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Old 07-23-08, 07:53 AM
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"At The Movies" - news hosts announced

from NY Times

At the Movies Announces New Hosts

Compiled by JULIE BLOOM
Published: July 23, 2008
Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will take over as hosts of the nationally syndicated movie review show ďAt the Movies,Ē Variety reported on Tuesday. The announcement follows the news on Monday that the film critics Richard Roeper and Roger Ebert will not be returning to the Disney-ABC program next season. Mr. Lyons is a movie critic for E!, the entertainment channel, and Mr. Mankiewicz hosts shows for Turner Classic Movies as well as Sirius Satellite Radio. The new season begins the weekend of Sept. 6.



Anybody know much about these guys?
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Ben Lyon's dad is Jeffery Lyons. That's all I know.
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Ben Mankiewicz introduces movies on TCM. Seems like a knowledgeable guy.
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CNN has an article about it:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/0....ap/index.html

Both Lyons and Mankiewicz have show business and media roots.

Lyons' father is film critic Jeffrey Lyons, and his grandfather was New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons.

Mankiewicz's grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, won an Academy Award for the screenplay for "Citizen Kane" (with Orson Welles); his great-uncle, writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz, won Oscars for "All About Eve and "A Letter to Three Wives," and cousin Tom Mankiewicz wrote several James Bond movies including "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "Diamonds are Forever."

Ben Mankiewicz's father, Frank, was campaign director for 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern's presidential campaign and was Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary.

The new hosts will continue to debate the merits of current movies and DVD releases but other segments will be added to the show, including a "critics roundup" in which the hosts are joined via satellite by reviewers from around the country, Disney said.

A revamped set, music and graphics also are planned.

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Lyons, who's been doing red-carpet interviews and reviews for "E! News" and has a blog and a series on E! Online, has appeared on "Good Morning America," MTV's "Your Movie Show" and "MSNBC at the Movies."

Mankiewicz was the host of "The Young Turks" on Sirius Satellite Radio, a talk show discussing politics, film and pop culture. Before joining Turner Classic Movies, he was a reporter and anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston, S.C., and anchored a daily news magazine at WAMI-TV Miami.
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If it stays to reviews of movies/dvds and avoids Entertainment Tonight stuff I'll continue watching. If there is any fashion or gossip news - I'm out.
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Jeffrey Lyons' review show Reel Talk is unwatchable garbage. I hope his son isn't as useless as he is.

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I remember when Jeffrey Lyons and Michael Medved were on "Sneak Previews" for PBS after Siskel and Ebert left. That was a true clusterfuck of a show.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I remember when Jeffrey Lyons and Michael Medved were on "Sneak Previews" for PBS after Siskel and Ebert left. That was a true clusterfuck of a show.
My thoughts exactly. I fear this "revamp" will result in the same fate. Having Jeffrey Lyons in your pedigree doesn't not boost your curriculum vitae.
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I'll pass.
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Ben Mankiewicz! Ah Hell yeah! he's awesome - cool news.
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Ben Lyons is pretty good. I joins an afternoon E! radio show often and talks about movies all the time. They used to talk about new movies coming out, box office numbers, and he talked about blockbusters as well as independent and smaller movies.

If he's anything like he is on the radio, he'll be good. He also seems perfectly fine giving an honest review and opinion.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I remember when Jeffrey Lyons and Michael Medved were on "Sneak Previews" for PBS after Siskel and Ebert left. That was a true clusterfuck of a show.
It was fun watching Medved grow from a human being into a cartoon, tho...
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Jeffrey Lyons' review show Reel Talk is unwatchable garbage. I hope his son isn't as useless as he is.

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I agree 100%. Thing is, as bad as Jeffrey Lyons is, he isnít even the worst one on the show. I want to shank Alison Bailes every time I hear her condescending and ridiculous reviews.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Ben Mankiewicz introduces movies on TCM. Seems like a knowledgeable guy.
At least he has enough credibility that I'll give the new show a chance but I'm gone if Brittany & Paris stories displace reviews of foreign and independent films.

FWIW: In addition to his regular duties on TCM, Mankiewicz also hosted TCM's Cartoon Alley program and the Miyazaki festival that TCM had a few years back. I've been hoping that he might become Rob Zombie's replacement on TCM Underground, but that hasn't happened yet.
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Ben Mankiewicz is good. Ben Lyons is an ass-hat.

Because of the way Disney treated Ebert, Roeper and company, I'm staying loyal to the those guys.

If Roger will permit me:

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Originally Posted by Groucho
Ben Mankiewicz introduces movies on TCM. Seems like a knowledgeable guy.
Well, everything on those intros is totally scripted. So, yeah, he can read cue cards fairly well. Remains to be seen what he really knows.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt

If Roger will permit me:

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Whatever. It can be Bert & Ernie for all I care. If the show doesn't have Roger Ebert it simply doesn't interest me.
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Jeffrey Lyons' review show Reel Talk is unwatchable garbage. I hope his son isn't as useless as he is.

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You are right about reel talk. Useless shitty show. Lyons son was on MSNBC about 2 years ago reviewing movies with his dad in a fairly shortlived cable show. I wasn't impressed by him. He is light years away from the thoughtful criticism of real pros. This looks to be a loser of a show much as reeltalktv.
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It was fun watching Medved grow from a human being into a cartoon, tho...
I believe the correct verb is "devolve".
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Well, everything on those intros is totally scripted. So, yeah, he can read cue cards fairly well. Remains to be seen what he really knows.
I was under the impression (perhaps erroneously) that the TCM presenters wrote their own intros.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I was under the impression (perhaps erroneously) that the TCM presenters wrote their own intros.
I think it's some of both. I recall one morning on Cartoon Alley, Mankiewicz was commenting on why a certain cartoon character wasn't very popular and he offered his own opinion that it just wasn't very funny. This took me by surprise since the TCM intros are almost always from a positive view point.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I remember when Jeffrey Lyons and Michael Medved were on "Sneak Previews" for PBS after Siskel and Ebert left. That was a true clusterfuck of a show.
I thought Medved was with Rex Reed. Am I mistaken, or was that later? Either way, I'll never forget how they TRASHED Pulp Fiction. I never watched them again after that -- clearly their agenda was Christian values rather than movie quality.
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I will give them a shot. Roeper was good in my book, but not the critic of all critics. His walking doesn't turn me off from ever watching the show again. If I could get over Siskel dying, I can get on board with the show after Roeper leaving.

So the show is just going to be called "At the Movies?" Because it's high time they drop Ebert's name from the title.
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Wherever Roger, Richard and Michael end up, I'll follow them.

I'll watch the new iteration, but I have a feeling that I'll only be watching the 1st episode.

Cue "This is the end, this is the end".

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