After the coffee. Before trying to find somewhere to hide.
The Skinny: One of my favorite things about Roger Ebert, besides his movie reviews and musings on life, was his willingness to go on Howard Stern's show and have a few laughs with the shock jock. Go on YouTube and watch Gene Siskel and Ebert on Stern's old TV show. Hilarious. Friday's headlines include appreciations of Ebert and previews of the weekend box office.
Daily dose: If you're like me and you recorded FX's "The Americans," you might have wondered what happened to the last seven minutes of the show. Turns out FX didn't send out the proper run time to the folks who do listings, which ultimately means DVRs didn't know the episode ran longer than its usual hour. So FX put the whole episode online and commercial-free.
The balcony is closed. Roger Ebert, the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday after a long struggle with cancer. Ebert was the long-time reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times but he became famous through the TV show "At the Movies" that he hosted for years along with the late Gene Siskel. While Ebert and Siskel were credited for making film criticism mainstream, there were also complaints in the early days that the show and its thumbs up - thumbs down grading scale was a blow to serious film criticism. Still, in the long run, Siskel and Ebert did a lot to boost awareness for movies, particularly smaller films that often struggle to get national awareness. Appreciations of Ebert from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.