Matt writes: Leonard Maltin's invaluable Movie Guides were IMDb before the dawn of the internet. I was always impressed by how he managed to capture the essence of a picture in only a few sentences, and now the iconic film critic has graced us with a memoir, Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood, that is guaranteed to be a must-read for film buffs of all stripes.
Matt writes: Since last month marked the fortieth anniversary of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, RogerEbert.com presented a special edition of Thumbnails featuring priceless articles penned by Roger Ebert, including the one he wrote about his first experience at the Institute in July of 1981.
An article featuring links to all eight episodes of Brian Raftery's podcast "Gene and Roger" about Siskel and Ebert on The Ringer/Spotify.
Matt writes: Last week, RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert announced that this year's installment of Ebertfest, which was originally scheduled to run from September 8th through the 11th, will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates for the festival will be April 20th through the 23rd in 2022.
An article about the upcoming screening of Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust" hosted by Chaz Ebert as the opening film to kick-off the Gene Siskel Film Center's Chicago Favorites Series on Saturday, August 21st.
An article about Melissa Haizlip's acclaimed documentary, "Mr. Soul!", premiering on HBO Max on Sunday, August 22nd.
Matt writes: RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert recently announced that Oscar-nominated French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award at the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards, which will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.