April 5, 2013 |
Roger Ebert, America's moviegoer-in-chief, died Thursday in his beloved Chicago where for 46 years his ardent reviews drew readers to the Sun-Times. He was 70 and since 2002 valiantly had faced down cancers of the salivary and thyroid kind. Mr. Ebert posted a blog Tuesday announcing that he was taking a "leave of presence" from intensive reviewing while he received radiation treatments for yet another cancer recurrence. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Ebert was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize.
April 10, 2013 |
Roger Ebert , who died Thursday at 70 after an 11-year battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, was laid to rest Monday after a service at Holy Name Cathedral, a few blocks away from the Chicago Sun-Times, where the film critic worked for four decades. "He didn't just dominate his profession, he defined it," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel . Ebert's stepdaughter, Sonia Evans , spoke of his dedication to his readers: "He realized that connecting to people was the main reason we're all here and that's what his life was all about," she said.
April 6, 2013 |
Roger Ebert, America's moviegoer-in-chief, died Thursday in his beloved Chicago, where for 46 years his ardent reviews drew readers to the Sun-Times. He was 70 and, since 2002, valiantly had faced down cancers of the salivary and thyroid kind. Mr. Ebert posted a blog Tuesday announcing that he was taking a "leave of presence" from intensive reviewing while he received radiation treatments for yet another cancer recurrence. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Ebert was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize.
January 31, 2003 |
Carolyn Yasgur was calm. After all, her elegant ranch house had been site of numerous bashes, and she knew the drill: fresh flowers, open spaces for mingling, delicious spread. The invitations to yesterday's big dinner party had been sent, including an e-mail giving directions: "If parked in the parking circle, leave room for the speaker's limo to negotiate the area. " Oh, the speaker: film critic Roger Ebert, in Cherry Hill for an engagement arranged by the township's Star Forum series - and the guest of honor who jazzed up her suburban soiree.
June 22, 2011 |
Among a torrent of Internet outpourings in the wake of Ryan Dunn's death, one spat drew attention around the globe Tuesday. Jackass costar Brandon "Bam" Margera slammed the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert for comments the latter made on Twitter hours after Dunn's death. "Friends don't let jackasses drive drunk," said the Chicago-based Ebert, a prolific user of social-networking sites. Within hours, Margera, a West Chester native who was in Phoenix at the time of the crash, struck back with a profanity-laden rant.
June 21, 2011 |
Jackass star Ryan Dunn's official cause of death was blunt and thermal trauma caused by the fiery car wreck that left him and a passenger dead, the Chester County Coroner's Office said Tuesday. Toxicology tests - which could determine whether the 34-year-old West Chester native was drunk as his car veered off the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township - are not expected for four to six weeks. Police released little new information Tuesday regarding Dunn's death or that of his passenger - 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell - as fans and friends continued to express their grief both publicly and in private.
July 3, 2014 |
IN "Life Itself," Roger Ebert says that if you really look at a movie loved by a great many people, you'll find something profound. This documentary, by fellow Chicagoan Steve James, takes a probing, profound look at Ebert's life and career, in a way that just might encourage you to believe again in the possibility of the American experiment. Ebert was born in the 1940s, in a small town in the Midwest, to middle-class Catholics, and no one would have blinked if he'd stayed put and been a bookkeeper or an electrician, like his folks.
April 7, 2013 |
There wasn't anything that Roger Ebert tried that he wasn't stunningly successful at. After years of valiant resistance, he succumbed to cancer Thursday. He leaves behind a staggering body of multidimensional work. And here is where it all began, when we were young reporters . . . The editorial department of the News-Gazette, located then at 48 Main St. in Champaign, Ill., was on the second floor, and that floor was scarred and stained by a lifetime of snuffed butts. There was no air conditioning, so in the summer, all the windows would be thrown wide, and as darkness descended, squadrons of flying insects would answer the siren call of the lights, their bodies carpeting the desks.
June 24, 2011 |
'Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive. " In sharing that tweet with a touch of the send key, film critic Roger Ebert joined the likes of Anthony Weiner and the 18-year-old from Radnor High School as the latest examples of the lack of online impulse control. Ebert was tweeting in reaction to the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn, 34, in a one-car accident in Chester County early Monday. Whether his assessment was correct is beside the point. The timing - not even 24 hours after the deaths of Dunn and his passenger, 30-year-old Afghanistan war vet Zachary Hartwell - was "unseemly," as Ebert himself later acknowledged on his blog.
July 2, 2013 |
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought The Heat against Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office. The Fox action-comedy starring the funny ladies as mismatched detectives earned $40 million in second place in its opening weekend, topping the $25.7 million debut haul of Sony's White House Down , according to studio estimates Sunday. The Disney-Pixar animated prequel Monsters University remained No. 1 at the box office in its second weekend, earning $46.1 million in first place.