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New At The Movies promo introduces new hosts, dumps on the old ones

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2009 3:27PM
I'm glad that At The Movies has new hosts. The two Bens just didn't work out. The new hosts in the reviewing chairs are A.O. Scott from The New York Times and Michael Phillips from The Chicago Tribune, both of whom filled in for Roger Ebert several times. Here's a preview where the two critics tell us about themselves.

Funny how the announcer says that there will be "serious reviews" by "serious journalists." I'm taking that as a dig at Ben and Ben. It premieres this weekend.

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The Two Coreys: Reunited (series premiere)

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 30th 2007 1:02PM

the two coreys(S01E01) It's finally arrived: the reality series absolutely no one was asking for.

I'm not interested in snarking at the likes of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. They each had success a lot of folks only dream about, and Feldman was involved in some of my favorite movies growing up, most notably Stand By Me and The Goonies. The movies in which they appeared together, such as Lost Boys and License to Drive, were "just okay" by my standards (and, being about twelve years old at the time, my standards didn't mean much).

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Joel Siegel dead at 63

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2007 6:40PM

Joel SiegelThis is rather stunning news.

ABC movie critic and entertainment editor Joel Siegel has died at the age of 63. He had been battling colon cancer for a very long time, since discovering he had it at age 57. His family and friends were with him when he died.

Siegel started at WABC-TV and then reviewed movies on Good Morning America He also authored the book Lessons For Dylan, a guidebook for his unborn son on how to live life. He was also one of the cofounders of Gilda's Club, along with Gene Wilder, who lost wife Gilda Radner to cancer.

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Heads up, MST3K fans

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 12:06PM
mst3kMy favorite show of all time is Mystery Science Theater 3000, and like a lot of people, I would love to see season sets of the series released on DVD. Unfortunately, the cost and hassle of maintaining the rights to all the movies Mike, Joel and the 'bots riffed on all those years would just be too much, so we'll have to settle for the sets being released by Rhino Video. Unfortunately, Rhino recently lost the rights to all the movies on The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 1, so if you're a fan and have been waiting to get your hands on that particular DVD, do it now before they're gone for good. The movies on that set are: Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust and The Sky Divers). Also, come March the company will lose the rights to The Sidehackers, which is currently included on the third volume of the DVD series.

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Roger Ebert to have cancer surgery again

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2006 11:44AM
Roger EbertFilm critic Roger Ebert is going to have his fourth cancer surgery on June 16th, two days before his 64th birthday.

Ebert has already had three surgeries. In 2002, he had a malignant tumor removed from his thyroid gland, and in 2003 he had two surgeries on his salivary glands. Ebert says that the cancer is not life-threatening, he won't need radiation therapy, and he'll continue as a film critic while all of this is going on.

On a personal note, I wish Ebert well. He has always been very generous and kind to me in my other life as a magazine publisher, contributing articles when he really didn't have to, so I hope that everything turns out OK and he's back battling with Richard Roeper about the summer movies.

Update: Ebert will tape several episodes of Ebert & Roeper so they will air during his recovery.

[via Romenesko]

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Wilmer Valderrama coming to Turner Classic Movies

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2006 11:01AM
Wilmer ValderramaNo, that's not a typo. The former That 70s Show star is going to star in TCM's first original series, which will be a game show where amateur actors recreate a classic movie scene with Valderrama.

Yeah. In the 70s we called it Don Adam's Screen Test.

Speaking of old TV shows, Valderrama is about to start filming the big screen version of the series CHiPs.

[via TV Tattle]

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Short-Lived Shows: The Critic

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2006 9:30AM

The critic jay shermanThe Critic, while it was on television, aired on ABC, FOX, and Comedy Central, though not at the same time. The show, created by Simpsons vets Mike Reiss and Al Jean, started off on ABC where it wallowed in obscurity, and then moved to FOX for its second season. Actually, it didn't fare much better on FOX, either, and after two seasons the plug was pulled. It did, however, manage to find an audience when Comedy Central began airing reruns. Also, a "third" season of shorts was created for Shockwave.com. Not counting the Shockwave mini-episodes, the series only ran for a total of 23 episodes.

The titular character, voiced by Jon Lovitz, was a critic living in New York City who essentially hated every movie he saw. Of course, every movie he saw was incredibly bad, so you couldn't really blame him. The series premiered in 1994, and as anyone who has tried to get an animated show on primetime in the wake of The Simpsons knows, it can be an uphill battle, even if you happened to work on The Simpsons yourself. In fact, a crossover episode of The Simpsons featuring Jay Sherman (the Critic) was made ("A Star is Burns"). That episode, however, perhaps inadvertently zeroed in on why The Critic didn't last. While it was a great show, it seemed to wither under the shadow of a much bigger and much more popular series. Even I never gave it much of a chance when it first aired, seeing it as a lesser version of what The Simpsons was offering. It wasn't until I watched it on its own merit that I realized it was actually very unique, very well-written, and had carved out its own little universe separate from The Simpsons. The lesson, I suppose, is never jump to conclusions.

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Previously on Cinematical: X-Men 3, Transformers, and the Miami Vice trailer

by Bob Sassone, posted May 15th 2006 10:49AM

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Knight Rider just says no to Hasselhoff

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2006 3:28PM
David HasselhoffAfter the release of Dukes of Hazzard and the big-screen adaptations of Dallas and Miami Vice already in the works, perhaps you started thinking to yourself, "They should make Knight Rider a full-length feature." If so, you should probably start watching some television that isn't pushing 20 years. But still, you're in luck 'cause the Weinsteins have picked it up for some sweet ex-cop/talking Trans-Am action. Unfortunately for David Hasselhoff fans, this is yet another no-show (he's not included in the upcoming Baywatch movie either). As long as they bring Mr. Feeny back to voice KITT, I'll keep my protesting to a minimum.

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The Daily Show: February 8, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 9th 2006 9:05PM
Jon StewartPhotographs were recently taken of Britney Spears driving around with her baby boy on her lap. Scandal! Shock! Horror! Jon didn't see any problem with this because he drives with similar habits (he occasionally has the baby clinging to his head while driving and, when he has more than one baby, he juggles them).

Apparently it wasn't just Brit having a bad day because Bush wasn't having much fun either. He attended the Coretta Scott King funeral.Bad idea. I mean, 99% of the people in that room didn't vote for him/can't stand him. No wonder the funeral quickly turned into a Bush-bashing ceremony. There were plenty of WMD and wire-tapping jabs. I'm sure King would have appreciated this sort of horrible behavior at her funeral. Oh, and a big "LOL" for Jon's awkward raising of the roof and "Holla..."

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TV Squad Live Blogging: Golden Globes red carpet

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 16th 2006 5:58PM

7:56: The Golden Globes are going to start in a few minutes, so switch on over to Cinematical and check out their blow by blow coverage! What are you waiting for? Go, go, go, go!

7:54: These red carpet arrival shows reach a point where you feel like you want to take a shower, kill someone, or just change the channel. I'm going to do the latter. 

7:53: Guiliana says that Mizrahi can touch Scarlet Johansson's boob because he's gay.

7:39: Steven Spielberg has arrived. If Mizrahi asks him about his underwear...

7:35: They cut off Reese Witherspoon! Now we'll never know who she's going to thank first if she wins.

7:33: Quote of the Night: Mizrahi, to Queen Latifah: "Speaking of chocolate/vanilla swirl, what kind of underwear are you wearing?"

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The Golden Globes? We've got you covered!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 16th 2006 4:58PM

We'll have live blog coverage of the red carpet arrivals tonight, starting at 6. Just in case Scarlet Johansson's nipple accidentally slips out while being interviewed or someone on E! says something really stupid. We'll blog until 8, and then Cinematical takes over for the rest of the night with their live blog of the awards show. See you then! 

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