Ebert: Thumb’s Up on Chris Rock

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By: E&P Staff

With the Academy Awards just two days off, Oscar mania is growing. But unfortunately for the big show it mainly surrounds the potential for great excitement or disaster due to host Chris Rock. This afternoon, in an MSNBC interview, Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times (and other venues), pooh-poohed all that.

Speaking from California, he said he had been touting the volcanic Rock as guest host “for seven years.” He declared that “no one” out there was worried about his performance. All the controversy, he said, stemmed from one source: “the Matt Drudge site.” Then he said “Million Dollar Baby” would do very well, indeed.

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