Roeper’s shifting role: Movie column, video commentaries
by mike thomas Staff Reporter September 12, 2013 7:12AM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:40AM
Award-winning Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper contributed his first movie review to the paper in 1988, shortly after he was hired, and hasn’t stopped since.
Now, on the heels of a recently inked contract extension, he’s shifting gears — but just a bit.
In place of his daily general interest column, which Roeper launched in 1990, the former “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper” co-host and current ReelzChannel critic will instead write about three to four movies each week (as he has for the past year) as movie columnist in addition to contributing twice-weekly online video commentaries — essentially, his column via a different medium.
“The Roeper Rundown,” on Wednesdays, will encompass movies and more. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” on Fridays, will feature his picks and pans on a variety of topics. Both will be featured on CSTtv, a new daily video service at suntimes.com.
Roeper also will continue to pen occasional non-movie columns.
“When I joined the Sun-Times in the late 1980s, I never imagined I’d be fortunate enough to still be writing for the paper all these years later,” he said. “These are challenging times for all of us in this business, but I believe in my colleagues and in the Sun-Times. I work with some of the most talented and dedicated journalists I’ve ever known.”
Of his late friend and former TV cohort, the Sun-Times’ longtime chief film critic Roger Ebert, Roeper added, “I learned a lot about work ethic and newspaper loyalty from Roger. Every day I try to live up to that legacy.”
“Richard has an incredible combination of skill, insight and experience that makes him the perfect choice to lead our film coverage,’’ said Jim Kirk, publisher and editor of the Sun-Times. “Richard is a gifted journalist who reviews with an approachable sophistication, and he connects with Sun-Times readers on multiple levels. He does it all and is a model for where the Sun-Times wants to go in the digital age.”