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Film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday after a long battle with cancer, TVGuide.com has confirmed. He was 70.
Roger Ebert says that his cancer has returned, so it's time to slow down and take a "leave of presence." "The immediate reason for my 'leave of presence' is my health," he writes on his Chicago Sun-Times blog. "The painful fracture that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to... What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews, but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me."
Film critic Roger Ebert is reviving the classic half-hour movie review program, At the Movies, on PBS, Ebert announced Friday.Roger Ebert to produce movie review TV showThe new show, titled Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, will be hosted by Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and NPR's Elvis Mitchell, a former film critic for The New York Times. It is scheduled to debut in January...
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. Roger Ebert debuts "new voice" on Oprah At the Movies began as Sneak Previews. It debuted in Chicago in 1975 and was hosted by...