As Papers Consolidate, Readers Receive Less-Varied Opinions

january 3, 2007  12:24 pm
The days when every newspaper ran exclusive film criticism are over, reports Variety, with online film sites picking up the slack created by the rise of national chains and syndicated critics. The film industry's paper of record highlights the merger of New Times and Village Voice Media, which resulted in fewer independent film voices on the alternative weekly landscape. "New Times certainly did not start this fire," says Scott Foundas, movie editor at L.A. Weekly. "In the L.A. Times on a given Friday, half the reviews are reprinted from Newsday and the Chicago Tribune."