's No. 1 choice as a replacement critic for late partner Gene Siskel
is believed to be fellow Chicago Sun-Times
columnist Richard Roeper
, according to The Boston Herald
. Roeper, who's known Ebert for about 10 years, has served as guest co-host on Ebert and the Movies
several times in the past few weeks. An announcement on who will get the coveted co-host seat is believed to be imminent.