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After Disney blackout of L.A. Times, film critics groups sign on in solidarity with journalists




Journalists from the Los Angeles Times have been barred from Disney film screenings due to an article the paper published last month outlining Disney's ties with the city of Anaheim.
Journalists from the Los Angeles Times have been barred from Disney film screenings due to an article the paper published last month outlining Disney's ties with the city of Anaheim.
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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Society of Film Critics, and two other critic groups are wading into the conflict between Disney and the Los Angeles Times, saying in a joint statement they won’t consider Disney movies for awards until the company lifts its blackout on Los Angeles Times journalists attending Disney advance screenings.

This all stems from news last week that Disney won’t allow Times’ journalists to cover advance screenings of its films in response to what it felt was unfair reporting on a story about its business ties with the city of Anaheim. Disney contends that despite supplying Times’ reporters with facts and information, the journalists proceeded with their own narrative that Disney said was “biased and inaccurate.” The Times says it reached out to Disney but they were not forthcoming with information.

Disney has several films that could be in the running for awards consideration, including its live action Beauty and the Beast remake, the upcoming animated movie Coco, Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3, and of course the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which releases in December.

KPCC FilmWeek critic Amy Nicholson is a member of the National Society of Film Critics; she joins Larry Mantle on AirTalk to explain the critics groups’ decision to boycott Disney.

AirTalk reached out to Walt Disney Company for comment, but they did not respond to our request.

Guest:

Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC and host of The Canon podcast; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson