Posts Tagged ‘Roger Ebert’
Film critic Roger Ebert went on Oprah’s show yesterday to show off his new voice, a computer generated reader of his typed words, and his picks for the Oscars.
The video in full is here.
Ebert and his wife Chaz are one of the great love stories. Don’t think you won’t be snotting all over yourself at work if you watch the video. Just a warning.
Previously on FBLA:
Described as “widely quoted” film critic Paul Fischer got caught plagiarizing. The Vancouver Sun ran a very long for a newspaper piece about Fischer’s lifting. According to the piece, which is cringe inducing on all fronts, Fischer wrote fawning, ridiculously kind things about horrible movies (i.e. Rent). Then at Sundance this year he lifted whole paragraphs from the film guide often doling out outlier negative reviews. The article shows proof. And on top of all of that – he’s a jerk to his colleagues.
So take note: if you’re a jerk to your colleagues – you better be competent at your job. Also if you’re going to give BAD film reviews of tiny film festival movies, don’t cut and paste the film guide.
I tried to ask Fischer about his plagiarism through his Twitter account. He didn’t deny the allegations – instead, he closed his account to public viewing.
His editor at Moviehole, Clint Morris, hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Garth Franklin, the owner of Dark Horizons website, said via Twitter, “Where’s the proof,” then deleted the question from his account when I sent said proof to him via email. He has run Fischer’s work without question for over a decade, despite regular attacks on the writer’s credibility.
Brooks Addicott is the associate director of Media Relations at the Sundance Institute. She was alarmed to hear about Fischer’s transgressions and, once presented with the evidence, suggested the festival might need to reevaluate Fischer’s accreditation at the festival.
You should read the whole piece but this quote is worth an honorable mention:
Cinematical’s Scott Weinberg said of Fischer, “The guys at Enron had more class and professionalism.”
It’s almost retro, right?
Variety has a story that blows our little minds (and not just because Ben Lyons lives around the block from us:
During negotiations to extend Richard Roeper‘s contract for At the Movies, Disney ABC Domestic Television abruptly ended the talks. Thus Roeper, followed by the show’s co-founder, Roger Ebert, left the show. On Tuesday, Disney ABC will announce announced that E! Entertainment critic Ben Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz are take over hosting duties on a revamped At the Movies aimed at a younger demo.
Variety’s Anne Thompson says she’s never seen these fellas in action, but we have: Here’s a tip, Anne: Get ready for some punky wigga’s view of the movies.
Per Monday’s Romenesko, film critic Roger Ebert says he never asked Disney to remove his trademarked “Thumbs” from the At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper.
I am discussing with Disney my association with the show that Gene Siskel and I started more than 30 years ago. In addition to my personal involvement, we are discussing the continued use of our THUMBS trademarks, owned by myself and the Siskel family.
Contrary to Disney’s press release, I did not demand the removal of the THUMBS. They made a first offer on Friday which I considered offensively low. I responded with a counter-offer. They did not reply to this, and on Monday ordered the THUMBS removed from the show. This
is not something I expected after an association of over 22 years. I
had made it clear the THUMBS could remain during good-faith negotiations.
During my absence from the balcony, I have been excited to participate in the show in ways other than being on the set. I love the show and I love the THUMBS and I hope we will all be reunited soon.