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Newcomer paces Ebert’s movie review show

Tower Ticker | The big surprise in the first edition of “Ebert Presents at the Movies” is that it’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky who shines brightest.

Yeah. That guy. The one with the name stands to make a name for himself, assuming his cohorts up their game enough to make this public broadcasting bid to bring intelligence to TV talk of current and classic films a success.

Tune in at 8:30 tonight on WTTW-Ch. 11. You’ll see. The first impression is that Vishnevetsky, the largely unknown 24-year-old that Roger Ebert plucked from the Lake Street screening room, comes across far more naturally than any of the others Ebert has recruited to bring new life to the concept that he and the late Gene Siskel introduced in 1975.

Christy Lemire, the Associated Press film critic who shares the balcony set at WTTW with Vishnevetsky, may not be reading from a script all the time, but that’s how it seems when she should sound like she’s simply having a discussion.

Roger Ebert to produce new movie show

From The Chicago Sun-Times | Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz announced Friday that they will produce a weekly film-review program called “Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies,” which will be a half hour long. The program continues the 35-year-old run of a reviewing format first introduced by Gene Siskel and Ebert and later by Ebert and Richard Roeper.