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Variety: That’s a wrap for movie magazines

Variety: That's a wrap for movie magazines

When Premiere magazine announced last month that its April issue would be its last, the epitaph for longform movie journalism may well have been written. After all, in a world where movie fans can read about movies, see pictures, trailers and video, and find their theaters and showtimes online, who needs a movie magazine anymore? At a time when the likes of celebrity Web site TMZ.com, Defamer and People.com rush amateur photos of the Hollywood Hills brush fire and news of Mel Gibson‘s latest indiscretion to the Web at the speed of thought, writers and editors who once specialized in crafting polished, in-depth insider features about Hollywood stars and filmmakers are learning the mantra of the Web: Write fast–and write short. Anne Thompson reports.

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