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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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In Defense of Carlos de Abreu

For years and years, Movie City News founder David Poland and others have piled on Carlos de Abreu‘s annual Hollywood Film Awards. The very loosely juried late October celebration kicks off the auditorium portion of Hollywood film awards season following the film-festival triumvirate of Telluride, Venice and Toronto.

HollywoodFilmAwardsLogoIn light of today’s announcement that the event will be televised starting this fall in partnership with Dick Clark Productions, we would like to make a couple of humble suggestions. Firstly, we think now is the perfect time for de Abreu’s harshest critics to ratchet down the tiresome attacks a little.

Sites like Movie City News rely greatly on film awards season ad money. We’re not suggesting that Poland and his colleagues are in the habit of molding their coverage to fit that month’s banner advertisers or sponsors. But awards season bloggers, awards season event hosts, awards season studios… They’re all feeding at the same trough.

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Many Journalists, Fans Wish Zach Braff Wasn’t on Kickstarter

Across Twitter today, a sizable gallery of journalists and fans are rolling their eyes at the idea of TV sitcom millionaire Zach Braff joining the Kickstarter ranks to fund indie sequel Wish I Was Here. Below is a small sampling of that sentiment, from EW‘s Anthony Breznican, TheWrap’s Tim Molloy and Chicago moviegoer Clayton Smith:

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James Franco Gets Thrust Into a Very Awkward Sundance Analogy

Apparently, there is going to be a lot of sex on-screen as well as off this year at Sundance. At least that’s the Day One decoupage offered by Movie City News head honcho David Poland.

In setting the salacious scene, Poland pays a certain male A-lister the ultimate backhanded compliment (the bolding is ours):

We’ve already seen Gaby Hoffman running around buck naked – and not highly sexualized – in the title role of Crystal Fairy. But just wait til they get a load of dick. James Franco is the finger in the ass of Sundance this year, with two strong pieces.

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BuzzFeed LA Wades Into Bond, Elmo

So how’s it going over at BuzzFeed’s brand new LA outpost? Well, for starters, bureau chief Richard Rushfield and chief correspondent Kate Aurthur have each earned some nice right-hand margin badges: New User, 1,000 Views, 10,000 Views.

This week, Rushfield makes the argument that Skyfall is the first true James Bond blockbuster, while Aurthur got no response (surprise!) from a TMZ rep when she tried to find out if the outlet had paid cash for some 2010 email correspondence between Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash and his now recanted accuser. Meanwhile, via Twitter, David Poland took the media to task for jumping on the TMZ bandwagon and got into it a little bit with Aurthur over her piece:

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Playboy Deputy Editor Ponders Hollywood Trades Love Match

Stephen Randall (pictured) has been on staff with Playboy for a long time. To put it in Nikki Finke terms, when the current deputy editor first started at the magazine, she was in her late twenties and in the middle of a brief marriage to attorney Jeffrey W. Greenberg.

This weekend, Randall takes humorous stock in the LA Times of the acquisition of Variety by Finke’s boss Jay Penske. While the op ed by this third-generation Angeleno is not entirely successful, Randall ends on a serious and very salient note:

Executives in Hollywood are in a shrinking business. They want to be important, but they increasingly aren’t. Important people have powerful enemies, and Hollywood has two dying trades and a handful of bloggers…

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WATCH: Tony Scott DP/30 Interview

On this night of tragic Hollywood news, there’s no better way to remember the soft-spoken kinetic genius of Tony Scott than to watch a half-hour interview he gave to Movie City News’ David Poland at the end of last year of 2010.*

Poland is a great admirer of Unstoppable, the last film directed by Scott and the Northumberland, UK native’s fifth collaboration with Denzel Washington. At one point during this DP/30 conversation, Scott reveals that, “The most rewarding days of my life are when I’m doing the toughest performance scene, not an action scene, and I watch these guys [like Denzel] give it back. And it’s rewarding, it’s such a good feeling.” RIP.

*Correction – 08/22/12: The original headline for this item, “WATCH: Tony Scott December 2011 Interview”, has been amended. The interview was in fact recorded by Poland in the fall of 2010. FishbowlLA regrets the error.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
BREAKING: Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death

Stephanie Zacharek Dismissal a Sad, Familiar Plotline

How perilous have things become for journalists paid handsomely to review movies?

Put it this way. The ongoing dismissal of full-time film critics, to which the name of Movieline’s Stephanie Zacharek can be officially added July 13, grew into such a somber death march that Movie City News’ David Poland stopped formally tracking the print side of the trend a year and a half ago. “It was so depressing,” he tells FishbowlLA, “but my guess is that we’re down to around 80 full-time print film critics in the U.S.”

Indiewire’s Matt Singer first broke the news of Zacharek’s tweeted dismissal, eliciting comments of condolence from such notables as Roger Ebert and David Edelstein. Poland says people typically skip over a critical big picture element when discussing the dumping of marquee critics. Namely, that daily newspapers never took them that seriously in the first place.

“I think the most overlooked element in all these conversations is how abusive print was to criticism,” Poland says. “That the attitude about film criticism from traditional media – for decades – was that they could move someone from the city or obits desk, anywhere, and make them a film critic.”

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David Ansen on LAFF’s Dynamic Differentiator

It’s an expensive undertaking. But Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen tells David Poland he is determined not to lose the element that he believes makes his annual event so unique.

That would be the annual “filmmaker retreat,” which took place once again this year just ahead of LAFF’s start. From Ansen’s DP/30 conversation with Poland:

“At most film festivals, filmmakers come in from all over the world, they don’t know anybody, they’re in a strange city… They do their thing and they leave and they never really interact. We bring all our feature filmmakers who can come, together, just before the festival starts. We do it up at Skywalker Ranch, which is an idyllic setting.”

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Columnist Rails Against Box Office ‘Slump Scam’

MovieCityNews.com maestro David Poland has never been one to mince words. In a December 26 Op Ed, he decries “the bastardization of journalism” that is the coverage of this year’s purported domestic theatrical box office slump and berates the “profoundly undereducated media group covering the film beat.”

He argues that because the studios do not report ancillary revenues the way they do weekly theatrical box office, a film’s full earning curve is rarely documented or even properly understood. Poland also points out that from April through September of 2011, domestic grosses for Hollywood were actually up. Writes Poland:

Would it surprise you, amidst all this slump talk, that two of the six Hollywood majors were up for this year, and a third will end up about even?…

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