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McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network
Ex-Variety critic Todd McCarthy is joining the indieWIRE blog network. His first post goes up on Todd McCarthy’s Deep Focus Thursday night, and he'll file his first review out of the gate at the Cannes Film Festival, of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2010 2:02 AM
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Iron Man 2 Reviews Are Mixed But It Won't Matter

Iron Man 2 Reviews Are Mixed But It Won't Matter
Thank God for Mickey Rourke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 11:34 AM
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Talking Treme: Ep. Three

Talking Treme: Ep. Three
Tim Appelo and I are riffing on each episode of David Simon's HBO series Treme, which brought me to tears during Ep. 3:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 12:34 PM
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More: Reviews, TV, Treme, HBO

Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino

TOH critic Tim Appelo reviews HBO's latest, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. (We'll continue our weekly post-Treme rehash Monday.)
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 25, 2010 11:32 AM
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Treme Week Two: Read At Your Own Risk!

Treme Week Two: Read At Your Own Risk!
Spoiler Alert: Tim Appelo and I are so delighted by David Simon's latest HBO series, Treme, that we're going to write about each new episode every week. So read on only if you have seen both episodes one and two at this point, and please join the conversation thread.
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 20, 2010 5:10 AM
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More: Reviews, TV, Treme, HBO

Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide

Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide
Controversy sells, and Lionsgate rode a swell of debate over the R-rated superhero action comedy Kick-Ass to a robust box office lead on Friday, an estimated $7.5 million in 3,065 runs. It may or may not make the $20 million opening benchmark some predicted; Date Night could wind up number one. This is the sort of movie that is banking on a core fan following--the folks that responded enthusiastically to early footage at Comic-Con last year--but needs to widen its appeal in order to really score. Lionsgate only invested $15 million to acquire it plus some $25 million in marketing, so it should come out ahead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2010 5:04 AM
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Critics Update: Variety, Salon, Movieline Moves

Many people seem to be failing to recognize the distinction between the end of the old media economic model that could afford to pay critics six-figure salaries and the new paradigm which demands that critics deliver more for less--often online. Certainly, indieWIRE is not paying its new in-house critic Eric Kohn what Variety was paying Todd McCarthy. And despite what Variety editor Tim Gray's carefully-worded editorial suggests, he did not offer new deals to its laid-off critics McCarthy and David Rooney before delivering them their new unemployed status. Nor has it closed new deals with them since the March lay-offs. Meanwhile, as I announced Friday, Mail.com's Jay Penske, the owner of Deadline and Hollywoodlife, has lured Salon critic Stephanie Zacharek to review for another one of his flotilla of entertainment sites, Movieline. Salon tried to keep her, but Movieline made her an offer she couldn't refuse. She will definitely class up the joint, which has lost one of its three initial hires from Defamer, Seth Abramovitch; Kyle Buchanan and S.T. VanAirsdale remain. Zacharek leaves colleague Andrew O'Hehir behind; Salon plans to reconfigure her job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 11:02 AM
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Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon

Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon
I couldn't wait to watch Sunday night's latest HBO series, Treme, from The Wire's David Simon, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. I was not disappointed. TOH critic Tim Appelo has the review:
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 11, 2010 11:26 AM
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Zacharek Leaves Salon for Movieline

Zacharek Leaves Salon for Movieline
Salon film critic Stephanie Zacharek is leaving her gig after 11 years, saying in a thoughtful exit post that she's moving "on to a new adventure elsewhere on the Web."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2010 8:56 AM
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Doors Doc is Strange Indeed

Doors Doc is Strange Indeed
I started listening to the The Doors when I was about fourteen, and bought every one of their albums. I have great affection for their music, especially Strange Days, at the same time that I often question how seriously to take it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2010 12:59 PM
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