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Posts Tagged ‘Isaac Hayes’

Credits Roll on Venerable THR Critic Kirk Honeycutt

When Kirk Honeycutt joined the Hollywood Reporter in 1992, his name was attached as screenwriter to the Roger Corman made-for-video thriller Final Judgement (sic). Brad Dourif plays a preacher investigating the murder of his estranged daughter and other strippers, alongside the estimable talents of Karen Black, Isaac Hayes and Orson Bean.

The glory days of low-budget VHS studio production are long gone, as are rock-solid film critic positions like the one Honeycutt was lucky enough to occupy from 1999 through the fall of last year. As first reported by Anne Thompson, the former chief film critic of the revamped Hollywood trade has been given his walking papers. His last day will be next Monday, following a stint as a THR juror at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Ironically, Honeycutt’s switch to international critic and now layoff was brought about by the arrival of Todd McCarthy, Variety lead critic until a spring 2010 firing. These are different times on Wilshire Blvd., buffeted by the fact that the trades no longer have a monopoly on setting the buzz for major releases with those once vaunted first-look reviews.

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Over the Weekend: Joe Frank at The Village Recording Studio

While KPCC was stuck in full pledge drive languor over the weekend, KCRW continued its event-oriented fundraising to great effect. This past Saturday, Peabody Award-winning storyteller Joe Frank performed two shows on the station’s behalf at the stunning Village Recording Studio in West Los Angeles. Housed in a 1922 Masonic Temple, the studio where Frank performed was the same where the Rolling Stones recorded “Angie” years ago. Quite the space.

This Fishie caught the earlier of the two shows, where he was lucky enough to sit next to KCRW Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt. He also somehow managed to snag a better seat than “Big Love” actress Grace Zabriskie, who was staring at the back of his giant noggin for most of the show. No more than 100 people were in the small room for the intimate session.

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