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Roger Ebert Documentary Filmmaker on the Sequence He Was Happy to Let Get Away

ShutterstockRogerEbertThere was a fantastic interview over the weekend in Roger Ebert‘s paper of record, the Chicago Sun-Times, with the filmmaker getting ready to unveil at Sundance a feature documentary about the late critic.

Anyone who was a regular, early viewer of Siskel & Ebert likely recalls the pair championing Steve JamesHoop Dreams, long before there was a documentary renaissance and-or it was fashionable to hype non-fiction. As many have noted, it’s extra-special to now have James, a filmmaker who rose up alongside Ebert and his balcony-jousting partner, revisit the journalist’s life story posthumously.

At one point in the conversation with Sun-Times reporter Mike Thomas, James recalls the moments immediately following Ebert’s passing and how, although it would have made for an incredible sequence, he was glad in the end that one event turned out to be for his eyes and those of a few others, only:

“[His body] was in the chapel at the Rehab Institute. I said [to his wife Chaz], “Look, I brought the camera, but it’s sitting over there and we don’t have to film at all.” His body was lying in the chapel and there were a few close family [members] and friends and business associates, and I felt privileged to just be there among them. Everyone held hands and we all said the Lord’s Prayer, because that apparently was a prayer that Roger [liked] a lot.”

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Chicago All-Stars Chow Down at Another Windy City West Bash

We’re very envious of AP LA reporter Beth Harris. Last night, she got to attend an event in Santa Monica that sounds like it was way more fun than the 2012 Governor’s Ball.

Since 1987, comedian Tom Dreesen has acted as the informal host of an annual “Windy City West” gathering for LA’s various Chicago transplants. At Monday’s 25th-year edition, those in attendance included Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and Harry Carey‘s widow Dutchie. But the quote of the night belongs to NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell:

“It’s unlike any other Hollywood party,” said O’Donnell, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. “ People are actually looking each other in the eye and talking. There’s nobody looking over anyone’s shoulder. That’s the difference. It feels a little more normal to me.”

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At the Movies – The Sequel – Now With More Thumbs!

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Twitter refiner Roger Ebert announced that he’s relaunching his PBS blockbuster show At the Movies in January of 2011.

Produced and presented by Roger and his wife Chaz Ebert, the show promises to have more critics contributing to the format:

The program’s principal co-hosts will be Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio. Lemire began reviewing for AP in 1999 and was named its first full-time film critic in 2004. She is a Los Angeles native with a mother who loved Fellini and a father who loved Bogart. Mitchell is a former film critic for The New York Times and a contributor to NPR. He hosted the highly-regarded “Black List” series on TCM, a series of living portraits with prominent African Americans of many backgrounds.

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