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Movie Review Show Goes Back to Newspaper Roots with 'Trib,' 'Times' Hosts

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Movie Review Show Goes Back to Newspaper Roots with 'Trib,' 'Times' Hosts

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Ending a year-long failed experiment with two widely panned critics with television background, the movie review show "At the Movies" that began with dueling critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel from competing Chicago dailies is returning to its newspaper roots.

ABC Media Productions announced that when the TV show returns for the new season, its reviewer/hosts will be film critics A.O. (Tony) Scott of The New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune.

Scott, a former book critic at Newsday, has been a film critic at the Times for nearly a decade. Phillips is a former critic for the Los Angeles Times who came to the Tribune in 2002 and was named its film critic in 2006.

Both Phillips and Scott were frequent guest critics in the last two seasons of "At the Movies" when Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert was unable to host, having lost his voice in an ongoing struggle with thyroid cancer. …

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