Roger Ebert’s ‘At the Movies’ Going on Hiatus

After recent reports that PBS’ Ebert Presents At the Movies was in financial trouble, executive producer Roger Ebert has now announced that the film review television series will be going on hiatus while Ebert and his wife/co-producer Chaz Ebert find additional funding. “This move is necessary to allow the public television stations that carry our show to plan their programs for the beginning of the new year,” he wrote on his blog. “We held off as long as possible but we had to give notice today.”

At the Movies debuted in January 2011 with hosts Christy Lemire, who writes for the Associated Press, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, who writes for the Chicago Reader and Mubi. The show is scheduled to go on hiatus at the end of December, by which point it will have produced 50 episodes. More details after the jump.

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If you don’t recognize the name Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, you probably missed the recent story about him taking the spot vacated by Elvis Mitchell on the upcoming new show Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. The 24-year-old movie blogger will be going toe to toe with Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire each and every week discussing the latest films to come out in theaters. And that will soon make him one of the most famous film critics in the world.

Vishnevetsky voice is still new to many of us, so we thought you might be interested to see his top ten films of 2010. [EDIT: This isn’t actually his top ten, per se, but a ballot submitted as part of IndieWire’s Anuual Critics Survey for 2010. We apologize for any confusion as this was originally presented.] It’s quite different from most of the regular top 10’s you’re used to seeing. No Social Network, no King’s Speech and, thankfully, no Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [EDIT: Because god-forbid someone likes that movie.] But everyone’s favorite Portugese film, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, did just make the list. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, the brand new incarnation of the original Siskel & Ebert, premieres on January 21. Originally, the two critics who were going to butt heads on the balcony were Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Elvis Mitchell, formerly of the New York Times. Mitchell bowed out, though, and Ebert and his wife Chaz, producers of the show, have been searching for a replacement. They’ve found him in the person of Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a 24-year-old movie blogger. Read more about the world’s newest, famous film critic after the jump. Read More »

Roger Ebert recently tweeted that the new incarnation of the movie review show he helped pioneer, now called Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies is set to premiere on January 21 in 194 markets in the United States and on the Armed Forces Network worldwide. Click here to find out which markets are locked up.

When the show was announced in September, famous film critics Elvis Mitchell, formerly of the New York Times and The Associated Press‘s Christy Lemire were all set to host. However, the Chicago Sun-Times is now reporting that Mitchell has been dropped and they’re considering replacing him with “a young male in his mid-20s with little or no experience as a movie critic or as a TV talent.” Oh no. Read more after the jump. Read More »


Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel defined the televised movie review, so in the wake of the demise of the last version of At the Movies, it is wonderful and appropriate that Ebert is bringing At the Movies back to television. Even better, Roger Ebert Presents: At the Movies will go back to the show’s original home: public television. Hopefully that will ease off some of the pressure that caused the cancellation of the most recent incarnation, which featured AO Scott and Michael Phillips.

Roger Ebert Presents: At the Movies launches in January 2011. All the details are after the break. Read More »