Roger Ebert

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004213" title="Roger Ebert" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/roger-ebert-PECLB004213.topic">Roger Ebert</a> declined to comment for this article on Ben Lyons. But he seemed to have had Lyons specifically in mind when he wrote a recent post on his <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP017227" title="Chicago Sun-Times" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/newspapers/chicago-sun-times-ORCRP017227.topic">Chicago Sun-Times</a> blog entitled ¡§<a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/10/eberts_little_rule_book.html">Roger's Little Rule Book</a>. ¨It lays down enduring ethical ground rules" governing movie criticism. Among them:<br>
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<b>No posing for photos!</b><br>
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<b>A trailer is not a movie.</b> (Lyons urged viewers to see "Twilight" based on its trailer.)<br>
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<b>Accept no favors.</b> If ‘friends’ throw you a birthday party at a Vegas joint they hope to fill with movie stars, say thanks, but no thanks.<br>
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<b>Keep track of your praise.</b> If you call a movie ‘one of the greatest movies ever made,’ you are honor-bound to include it in your annual Top Ten list.<br>
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<b>Never allow IMDB to describe your principal acting credit as ‘co-host of Siskel and Ebert’ if you are neither Siskel nor Ebert.</b>
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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert declined to comment for this article on Ben Lyons. But he seemed to have had Lyons specifically in mind when he wrote a recent post on his Chicago Sun-Times blog entitled ¡§Roger's Little Rule Book. ¨It lays down enduring ethical ground rules" governing movie criticism. Among them:

No posing for photos!

A trailer is not a movie. (Lyons urged viewers to see "Twilight" based on its trailer.)

Accept no favors. If ‘friends’ throw you a birthday party at a Vegas joint they hope to fill with movie stars, say thanks, but no thanks.

Keep track of your praise. If you call a movie ‘one of the greatest movies ever made,’ you are honor-bound to include it in your annual Top Ten list.

Never allow IMDB to describe your principal acting credit as ‘co-host of Siskel and Ebert’ if you are neither Siskel nor Ebert.

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