Last fall Scott Foundas was graciously drop-kicked out of his Film Society of Lincoln Center/NY Film Festival programming position when Kent Jones was brought in to run the NY Film Festival. Two or three months ago he moved back to film criticism by taking the top film critic position for the Village Voice. And now Foundas has jettisoned the Voice gig to accept a new job as Variety‘s chief film critic, ranking above Justin Chang and Peter Debruge.

Formerly the top L.A. Weekly critic, Foundas left Los Angeles three (or was it four?) years ago when he took the FSLC/NYFF job, and he’ll remain there for Variety.

So who’ll land the now-vacant Village Voice film gig? Who trusts that the Voice will remain strong and vibrant enough to keep a major film critic on salary?