Justin Chang recently kicked things off at the L.A. Times, his new place of employ, with a widely shared slam of the Garry Marshall-directed Mother’s Day. Now, just in time for the real thing, Variety has announced a replacement for their departed co-chief film critic.
He is… one of the most interesting names still left in the bunch, Owen Gleiberman. The longtime former EW critic starts May 9 and will be based in New York. From today’s release:
Gleiberman shares the title of chief film critic with Peter Debruge, who will be relocating back to Los Angeles from Paris at the end of June.
“Owen is a rock star,” said Debruge. “When Owen loves a movie, his enthusiasm is contagious, and when he doesn’t, he’s liable to start a fiery debate, which is as it should be at Variety, where we take cinema as seriously as he does. I can’t wait to welcome him aboard.”
Gleiberman will be joining Debruge and others on the Variety team who are traveling to the Cannes Film Festival.
Thanks to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter’s traditional early access to film review opportunities, as well as the criticism slots afforded by the trades’ exhaustive coverage of events like Cannes, they are – arguably – one of the lucky media platforms where film criticism still matters. This is a great, late-career stage home for the 57-year-old Gleiberman.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Devil Is in the Owen Gleiberman Details
Photo of Gleiberman via: Variety