Former 'Young Turk' Mankiewicz To Co-Host 'At The Movies'
July 22, 2008 at 2:39 PM (PT)
Former "YOUNG TURKS" co-host BEN MANKIEWICZ is one of the new hosts of the syndicated TV show previously known as "AT THE MOVIES WITH EBERT AND ROEPER."
MANKIEWICZ, who co-hosted the "YOUNG TURKS" show with CENK UYGUR when the show was an independently distributed show and aired on SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO and AIR AMERICA RADIO, has been hosting at TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES and appearing on the syndicated "TMZ" TV show; he is being joined by E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION host BEN LYONS (son of critic JEFFREY LYONS) to host DISNEY ABC DOMESTIC TELEVISION's revamped version of "AT THE MOVIES" beginning SEPTEMBER 6th.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES critics ROGER EBERT and RICHARD ROEPER announced MONDAY that they have left the show due to differences with DISNEY over the show's new direction. EBERT and the late CHICAGO TRIBUNE critic GENE SISKEL founded the show with DISNEY in 1986 after leaving a similar show, "SNEAK PREVIEWS," produced by PBS affiliate WTTW (TV)/CHICAGO; the show became synonymous with its "two thumbs up" reviewing catch phrase. After SISKEL's death in 1999, EBERT hosted the show with guest reviewers until ROEPER joined as permanent co-host in 2000. ROEPER has been hosting the show with guest critics since 2006, with EBERT unable to speak due to complications from cancer surgery.