Ebert, Roeper Close Curtain on At the Movies

Critics give Disney 2 thumbs down for show's new direction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 6:24 AM CDT
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in this file photo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are calling it a day with At the Movies, reports the Chicago Tribune. Insiders say Disney plans to revamp the 33-year-old show and give it more of a Hollywood focus. Ebert, who holds the trademark for the show's signature thumbs up/thumbs down format, has vowed to take his thumbs elsewhere. Roeper hinted he would be joining him.

"I wish Disney the best of luck with their new show, whatever form it may take," Roeper said in a statement. "In the meantime, it is my intention to proceed elsewhere with my ninth year as the co-host of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago."