Carina Chocano's replacement *

The lead movie review in today's print Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times isn't by lead critic Kenneth Turan (his review of Stranded gets second billing.) Or Carina Chocano, who was laid off last month. The review of Madagascar that tops the page is by Michael Phillips. Who, you might ask? He's the critic at the Chicago Tribune, a paper with no presence or reputation among Los Angeles newspaper readers (or desire to be read among Angelenos, that anyone can detect) but its material is free to the Times. That's the replacement for Chocano, who was actually known and liked in L.A., but who had to be paid, you know, a salary. Phillips, by the way, is a pro and a veteran, known in Hollywood (and a former LAT critic himself.) No knock on him. But I notice that the online version of Calendar plays his review way down the page, well below Turan's. (* Noted: I'm told that story order happens automatically when the paper goes to press, then is re-ordered later for online by an editor.)

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent LAT stories on LA Observed:
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Los Angeles more worldly since '92, LA Times 'more insular'
More recommended media coverage of the riots
Fiction does have a winner at LA Times Book Prizes
LA Times geography throws USC a curve

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook