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  • Major regime change at long-running "At the Movies": Critics Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz have been ousted from the syndicated series in favor of A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips. They will take over the seats once occupied by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert next month. This ends a year in which Lyons, 27, son of veteran critic Jeffrey Lyons, endured accusations of nepotism and general lameness, and was mocked in the blogosphere for posing for photos with celebrities. Scott, of the New York Times, told our colleague Emily Yahr he looks forward to bantering with Phillips, of the Chicago Tribune. "So much of the show happens in the crosstalk. That is a great way to do criticism."
  • It's official: Ed Walker, the host of WAMU's "The Big Broadcast" and a fixture on D.C. airwaves for 58 years, has been elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame as a local "pioneer," the station announced.

By The Reliable Source  |  August 6, 2009; 1:00 AM ET
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