Matt writes: Early last month, I had the tremendous honor and joy of interviewing one of my lifelong heroes, Julie Andrews, and her amazing daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, for RogerEbert.com. The conversation was originally intended to run during the week of Andrews' AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony (which was scheduled for this past Saturday, April 25th), but after it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to release the article yesterday in anticipation of Andrews and Hamilton's new podcast, "Julie's Library," which premieres tomorrow. Our conversation also covers the pair's latest book, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, their excellent Netflix series, "Julie's Greenroom" and their cherished memories of Jim Henson and the Muppets.
An interview with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton about their latest book, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, and their new podcast, Julie's Library.
An article about the week-long run of Louie Schwartzberg's documentary, "Fantastic Fungi," at Chicago Gene Siskel Film Center.
Matt writes: Labor Day weekend has kicked off the official start of awards season, with film festivals in Venice and Telluride currently underway and Toronto following close behind on September 5th. Go to RogerEbert.com over the next couple weeks for our daily dispatches, beginning with Glenn Kenny's coverage of the Venice Film Festival, including his enticing preview and review of Roman Polanski's latest film, "J'Accuse."
Matt writes: This Thursday, July 25th, and next Tuesday, July 30th, the 1979 classic, "The Muppet Movie," produced by Jim Henson and directed by James Frawley, will be returning to the big screen for its 40th anniversary, courtesy of Fathom Events. Roger Ebert was among the film's many admirers, as evidenced by his enthusiastic review. I had the tremendous honor of getting to interview one of my lifelong heroes, Dave Goelz (a.k.a. The Great Gonzo), about his experience working with Henson & Co. as well as the spiritual and philosophical power of The Muppets. We also discussed the upcoming Netflix series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," which premieres on August 30th, and serves as a prequel to Henson's audacious 1982 fantasy, "The Dark Crystal" (Goelz performs in both).
The writers at RogerEbert.com share their favorite moon-related songs, movies and events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man's walk on the moon.
Matt writes: In celebration of Roger Ebert's 76th birthday on June 18th, Chaz Ebert shared a video of her late husband's extraordinary speech, which he delivered on April 4th, 1994. The speech was broadcast as part of Colorado Public Television's "11th Hour" series, a program dedicated to recording the words of wisdom left by distinguished individuals for future generations.
An appreciation for Prince's 1986 directorial debut and "Purple Rain" follow-up, "Under the Cherry Moon."