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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).
An interview with Dave Goelz, a.k.a. Gonzo in "The Muppet Movie," which returns to theaters on July 25th and July 30th, courtesy of Fathom Events.
A video featuring Chicago City Council declaring Friday, July 12th, 2005, as Roger Ebert Day in Chicago.
A look at the Mendocino Film Festival and conversation with Program Director Claudia Puig.
Matt writes: Over this past Fourth of July weekend, we were saddened to learn of the passing of an enormously influential icon in the Chicago film community, Milos Stehlik (1949-2019), co-founder of Facets Multimedia, who passed away on Saturday at age 70. Chaz Ebert hailed him as one of cinema's biggest advocates and humanitarians.
A tribute to Milos Stehlik, Chicago film icon.
An article about the Rare Book & Manuscript Library exhibit, “Writers & Their Tools: Parchment-Paper-Processors,” running through Friday, August 30th, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The latest on streaming and Blu-ray, including Captain Marvel, Gloria Bell, and a Criterion edition of Blue Velvet.
Chaz Ebert shares her thoughts on Ron Howard's new documentary, "Pavarotti," and presents an appreciation of the Lyric Opera.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting our coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Justice Singleton held an event about her father at this year's Cannes.
A re-appreciation of 2009's Enter the Void.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Matt writes: On April 28th, the movie world lost a true giant: filmmaker John Singleton, whose 1991 masterpiece, "Boyz N the Hood," remains one of the most astonishing feature debuts in cinema history. Roger Ebert awarded the picture four stars, writing that it was one of "the best American films of recent years." Roger's thoughts regarding the entirety of Singleton's career were detailed in a special compilation by Nick Allen, while Odie Henderson penned a deeply moving obituary for the trailblazing auteur. I was among the writers at RogerEbert.com who paid tribute to Singleton in a separate article, "Breaking Barriers."
An article about the reissue of "Two Weeks in the Midday Sun."
On two documentaries from Tribeca on NYC movie theaters and Showgirls!
Matt writes: Considering that the movie of the moment is inarguably "Avengers: Endgame," the Russo Brothers' culmination of the 22-film Marvel Cinematic Universe launched in 2008 with Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," we've decided to open this edition of the Ebert Club newsletter with our coverage of the record-breaking mega-blockbuster.
Sam Fragoso's new episode of his Talk Easy podcast, featuring Chaz Ebert.
A photo journal for Ebertfest 2019.
A table of contents for all of our Ebertfest 2019 coverage.
Matt writes: The 21st annual edition of Roger Ebert's Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest), concluded last Saturday, and you can find all the onstage Q&As embedded in our festival coverage. Brian Tallerico covered the opening night screening of "Amazing Grace," while Nick Allen covered the Day 2 panels ("Challenging Stigma Through the Arts" and "Women in Cinema") and screenings ("Coeur Fidele," "Rachel Getting Married" and "Bound," culminating in an unforgettable Q&A with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon). Peter Sobczynski covered Day 3 of the festival ("Sebastian," "Cold War," "Cane River," "A Year of the Quiet Sun" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"), and Nick did the write-up for Day 4 ("Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", "Almost Famous" and "Sideways"). The 2018-19 University of Illinois College of Media Roger Ebert Fellows, Curtis Cook, Pari Apostolakos and Eunice Alpasan, also contributed their own dispatches.
The 2018-19 Ebert Fellows on their Ebertfest experience.
An interview with Claire Denis, director/co-writer of "High Life."
A recap of the first night of Ebertfest 2019 with videos of the event.
An article compiling the memories of local Ebertfest Film Festival audience members, from those newly attending to those who have attended for twenty years.