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Ebert Revamps At the Movies, Again

Elvis Mitchell has left the At the Movies building.

In a somewhat cryptic blog post last night on the Chicago Sun-Times website, Roger Ebert makes no mention of Mitchell, previously announced as co-host of this month’s At the Movies PBS reboot alongside LA-based AP reviewer Christy Lemire. Instead, it’s now all about a 24-year-old Russian immigrant:

Born in the Soviet Union, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (pictured) moved to America when he was not quite nine… He is a critic and essayist for MUBI.com, a new multi-national streaming site calling itself an online cinematheque… He is also a contributor to The Chicago Reader. Prior to becoming a film critic, Vishnevetsky, who is multi-lingual, worked as a translator for Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Russia’s premier literary journal.

Ebert and his wife Chaz, who is producing, have also firmed up their stable of show contributors. Along with the previously announced duo of Kim Morgan and Omar Moore, there will be occasional opining from Jeff Greenfield, Movie City NewsDavid Poland, Kartina Richardson of MirrorFilm.org and BeliefNet.com movie mom Nell Minow.

It’s unclear why Mitchell is no longer part of the program, though the reason could be something as basic as his changed availability. But all of a sudden, the door has opened wide for a 24-year-old whose name will probably have to be abbreviated on-air to “Iggy.”

P.S. At the very end of the blog post, Ebert – who previously blew the whistle via Twitter about the engagement of Morgan to Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddinmakes mention of the couple and ends with the words, “and now – well, they’re married.” If so, this is the first confirmation of that news.

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