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Ebert & Roeper To Ditch
Disney’s EBERT & ROEPER!!

Published at: July 21, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are severing ties with their eponymous movie review franchise at Disney. From the Chicago Tribune:
Industry sources said that Disney is contemplating a reinvention of the movie review show with more of a Hollywood focus, along the lines of CBS Television Distribution's "Entertainment Tonight."
Roeper's contract with Disney expires in about three weeks. Unavailable for comment, ironically, is the Tribune’s Michael Phillips, who has been filling in for an ailing Ebert on the show. This is not the first time Ebert has moved his dueling-reviewers series, which started at PBS in 1975 then migrated to Tribune Entertainment in 1982 before it landed at Disney in 1986. Read all of the Trib’s story on the matter here.

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  • July 21, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I need my update on the Lohans

    by skimn

    NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • July 21, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    First

    by hst666

  • July 21, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I stopped listening to Ebert in 2002....

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...when he was literally the only major critic to bash Spider-Man.

  • July 21, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I remember catching Siskel & Ebert on PBS

    by skimn

    in the late '70s, and it was nice to see two critics discussing current films without the Gene Shalit/Rex Reed blather that was common on television.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Re:Ebert

    by skimn

    But then he named Dark City as the years best film of that year. He and Siskel championed letterboxing and laserdiscs eons ago, and he sometimes went out on a limb for some geeky film no other critic liked ( ie, Weird Science ). He always was a movie geek at heart, just a Pulitzer Prize winning movie geek.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    EBERT'S STATEMENT:

    by master bitchfist

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080721/FEATURED/150028057

  • July 21, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    You Knew This Was Coming....

    by Deandome

    when Disney started Dicking around w/Ebert by asserting intellectual property rights to "Thumbs Up/Down" as a negotiating tactic. That's why it's been "See It/Don't See It for the last several months. That was a slap in the face to the ailing Ebert who created the damn show & phrase (at lteasat it's use in movie reviews). Roeper's super-loyal...he's doing this because Ebert wants it....and of course, because Disney was fucking with his friend/mentor. It'll resurface as a better show...hopefully w/Michael Philips. It's nice having the Tribune/Sun-Times rivalry back...and Philips is a good reviewer & personality...unlike EVERY other critic the Trib's tried since Siskel died.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man 1..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..kinda sucked. He gave the Spidey 2 4 stars though.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    What a cry baby

    by tme2nsb

    I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mr Ebert, but making a big fuss out of this just comes off very childish.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    so what

    by j2talk

    they stopped being relevent years ago....

  • July 21, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Oh well

    by eric haislar

    It has not been the same since Roger left anyway.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Ebert as of late.

    by eric haislar

    Ever since the his stroke he has been very kind to really bad films it kinda sucks. I want the old Roger back.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Ebert is still the best

    by Goonie

    Roger Ebert is the best critic out there. Just because you don't agree with all of his reviews does not mean that he is not an amazing critic-- his reviews are always well-written, and he makes you think. I disagree with him about 25% of the time, but I always appreciate his thought and wit. I hope he is able to talk again some day soon, but his written reviews are still the very best out there.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    It's time for the show to shut down

    by Just_Tom

    Ebert had a rapport with Gene Siskel that he could never recapture with any of his guests or with Roeper. Not to say that any of the non-Siskel hosts were bad, it's just that lightning won't strike twice. The show was never the same. And since his surgery and his subsequent inability to resume his role on the show, it has lost its appeal. I have tremendous respect for Roger Ebert, and I think he has done great things for film and for the film-going public. Unlike some of the less-than-intelligent people talking back here, I don't automatically hate or disregard a critic because of a review he gave. Ebert gave some astoundingly good movies bad reviews (Raising Arizona, The Usual Suspects) and he gave some astoundingly bad movies good reviews (Garfield, The Happening). Does that disqualify him to review movies? No, it means he has different opinions than I do, that the same movie can strike him a different way than it does me. That's it. I don't think I've seen a single critic with whom I agree 100% of the time. I don't think I'd like one if I did find them. The reason I like Mr. Ebert so much is that his reviews are always well-written and always thoughtful. It's more difficult than people imagine to put an emotional reaction (whether or not you liked something) into analytical terms (a written review), and Mr. Ebert is one of the best. Do I always agree with him? No. Do I always want to know what he thought and why? Absolutely.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    That sucks

    by JustSomeDude899

    I loved At the Movies, even without Ebert. Philips and Roeper were fun.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Roeper's less of a dick when Eberts not there.

    by heavenlykid

    I love Ebert. I Miss Siskel, and I hated Roeper at first because he was trying to hard. But I think he has a man crush on Ebert because when Philips is there he doesn't seem so eager to impress (though I can't believe he called "The Bank Job" the best movie so far this year). I hope he keeps his more relaxed tone When Ebert returns. And I hope this show gets picked up by someone cool. As far as the thumbs? Honestly even in the old days Siskel and Ebert admitted the Thumbs weren't all that accurate (in an interview once Ebert wished he could make a 'thumbs sideways') I say retire the digits and go for a star rating or a scale of one to ten. That's my thoughts at least.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Give it to those Filmspotting dudes

    by Quin the Eskimo

    they're pretty good.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Kill that show

    by Chief Joseph

    I stopped watching when Siskel died. If Roger had any class he would have ended it then.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    More hollywood bullshit

    by picardsucks

    Now hollywood can put on another all propoganda channel to replace them. LAME. Whatever you thought of them or the various incarnations of the show it was and has been a check on the quality of stuff that hollywood shits out. It was and has been a voice. Now the voice is gone to be replaced by a "insider" hollywood show where publicists and agentscan spin away and vapid shithead cohosts can rave about the acting abilities of hollywood sycophant faves like Jessica Alba and Brad Pitt. It was the only show on network TV and syndication that called out hollywood turds. No these reviewers were not getting free Blu-ray home entertainment systems or asked to tour the sets or watch the dailies of the next hollywood blockbuster.Thew were one of the last purely impartial voices on network tv. I think it sucks and I hope one of the more relevant cable channnels pics the show up. We need more impartial thinking and more critique with respect to the mostly shit that hollywood puts out and whom they deem fit to make stars.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Why do people want film reviewers who...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    just parrot back their own opinions to them. I hate this guy because he loved movie A or hated movie B. It is the same as the new age of news, where we all seem to want channels that just report based on our own political slants.<p> A good reviewer is one who is able to make original, well written reviews, that have valid logic in their conclusions. Even if they don't agree with your opinions. Film criticism was never meant to be about validation or being 'right' about a movie. It is a form of critical writing that should reflect the beliefs, skills and creativity of its author.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    ebert and roeper

    by One Nation Under Zod

    seems like a great show to embrace a "webisode" format...

  • July 21, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised it took this long to get cancelled

    by Xiphos_2

    I figured it was a goner when Ebert got sick. Back in the PBS days this was a fun as hell show to watch. Not so much lately but still a soild show.<p>Christ, I'm getting old if I've been watching this show that long.<p>Alonzo Mosely: Amen brother.

  • July 21, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    A practical question at this point...

    by JRcanReid

    Will the show still be called Ebert and Roeper?

  • July 21, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    That's just what the only movie review show on TV needs

    by aversiontherapy2

    More f'ing gossip and industry 'news'. I'm sure they'll be covering Romanian cinema in as much detail as Phillips and Roeper did... Jeez, America is an insular small-minded place eh.

  • July 21, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    re:A practical question at this point...

    by davida4348

    No, Ebert and Roeper have rights to how their names are used. unless they allow Disney to use their names, it'll have to be called "The Dingle and Tingle Movie Review Half-Hour Entertainment Hour"

  • July 21, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I ditched Roeper--

    by thegreatwhatzit

    A pretentious little prick who evokes Franklin Pangborn (character actor who pioneered a super-gay presence; at least Pangborn left a legacy). Roeper is a pseudo-amateur who is entirely bereft of Siskel's personality.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with you people?

    by eggart

    This was the only watchable (even without Ebert, but much less so) show on broadcast television about movies. Entertainment Tonight is the devil, and Disney wants it to rape this show and produce demon spawn.

  • July 21, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by smackfu

    looking forward to Brawndo and President Camacho any day now.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Roeper and Phillips do a fine job

    by vic twenty

    They still champion smaller but inspired films and have just enough discourse to keep it interesting. If Roger is unable to come back, hopefully these two will keep his legacy alive.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Perhaps Roeper will have a digital Ebert...

    by vic twenty

    Ala Max Headroom to review movies with him. Even then, after Ebert passes away (years from now, God willing) he'll have his ol' mentor there at his side. "Thumbs D-D-D-D-D-DOWN!"

  • July 21, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Vic Twenty....

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..That would be amazing!!

  • July 21, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    cant stand ET

    by taff

    Since I cannot stand Entertainment Tonight or any of the other three quick cut, no substance, celeb driven shows already on television, I guess I will not be tuning in for whatever mess Disney is going to make out of this.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    I see Hercs having a tizzy fit again

    by The7Returns

    You'l never be rid of me asshole. You're only makin it harder, I didn't even do anything. You have issued a CLEAR invitation to the dance asshole.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    OOPS MY BAD HERC

    by The7Returns

    Didn't realize there were two stories. My apologies.

  • that makes me respect Ebert all the more.