April 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm #149945
Entertainment Weekly Lays Off Movie Critic Owen Gleiberman After 24 Years
by Sam Adams
April 2, 2014 9:25 PM
Movie critic Owen Gleiberman, who had been Entertainment Weekly‘s movie critic since the magazine’s launch in 1990, was among seven staff writers who lost their positions earlier today, according to Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon. His former colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum, who joined the staff in 1991, took a buyout last February. That leaves Chris Nashawaty, who was moved to film critic last August.
Entertainment Weekly recently announced
it would be expanding its “Community” vertical, recruiting bloggers
through social media and journalism schools and paying them in, among
other things, “prestige.”
In addition to his reviews, Gleiberman wrote an account for the magazine in January about Armond White’s expulsion from the New York Film Critics’ Circle. Before EW, he wrote for the Boston Phoenix from 1981-1989.April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm #149947
This is bad news.
I have really enjoyed Owen Gleiberman over the years and his radio show has been quite entertaining this past year.
EW has been going down hill fast for the past year. It has lost a lot of great writers and the way they treated Jenna Morasco on their radio affiliate was horrendous. This new editor Matt Bean, is maybe the most pretentious person I have ever had the displeasure of listening to or reading.
The magazine has been trending over the past years to be more celebrity obsessed and less concerned with the uniques insight it used to offer into pop culture. Their coverage of this years oscars was horrendous. I used to look forward to at least three issue each year devoted to the oscars/awards season (many of which I still have in my collection). This year there was one. The week after the Oscars the cover was devoted to… Maleficent… MALEFICENT! What a slap in the face.
I am guessing this is why their long time television critic left last year.
I am sure EW will continue on for years, just not in the glory it used to. For quite awhile now I have had a feeling that EW was wanting to become the next TMZ.
April 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm #149948
Interesting. Owen has oft entertained me and pissed me off many times over the years. I do believe the guy began to lighten up quite a bit becaise he didnt like ANYTHING in the beginning as I recall.
He’ll be fine without EW imo, a publication which has been going steadily down hill. The site wiped out my original post so this post is truncated, but his piece on that weirded-out weirdo Armond White is quite gracious.
Best of luck Owen. Keep working, and I’ll keep reading, inspite of my overall attitude towards “critics”. Generally I have more respect for the “critical” posters here than, the business itself.April 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm #149949
I have really enjoyed what Owen has had to say recently about the the current critical mass in this country. He was begining to morph into something resembling the greatest critic of any art form ever, Roger Ebert.
Just this morning on EW Radio he offered some really interesting tidbits about the critical response to Noah.April 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm #149950
^do you mind giving the gist of what he said about the critical respose to Noah?April 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm #149951
He was referring to the film’s score on rotten tomatoes. He said he had looked into the score and without saying who, he noticed that a certain niche of critics/publications gave the film unfavorable reviews based on what they considered an unfaithful adaptation. He said the true score should be somewhere in the upper 80’s and that if you eleminate those unjust reviews that the score would be more accurate of the actual film.
He felt they were unfair because the film is actually more of a biblical film than most that have come out recently. And that Russel Crowes performance helps elevates Aronofsky’s vision of the old schooll Ten Commandments epic films.
I though the score seemed a bit odd for an Aronofsky film (the man has 4 films in the top 250 at IMDB!)April 3, 2014 at 6:23 am #149952
Oh no! I enjoyed Owen’s reviews. Very sad what EW has devolved into over the years. Their Oscars coverage is shameful with that new guy. The writing was on the wall after the magazine had a new editor with a more tabloid-y focus, and then the gradual exodus of the great critical talent there (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Ken Tucker, Dave Karger, and now Owen Gleiberman). I’m glad I cancelled my subscription years and years ago.