Indiewire Boycotts Russia, And Will Until LGBT Policies Change.”

Harris reminds via the post that she has an envious journalist position, receiving invites to glamorous film events around the world. But, she explains, there was no way she could say yes to next month’s DOORS International Film Market in St. Petersburg:

Indiewire isn’t the Olympics; as protests go, ours is unlikely to create much of a dent. However, it’s our hope that DOORS will choose to cancel its 2013 program. For now, inviting the support of American independent film community is, at best, antithetical.

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Website Asks Wrong Nikki Finke Rhetorical Question

Unless, that is, Contact Music knows something we don’t. Namely, that Finke has already bolted from PMC for a new stealth enterprise and is quickly having second thoughts there.

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Geoff Boucher’s CapeTown Film Festival Adds Another Major Attraction

It should be a heck of a weekend at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. On Friday, May 3, as officially confirmed this morning by Geoff Boucher himself, Kurt Russell will appear at the inaugural CapeTown Film Festival for a screening of Escape from New York (the festival is named after Boucher’s EW.com blog). The next day, Saturday May 4, the event will screen Return of the Jedi in honor of Star Wars Day.

As Anne Thompson notes this morning in her updated coverage, Boucher has kept right on going since seguing from the LA Times to Entertainment Weekly. Though the PR for his writing, so far, has been less prominent at his new home, the fans have followed en masse:

Boucher’s new CapeTown blog – covering all things superhero, genre and fanboy/girl – has been a huge success, generating 2.5 million page views in its first month, which is close to the number of monthly readers the five-year-old LAT blog gets.

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RIP: Movieline

Actually, it’s not quite RIP. But if one goes by the information at the bottom of a recent Anne Thompson Indiewire blog item, it does not exactly inspire bookmarking confidence:

UPDATE: [Editor Frank] DiGiacomo writes in an email:

“Movieline is in the process of transitioning to an all-video site, probably in mid-April. The plan is for me to become PMC’s New York-based editor at large when that changeover occurs.”

In other words, just a few months after DiGiacomo’s west coast counterpart Jen Yamato parked her byline at Deadline (a development noted by Thompson and also something we have been noticing), what was once a beloved monthly LA glossy mag is getting ready to transform yet again. DiGiacomo’s update makes it seem like there will be lots of trailers and PMC YouTube embeds.

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Publicist Bumble Ward Out at Twentieth Century Fox

Bumble Ward’s stint at Twentieth Century Fox as executive vice president of film publicity has turned out to be short-lived. But rather than crying over it, she tells Indiewire’s Anne Thompson that she is eager for the next phase of her career to take hold:

“I’ve never been so giddy about the opportunities out there,” she says. “There’s a sweet spot with movies, directors and social media.”

Ward joined Fox in August of 2011 and had a contract that ran through February of 2013. But her time with the News Corp. family ended officially yesterday.

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HFPA Aims for ‘Sunday Night Live’

Late this afternoon, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association tweeted out a spectacular bit of news:

Media reaction is pouring in and so far it’s unanimously ecstatic. Anne Thompson cheers “Good call, HFPA!”; CELEBUZZ senior TV editor Jethro Nededog suggests that Dick Clark Productions, the HFPA and NBC all “deserve a standing ovation;” and TVLine’s Michael Ausiello and Kimberly Roots enthusiastically declare “we want to go there.”

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Daniel Frankel Will Now Get Paid to Promote Other People’s Content

In her piece about journalist Daniel Frankel’s decision to jump over to the PR side, Anne Thompson suggests that exodus has been increasing lately. We’re not so sure.

Fact is, PR has always been an attractive, cushier, higher-paid alternative to daily news reporting. In Frankel’s case, after he was recently let go from PaidContent. From Thompson’s write-up:

He worked on various beats at Variety from 2001 until he was laid off (along with me and many others) during the recession of 2009. Sharon Waxman brought him in as news editor and senior writer for TheWrap, where he endured until the end of 2011, leaving to become west coast senior editor for PaidContent, where he covered the entertainment media/tech beat. It seemed a perfect fit–until PaidContent was taken over by GigaOM, which had its own set of writers.

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Who Got an Actual Interview with Patrick Goldstein, Geoff Boucher?

Two of the biggest LA Times Calendar brand names are now officially moving on. And really, the best place to get a sense of what happened with Patrick Goldstein and Geoff Boucher is to click through to outlets that managed to speak with these departing vets.

Goldstein laid it out recently during Episode #161 of weekly podcast Showbiz Sandbox with J. Sperling Reich and Michael Glitz. Thanks to his LAT buyout, “The Big Picture” columnist said he’s going to take some time off and cheer his son on the baseball diamond. He also stressed that it was an amicable parting, a matter of new management wanting him to change his unbridled M.O.:

“I had a wonderful, long run. But all good things come to an end. I always had complete freedom and autonomy to write about what I thought was interesting and give my take on everything. But we have some new leadership in the entertainment features side of the newspaper and they wanted to make some changes and go in a different direction and have me go in a different direction. And I just thought… No, I kind of wanted to go in the direction that I’ve been going in.”

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For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

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