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Fellow Journalists Place Their Elvis Mitchell Bets

In the wake of Elvis Mitchell‘s latest Hollywood shuffle, the best place to try and get a handle on the critic’s mercurial MO is the comments section to Anne Thompson‘s indieWIRE opinion piece. Several readers take issue with her use of the old trade axiom “Ankles” in the headline, since it implies that he left voluntarily, rather than was axed.

Beyond Thompson’s speculation that Mitchell’s release appears to have had equal amounts to do with a high Movieline.com salary and his failure to respond to some Summit Entertainment feedback about a minor error in his Source Code review, there are some very revealing comments from fellow reporters. Especially this one, from Jack Mathews:

I was the movie editor at the LA Times when Calendar editor Bob Epstein told me he’d hired Elvis to write cultural opinion pieces. Epstein even gave me Elvis’ start date. At precisely the same time, my former editor at the Detroit Free Press told me they’d hired Elvis as their chief film critic, with the same start date. I passed this along to Epstein, but he laughed it off, saying he was certain Elvis was joining us.

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Dana Harris Keeping Busy as indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief

It’s been a few months now since former Variety staffer Dana Harris set up shop from a home office in Highland Park as editor-in-chief of indieWIRE. Just back from SXSW and one of her monthly sojourns at the Snag Films parented website’s New York headquarters, she took time to chat via telephone with FishbowlLA about what lies ahead for the rest of 2011.

On the heels of The Playlist and Ted Hope, Harris says the company will be announcing another addition to the indieWIRE blog network in April. In terms of evaluating potential partners who retain ownership of their blog and split advertising and other revenues, she says it’s not as simple as finding sites with a particular monthly traffic threshold.

“Blog network partners are programmed into a specific infrastructure,” Harris explains. “This represents a significant investment on our part, so it’s a real balancing act to find a partner like The Playlist that hits that sweet spot.”

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Anne Thompson Adds Another to indieWIRE Blog Network

Since being named indieWIRE editor-at-large last fall, veteran LA based journalist and blogger Anne Thompson has made it her quiet mission to expand the indie film site’s diverse blog network. Her first such partnership, announced just a few weeks after she had taken over, was with Montreal-run The Playlist.

Now comes news of Thompson deal #2. Although Peter Bogdanovich blogs weekly for indieWIRE, the addition to the site of producer Ted Hope (pictured) makes him, officially, the first fully active filmmaker to join the site in a writer capacity. Hope’s several dozen credits include 21 Grams, American Splendor, and Adventureland.

“One of the reasons I started blogging and kept it up is that I feel like we have the potential to build a stronger more active more participatory film community that supports us all,” says Hope. “IndieWIRE seems like the immediate solution of how to build that community.”

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Rating the New Richard Johnson Gossip

Where’s the first big scoop? That’s our question after keeping an eye on the initial efforts of former Page Six grand poobah Richard Johnson for Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily.

With Johnson sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the west coast with the likes of TMZ and Radar Online, it’s going to take more than tired rehashes of the Kim Kardashian-Prince stage dance story and bad Spider-Man Broadway reviews to make a mark. Another “Flash” item today about Adam Sandler snubbing print reporters at the red carpet premiere of Just Go with It is a real reach (it’s not unusual for A-listers to do only TV promo-ing), and like the other two tidbits, is anchored in New York.

Earlier this week, Johnson had a bit more luck when he looked at how estate lawyers are getting rich over bogus Michael Jackson lawsuits and shared the directorial aspirations of GEICO caveman commercial actor Ben Weber. Weber wants to make Heirloom, a personally relevant drama about Huntington’s disease

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IndieWire Snags Variety’s Dana Harris As New Editor-In-Chief

Variety loses yet another longtime staffer. IndieWire has grabbed up 11 year Variety vet Dana Harris as its new editor-in-chief.

LA Observed posts a bit from a Harris email:

Excited only begins to cover it; I am really looking forward to building on what co-founder and former EIC Eugene Hernandez began almost 15 years ago.

Harris fill the role Eugene Hernandez left back in October. Another Variety vet, Anne Thompson, had been serving as editor-at-large.

Previously on FBLA: Big Changes at IndieWire: Anne Thompson Named Editor-at-Large

The Social Network Wins Big at The National Board of Review Awards

The Social Network is cleaning up in the early awards season. The film just won Best Film, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg at The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

That said, despite sweeping most of the major categories, indieWIRE‘s Anne Thompson cautions against reading too much into the results as a predictor of Oscar gold.

The NBR is not always a forecaster of things to come, but rather a bellwether of where the momentum is at this moment in time. It also tends to be a bit New York-centric, and always does well by Sony Pictures Classics, which is releasing Mike Leigh’s Another Year and foreign winner Of Gods and Men.

Thompson has the rest of the winners at indieWire.

Revisiting Some Murdoch Media Nepotism

For someone married to the 117th richest person in the world, Wendi Murdoch (pictured) endures relatively little LA media scrutiny. Not so Down Under, where the activities of spouses attached to Murdoch’s both senior and junior are always big news.

Over the weekend, Sydney Morning Herald social columnist Andrew Hornery touched on, among other things, her upcoming film adaptation Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In doing so, he noted how being Rupert Murdoch‘s third significant other has its benefits.

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Big Changes at IndieWire: Anne Thompson Named Editor-at-Large

Lots of news from IndieWire today. Earlier this morning news broke that film reviewer Todd McCarthy was leaving the site to head The Hollywood Reporter’s film coverage. A few hours later, some much better news broke: as former Variety writer and current IndieWire blogger Anne Thompson has been named the new editor-at-large.

From IndieWire:

This week’s announcements follow indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez’s recent announcement that he is leaving his editorial role later this month after nearly fifteen years since co-founding this company. He’ll continue writing his blog on the iW Blog Network after joining the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 1st.

“I believe in indieWIRE and am committed to its vital mission to support ‘filmmakers, biz, fans,’” said Anne Thompson, “a mission which continues under the direction of managing editor and ten-year indieWIRE vet Brian Brooks and his staff. Forbes has called indieWIRE the ‘online heartbeat of the world’s independent film community’ – I’m delighted to help that heart beat even stronger.”

Thompson will continue to run her popular Thompson on Hollywood blog.

Anne Thompson Leaving Variety

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Anne Thompson writes on her Variety Blog:

This is my last post at Variety.com. I loved my stint here, but I’m moving on, taking Thompson on Hollywood to its new home.

I’m going independent in more ways than one. Sunday night I’m launching a new Thompson on Hollywood, housed at IndieWIRE, the web-savvy, thriving online indie trade founded by Eugene Hernandez 13 years ago. The site has continued to grow since it was acquired by Ted Leonsis and Rick Allen‘s innovative documentary site SnagFilms last year.

Good luck to you Anne!

Clint For Best Actor: Do You Feel Lucky? Well, Do Ya, Punk?

clint3.jpgAs the Oscar ballots were just sent out to hungry voters for those pesky gold statuettes, the pressing question hovers around Dirty Harry and whether he’ll get the acting nod, the L.A. Times predicts.

The critics, well faux critics or columnists or whatever you want to call them, are in disarray as to whether Clint can cull an acting statue. Michael Musto of the Village Voice (who is not a critic), Anne Thompson of Variety (who also is not a critic) and blogger Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com (who, surprise, is also not a critic) all like Clint for best actor. They seem to think he does feel lucky, punk.

But competition is pretty stiff this year. Frank Langella is likely to get nominated for “Frost/Nixon,” Sean Penn looks like lock for “Milk,” Brad Pitt for “Benjamin Button” and dark horse Mickey ‘They took my fuckin’ thumb’ Rourke for “The Wrestler.

Now remember, the noms haven’t even been announced yet, so these could all be false conjecture.

But Clint is definitely a special case. He’s won for directing and producing but acting has always been a non-starter. Not that Clint couldn’t pull off a decent “Hamlet,” if needed (or maybe “Lear”), but he’s worth voting for because he’s Clint.

And because we here at FBLA aren’t quite sure whether he shot five times or was it six and we don’t want to be the sixth.

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