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Roger Ebert show names Vishnevetsky as co-host

Roger Ebert: Vishnevetsky is replacing the previously announced Elvis Mitchell, the show announced Tuesday.

By Associated Press / January 4, 2011

In this undated publicity image released by Ebert Productions, film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is shown in Chicago. Vishnevetsky will join Christy Lemire as co-host Roger Ebert's movie review show, " Ebert Presents At the Movies" premiering Jan. 21, on public TV stations.

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Chicago-based film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is joining Roger Ebert's upcoming movie review show.

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Vishnevetsky is replacing the previously announced Elvis Mitchell, the show announced Tuesday. No explanation was given for Mitchell's departure.

The Russian-born Vishnevetsky, 24, writes for the film website Mubi and contributes to the Chicago Reader. He'll appear alongside co-host Christy Lemire, 38, film critic for The Associated Press.

Ebert lost his ability to speak after cancer surgeries, but will be on the weekly show with a segment in which he communicates with a computer-generated voice. He will executive produce the series in Chicago with his wife, Chaz Ebert.

"Ebert Presents At the Movies" premieres Jan. 21 on public TV stations.

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