After more than 20 years on the air, the movie review TV show "At the Movies" has been canceled. The weekly, half-hour series made popular by critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel will air its last show on August 14.
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic TV said in a statement: "This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. .. we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel."
Siskel passed away in February 1999. Ebert has cancer - it's been almost four years since he lost his lower jaw and, with it, his ability to speak. And "At the Movies" never seemed able to replicate the pair's chemistry on set, despite the talent of current hosts Michael Phillips and A. O. Scott.
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Some people lack even the smallest degree of intelligence...Roger Ebert is a living legend period!
"AT THE MOVIES" was something i looked fowrad to every week for the past 30yrs and besides the ben and ben joke
i really enjoyed it and never thought of it as boring...I don't know who is running the show
over at the disney peabut gallery but they really did everyone with any sense a serious disservice
with this decision in fact i'm really begining to haye them for this.!!
I follow Roger on Twitter....stunningly hilarious; I mean really laugh out loud tweets.
Time to kill these boards too.
The show went way down hill when Disney bought it. And the two kids they put in were terrible! Putting Disney's "Up" as best movie of the year? No integrity. Phillips and Scott are okay and the show is helpful again. The quality of movies I choose to watch will go down when the show disappears and we lose a source of information. Too bad.
I used to regularly see Mr. Ebert in the Loop and used to say hi sometimes. It makes me proud that it was initially a local Chicago show – we grew that show!
Ebert writes very very well on social and political issues – check it out. He is a good man – I don't know much about his background, like where is was educated and such, but he is very good at getting to the heart of a matter and explicating it well. Too good to be forgotten.....
Times and media outlets change, but Roger Ebert reviewed Bonnie and Clyde when it was first released in 1967. He has provided me enormous insight into my favorite entertainment and his knowledge and passion for movies is only matched by one other critic: Robert Osborne on TCM. I hope he sustains his website which is a treasure trove of movie knowledge.
CNN should just shut down these forum.. there are too many unkind remarks. This is getting as bad as Yahoo..
P.S. Hopefully none of you jokesters and mean peeps will every experience any kind of cancer in your life – how utterly horrific that you would make fun of it. If you do end up with cancer's horrific plight, I hope you remember this and realize that karma does exist and you've gotten your come-up-ance.
Wow, the caliber of posts on CNN has deteriorated significantly. What is with all the naming calling, nasty, mindless b*&&sh#$%? Mean posts serve no purpose. Just because you speak doesnt' mean it has value. The show should have been cancelled when it was clear Ebert wouldn't return. The 2 duffuses who tried to do reviews in its most recent iteration were absolute idiots. If they were my kids, I'd be embarrassed.
Roger Ebert is way more intelligent and knowledgable than most of us and his blogs are worth their weight in gold. I am constantly awed as I read his opinions and ideas on the web. I don't care if the program survives or not as long as he is still available in cyberspace.
"I hear his show is coming back. Stay tuned this fall for Ebert and Hawking at the movies" = HILARIOUS
It is sad that the show is cancelled but I do agree that the chemistry that Siskel and Ebert made it fun to watch their reviews. After Siskel passed away, the show was never the same. I commend Ebert for his struggle with his disease. The comments made regarding Ebert's illness is pretty unforgiving and only shows the ignorance of the people making those idiotic comments.
Hmm the negative comments here...must be Conservatives spewing their negative feelings once again..
Nice jawline Ebert...Siskel carried that show.
While I might not have always agreed with their critiques, I grew up watching their show and their love of the movies. My cinematic tastes were not as "refined" but you still had respect for them and the fact that , from time to time, put out one of those reviews that made you question everything.
To the first few people who posted comments about this article:
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Truly sad that people are still so ignorant.
I wonder if the people who wrote the insensitive remarks understand that they show their own immaturity by saying such things, and show their lack of intelligence. I would guess the age of Bob at being close to 10 since such a callous remark is something I would expect from a child.
I do miss the original show and think that these two men were some of the most influential people in the movie industry in the last 20 years.
please! A little respect for people who appear on TV!
It's amazing reading all this bile coming out of you Americans. Regardless of whether you enjoyed Siskel and Ebert, they were two people who were well-regarded and entertained you all. Saying Siskel is dead and Ebert is not far behind is so nasty and dumb.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Great show. When it began it was groundbreaking. Excellent movie review source. Timely, embattled and great fun. Roger got wealthy and is a superior writer.
As for "Bob" and his ilk: QQQQ
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Otherwise YOU WOULD of got the thumbs down. Loser.
To those journalists who might be following this:
Please locate and identify Bob. Get him on national TV. Let people see what he looks like so that he will be recognizable to the general public. Let him make his jokes while actually facing a national audience. He needs to be made into an example. He is, clearly, evil. He is as evil as the Columbine killers.
The man had cancer for God sake. ... AND IS A SURVIVOR! So for all of you who are making comments like "Good grief look at the dude" and other nasty things. ...
Maybe you should have cancer or someone close to you so you can see what a struggle, and how heartbreaking and what a scary thing it is.
Or about his weight... again, you are all jerks to say something like this
You people remind me of mean bully kids in school who are so insecure you have to make fun of others.
As for the show going off the air, of course the comments about it should go off the air were probably written by a younger generation who has no respect that this is an end of an era.
And furthermore, I met Roger about 10 years ago and he was a very nice man
"Bob March 26th, 2010 1:27 pm ET
Chris's comments were indeed inappropriate Eric. No one should be judged on their weight.
They should be judged on whether or not they have a jaw."
Successful troll is successful. Everyone's sarcasm detectors probably need a good tuning; an ignorant jerk doesn't write as well as Bob did up there. He's playing the forum like a fiddle.
Alot of calloused comments here either from ignorant or uncaring idiots. Grow up people!
there are some seriously insensitive comments on here. u should all be ashamed
CNN moderators – have you no discretion?? Why are you allowing every comment here to be posted? If indeed you ARE *moderating* these pages, either don't approve the cruel comments, or remove them – this is shameful!
Please don't feed the trolls.......
Roger Ebert certainly is a courageous man. I recommend his web site!
Roger Ebert is one of the great minds of our time. His knowledge of film as an art form is encyclopedic, of course, but he's also quite the renaissance man – he used to also write articles about computers in mainstream computer and technology magazines, and as a software engineer, I can tell you he knew what he was talking about. Very impressive.
More than that, he thinks about things deeply, and his warmth, humility and humanity come shining through.
Phillips and Who? Siskel and Ebert had a chemistry that made the show enojable to watch. After Siskel passed the show should have been canceled an a new show called EBERT ON HOLLYWOOD or something like that should have taken its place & when Ebert got sick then canceled. AS usual TELEVISION execs think they know better and put on people no one cares about .
My DAD always said Ebert was crazy for liking MY DNNER IWTH ANDRE..I was a theater major in college and many years ago saw SWEPT AWAY..I understood the joy and excitement Siskel and Ebert had when theysaw something inspiring. I did not feel that joy with the new guys.
I'll never forget the time Ebert was reviewing "Enemy Mine" and referred to a character as a "little baby [n-word]." I couldn't believe my ears. Siskel got real quiet.
why cant they make dude some plastic jaw ??
CNN moderators and powers that be: Show some class and improve this site by actually moderating the inhumane remarks and post the relevant ones. Enough is enough! The imbeciles of this world do not deserve the space or energy given here. As this story illustrates, even big names like Roger Ebert, Disney and CNN, do eventually lose their audience and fail.
Mr Ebert, may God continue to bless you. I have seen in the recent interviews how much love you have in your life and He clearly blessed you with a fine mind and a huge talent for writing. The show is cancelled but you sir are not now or ever will be irrelevant to those you have so joyfully entertained and informed over the years. Thanks for your continued contributions to my life and so many, many others!
This article is in error. "At the Movies" was no longer Ebert's show. That train left years ago. The show was originally produced by WTTW Chicago PBS as "Sneak Preview with Siskel and Ebert. Tribune bought the show and then Disney. What destroyed the show was Disney hiring Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz. Lyons was a huge mistake; basically a shill for the big studios. He liked nearly everything, despite most critics universally panned the movies. Mankiewicz at least knew his stuff. Lyons was much like his own dad, Jeffrey Lyons who was a lousy film critic.
Disney finally replaces Lyons and Mankiewicz with Michael Phillips and A.O. Scottt. Two very literate men who knew film. Disney pulled the plug too soon. Sure, the ratings were rather poor, but at least "At the Movies" had two creditable film critics. In the past, Roeper was good. Also, Neil Gabler.
To the complete morons who would comment on how Roger Ebert looks (the poor man had mouth and throat cancer), go dig a hole and bury yourself. Ebert continues his column in the Sun Times and is still a respected film critic. He is one of the few critics who reviews obscure films, foreign films and indie films. The man has a Pulitzer Prize for his writing.
Disney continues to single-handedly dumb down America with their pablum.
To Bob Chris & Thomas, the first three to comment on this piece: I sincerely wish upon you three, the exact same ailment which Mr Ebert has been suffering from -Better yet, I wish the late Mr Siskel's fate upon the three of you, and the sooner the better!
Most importantly S&E set the standard by which others were and will be measured – regardless of the medium – TV, print, or web. As far as the morons who post the ignorant, hateful comments: just remember your behavior when your time comes . . .
Wow, Americans have lost all sense of decency!
Siskel died and Ebert has cancer and people feel thats something to crack wise at.
Americans disgust me!
I never thought much of Ebert's reviews, though I admire his dedication to film. I did love the show back when Siskel was still with us. I wish only the best for Ebert.
I haven't read every post here, however I have skimmed them. Even though I do have strong feelings about the personal attacks on Roger and other, I want my comment to focus more on the show.
As pointed out, the long running show took a really bad turn with the format and host change when the two Ben's came in. This change was intended to make the show more upbeat and attract a younger audience. I think it just lost much of the historic audience and did not attract any new member.
I watch this show every week. It is my only real source of what movies I want to go to or rent. In fact each week while watching the show I have my Netflix account open on my laptop and I add movies to my queue depending on what I hear and see on this show. I have tried getting good movie review info on the internet, and maybe I'm just not looking in the right places, but I have not found any venue for such information as thoughtful, straightforward, an useful as this show. Most review site seem to be public reviews and you could spend a life time reading banal remarks about how great and rotten each movie is. I find most of that usually follows the advertising budget of the movie industry and rarely talkes about the unsung treasures that are not playiing on 50,000 screens or racking up hundreds of millions of dollars each weekend.
The main quesiton now, is what will fill the void of the canellation of At The Movies? I'm hoping that someone picks up the ball and fills this void. I think the best bet for who could do this would be to go back to the beginning and let PBS reclaim this public service. I would be thrilled to se Roger spearhead such an initiative (even if he is not the host) - dan
Man, some real no-class comments here. Is our society really getting this coarse, or do clueless little twits take the anonymity of the internet as their cue to become mean-spirited bullies? That said, folks who really, truly love movies (in other words, people whose favorite movie ever is not "The Hangover") appreciate both Siskel and Ebert. Besides offering their thumbs up or down, they did – and Ebert still does – what really good critics should: get you to see things about movies that you might have missed. In my book, not only is Ebert the best in the biz, but he seems to love movies more than any other critic, too. And what's not to like about the guy who wrote "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls?"
The saying, "Those Who Can . . . Do, and Those Who Can't . . . Teach. Must have been in reference to Siskel & Ebert. These guys laughed all the way to the bank. If their opinions were actually valid they would have been major success' in Hollywood. Instead, they get paid to watch movies and whine about them afterwards. Valley of the dolls anyone?
There is always PBS.
Always have liked watching the show, including with the current Phillips/Scott combination. Sorry that the plug is being pulled. It was better when it was on PBS and consisted of nonstop reviews, with no commercials. Roger Ebert and his wife have shown tremendous and inspiring courage in Roger's battle with cancer.
It's too bad, but the original incarnation's chemistry was hard to imitate after Siskel's death. Ebert's continued health issues limit his ability to work in front of a camera, which loses the second half.
Roger- keep writing as much and often as you can.
I never watched the show and don't even know when it's on. I use the Internet for movie reviews and trailers. Things are different now. However Ebert is a brilliant critic and certainly deserves respect for his work and compassion what he's currently going through. I cringed when I read the cruel remarks some people left.
Too bad the producers did not try to convince Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino to host the show.
Both of these outstanding directors are also very knowledgeable film historian's and know more about the nuances and subtlety of film than most of us combined.
They would have made a wonderful pair of hosts! I hope Roger Ebert lives out his remaining days relatively happily and without regret for a good life.
I cannot believe how cold & callous these comments are, I hope these people never get cancer, after all this can happen to anyone or their loved ones. This is a cruel disease, no one deserves to be riduculed for having it.
The younger hosts which ran the show last year were terrible. They were too young to have credibility with movie history. We quit watching. We accidently discovered last fall that the show replaced them with some 'gray beards', which was a definite improvement. Nodody could replace Roger and Gene, but Tony and Michael do a good and entertaining job.
You people are gving those idiots who made the stupid and insensitive comments way too much attention. That's what people like them crave, so just ignore them and maybe they will go away.
The original show died with Gene Siskel. Roger valiantly tried to carry on, but the chemistry he and Gene had was what made the show so watchable. I didn't always agree with their reviews, but I loved watching them. RIP Gene. And Roger, keep doing what you're doing. I read your column regularly and you are the only movie critic out there to whom I pay any attention.
Thank you Mr. Ebert. It was a great run. My best to you and may God bless you and your family.
This is sad news. Siskel and Ebert were great. The show faltered for a bit but the current hosts restored it's status.
I've watched right from the start and will miss it. Still respect Ebert's reviews and wish him well. I really started to like Michael Phillips. He has great eloquence in his words and a really wonderful sense of humor. Part of the reason I watch is to get a laugh from him when he is sparring with A.O. Scott..
Nancy – the two guys in the balcony were on "The Muppet Show", and not "Sesame Street" (even though both shows featured Jim Henson's Muppet characters.)
Disney destroyed the "balcony" and threw it in the garbage right before it was intended to head to Smithsonian. Apparently Roger Ebert found it in a dumpster.. Pretty pathetic if you ask me.. Way to go Disney!
I've watched a lot of movies that I would've never even known about without this show. I quit watching when those two young guys were on there – it seemed more like Entertainment Tonight than anything of substance. I only now realized that A.O.Scott and Michael Phillips were back hosting the show. At least the show had some dignity, and again I was able to find a few movies that I would not have watched otherwise. I'm really gonna miss this show. I'll have to check out Ebert online, I always liked his reviews better anyway. Where's Richard Roeper?
I watched Sikel & Ebert for many years. Didn't always agree with them, but they also provided plenty of intelligent inside info so thanks to them saved a lot of time & money avoiding movies I wouldn't have enjoyed. If they both went thumbs up, I was reasonably certain to like the flick; if both were thumbs almost never liked it. (One exception was an unpopular movie about Easter Island). I went against this "rule of thumb" just enuff times to verify it's validity.
After Gene passed, enjoyed many of the guest critics too. Was gradually getting OK with Roeper when he went out. Then lost the channel that showed the new pairs & finally shut off my network connection, but still watch a lot dvd movies on the same old RCA TV set. I shouldn't even tell people what a great deal the public libraries are, tho still buy or rent some off-beat or rarities too.
Roger introduced me to my second favorite actress Gong Li. Wonder if will ever get to see the new Shanghai with she & John Cusack? We also agree on Salma Hayek. Thanks Roger! Hope you read this!
What crass comments from Chris, Bob, and Thomas.
At least Siskel and Ebert gave you some idea of what to expect from a movie. They weren't as elitist as many critics are today.
My biggest problem was the local media which moved the show frequently and buried it in horrible time slots.
Its really sad to here that he wont be gabbin' at the jaw anymore.
Its obvious the fool who posted that comment is probably some toothless idiot who lives in a cardboard box, has never been to church, and does not know who his daddy is. Shame on you and god forbid you ever get cancer fool
Maybe it's for the best. The chemistry that Siskel & Ebert had shouldn't be reproduced and no matter what they try to do, it will never be the same. Now Siskel is gone and Ebert is now speechless. It isn't the same, and all the new guys they bring in would ruin the show. Buena Vista/Disney is doing the right thing. The show's legacy should be laid to rest once and for all. And to you jerks making fun of Ebert now, shame on you. Cancer is no laughing matter.
Bob, you stupid jerk, shut up!
WOW...have compassion people. Sad commentary on some of your responses
March 26th, 2010 3:15 pm ET
Steve "The heartless bastards who have criticized Mr. Ebert's physical appearance really would profit from being run over by an out of control semi."
A cargo train with four diesel locomotives would do the job much better. IMHO
The bottom line (classic business value) is that the "business point of view" is precisely what is wrong with our world right now.
I watched Siskel & Ebert for years. I watched them long enough that I could tell their biases. So, sometimes when they would really like or dislike a movie, I could tell that I would probably feel the opposite of their reviews. That had real value to me that I couldn't have gotten from a web site review and can't get now when I don't know the reviewers.
I enjoyed Ben Mankiewicz's turn on the show, but Ben Lyons was terrible beyond belief!
I watch At the Movies every week, and still think I am getting real value for my time spent. I'll miss it when it's gone.
People, you're trying to reason with the mentally handicapped. Really stupid people (like Bob, Thomas and Alex) don't know they're stupid. God gave them really tiny brains and that is all they have to work with. So, if you think about, there is justice.
And, Bravo Roger!
The remarks by Bob and Chris are not only rude and insensitive. They are ignorant of and irrelevant to anything having to do with Siskel and Ebert's film criticisms. My wife and I were faithful fans of "At The Movies," and since Roger's demise from that program, I've continued to look for his review's on-line and to be thankful when I found them. In my opinion, Siskel and Ebert were to film journalism what Huntley and Brinkley were to news journalism. They could always be counted on to speak their minds honestly, to reason intelligently, to find the good where there was good and to define failures in terms that spoke to the art rather to to the individual. They were both, individually, a rare balance of passion and reason. I cannot recall any occasion when either of them engaged in a cheap shot, or played to the audience by pandering to what was popular without merit. I regret their passing from the scene, and I have already missed them as I would the best of old friends.
Sad to see it go. The two (new) guys had great reviews. But I guess TV reviews are now passe. It's all on the web now. Ebert is my all time favorite and I wish him well. I will read his printed reviews and with his new voice 'computer' be able to hear them in his own voice.
Thanks Roger for a great ride.
I always liked that the show reviewed films other than just the big budget blockbusters. I like a good story, which seems to come more with an indie or foreign film than Hollywood. I'm not crazy about the current hosts, though. Too bad.
oh that is too bad.......i watched it sometimes........he was great in the show.........
Farewell ATM. 2 Thumbs up!
Hey Bob...., still living in your Mom's basement and watching Playboy TV for a thrill......? Hope you get some horribly disfiguring disease and end up losing half your face...... Ebert's show was great.....
The comments I've seen here prove one thing, when anonymous, many will say the most derogatory, insensitive and hurtful things they can muster. This was truly an iconic show, but from a business perspective I can understand them canceling it. As far as the heatless bastards spewing their venom here...to hell with 'em.
I love Siskel and Ebert. To me, they are family.
Well, it's clear that a sad lonely human being named "Bob" has managed to make the thread "All About Bob." There are several other competitors on the thread trying to sound just as idiotic, but Bob alone has succeeded in his narcissistic venture to make this thread about him... Ebert may have lost his voice , but Bob has lost his way.
This was a great show in its day. As for people making fun of someone who has or has had cancer may you die in agony one day yourself. Dogs!
Wow...hateful comments from several posters. You know, karma can be a – well, you know.
I tape the show and watch it every week. It's educational and entertaining - and I think Michael and AO (Tony) have a great partnership. I'm sad to see it go. Anyone with film history knowledge and appreciation should have respect for Mr. Ebert. I celebrate his continued contribution and good cheer.
The heartless bastards who have criticized Mr. Ebert's physical appearance really would profit from being run over by an out of control semi.
I watched "At the Movies" from its inception. Siskel and Ebert always had excellent insight into all the movies they reviewed. I still enjoy watching "At the Movies" but now with my Son. Its newest version with Michael Phillips and A. O. Scott still gave excellent reviews that my Son and I enjoyed watcing. This is one of the few shows that we both loved having friendly and in-depth debates about. We will truely miss watching this show together.
I was going to critique the first two comments too, but enough on the losers. Roger, if you're reading this, and if you somehow did not already know this, you need not accomplish one more thing in your life. You and Gene's camraderie, intelligence and entertainment was not only iconic, but I think you actually helped shaped the direction of better movies for the 1980's and 90's. You've inspired. You've enlightened. You helped me see what a good critic really does. I wish I could go back in time and watch you and Gene on PBS all over again, when things were just starting. What fond memories. - John R.
If a good many of the responses here are indicative of the spiritual and moral health of our country, we are all screwed. I don't disagree that it's time for the show to go, but the nature of the vicious attacks on a VERY BRAVE and talented man like Mr. Ebert make me wonder if the Nazi death camps can be far behind. Obviously, many here have never suffered cancer or had a close family member or friend die and suffer from the disease. Often it it not very pretty. One thing cancer is, however, is no respecter of persons so it would appear that some people should hope and pray that the plague passes them by. Check the current stats for cancer in this country and world and one will see that the odds are great that it will not. Good luck with that. Little Rock, AR
Why would you continue to post additional comments by "Bob". Why would what he says be deemed appropriate.
I blame you for allowing this to go on, because clearly "Bob" is demented.
Roger Ebert had his jaw removed because of the cancer. He was recently a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Because of the surgery, I believe he said he was now unable to close his mouth, so his face always looks like it has a smile.
There is a lesson to be learned somewhere in all this.
It is easy to criticize someone when they are down, even if that someone is a genius!!
This is a case in point!
Siskel and Ebert was 30 minutes of entertainment and education. It's a stark contrast to some of the idiotic shows today.
Bob and Chris ... Enjoy watching Jersey Shore while pretending you have a girlfriend.
One of the lovable things about the human race is their ability to feel compassion and sympathy -– well, maybe not.
All of you negative people are simply jerks! Good grief people, get a life. When you make a mistake or grow older do you want someone to curse you. Get with it folks. Have some love and compassion in your heart. Otherwise you are destined to become fodder beneath my feet! Remember, I am licensed to carry!!!!!!
They're canceling his show? Sigh... in this economy it seems like everyone is losing their jawb.
I liked the new show and tried to watch it everyone. The problem was, is was on at 1am Sunday morning. Half the time the DVR missed it and got reruns of Grey's stupid show.
I use to watch it but with Ebert's rabid leftist being broadcast by him I stopped. He is nothing more then a socialist propagandist and I am glad to see him off the air.
I love this show, I watch this weekly and need and count on the oppinions of Michael Phillips and A. O. Scott. To watch people you trust is important when so many BAD movies are coming out. It HAS to be ego related because the industry can't afford to be critisized and have their movie ruined before it even hits the theaters. The format of seeing a movie clip and then an immediate critique is something you can't get on the internet. The hosts speak in a way that you can tell if YOU would like the movie or not. This dropping the show must be backlash from the ego's of actors and directors and producers. It HAS to be ego related because the industry can't afford to be critisized and have their movie ruined before it even hits the theaters. Please – somebody else pick up this show or one just like it.
Hasn't been "Eberts" At the Movies in a long time...dumb story.
I have the greatest admiration for Roger Ebert, and hope that if I were ever faced with the sort of circumstances that I would handle the situation with as much class and courage as he has. The show was groundbreaking, and made thoughtful movie criticism available to everyone, not just those who were afficionados. As for the ignorant cretins who have been posting those horrible comments, the best thing to do is simply ignore them, and allow them to remain in their undoubtedly tortured anonymity.
Thomas, Chris and Bob!
You have no compassion and have a black heart. I hope (but karma does exist) that you never have to go through what these two iconic figures went through!
God bless all 3 of you!
Some ugly remarks being passed around in these comments. Some are not capable of showing respect. This is because they do not possess respect!
A shame to see this show go by the wayside, though it is the right decision. Ebert is a cornerstone of the film industry. I wish him well, the same I wish for all.
This lame excuse for programming should have been cancelled TEARS ago. Who cares what a self-important idiot likes?
They should be judged on whether or not they have a jaw.
How will you be judged, Bob? If you have a penis or not? I'm betting you don't have a penis. Might explain the outlashes you are making to others.
Your comments are not very bright. You sound like some abusive kid who is bulllying others on the school ground. You might want to stick your head in the dirt. No one wants to see your face anymore.
Regarding chris' comment on March 25th, 2010 12:34 pm ET
You're saying that the show should have been cancelled because Ebert was heavy and Siskel was thin? That's the stupidest thing I've ever read online. Is that how you judge what should or shouldn't be on TV, how the people *look*?
The people making the rude comments are sad. They are doing to get a rise out of people. It is to bad it has to be at real peoples expense.
Those rude comments could come anyone. But I think it is someone w/ a true hatred deep down. It could be a doctor, your friendly neighbor, or the soccer mom. We don't know who it is.
Somone who comments like this has so much hatred that is must hurt.
Again, it could be the guy in his sweaty bathrobe covered in hoho and twinkie crumbs, living in his mom's basement, afraid to live in reality but sits there laughing at everyones comments about him, telling his mom he is out of cheesie puffs.
Siskel and Ebert were movie critics at a time when it was relevent. When the Oscars rolled around, I enjoyed their appearances on various television shows giving their predictions. I hope people continue to remember what a great team they were. Meanwhile, everyone seems to be able to comment or critique anything these days through the internet so maybe the motion picture critic job description has just become a thing of past.
I tape this show every Sunday at 6am...always have and don't care who the hosts are...i will truly miss this show it always helps me decide if i want to spend my hard earned dollars on a movie...i'd much rather listen to people banter about movies than just read reviews online
The first two remarks are typical of the types of posters on this website. I'm just sayin'.
I loved the show before, and love it now. It's a great way for me to keep up-to-date on current films, including obscure ones that don't get as much publicity as the blockbusters. I'm going to miss it.
I knew Ebert was sick, but did not realize his jaw was removed. I wish him well in his continued treatment and recovery.
Roger Ebert actually is now cancer free.
I loved Roger and Gene and watched this show when I could through its long run, although it did get a little weak when they had the two young kids on. But Roeper was smart and good and so are Phillips and Scott. I'll always remember Gene fondly and Roger, you're in my thoughts daily. Like all the other decent folks who posted, I hope the losers who said mean things about this good and courageous man can discover a better, warmer side of themselves.
Bill Shirt...your comment is brilliant...it is the correct criticism for our times. Not one cuss word or threat...just an analysis of one of our fellow Americans that has not emerged from the cave of ignorance.
Bob's comments remind me of the vileness of the Tea Party.
Roger Ebert is a great writer and thinker. I wish him the very best!
His humanity and dignity are heroic!
But then again his thumbs work fine, I wonder if he has any idea?
Compassion, how about Roger. Doesn't he know people will be looking at his face, he should be ashamed!!
End of an era. They both will be missed.
I'm sorry, but the new host's were terrible. Siskel and Ebert often provided fair and accurate reviews with well thought out arguments. I rarely ever agreed with Ebert, and found him to be a fan of more artsy films, the kind barely anyone every see's, as he sort of crapped on other, more "studio" films. Not every movie has to have some great moral message. Some time's people just want to see crap blown up, and so what. When I have a stressful day, I don't want to watch a movie like The English Patient or The Reader...I want Death Race or Armegeddon, something to just get lost in.
But these new hosts...just awful. One once called a movie stupid. Regardless if the movie was or not, you are getting paid money to give a review and the best you can come up with is stupid? It was very poor effort on their end, and it's a shame, because they were given two of the most iconic movie seats in the world.
And for those of you being a-holes about Ebert's health, grow up. The man had half his face removed due to cancer and he's as upbeat as ever.
First two posts crack me up.
The guy looks like a muppet. Only one that was made after Jim Henson died.
Alex!~ if you're going to make a lame, ignorant joke (yes it is lame) at least learn how to spell... "scarey" ??? LOL
I dont know whats going on here but i would like to say this Sarah Palin gal is a really exciting prospect....i like her a lot!!
Bob, chris, and thomas... how about you guys go get a room together and crack more ignorant, childish jokes while watching some South Park? Birds of the same feather flock together...
The opening comments by Bob and Chris would have amazed me 10 years ago. Now I almost expect this kind of crass and stupid behavior from people. None of us should be surprised at the lack of quality people we see around us.
Roger's excellent reviews are still online – the gold standard. His Blog is even better! Even the 'comments' are incredible.This man has never lost his speech!
Sad to see the show go, tho I'm shocked it has lasted this long. The current hosts do a good job – I will miss them and the show.
Thank you Gene and Roger, and all the other hosts (except Ben and Ben – they were truly awful!).
to loser Bob- yea you're so hot-looking yourself, you piece of trash. this guy ebert went thru hell and back, and all you can do is pick on him. his rich and successful life, even tho shortened with illness, was vastly more rewarding and enjoyable than yours, doosher! how ya like them apples, puto?!!!
Growing up near Chicago – I would on occassion stumble across "At the Movies" on plain old network TV, and would always stop to watch. It was entertaining, it was enjoyable (something lacking from a lot of TV shows these days).
Siskel and Ebert are missed on this show...and the show will be missed as well. God Speed to Ebert – hopefully he will prosper in his recovery from Cancer.
Bob and Chris – hope it never happens to you. Cancer is a terrible thing.
Wow! The first 3 commentators have a lot of class! I wonder how they'd respond if someone told them that their elderly relatives should just die and stop taking up space on the planet! What losers!
Note to Bob: Hey, ... "DUDE"..... are you getting a clue from any of the posts about your ignorant and hateful remarks? It's too bad that people like you aren't banned from the internet.
To Mr. Ebert, thanks for many good shows, and I will continue to look for your reviews on the internet and in my local newspaper.
I am sorry to hear the show is being canceled. I watch it every week. I think that A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips are really good together. Maybe a different time slot would benefit them? I think the show is valuable because I value their opinion and in this day and age, especially being unemployed I don't want to waste my money on a bad movie!
Wow, people are surprisingly mean on this forum – that's sad.
Bob must be totally emasculated, otherwise he'd not feel a need for revenge on someone he doesn't even know. Bob...I feel sad for your need to keep going to the Viagara cabinet of life to get your hard-on by ridiculing others. Your small amount of brain put to use on a daily basis can only be matched by other smallness down below and with that you need to feel bigger or better about your own smallness by making others small too.
I'm sure you've never made the honor roll at anything or even came close, won anything, been important in ANY way to anyone, least of all yourself. I know all you get a rise from is to inflict pain on others...or just see what reaction you will get...sort of like the little kid who pulls legs off frogs to see what they'll do next.
What goes around, comes around dude...just remember that when you're 60, living on welfare, unhealthy, unloved, lonely and bitter (still after all those years). Enjoy a miserable life.
I realize a movie review is an opinion. I used to read Ebert's opinions in the Chicago Sun-Times. But at some point, starting about 2 years ago, Ebert started injecting his personal political opinions into his movie reviews and that caused myself and many others to look elsewhere for movie reviews.
Those two were great together. Infuriating sometimes, but great. It always meant a lot to me to see people disagree so whole-heartedly on certain points but still maintain that mutual respect for one another's views. Congress could learn a thing or two from these guys' precedent.
Bob and Chris, the 2 of you are total morons! Tand should be ashamed !! T he man had a life debilitating disease, have some heart ! although I aways did agree with his reviews, he was an icon back in the day. It is a shame to see anyone go thru what Mr Ebert went thru or anyone who is sick for that matter. No one knows what the man upstairs has in store for anyone.
sad to hear this. i grew up watching At The Movies with my dad. i hope Mr. Ebert isnt too uncomfortable these days. He is a brilliant man. Same goes for the late Mr. Siskel.
i remember the time they reviewed Terminal Island, that's when they reached their zenith
Avg household, both parents working to make ends meet...AtM gave us a way to stay on top of what was current, in good films (=artistically, not box office)...and LOL bad too. We valued the show & will miss it. Keep rockin, Roger.
I love this show and am very disappointed to see it cancelled! The current show's hosts are engaging and have good on air chemistry. More then likely this is a sad commentary about how unintellectual our society has become. Up with reality show garbage, down with discussions about how to make a good story or commentary into a movie.
Sorry to see the show go. I thought it had lost its savor when Gene passed. Roger did the damn thing and kept it going as long as possible. I wish him the best in his fight with cancer.
May gene continue to rest in peace.
Wow, the end of an era. I remember the first time I saw them on PBS when I was just a kid flipping thru the 4 or 5 channels I had. They were reviewing "Sunburn" and I was obsessed with Farrah at the time.
I never missed an episode after that and my love of film was significantly enhanced by their critiques each week. While I mourned Siskel, I still watched Ebert. While I missed Ebert, I still watched the show. Now, it's all gone......sad.......will defintely be missed.......xoxo
As a Registered Nurse I am truly saddened by the amount of cruelty shown to a cancer survivor. I really hope these nasty comments are from young kids as I can't believe any adult would say or think such rubbish. I have seen many things in my line of work but let me just say that the amount of courage a cancer patient has is awe inspiring and we could all learn a lesson from them. And while I condemn the cruelty shown here by some, I stand and applaud all those who have quickly stood up and repudiated the foolishness of those cruel remarks. To Roger, may you have the strength to continue on with a full and happy life. I admire you and thanks for all the great movie reviews.
I loved Gene and Roger, not the next guys but love the new guys–A O Scot and the other guy. They are smart and speak well and are very insightful. I learn a lot on what to see and what to avoid. I can't believe they'd take this show off the air. Very bummed
For those too young to remember SIskel and Ebert, I would recommend going on YouTube, and doing a search on them. You will see some great exchanges by these two guys, giving keen insights on many great movies. I am sure it will make you appreciate how good movies can be, like it did for me.
Sad how all good things come to an end. Siskal and Ebert were groundbreakers and epitomized the 'film critic'. I owe them a great deal of thanks for saving me time and money by avoiding wasted evenings on lousy movies. I was very sad when Siskal died, as it was the banter back and forth that made the show so much fun. Ebert is remarkable and a true inspiration to continue to work despite his setback. It shows what passion he had and continues to have. Kudos and God bless.
I guess it was inevitable, but sad to see it happen. Siskel and Ebert were two guys who truly loved film, and the magic that could be brought about by great acting, writing and directing. I loved watching their boyish enthusiasm for great films that stood out above the cookie-cutter approach of most movies. They certainly made me appreciate movies a lot more. I will miss them!
Longtime fan of the program, I'll always miss Gene and Roger together.
The new hosts were working well for me and I'm sorry to learn the program no longer has a strong following.
"Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting."
Roger Ebert is in the process of starting up a new show, produced by him and his wife. I would also like to add that if you care about film review at all, his website, even his "great movies" section alone, is worth many extended visits.
God sometimes I despise being an American, going by the comments here. Ebert, and Siskel, brought intelligence and dignity to popular film criticism. Don't be mad at them simply b/c yr favorite movie is Predator.
Bob, Chris, Thomas = the three stooges of douchebags
Agree with others, liked the original show when Siskel was alive. Thought the current hosts were OK but not good enough to recover from the damage the two prior to them did. The show ran it's course, I think.
By the way, here's an excerpt from CNN Comment Policy "All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters." By that standard, I'd have to give the Bobster-troll a big thumbs down.
He may not be able to host the show anymore, but I still look forward to his weekly written reviews. Best of luck, Roger.
I loved this show watching it from the beginning.
If I could only ask Roger what he was thinking
when he recommened "My Dinner With Andre'
as a must see. Everyone in the theatre couldn't
wait till it was over.
Perhaps Bob, Chris, Alex and their likes are cranky because they need their diapers changed. I thought I smelled something.
aw...well it was a good show for it's time and i guess that times has gone... I always knew I would get a good review about a movie from those two guys (original). And, between the two and thier comments I could make a good decision about whether to spend my $ or not.
Jeepers, both Siskel and Ebert worked at the same television studio for years, as did another colleague, the late sportscaster Tim Weigel–who amazingly enough also died of a brain tumor. The building was torn down several years ago, but I have to wonder if these three men getting cancer and two of them dying from it influenced the local CBS affiliate's decision to move out.
I Loved 'At The Movies'
I always liked Roger more than Gene –
Gene seemed kind of Snooty,
while Roger seemed more down to earth,
May God Bless them Both –
Nobody will ever to it like they did.
Two Thumbs Up :)
I will miss Rupert and Seksal
They were certainly good at what they did and it was good while it lasted. If I were in his shoes I'd be happy to be alive. I can't say the same about the assholes making the derogatory comments... what goes around comes around.
Relax people. Roger had an epic career and a life that any of us would trade for. Consider the juvenile source here.
I watched it years ago. Didn't always agree, but they at least knew their stuff. Critics, they say, are but frustrated artists. These guys didn't have those aspirations, so their critiques were genuine I believe. As for you trolls and your terrible comments, how cool are you? Do you have a 20 year running television program? I'm sure you must be well respected throughout the nation.
How sad when people take a forum like this to be cruel and sarcastic about the way the man looks now due to his terrible condition... How about if it were you? Or your mom or dad? Or any relative... My, my, truth of the matter this world is getting colder and colder by the minute... tsk, tsk...
Q. Why did Ebert run to the video store?
A. He heard they were selling Jaws.
Cold.... keep laughing guys... you're turn will be up sooner than you think.... keep laughing.... Two Thumbs Up would make me more inclined to see a movie. Thank you.
Bob, he's more of a man than you will ever be.
What the hell is wrong with you people? Ebert has had cancer but has survived and thrived with more class than Bob and Thomas combined. You two numskulls should think before you type.
The complete lack of compassion and utter disregard for human life by a few of the posters on here is absolutely disgusting. Have we really devalued human life so much as to make fun of a man who has had extensive surgeries and also to mock someone who has died?
Like the show or hate it, those kinds of comments are purely for shock value, and really, don't we have enough of that going on these days? People seem to roam around wondering why everything is so crappy and things seem so tough, this little forum is just a sampling of why. Show a little compassion for your neighbor and what they might be going through, help eachother out instead of tearing eachother down.
And the next time you feel like posting something completely stupid about a man who, in my book, is pretty freaking brave, go find something constructive to do. Seriously, get a life.
Bob, you are a horse's ass. Hope nothing bad ever happens to someone you care about!
I loved Siskel and Ebert and wondered if the two men in the balconey on Sesame Street were patterned after them? I loved how passionate they both were about film. I still keep their old books and love watching some of the movies that they raved about. A great film is to be viewed more than once. I often think of them when I put it in the player and how they influenced me to go to independent films to have a great movie experience.
Sorry this show has to come to an end. I have sort of been enjoying the new hosts but never as much as Roger and Gene!
I always liked that show because it made me sit on the edge of my seat every week, wondering if they were going to see eye to eye with any opinions I had on the movies of the day. I recently saw Mr. Ebert on Oprah and he showed me that a person can transcend any experience and be transformed by it with dignity and grace and he has the support of a living angel to share his journey with. God bless him!
Agree with Jason. Ignore the mindless idiots and just comment on the good of Siskel and Ebert.
Is this the priest that's been in so much trouble???
I, too, have to add my voice to those "expressing [sheer and utter]disgust at the lack of compassion being shown by some of the posters here." Thank God for the comments of Jeff, Bill Shirt, LaBellaLuna, Sue, and Stunned, to name but a few, who railed against the indecent, outrageous, nefarious nature of the remarks posted by the mean-mouthed, ignorant, bestial S.O.B.s like "Bob," "chris," thomas," and "Alex!~". They allow me hope...
I had the pleasure of meeting Roger Ebert at a Borders book store while he was on Maui for The Maui Film Festival in November of 1994. I also attended one of his film seminars the next day and he took the time to visit with me and sign a festival poster that I had. We talked about the great city of Chicago and the movies being shown at that year's festival. He was very kind, knowledgeable and gracious towards me. He has touched so many people's lives in a positive way. I highly recommend reading the Esquire article written about Roger last month. It is quite eye opening and inspiring as well. All good things must pass. Including television shows. I hope Roger continues living out his life with positiveness and dignity. Life is not fair. But people who find the strength within themselves to live out their lives the best that they can—no matter how difficult—is the true sign of a quality person. We are all pulling for you, Roger. Hell, I'll say it... I'm even pulling for "Bob" AND Jesse James. Even fu*k ups need our compassion. Let's all move on, stay positive and keep things in perspective.
You know, whoever still decides to comment on the insensitive remarks first made on this blog are only adding fuel to the fire. I know Mr. Ebert spends a great many hours reading and posting on the internet – and trust me, he won't care about a couple of remarks made by immature half-wits. He's a movie critic, for God's sake! He's used to giving critisism and believe me he's also used to receiving it.
I miss the days when Gene and Roger gave their thumbs up or down, like many I didn't always agree with their reviews but I really enjoyed them nonetheless. I'm also sad to see the show go but it has seen its better days. The hosts are no longer witty and they can't compete with online reviews.
God bless you Roger for having the strength to carry on where many would have just given up.
The End of Era!
I agree with those who commented about the cruelty of some of the comments.....Those comments are so typical (and are becoming increasingly common) of the crude, compassionless, heartlessness of our present-day society. Whatever happened to maturity and civility-and the ability to express an opinion without the hateful personal attacks? Scary that it's becoming increasingly rare.
To all the sane people out there, by acknowledging the "idiots" who posted and responding to them, you are giving them exactly what they want; namely attention. Just ignore these imbeciles...
As for "At the Movies", I'll admit it, I rarely watched it after the passing of Gene and the growth of the Internet. And while I usually disagreed with one (if not both) of the critics, they were truly revolutionary for the time!
How many people remember the Pepsi commercial featuring Siskel & Ebert as kids?!?!
This title is purposefully misleading. Disney morons ruined this show and Ebert has had nothing to do w/ it for some time. When Richard Roeper left the show, Ebert ended his affiliation with the show. Putting BEN LYONS on the air is an insult to the country. The name stayed for financial reasons. A new movie review show with Roeper may come out at some point w/ behind the scenes contributions from Ebert. He still does fantastic movie reviews. You morons with the hillarious comments will experience your own karma. As someone who is also a Thyroid Cancer survivor I have tremendous respect for Roger. Peace
make it... "bob", "chris" and "alex!". 3 of you are fools.
Mr. Ebert and the late Mr. Siskel created a new kind of medium that helps us learn more about films.
Thank you Gentlemen.
I loved this show back in my youth late 70s early 80s. I am a big B flick junkie. I specifically enjoyed their "dog of the week" movie. It was the next movie I was sure to rent at BB or Erol's.
Bob, did it ever occur to you that Mr. Ebert might be reading these posts?
If that is indeed the case then I'll just say this...."Roger....the rest of us are 100% behind you and admire how you have dealt with this. You're a class-act, now and forever."
Bob & Alex: you are morons.
A note to the moderator of this post: How about showing some compassion yourself and not publishing the moronic comments of some of these losers, like Bob.
You may be right about not giving callous comments their due, but I always remember the comment of Lord Acton (frequently ascribed to Bobby Kennedy) that "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
I think we risk letting these individuals believe we accept their comments if we say nothing.
One other thing ... I'm a senior citizen, but I do take offense that some of the writers of these comments assume that the offenders are teenagers. Don't you think that is an unfair assumption? Ignorance rears its ugly head in all ages, races, socio-economic classes, etc.
Don't respond to Bob and those like him. They post these comments simply to get responses and a rise out of everyone else. That way they keep the focus on themselves and not the topic. They desperately need attention and everyone falls into the trap.
"Always ignore the idiot" should be everyone's motto.
I had no idea. Poor guy.
Siskel and Ebert are icons and deservedly so. They gave their audience a chance to choose a side and feel out which critic more closely mirrored their own tastes. their arguments were both entertaining and insightful. I applaud Ebert for his courageous and inspiring spirit and still look forward to his ongoing reviews.
I watched since the beginning. The chemistry was never the same after Ebert left. There was always one person who dominated and it never felt as anchored in mutual respect. I think that is what worked for Siskel and Ebert. They would disagree and both had strong opinions, but you could tell they respected each other's opinion. A little grace and dignity goes a long way.
There was an incredible article in Vanity Fair on Ebert a month or so ago. I never liked his reviews but as a man I applaud his courage and the article taught me many things about him I didn't know. I think some people around here need to learn a little respect for human decency.
Bob's an A-1 a–hole (it's easy to be crass and callous when you're posting an anonymous comment on the Internet–it's far harder to be considerate).
Every response that acknowledges the cruel, immature comments made by the first few posters only fuels their selfish need for attention.
I think this thread would be best served by ignoring the cruel comments and focusing on the positive contributions made by Ebert throughout his career.
I loved Siskel and Ebert and enjoyed their spirited commentary on movies - for which I share a passion. I grieved when we lost Siskel, and I have read that Roger Ebert misses him to this day. So do I, Rog...so do I.
I'll admit that I pretty much stopped watching after Ebert left the show, for the most part. Roeper just didn't have the same style and the chemistry just wasn't there any more. Still, I'm sorry to see the show cancelled. It was a monument to two very extraordinary film critics who never lost their love for the movies.
My thanks to them both.
I have to add my voice to those expressing disgust at the lack of compassion being shown by some of the posters here. I thought this page was moderated. Anyway, At the Movies was the Siskel and Ebert Show. Ebert did OK with Roeper later on, but once he was silenced by the cancer, that was pretty much the end. Also, people don't watch movie review shows that much on TV anymore. They go online now - which is where Ebert continues his work. And whether you agree with his reviews or not, the guy is still one of the foremost critics and historians working today. And as noted, he is also living proof that there is life after cancer - and I've seen people with far worse disfigurement. Anything that still allows you to smile can't be that bad.
Great news! I hear his show is coming back. Stay tuned this fall for "Ebert and Hawking at the Movies"
Sorry, typo morons. Not morans.
Bob, Thomas, and Chris, I was simply stunned at your remarks. I hope the comments here will cause you to rethink your cruelty.
I wonder what your lives must be/have been like to be so vicious. If you have suffered cruelty, you need not succumb to it. Please rethink your values and the direction in which you are headed.
As for JSRagman, your kind of vitriol reveals the same prejudice and nastiness that you are excoriating. Think about it.
As for Roger Ebert, he is my #1 go-to-guy when I am thinking about going to a movie. My life has been changed for the better by the movies that he has recommended that I might not have sought out otherwise. My whole love for and exposure to foreign and independent films come from his reviews.
Lastly, his blog is the most literate and intelligent piece of writing on the web. Roger has caused me to think not only about movies but about life. While I don't always agree with him, he challenges me to re-examine my views. And he always does it so elegantly.
If you are reading this, Roger, please know that mine is one life that you have touched in such a positive way. It pains me that not only do you have to endure the handicaps caused by cancer, something that you have done with such grace, but that your suffering is compounded by this kind of hatred. I am so sorry.
People seem to think their anonymity behind their keyboards excuses their idiotic and pathologically cruel attacks. First Amendment, blah blah, blah, but the internet seems to have cheapened public discourse and given a platform to (a) people who cannot spell to save their lives (b) racists, sexists, mysogynists, birthers, Flat Earthers, homophobes, and misanthropes; and (c) mean people.
And mean people suck.
i remember watching this show back in the 80's. After Gene died, I sort of lost track of it and when it was on but it brings back memories of how it once was so exciting to go to a movie.
This article is about the end of the show. Rude comments made by some are unecessary. Not only were Bob and Chris rude and thoughtless but Alex is probably the worst. How cruel. Hopefully none of you will ever have to deal with such a terrible illness and deal with insensitive morans like yourselves.
Nice to know some things don't change, like cruel people who hide behind computers and spew mean, ugly things about other people, finding joy in making fun of people's deformaties and who knows what else. Bob, Chris, Thomas and Alex are those types of cruel people, and I would imagine that they have no friends, no life, no beauty, no intelligence and nothing to contribute to mankind in general. How sad that they would make fun of a man who lost his jaw to cancer and another one who's been dead for 11 years (and who had a special tribute during the Oscars the year he died, something that had never been done for a critic before or since). I'd like to see you three post something that you've done in your worthless little lives that would gain the respect of an entire industry.
Way to go Wayne, I completely agree, zero loved ones there.....
I really wish unrepentent sociopaths weren't allowed to make internet posts...
After reading the first 3 comments above, I have to wonder what it means on here when it says "Your comment is awaiting moderation." What exactly is CNN "moderating" if it allows cruel, insensitive remarks like those to be published?
Internet Trolls are a dime a dozen. Do not feed them with attention. They are pathetic little weasels (and I do apologize to weasels everywhere for the comparison) with nothing better to do than try to get you all riled up. They thrive on their ability to get you riled up. Ignore them.
And to the poster who wondered how well we know Roger (as if that were somehow relevant), well, he writes about his innermost thoughts. Some of us read.
Bob, Chris and Thomas...you guys are worms. Obviously you are young and stupid, and for that we blame your parents, lack of proper ubringing and lack any sense of decency. The show made a dramatic impact on cinema and movie-going for millions...and your lack of respect shows you as nothing but a loser (place giant "L" on your forehead now).
The show didn't survive because it was on at odd times on Sundays...otherwise I would have still watched it, as it had two of the most charasmatic movie reviewers ever. Even when it was just down to Roger...he was more than just a thumb up or down. He knew movies better than anyone else around. He knows how to critique a film well, and to know that even though he may not critique it well, that it may still be worth a watch for some. Not like some lunk-head like you who would probably think Jackass was a great piece of art.
Give the guy a break. He has paid his dues many times over and doesn't deserve to be ridiculed for having a desease that disfigured his face. I'd rather you put the bag over your head to hide your ugly mug...not having ever even seen it.
To everyone who is dignifying Bob and Chris with a response (including myself) – don't. They are probably stupid teenagers who don't have anything better to do with their time but insult iconic people that they will never have a fleeting chance of living up to.
with the internet, have not even looked at the show in along time.
Thomas, Chris and Bob need to look up the word compassion in the dictionary and perhaps practice it so that it is returned to them when they are in need.
I have been a fan of Roger Ebert since my days at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, when he was writing revues for The Daily Illini. But what prompted me to write this reply, was my disgust and amazement at the rampant hate and cruelty we are seeing in all aspects of our society. I guess it is easy, when these writers are anonymous to the world; much like someone in a crowd gets his macho up and yells profanities at someone or throws rocks or shoots a gun.
Well said, Jeff & JEFF. Some people are just mean spirited. Shame on them. Ebert is an incredible, courageous human being.
Gerianne, you summed it up perfectly.
Very sad to see such an iconic show cancelled. It's easy to forget that there WAS a time when the phrase "two thumbs up" didn't mean anything. Siskel and Ebert gave us that, along with wonderful reviews back in the day before the internet when finding quality reviews really was a hit or miss proposition.
Thank you Roger. And Gene, I know/hope you were proud of your creation.
BREAKING NEWS: He's landed a role as either Statler and waldorf in the live production of the muppets....
Here in Chicago Siskel & Ebert were familiar here long before they went national. They were both film critics for the two opposing daily newspapers. Then they began Sneak Previews, which was run on the local PBS station here. That went national in about 1978. Then they left that show and went on to host At the Movies. Both shows were similar in content, though I always liked Sneak Previews better for some reason. To this day, I still look for Roger Eberts movie reviews as a barometer of whether or not to see a movie. I have generally agreed much more with Ebert over the years than with any other critic. I never cared for Siskel, who I saw in person once and he appeared to be a less-than-nice human being. I wish Roger good luck in his next venture and I look forward to many more years of his reliable movie reviews.
I love this show. I still record and watch it every week – though I think the 1:30am time slot is what did the show in. I always loved seeing the previews and hearing the reviews – I agree with the new guys 90% of the time. I'm so sad!! Ebert was great too of course.
Poor Roger, reduced to looking like a Howdy Doody puppet.
Now which one died? The chubby one? Or is this the chubby one? I dont recognize him. So sad.
I loved this show when Siskel and Ebert were on and I enjoyed their verbal debates. Knowing that they were the movie critics at two of the Chicago papers and competitors made it fun. Most of the time they got it right when reviewing movies, but occasionally they got it wrong, for me anyway. I'm saddened by what has happened to Mr. Ebert, cancer is such a horrible foe. I have to admit, I stopped watching the show after Ebert passed away, it just wasn't the same anymore. the great chemistry was gone. You knew they respected each other but when the disagreed on a movie review, there was that little spark of defiance in each of them.
Whether he gave a thumbs up or a thumbs down, Roger Ebert loved the movies. His commentaries are as much a part of Hollywood lore as a Spielberg epic or a Bogart classic. Good luck, Roger, may God smile on you. Actually, I think He already has.
Wether it was the two original hosts or the group of second rate fill in's lately, none of them are in touch with what normal consumers like to see. If it is entertaining who cares! That is why we spend a bundle on going to the movies. It is long over due for it to go.
To the "Bob" who wrote the cruel and unnecessary remarks, I hope, for your family's sake, that you are never diagnosed with this terrible form of cancer. Your lack of compassion is disgusting.
As for Siskel & Ebert, their show was a great insight as to the movies that were being released. Thanks for so many years of great reviews.
robert ebert looks scary. cancer is a cruel cruel part of life. i cannot believe there are people on this thread that actually making fun of him and siskel for dying of cancer.
I really loved this show because I'm a filmaholic. I didn't always agree with whomever was the hosts but it gave me a couple of worthwhile opinions on films to see.
I really liked Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons as co-hosts and was very sad to see them leave. Jeffery and A.O. are okay but nit as good as the Bens or the originals, Siskel and Ebert but then who is ever as good as the original?
I guess the new young turks on the internet will take over the movie reviews. I just hope it isn't the first few guys who posted here. Wow! Talk about spewing hate or what?
Why is it some people are just vicious ___wipes whenever given the chance to be? Surely if and when they are burdened with missery they will hope people will be kinder to them. The chances of course are good than more 12 year olds and immature adults will show them no more respect than they've given themselves.
I understand why the show is going away. I wondered why it's name didn't change drasticly years ago.
It's sad to see the show go but more sad to see the state of respect Americans in general show others online. I hope they are better people one on one.
Is Bob auditioning to replace Rush Limbaugh?
sad to see this happen, but, all good things must come to an end. I grew up watching siskle and ebert and, for a time, I depended on their reviews to choose my movies. They will be missed.
People can certainly say what they want, contrary to republican banter this is still a free country. But I'm a bit dismayed at the lack of compassion here. Both originators of this show have been more successful than most people can even dream for. They were respected in thier fields, and, they held down a TV show for quite a long time. Show a little respect and compassion, or are we turning into a nation of selfish self-centered politicians only concerned about sound bites, what's been done for you lately, ego-maniacs?
Both men were class acts and I have found memories of both their insightful and intelligent commentary and tactful disagreement. I agree that a 30 min. show cannot sustain itself this day in age when you can get a review (or several at once) with a few quick clicks online. Nonetheless I am grateful for these men and their contributions to the dialogue.
(On another note: I am actually shocked that some of these cruel comments passed the review process and have been deemed "appropriate for posting.")
Love 'em or hate 'em, it's hard to argue that Siskel & Ebert LOVED movies...they'll be missed.
Bob, that's the best you can do? This is what your life has come to? Your friends (if you have any) and family (if you haven't been tossed out) have my sympathy.
>Ebert had to cancel the show to make time for his role as the Joker in the next batman movie.<
Bobby, grow UP and move out of momma's doublewide. Your snide remarks about a cancer SURVIVOR are completely unwarranted and very childish.
Lol... not at the specifics of Bob's comments but for his perseverance. After being chastised 30+ times in the thread for his callousness... he slips in another silently as if he never read the rest. Yak ya...
Someone should go tell Bob's parents that he's on the computer again.
Bob & chris, get back to work. The Big Macs ain't gonna cook themselves, ya know.
Bob, chris, thomas and Alex!~ – the only thing scary on this page are your comments. Let's hope cancer never strikes you or anyone you might actually deign to love. Then again ,some sickness seems to have already struck your brains and what could be construed as your hearts. Though it seems there's not much of either of those organs left in any of you.
Reading the comments on those who called you out at least shows there are still good, compassionate and intelligent people left.
GD i miss this show
i'm a man of the internet and i highly preferred this show to RT or IMDB
this show was pure class
I usually would do the opposite of what Siskel and Ebert recommended but they were an institution and will be missed even if I didn't usually concur with their reviews. I just didn't always have the same taste, it was no big deal. I liked them, though. No one deserves their fate...
I recently watched 'Oprah' for the first time simply because Roger Ebert appeared on it and I was so happy to see him back. More of a class act cannot be imagined. He would never refer to himself as a hero or inspirational but he is both. If I ever suffered the setbacks that he has I could only hope I would handle them with such grace and good cheer. I have always checked his reviews before going to a movie and of course will continue to do so. There is a reason that IMDB always puts his review first. Agree or disagree with his reviews you could always count on an honest and inciteful review. I can only hope that 'Bob' was unaware of Mr. Eberts medical history. As far as appearance goes Roger looks just fine to me and in any case appearance has nothing to do with his reviews. May he enlighten us for many years to come. Thank you Mr. Ebert and long may you reign!
First paragraph: it's ROGER Ebert, not Robert!
I too am disgusted by the cruel remarks made by ignorant and thoughtless persons.
I loved Siskel and Ebert and applaud Ebert for continuing to fight his personal fight and still keep us all entertained and knowledgeable on the current films. I'll continue to follow him online after the show ends. He is one of a kind, as was Siskel.
Thanks for all the great reviews Roger! You're the best!
Well, I think we can all agree that most lower life forms living ina gutter are still probably more evolved than this "Bob" person.
Roger Ebert has proven himself to be an excellent reviewer of film. He has not lost his touch with what the everyday person enjoys, or that film is about entertainment. He and Gene Siskel made an indelible mark on film and culture and as far as I'm concerned, stand above the petty crictisms I see from a few on this thread. That Ebert continued with his vocation after losing his voice, including getting photographed, is nothing short of courageous.
I will say this though, if Gene Siskel was alive he be kicking some serious Bob butt!
Ebert had to cancel the show to make time for his role as the Joker in the next batman movie.
It's actually "Roger" Ebert, not "Robert". And I'm surprised some people are literate enough to add such brainless, insulting and mean-spirited comments as the first three. Siskel and Ebert were a great duo who were fun to listen to and were passionate about their jobs. We should all be so lucky as to have the good fortune to care that deeply about our professions. Even when it was Richard Roper and Roger Ebert, I still enjoyed it. After Ebert left and Roper quit, it was no longer "At the Movies." I'm surprised it lasted that long after they left.
I remember stumbling across a little movie show on PBS when I was about 11. We'll miss the days when crtics were educated, knowledgeable and in it for the love of the cinema, not the love of hobknobbing with celebrities. Rather than slobs like me who think their opinion is supreme and everyone wants to know it so we post it online.
The cruel and soulless comments first posted sadly illustrate a certain generation's deficiency as only the internet can exacerbate into empty worth. Gene & Roger set the format standard for the genre and the show has suffered like many careers and mediums from the internet factor which will continue the format in some way virtually. The show could have been handled better in the recent past to stay current but that didn't happen. "Sneak Previews", which was the original series first developed at WTTW-Chicago, PBS station before it became "At The Movies" was ground braking, entertaining and useful. It was created and developed with keen observation, good communication and with spirited character. Something sorely missing in most media fare. Fan or not they have earned their place in the museum of broadcast history, journalism study and American culture.
Roger is a guy with lots of courage to move on with his life as it is. They should search for 2 people with good chemistry and continue the show. Unfortunately the current reviewers are boring in their roles but that doesnt mean the show cant work again.
Those comments with this article who attack the show, especially Siskel and Ebert, only reflect the level of IQ and quite possibly age on some of these posters. "Geez look at that dude". Yeah, there's a real thoughtful, intelligent response of a Harvard Graduate.
What made both men icons was their knowledge of the film industry, their chemistry and their literary minds. Both men were critics at competing newspapers; there was a rivalry there, both in print and on the screen, and sometimes that came out in their banter but you knew they respected one another. When they argued, it wasn't for the sake of the viewers. They really felt passionate about their opinions on moviemaking. When Siskel died, Ebert's eulogy was heartbreaking. He lost his best friend. I didn't always agree with their reviews, but I always appreciated their knowledge base. And to those of you who would criticize a dying man, there are no words. You've displayed your true character for all to see.
I blame the two "Bens". Especially Ben Lyons. Mankowitz (or however you spell it), seemed caught up in a bad situation. That was the moment the show jumped the shark. Oh well, I'll enjoy the show until August then.
What really made the show special was that both men came from a print journalism background. They could write. They were from different papers in the same city. In a sense rivals but never enemies. To be able to write they had to be able to think in more than 4 sentence blurbs. That type of film commentary doesn't exist as it once did. It was a groundbreaking show. I remember what it was like to hear two decent film critics actually discuss movies. It has been(the original format) missed and will be.
The problem with morons like Bob are that they've probably never had to work for anything – they've probably been spoon-fed their whole lives, everything they ever wanted got handed to them simply by asking Mommy & Daddy. That's why they have no respect for anything or anyone & place no value on human life. They are the bane of this great country. To think that I served my country (Vietnam) so that they could enjoy the life they were lucky enough to be born into.
I think "dumb-ass of the century" is more appropriate.
Bob, Thomas, and Chris (first three comments) must be Republicans. How else could their ignorant (and stupid) comments be explained?
On occasion I read blogs and each time I do the heartless comments by a few present a sad commentary on our society. What does one's appearance have to do with one's value as a person.. apparently to Bob there is a direct connection. Life is so precious and each of us need to value ours and the lives of others. My life is enriched on a daily basis by the actions of others and it is my goal to make a difference each day on this earth.
Wait a second, hold up...
a) People make mistakes. If that's truly how you feel about Mr. Ebert, that's fine. But this blog is sort of the wrong place for that. It's about his show, not about the man. I'm sure there's a bash Mr. Ebert blog somewhere else. They got everything on the internet.
b) Besides who really knows the man, Mr. Ebert? Let's not get all wound up manufacturing feelings for someone we don't even know. To some degree, sure, but let's not go too far.
c) we need to watch less tv. less internet. pick up a book or something. engage in a real argument. this is a waste of time
Bob and Chris suck. That's my review. the end.
Still follow Ebert via his website. Both original critics expanded my movie interests and thanks to them, got to see some real classics. Miss their chemistry and their good natured humor on shows such as Letterman and of course their Oscar picks. Keep on rockin' Roger and I'll keep on followin'.
That's too bad. The show is good and still relevant, especially with the cost of a movie ticket nowadays. The two current hosts, A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips (former guest critics when Richard Roeper was still doing the show) are miles better than the two 'Bens' that were hosting previously. I think it was Ben Lyons that proclaimed the film 'I Am Legend' as the greatest movie ever made. LOL!
OMG, What is THAT??? It's to hard to look at!!! and Scarey too!!!
Bob shame on you.
What kind of people are you? Seriously this and these comments are what's wrong with the damn world!
Bob and Chris...go crawl back under your rock of bitterness and disgust and don't come back out until you learn compassion and have some maturity.
I agree this show was never the same after Siskel died, but I will still miss it.
There was a time kids when going to the movies was a great experence, Siskel and Ebert were two critics that broke new ground with thier syndication. It is kinda sad to see this cut, but maybe it will be picked up by someone. If not it was a good ride to view the opinions and arguments both Siskel and Ebert did on camera. Both were passionate about thier views, and it made for good "honest" views beyond the critical elements. I appreciated thier views and disagreeed often, but not often enough to not apprecaite them.
Bob UR a bit off in your comments, no need to go there. After all these guys were giving thier opinions probally before you were even thought of....
Wow... everyone else has been pretty cordial about but I'll be a bit more honest. Way to go, Bob and Chris. You guys get to split the Douchewaffle Of The Day award.
On the off chance either of you grow up and get to have sex some day, perhaps your kids will be made fun of because of the deformity and when they tell you about, tears streaming down their faces, you can proudly think back to this day.
Before I started watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in 1980, I used to see a lot of bad movies. In the past 30 years, I have seen very few films, that I would consider to be lousy. In fact, I have viewed a lot of art films, foreign language movies and documentaries that I would not have watched otherwise thanks to At The Movies and similar programs. I am glad that Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are on the internet, as well as Roger Ebert's website. Still I am sorry to see that the ratings for Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott are not enough to keep the show on the air. There are too many films to see them all, and the professional movie critic has made it easy for me to decide what films are worth watching and which ones aren't. Thank you very much Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper, Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Phillips, and A.O. Scott. Rest in Peace Gene Siskel.
Dear Bob, Chris & Thomas:
I have never really put stock in karma, but after seeing your horrific and mind-numbing comments about two gentlemen you would not be qualified to do their toilet-cleaning, I hope karma visits you all real soon. I just hope that it is visited on you and not an ususpecting loved one....oh, never mind...with comments like that in your history I doubt if "loved ones" is part of your life.
The show was never really able to get back on track after Gene died. Nobody could take his place and the chemistry between the two of them was what made it so good. Ebert is still one of the best critics out there (only second to Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, in my opinion) and I love reading his reviews. Keep up the good work, Roger!
I loved Siskel and Ebert! I only go to movies after checking Roger's web site. Roger, keep seeing movies and keep writing reviews!
You guys are just plain cruel. When these guys were in their heyday they were fantastic. It was never the same after Siskel died. It should have been cancelled then.
Afte Siskel died, Ebert tried valiantly, and I watched the show. After he left, it was Richard Roeper, and he did a decent job with his rotating guests. Once they both bailed (thanks a lot Disney!) the deadly duo of Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons pretty much doomed the show. I liked Mank. A little dry, but a sharp guy. I still watch him on TCM. Lyons was an idiot. Barely knew film, didn't know audiences or quality. Too flip most of the time, and too shallow even when he was trying to be thoughtful. The show went into a tailspin trying to appeal to the younger crowd and basically crashed when it lost the few people still watching.
Scott and Phillips have done an admirable job of picking up the pieces, but if you've seen "Flight of the Phoenix", either version, you know what kind of effort rescuing At the Movies has been. If Disney had another half hour show to pair with it (yet another ET/Extra/Insider tabloid?) to make a full 1 hour syndication package, they might have had a chance.
Jeff, folks like those commenters try to make themselves feel superior by saying awful, totally insensitive things about other people. The fact that they have that need in the first place tells you something about them, doesn't it? They are the truly, truly pathetic ones.
I stopped watching after Gene Siskel passed away. I wish Ebert would've just bowed out of the show then, as it was NEVER going to have the same MAGIC!
Just reading over some of the first comments, It struck me yet again how there are some cruel hearted bastards out there who could care less about the words they say and what they say,
I truly wonder if Karma will come back around and bite those people in the A** some day,
When you say rude, mean, spiteful words about others- How would you feel if the shoe was on the other foot, and those comments were directed to you, behind the tuff exteriors It would hurt your feelings so I hope that people will think about what they say to others, would you want your family to be talked to in the same way?
wow, Bob wins the dumbass comment of the day award. Good job!
Used to watch At The Movies all the time back in the 80's. Very good show...
To Bob and Chris, I am at a total loss of words. My mother died of cancer 24 years ago, lost all of her hair and her color (we are african american) and she never stopped being beautiful to us. I hope one day compassion comes to your cold hearts. I grew up watching "At the Movies" and their unbiased, unprejudiced views is what we are lacking this day and time. God bless both of them for giving us a half hour of enjoyment.
"Good grief look at the dude!"
Roger Ebert had had extensive surgery, with the result that he has lost his voice. He has not, however, lost his keen insights into movie-making, the film industry, and an encyclopedic knowledge of films that he's shared with us in his books, his online reviews, and on TV.
How he looks has no relevance whatsoever to his body of work, which you have blithely ignored.
You strike me as a young, clueless "dude" who would openly stare at a wounded war vet or a victim of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, afflicted with nuclear-related wounds.
Grow up, Bob, or keep your opinions to yourself. It's best to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Good grief, some of your replies are just not compassionate at all. Were you raised by wolves, have you never had a family member ill with a diease ravages their body, have you no soul?
Low blow, dude. Get a life.
Ebert is a shining example of remaining vital after a horrible bout with cancer.
Too bad about the show but it used to be one of a few shows like it, now reviews are everywhere.
Roger Ebert is a class act and courageous in his fight against cancer. It takes a lot of chuztpah to go on national television after your lower jaw has been removed. No doubt he will inspire others to persevere in the face of a life-threatening illness. His unique and valuable insight about movies will be missed.
I named my hard drives Gene and Robert back in 1992 (one was 80MB and the other was 120MB). The bigger one was Robert. I always enjoyed their banter on the air. They never kept me from seeing a movie I thought I would like, but they did pique my interest in movies I hadn't thought about seeing.
End of an era.
I totally enjoyed the show for so many years and relied on the team's commentary to guide my decision to see a movie or not. I would hope that Roger can continue to add his honest point of view in some mode and that some media outlet realizes they can well benefit from his expertise. He's a class act and a true winner !!!!!!!!
I concur and modify...
"Well, the first THREE response are certainly compassionate (not).
Siskel and Ebert are icons and in order to preserve the original intent of the show, I agree that it should be canceled."
I disagreed often with Siskel and Ebert's movie reviews, but I still enjoyed their show and discussions. It seems that once a movie critic, they often lose their love of being entertained and start to request too much of a film and become only focused on more shock value. My regards to both men for having found such a lucrative career and financial success.
Bob and Chris, So sad that you could be so cruel towards someone who has been an icon in the industry for years. I hope you never find yourself in these same shoes and have people speak of you this same way. Wow. . .perhaps you might learn some compassion as I am sure it would serve you well the next time someone is sick and dying.
I loved this show. Thanks for the memories Siskel and Ebert!
This show has been part of my Sunday evening ritual for years. I will miss it, although I will say the current hosts have lacked a bit of a punch. I like Michael Phillips and would've rather seen him paired with the older of the two previous hosts that were canned. Back when they had the visiting hosts w/Roeper, Ayesha Tayler (sp? – sorry if I'm wrong) was awesome. I know she's an actress and may have had other things to do, but I'd've loved to have seen her host.
This is sad. But there are so many better ways to get movie reviews now.
I think "Justin" is right: IMBD and RottenTomatoes served to kill "At the Movies" to a large degree. Hmm. I wonder, though, if RottenTomatoes could augment its written reviews each week with a pair of Internet video reviews featuring a couple of guest critics (a la "At the Movies") discussing a new movie release or two? That would be an interesting - and probably popular - expansion of what RottenTomatoes is offering. Just a thought.
Bob, I pray as the years pass for you, you never have an illness, such as the one pictured above, but more than that per say, if you do, I would pray when people see you, their words would be far kinder, what a horrid horrid choice of words, to a man, that does not choose to give up on life, but move on to others area of life.
Mr. Ebert 2 thumbs up, for all your years you gave to us, and for what is ahead, for both yourself, and your family. We humbly Thank you again, for showing us so much..
A takes a big man to make fun of someone with cancer on the internet.
Sounds like you really need a smack in the mouth.
Siskel and Ebert was a great show, and they didn't any convoluted rating system with 5 or 10 stars just a simple thumbs up or thumbs down, good or bad.
The insensitive, callous remarks about Siskel and Ebert disgust me. I see your parents raised you well. You should be proud of your ignorance. And what if it was one of your parents that had brain cancer or lost a jaw due to cancer? You people are beyond words. Ignorant fools.
I used to watch the show all the time because it was a good way to get reviews for the movies. But over the years I stopped watching because sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes are so well done.
thats teribble i love at the movies
Does anyone else think it's strange that both men had cancer in their head area? They both watched lots of movies. Did they watch them in that theater they always filmed in? Was there something going on in there that they were exposed to?
Nice memories of watching Siskel and Ebert back in the day. I always trusted them and even when they disagreed they were so civil and eloquent about it. They both smiled a lot. Flashforwarding to today and all the yelling and bickering on the box makes me miss them even more. God bless them both.
Get a clue "Bob", the man lost his jaw to cancer for God's sake, have some compassion (if you are capable that is).
I will miss the show and roger. I will be following him online, so makes the tv show irrelevant.
This man is the definition of courage, determination and movie loving. i have been served well by his advice.
WHEN EVER I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT.....I LOOK TO ROBERT EBERT! Thank you for the many hours of waiting for the thumbs.
Very sad to see a staple show go.
I watched every week when Ebert and Siskel were on. Must admit I didn't like the chemistry of the recent hosts. I pretty much stopped watching after Ebert. I still follow what he is doing in IL. Go Ebert and congrats on your new communication device. Such a great mind.
I loved the show, especially the new hosts. Like anything, finding the right two people with the right chemistry is the secret. They should've tried harder to keep the show on the air.
Well, the first two response are certainly compassionate.
Siskel and Ebert are icons and in order to preserve the original intent of the show, I agree that it should be canceled.
This show should have been canceled. Siskel's Dead and Ebert's not far behind him!!!!!!
This show should have been cancelled 20 years ago. Egbert should have backed away from the dinner table years ago, and Skilless need to bulk up a bit.
Either way 2 thumbs down.
Yawn...Good grief look at the dude!
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