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August 4, 1991
I eagerly look forward each Sunday evening to "Siskel & Ebert" (Channel 7). They are outstanding movie critics and generally "right on the money." It's a pleasure to enjoy their lively interaction. Gary Traxler, North Hollywood
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Cinefamily and Cinespia have teamed to pay tribute to the late Pulitizer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert with a night of film, music and memories June 27 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Ebert died in April at age 69 after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. The critic's widow, Chaz Ebert, will host the evening, which features an archival 35mm print of Russ Meyer's 1970 X-rated melodrama "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which Ebert co-wrote with the filmmaker.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1988
I hate to break the news to everybody, but Pepsi and Coke aren't the choices of our new generation . . . it's Siskel & Ebert. TV movie critics are the latest heroes on the world's most thoroughly entertaining medium. There was a time years ago when critics had credentials, and were even considered to be intellectuals. Today, however, the Siskel & Ebert generation is content with a happy face, an explosive film clip and a 10+ rating. Intellectuals are generally considered to be snobs, and snobs don't go over very well on the 6 o'clock news.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1999
Michael Miller is not the only one "Looking Up to the Balcony" (Riffs, Calendar Weekend, March 18) for movie selection guidance from the late Gene Siskel. I too am left with a giant void in my life. My wife and I (and my kids when they got old enough) watched the "Siskel & Ebert" television program weekly since its inception over 20 years ago. We taped it when we were out. It was our bible for deciding on which films we would spend our money to see or to rent. I have probably seen more of their shows than any show ever broadcast.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1995
Your comprehensive article on Siskel and Ebert ("Thumb and Thumber," by Donald Liebenson, Dec. 10) didn't mention that perhaps the best dig ever to be thrown back at the critics was from George Lucas, whose production of "Willow" (a fantasy film climaxing with a two-headed, dinosaur-like beast) garnered weak reviews from them. When Tonka then merchandised the toy model, Lucas aptly named the bifurcated monster an "Ebersisk"--a joke that none of the kids would get but all the adult collectors gave two thumbs up!
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1999
Michael Miller is not the only one "Looking Up to the Balcony" (Riffs, Calendar Weekend, March 18) for movie selection guidance from the late Gene Siskel. I too am left with a giant void in my life. My wife and I (and my kids when they got old enough) watched the "Siskel & Ebert" television program weekly since its inception over 20 years ago. We taped it when we were out. It was our bible for deciding on which films we would spend our money to see or to rent. I have probably seen more of their shows than any show ever broadcast.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Cinefamily and Cinespia have teamed to pay tribute to the late Pulitizer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert with a night of film, music and memories June 27 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Ebert died in April at age 69 after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. The critic's widow, Chaz Ebert, will host the evening, which features an archival 35mm print of Russ Meyer's 1970 X-rated melodrama "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which Ebert co-wrote with the filmmaker.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1987 | David Pecchia
Seems like Siskel & Ebert can't take in a movie anymore without seeing their own show parodied on the big screen. In recent months, "Hollywood Shuffle," "Summer School," "Will Vinton's Claymation Festival," "Back to the Beach" and "Amazon Women on the Moon" have gibed at them. We know--because their office called to make sure. Generally, Siskbert doesn't enjoy being spoofed. Ebert (the husky one) told us he feels "self-conscious and I don't know exactly how to react."
NEWS
April 19, 1991 | ROBERT BURNS, (Wolfgang Jones and Bubba Versailles are aliases that Burns sometimes uses to protect the innocent--and himself.)
THE SHOW Siskel & Ebert, 6:30 p.m. Sundays on ABC. THE SETUP Fashion critics "Wolfgang Jones" and "Bubba Versailles" review their counterparts in film and video, Gene Siskel (right) and Roger Ebert (left). THE LOOK Jones: There certainly is a level of clothing coordination here that I haven't seen since the do-wop groups of the '60s. Versailles: Definitely. What do we have? Two pairs of chinos, two black sport jackets, two sweaters, two open-collar sport shirts. Jones: I see a trend forming.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and their famous thumbs again are welcome at previews of 20th Century Fox films. The studio Monday dropped its indefinite ban that had prohibited the pair from attending the screenings. The ban was imposed three weeks ago after the critics gave "thumbs down" to the film "Nuns on the Run."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel weren't the first movie critics on television: People like NBC's Gene Shalit and Joel Siegel of ABC were at it long before they were. But when Siskel and Ebert's syndicated movie review program took off and their "thumbs up, thumbs down" judgments were embraced by moviegoers, they became the most powerful, and they inadvertently created a potent marketing tool for the movie studios.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1995
Your comprehensive article on Siskel and Ebert ("Thumb and Thumber," by Donald Liebenson, Dec. 10) didn't mention that perhaps the best dig ever to be thrown back at the critics was from George Lucas, whose production of "Willow" (a fantasy film climaxing with a two-headed, dinosaur-like beast) garnered weak reviews from them. When Tonka then merchandised the toy model, Lucas aptly named the bifurcated monster an "Ebersisk"--a joke that none of the kids would get but all the adult collectors gave two thumbs up!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1995 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is a frequent contributor to Calendar. and
September marked the start of the 20th TV season for movie reviewers Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert--an impressive achievement in the capricious world of television, especially for a show whose format has remained basically unchanged over two decades: two newspaper guys sitting around talking about the movies and showing film clips. Of course, these aren't just any two guys.
NEWS
May 12, 1995 | LYNN SIMROSS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Film buffs will feast on the new MovieViews Guide, a credit-card-sized electronic listing of info on more than 5,000 films. From Franklin Electronic Publishers, the 1.8-ounce device is due out in July. MovieViews contains reviews of a cross-section of movies, from classics like "Citizen Kane" to "Star Wars." It also includes Academy Award winners and movies from 1914 to this year's Oscar winners, as well as horror films, foreign films, cult favorites and more than 50 silent films.
NEWS
January 3, 1993 | JANICE ARKATOV, Janice Arkatov is a free-lance arts writer
Remember when there was no Siskel & Ebert? Granted, it was a long time ago. The dueling critics first made their TV debut 18 years ago in "Opening Soon at a Theatre Near You" on PBS affiliate WTTW in their native Chicago. By 1977, the rechristened "Sneak Previews" was airing on 200 public TV stations around the country. In 1982, Tribune Entertainment began syndicating "At the Movies" on commercial TV; in 1986, the show moved to Buena Vista Television as "Siskel & Ebert & The Movies."
NEWS
August 4, 1991
I eagerly look forward each Sunday evening to "Siskel & Ebert" (Channel 7). They are outstanding movie critics and generally "right on the money." It's a pleasure to enjoy their lively interaction. Gary Traxler, North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1986 | LEWIS BEALE
"Gene! Love the show, but you really do have to lighten up a bit, honey." Gene Siskel, co-star of "At the Movies," the wildly successful syndicated TV movie-review show, was hanging out with wife and friends at Ed Debevic's, the Windy City's trendy answer to a retro 1950s hamburger joint.
NEWS
April 19, 1991 | ROBERT BURNS, (Wolfgang Jones and Bubba Versailles are aliases that Burns sometimes uses to protect the innocent--and himself.)
THE SHOW Siskel & Ebert, 6:30 p.m. Sundays on ABC. THE SETUP Fashion critics "Wolfgang Jones" and "Bubba Versailles" review their counterparts in film and video, Gene Siskel (right) and Roger Ebert (left). THE LOOK Jones: There certainly is a level of clothing coordination here that I haven't seen since the do-wop groups of the '60s. Versailles: Definitely. What do we have? Two pairs of chinos, two black sport jackets, two sweaters, two open-collar sport shirts. Jones: I see a trend forming.
NEWS
May 6, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE
SERIES Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy and Peter Scolari take their final bow May 21 in the series finale of "Newhart." In the 184th and final episode, Dick Loudon staunchly refuses to sell the Stratford Inn to a Japanese investor. Everyone else in town clears out, and the inn's weathered clapboards are soon being pelted with golf balls, as the structure becomes a hazard on the 14th fairway of the Tagadachiville Hotel and Country Club's golf course. "P.O.V.
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