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Blu-ray Review: 'Life Itself'

3/6/2015 10:30am EST
Blu-ray Review: 'Life Itself'
Film criticism on a film about...a film critic – odd. But we’re nevertheless tackling the new to Blu-ray documentary "Life Itself" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. We review the man who reviewed below.

Title: "Life Itself"

Grade: 3

Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel

Director: Steve James

Rating: R

Runtime: 120 minutes

Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment


The Flick: As a doc "Life Itself" has two very different parts. The first deals with film critic and movie lover Roger Ebert going through some of the most d...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Roger Ebert Wanted Actor To Portray Him In Biopic

2/4/2014 10:18pm EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Late movie critic Roger Ebert wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in a biopic, according to his widow Chaz.

During a screening of the new documentary "Life Itself," which is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name, Mrs. Ebert revealed that her late husband was a huge fan of Hoffman.

"Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman to play me'," she explains. "He was one of the most versatile actors ever, and he also was a brilliant man (and) human being - just very smart."

"When we were at Sundance (Film Festival), I was ...

The Top Buzzy Films At Sundance 2014

1/16/2014 2:03pm EST
With the Sundance Film Festival starting today, we decided to take a look at some of the most anticipated films set to make an appearance. Expect to hear from many of these films in the coming year, whether it is a wide release or awards talk.

Boyhood - Richard Linklater proves he's in it for the long haul. Boyhood follows exactly what the title implies, but Linklater made the film over 12 years and used the same cast to reveal the true effects of aging.

Camp X-Ray - Kristen Stewart and Guantanamo Bay add up to one controversial film. Stewart stars as a guard that strikes up a friendship ...

Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

12/31/2013 7:01pm EST
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As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.


Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)


"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)


"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...

Roger Ebert Apologized To Ben Stiller For His Scorching 'Zoolander' Review

4/22/2013 4:39pm EDT
Renowned actor Ben Stiller received a personal apology from Roger Ebert after the legendary film critic besmirched his 2001 movie Zoolander.

The late writer, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this month, published a scathing review of the comedy, which Stiller wrote, directed and starred in as a male model, branding the comedy classic "offensive" and "tasteless."

Nevertheless, Ebert eventually changed his mind about the film, and reached out to make amends when he and Stiller both appeared as guests on The Tonight Show.

Speaking at a Tribeca Film Festival panel, Stiller recalls,...

President Obama & Many Celebrities Pay Tribute To Film Critic Roger Ebert

4/5/2013 11:51am EDT
Roger Ebert
Following movie critic Roger Ebert's death on Thursday, President Barack Obama, director Darren Aronofsky, comedian Steve Martin and many other celebrities praised the star and shared their memories of him online.

Just two days after revealing his cancer had returned, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning film buff passed away at age 70, and dozens of celebs expressed their appreciation for the critic, who famously recognized great films with his "two thumbs up" line.

Obama wrote in a statement: "Michelle (Obama) and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation o...

Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies Two Days After Announcing Return Of Cancer

4/4/2013 4:43pm EDT
Roger Ebert
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday, just two days after posting on his blog that he was battling cancer again and would be cutting back on his work.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, who spent over 45 years writing movie reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, revealed that a December hip fracture that left him hospitalized wasn't that at all.

"The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer," he wrote. "It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to... My ...

Roger Ebert's Cancer Returns

4/3/2013 8:23pm EDT
Roger Ebert
Revered movie critic Roger Ebert's cancer has returned.

The acclaimed writer, who was first diagnosed with the disease in his thyroid gland in 2002, was hospitalized late last year with a fractured hip, and during his medical visit doctors discovered the return of cancerous cells in his body.

The 70 year old announced the news in a post on his official blog on Tuesday night, revealing he will be cutting back on his work as he battles the illness once more.

He writes, "The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being tr...

These Foot-In-Mouth Stars Might Want To Stay Away From Twitter...

7/21/2011 3:00pm EDT
Kurt Sutter
People follow celebrities on Twitter for entertainment. And, maybe to feel like they’re Facebook friends with the person. Often, celebrity tweets are as mundane as typical Facebook status updates, but some of them understand it’s a way to reach hundreds of thousands of people.

Unfortunately, some celebrities forget that too, and some of them say things they wish they could take back. Public figures have been humiliated, reprimanded and fired for things they’ve said on Twitter. So, we’ve decided to make a little list of celebrities who should think twice before tweeting anything ever ag...

Roger Ebert Has No Regrets Over 'Insensitive' Ryan Dunn Tweet

6/21/2011 11:35pm EDT
Roger Ebert
Outspoken film critic Roger Ebert is refusing to back down after attacking Jackass star Ryan Dunn for allegedly drinking and driving.

The TV and movie stuntman and a passenger in his Porsche were tragically killed in a car crash on Monday morning in Pennsylvania - and Ebert wasn't offering much sympathy when he tweeted about the sad news.

He wrote, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," prompting celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Dunn's Jackass co-star Bam Margera to publicly attack him for being insensitive.

Angry Margera took to his account to call Ebert a "piece o...

Bam Margera Slams Roger Ebert Over Ryan Dunn Death Comments

6/21/2011 8:06am EDT
Bam Margera
Jackass star Bam Margera has spoken out in his grief to slam movie critic Roger Ebert for making insensitive remarks about the death of his pal Ryan Dunn.

Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania on Monday morning, leaving his Jackass cast mates devastated. The star was said to have posted pictures on the internet of him drinking with pals just hours before the fatal smash.

Ebert took to his page after learning of the tragedy, posting, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

Margera had remained silent about his pal's death, but after learning of Ebert's remark, he'...

31 Days Of Horror: 'I Spit On Your Grave' (1978)

10/14/2010 4:07pm EDT
I Spit on Your Grave
Scenes of prolonged rape and battery don’t exactly register too high on my things to see list. It took me a long time to watch Last House on the Left, and Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible will probably sit at the bottom of my Netflix queue for the rest of time, regardless of how much respectable criticism it gets. But since it’s horror season, and one of the things that horror movies are supposed to do is horrify you, I figured that it’s time to buckle down and watch I Spit on Your Grave, a movie Roger Ebert described as being "a vile bag of garbage." So. This should be fun.

Determined or not, I ...

Roger Ebert To Resurrect 'At The Movies' In 2011

9/13/2010 10:58am EDT
Roger Ebert
The last episode of 'At the Movies' - the weak step-sibling of what was once 'Siskel & Ebert' - aired in mid-August. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, Roger Ebert is apparently bringing the franchise back in early 2011 on PBS as 'Roger Ebert Presents 'At the Movies.''

The show will feature banter between NPR's critic Elvis Mitchell and the AP's Christy Lemire. Ebert, whose voice is silenced from cancer and who still writes reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, revealed on 'Oprah' last season he has developed a computerized voice to complement what he types. That device will apparentl...

Brad Pitt & Jim Carrey Among Honored Stars At Webby Awards

5/4/2010 2:59pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Web-savvy actors Brad Pitt and Jim Carrey have been honored for their contributions to the internet, earning top honors at this year's Webby Awards.

Organizers of the awards - which celebrate the best of the net - picked Pitt in the activism category for the website for his Make It Right foundation, which he launched in 2007 to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile, funnyman Carrey landed a Webby and a people's voice award for his gut-busting official fan site. Rock band OK Go also received a top honor as video artist of the year.

Other honorees include actress o...

Michael Bay Will Deliver New 'Rosemary's Baby'

4/1/2010 11:47am EDT
Michael Bay
Cult horror Rosemary's Baby is set to be reborn - a revered film critic has confirmed Michael Bay is bringing the spooky classic back to the big screen.

It was rumored in 2008 that the Transformers director would remake Roman Polanski's 1968 movie, which saw Mia Farrow play Rosemary, a young woman who is pregnant with the Devil's baby.

Now, respected critic Roger Ebert has taken to his page to tells fans that the film is in the pipeline.

He writes, "Michael Bay is remaking Rosemary's Baby. O... kay."

Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is overseeing the making of the...

Roger Ebert Tries Out His New Voice On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (VIDEO)

3/3/2010 11:39am EST
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Roger Ebert has been unable to talk for almost four years, due to treatment for his thyroid cancer. The other day, he debuted the return of his voice - thanks to cutting edge technology.

The new program uses old recordings of Ebert to emulate his voice in new sentences. It's the first time he and his wife have heard his voice since July, 2006.

Ebert made a triumphant return to The Oprah Winfrey Show to make his Oscar picks in his brand new voice.

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'Battle For Terra' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 22

9/21/2009 9:59pm EDT
Battle for Terra on DVD
Battle for Terra is a thrilling sci-fi animated film featuring the voices of Luke Wilson, Evan Rachel Wood, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and James Garner, blasting its way onto DVD and Blu-ray September 22nd.

A visually stunning, action-packed tale for animation fans of all ages, this theatrical wide release received rave reviews from critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times hailed it as "bewitchingly animated, nicely stylized" USA Today called it "captivating" and "ambitious" and San Francisco Chronicle deemed it "as thrilling as any original Star Wars trek." In addition, "Battle...

Rob Schneider Talks About 'Big Stan', 'SNL' And His Famous Feuds

3/26/2009 11:26am EDT
Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider has never been one to back away from controversy and as we discussed his new film Big Stan -- released on DVD this week -- this became all the more apparent as this interview went along. Rob is very candid about what he thinks of a fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus and expresses his love for Roger Ebert, a man he once engaged in a very public dispute.

Mike: So, how was the transition to directing?

Rob: Not a big transition because I always felt I had a hand in directing all my movies. So, I really knew what I wanted and it took so many months to finally get the m...

Tim Robbins & Rachel McAdams Star In 'The Lucky Ones,' On DVD Jan. 27

1/23/2009 5:30pm EST
The Lucky Ones
From the director of The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones, starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) with Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, 2004) and Michael Peña (Crash), is the humorous, yet gripping drama about three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States. An Official Selection of the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, The Lucky Ones was called "Spellbinding" by Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) and "a sharply observed, smart road movie" (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News) with "sharp, heartfelt performances" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The DVD contains ...

Watch Them Fail In... Today's Links

1/6/2009 7:02pm EST
Roger Ebert
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Website for Prince's new albums, listen to tracks -

Roger Ebert knows why people love to see stars crash & burn - Chicago Sun Times

Annalynne McCord is at the beach in a bikini -

You wouldn't want to $#@% with this guy:

Reese Witherspoon enjoys a Lakers game with her beard - Pop on the Pop

Steve Jobs must've ran over a gypsy (read the story, that's a "...

'The X-Files: I Want To Believe'; On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 2

11/13/2008 7:00pm EST
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
The truth is finally out there on DVD and Blu-ray! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents The X-Files: I Want To Believe, a gripping feature film based on the global phenomenon that descends onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) on December 2nd.

Marking the Studio's first foray into BD-Live, The X-Files: I Want To Believe BD release takes full advantage of the high-def format's "web-enhanced" functionality with exclusive features, games, additional content and connectivity to other BD-Live users and X-Files fans nationwide. "The X-Files Dossier" allows BD-Live connected users to c...

'The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor' Conquers DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 16

11/10/2008 6:00pm EST
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The awe-inspiring adventure of the year with breathtaking visual effects is available to own on December 16, 2008 when The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor hits store shelves in a Deluxe two-disc Edition on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The latest chapter in one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor includes riveting action, non-stop suspense, epic battle scenes, cinematic pyrotechnics and an international all-star cast: Brendan Fraser (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D), Jet Li (The Forbidden K...

'Space Chimps' Blasts Off To DVD & Blu-ray Nov. 25; Win It!

10/31/2008 6:30pm EDT
Space Chimps
From one of the primates that produced Shrek comes Space Chimps, a side-splitting intergalactic CGI animated comedy from Vanguard Animation (Valiant, Happily N'Ever After), rocketing onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) on November 25th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Starz Media. A chimp-errific hilarious adventure that is "delightful from beginning to end" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), Space Chimps centers on the story of Ham III, the grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, who is recruited to join two NASA chimps, the fearless Lieutenant Luna and the uptight Titan, on ...

A History Of Violence: Great Britain's Video Nasties

10/27/2008 9:43am EDT
The Evil Dead
In the mid-1980s while American mothers panicked over the influence rock music had on the nation's youth, the mothers of Great Britain panicked over an entirely different matter. Rather than setting their crosshairs on Quiet Riot or Prince, the British went after ultra-violent exploitation films. While in America, the music industry carried on mostly unharmed, the rabble of concerned parents in the UK influenced legislation which led to dozens of films being banned by the government. In 1984, the British government released a list of films they considered too vile for public consumption. Th...