TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Film critic Roger Ebert arrives at “Damsels In Distress” Premiere at The Elgin during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Roger Ebert — movie critic, Twitterer supreme, and emerging saint — is determined to keep At the Movies on your television. The show started in 1982, carrying on for almost 30 years despite Ebert’s co-host and friend Gene Siskel’s death from cancer in 1999, and despite Ebert’s own cancer, which took his ability to speak in 2006. After the show was canceled in 2010, he created Ebert Presents At the Movies, bringing the show back, with his wife Chaz, largely on his own dime. Almost a year later, Ebert has announced that he’s putting At the Movies on hiatus while he looks for new sponsorship. Given Ebert’s spirit and track record, however, it’s doubtful that At the Movies is at its end.