Sunday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Ebert Presents at The Movies
(Rochester, NY) – Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert returns to television with Ebert Presents at the Movies, a fresh, updated and re-imagined version of the highly rated — and often imitated — Sneak Previews. That iconic series, on the air for a record-setting 35 years, remains the gold standard for movie criticism on TV. This latest incarnation features reviews of new movies, foreign and independent films, and direct-to-TV releases; showcases classic movies and hot-button issues in the cinema; and includes new segments devoted to new media, movie interactivity and fresh perspectives. The series also marks the return of the "Two Thumbs Up"® ratings system made famous by Ebert and Siskel and Richard Roeper. Ebert Presents at the Movies premieres Sunday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
The program's principal co-host is Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press. She will be joined by contributing critic Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio. Christy has been reviewing films for the AP since 1999 and became the first full-time film critic in the news organization's history in 2004. She is a Los Angeles native with a mother who loved Fellini and a father who loved Bogart. Mitchell is a former film critic for The New York Times and a contributor to NPR.
In 2006 Ebert suffered post-surgical complications related to thyroid cancer, which left him unable to speak. "This is the rebirth of a dream," said Ebert, who partnered in recent years with Richard Roeper. He said he will act as co-producer and employ a computer voice to appear on every episode, with segments titled “Roger’s Office,” with points of view and reviews devoted to classics, overlooked films, and new movies. He will not debate with the two co-hosts. "They'll be awarding the Thumbs, and you can't have three Thumbs," he said.
Occasional contributors will be Kim Morgan of Los Angeles and Omar Moore of San Francisco, both respected and popular film bloggers. Morgan specializes in her love of film noir and classic cinema at www.sunsetgun.com and writes for MSN.com and the Huffington Post. Moore, an attorney, publishes reviews, essays, and video essays on his site, www.popcornreel.com. He is also a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Lemire, Mitchell, and Morgan were guest co-hosts after the death of Siskel.
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert returns to television with Ebert Presents at the Movies.
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