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Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Time Out Chicago on Roger & Chaz

Time Out Chicago ran this story in its "Chicago Heroes" issue. The author, Hank Sartin, is a TO film critic.

Never mind the tens of thousands of film reviews, the worldwide following and the Pulitzer. For many, Roger Ebert’s name comes with an "&" for years, it was Siskel & Ebert. Then it was Ebert & Roeper. But for those who know Roger well (and it’s hard to know him at all without calling him Roger), there’s been another partnership, one that has been getting more public notice during his recent battle with cancer. For the last 16 years, it’s been Roger & Chaz. That would be Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert. In addition to being Roger’s wife, she’s the vice president of the Ebert Company (which handles Roger’s varied business interests). And since Roger lost the ability to speak in 2006, she’s been his public voice.

Continue reading the full story here: http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/cultural-heroes/62651/roger-chaz

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