When I heard that veteran film critic Roger Ebert was bringing back his long running television institution “At the Movies”, a program that started way back in 1975 (originally titled Sneak Previews) I was excited. After trying to find it on my local PBS station I was quickly disappointed because it was not being carried in all areas that broadcast PBS, including mine. Well, this weekend I breathed a sign of relief as Ebert has put together a pretty nifty new website entitled “Ebert Presents” which carries reviews from the show.
I believe Roger has put together a winning combination with Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi.com. They are the new co-hosts of “Ebert Presents at the Movies”. I’ve been a fan of Lemire for quite some time and think she has real camera appeal. As for Vishnevetsky, he is an interesting choice, considering he is just 24 years old. Having said that, he clearly has a love of film and a deep knowledge of movies. Why Ebert didn’t ask Richard Roeper (I thought he was a great fill-in for the late Gene Siskel) to come back is anyone’s guess but I like this pairing.
Roger Ebert himself also contributes to the program along with a whole host of other respected critics in other segments which add to the overall broadcast. So if you’re a fan of Roger and “At the Movies” and can’t watch on PBS here’s the link to his new website. AT THE MOVIES
TNT released the trailer to its new TV show Falling Skies, an alien invasion series produced by Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER) stars in the program which is scheduled to debut this summer. Like AMC’s new smash hit “The Walking Dead” it seems that everything interesting is coming from cable, not the big four networks, especially since the groundbreaking “Lost” and “24” are now gone.