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Is AOL Scapegoating Moviefone Editor?

Former Cinematical freelancer Eric D. Snider thinks so. It was Snider who made the controversial email from Moviefone editor Patricia Chui public, but now he’s coming to her defense. In said email, Chui informs freelancers that most of them would no longer be working for AOL-owned websites Moviefone and Cinematical, but that they were welcome to continue to write for the site as unpaid bloggers.

Sure, it’s a slap in the face to hear that a source of income is drying up and being asked to work for free, but Snider insists that Chui was just the messenger. Some of his tweets on the subject, from oldest to newest:




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UPDATED*: AOL Fires Freelancers, But Offers To Let Them Write For Free

Arianna Huffington‘s influence as editor of AOL content is being felt by Moviefone and Cinematical contributors. On Tuesday, freelance writers for the film websites received an email explaining that most of them were about to get dumped:

We will, indeed, be moving away from a freelancer model and toward one relying on full-time staffers. Sometime soon -– this week, I believe –- many of you will be receiving an email informing you that your services as a freelancer will no longer be required. You will be invited to contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system; and though I know that for many of you this will not be an option financially, I strongly encourage you to consider it if you’d like to keep writing for us, because we value all of your voices and input.

And by value, they mean undervalue.

You can read the email in its entirety here, thanks to former Cinematical contributor Eric D. Snider.

Oh, and those Moviefone employees that saw no problem with changing editorial content to please a film studio? They still have jobs. *Moviefone editor Patricia Chui, author of the controversial email above, was fired today.

Big smooches to @KarinaLongworth for the heads up!

A Bodaciously Bad Tourist

One of the Italian words for “rotten” is “andato.” And that’s pretty much where the great majority of the reviews for the new Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist are stacking up this fine non-Italian morning.

But which film critics are rising most adeptly to the challenge of trashing two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their comatose Venezia intrigue? Here are our five (early) picks for the Columbia Pictures pan parade honor roll:

Eric D. Snider, Cinematical: “I urge you to say the director’s name aloud. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Did you do it? There, you just had more fun than you would if you watched The Tourist.”

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times: “Do anything. Arrange an appointment in Sumatra. Go to the moon. At all costs stay away.”

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