January 30, 2001
12:48 AM   Subscribe

One of the best movie news and gossip web sites, Roughcut.com, has just closed, a victim of the AOL Time Warner layoffs. Luckily, the single best thing about Roughcut, David Poland's daily column "The Hot Button," will live on via Poland's personal site.
posted by aaron (3 comments total)
I just got this email...

Dear roughcut.com reader,

There's no other way to say it. Roughcut.com is no more.

We've had a great run, you and roughcut. We've been through life as a weekly, then a daily
one-sheet, then a multi-pager and finally, a daily anything goes journal of reviews, commentary, box
office numbers and general silliness. Literally hundreds of writers and staffers have toiled on this
site, all in the name of bringing a one-of-a-kind product to you, the movie-loving web crawler.

From Andy Jones to Morgan Fouch to myself, this website has had more extreme movement than a
dot-com on the NASDAQ. And now, there is only the memory, represented by the site's archive, which you
can go to anytime you like thanks to TNT and which is expected to be available for years to come.

And if you are looking for The Hot Button, you can find it at davidpoland.com. Yes, it's for
real… not a joke. I'll keep writing the column there Monday – Friday for as long as you keep reading

In closing, thank you. Thanks for being a part of what the web is supposed to be all about.
Thanks for letting us know what you loved and what you hated. Thanks for telling your friends. And
thanks for loving movies like all of the roughcut family always has.

See you in the funny papers,
David Poland

posted by aaron at 12:49 AM on January 30, 2001

Dang. I wanted to see him get the Ebert & ___ gig, even though he and Roger agreed too much. (Roger wanted sparks.) I'm sure he'll get snapped up by a magazine or something pretty soon.
posted by dhartung at 8:00 AM on January 30, 2001


David Poland's one of my daily reads, so I'm glad at least his column will live on.
posted by Georgina at 3:08 PM on January 30, 2001

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