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Old 12-30-08, 04:50 PM
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You're probably right. I was judging his consistency when I should have taken other matters into consideration.

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Old 08-05-09, 04:44 PM
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The balcony is closed for Ben and Ben on "At The Movies." They are officially off the show and being replaced by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from the New York Times.
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The balcony is closed for Ben and Ben on "At The Movies." They are officially off the show and being replaced by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from the New York Times.
Just read that!

Balcony opens for Phillips, Scott;
closes for Lyons, Mankiewicz

/ / / August 5, 2009


by Lewis Lazare
Chigago Sun-Times Media & Marketing Columnist

Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, co-hosts for the past year of the weekly “At the Movies” movie review show, have been sacked, effective immediately. When the 24th season of the show premieres on Sept. 5, Chicago Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips and New York Times critic A.O. Scott will be seated in the balcony — or whatever’s left of it.

The changes come after a shaky year of “At the Movies” episodes, in which Mankiewicz and Lyons tried to carry on the review show created by legendary Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel, who was for many years the Trib’s chief movie critic.

With Lyons and Mankiewicz at the helm for the past year, “At the Movies” had suffered a ratings decline that apparently became irreversible and unacceptable to executives at Disney-ABC Television, which produces and distributes the show nationally. The version of “At the Movies” with Mankiewicz and Lyons also was a hokier, jazzed-up version of the original concept, which originally featured Siskel and Ebert simply debating with each other the merits of new movie releases.

After Siskel’s death in 1999, Ebert then teamed with Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper. But starting in 2006, when Ebert began treatment for thyroid cancer and subsequently lost his voice, Roeper worked for a couple of years with a rotating series of co-hosts that at various times included both Scott and Phillips. Last year, just before the host change to Lyons and Mankiewicz, the Chicago-based Phillips had become the de facto “At the Movies” co-host with Roeper.

The switch to Phillips and Scott appears to be part of an effort to return the show to its beginnings, featuring two movie critics with substantive credentials, though it’s unclear yet whether the new duo will bring enough presence and punch to the proceedings to significantly boost the show’s ratings.

Tossing compliments at each other, Scott described Phillips as “one of the most intelligent and wittiest critics around,” while Phillips hailed Scott as “one of the sharpest critical voices in the nation. Roeper declined comment about the latest round of host changes for “At the Movies.”
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/...TARY/908059995
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Originally Posted by Double_Oh_7 View Post
The balcony is closed for Ben and Ben on "At The Movies." They are officially off the show and being replaced by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from the New York Times.


Those are EXACTLY the two I would have put in the balcony in the first place. They should do very well. Now, if they can tone down the garish yellow of the set and graphics...
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Old 08-05-09, 05:00 PM
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They were both great when paired with Roeper so I'm looking forward to watching this show again, assuming I can find it...
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If you can't find it on a local station, it is also on Reelz Channel.
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Great news. I don't mind Ben Mankiewicz but Lyons was fricking terrible. A.O. Scott and Philips were both very good with Roeper and I think this will be a great return to form for At The Movies.
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Looks like I can now watch this show once again!
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One mildly interesting tidbit I just found is that Scott and Phillips are almost exactly the same relative ages that Siskel and Ebert were 20 years ago, when the show was really coming into its own.

And I love the "back to its roots" comments. I just wish the producers had realized a year ago that the original concept of the show is what makes it cool. There was no need to try to make it "hip".
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Great news if I could find the show to watch it.
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Great news! Oh, I'm SO glad to have this show back--and back to its original form.

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And I love the "back to its roots" comments. I just wish the producers had realized a year ago that the original concept of the show is what makes it cool. There was no need to try to make it "hip".
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Nice. Definitely might watch it again now. I just wish the podcasts come back (for free).
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Great. Dunno if this will revive At The Movies' ratings enough to keep it going, but it's got me back as a viewer.
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Great News!
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I liked Mankiewicz, but losing him is a small price to pay for getting rid of that tool Lyons.
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I was hoping for Armond White
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I am VERY happy about this. I miss Roeper but Scott and Phillips were the two best guests hosts they had on the show after Ebert left.
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Terrific news - definitely approve of this change!
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Good, I can watch again.
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I for one mourn this decision, and I ask for a brief moment of reflection...


R.I.P, Ben Lyons Quote of the Week. You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me think. Mainly about how unfair it was that so many web critics never get paid for insightful criticism while Ben Lyons gets to be on two channels.



OK, good, now bring on the real criticism.
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I for one mourn this decision, and I ask for a brief moment of reflection...


R.I.P, Ben Lyons Quote of the Week.
I still don't understand this criticism. The quote whore in the sea of movie critics has one clear winner:

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I don't see how this will improve ratings. Roeper was the best thing about the show after Ebert left. Was Disney too proud to woo him back?
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I don't see how this will improve ratings. Roeper was the best thing about the show after Ebert left. Was Disney too proud to woo him back?
I remember as a kid watching Siskel & Ebert at the very beginning when the show was called "Sneak Previews", and briefly on PBS before moving to syndication. Those first few years there was no other movie review show on TV, so this type of show was very entertaining and appealing to me. And apparently to others. Because the show just kept getting bigger. I feel bad for Ben Lyons. Yeah, he's a dork, but so are most critics. Hello, Gene Shalit!? He, too, has made a gazillion eye rolling and embarrassing remarks too. As have so many other fellow nerd critics. But I have to say, I really liked Ben Mankiewicz. He's smart, articulate and seemed to know movies. But sadly, with 1000 channels on cable and satellite, I do think this show is lost (and dead). Regardless of whoever they bring in. I seriously doubt Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott will bring the ratings.
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I remember as a kid watching Siskel & Ebert at the very beginning when the show was called "Sneak Previews", and briefly on PBS before moving to syndication. Those first few years there was no other movie review show on TV, so this type of show was very entertaining and appealing to me. And apparently to others. Because the show just kept getting bigger. I feel bad for Ben Lyons. Yeah, he's a dork, but so are most critics. Hello, Gene Shalit!? He, too, has made a gazillion eye rolling and embarrassing remarks too. As have so many other fellow nerd critics. But I have to say, I really liked Ben Mankiewicz. He's smart, articulate and seemed to know movies. But sadly, with 1000 channels on cable and satellite, I do think this show is lost (and dead). Regardless of whoever they bring in. I seriously doubt Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott will bring the ratings.
I don't feel bad about Lyons at all because he is not a dork, he is a sell out. He was more interested in being a quote whore than reviewing the film without any bias. I wouldn't be surprised if someday people found out that Lyons was getting money from studios to give good reviews to bad films.
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I still don't understand this criticism. The quote whore in the sea of movie critics has one clear winner:
Ben Lyons Quote of the Week is about so much MORE than cherrypicking the whorish blurbs. It is a Conrad-like descent into the suppurative decay of man. Lyons is Kurtz, and the sea of quote whoredom is his jungle. Lyons is no worse than any other pathetic sell-out, but his methods of shameless self-promotion and an open disregard for consistency in opinions and even backpedaling on-air when Mank calls him on it makes him special.
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