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Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2010 at 9:13AM

Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.

That's because he's not pontificating from on-high. @ebertchicago is in the trenches, with more than 67,000 Twitter followers, interviewing, photographing, communicating, posting, sharing, linking. And the one-time raconteur and joke-teller who could make a table collapse in laughter is still expressive and funny.

Here's a mordant tweet: "For Lent I am giving up eating and drinking."

"The Republican Party's Platform for 2010: "No."

"http://twitpic.com/13lmqe - I'm physically feeling tip-top these days. It's true I'm dying--but no faster than anyone else."

Keep on trucking, Roger. We're following you.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.