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Critic Rolls His Eyes at Rosario Dawson’s NYT Character

ShutterstockRosarioDawsonThough relatively limited, the pantheon of New York Times reporters committed to film and TV has included such memorable characters as Sam Waterston‘s Sydney Schanberg in 1984′s The Killing Fields and Matt Borner‘s Felix Turner in this year’s HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Another NYT movie reporter is about to hit the big screen, via Chris Rock‘s Top Five. But according to Grantland’s Wesley Morris, this newsroom derivation is memorable for entirely different reasons:

Rock stars as Andre Allen, a recovering alcoholic and comedy star being trailed by the least-likely-ever culture reporter for the New York Times. It’s not that she’s played by Rosario Dawson. It’s that the plot twist around her character doesn’t make ethical sense. Together, they visit his New York universe and hers (she’s in recovery, too)…

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Wesley Morris Leaves Boston Globe for Grantland

Wesley Morris, the Pulitzer-winning veteran of The Boston Globe, is leaving the paper for a full-time spot with Grantland. Morris has been with the Globe for the past 10 years. He had been a contributor to Grantland since 2011.

According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, at Grantland he will continue to cover film and other pop culture subjects.

“For a moment, forget about the writing,” wrote Doug Most, the Globe’s feature editor, in the note to staffers. “The superb, brilliant writing. Wesley’s presence in our world has been about so much more than just his wonderful film criticism and insightful takes on pop culture. Wesley is a true friend to so many of us.”

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism have been unveiled. Below is a list of the winners. Congrats to all.

Public Service: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Breaking News Reporting: The Tuscaloosa News staffers

Investigative Reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley, The Associated Press. Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Explanatory Reporting: David Kocieniewski, The New York Times

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African-American Reviewer Dismisses The Help

FishbowlLA is of the mind that certain movies on RottenTomatoes.com demand more than the ability to parse by “Rotten” and “Fresh” reviews. In the case of romantic comedies, it would be useful to be able to quickly quantify male vs. female reviewer ratings. And with regards to The Help, for better or worse, it is going to be extremely enlightening to isolate African-American critiques of the Disney adaptation.

The first such review comes from the Boston Globe‘s Wesley Morris (pictured); at press time, it is easily the most resoundingly negative RT take on a film others are tagging as a 2011 Oscar nominations certainty. Morris starts off with a telling personal anecdote and ends with some bold statements:

The Help joins everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Blind Side as another Hollywood movie that sees racial progress as the province of white do-gooderism…

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