11:52 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/04/2013 03:45PM
Roger Ebert, whose sharp comments and strategic position of his thumb came to symbolize movie criticism for more than three decades, died on Thursday in Chicago, his longtime employer the Chicago Sun-Times announced. He was 70.
Though generally upbeat about the state of his health, on Wednesday, his 46th anniversary reviewing movies, Ebert announced that his cancer had returned and that he was taking a "leave of presence" from his blog and film reviewing.
"It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital," he wrote on his blog. "So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."
Originally posted 09/10/2010 04:00PM
Roger Ebert hasn't let the loss of his voice keep him from speaking: The wildly popular film critic has given two thumbs up to a revival of his long-time movie review show.
"This is the rebirth of a dream," Ebert said of the new show, Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, which originated in another form 35 years ago as Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You with co-host Gene Siskel, and will start airing in January.
The feisty Ebert will share his strong views with audiences using a computer voice in segments called Roger's Office. However, his days of employing his thumbs as a means of rating movies are over. Instead, his two new co-hosts – Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio – will take over those duties.
Originally posted 04/20/2010 12:45PM
The wife of Chicago-based film critic Roger Ebert says she and her husband have adopted hope as a strategy in getting through his ordeal with thyroid cancer, which has left him unable to speak.
Chaz Ebert tells PopEater that the couple have relied on optimism as a coping mechanism.
"Sometimes I'm almost ashamed we feel so positive," she says. "People think you shouldn't be so happy, because when you fall, it's going to be that much more disappointing. But you know what? We'll take each day as it comes. That's one of the reasons we were so attracted to each other, because we saw that the positive attitude in each other."
Originally posted 03/08/2010 02:50PM
Farrah Fawcett's longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, has joined other Hollywood figures including Jane Fonda and Roger Ebert in expressing dismay that Fawcett was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of Sunday's Academy Awards.
"There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included," a rep for O'Neal tells PEOPLE.
Fonda and Ebert both Tweeted about the snub during the broadcast. "No Farrah Fawcett in the memorial tribute? Major fail," Ebert wrote. "And where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL," wrote Fonda.
Originally posted 02/16/2010 05:15PM
Popular movie critic Roger Ebert has literally lost his voice since he underwent surgery for jaw cancer almost four years ago, but that hasn't stopped him from doing a sit-down with Esquire magazine for a shocking feature story in the March issue.
Ebert, 67, hasn't been able to speak since 2006, when he had a post-op procedure known as a tracheostomy – which involves making an incision in the windpipe for air to get through.
The Chicago Sun-Times movie reviewer uses special text-to-speech software and good old fashioned pen and paper to communicate, which is how he was able to do the Esquire interview and how he continues to write film reviews.
Originally posted 09/12/2008 09:00AM
On-screen violence is one thing. But Roger Ebert was given a real-life thrashing earlier this month while watching Slumlord Millionaire at the Toronto Film Festival, it's now being revealed.
In his most recent column, the veteran film critic explains that the alleged altercation (first reported Thursday in New York's Daily News) erupted during a screening of the movie, which contains subtitles.
Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert says the man in front of him was leaning out into the aisle, obstructing the view.
Originally posted 07/21/2008 11:00AM
Another year hosting the influential review show At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper?
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are giving that a big thumbs-down.
The two Chicago-based film reviewers won't be returning next season, reports the Associated Press.
Roeper said it was because he couldn't come to an agreement on a contract extension with Disney-ABC, and Ebert, whose announcement followed that of his colleague's, said in an e-mail that Disney-ABC Domestic Television had decided to take the program "in a new direction" and he won't be associated with it.
Originally posted 01/24/2008 12:20PM
Film critic Roger Ebert, who has been fighting a lengthy battle with cancer, re-entered the hospital Thursday, he announced on his Web site.
"I'll have another surgery, which I hope will solve some problems I've still been living with," writes the Chicago-based reviewer, 65. "I'll be in hospital for awhile (nothing like last time, I trust!)."
He adds: "I plan to return full-time as soon as possible."
Originally posted 05/10/2007 08:10AM
Roger Ebert, who is recovering from a long battle with cancer, recently received a get-well bouquet from an unlikely person.
Originally posted 07/03/2006 09:45AM
Movie critic Roger Ebert is in serious but stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital following a lengthy emergency operation to repair complications from an earlier cancer surgery, the Associated Press reports.
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