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Roger Ebert Movies, Humanistic Twitter Voice

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Roger Ebert movies: From Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (image: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) [See previous post: “Roger Ebert Dead: Pulitzer-Winning Film Critic.”] According to the IMDb, Roger Ebert wrote or co-wrote screenplays for three movies, all three “sexploitation” efforts directed by Russ Meyer: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) tells the story of three young rock-band members who find sex (lesbian and heterosexual), drugs (of various kinds), and disillusionment in Hollywood. Distributed by the then-daring 20th Century Fox (the studio also released the Raquel Welch / Mae West combo Myra Breckinridge that year), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls takes Jacqueline […]


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Roger Ebert Movies, Humanistic Twitter Voice







Roger Ebert Dead: Pulitzer-Winning Film Critic; His Top Ten Movies

Roger Ebert: Pulitzer winner, TV star-critic, humanistic Twitter voice has died Roger Ebert, probably the best known movie critic in the United States, died earlier today in Chicago, after suffering a recurrence of the cancer he had been fighting for over a decade. Ebert was 70. (Image: Film critic Roger Ebert.) Though best known for the populist “thumbs up, thumbs down” routine he shared with fellow (and rival) film critic Gene Siskel on their nationally syndicated television show At the Movies (formerly Sneak Previews and later Siskel & Ebert), Roger Ebert was a widely respected movie pundit. A writer for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975. […]


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Roger Ebert Dead: Pulitzer-Winning Film Critic; His Top Ten Movies







Ryan Dunn Drunk, Speeding Before Fatal Crash

Ryan Dunn Vilified by some for being “insensitive,” Roger Ebert turned out to be right about Jackass performer Ryan Dunn's last ride. Dunn's blood alcohol level was 0.196, or more than twice the maximum legal limit of 0.08. Also, according to police he might have been driving as fast as 140 mph in a 55-mph zone. Dunn, who had turned 34 on June 11, and his passenger Zachary Hartwell, 30, died early Monday after Dunn's Porsche flew over a guardrail, smashed into a tree, and burst into flames in West Goshen Township, Penn. Prior to the deadly crash, Dunn had tweeted pictures of himself drinking with Hartwell and another friend. Not long after Ryan Dunn's death was made public, Roger […]


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Ryan Dunn Drunk, Speeding Before Fatal Crash







Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet

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Following the tweet “friends don't let jackasses drink and drive,” referring to Jackass performer Ryan Dunn, who died in a fiery car crash on Monday, June 20, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has been relentlessly attacked by some on Twitter and Facebook. Shortly before the crash, Dunn had tweeted a picture of himself drinking with two friends, one of whom was Hartwell. Many who called Ebert insensitive went on to ridicule his appearance following cancer surgery. Along with Dunn, Zachary Hartwell of West Chester, Penn., also died in the crash. Police have said speed was likely an issue, but only an autopsy will reveal if Dunn was indeed drunk while at the wheel. Ebert now says he was “probably […]


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Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet







Worst Oscar Host Ever? Anne Hathaway and James Franco Combo

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Anne Hathaway: Oscar host with James Franco. Worst Oscar host ever? While on the Kodak stage on Feb. 27, '11, this year's Oscar host Anne Hathaway got to sing, tell jokes (“lesbians!”), and change gowns about two or three dozen times. Hathaway's fellow Oscar host James Franco, who seemed to be having trouble staying awake, did his bit to keep TV viewers from dozing off by showing up in drag at one point. Film critic Roger Ebert, for one, was unimpressed. On Twitter, he lambasted the show as “the worst Oscarcast I've seen, and I go back awhile. Some great winners, a nice distribution of awards, but the show? Dead. In. The. Water.” Worst Oscar show ever? Besides Roger Ebert, […]


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Worst Oscar Host Ever? Anne Hathaway and James Franco Combo







“Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies” on PBS in 2011

If movies and movie franchises can have reboots, why not television shows devoted to movies and movie franchises? Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, a reboot of the film-review show At the Movies in which Ebert and Gene Siskel gave thumbs up or down to countless releases, will be produced by his wife Chaz Ebert at the original series' station, WTTW Chicago. The new show will be broadcast on PBS stations across the United States beginning January 2011. Instead of being the focus of the show, Ebert will be a sort of “Special Guest Star” in each episode, using his computer voice to talk about cinema's classics, new releases, and overlooked films. The Associated Press' Christy Lemire and NPR's Elvis […]


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“Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies” on PBS in 2011







Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner 'Twilight: Eclipse' Tent Scene Reshot

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From the world premiere of David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles: About the “tent scene,” in which freezing Bella (Kristen Stewart) sleeps next to steamy Jacob (Taylor Lautner) while cold-blooded Edward (Robert Pattinson) watches, Stephenie Meyer told MTV that it had to be reshot because of what amounted to a blocking technicality: When Stewart lay next to Lautner, Lautner didn't embrace her. Hence, the reshoot. Regarding work on Midnight Sun, Meyer said that “I want to write with joy,” adding that writing about vampires has turned into “homework.” Meyer once again lamented the fact that Midnight Sun was leaked because it would lead to comparisons with Twilight – Midnight Sun is narrated […]


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Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner 'Twilight: Eclipse' Tent Scene Reshot







Roger Ebert's Ebertfest 2010: PINK FLOYD THE WALL, APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX

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Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall (top); Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (middle); Masahiro Motoki in Yojiro Takita's Oscar-winning Departures (bottom) The 2010 edition of Ebertfest, Roger Ebert's film festival of overlooked (and not-so-overlooked) movies, kicked off at 7 p.m. this evening with a screening of Alan Parker's (not-at-all) overlooked Pink Floyd The Wall. (I'm no fan of the film; I was told that to you need to be on acid to appreciate its artistry. I have no intention of ever taking up that suggestion.) Ebertfest 2010 highlights include Roy Andersson's totally overlooked (in the United States, at least) You, the Living, which consists of dozens of vignettes featuring average people and their oftentimes comic/bizarre problems; Lee Isaac […]


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Roger Ebert's Ebertfest 2010: PINK FLOYD THE WALL, APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX










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Robert Mitchum Interviewed by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert Laments the 'Death' of Film Critics
Cannes 2009: ADRIFT, DRAG ME TO HELL, IN THE BEGINNING
Golden Beetles 2008 Nominations
THE HURT LOCKER, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep Win in San Francisco
Gay Sex Challenge Movie Wins John Cassavetes, Mostly Mainstream Spirit Award Winners
Kristen Stewart's WELCOME TO THE RILEYS Acquired
Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner 'Twilight: Eclipse' Tent Scene Reshot
“Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies” on PBS in 2011
Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet
Ryan Dunn Drunk, Speeding Before Fatal Crash
Roger Ebert Dead: Pulitzer-Winning Film Critic; His Top Ten Movies
Roger Ebert Movies, Humanistic Twitter Voice
George W. Bush: Most Frightening Film Villain
Worst Oscar Host Ever? Anne Hathaway and James Franco Combo