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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?







Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner '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 '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







Kristen Stewart's WELCOME TO THE RILEYS Acquired

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The Kristen Stewart vehicle Welcome to the Rileys has been picked up for distribution in the United States, Mike Fleming reports at Deadline.com. Written by Ken Hixon, directed by Jake Scott, and co-starring The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Welcome to the Rileys was shown at Sundance where the performances were received warmly – the film itself less so. Stewart, in particular, caused a sensation of sorts because the sweet, lovestruck Bella of the Twilight Saga movies plays the role of a pole dancer-cum-sex worker who spits out one hair-raising expletive after another. With no distributor in sight at Sundance, Kristen Stewart fans decided to take matters in their own hands by bombarding potential […]


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Kristen Stewart's WELCOME TO THE RILEYS Acquired







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

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Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique in Precious (top); Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (bottom) Lee Daniels' urban family drama Precious swept the 25th Spirit Awards held this evening at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Precious won a total of five awards out of five nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique), and Best First Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). Upon receiving his Best Director trophy from The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner and two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster, Daniels referred to the odds-on Oscar favorite: “Kathryn Bigelow isn't here tonight. I am.” Lucky him, though, ironically, Bigelow was not nominated last year, when her Iraq War drama was eligible for the Spirits. (There had been no Oscar buzz […]


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










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