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Thank You Clem Snide for Your Song Entitled Roger Ebert

I was astonished and moved when I listened to “Roger Ebert,” the new song inspired by words of my late husband, which serves as the lead track on Forever Just Beyond, a new album from guitarist/vocalist Eef Barzelay as Clem Snide. Barzelay said his life was falling apart around the time when his band members parted ways, and it was …

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Jane Fonda and Three IndieCollect Restorations to Appear This Weekend at the 2020 HFPA Restoration Summit

Jane Fonda, Mario Van Peebles and I will join Sandra Schulberg of IndieCollect when she presents three new 4K film restorations for their world premiere this weekend at the HFPA Restoration Summit held at the historic Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the American Cinematheque, these cinematic …

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Watch the Academy Awards and the Film Independent Spirit Awards This Weekend

The Super Bowl for movie lovers will be aired this weekend, as the 92nd Academy Awards are aired at 7pm CST on Sunday, February 9th on ABC, following the Film Independent Spirit Awards airing at 4pm CST on Saturday, February 8th on IFC. Several of the films on my Top Ten list (which you can …

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Chaz Ebert’s Top 10 Films (And Then Some) of 2019

Though most Top 10 lists have already been published for 2019 (including our list compiled by several writers at Rogerebert.com), I decided to have mine revealed closer to the Oscars, considering the wealth of wonderful films that have (and have not) been recognized during this year’s awards season. These are not ten films I’ve selected, …

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AAFCA President Gil Robertson Discusses the Importance of His Annual Ceremony

At a time when examples of inclusivity are still few and far between during awards season, the African American Film Critics Association’s (“AAFCA”) annual awards gala is more crucial than ever. Its 11th installment will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, and I had the privilege of interviewing AAFCA president Gil Robertson via e-mail prior to …

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ 2019 EDA Awards Honor Little Women, Parasite and More

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of its 2019 AWFJ EDA Awards, named after veteran actress Eda Reiss Merin, mother of the organization’s founder, Jennifer Merin. For its 13th annual awards season, the EDA Awards consist of 25 categories divided into three sections: the Best Of Awards, presented without gender consideration; Female Focus …

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Thumbnails Special Edition: In Praise of Our Writers at RogerEbert.com

Thumbnails is a roundup of brief excerpts that usually introduces you to articles from other websites that we found interesting and exciting. In light of the holidays, I’d like to shine a light on some of our wonderful writers at RogerEbert.com, who have been profiled on other sites.—Chaz Ebert 1.  “Why Film Critic Scout Tafoya Sees …

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For My Birthday, I Celebrated Victory Gardens Theater

For years, I didn’t pay much attention to my birthday, then Mother told me (and I am paraphrasing) that to honor your birthday is to proclaim to the Universe that “I Am.” She was wise like that, so I took her words to heart and started not only celebrating my birthday, but doing things that made me …

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Thank You to the Cast of My Play, The Great Debate

The following information contains full profiles of the director and cast of my debut play, “The Great Debate: It’s Out of This World,” which premiered earlier this month at Victory Gardens Theater’s Chicago Stories Gala detailed here. I cannot thank them enough for bringing my words to life.–Chaz Ebert Lanise Antoine Shelley, director Lanise Antoine Shelley is …

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In Loving Memory of Diahann Carroll and Jessye Norman

Two legendary performers, Diahann Carroll and Jessye Norman, recently passed away, and I couldn’t resist paying tribute to their legacies. They were truly Divas with a capital “D,” in the most positive, complimentary definition of the word, and both were pioneers in their fields. Let’s begin with Ms. Carroll, who passed away from cancer on October 4th in Los …

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IDA Open Call for Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellows

I love documentary films and am in favor of seeing them being distributed and seen more widely, and being written about more widely and in more diverse voices. So I am pleased to announce that the International Documentary Association (IDA) has just launched a Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellowship initiative that is currently on the lookout for applicants. It’s …

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Steve James Among Presenters at Victory Garden Theater’s Chicago Stories Gala, Featuring Debut of My Play, The Great Debate

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, the wonderful performance venue located in the historic space once known as the Biograph Theater—where famed gangster John Dillinger met his immortal end—will be introducing Stacy Janiak and me as debuting playwrights, and honoring Justina Machado and Phillipa Soo at its annual fundraiser, Chicago Stories Gala, on Saturday, October 5th, in honor of its …

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I Get a Kick Out of Entertaining People: Robert Shaye, Founder of New Line Cinema and Unique Features, on Directing his Third Film, Ambition

When I learned that Robert Shaye, founder of New Line Cinema and Unique Features, had directed his third feature, “Ambition,” I knew that I had to interview him myself. He produced some of the biggest horror and fantasy films at a time when independent filmmakers and studios were not thought of as mainstream. Among his producing credits …

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Say Amen, Somebody Receives 4K Restoration in Theaters

“Say Amen, Somebody,” George T. Nierenberg’s 1983 documentary about the birthplace of some of the most iconic American gospel music is now receiving a limited theatrical run, and I cannot imagine a better remedy for our current divisive times. In his ecstatic four-star review, my late husband Roger hailed it as “the most joyful movie” he had seen …

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Jojo Rabbit Wins Audience Award and Taika Waititi Wins Ebert Director Award at TIFF

Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit” won over moviegoers upon its debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, claiming its coveted TIFF Grolsch People’s Choice Award, an accolade that has affirmed its status as a major Oscar contender. While I think it is way too early to start playing the “Oscar Guessing Game,” it must be …

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Dr. Stacy L. Smith Will Be the Keynote Speaker at the Second Annual Ebert Symposium, Creating an Inclusive Cinema and Media Ecosystem

We would like to invite you to the second Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign, on September 27th. Inclusion and diversity in cinema and media will be the focus. This is an event jointly sponsored by the College of Media and its dean, Tracy Sulkin. The symposium, named in part for my …

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Twelve Thumbs-Up Films from the Venice Film Festival

What joy to return to the Venice Film Festival after being absent for so long. Roger had so many fond memories of his time here, particularly the magical screening of “City Lights” at the Piazza San Marco, as part of a 1972 Chaplin retrospective. “A single spotlight flashed out of the darkness,” he wrote. “It shone …

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Ain’t I a Woman: Sojourner Truth Takes Her Rightful Place in History Among the Statues in Central Park

It’s as if we heard Sojourner Truth’s plaintive call from the grave, “Ain’t I a woman?” A longtime heroine of mine, she has somehow been relegated to a “hidden figure” status in contemporary history. She was a suffragette, abolitionist, speaker, mother, consultant to presidents, leader of a land ownership movement and is one of the most iconic characters …

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Taika Waititi to be Honored with the Ebert Director Award at TIFF Tribute Gala

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BELOVED FILM DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI will receive the Ebert Director Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Monday, September 9th. I will be joining TIFF’s Artistic Director and Co-Head, Cameron Bailey, and festival Co-Head Joana Vicente in bestowing the honor upon Waititi, whose latest film, the anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit”, is set to premiere at the festival. The …

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Happy One Year Anniversary to Our First Female Editor, Nell Minow

One year ago this week, I was proud to promote one of our longtime contributors, Nell Minow, to the position of Assistant Editor, making her our first female editor at RogerEbert.com. She has served as an editor the past twelve months alongside Brian Tallerico, Matt Zoller Seitz, Matt Fagerholm and Nick Allen and has done a marvelous job. …

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