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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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Among The Ousted At The LAT: Carina Chocano

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We have waited a long time to get an e-mail from our girl-crush Carina Chocano. We were hoping for a plus-one invite, or at the very least a Facebook “poke.” How sad we were to receive this as our first e-mail from one of the best film critics in the country:

Hi Fishbowl,

So, I’m one of the ones out at the Times today. Just wanted to let you know and say thanks for all the kind words over the years.

Carina Chocano

We’re outraged by the bone-headedness of this decision: The LAT needs more excellent, smart coverage — not less. But at the very least we’re sure Carina will find something bigger and better. Hell, with all the cuts these days, it won’t be hard to find something bigger and better than the L.A. Times.

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41944255-29110756.jpgCrossing The Dateline: In this Charles Piller report about how, as governor, Sarah Palin gave more than 100 jobs to friends, donors and relatives without any regard to qualifications, Piller starts off with this dateline: “Reporting from Anchorage.” Is that a new LAT style? We kinda like it, but in this age of brevity, why ditch the classic “ANCHORAGE –” dateline we all know and love?

42968486-18184706.jpgCarina Chocano, Will You Marry Us? A graph from her review of Synecdoche, New York: “A synecdoche, for those unversed in the poetic tropes, is a figure of speech by which a part stands in for the whole, or the whole stands in for a part, or the general stands in for the specific, or vice versa. It’s a lilting play on the name of the town of Schenectady, N.Y., where the movie’s hero, a melancholy regional theater director named Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), lives with his painter wife, Adele ( Catherine Keener), and their 4-year-old daughter, Olive (Sadie Goldstein). It hints at the artistic and existential obsessions that come to stand in for the life of an unhappy artist who blankets his life with his work, struggles mightily to understand the first by way of the second, and loses an ability to distinguish between the two. And it makes an irrefutable case for the universality of the individual human experience.”

15404ddd940.jpgFrosty With That Ballot? Joel Stein calls out publicist Julia Cohen for registering to vote at nearly midnight at a local Wendy’s. Get ready for a world of spam, Joel.

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michelebachmannappaulsancya.jpgMixed Media: Read this Patt Morrison blog post and then riddle us this: How many sci-fi films feature compasses? “Whatever Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Republican gentlelady from Minnesota, said or thought about Barack Obama‘s patriotism — and in the course of a couple of days, her stated viewpoint has evidently swung like a compass needle in a sci fi film — one thing she said in her own defense raises questions about whether she’s ready for the majors.”

rparson.jpgCongrats, Russ Parsons! Yesterday’s Readers’ Rep blog gave a shout out to Russ Parsons for winning the Association of Food Journalists’ Best Newspaper Food Feature award — and for the entire Food section winning Best Food section of its size in the country. The American Assn. of Sunday and Feature editors also voted the LAT one of the top 10 feature sections in the nation. The Travel section won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award. Congrats, all around.

42934560-16174125.jpgHuh? The LAT sends out e-mail blasts with the day’s top stories. Except when they don’t. Today’s “Top of the Times” e-mail blast contained two Carina Chocano reviews that were published last week. Don’t get us wrong, we’re into recycling and we’ll take all the Carina Chocano we can get — but maybe your other NEWspaper readers would prefer something, um, new.

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42943341.jpgJoe the Celebrity: Robin Abcarian and P.J. Huffstutter dissect the dissection of poor Joe the Plumber.

42936069.jpgBest Day Ever: Days when Carina Chocano has a review in the paper are good days. Days when Carina Chocano has two reviews in the paper, it’s time to brush our teeth and get back into bed. Our day could only go down from here. Check out what our girl-crush says of Patti Smith: Dream of Life: “At times Smith does look like she was sculpted from marble, as when she stands in front of her husband’s grave. Impossibly long and angular, with a brutally beautiful face, she represents something that’s been rare in the popular culture in the past decade: an artist with a voice and a vision. In this respect, there’s a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film — for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money.” Sigh.

42936965-16155740.jpgEdie Adams, 81: Edie Adams had thought she would be remembered as nothing more than a cigar spokeswoman, but Jon Thurber‘s thoughtful obit makes sure she’ll be remembered as much more.

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30136806.jpgBo Diddley dies: The obit for Bo Diddley notes that he’s been given credit for everything from rock to heavy metal to rap, and the piece by Chris Lee lovingly refers to Diddley (and his guitar) as “instantly recognizable.” Good thing he’s so famous: The clip that runs along with the piece wouldn’t give the uninitiated anything to go on.

39108180-21132016.jpgCarrie Does Big… at the Box Office: Despite dismal reviews (Carina Chocano notwithstanding), it looks as though Sarah Jessica Parker just stuck a Christian Louboutin boot up Harrison Ford‘s ass. That’s Fendi: 1, Fedora: 0.

39497952.jpgBacklot Fire Deemed Accident: The fire that tore through Universal Studios backlot has been determined to be a terribly unfortunate mistake. If we were cruel, we’d follow with “Not unlike many other things that come out of Universal.” But we’re not cruel. See?

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39157689-23042055.jpgCredit Where Credit Is Due: The LAT reports that John McCain repudiated John Hagee‘s endorsement after the pastor’s outrageous comments about Adolph Hitler “turned up recently on the Internet.” But the paper of record did not give credit to the Huffington Post. Don’t worry. They’re taking care of that just fine themselves.

39135423-22162403.jpgWhy Tina Daunt Is Better Than Us: Tina Daunt was able to write this about John Cusack: “The 42-year-old actor-writer-director said recently in an interview at his Venice production office… ‘They are hollowing out the very core function of what it means to be a government.’” Us? We would have written: “John Cusack is saying a bunch of stuff … while we’re sitting in his office! We should be listening, but we’re trying to decide: Should we ‘accidentally’ leave behind our black lace panties with our phone number embroidered on them in his car or on his desk?”

39135426-22161510.jpgApparently The LAT Missed Us: Why else would they greet us back to this blessed City of Angels with not one, but two excuses to run John Cusack‘s picture? (And one of them being a Carina Chocano review to boot!) Thank you, Russ Stanton!

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34416814.jpgQuickie Movie Reviews: Kenneth Turan likes There Will Be Blood Kevin Crust turns his nose up at Bucket List (but thinks The Water Horse was well-executed. And Carina Chocano says Persepolis is worth seeing.

brithaircut.jpgAhmadinejad v. Spears: The LAT fills space with lists of its most-viewed stories of the year, categorized by sections. Maybe it’s not weird that LAT readers didn’t rush to the site to read the latest about Britney Spears … but the fact that she was edged off the entertainment list by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a lot about the papaer’s industry coverage.

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Favorite LAT Graph Of The Day: “No one, it turns out, does Internet auction fraud like the Romanians. Bulgarians specialize in intellectual property theft; Ukraine is a leader in online credit card crime; the Russians have a profitable niche in Internet dating fraud.” And the rest of this Ian Wylie piece about EBay tracking down Internet defrauders all the way in Romania is just as unexpected.

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tmzdc.jpgPaging Innovation Editor: This TMZ-goes-to-DC story is five days old. Why is it being teased from the LAT homepage as new?

goldstein300.jpgPaging Patrick Goldstein: Meanwhile, this story is two weeks old. Why is it being written as new? (And, yes, we know Carina Chocano tackled this topic today, too, but – sigh – she’s beyond reproach.)

jona.jpgPaging Anand Jon: Just because a woman wants your jeans on her ass, doesn’t mean she wants your hands there, too.