An article about the second annual Ebert Symposium, "Creating an Inclusive Cinema and Media Ecosystem," scheduled for Friday, September 27th at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Matt writes: Passes for the 21st annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest) in Champaign, Illinois, are now on sale. The same amount of films will be screened next year, though the festival will take place over four days instead of five, enabling the closing night festivities to pack an even greater punch. Please join us for Ebertfest 2019, running from Wednesday, April 10th, through Saturday, April 13th.
A look ahead at the films set to come out in the fall season, starring ten of our most anticipated titles.
An extensive preview of 50 films coming out within the next four months, from "Sully" to "Toni Erdmann."
Simon Abrams and Odie Henderson celebrate the Rudy Ray Moore Blaxploitation classic "Dolemite," recently released on Blu-ray by the Vinegar Syndrome.
Eirk Childress looks at the track record of films from the Sundance Film Festival going to the Oscars.
By all accounts, 2013 has been a striking year for black film directors. But is the real story about black directors working in television?
Marie writes: I may have been born in Canada, but I grew-up watching Sesame Street and Big Bird, too. Together, they encouraged me to learn new things; and why now I can partly explain string theory.That being the case, I was extremely displeased to hear that were it up Romney, as President he wouldn't continue to support PBS. And because I'm not American and can't vote in their elections, I did the only thing I could: I immediately reached for Photoshop....
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It's with pleasure and excitement that I welcome Tom Shales, a good friend, as a blogger on this site. Tom, the nation's best-known television critic, won the Pulitzer Prize while writing for The Washington Post from 1972 to 2010. His blog will focus on TV and whatever else he feels moved to write about. -- RE
Apparently a new bylaw at "Saturday Night Live," which began its 38th season this weekend, is "The worse the host, the more sketches in which he'll appear." So it was with big let-down Seth MacFarlane, multimillionaire comedy tycoon who hosted the season premiere. Once he arrived on the show's tiny (and, yes, "iconic") stage, he was punishingly omnipresent for the whole 90 minutes.
We can be grateful he didn't grab a cow bell and crash the musical act.
With the exception of MacFarlane - a man who has gone farther with less than perhaps even Tyler Perry -- the series seemed to be in tip-top ship-shape shape, especially considering that it begins a new year minus two of its greatest cast assets: Andy Samberg, off to make more movies, and the incomparably versatile Kristen Wiig, the funniest woman in television since Tina Fey. Or maybe since Gilda Radner. Or maybe since Carol Burnett. Or maybe since, dare we say it, Lucille Ball?