Thursday, September 11, 2008


"Our next film is 'Medellin' - the ultra-violent story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar starring Vincent Chase in a fat-suit in bad make-up that makes him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a case of Twinkies." - Richard Roeper of 'Ebert And Roeper At The Movies' in 'Entourage'.

Just as Roeper and his co-host Michael Phillips (the permanent sub for Roger Ebert because of Ebert's illness) were wrapping up their tenure on the series, 'At The Movies' did their swan song with a televersion appearance in the 'Entourage' season premiere. Both of them panned the film in the sequence, but it was Roeper who got off the best lines, calling it a Hindenburg of a movie and that he got up and booed with the rest of the angry mob at Cannes.
Like real world game shows, news programs, sporting events, so-called "reality" shows, and the aforementioned 'Candid Camera' in the previous post, 'At The Movies' exists in Toobworld as well. When he was still alive and hosting the series with Ebert, Gene Siskel made a memorable appearance on 'The Larry Sanders Show' and got in an argument with Hank Kingsley about the "big reveal" in "The Crying Game". And Roger Ebert appeared as himself in the Chicago-based "fantasy newspaper" series 'Early Edition'.

And speaking of Jiminy Glick, Ebert also appears as himself in Glick's movie about "Lalawood",
which can be considered an extension of Toobworld into the movie universe since Jiminy is a real character in the TV Universe (despite that Larry King interview on CNN which pulled back the curtain to reveal Martin Short getting into makeup).

'At The Movies' is going to continue, now with Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz as the hosts/critics, but it just won't be the same. And based on some reviews I've seen, the new reworked version doesn't cut it.

But so far, Roeper and Phillips still rule because of this episode of 'Entourage'......
Toby O'B

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