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Roger Ebert reviving "At the Movies" on public TV


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#1 of 77 ONLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted September 10 2010 - 06:03 AM

In the latest twist, Roger Ebert has announced that he's bringing "At the Movies" back to public television. Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW, where "Siskel & Ebert" got their start, will produce the show. AP film critic Christy Lemire and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell will host. Ebert himself will contribute segments using the computerized voice made from his old audio commentaries on a semi-regular basis. Online film writers Kim Morgan and Omar Moore will also contribute segments. The show is being produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz.

 

And yes, the thumbs will be returning.



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Posted September 10 2010 - 06:14 AM

Elvis Mitchell is a great choice.  He's funny, charming, smart and very personable on The Treatment every week.  Time to set the Tivo...



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Posted September 10 2010 - 09:38 AM

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Legendary film critic and Twitter master Roger Ebert said he is reviving his classic half-hour review program "At the Movies" on the public broadcasting channel PBS.

 

Titled "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies," the show will be hosted by Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio.

Ebert noted that the series, whose long-running syndicated version was recently canceled, was returning to its public station birthplace.

 

The new program will launch on WTTW Chicago, just like the original incarnation of "At the Movies" (titled "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You") did in 1975.

 

"At the Movies" will bring back Ebert's copyrighted "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" rating device, which was removed from the syndicated program after Ebert left the show following a battle with cancer that left him unable to speak.

 

"This is the rebirth of a dream," Ebert wrote in a statement. "I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets.

 

"American television is swamped by mindless gossip about celebrities, and I'm happy this show will continue to tell viewers honestly if the critics think a new movie is worth seeing."

Ebert will act as co-producer along with his wife, Chaz Ebert. The show will debut in January. Ebert will employ a computer voice to appear on episodes under a segment titled "Roger's Office." He says he will not debate the two co-hosts. "They'll be awarding the Thumbs, and you can't have three Thumbs."



#4 of 77 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 10 2010 - 10:08 AM

I'm looking forward to this, and I hope all the PBS stations pick it up immediately.


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Posted September 10 2010 - 10:26 AM

Second that.  I'll be there.
 

Full announcement and a video sampler at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/



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Posted September 10 2010 - 10:32 AM

Crap, I had no idea someone beat me to this news. Have no idea why I'm perplexed when it comes to which category to put to some piece of news in on this site. Maybe, I need a cat scan, or something.

 

Anyhow, seriously looking forward to this. I just wish Roger could talk, hell, for that matter, I wish Gene Siskel was still alive and they were still doing their show. Always thought Roger was the more informed one when it came to film. Their show was a staple of my youth, and, man, ALL those PBS channels better be picking this up.



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Posted September 10 2010 - 10:32 AM



Originally Posted by Michael Reuben 

I'm looking forward to this, and I hope all the PBS stations pick it up immediately.


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#8 of 77 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted September 10 2010 - 12:27 PM

http://former.imdb.com/news/ni4257103/

 

This link is probably redundant, but I wanted to get in here somewhere. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif


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Posted September 10 2010 - 03:07 PM

Very cool and very much looking forward to the new show!


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Posted September 13 2010 - 04:00 AM

Excellent news!  I was so depressed when the show ended last month./img/vbsmilies/htf/dance.gif



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Posted September 13 2010 - 05:56 AM

Wait. . .you mean it's not normal to have three thumbs?


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#12 of 77 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted September 13 2010 - 10:01 AM

Fantastic news!  And wonderfully appropriate that the show is returning to public TV.


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Posted September 13 2010 - 12:27 PM

After watching the sampler, it reminded me of an old adage. The one that states "you can't go home again". I've never been big on review shows, but Ebert and Siskel had a kind of rapport that none of these later people have.


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Posted September 13 2010 - 04:15 PM



Originally Posted by Edwin-S 

After watching the sampler, it reminded me of an old adage. The one that states "you can't go home again". I've never been big on review shows, but Ebert and Siskel had a kind of rapport that none of these later people have.

 

I don't believe the intent is to duplicate "Siskel & Ebert" but rather provide the a comparable forum for film criticism in a new format. While Lemire & Mitchell will wield the thumbs, they won't have to carry the entire enterprise on their shoulders the way Gene and Roger did. This new show looks to be a far more collaborative enterprise.



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Posted November 27 2010 - 12:18 AM

Has there been an announced start date for this show?


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Posted December 18 2010 - 10:24 PM

We now have a date of January 21.


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Posted December 19 2010 - 03:18 AM

So, he's gonna be on the Armed Forces Network? I don't think I even get that channel.



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Posted December 20 2010 - 07:16 AM

Originally Posted by SWFF 

So, he's gonna be on the Armed Forces Network? I don't think I even get that channel.

Most Americans that aren't serving in the US military don't. On December 14th, Ebert announced that the show would be moving forward without Elvis Mitchell on the AFN and over 100 PBS affiliates. The complete list as of 12/10 is available as a PDF, alphabetized by state with stations and air times. More stations have signed up since.

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Posted December 20 2010 - 08:23 AM

Hopefully a station or two in Florida will join the list. :(


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Posted December 20 2010 - 08:27 AM

^ I hope the same thing about the Pacific Northwest.  As far as I can tell, not a single station in Oregon or Washington.






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