Siskel vs. Ebert

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  1. Jason Pancake

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    'One question we were asked, again and again, was: "Do you really hate each other?" There were days at the beginning of our relationship when the honest answer sometimes was "yes."'
    -Roger Ebert

    This is a funny clip of some outtakes from the show. I guess this was the beginning of their relationship [​IMG]

    http://www.break.com/articles/siskelebert.html?t=4431
     
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    That's a great clip...man, I miss their old dynamic. Roeper just doesn't cut it for me.
     
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    Wow, that is very entertaining indeed. I know they would bicker on the show, but that sure seemed like some long time tension going on there. "This week on Siskel and Ebert, at the movies, with the Asshole, and thats Ebert." That is funny as hell.
     
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    That's "and the movies" Brandon. [​IMG]

    Man, that was kind of painful to watch.
     
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    I think their relationship evolved over time. They weren't friends early on (Ebert said he "respected" Siskel, but that's it), and Ebert was not invited to Siskel's wedding. But Ebert said he kept a promise to Siskel made before he died that he would take his son to see the first Star Wars movie in a long time (1999).
     
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    From looking at the clip, that's one hell of an understatement. I think it's safe to say that these two at the very least profoundly disliked each other at the time.

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    Here's a much longer version of that clip with a long diatribe at the end with their opinions on religion. [​IMG]
     
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    yeah i agree. they were pretty harsh.

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    Well they seemed to agree about WASP's though.[​IMG]
     
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    From just watching the first clip, I would agree with you. However, after watching the extended clip and seeing how they interact seconds later, I disagree. It seems like a normal relationship/partnership. One minute you hate each other, the next you're laughing.

    I'm not doubting that they ever hated each other, just saying that I wouldn't agree with profoundly disliking each other at the time.
     
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    Yeah, they seem to be having a ball in the extended clip.
     
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    Funny to hear the utter lack of political correctness in their bantering.
     
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    Actually, it is Siskel and Ebert - At The Movies, which was the name of their original TV show. They sat in a theater balcony type set, with curtains down below. It always ended with "That's all we have and until next week, the balcony is closed." I think they were just kidding about the "and" part.
     
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    That's what I thought, but Ebert seemed pretty insistent on "and" in that clip [​IMG].
     
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    That was the name of the show when it went into national syndication. But prior to that, their show Sneak Previews was broadcast every other week on the national PBS feed. And prior to that, they had a show on the local PBS affiliate in Chicago called Opening Soon at a Theater Near You. The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago has a couple hundred episodes of these shows in their archives that are open to the public for viewing. Unfortunately the museum is closed until its new facility opens next year.
     
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    Siskel and Ebert had three national shows:

    Sneak Previews was on PBS. At The Movies (No Siskel and Ebert in the title) was their first syndicated show, then came Siskel and Ebert and the Movies for Buena Vista. This is the same show that Ebert and Roeper are still doing.
     
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    You are right. Thanks for the correction. That probably explains the screw up by Siskel.
     
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    that's AT the movies, jeff. that's why we're doing it again THIS time.

    CJ
     
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    LOL!

    Jeff: Welcome to the exciting world of internet forums. A wholly new field for you to begin to learn in.
     
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    Wow, that longer clip was a gas! These guys needed to do a two man improve act, that exchange was golden.
     

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