5:40 pm Aug. 7, 2012
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Some sad news via The New York Times:
Judith Crist, one of America’s most widely read film critics for more than three decades and a provocative presence in millions of homes as a regular reviewer on the “Today” show, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.
Her death was confirmed by her son, Steven.
Ms. Crist came to prominence at a time when film was breaking with the conventions of the Hollywood studio era while experiencing a resurgence in popularity, much of it fueled by baby boomers. She championed a new generation of American directors like Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack and Woody Allen and new actors like Robert De Niro and Faye Dunaway.
Her commentary had many homes: The New York Herald Tribune, where she was the first woman to be made a full-time critic for a major American newspaper; New York magazine, where she was the founding film critic; and TV Guide, which most defined her to readers.
Crist was also a professor at the Columbia Journalism School, where she had the distinction of having taught a course longer than any other faculty member in the school's history, according to an email circulated this afternoon to alumni (of which I am one).
"At the moment, the family is planning a private burial with a possible memorial service in September," the email reads. "While the family appreciates the kind thoughts, they graciously decline flowers."
We would sit around her coffee table, with its big glass bowl full of coasters and boxes of chocolates that she would beg us to eat at the end of each four-hour session. Crist sat at the top of the table. She was always well turned out, with dyed, center-parted hair, bright silk blouses, and a spectacular array of tinted vintage spectacles that she would sometimes wear on top of one another.
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In other news...
Michael Calderone on veepstakes journalism. [The Huffington Post]
Dylan Byers on Tina Brown's latest "shock-and-awe approach to Newsweek." [Politico/On Media]
Which is apparently recycled from another magazine? [Eater]
The New York Times has launched a U.S. election Tumblr. [journalism.co.uk]
Bloomberg has launched a new politics page and a new politics blog. [Bloomberg]
The New Yorker has launched an iPhone app. [Jim Romenesko]
Another ratings low at CNN. [Deadline]