Man of Steel
The title "Man of Steel" tells you what you're in for when you buy a ticket to this immense summer blockbuster: a radical break from…
The title "Man of Steel" tells you what you're in for when you buy a ticket to this immense summer blockbuster: a radical break from the past. The absence of the word "Superman" tips us off that this new picture is less a standard reboot than a top-to-bottom re-imagining. Whether you approve of the result will depend on what you think Superman is, or should be.
Before he died, Roger was working on science fiction story about space exploration set in part at his beloved University of Illinois. We're having a contest to finish Roger's story. Write your own ending and send it to us. We'll gather the submissions, solicit your votes on which is the best, and announce the winner on the site. (Illustrations by Krishna Bala Shenoi.)
Here are some ways to celebrate Roger's birthday (a birthday shared by Sir Paul McCartney).
A remembrance by Roger Ebert's book editor Donna Martin: "I had never even seen "Siskel & Ebert" on television when I knew I wanted to publish Roger's first book. John McMeel, president of Universal Press Syndicate/Andrews McMeel Publishing in Kansas City, had met Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom back when John was selling syndicated features to newspapers."
Roger Ebert didn't just write about film. He wrote about the world around him with avid curiosity, from walking tours in London to Twitter, from Steak 'n Shake restaurants to Downton Abbey. Here are some of our favorites.
Suicide glamour and magazine-shaming; how American textbooks dumb down Vietnam; remembering the late investigative journalist Michael Hastings; why sex on the first date is not an inherently bad thing; the American vs. the French way of making movies; Love and Rockets covers, collected; Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
Andy Ihnatko recalls the passion for pulp literature that he and Roger shared.
Roger Ebert's birthday celebration, 2013: a Table of Contents.
Excerpts from interviews and profiles of Roger Ebert, from Esquire, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, and Fresh Air.