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Thumbs up to Ebert

08.27.2007

I'm always happy to write a positive note about the great film critic Roger Ebert, who after some time fighting cancer, recently told the AP that he's now "cancer-free". Good shit. He's been reviewing films on his website for some time now, and is optimistic to returning to his famous TV show at some point. And speaking of the TV show, Ebert also came out fighting this weekend, after Disney, the company behind the show, said in a press release that they were no longer using the "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" in their shows, because Ebert told them that he wouldn't allow it during their re-negotiations (Ebert and the family of late film critic Gene Siskel own the rights to those Thumbs™).

In a statement over the weekend, Ebert made sure that everyone knew what he had asked Disney for during their contract talks, "Contrary to Disney’s press release, I did not demand the removal of the Thumbs™. They made a first offer on Friday which I considered offensively low. I responded with a counter-offer. They did not reply to this, and on Monday ordered the Thumbs™ removed from the show. This is not something I expected after an association of over 22 years. I had made it clear the Thumbs™ could remain during good-faith negotiations." Tsk, tsk to Disney indeed. Aren't they the friggin' "family studio"? A little respect, people.

Extra Tidbit: Roger Ebert once went on a date with Oprah Winfrey, when they were both single.
Source: RogerEbert.com

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