5:37 pm Jan. 4, 20127
J. Hoberman, longtime film critic for The Village Voice, has been let go from the paper, where he's been a staff writer since 1983.
The news leaked out in a tweet from the music writer Mike Rubin early this evening: "A CINEMATIC SIN: Further diluting what's left of their 'brand,' Village Voice laid off J. Hoberman today, senior film critic since 1988."
Capital has confirmed Hoberman's exit with a source. Hoberman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but we'll update here if we hear back from him.
UPDATE: Daily Intel has also confirmed the news, with a comment from Hoberman: "I've seen a lot of people lose their jobs there in the last five years. I would be disingenuous to say I hadn't considered the possibility that this would happen to me eventually. I was shocked, but not surprised."
Tony Ortega, editor of the paper, said he couldn't comment on personnel matters, but, he wrote in an email: "The Voice is committed to providing comprehensive film coverage, and will continue to publish our many fine film writers, both in print and online."
Hoberman is the latest in a string of old-time Voice veterans who have parted ways with the paper in recent years including Tom Robbins, Wayne Barrett, Nat Hentoff (though he's come back as a freelancer), and Ward Harkavy.
*This item was updated from an earlier version to include Hoberman's comment to Daily Intel.
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