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Roger Ebert Needs an 'Angel' (Investor) to Keep 'At the Movies' on the Air

by Moviefone Staff, posted Nov 7th 2011 4:00PM
Film fans, start your check-writing. On his blog late Sunday, famed critic Roger Ebert revealed that his television show, 'Ebert Presents At the Movies,' will go off the air in January if further funding cannot be found.

Wrote the venerable critic
: "Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season. There. I've said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We'll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can't afford to finance it any longer."

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Bam Margera Is Not Happy With Roger Ebert's Tweets About Ryan Dunn's Death

by Moviefone Staff, posted Jun 21st 2011 2:00PM
Roger Ebert After 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn's tragic death yesterday morning in a car crash that also took the life of one of his friends, it appears even the most unlikely of celebrities are weighing in on the matter.

In response to the sad news and the image Dunn posted to his Twitter account (which has since been taken down) showing him and two friends sitting around a table with beers at their side just three hours prior to the fatal car crash, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert took to his own Twitter account at 3PM yesterday to post the message: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

As you can probably imagine, that hasn't exactly sat well with everyone, especially those who knew Dunn best.

Hit the jump to see how the Twittersphere responded to Ebert's comments.

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'Ebert Presents at the Movies' Premiere Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Jan 21st 2011 11:16PM
Roger Ebert may have lost his voice due to complications from cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, and the movie review show he pioneered with the late, great Gene Siskel may have been canceled. (Thumbs) Down, perhaps, but not out.

Ebert, 'At the Movies' and those all-powerful thumbs have been resurrected on PBS, making their return Friday in 'Ebert Presents at the Movies.' The show reflects in part the classic format -- two critics debating the latest releases -- and is even being filmed at the Chicago studios the first Siskel and Ebert movie review show was shot. Except this time, there are some new primary hosts: Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire and 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a virtually unknown blogger Ebert personally plucked for hosting duties -- as well as fresh features and new guest contributors.

I've got to admit, I was so excited about the return of a show I've followed through all its iterations for 15 years, I practically plopped down on the couch thumbs extended upwards, and truth be told, I have nothing but thumbs up to give all around for this show, although I do have some notes.

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'Glee' Valentine's Day Songs Revealed, Piers Morgan's Ratings Slip and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 21st 2011 11:30AM
GleeThings are about to get romantic on 'Glee.'

TV Guide released the track list for the show's upcoming Valentine's Day episode, and the McKinley High gang will sing four very unconventional love songs.

Recently dumped Rachel will put her spin on Katy Perry's 'Firework,' while we're assuming Artie will seranade Brittany when he sings Michael Jackson's 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).' Tina will go traditional with 'My Funny Valentine,' while we think Puck's rendition of Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' will have something to do with his rumored new love, Ashley.

The Dalton Academy boys will get in on the action too when Blaine sings Robin Thicke's 'When I Get You Alone' and the Warblers cover Paul McCartney's 'Silly Love Songs.' Noticably absent from the track list: Quinn and Sam. Trouble in paradise?

In other TV news ...

Roger Ebert will wear a prosthetic chin during his new PBS show, which premieres tonight. The film critic's jaw was removed in 2006 during a battle with cancer. "It will be used in a medium shot of me working in my office, and will be a pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years. Symbolically, it's as if my illness never happened and, hey, here I still am, on the show with these new kids," Ebert wrote in his blog. [The Hollywood Reporter]

NBC's new vocal competition show, 'The Voice,' has signed a deal with Universal Music Group. The company will have worldwide rights to the U.S. show along with other versions around the world. 'The Voice' is based on 'The Voice of Holland.' [Guardian]

JWoww's got an artistic side. A site full of the former art student's drawings and paintings was uncovered recently, and it's worth a few minutes if you're a 'Jersey Shore' devotee. [Gawker]

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Lindsay Lohan's Mom Wants on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Supercomputer to Face 'Jeopardy!' Champions and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 14th 2010 3:00PM
Dina LohanLindsay Lohan won't be on 'Dancing With the Stars' next season, but we could see another Lohan instead.

In an interview with RadarOnline, Lindsay's mom, Dina, said she was interested in appearing on the show even though her daughter turned it down, saying, "Lindsay actually told the woman at 'Dancing With the Stars' who made the offer that 'you need to take my mom!'"

No word on whether the producers listened to the suggestion, but since Dina's giving interviews about the conversation, we're betting they didn't.

In other TV news ...

Jimmy Kimmel will grace TV screens for another two years. The comedian signed a new deal that will keep 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on the air through its 10th season. [Deadline]

David Arquette is developing a new game show featuring celebrities making fun of themselves. The stars will rank their peers' likelihood to do crazy things like release a sex tape or tip the paparazzi on their location. [TV Guide]

An I.B.M. supercomputer will challenge former 'Jeopardy!' champions. "The computer, 'Watson,' will face the two most successful players in 'Jeopardy' history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in three episodes that will be broadcast Feb. 14-16, 2011," the New York Times reports. [NY Times]

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Comedy Central Should Roast ... Roger Ebert?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 11th 2010 3:30PM
Roger EbertUnless you're just a real sicko, reading the above headline probably turned your stomach into so many knots that unraveling them could earn you a Boy Scout merit badge.

The thought of Roger Ebert's smiling mug (who lost most of his bottom jaw after surgery for a very aggressive cancer) being ridiculed by some heartless comics probably makes you wish brains came with erasers. Ebert, who recently announced he's bringing back his film criticism show 'At the Movies,' has clearly found a new zest for life -- blogging constantly, writing political critiques and even penning a cookbook.

My suggestions aren't the mean-spirited ramblings of a wannabe edgy blog writer. Like all good roasts, the material might offend but the intention far outweighs any tasteless punchlines.

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Roger Ebert Announces 'At The Movies' Will Return in January

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2010 2:30PM
At The MoviesThis is crazy-good news. Roger Ebert announced at his site today that the film review show 'At the Movies' will return in January.

The official title of the show will be 'Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies' and will be produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz at WTTW, the same station where the show started back in 1975. The show will be seen on various stations nationwide.

Ebert is not going to be one of the hosts of the show, however. Who will be in front of the camera every week? A couple of film critics you might know (and a couple you might not...)

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'At the Movies' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 25th 2010 10:00AM

On Aug. 14, the 'At the Movies' balcony will officially be closed for good.

According to the Live Feed, Disney-ABC Domestic TV has canceled the long-running series after 24 years in syndication.

"This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable," the distributor said in a statement.

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'At the Movies' Canceled

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2010 9:45AM
At The MoviesThis is rather sad, as far as TV show cancellations go: 'At The Movies' is going away after 30 years on the air.

The show that Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel started so many years ago is a victim of the modern age. People get their movie reviews from so many places now, half-hour syndicated shows like this aren't as plentiful as they used to be, and this show went through so many changes in the past few years that it was easy to see that it would be gone soon.

It's actually a miracle that the show survived the whole Ben Lyons debacle, so we should be glad that we got a year with Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott.

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Roger Ebert Debuts New Computer Voice on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 3rd 2010 12:05AM
Oprah Winfrey, Roger Ebert's New VoiceRoger Ebert's voice could never really be silenced because he's such a force of nature in the film industry. But it's heartening to know that the film critic's actual voice can now be heard, thanks to a new computer program he debuted on 'Oprah Winfrey' (weekdays, syndicated).

And we bet his wife is a force of nature, too. It's not easy being a caregiver, but you can tell she's stood by him through thick and thin. Good for these two, shining examples of what a good attitude and a good partnership should be.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Here's What Roger Ebert's New "Voice" Sounds Like

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2010 1:29PM
Roger Ebert appeared on 'Oprah' today (with his wife Chaz) and he debuted his new "voice." CereProc took commentary tracks that Ebert did for various DVDs and created a voice for Ebert that sounds like his and not just a generic computerized voice.

This is rather amazing. I continue to be impressed by how Ebert is living his life.

[via Videogum]

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Ebert Will Debut New Computerized Voice on 'Oprah' - His!

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2010 6:30PM
Roger EbertJoel told you the other day about Roger Ebert's appearance on 'Oprah' tomorrow. The two have known each other for years - they even dated! - so Ebert picked Oprah for his first televised interview (after his great profile in Esquire last month) since his series of operations and to debut his new speaking voice (Ebert can no longer talk or eat). It's no longer going to be a generic computer voice, Ebert is actually going to be using his own voice.

Yes, it's the wonder of technology. A company called CereProc has taken voice samples from Ebert's DVD commentaries and created a computerized voice that Ebert can use to "speak." This could even lead to Ebert using the voice for other media, including podcasts, video, and commentaries.

[via Pop Candy]

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Roger Ebert to Appear on 'Oprah' March 2

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 26th 2010 5:31PM
Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey in the 1980sIt's interesting how quickly the wonderful Esquire profile of Roger Ebert, written by Chris Jones, rocketed around the interwebs last week. It speaks to the power of two things: a) Ebert's endearing popularity, almost four years after he stopped being an on-camera movie critic, and b) that a well-written magazine profile can give a reader more insight into a person than sometimes talking to the person himself can even do.

But the article, and the stark pictures of Ebert that accompanied it, has led Ebert in some interesting directions. For instance, he'll be going on Oprah Winfrey's show on March 2 to do his first interview since various cancer surgeries robbed him of his voice, most of his jaw, and his ability to eat and drink. Ebert will speak through the use of a computer.

The two Chicago titans have a long history together; five years ago, Ebert revealed that the two of them even went out on a couple of dates in the 1980s, where Ebert gave Oprah the idea to syndicate her talk show rather than take it to the network level.

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Roger Ebert Angry Over Siskel Tribute Video's Removal

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 16th 2010 5:02PM
Roger Ebert at the Toronto Film Festival 2009Anyone who thinks that we in the blogging, Twittering, Facebooking universe have hastened the death of the long-form magazine story as we know it needs to take a look at this Esquire profile of Roger Ebert, written by Chris Jones.

As fans of 'At The Movies' know, Ebert's been off the air for almost four years, since complications from cancer surgery on his jaw left him unable to eat, drink, or speak. The pictures of Ebert that accompany the story are stark; no matter how many times I see it, the image of the withered lower half of his face is tough to see.

The article, though, is inspiring; it shows an Ebert who has been able to come to terms with how he's currently living his life and how he navigates through it, mostly through the excellent writing on his Chicago Sun-Times blog. But the most emotionally-charged moment in the whole story was his visible anger at seeing that the video of his 1999 Gene Siskel tribute show has been pulled off his 2009 blog entry about his partner and friend's death.

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Conan O'Brien Immortalized in Cheetos

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 7:00PM
There are very few true signs of utter respect in your profession. Don't believe me? I'll venture a bet that no one has ever made a Cheeto profile of your boss' big fat head.

An artist with the Eclectic Asylum Art Gallery of Colorado Springs, Colorado did just that for former 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien with over 2,000 Cheetos of the crunchy, puffed and "flamin' hot" variety. It goes without saying that orange really suits ol' Coco.


[via Roger Ebert's Chicago Sun-Times blog]

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