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Toronto to Open with Film Tribute to Roger Ebert

This year's TIFF, which kicks off September 5, will open Thursday night with a film tribute to Roger Ebert (1942-2013). Toronto credits Ebert's presigious attendance in helping the festival grow from "a bootstrap operation to the unofficial opener to Academy Awards season."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 4, 2013 2:01 PM
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Watch: William Friedkin Tributes Roger Ebert at Chicago Critics Film Festival, Recites Dylan Thomas

Director William Friedkin, who revealed last month that his 1977 film "Sorcerer" has finally received a studio-funded digital restoration and will premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival, recently gave an impromptu tribute to Roger Ebert following a Q&A at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. He recited Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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Media Roundup: Multiple Changes in Movie Coverage

The April 4 death of Roger Ebert unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of affection and appraisal. Ebert embodied the old and the new, the tough-nosed competitive reporter and film enthusiast as well as the new model internet communicator and brand-builder. On the one hand, he revealed as outmoded the film critic as expert expounding down to their audiences. But he also exemplified the authoritative experienced veteran whose opinion was valued. He had clout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2013 6:53 AM
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Watch: Werner Herzog Talks Ebert as More Than a Critic and Soldier of Cinema on Charlie Rose (VIDEO)

Director Werner Herzog has had a sad last couple of weeks, with the loss of his friends film critic Roger Ebert and documentarian Les Blank. Below, Herzog's thoughts on Ebert on Charlie Rose (he joins critics A.O. Scott and Dana Stevens), with quote highlights.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 2:42 PM
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Watch: Roger Ebert's Memorial Tribute (VIDEO)

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2013 2:26 PM
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Ebert Memorial: Saying Good-Bye to Roger

It was an appropriately gray, overcast and rainy Monday morning for the funeral of beloved film critic Roger Ebert held at the Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Hundreds of people were lined up outside the church just for a chance to pay their respects and say a final goodbye to someone who they considered to be one of their own, or as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called Ebert, a “true populist.”
  • By Sergio Mims
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  • April 8, 2013 8:57 PM
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Roger Ebert Update: Funeral Held, Memorial Services Planned in Chicago

On Monday April 8 at 10 AM funeral services for Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, will be held at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State St. Friends and fans are welcome on a first-come basis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2013 6:54 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Goodbye to Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert, Interviews, Reviews, TV and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 7, 2013 12:41 PM
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Why Roger Ebert was Unique; The Web Says Goodbye to Our Most Famous Critic: Memories, Writing and Video

The reaction to Roger Ebert's death has been overwhelming and gratifying. The major news networks, CNN, Frontline, you name it, they covered it. Every single movie site or reviewer or blogger or anyone who cared about movies weighed in.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 3:03 PM
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Obit: Roger Ebert was a Superman

Sad news. Roger Ebert has died of complications of cancer. The legendary and indefatigable Pulitzer-prize-winning film critic had announced Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence," per his journal on the Chicago Sun-Times. Since December he had been recovering in a Chicago rehab facility from a hip fracture. It turned out that the cancer he had been fighting since 2002 had returned. He is survived by his loving wife Chaz.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2013 4:01 PM
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