is ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ a commentary on film critics?

Walt Gilbert in the Louisville Conservative Examiner thinks maybe it is. Some highlights: There’s been some debate as to the central point of the film, with some critics feeling a bit lectured by Soderbergh’s use of a particularly distasteful character portrayed by film critic/blogger, Glenn Kenny. The vehicle for the perceived lecture is a self-appointed reviewer of Manhattan’s sex industry who attempts to use his power as a “respected” critic to extort the services of Grey’s character for free in exchange for favorable coverage and, in failing, unleashes an excoriating critique of the services he never employed. Soderbergh denies that […]

Perez Hilton will blog about movies in exchange for studio $$$

Reported at SFGate: Later this summer, a major movie studio will pay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton to tweet – comment on the micro-blogging service Twitter – for a week about a forthcoming movie (which Hilton’s ad seller declined to name). This month on his popular perezhilton.com, Hilton appeared as himself in a video advertisement chatting up a fictional character in the new film “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” Such an arrangement could be worth “six figures,” said Henry Copeland, president and founder of Blogads.com, which sells advertising for 2,000 blogs, including top sites like DailyKos.com and MichelleMalkin.com. Perez Hilton is not […]

pirate reviewer Roger Friedman to join The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday: Veteran entertainment reporter and columnist Roger Friedman is joining The Hollywood Reporter as a senior correspondent. Based in New York, Friedman brings with him more than two decades of experience — including access to stars and the people who make them. He will continue his online 24/7 ShowBiz411 blog — which will now move to THR’s stable of blogs including The Live Feed, Risky Business and THR, Esq. In addition, he’ll provide breaking news for THR.com and occasional longer pieces for the daily newspaper as well as appear in THR video products and at THR-branded […]