Wednesday, August 05, 2009

TWO THUMBS DOWN FOR THE TWO BENS

Some good news from TV to report, for a change.

I am pleased to report to you that the horrific effort that is the At the Movies show these days has been liberated from The Two Bens. Ben Lyons of E! Entertainment Television and Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies are both out the door, and in comes Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A. O. Scott from the New York Times (pictured) on Disney's longtime movie-review show.

Anne Thompson was crowing about the move with her sentiment "the grownups win." My own objection with the current show was not with the age level of the two Bens, but with the fact that they were terrible, they were idiots! Or at least, one of them was.

As for these two new guys, both filled in ably on the old Roger Ebert- Richard Roeper show that was on before these two Bens took over,. I don't think Scott or Phillips are too terribly out to lunch with their movie opinions, either. I'm happy to see some intelligent print guys back doing the show, not these blow-dried TV types. So maybe we'll actually see some decent discussion of movies back on the show again, and maybe I'll actually go back to watching it.

Heck, the folks at Disney needed to do something. At the Movies was sinking fast with these two Bens on it.

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For those interested in what I had to say about the box office of the recent movies that nobody really gives a freaking care about, my rant is here.

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