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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Roeper’

Bob Costas Co-Chairs The Dan Patrick Show

Post-Sochi, Bob Costas spent nearly two full hours this morning hanging out with Dan Patrick in the Man Cave. The NBC Sports colleagues began of course by revisiting the Winter Olympics eye mess, followed by a series of high-profile phone-in guests.

LupitaNyongo12YearsSlaveMatt Lauer reacted to Patrick’s joking revelation that DP had faked sickness in Sochi once it became obvious that Lauer and then Vieira were getting the prized opportunity to replace the sidelined Costas. Race car driver Jeff Gordon compared notes with Costas on some of the celebrities who live in their shared New York City high rise (Sting, Denzel Washington). And Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper jumped in to talk Oscars.

Although Patrick hasn’t seen most of this year’s nominated movies, he ran through some confident predictions for the major categories. While Roeper agreed that Lupita Nyong’o will likely take Best Supporting Actress from Jennifer Lawrence, he wasn’t so sure about Patrick’s Best Picture lock. Roeper thinks Gravity may well pull off the “upset” over 12 Years a Slave.

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Richard Roeper Makes a Very Good Oscar Nominations Point

There’s no shortage, as usual, of exasperated critics this morning in the wake of the announcement of nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. Our quick first favorite is the rant from the eminently qualified Richard Roeper.

He starts off his look a this year’s Oscar snubs with an always welcome Shawshank Redemption reference, followed by a salient media observation:

Amazing, but these guys still think the best way to announce the Oscar nominations is to hold a press conference at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time in order to get maximum coverage from the morning chat shows.

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Here Comes the Film Critic Bride

So far, the startling news of 37-year-old LA film critic Kim Morgan‘s engagement to 54-year-old Canadian director Guy Maddin isn’t getting much attention in the Hollywood press. But that will likely change.

Morgan’s At the Movies boss Roger Ebert spilled the beans late last week on Twitter, and except for a few astonished reactions via the micro-blogging service from fellow critics such as @DrewatHitFix and @devincf, it’s been pretty quiet on the western front. Not so in Winnipeg, where the impending nuptials were deemed “Breaking News”:

Maddin and Morgan fell in love when he flew her to Winnipeg this summer to star in his film Keyhole (in which she plays Udo Kier’s gun moll) and in the short films Hauntings. The director has been married once before, but has been divorced, he says, for 32 years.

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Variety: Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz Take Over for Epert and Roeper

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.

Roeper Goes Away

eberttoo.jpgHard to say whether Hollywood will be happy about this news: Richard Roeper is leaving the Ebert/Roeper review program. Equally hard to predict who they’ll pick next.