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Kermit the Frog Answers Daily News Reader Questions

His beauty secret involves green pond scum; his relationship with the “high maintenance” Miss Piggy sounds somewhat open; and there is apparently “quite a bit” of prejudice against frogs in Hollywood.

These are just a few of the revelations to come out of Kermit the Frog’s gracious answering on Tuesday of New York Daily News reader video questions. The Muppets Most Wanted star’s ad libbing skills remain second-to-frog-none.

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Voice Media Group Names Amy Nicholson Film Critic

Amy Nicholson has been named the new film critic for Voice Media Group. Nicholson will cover film for the company’s 11 papers and corresponding websites. She’ll be based in Los Angeles at LA Weekly, and work closely with Stephanie Zacharek, who is based in New York.

“Of all the reviews we read while evaluating job candidates, Amy’s were the ones that sang,” said VMG’s film editor, Alan Scherstuhl, in a statement. “It was difficult to predict whether Amy would like a film — but it was impossible not to be captivated by her feisty, smart take. She was absolutely our first choice for this position.”

Nicholson begins immediately.

Village Voice Adds Film Writer

The Village Voice has named Stephanie Zacharek its principal film writer. Zacharek most recently worked as Movieline’s chief film critic. Prior to her time there, she was Salon’s lead film critic. Zacharek’s work has also been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone and New York.

“Here is a writer who cuts to the heart of the films she sees, one able to capture that elusive sense of what a film actually feels like while still finding urgent connections between it and the world outside the theater,” said Alan Scherstuhl, film editor of the Voice, in a statement. “For the Voice she’ll continue to cover the movies she’s most passionate about, whether wide releases, indie standouts, or local screenings.”

Zacharek begins her new role on April 24.

Stephanie Zacharek Dismissal a Sad, Familiar Plotline

How perilous have things become for journalists paid handsomely to review movies?

Put it this way. The ongoing dismissal of full-time film critics, to which the name of Movieline’s Stephanie Zacharek can be officially added July 13, grew into such a somber death march that Movie City News’ David Poland stopped formally tracking the print side of the trend a year and a half ago. “It was so depressing,” he tells FishbowlLA, “but my guess is that we’re down to around 80 full-time print film critics in the U.S.”

Indiewire’s Matt Singer first broke the news of Zacharek’s tweeted dismissal, eliciting comments of condolence from such notables as Roger Ebert and David Edelstein. Poland says people typically skip over a critical big picture element when discussing the dumping of marquee critics. Namely, that daily newspapers never took them that seriously in the first place.

“I think the most overlooked element in all these conversations is how abusive print was to criticism,” Poland says. “That the attitude about film criticism from traditional media – for decades – was that they could move someone from the city or obits desk, anywhere, and make them a film critic.”

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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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