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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Morgenstern’

Catching Up with America’s ‘Third Most Hating Film Critic’

When Vocativ recently parsed Metacritic data to rank U.S. film critics that disagreed most frequently with the general flow of consensus, the Wall Street Journal‘s Joe Morgenstern ranked as the country’s “Most Hating” reviewer, followed by the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane. Third was the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith, who spoke about all this with Kurt Andersen on the latest of edition of Studio 360.

Smith said he was honored to be in the same bottom-three category as Morgenstern and Lane. He also defended his negative reviews of American Hustle and Philomena:

“The average Metacritic score for Philomena was a 76,” said Andersen. “You gave it a 25. You hated it for political reasons, or cinematic reasons?”

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Hugh Hefner to Receive LA Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award

One year after Hugh Hefner was born in 1926, the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles was the site of a luncheon at which the Academy Awards were hatched. Given Hefner’s love of movies and ongoing screening of old classics at the Mansion, it seems appropriate that this is where he will accept the LA Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award on November 17. The hotel has also been used as a filming location for everything from Chinatown to Bugsy.

Even better, there will be a one-on-one interview conducted with Hefner at the 4th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards. At present, the LA Press Club has not yet decided who will get to moderate the Q&A.

Hefner’s illustrious lifetime arguably pivoted on the lack of a raise from Esquire magazine. Back in 1952, he was working for the publication as a copywriter and moved on to the founding of Playboy magazine when the publication turned down his request for a modest pay increase.

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TONIGHT: Book Party for Critter Literature Anthology Cherished

This evening Village Books of Pacific Palisades will be hosting a reading and party for Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved & Lost. The book, a highlight of the critter literature genre*, feature essays by noted authors that include Jane Smiley, Carolyn See, and Joe Morgenstern.

The event tonight will feature readings by contributors Billy Mernit, Samantha Dunn, Judith Lewis, and the Cherished editor, Barbara Abercrombie. Animals aren’t officially allowed, but we have a feeling there will be pups in the audience just the same.

7:30 pm, @ Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave. Pacific Palisades. More info at the bookstore website.

*Is critter literature considered an actual genre? Let’s assume that it is, and that it must be what people are referring to when they talk about Crit-Lit.

Atlas Shrugged, ‘Meh’

In a piece titled, “Paul Ryan and the New Politics of Sadism” in Esquire they draw a fascinating parallel:

In terms of their connection to actual human reality, the difference between the doctrines of Ayn Rand and the doctrines of L. Ron Hubbard is not substantial, and the fervor of their acolytes is almost exactly the same. Picking Paul Ryan to handle your political economy is tantamount to electing Tom Cruise to be pope.

We’ll add one more: In 2000 when Battlefield Earth, a movie based on a L Ron Hubbard novel, came out the reviews were universally bad and by and large hilarious.

Now Atlas Shrugged Part I is registering similar on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s ranking (as of this posting) is 6% on the Tomatometer. Reviews like:
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National Entertainment Journalism Award Winners Announced

The winners of the LA Press club’s 2nd annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards were announced at a reception Thursday night. A number of local journalists took home awards, including Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times for Best Feature in the online category, and George Pennacchio of KABC-TV for Best News Story in the television category. Ella Taylor of the LA Weekly won Best Critic in the print category for the second year in a row. The ceremony also honored Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern for his career achievements.

Surprisingly, there were no awards for Nikki Finke, who cleaned up at the ceremony last year. But maybe she took pity on the competition this time and kept herself out of the running.

A full list of the winners after the jump-

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LA Press Club Extends Deadline for Award Entries

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The LA Press Club’s deadline for entries for entertainment journalism was today. But it has been extended for another week.

Not enough entries? Not the right kind? No one able to pay the $35 entry fee? What gives?

Before, we had to find out on Craigslist.

The press release in its entirety is after the jump.

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