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Remembering When New York Counted on Horse-Drawn Fire Brigades

On most Fridays, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick is concerned with the merits of Hollywood’s latest releases or the details of a festival like TCM’s annual big-screen tribute to the Golden Age.

Today however, he is reaching back much further, to some of the pre-World War II glimpses that make up British Pathé’s YouTube account. Here for example is a Pathe newsreel from 1936 highlighting some Manhattan footage shot in 1983:

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NYFCC Verdicts: Armond White Expelled; Lou Lumenick Suspended

ArmondWhiteTwitterAvatarThe craziest film-journalist group kerfuffle this side of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association rumble has been brought to a swift and resolute close.

At a special emergency meeting today of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), it was decided that Armond White is to be expelled for his miscreant behavior at the organization’s recent annual awards gala. White continues to adamantly deny the accusations, even though there is corroborating audio and no one else has come forward to take ownership of the muttered comments about the filmmaker who accepted last night’s Best Drama Golden Globe.

Here’s the NYFCC statement issued today, via THR:

“The New York Film Critics Circle deeply regrets any embarrassment caused its guests or honorees by any member’s recent actions,” said Stephen Whitty, critic for the Star-Ledger and the group’s new chair. “Sadly, disciplinary measures had to be taken, to prevent any re-occurrence. We apologize again to our guests and look forward to the rest of 2014 and our 80th anniversary.”

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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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V.A. Musetto, Man Behind Iconic ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ Headline, Fired by NY Post

V.A. Musetto, the man who penned perhaps the most iconic newspaper headline ever — “Headless Body in Topless Bar” — has been fired by The New York Post. Capital New York reports that Musetto learned that he was being cut via email.

Musetto had been with the Post since 1983 1973, most recently writing freelance film reviews. Lou Lumenick, the Post’s film editor, fired him via an email citing “budget cutbacks.” The note was two sentences long.

Obviously annoyed, Musetto forwarded the email to the Post newsroom, adding, “After 40 years at the Post, during which I wrote ‘Headless body in topless bar,’ it has come to this.”

Entertainment Media Gang Tackle Justin Bieber Over Anne Frank House Guest Book Comments

TMZ has always had the best weekend PR pipeline into folks like Justin Bieber. Sure enough, the website has an update this morning at the bottom of a snarky take on the Anne Frank could-have-been-a-Belieber furor. It reads:

A source connected to Bieber contacted TMZ and said the Biebs spent a full hour in the museum learning about Anne Frank. One of the things he learned was that she was really into the pop culture of the time. The source says that is why he wrote his “Belieber” comment.

This is very true. This morning for example, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick reminded via Twitter that Frank had a picture of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin affixed on the attic wall.

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New York Post Headline Sticks It to the Academy

As Daniel Miller reminds in the LA Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is famously finicky when it comes to all injurious and unlicensed use of their golden trademark. However, even with some more high-priced assistance from Quinn Emanuel, it’s unlikely AMPAS can make the New York Post pay for this:

Today’s two-word exclamatory is another instant-classic NYP front page headline, transposing the business of a scandalous South African murder case onto the vaunted Dolby Theatre red carpet. With large-font, surround headline sound.

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Sisters, Best Actress Oscar Winners and… Sworn Enemies

In case you missed, New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick had a rip-roaring piece over the weekend and intriguing sidebar on Monday about the insane feud going on between a pair of siblings in their mid-nineties.

You may have heard of them. The older sister, 96, was nominated for five Oscars and took home a pair of Best Actress statuettes for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). The younger one, currently 94, bagged three Academy Award nods in the same decade and won for Suspicion (1941). According to Lumenick, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine have been completely estranged since 1975, with many decades of cold stares preceding their shocking current twilight phase:

At the 1942 Oscars, the sisters went head to head for Best Actress — the first time this ever happened — de Havilland for Hold Back the Dawn, and Fontaine for Suspicion. Fontaine won, and things got really bad.

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New York Post Journo Takes Down Critics’ Choice Awards

Ricky Gervais may want to watch his back. In what New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick considers a dry run for this Sunday’s Golden Globes, he took to Twitter last night to deliver a series of hilarious death blows to the dreadful broadcast that was the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Part of the torture for Lumenick were the New York-local ads airing at his east coast VH1 end, which added used-car salt to the Hollywood Palladium wounds. But nothing could match his horror over the show itself. Here is a small sample of Lumenick’s live snark:

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James Garner is His Own Worst Critic

Like most actors, James Garner is not particularly fond of a lot of his work. As he tells CBS News ahead of tomorrow’s arrival of his autobiography The Garner Files, he rates only two of his big screen efforts as being excellent.

What is atypical however is the way the 83-year-old actor and co-author Jon Winokur have chosen to convey this information. As New York Post movie critic Lou Lumenick was one of the first to note, Garner has basically gone Leonard Maltin on himself:

This is the first movie star biography I’ve seen where an actor provides capsule reviews of all his movies. Even more unusually, Garner rates all but one of them from zero to five stars. The ones he rates most highly are The Americanization of Emily (1964) and The Notebook (2004) with five stars…

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