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Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Kenny’

MSN Entertainment Lays Off an Army of Freelancers

Per a group email blasted out without warning today to an unknown number of freelancers, the gig at MSN Entertainment is up. Effective October 1, the Microsoft content arm will no longer be in a position to pay all sorts of talented, creative people.

The news broke this afternoon on Twitter when several members of the MSN Movies freelance team confirmed they had been let go. Contributors said to be affected include James Rocchi, William B. Goss, Don Kaye, Kate Erbland and Glenn Kenny. Writers for other MSN Entertainment blogs, like Page-turner‘s Mary Pols, have also begun to confirm via Twitter that they are out of a job.

The text of the email sent out by MSN exec Kent Laird has been obtained by FishbowlNY and is included below. We’ve separately reached out to MSN for confirmation of the total number of freelancers and sites affected.

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Highbrow Film Critics Wave Twilight White Flag

The RottenTomatoes.com short-form, otherwise known as those excerpted review passages that a great many readers will never click beyond, is peppered today with qualifiers from top-tier critics who liked Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

These folks (or presumably, in some cases, the people who post to RT for them) are taking no chances. They want everyone to know that they know liking a cheesy Twilight movie is weird.

Here’s a sampling of today’s fresh-review disclaimers:

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: “- yes, I surrendered -”

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: “There, I said it.”

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Some Lucky LA Journos Gear Up for Cannes Film Festival

Although the Cannes Film Festival leaves a much bigger international than American footprint, it remains the most important such event on the annual calendar. Among the LA based critics hitting the Croisette for this year’s 64th edition are Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), and James Rocchi, a contributor to MSN and other outlets.

After flying to France on Monday, Rocchi filed a scene-setting piece that sources fellow reporters such as EW‘s Anthony Breznican, the Wall Street Journal‘s Anthony Kaufman, and MSN colleage Glenn Kenny. Says Kenny:

“Cannes is where you can trip over Sidney Poitier one minute and Harmony Korine the next. It’s where you can be outraged by one film at sunup and utterly transported by another film at sunset and then argue with someone who had the exact inverse experience of the same films.”

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Former Newsweek Exec To Launch Three Online Magazines

Former Newsweek president Mark Edmiston is launching three online magazines of sorts later this year under his Nomad Editions brand: Real Eats, which will cover food; Wide Screen, which takes a look at all things film-related; and Wave Lines, a surfing mag .

Business Insider provides a look at the team Edmiston has assembled for these upcoming projects:

John Benditt will serve as editor in chief of all three title, drawing on his career as a magazine editor for multiple science and technology publications, including Scientific American.

Sean Elder has been named executive editor, as well as editor of Real Eats. He previously worked as an editor at magazines like Parenting, California Magazine, Elle and Premiere and was formerly the  executive producer of Totalny.com and editor in chief of New York Citysearch.com. He has been a staff writer at Salon, Details and The Wall Street Journal‘s online edition.

Laurie Kratochvil will serve as director of photography. She began her career in photography at The Los Angeles Times and later worked for the likes of Rolling Stone and InStyle.

Susan Murcko will be deputy editor, drawing on her experience at Rolling Stone, Details, Wired, and Condé Nast Portfolio.

Real Eats’ contributors include Serena Bass, Elisabeth Garber-Paul, Alice Gordon, Melinda Joe, Nanette Maxim, Justin Nobel, Susie Quick and Michelle Wildgen.

Contributors to Wave Lines include Jon Cohen (the publication’s editor),  Art Brewer, Steve Hawk, Lewis Samuels, Paul Shapiro and Matt Warshaw.

Wide Screen’s contributors are Glenn Kenny (its editor), Simon Abrams, Farran Smith Nehme, Vadim Rizov and Karl Rozemeyer.