The Grand Budapest Hotel
As much as "The Grand Budapest Hotel" takes on the aspect of a cinematic confection, it does so to grapple with the very raw and,…
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists recognized Roger with first place in the category "Online, Blog, and Multimedia Column — over 100,000 monthly unique visitors."
Charlie Schmidlin reports from a screening of the Roger Ebert–scripted "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."
UPDATE, JUNE 27: Roger started this fun story about the patterns of molecules on Titan and the entries you are sending in to finish it are pretty cool and entertaining! We are leaving this contest open for one month, from June 18 to July 18, and after that time we will start sharing your entries and allowing you to vote on them. So please keep those entries coming!
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.)
Back in 1984, Roger was interviewed by Terry Gross for "Fresh Air." It's a case of a great interviewer and a great subject. Though the interview is not currently available in Fresh Air's online archives, they graciously agreed to let us put up the complete interview. It's a great listen.
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.
I cried yesterday at a retreat while listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Smile." The tears came from out of nowhere. Music has a way of cutting through all of your defenses. It goes straight to the heart and just zings you. I have been on the go continuously for the last two months since Roger passed. I have been smiling through it all, remaining stoic, having my private moments but standing straight and steadfast. These tears came as a shock to me. But, oh, what a welcome relief.
At a beautiful and moving event Wednesday evening, the Sundance Institute honored Roger Ebert's memory and also honored young filmmaker Ryan Coogler. It was an evening for remembering, but also for making sure that Roger's legacy goes on; the Sundance Institute announced the Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism to nurture young critics at the Sundance Film Festival.