Thumbs down: Roger Ebert slams Variety for canning its longtime film critic

Hollywood trade publication Variety fired its chief film critic of 31 years, Toddy McCarthy, and its chief theater critic, David Rooney. Variety said both men have offers to contribute on a freelance basis. Iconic film critic Roger Ebert wasn’t too happy about the move. “The glory days of the famous Variety critics are finished,” he wrote.

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