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Posts Tagged ‘Erik Childress’

‘Two Thumbs Up!’ Now Essentially a Hand-Me-Down

Remember those halcyon days when a “Two Thumbs Up!” quote from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel was the kiss of life for a Hollywood studio publicist? The only way it could be better was if the iconic pair threw a “Way” into the middle of the expression.

Well, those days are long gone. When At the Movies rebooted at the beginning of the year under the banner of “Ebert Presents,”  with AP film writer Christy Lemire and newcomer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sitting in the balcony, a big part of the deal was their ability to use the Ebert-trademarked phrase. But as a sign of both the weak imprint of the new show and the general splintering of film criticism, the expression now carries far less weight than it once did.

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Hollywood ‘Quote Whore’ Watchdog Calls Out Warner Bros.

God love Erik Childress. The Chicago based film critic continues to keep a close eye on one of FishbowlLA’s favorite topics, the use by Hollywood film studios of so-called entertainment journalist “quote whores” to promote a new offering.

Childress got into some constructive dialogue on Twitter today with a Warner Bros. publicist (@annairblynn), bemoaning the studio’s use of five such individuals to sing the praises of this weekend’s upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses. The culprits, according to Childress, amount to a quintet of critical quackery (try saying that fast, five times):

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