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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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Filmmaker Craig Brewer Says ‘Hooray’ for Hollywood Film Festival

The awards portion of the annual Hollywood Film Festival, running at the Arclight Cinemas October 20-24, has its fair share of detractors. Most notably MovieCityNews.com grand poobah David Poland, who each year takes a running jump at the ceremony’s transparent, self-serving mechanics.

But the wholly separate film festival has done a lot of good over the years, including way back in 2000, when the event showcased then-unknown Craig Brewer. With the Footloose remake currently in theaters, Brewer will be in town tomorrow night for a tribute Q&A and special screening of a restored version of his early drama The Poor and the Hungry. He spoke with Sean O’Connell, lead journalist for festival founder Carlos de Abreu‘s spinoff website HollywoodNews.com, about how critical the early HFF support was:

“I remember getting a call from Carlos saying that he wanted to show it in the digital showcase. It was a huge deal for me. Some people dream of Sundance and other festivals. For me, with the size of this movie, it just felt like some validation that somebody outside of Memphis saw it and appreciated it. It was a fantastic experience. Probably one of the best of my life.”

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David Poland is Not Afraid of Getting Sued by Nikki Finke

Nikki Finke published a lengthy post yesterday slamming outgoing MMC exec Lynne Segall, accusing her of an assortment of unethical behavior. The charge that Segal attempted to blur the line between advertising and editorial is especially serious, but given Finke’s somewhat elastic relationship with the truth, media sites like LA Observed and The Wrap are taking the claims with a grain of salt.

David Poland over at Movie City News goes one further, calling Finke out for her hypocrisy:

What kind of person tries to kick someone as they leave a job? A piece of shit. The same kind of piece of shit who writes nary a negative word about a failed Paramount executive as she is in bed (figuratively) with his boss.. until he is dumped… at which point she shits all over the guy in print, never, of course, mentioning the man who hired him in a fit of brain damage in the first place. The same kind of person who roots for a network exec to fail, never taking into account the many, many people whose livelihoods depend on his success.

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Mel Gibson Exclusive Impresses Anita Busch, Revolts David Poland

The two most intriguing media reactions to last night’s big exclusive interview with Mel Gibson posted on Deadline.com come from Anita Busch and David Poland. Busch is the former Hollywood Reporter journalist-editor who was targeted by renegade P.I. Anthony Pellicano. In the Deadline comments, she writes:

[Interviewer] Allison Hope Weiner always drinks upstream from the herd. And was the only one to do so during the Pellicano case. Gibson picked the right [Q&A] format and the right journalist to give the interview to.

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Ebert Revamps At the Movies, Again

Elvis Mitchell has left the At the Movies building.

In a somewhat cryptic blog post last night on the Chicago Sun-Times website, Roger Ebert makes no mention of Mitchell, previously announced as co-host of this month’s At the Movies PBS reboot alongside LA-based AP reviewer Christy Lemire. Instead, it’s now all about a 24-year-old Russian immigrant:

Born in the Soviet Union, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (pictured) moved to America when he was not quite nine… He is a critic and essayist for MUBI.com, a new multi-national streaming site calling itself an online cinematheque… He is also a contributor to The Chicago Reader. Prior to becoming a film critic, Vishnevetsky, who is multi-lingual, worked as a translator for Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Russia’s premier literary journal.

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Awards Season Journo Tries to Grit and Bear It

Movie City News mayor David Poland offers a great snapshot history of online Oscar punditry and how it has devolved from the trades, to bulletin boards, to a select group of journalists, to everyone. Since technical web know-how and even domain registration fees are no longer barriers to entry, it’s now the Mild Mild West. Just in time for something like the Coen brothers remake of True Grit.

In fact, per Poland, things may have come full corral circle, with someone bylined at The Hollywood Reporter sounding more like an everyman. Writes Poland:

I like Tim Appelo a lot… MCN has happily linked to his work for years… But his Grit screening piece had all the earmarks of someone who was new to the Oscar beat and suffering from being part of the cluster.

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Carlos, the Awards Season Terrorist

While many LA film journalists scoff privately at the mercenary aspects of the Hollywood Movie Awards, set for Monday, October 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, few are willing to state these same opinions publicly. So thank goodness for David Poland.

In a tart take-down of the annual event shared earlier this week, Poland – who once served as an Advisory Board member for the ceremony – marvels at the way Hollywood Film Festival founder Carlos de Abreu (pictured) is able to bilk the studios for talent, sponsored table money and silent subservience.

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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Goldstein ‘Blogging Is Journalism’

goldstein_jynydnlnc.jpgWe announced Monday that Patrick Goldstein will be a full-time blogger for the LAT, shifting his “Big Picture” column to a by-the-minute blog on the L.A. Times web site.

The news floored us. We thought newspaper reporters still viewed bloggers as unkempt basement monkeys writing snarky hyperbole in their underwear. Turns out, we were wrong. (We totally have to buy a pair of pants.)

For more insight about what this shift means, we asked Patrick a few of our patented stupid questions. He was kind enough to answer:

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Elle’s Honorees Fleshed Out

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Elle’s Women In Hollywood honorees list needs a little fleshing out, we think. The press release prose is a little purple.

Kate Bosworth:
In a town that worships lanky young blonds, Kate Bosworth could have had it easy. Instead, she dodged the expected and chose to rely on her intensity and range, proving this bombshell is built to last.

Built to last, if you believe that all that limited calorie diet bull.

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly managed to do the impossible: graduate from child actor to leading lady, without rehab or going commando. Meet the savviest woman in Hollywood.

Take that, Lindsay Lohan!

Diane Lane
In Hollywood there are the young, the younger, and the barely legal. Then there’s Diane Lane, an alluring forty-something whose stunning turn as an adulteress soccer mom reaffirms why reinvention is the best revenge.

Adulteress soccer mom? Wasn’t that a couple of movies ago? Or maybe not.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams kick-started her career by slaying one supporting role after another. But now Hollywood’s most promising breakout is finally ready to take the lead.

Slaying? Is this a Buffy reference? She’s got good buzz for Enchanted.

Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor has tackled theatre, opera, and now Across The Universe—the most inventive film of the year. It’s just the kind of breadth that might just make the wildly nimble filmmaker the director of our generation.

Inventive is another word for stinkbomb, and you’re not talkin’ ’bout my generation, fool on a hill.

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Lauren Bacall
For more than six decades, Lauren Bacall has crafted the kind of characters women want to emulate and actresses only dream about playing.

Bacall’s great, but writers created those characters, and Howard Hawks created Bacall.

WWD Editor’s Note on Nikki Finke Piece

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Jacob Bernstein’s editors released a semi-retraction in today’s print edition of Women’s Wear Daily:

EDITOR’S NOTE: A WWD article on Hollywood writer Nikki Finke, published on July 6, page 16, was pulled last week from the paper’s Web site, wwd.com. The article, by WWD features writer Jacob Bernstein, depicted Finke as a highly controversial but infl
uential writer in Hollywood circles. The story reflected interviews with more than 40 sources and drew fair conclusions regarding the tone and nature of Finke’s ongoing coverage. However, the
decision to pull the story from the Web site was based on confusion over Bernstein’s taping of a conversation he had with Finke.

What ho! This raises rather more questions than it answers. In California, consent from all parties to tape a “confidential communication” must be obtained when one of the parties reasonably expects that the conversation will not be recorded.

We haven’t gotten any information out of WWD or Nikki Finke, but it’s early. We have received a few emails/tips from people claiming to have spoken to Bernstein for the story–easy to say, hard to prove.

David Poland has the whole story, if anyone still cares.

Earlier:
WWD Not Talking About Jacob Bernstein, Nikki Finke

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