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Former NY Times Film Critic Elvis Mitchell, Two Others Join Movieline

Entertainment site Movieline has announced three hires.

Most notably, the website has brought on board former New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell to serve as chief film critic. He was with the Times from 2000 to 2005.

Mitchell, who recently made headlines after being replaced in the planning stages of Roger Ebert’s new PBS movie review program, had also been a critic on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

He will be reviewing films weekly alongside Movieline’s other chief critic, Stephanie Zacharek, and staff critic, Michelle Orange. Mitchell’s duties also include conducting interviews and writing unique features for the site about popular entertainment and the film industry. 

Along with Mitchell, Movieline.com named Jen Yamato as West Coast Editor. She is the former film critic for Movies.com.  

Alonso Duralde is the site’s new DVD Editor.

Movieline Now Has Two Chief Film Critics

Can a movie website have two “chief film critics?” Apparently so.

Just eight months after former Salon.com contributor Stephanie Zacharek was announced as chief film critic at Movieline.com, the website is proudly sharing the news today of Elvis Mitchell‘s appointment as… chief film critic. Mitchell is of course the former New York Times staffer who was briefly lined up for Roger Ebert‘s relaunch of At the Movies and currently hosts weekly chat program “The Treatment” on KCRW.

“Movieline.com represents the future of film journalism and I love what they have been doing,” says Mitchell. “Any place smart enough to bring Stephanie Zacharek to the party is definitely a site I want to be a part of.”

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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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Late Night Author: Leno Not the Villain

On today’s edition of KCRW’s The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, New York Times reporter and author Bill Carter expounded with trademark expertise on a subject he knows so well: the behind-the-scenes machinations of late night talk show hosts.

Carter suggested that the real culprit with regards to the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien debacle is the way all comedians are addicted to the cocaine-like rush of performing in front of daily live audiences. He paints this picture of Jay:

“Leno has done this 46, 48 weeks a year, and then he does 180 stand-up dates on top of that. Who does that? And that’s why it’s kind of interesting when people say, ‘Jay manipulated this situation’, or, ‘He’s the villain.’ I don’t see it that way. He’s just a mono-maniac. He has one thing he wants to do in life, which is appear on television and tell jokes, every single night. And he will do anything to do that.”

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Mitchell Remembers Sally Menke, Food Lover

In today’s world of rapid-fire Internet news cycles, events that should linger in the public consciousness often do not. Which is why, if you have not already, we strongly urge you to read Elvis Mitchell‘s brief but very fond remembrance of Quentin Tarantino‘s longtime editor Sally Menke at the web page for his weekly KCRW-FM radio show “The Treatment.”

At the time of Menke’s death on September 27th and the discovery of her body by a search party early the next morning, Mitchell had been planning another one of their semi-regular  get-togethers. “Whenever we ran into each other,” he recalls, “the first thing out of either of our mouths was, ‘Where have you eaten?’” Later, he compares her ability to describe recent culinary experiences with that of a highly attuned actor’s sense memory.

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KCRW Live Events With Matthew Weiner and Alan Ball

Yes, True Blood and Mad Men fans now have something to live for during the hiatus. Tickets for the event go on sale this Wednesday.

And yes we posted this event so we could say this to our readers: Go see Ball’s and Weiner’s…taping in person!

Release in full:

KCRW AND NPR *ONLINE* COLLABORATION

“UPCLOSE” CONTINUES WITH MATTHEW WEINER AND ALAN BALL

Next two live events Oct. 12 & Oct. 14 @ NPR West

hosted by KCRW’s ELVIS MITCHELL

Live events, creating exclusive online content, feature NPR/KCRW on-air personalities in conversation with cultural figures

Public radio station 89.9 FM KCRW-Santa Monica and NPR announce the next two events in their ongoing series UpClose, a series of live events featuring conversations with cultural figures available at www.kcrw.com/upclose and www.NPR.org/upclose.

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At the Movies – The Sequel – Now With More Thumbs!

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Twitter refiner Roger Ebert announced that he’s relaunching his PBS blockbuster show At the Movies in January of 2011.

Produced and presented by Roger and his wife Chaz Ebert, the show promises to have more critics contributing to the format:

The program’s principal co-hosts will be Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio. Lemire began reviewing for AP in 1999 and was named its first full-time film critic in 2004. She is a Los Angeles native with a mother who loved Fellini and a father who loved Bogart. Mitchell is a former film critic for The New York Times and a contributor to NPR. He hosted the highly-regarded “Black List” series on TCM, a series of living portraits with prominent African Americans of many backgrounds.

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LA Film Festival: Karina Longworth Recommends

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Karina Longworth, who’s now reviewing film at Spout.com shared her recommendations for the LA Film Festival.

For me, the must-see film in the Narrative Competition would be What We Do Is Secret, a biopic about The Germs starring Shane West as Darby Crash that I’ve been following for a while.

As far as documentaries go, Jennifer Vendetti’s Billy the Kid is fighting an almost unreasonably brutal Variety review, but it won an award at SXSW, and I think it’s going to be one of the most talked-about indies of the year.

There’s also a program curated by Pharell Williams, who is the Artist-in-Residence. I’m not sure what that means, but he’s going to do a chat with Elvis Mitchell that should be interesting. Also, when asked to program a sidebar of films that influenced him, he picked Close Encounters of the Third Kind and National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Earlier:
LA Film Festival: Anne Thompson Recommends
LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

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The LA Film Festival starts tomorrow. This year’s venues are inconveniently placed in Westwood. Transformers tickets are sold out.

Guest Director is Curtis Hanson, Clint Eastwood wins the Spirit of Independence award and Pharrell Williams is the Artist in Residence. He’ll chat with Elvis Mitchell on Saturday.

One of the most anticipated events (well, for us, it is)is the big-screen showing of One More with Feeling, the musical Buffy episode. The prop-laden sing-a-long is next Wed. June 27th. BYOF.

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