August 28, 2008

‘At the Movies’ Debuts New Season the Weekend of September 6, 2008

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Television's most popular and respected movie review program, "At the Movies," will debut its 23rd season in national syndication the weekend of September 6, 2008. As previously announced, Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will co-host the next generation of the series, and the show will also be adding several new segments.

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"At the Movies" will continue its signature "cross-talk" reviews where the co-hosts debate the latest motion picture and DVD releases with the "see it,""skip it," or "rent it" ratings system. Other exciting changes include the addition of the "Critics RoundUp" segment, which will feature the co-hosts in lively discussions with other well-respected critics via satellite from cities across the country. Also in the new "3 to See" segment, the co-hosts recommend their top three "must sees" of the weekend.

On the season opener, Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will review: "Burn After Reading," starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt; "Babylon A.D.," starring Vin Diesel; "Traitor" with Don Cheadle; and "Hamlet 2," with Steve Coogan and Catherine Keener. Joining Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz in the "Critics RoundUp" segment will be IFC's Matt Singer, ReelzChannel's Tory Shulman and the Boston Globe's Wesley Morris.

Co-hosts Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will bring their unique personalities and extensive qualifications to the series. A native New Yorker and best known as E! Entertainment's resident film expert, Ben Lyons interviews actors and reports from film festivals around the globe. His versatility as a host and critic finds him on the red carpet and reviewing films for "E! News,""The Daily Ten," as well as his featured blog and original broadband series, "The Lyons Den," on E! Online. Lyons has previously been featured on "Good Morning America," MTV's "Your Movie Show,""MSNBC at the Movies" and "Access Hollywood," and has a passion for music having worked as a segment producer on the nationally syndicated "Hip-Hop Nation."

Ben Mankiewicz has been a popular host for Turner Classic Movies for five years. He was also the host of "The Young Turks" on Sirius Satellite Radio, a live, daily alternative talk show discussing politics, film, pop culture, sports, and media. Prior to his work on Turner Classic Movies, Mankiewicz was a reporter and anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina and he also served as the anchor of "The Times," a daily news magazine at WAMI-TV Miami.

"At the Movies" will debut its 23rd season in national syndication the weekend of September 6, 2008. Buena Vista Productions oversees production of the series, which is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The series is produced at WLS-TV in Chicago and David Plummer serves as executive producer. Check local listings for time and channel at

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