Roger Ebert show names Vishnevetsky as co-host

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

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    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.

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.

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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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