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

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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







Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet, G4 Pulls 'Proving Ground' After Fatal Crash

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Ryan Dunn Updated June 22: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 […]


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Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet, G4 Pulls 'Proving Ground' After Fatal Crash







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







Julianne Moore & Vanessa Redgrave Israeli Settlements' Boycott, 'Breaking Dawn' in Rio?

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Theodore Bikel, Mira Nair, Julianne Moore, Harold Prince, Vanessa Redgrave, Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Sondheim, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Kushner, Mandy Patinkin, Eve Ensler, Jennifer Tilly, Ed Asner, Wallace Shawn, and James Schamus are some of the 150 American and British stage, screen, and television personalities that have signed their names in support of the Israeli actors, directors, and playwrights' boycott of Israeli settlements. On August 27, dozens of Israeli artists decided they would not perform in Ariel, one of the largest of West Bank settlements. “We wish to express our disgust with the theater's board's plans to perform in the new auditorium in Ariel,” they wrote in a letter to the boards of Israel's repertory theaters. “The actors among us hereby […]


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Julianne Moore & Vanessa Redgrave Israeli Settlements' Boycott, 'Breaking Dawn' in Rio?







Stephenie Meyer New 'Twilight' Bestseller, 'Eclipse' Tent Scene Reshoot Stories

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Stephenie Meyer's The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse Novella has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States since it came out on June 5. According to publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the year's best-selling book to date. Bree Tanner is the newborn vampire briefly seen near the end of Meyer's third Twilight Saga novel, Eclipse. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner follows Bree's trajectory from being turned into a vampire to her final meeting with the Volturi clan. In the David Slade-directed movie adaptation starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Bree is played by Jodelle Ferland. Little, Brown Books added that […]


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Stephenie Meyer New 'Twilight' Bestseller, 'Eclipse' Tent Scene Reshoot Stories







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







Mostly Mainstream Spirit Award Winners, Gay Sex Challenge Movie Wins John Cassavetes

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Helen Mirren, Anne-Marie Duff, Paul Giamatti in The Last Station (top); Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart in Best Screenplay nominee Adventureland (upper middle); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer (lower middle); Gabourey Sidibe in Precious (bottom) The Academy Awards show will be held on Sunday. The Razzie Awards Gala Ceremony will take place tomorrow. And tonight it's the Spirit Awards, live from downtown Los Angeles (instead of Santa Monica beach as in years past) at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET on the Independent Film Channel. The event will be hosted by Eddie Izzard. Sandra Bullock fans will be disappointed. She's up for both an Oscar and a Razzie, but not for a Spirit. But if Bullock, Avatar, Up, […]


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Mostly Mainstream Spirit Award Winners, Gay Sex Challenge Movie Wins John Cassavetes







Cannes 2009: ADRIFT, DRAG ME TO HELL, IN THE BEGINNING

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At Firstshowing.net, Alex Billington on À Deriva / Adrift (above, with Laura Neiva), screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar: “I think I stumbled across a big Cannes sleeper hit. From the beaches of Brazil comes Adrift, known as À Deriva in Portuguese, the third film from Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia. I'm going to say right up front – following in the footsteps of City of God director Fernando Meirelles, Dhalia is the next great Brazilian filmmaker on the verge of breaking out. Adrift is his calling card, a gorgeous family drama about a beautiful young girl and her parents. It's not a masterpiece, but it is definitely one of the better films I've seen here that offers so much […]


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Cannes 2009: ADRIFT, DRAG ME TO HELL, IN THE BEGINNING










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