Roger Ebert dead at 70
Old 04-04-2013, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Roger Ebert dead at 70

It was reviewing movies that made Roger Ebert as famous and wealthy as many of the stars who felt the sting or caress of his pen or were the recipients of his televised thumbs-up or thumbs-down judgments. But in his words and in his life he displayed the soul of a poet whose passions and interests extended far beyond the darkened theaters where he spent so much of his professional life.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper), Ebert died Thursday, according to a family friend.

He was 70 years old.

Even still, he kept writing and remained as active as he could be. He was planning to host the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival later this month in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana.

Prolific almost to the point of disbelief—the Weekend section of the Sun-Times often featured as many as nine on some days. Ebert reviews on any given Friday—Ebert was arguably the most powerful movie critic in the history of that art form. He was also the author of 15 books, a contributor to various magazines, author of the liveliest of bloggers and an inspiring teacher and lecturer at the University of Chicago..

Roger Joseph Ebert was born in downstate Urbana on June 18, 1942, the only child of Walter, an electrician, and Annabel, a bookkeeper.

His passion for journalism sparked early. He published his own neighborhood paper while in grammar school and in high school was co-editor of the school paper, published a science fiction fanzine and wrote for The News-Gazette in Champaign. His desire to attend Harvard University thwarted by his parents inability to afford that Ivy League institution, he attended the nearby University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in journalism and was editor of the campus paper, The Daily Illini.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That leaves a big gaping hole in my twitter feed. I disagreed with a lot of his reviews, but he was one hell of a thoughtful and insightful guy.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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super sad. just a couple days ago he made a statement talking about how he was going to write less about movies, and write more about his health.

The immediate reason for my 'leave of presence' is my health. The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to," Ebert wrote this week. "At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it's like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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RIP Ebert.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was wondering why he was giving horrible movies good ratings lately. It's because he was on his way out. He was usually a hard ass when you make a dumb movie.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's too bad. I sure loved "At the Movies" when I was growing up.
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