Longtime EW film critic Owen Gleiberman laid off

Owen Gleiberman, a film critic for Entertainment Weekly for more than two decades, was laid off from the magazine along with six other staff members on Wednesday, according to Poynter.

The others are senior writer Josh Rottenberg, staff writer Annie Barrett, music critic Nick Catucci, senior editor Kerrie Mitchell, deputy design director David Schlow and product director Chad Schlegel, Poynter said.

Gleiberman was one of EW's best-known and most widely read bylines, having written at the magazine since its launch in 1990.

He reviewed many movies for EW, including "Titanic," which he declared "the first disaster movie that can truly be called a work of art"; "Reservoir Dogs," which he described as "a nihilist comedy about how human nature will always undercut the best-laid plans"; and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which he likened to "an extended 'Three Stooges' episode featuring an even stupider version of the cast of 'Hee Haw.'"

In addition to reviews, Gleiberman also wrote essays, profiles and topical pieces.

His fellow critic Lisa Schwarzbaum took a buyout from EW in February, leaving Chris Nashawaty as the remaining film critic.

The layoffs come as Time Warner prepares to spin off its Time Inc. magazine group, which also publishes Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Time.

EW also recently launched a contributor network, the Community, enlisting mostly unpaid bloggers to contribute content to the publication's website.


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