At the Movies, which traces its lineage back 35 years, will end this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film-review series, once known as Siskel & Ebert after the show's first and longtime hosts, will air its final original program on the weekend of Aug. 14.
"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 show's distributor, Disney-ABC Domestic TV, said in a statement obtained by THR.
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Cheers to Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips for keeping their senses of humor. Even as their run on the syndicated At the Movies has come to an end they're being replaced by Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz the tireless Chicago critics continue their work, hilariously panning Vincent Chase's faux epic Medellin on the season premiere of Entourage. (Roeper says Vinnie's fat suit and bad prosthetics "make him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a box of Twinkies," while Phillips adds, "Al Pacino called: He wants his Scarface accent back.") Roeper promsies he'll continue the legacy of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel with a new syndicated series, and I give that idea you guessed it two thumbs up. Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
It's been too long fellas, but it was good to have you back!After nearly two seasons of trying to get it made and then trying to get it sold, Medellin turned out to be pretty much what we all expected it would bean unmitigated, over-acted, under-directed disaster. The Hindenburg of a screening was apparently just a precursor to the films critical drubbing, including a nasty personal attack on Vince by Richard Roeper, alleged former frat brother of Ari and current persona non grata at the Miller Gold Agency.And now, it seems that Vince has fallen on tough timesthat is, if you define tough times as living a carefree life on the beach in Mexico having sex with multiple, beautiful women, jet-skiing and doing his best Jim Morrison impression. I have to laugh when pampered, reality-deprived Vince makes a statement like, Life is not all about making money and movies
at least mine isnt. He is completely oblivious ...
This news definitely gets two thumbs down. Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Time critic who has been telling TV viewers how they should spend their money at the box office for more than 30 years, has announced he is parting ways with his nationally syndicated show. Ebert, who has been unable to co-host At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper for the last two years because of health issues, told the AP that Disney-ABC Domestic Television had decided to take the show "in a new direction" that he would rather not be associated with. This announcement comes just a day after co-host Richard Roeper announced he would not be renewing his contract.Ebert made the show popular by bickering with Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel, whom Roeper replaced permanently in 2000, after Siskel died of a brain tumor in 1999. While Ebert has not announced his future plans, Roeper says he plans to "to proceed elsewhere... as the cohost of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel...
Ted Koppel will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmys.... The one that isn't Ebert, Richard Roeper, is hosting Starz Inside, a monthly Starz series covering a variety of cinematic topics. The show debuts Sept. 24.... USA Network has nabbed rights to Ocean's Thirteen, License to Wed and Blood Diamond.... Fox and MySpace are teaming with the Producers Guild on The Storyteller Challenge, an online competition in which the best five- to seven-minute TV-pilot presentations win $25,000. Look for a September launch.