10:33 AM EDT 04/17/2013
Originally posted 04/05/2013 02:30PM
If it seems like a friend has died, that's because Roger Ebert made us feel like we knew him. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose columns read like letters from a pal. He sat next to Gene Siskel on Sneak Previews and At the Movies, but it felt like he was just on the other end of our couches.
He democratized film criticism, fought passionately for better movies and showed us what living – and dying – with grace really meant.
If that's not a friend, then maybe I'm unclear on the definition.
Originally posted 04/05/2013 11:10AM
He sometimes may have roundly criticized them, but actors and filmmakers alike gave high thumbs up to the late Roger Ebert, who died Thursday after a lengthy fight with cancer.
Fellow Chicagoan President Barack Obama spoke for many when he said in a statement, "For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movie to take us somewhere magical."
Added the Chief Executive: "Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger."
Originally posted 04/04/2013 07:00PM
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Originally posted 04/04/2013 08:00PM
Roger Ebert is resting in peace.
"We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away," Roger's wife of 20 years, Chaz, said Thursday in a statement, shortly after news broke of his death. "No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition."
But the loss of the iconic movie critic, 70, has understandably left Chaz "devastated," as she refers to him as "my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner."
Originally posted 04/03/2013 11:25AM
Veteran Chicago Sun-Times and At the Movies critic Roger Ebert says his cancer has returned and that he will take what he calls a "leave of presence" from his popular blog and film reviews, according to his Roger Ebert Journal.
On Wednesday, the 70-year-old marked his 46th anniversary reviewing movies for the Sun-Times. He writes that his cancer was discovered during an examination for a hip fracture in December, and he is now receiving radiation treatments.
Ebert lost his ability to speak and eat in 2002 after previous surgeries for thyroid and salivary gland cancer and significant facial reconstruction on a collapsed jaw. He did not go into details about his latest bout with the disease, saying he would still write reviews occasionally, but that others from a "talented team of writers hand-picked and greatly admired by me" would continue to pen the bulk of the paper's film criticism.
Originally posted 12/06/2012 07:15PM
Give this week a big thumb's down for Roger Ebert.
The veteran Chicago Sun-Times film critic, 70, is in the hospital after fracturing his hip.
His wife Chaz Ebert quips to her Twitter followers that her hubby hurt himself performing "tricky disco dance moves," but is "doing well, asking for a computer, will probably tweet."
Sure enough, Ebert later posted a Twitter message confirming the fracture and reporting "no surgery needed."
Originally posted 07/18/2012 02:50PM
His is one of the most sought-after opinions in the film industry. And he's seen it all: Oscar hopefuls, romantic comedies and every indie flick in between.
But in honor of his 20th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz plan to watch something very special.
"Of course we'll watch a movie," Chaz, who married the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic in 1992, tells PEOPLE. "But this time, we may bust out the old wedding video."
The couple, Ebert tells PEOPLE, will also host an intimate dinner party with family and friends, in honor of their marriage, which he says is built on "love and respect."
"When it comes to the 'obey' part, we play it be ear," he quips.
Originally posted 06/21/2011 02:00PM
He's standing by his message, but Roger Ebert admits he may have said it too soon.
Following a Tweet implying that the death of daredevil Ryan Dunn was linked to drunk driving – "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," the film critic said – Ebert is offering his apologies to Dunn's fans, family and friends, including Dunn's Jackass costar Bam Margera.
"I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death," Ebert, 69, writes on his Chicago Sun-Times blog. "I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to Tweet."
Originally posted 02/16/2011 10:20AM
Anderson Cooper, who escaped serious injury while he was covering the unrest in Egypt, has reached out to 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, who on Feb. 11, it was announced Tuesday, was brutally assaulted by a mob of men in Tahrir Square while she was carrying out her job.
"Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan," the CNN anchor, 43, Tweeted. "She is in all of our thoughts and prayers.”
Logan, 39, a native of South Africa, has covered battlefields for nearly 20 years. During the Feb. 11 incident, she was separated from her crew and was eventually rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, according to a CBS statement.
Originally posted 01/21/2011 03:30PM
Following a battle with jaw cancer, Roger Ebert not only lost his voice, but the lower half of his face.
"I studiously avoided looking at myself in a mirror," Ebert writes on his blog Wednesday.
Now, his jaw has been reconstructed. It was a "two-year process that has now resulted with my coming into possession of a silicone prosthesis," Ebert, 68, explains. "This device [fits] over my lower face and neck and colored to match my skin."
But Ebert, who has been open about the facial procedures he had to undergo during his painful battle, doesn't expect people to think he's back to normal.
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