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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Not important in the larger sphere of things, but wonderful news just the same
Posted by Jill | 7:19 AM
Roger Ebert is coming back to television -- sort of:
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times film critic is producing "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies" with his wife, Chaz Ebert. The weekly, half-hour review program will debut in January and be syndicated nationally on public television stations.

The show will feature co-host Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and contributing critic Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio and former movie critic for The New York Times. Ebert will have his own segment on the show called "Roger's Office," during which he will use his computer voice to review new movies or talk about the state of film.

In a pilot of the new show, Ebert is shown sitting behind a desk, typing his review of a documentary. The computer voice says his words as he discusses the film. As Ebert finishes his review, he says: "I think it's a real discovery on DVD and I give it a big thumbs up." And he does.


The new show features Lemire and Mitchell sitting in red movie theater seats debating back and forth about a movie before issuing a thumbs up or thumbs down review, not unlike Siskel and Ebert years before.

Lemire and Mitchell will never in a million years have the chemistry, the "dysfunctional marriage" aura the Siskel and Ebert had. And they just aren't in the same league, though Mitchell in particular knows his stuff. But nothing will ever equal the originals, as you'll see from this Siskel and Ebert review of the wonderfully campy teen vampire movie The Lost Boys:

But anything that involves Roger Ebert is guaranteed to be worth your time. If you haven't been reading Ebert's blog, you don't yet know what a damn fine writer he is -- not just about film, but about everything.

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