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Here are the replacements for Ebert and Roeper

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2008 1:02PM

Mankiewicz and LyonsAllison told you yesterday that both Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper were leaving their film review show, At The Movies. Ebert has been off the show since 2006 because of health problems and Roeper couldn't come to terms on a new contract. They both explained that Buena Vista wants to take the show in a new direction and that they wouldn't be a part of it. Here is that new direction.

The new hosts of At The Movies are Ben Mankiewicz, a host on TCM, and Ben Lyons, from E!. Not sure how these two got to be the new hosts, other than the fact that they're both named Ben and I'm sure we'll see some cute reference to that, maybe even in the ads or the intro. I like the fact that Mankiewicz is from TCM; makes it sound like he knows what he's talking about (he's also the son of Frank Mankiewicz and the grandson of the guy who wrote Citizen Kane). But Lyons looks about 14 years-old and comes from a network with celeb gossip and reality shows, so that has me a little worried.

Then again, he's the son of film critic Jeffrey Lyons (the host of his own movie review show, Reel Talk), so maybe it's in his blood. But the article above says he called I Am Legend one of the greatest films ever made? Yikes.

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Carol

I also watched Siskel & Ebert for many years.

I would like to see Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips, who has been doing the movie reviews with Mr. Roeper lately, have their own review show. I never heard of the two Bens that are the new "At the Movies". I know I won't watch.

No offense, but I happened to really like "I Am Legend"

August 08 2008 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Oh dear lord. I can't STAND Ben Mankiewicz--he always comes off on TCM as way too invested in appearing young and hip and cool...needless to say he fails utterly. I've started fast-forwarding through his intros whenever he shows up before a film I've recorded. No one can ever replace Robert Osborne, but this jerk doesn't even come close.

July 23 2008 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pam

A BIG THUMBS DOWN! When are we going to see women review movies on this show ??? And for that fact any reviewer other than white, male, 40 - 50 years of age?? And I have another idea, why not have kids review children's movies? Or each week a reviewer from another country or ethnic background - wakeup America, we are no longer a small American village. We are

July 23 2008 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ChuckW

These two will no doubt infuse the show with their very left-wing political beliefs. Ebert and Roeper are both left-wing too, but they were professionals about it. Having the host of The Young Turks reviewing movies will be hilariously bad. Let me guess, their decade's top 10 will include Rendition, Stop-Loss, and Lions For Lambs, right?

July 23 2008 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MichalkaManiac

Hey, give them a chance, at least. Look at Drew; he's seems to have still made TPIR good IMO, although THAT show has lost its longtime producer for the start next season...

July 22 2008 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Calvert

Ben L - OMG. I see him on E! on a program I watch. TPTB must have been desperate for hosts - why else would they have tapped Ben Lyons? I'm a big movie fan and I have NOT been impressed with him over the many months I've listened to his opinions on movies. Aren't we ALL movie critics when we give our opinion? BTW, why do we need movie critics anyway? My friends and family are better sounding boards as to whether a movie is good or not. How many times have you heard movie critics absolutely pan a movie and when it opens it's #1 at the box office for a week or two? It happens more often than you'd think.

July 22 2008 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jj

Ben M. has made some misakes when referencing film history during commentary of films on TCM...so it makes me wonder how much cred he could have if he can't make sure he knows his stuff before he says it...regardless if he wrote it or not.

July 22 2008 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
magnumpc

While I'm somewhat happy they got someone with a little movie cred (Mankiewicz and TCM), I am laughing at the choice of Ben Lyons for a couple of reasons.

First, superficially, he looks like a teenager in that photo. I'm 44 years and and have been watching Siskel and Ebert since the beginning -- and, now, I'm supposed to take movie-going advice from this kid?! Come on!

Second, I find it more than a little ironic that Ben's dad is Jeffrey Lyons who took over when Siskel and Ebert left Sneak Previews on PBS --> DISASTER!!! Like father like son...

July 22 2008 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brent McKee

"Second, I find it more than a little ironic that Ben's dad is Jeffrey Lyons who took over when Siskel and Ebert left Sneak Previews on PBS --> DISASTER!!! Like father like son..."

Well you can't entirely blame that on Lyons. After all he was partnered with the horrible Michael Medved.

July 24 2008 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

I won't be watching, but I can guess the show will be "B & B: At the Movies!", and they will call each other Big Ben and Little Ben.

July 22 2008 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

Big mistake with losing Ebert. I am not familiar with these two at all!

http://celebritytoday.today.com

July 22 2008 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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