Wingard and Barrett have a perfect eye and ear for this type of material. They have fun with their influences, paying homage to John Carpenter…
Chaz is the Publisher of Ebert Digital, President of Ebert Productions and Vice President of The Ebert Company, managing print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements, and organizing the annual Ebertfest film festival.
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.
Please help me welcome the new Editor-in-chief for Rogerebert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz. What Roger and I found refreshing about Matt is his ability to spot and encourage talent in other journalists, critics and video essayists. He mentored them with a benevolent style that helped to bring out the best in what they did. Sound like someone we know?
When Chaz has gone to Cannes without Roger in the past, she has written about the festival in the form of letters and postcards to Roger. This is her second post of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
When Chaz has gone to Cannes without Roger in the past, she has written about the festival in the form of letters and postcards to Roger. These are the postcards she sends to him this year.