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April 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After surviving a disfiguring bout of cancer, Roger Ebert was felled by the disease Wednesday at age 70. He had announced just days before that a new cancer had been found and that he was going to write, and tweet, a little less. The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, who wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, had gained a new following in recent years, with hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter. Ebert, who had lost the ability to talk, took to the text-based Twitter with late-night intensity; he also made his words heard on his website, where he posted a journal as well as film reviews.
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January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
When people talk of "main street" in their coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, it's not a metaphor, as the small ski-resort town really does have a main thoroughfare that is central to much of the action. It's also the most obvious example of the tension between the growing glitz and the small-town quaintness that is part of the fabric of the event. As the film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, these photos are a reminder of how truly intimate the event once was - and also how exciting the meetings it creates can be, bringing together critic Roger Ebert with provocateur Michael Moore, or maverick filmmakers such as John Sayles and Robert Altman.
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December 7, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Roger Ebert has had his share of health problems in recent years, including losing his jaw to cancer. The film critic had another setback Thursday after falling and suffering a fractured hip. News first reached many fans through Ebert's wife, Chaz, who tweeted , "Roger in hospital with hip fracture (tricky disco dance moves) but he is doing well, asking for computer, will probably tweet. " Ebert himself soon chimed in for fans and assured them, "Yes, fracture. But no surgery needed.
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January 16, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday, does not have an annual motto, but if it did the one this year might be "We Hear You. " Understanding that its frigid Park City, Utah, location makes standing in the festival's endless lines something only Sgt. Preston of the Yukon might enjoy, Sundance has come up with an electronic system this year that, at least in theory, "allows you to sign up for a wait list number from virtually anywhere....
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November 8, 2011
Film critic Roger Ebert told his readers that he may have to cancel his television show "Ebert Presents: At the Movies" unless someone steps up and helps him and his wife pay for it. The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic wrote on his blog that after an initial contribution of $25,000 from Kanbar Charitable Trust, he and Chaz Ebert have been paying virtually all the bills for the show, which began airing on public television in January. Ebert said he has been pleased with the program, which is hosted by Associated Press movie reviewer Christy Lemire and Mubi.com film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.
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April 4, 2013 | By John Horn and Valerie J. Nelson
Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic whose gladiatorial “thumbs up, thumbs down” assessments turned film reviewing into a television sport and whose passion for independent film helped introduce a new generation of filmmakers to moviegoers, has died. He was 70. Ebert, who had battled cancer in recent years, died Thursday in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his thyroid and salivary glands, ultimately losing his jaw to the disease, and was hospitalized in December for a broken leg. While his cancer diagnosis and the resulting treatments forced him to pull back from criticism in 2006, he remained active as a writer and maintained a powerful presence on social media sites that included his award-winning blog, Roger Ebert's Journal.
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April 4, 2013 | By Scott Sandell and Amy Kaufman
Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A nationwide audience of movie fans got to know him in the 1980s via the TV show "At the Movies," which he originally co-hosted with Gene Siskel. With the rise of the Internet, Ebert became proficient in the online world as well. Join Times film writers Mark Olsen and Nicole Sperling for a live video chat at 4 p.m. Thursday as they discuss Ebert's legacy. Though Ebert battled health problems in recent years, he remained prolific.
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August 29, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Telluride Film Festival announced Thursday morning that this year's edition of the annual Colorado mountainside event will be dedicated, in part, to Roger Ebert. The celebrated movie critic and media personality was a long-time fixture at the festival and one of its most vocal champions prior to his passing in April. “I'm deeply touched that the board of the Telluride Film Festival decided to honor Roger this way,” Ebert's wife, Chaz, said in a statement. “Roger loved going to film festivals to find little movie gems and always had a soft spot for Telluride in particular.
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June 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday: Roger Ebert sent out a tweet criticizing "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash, saying Dunn was drinking and driving. Perez Hilton and Bam Margera got upset with Ebert. ( Huffington Post ) "Mad Men" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" were the big winners at the first Critics' Choice TV Awards. ( Los Angeles Times ) Keith Olbermann is back on TV, and get this -- he's still indignant! ( Los Angeles Times )
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April 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Like so many who grew up in the 1980s, I came to know Roger Ebert through film, and film through Roger Ebert. From the childhood moment when I first attained dominion over the remote control and VCR - and plenty of times when I didn't - I would watch, record, and re-watch his on-air reviews with Gene Siskel. Saturday night television to a 10-year-old in those days offered some pretty compelling stuff - “The Facts of Life,” “Hunter” and other untold gems. But to truly know what was worth paying attention to on the screen - and, really, to know how my friends and I should spend our Sunday afternoons that followed - there was “Siskel & Ebert and the Movies” and “At The Movies,” a kind of cultural bat-signal that told us not only what to think about movies but what movies were worth thinking about.
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November 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Life Itself," a documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, launched a crowd-funding campaign Wednesday to raise $150,000 through the website Indiegogo. The film, which is directed by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James and produced by Martin Scorsese, is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name. In exchange for a $25 donation, supporters will receive a link to view "Life Itself" in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early 2014 under the CNN Films banner.
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September 6, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Film critic Roger Ebert didn't cover the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival in 1976. But he came the second year and for more than 30 years after that, helping, festival director and Chief Executive Piers Handling believes, put the festival on the map as a major destination for movies and the people who love them. Handling and previous festival directors took the stage Thursday night to pay tribute to Ebert, who died in April after a long battle with cancer. Handling presented Ebert's wife, Chaz, with a commemorative plaque, similar to the one that now graces a seat in the TIFF Bell Lightbox's Cinema One theater.
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August 29, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Telluride Film Festival announced Thursday morning that this year's edition of the annual Colorado mountainside event will be dedicated, in part, to Roger Ebert. The celebrated movie critic and media personality was a long-time fixture at the festival and one of its most vocal champions prior to his passing in April. “I'm deeply touched that the board of the Telluride Film Festival decided to honor Roger this way,” Ebert's wife, Chaz, said in a statement. “Roger loved going to film festivals to find little movie gems and always had a soft spot for Telluride in particular.
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June 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Cinefamily and Cinespia have teamed to pay tribute to the late Pulitizer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert with a night of film, music and memories June 27 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Ebert died in April at age 69 after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. The critic's widow, Chaz Ebert, will host the evening, which features an archival 35mm print of Russ Meyer's 1970 X-rated melodrama "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which Ebert co-wrote with the filmmaker.
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May 12, 2013 | By Susan King
Thumbs up to the American Cinematheque. The independent, nonprofit cultural organization is paying homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert with a new film series, "The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert. " The influential critic, who had written for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died in April at age 70 after an 11-year struggle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. Ebert had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors, eventually losing his jaw and his speaking voice.
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April 25, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
MHz Networks has made a name for itself bringing to American audiences DVDs of European TV movies made from the exploits of the great modern European literary detectives. With Scandinavian detectives already accounted for , it is time to look at the French and Italians. The grandfather of modern French detectives is of course George Simenon's Inspector Maigret, and MHz has a large collection of the man's best cases, with Bruno Cremer in the title role. Not to be outdone, Italy offers not one but two detectives on film.
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April 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It's hard to sum up one man's achievements in any article or post. It's even harder if that man is Roger Ebert, who in no particular order was critic, TV personality, social-media guru, blogger, scholar, screenwriter and advocate. Still, there are some very quantifiable ways that Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, changed film and film journalism. That's true in very noticeable realms -- reviewing and supporting movies, and adding a remarkable voice to the criticism canon -- but in more subtle ones as well.
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April 25, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
"Graceland" is a tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray. Writer-director Ron Morales masterfully juggles this brisk thriller's various puzzle pieces to create an unpredictable portrait of desperate times - and desperate measures. Marlon Villar (an excellent Arnold Reyes) is an earnest family man and longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino congressman Manuel Chango (Menggie Cobarrubias). Marlon finds himself careening down the rabbit hole when a kidnapper posing as a cop abducts his daughter, Elvie (Ella Guevara)
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April 24, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Richard Nixon is hot again. Fresh on the heels of Discovery Channel's critically acclaimed documentary "All the Presidents Men Revisited," about the scandal that brought down President Nixon and the movie it inspired, CNN Films and Cinedigm have acquired distribution rights to “Our Nixon” for television and theatrical release respectively. Directed by Penny Lane and co-produced by Lane and Brian Frye, "Our Nixon" culls together long-neglected Super 8 home movie footage shot by Nixon chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman and special assistant Dwight Chapin between 1969 and 1973.  The film made its North American debut at this year's South by Southwest festival.
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