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The Industry: Bad Habits of the Entertainment Media

Thompson on Hollywood By J.J. Hunsecker | Thompson on Hollywood March 11, 2013 at 6:09AM

A lot of loss this month. Time Warner is shedding its magazines. Variety is saying goodbye to its daily edition. And Yahoo is finally losing the jerk-off rule that allowed so many people to work from home in the first place. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway


A lot of loss this month. Time Warner is shedding its magazines. Variety is saying goodbye to its daily edition. And Yahoo is finally losing the jerk-off rule that allowed so many people to work from home in the first place.

But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Like the media constantly bitching about Hollywood’s love affair with bad movies.

Nikki Finke
Jaime Hernandez, The New Yorker Nikki Finke

Gimme a break. “Argo,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” “Life Of Pi,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Rust & Bone,” “Amour,” “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Lincoln.” That enough? I can name 15 more solid films just from last year. That’s a lot of good cinema, folks.

So stop complaining about mindless summer action tentpoles. Bad movies have always outnumbered good ones. We just forget about them.

Or screaming that the end of the networks is at hand.

Every time I turn around -- especially true at this time of year, with the Upfronts around the corner -- some TV “journalist” is writing the story that ad dollars are more plentiful than ever. So what’s the reality, gang? Is it Armageddon? Or is it just fine? Pick one.

Or Toldja! bashing.

Man, everyone hates it when Nikki Finke writes "Toldja!" But every two minutes on Twitter/Facebook, someone is humblebragging their own accomplishments. Here’s the deal: If you hate her self-promotion, then you don’t get to have your own…however sweetly you think you are doing it. Because it’s the same thing. Exactly the same thing.

Or backlash against backlash against backlash.

I’ve lost track in today's viral hothouse, but between Adele’s gimmicky slum accent, Jennifer Lawrence’s overbaked “screw yous” or Anne Hathaway’s feigned humility, I can’t tell if they’re fake for doing it, you’re fake for liking it…or we’re all fake for now getting a little sick of it. Whatever the case may be, false behavior is pretty easy to spot. The moment I think something’s a little off or disingenuous, it usually is. These three are starting to fall into that category.

This is just the start, gang. Just a taste. Leave a comment and let me know what YOU are sick and tired of here in Hollywood...

Until then, see you at Drai’s.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.