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Movieline Hires Elvis Mitchell and Online Vets Jen Yamato, Alonso Duralde

by Anne Thompson
January 12, 2011 7:36 AM
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While we still don't know why ex-NYT critic Elvis Mitchell fell out of the new public television show Ebert Presents At the Movies (A.P.'s Christy Lemire and newcomer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi.com are doing the honors), the NPR and KCRW radio personality has landed another staff gig at Movieline. The growing Jay Penske film site has also added popular online critics Jen Yamato (ex of Rotten Tomatoes) as West Coast Editor and Alonso Duralde (MSNBC.com) as DVD Editor.

Oddly, Mitchell joins respected ex-Salon critic Stephanie Zacharek as chief film critic--can you have two chief film critics? UPDATE: Zacharek is fine with it; she points out that Mitchell and A.O. Scott were co-chief critics at the NYT, as Manohla Dargis and Scott are now. Mitchell will also do interviews and features (who gets to edit him, I wonder? on the other hand, maybe the unfettered Mitchell is a good thing; he was at his best at the LA Weekly):


“Movieline 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.”

Adds Penske:


“All of us at MMC are very excited to welcome Elvis into our family. We remain committed to making Movieline the most engaging and vibrant destination for film criticism, and the building of our team remains the most central element of that strategy--with Elvis Mitchell and Stephanie Zacharek now leading the Movieline reviews and criticism, our site holds almost limitless potential.”


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