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Roger Ebert spills the details on the destruction of his show's old set

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 27th 2009 8:02PM
When illness prevented Roger Ebert from doing the movie review show he had done since 1982, everyone knew that change was inevitable. But no one could have predicted this much change, not even Ebert.

The Chicago Sun-Times movie critic and original host of At The Movies with his longtime partner Gene Siskel talked about how producers completely remade the show.

The changes ranged from the show's hosts down to the famous balcony set that the studio "tore at our set with sledge-hammers, and it collected in a dumpster in the alley."

[via TVTattle]

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cress d

I hate to say it, but recent pics of Ebert after his illness make him look like he hangs out with the Emperor or Darth Vader. But he can still contribute to the movie review business by writing his reviews. Speaking of that, he has really become the "grumpy old man" in his written reviews, as he usually hates everything. He should just retire.

November 28 2009 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did you mean?

Roger Ebert spills the details on the destruction *OF* his show's old set

November 28 2009 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Yes, thanks for catching that. In the future, you can alert us to those things much quicker by using the "Corrections" link above.

November 28 2009 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's a shame that Disney's competitiveness forced it to deny the Smithsonian's request to preserve a piece of American TV & Film history, and, instead, decided to toss the set. Although I can see why Disney might turn down Ebert's request for a new show, telling him that a show he created and starred in for 20-25 years had 'moved beyond him' was a trifle rude.

I'm glad the show is continuing with A.O. Scott & R. Phillips as we do have the need for informed critical film opinions, which doesn't quite exist anymore.

November 28 2009 at 4:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't realize this show was still on the air. Seems pointless now with the ability to read reviews online. But in their heyday, it was worth watching to get an idea of what movies to see.

November 27 2009 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Siegler

I need to update with the info Ebert gave out here, but if you're interested in the history of the program, check this out:


November 27 2009 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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