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Variety Adds TV, Real Estate Editors

DebraBirnbaumPicThere’s a fair bit going on these days at Jay Penske‘s Deadline and Variety twin trades.

On the Deadline side, Dominic Patten recently started anchoring daily video reports under the rubicon DeadlineNow. From PMC’s new westside Los Angeles digs, he has been chatting with reporter Jen Yamato, film editor Anita Busch, east coast-based chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard and others about the latest developments on each journalist’s beat.

Meanwhile, Variety has been staffing up. This morning, TV EIC Cynthia Littleton announced that Debra Birnbaum (pictured) has joined the publication as executive editor, television:

Birnbaum came to Variety in April to help spearhead the eight Extra Edition special issues published this month in conjunction with Emmy season. She will be at the helm of Variety’s expansive TV awards season coverage leading up to the July 10 nominations announcement through the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

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V.A. Musetto Gets an Apology from the New York Post

Deadline’s Jen Yamato caught up late Friday with axed New York Post freelance film reviewer V.A. Musetto. The journalist’s dismissal, two years after his retirement from full-time newspaper duties, was a major media story, mainly because of the way his exit was handled.

There was no phone call, no meeting. Just a curt email notification from chief film critic Lou Lumenick:

“Lumenick hates me and I don’t especially like him,” Musetto said. “We don’t get along. We never talked. After 40 years, to have some flunky just send me an email. But I did get a call from the woman in charge of entertainment who apologized for just sending an email.”

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Deadline Snags Washington Post TV Critic Lisa de Moraes

The farewell party started May 31 in the form of Lisa de Moraes‘ final live chat at washingtonpost.com. Today, her next journalism home has been officially heralded by Nikki Finke and Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva. She will be the site’s TV columnist:

“Lisa is one of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage today,” said Andreeva. “I’ve enjoyed her work as a fan for years, now I’m happy to have her as a colleague at Deadline.”

Added Finke: “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa. Her columns cover everything from morning shows to reality programs to executive suites with exclusive news and irreverence. I’m thrilled she decided to make Deadline her Hollywood home.”

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RIP: Movieline

Actually, it’s not quite RIP. But if one goes by the information at the bottom of a recent Anne Thompson Indiewire blog item, it does not exactly inspire bookmarking confidence:

UPDATE: [Editor Frank] DiGiacomo writes in an email:

“Movieline is in the process of transitioning to an all-video site, probably in mid-April. The plan is for me to become PMC’s New York-based editor at large when that changeover occurs.”

In other words, just a few months after DiGiacomo’s west coast counterpart Jen Yamato parked her byline at Deadline (a development noted by Thompson and also something we have been noticing), what was once a beloved monthly LA glossy mag is getting ready to transform yet again. DiGiacomo’s update makes it seem like there will be lots of trailers and PMC YouTube embeds.

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Universal Pictures COO Ron Meyer Dumps All Over His Own Movies

Bravo! That was FishbowlLA’s immediate reaction when we read Movieline west coast editor Jen Yamato‘s account of a rip-roaring talk given this week at the Savannah Film Festival by Universal Pictures president and COO Ron Meyer.

It’s one thing to label Will Ferrell‘s Land of the Lost as “crap.” But it’s quite another for the former CAA partner to call out a marquee mess made by Comic-con darling Jon Favreau with help from James Bond and Indiana Jones. On Wednesday, Meyer nailed it:

“Forget all the smart people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it.”

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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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The Director of ‘That Killer Tire Movie’

Under the able guidance of Michelle Kung, the Wall Street Journal‘s “Speakeasy” blog has recently been adding some dynamic SoCal voices to a roster of rotating, whenever-the-story-demands contributors. Among this new group is Todd Gilchrist, a veteran film critic who writes for a wide variety of outlets such as Cinematical, Movies.com and ShockTillYouDrop.com.

We recently had the pleasure of sitting next to Gilchrist and girlfriend Jen Yamato at an AFI Fest screening, in what turned out to be the highly contested territory of Egyptian Theater main hall, row T. Even though the Saturday, November 6th gala presentation of Barney’s Version was anchored around ticketed seating, a lack of proper “Reserved” designations in that row had caused citizen patrons to swoop down and, as things progressed, loudly refuse to relocate.

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