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scumonkey
April 4th, 2013, 06:38 PM
Film critic had the soul of a poet By Rick Kogan 5:22 p.m. CDT, April 4, 2013

It was reviewing movies that made Roger Ebert as famous and wealthy as many of the stars who felt the sting or caress of his pen or were the recipients of his televised thumbs-up or thumbs-down judgments. But in his words and in his life he displayed the soul of a poet whose passions and interests extended far beyond the darkened theaters where he spent so much of his professional life.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskelís death in 1999, with his Sun-Times colleague Richard Roeper), Ebert died Thursday, according to a family friend.
He was 70 years old.
Even through his latest illness, he kept writing and remained as active as he could be. He was planning to host the 15th annual Roger Ebertís Film Festival later this month in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana.
Tributes to Ebert came on Thursday from the White House and Chicago City Hall.

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IrishInNYC
April 5th, 2013, 08:59 AM
This is a guy I'll miss. The TV show would sporadically appear on TV back in Ireland in the '80s and '90s, I read his reviews every week since I moved to the States and he was always a great guest on the Howard Stern show.

Remarkably, just yesterday as Roger was nearing his end, I happened to read his Leave of Presence (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_leave_of_presense.html) blog post that he penned less than 48 hours before his death. It can be taken now as a goodbye, and I'm glad he managed to do so, but it is clear from reading it that Roger had many plans and that his death, in the end, was very sudden.

Movie reviewing, as an art, has lost it's Michelangelo.

eddhead
April 5th, 2013, 09:34 AM
More than just an entertainer, he was an inspiration. He overcame obstacles and lived a full life beyond the point where many if not most would have given up. What a brave man.

Rest in Peace.