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Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

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    Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

    In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."

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    'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

    Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his bestselling memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance 20 years ago, to direct it.

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    Watch: Siskel & Ebert's First Full Episode Of 'Opening Soon At A Theater Near You' From 1975

    This week, Steve James' touching, moving portrait of Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," will start rolling out to theatres. The documentary tells the rather incredible life story of the nation's most famous and beloved film critic, the man who both wrote "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" and won a Pulitzer ...

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    Highlights From 'Life Itself' AMA: Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Favorite Film Critics and the Movies Roger Ebert Would Have Loved

    Roger Ebert's widow and the director of the documentary on his life name the new movies he would hae loved and explain why the critic rated "Benji" higher than "Full Metal Jacket."

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    BOI WEEKLY: This Week's Limited & Indie Releases

    Independence Day for the Indies looks a bit slim as Magnolia's Roger Ebert documentary, "Life Itself", and a 50th anniversary restoration of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" are the only releases of note.

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    Tim Burton's 'Batman' At 25: Watch Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review & 'Entertainment Tonight' Report From L.A. Premiere

    If you're of a certain age, by this point 25 years ago, you had already seen Tim Burton's "Batman" and perhaps were lining up to see it again. As we noted yesterday, Warner Bros. was slightly concerned about the shift in tone from the campier TV take most mainstream audiences knew, to the darker (ye...

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    Watch: Werner Herzog, John Singleton, Steve James and Matt Zoller Seitz Celebrate the Life of Roger Ebert

    A live chat, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern, celebrates what would have been Ebert's 72d birthday.

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    Watch: Celebrate 'Life Itself' With Trailer For Roger Ebert Doc

    It's telling that in the year since Roger Ebert's death, no one has even come close to replacing him as America's film critic, a voice that reached both cinephiles and the average moviegoer, providing meaty sustenance for the former, while never alienating the latter. Ebert made the movies accessibl...

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    Can You Spot the Ironic Part of the Poster for Roger Ebert Documentary "Life Itself"?

    Entertainment Weekly debuts a new poster for the Roger Ebert documentary. But there's just one thing wrong...

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    "Life Itself's" Emotional Ebertfest Premiere

    The first festival planned after Roger Ebert's death opens with an emotional screening of the documentary about his life.

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