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Meet the Hosts of Roger Ebert’s New Show

Meet the Hosts of Roger Ebert’s New Show (photo)

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“At the Movies,” the last incarnation of the review show Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel started over three decades ago, came to an end last year. But Ebert isn’t letting the dream of televised criticism fade — alongside his wife Chaz, he’s been producing a shiny new series, “Ebert Presents… At the Movies.”

The weekly show will kick off on public television stations across the country on January 21st. Back in September, this short pilot/”demo” hit the web:

Today Ebert announced that the co-hosts of the show will be Christy Lemire, who can be seen in the video above, and in the place of Elvis Mitchell, whose schedule is presumably too packed with glamorous things to accommodate a weekly taping, 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a writer for MUBI.

Christy Lemire has been the critic of The Associated Press for 12 years, and was AP’s first full-time movie critic. “I admired the way she reviewed with Richard Roeper when she co-hosted our show,” Ebert said, “and I have long respected her criticism. On television, Christy is a natural. From the day I saw her with Richard, I knew she was right for this job.”

He didn’t have to search far to find the Chicago-based Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. Hearing him discuss films one day in the Lake Street Screening Room used by Chicago critics, Ebert said, “I was struck by the depth and detail of his film knowledge, and by how articulate he was.” After reading his work online, Ebert was sold.

It’ll be interesting to see how these two, who seem to take very different angles on criticism, interact, but really, what’s more important to me is how they bicker. Film criticism on the web has spread over blogs, essays, podcasts, videos, collections of stills — if I’m going to get dragged back to taking it in on TV, it’s going to take some high quality disagreement, that moment in which, back in the Siskel and Ebert days, it seemed like the pair on screen forgot about the cameras and just got into it over a movie.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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