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Big Changes at IndieWire: Anne Thompson Named Editor-at-Large

Lots of news from IndieWire today. Earlier this morning news broke that film reviewer Todd McCarthy was leaving the site to head The Hollywood Reporter’s film coverage. A few hours later, some much better news broke: as former Variety writer and current IndieWire blogger Anne Thompson has been named the new editor-at-large.

From IndieWire:

This week’s announcements follow indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez’s recent announcement that he is leaving his editorial role later this month after nearly fifteen years since co-founding this company. He’ll continue writing his blog on the iW Blog Network after joining the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 1st.

“I believe in indieWIRE and am committed to its vital mission to support ‘filmmakers, biz, fans,’” said Anne Thompson, “a mission which continues under the direction of managing editor and ten-year indieWIRE vet Brian Brooks and his staff. Forbes has called indieWIRE the ‘online heartbeat of the world’s independent film community’ – I’m delighted to help that heart beat even stronger.”

Thompson will continue to run her popular Thompson on Hollywood blog.

Todd McCarthy Joins The Hollywood Reporter

Former Variety film critic Todd McCarthy has jumped on Janice Min‘s hiring train. Only months after being laid off from Variety, and picking up a subsequent gig blogging for IndieWire, McCarthy has landed at THR, where he will head the mag’s film section when it relaunches on November 1.

“We were really glad to have been able to offer Todd an entrepreneurial home when he needed one,” Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms, which runs IndieWIRE told THR, “but completely understand his desire to return to his roots with a publisher like The Hollywood Reporter, and we wish him well.”

Strangely, the New York Times broke the news of McCarthy’s hire. The THR post on McCarthy’s hire links to the NYT. Weird.

Glad the mag is kicking ass, hiring everyone in sight, but you’d think they could find the time to break the news of their own hires.

Photo: Getty

NYT Documents the Decline of Variety

varietycoverwhiteman3333.jpgNew York Times’ Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes write about the history and plight of the entertainment business’ oldest trade Variety:

In a more detailed interview, Neil Stiles, Variety’s president, said his paper was profitable but declined to disclose financial figures for the operation, which has been owned since 1987 by Reed Elsevier. He said Variety had suffered a year-to-year ad revenue decline less severe than the estimates of 50 percent or more that have been heard in Hollywood.

But Martin Kaplan had the best quote:

“Traditionally, the trades have offered gossip, casting announcements, advance reviews and hopefully a little news,” he said. “Go through that list and ask what’s left. It’s all widely available elsewhere.”

Whole piece is here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Todd McCarthy and David Rooney Out at Variety

  • Todd McCarthy and David Rooney Out at Variety

    variety-logo-75557122.jpgVariety has let go their last staff critics Todd McCarthy and David Rooney. They will be replaced by “freelancers.” We hope that won’t become code for crowd-sourcing student labor and Twitter reactions.

    Hm. Chills.

    NYT reports:

    Neil Stiles, the president of Variety, said the entertainment industry trade paper is cutting from its staff two of its most prominent writers — film reviewer Todd McCarthy and theater critic David Rooney.

    In a telephone interview, Mr. Stiles said the critics were cut as a cost-saving measure.

    Twitter reaction: OMG! #underemployed

    Trade Round-Up: Sept. 10, 2007

    russell crowe.jpegYuma Scores at Boxoffice
    James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad‘s follow-up to their Walk the Line, the western 3:10 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, took top stop at the boxoffice over the weekend. Variety reports that it played on the high-end of expectations with Ben Fritz writing that it was moved up to “give it more breathing room” before the release of Brad Pitt’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Read about how the rest of the pics played here.

    Cates to Produce Oscars, Again
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is standing by its lucky guy Gil Cates who has signed on to produce the Oscarcast again next year. It will be his 14th time driving the Oscar train, a job that in itself has garnered 99 Emmy nominations and 25 wins, Variety reports.

    Variety on Blanchett, Elizabeth
    On the heels of her best actress win at the Venice Film Festival, Cate Blanchett made her way overseas to Toronto to tout a return to the throne in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy is happy to see her reprise the role that made her famous, but that’s about it. “Without the pleasure of watching Cate Blanchett…there would be little to recommend this latest of many cinematic and television accounts of the celebrated monarch’s life…” If you care to read on, click here.

    Penn to Go Gay for Gus
    Gay helmer Gus Van Sant is pushing Sean Penn and Matt Damon for a biopic about openly gay politico Harvey Milk. Penn is attached to play Milk with Matt attached to play the assassin who guns him down, reports THR out of Toronto. Sideways Michael London is producing.

    Lionsgate loves Mandate
    In other Toronto news, Lionsgate said in THR Monday that it has made a buy to acquire Mandate Pictures for $56.3 million in cash and stock. The trade paper writes that the deal reunites Lionsgate with Joe Drake, who prior to launching Mandate served as head of Lionsgate’s international distribution. Since he left, he has been involved in Mandate pics like Stranger Than Fiction and the upcoming Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

    - CHRIS GARDNER

    Toronto Film Fest Documentary Picks

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    The Toronto Film Festival has announced documentary selections. Political-themed docs abound, but there are some more personal films as well. Some of the select:

    Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient directed by Todd McCarthy, USA
    Variety critic Todd McCarthy explores the legacy of Pierre Rissient, a key behind-the-scenes figure in Cannes for more than 40 years.

    Surfwise directed by Doug Pray, USA
    Filmmaker Doug Pray tells the bizarre story of an eccentric family: 85-year-old legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children–raised and home-schooled in a camper on a California beach.

    Hollywood Chinese directed by Arthur Dong, USA
    Punctuated with clips from over 100 movies, Hollywood Chinese offers a captivating revelation on the Chinese in American feature films, from the very first Chinese-American film produced in 1916 to Ang Lee’s triumphant Brokeback Mountain.

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