Herald-Examiner readers won't be seeing David Chute's film critiques anymore.
The six-year association officially wrapped Friday (with a hot review of "The Fly") as a result of critic Chute's decision to do a cover story (on the new generation of comic-strip artists) for the L.A. Weekly. It cost him a week suspension. (The Her-Ex forbids free-lance sales to other newspapers in the home market.) After returning to the paper last week, Chute handed over his resignation.
Chute didn't want to go into detail: "Overall, I'll just say that it's not anybody's fault. It's just the kind of unfortunate situation that develops when strategies change at a newspaper. Some people just don't fit in anymore."
There are conflicting reports of just how "set" the free-lance policy was, but Acting Editor John Lindsay said that he sent a memo to staffers and bulletin boards "weeks before."