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Thumb wars

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Roger Ebert is all thumbs these days. The film critic says he never gave a “thumbs down” to the use of thumbs in reviews for “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper” during contract negotiatio­ns.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, the TV show’s distributo­r said Ebert had “exercised his right to withhold use of the ‘thumbs’ until a new contract is signed.”

But Ebert, who holds copyright on the gesture, said in a statement Saturday on his Web site that he “had made it clear the Thumbs could remain during good-faith negotiatio­ns.”

“I love the show and I love the ‘thumbs’ and I hope we will all be reunited soon,” Ebert said.

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