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*This episode of Siskel and Ebert premiered Saturday, June 24, 1989 in most markets. Other syndicated programs airing in syndication that day include Charles in Charge, Superboy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Learning the Ropes, It's a Living, and Tales from the Darkside! And don't forget...Sneak Previews!
*Their movie review program began as the monthly Opening Soon at a Theater Near You on Chicago PBS station WTTW in 1975. In 1977, it became Sneak Previews, a weekly program syndicated on member stations across the country. Then they left PBS and signed a deal with Tribune to make the syndicated At the Movies in 1982. In 1986, they jumped to Buena Vista (Disney) to create Siskel and Ebert & the Movies, but by 1989, the show was called Siskel &Ebert. It continued until Gene Siskel's death in 1999, and Ebert continued the franchise with guest hosts until his own death in 2013.
*Enemies: A Love Story is available from Amazon as a Kindle Single.
*The book I mention by Jerry Roberts is called The Complete History of American Film Criticism.
*"They'll Do it Every Time," created by Jimmy Hatlo, was a syndicated daily comic panel that ran 1929-2008 (image below taken from ebay).
*Comics Scene was published 1982-1983 by the makers of Starlog and was revived for another go from 1987-1996. A few more issues came out in 2000.
*Batman premiered June 23, 1989 and had a $40 million opening weekend on its way to grossing well over $251 million ($400 million worldwide) at the box office. The Tim Burton film stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger.
*Honey, I Shrunk the Kids premiered at the same time as and finished behind Batman with a $14 million opening weekend on the way to $130 million domestic. That first weekend was Disney's biggest ever up to that point.
*Ghostbusters 2's debut was June 16, 1989, and it opened to over $29 million on the way to a domestic total of $112.5 million--far less than the original despite that opener exceeding that of the first movie.
*Agnes Varda's Kung Fu Master (not to be confused with the 1980s arcade game, though it features prominently in the film) had a French release a year before Gene and Roger showcased it on their program. The New York Times review from this weekend is titled, "She's 40. He's 15. Hmmm."
*Eddie and the Cruisers II bombed when it debuted in 1989.