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'Variety' fires lead film critic

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In another reminder of the harsh realities of film journalism, Daily Variety announced yesterday that it was dismissing its veteran film critic Todd McCarthy in a cost-cutting move. They also laid off theater critic David Rooney and other staffers. The trades are  often the first places movies are reviewed, so McCarthy wielded considerable critical clout in Hollywood. Probably the best response to the sad news is from film critic Roger Ebert. Check out his post here on who McCarthy is and what it all means.