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The Best in Media Writing

The blizzard continues to snarl travel plans, leaving a ton of people bored out of their minds in airports across the nation. It’s times like this when having something good to read (or plenty of alcohol) comes in handy, and Joe Pompeo over at The Cutline has put together a great list of long-form media writing to help.

Number one on the list, which we agree with, is the Roger Ebert profile by Chris Jones in Febuary’s Esquire. It’s an amazing piece that offers a look into the life of Ebert, who hasn’t been able to speak since his thyroid cancer surgery in 2006.

Other articles featured in Pompeo’s list include a Nick Denton article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker and a Glenn Beck feature by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. Give some of these articles a try if you’re looking for something to take your mind off of the holiday travel madness.

Yet Another Reason We Love Roger Ebert


Excuse us during our Monday morning swoon. Roger Ebert is great in every way.

Here’s his Twitter.

Here Comes the Film Critic Bride

So far, the startling news of 37-year-old LA film critic Kim Morgan‘s engagement to 54-year-old Canadian director Guy Maddin isn’t getting much attention in the Hollywood press. But that will likely change.

Morgan’s At the Movies boss Roger Ebert spilled the beans late last week on Twitter, and except for a few astonished reactions via the micro-blogging service from fellow critics such as @DrewatHitFix and @devincf, it’s been pretty quiet on the western front. Not so in Winnipeg, where the impending nuptials were deemed “Breaking News”:

Maddin and Morgan fell in love when he flew her to Winnipeg this summer to star in his film Keyhole (in which she plays Udo Kier’s gun moll) and in the short films Hauntings. The director has been married once before, but has been divorced, he says, for 32 years.

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Mitchell Remembers Sally Menke, Food Lover

In today’s world of rapid-fire Internet news cycles, events that should linger in the public consciousness often do not. Which is why, if you have not already, we strongly urge you to read Elvis Mitchell‘s brief but very fond remembrance of Quentin Tarantino‘s longtime editor Sally Menke at the web page for his weekly KCRW-FM radio show “The Treatment.”

At the time of Menke’s death on September 27th and the discovery of her body by a search party early the next morning, Mitchell had been planning another one of their semi-regular  get-togethers. “Whenever we ran into each other,” he recalls, “the first thing out of either of our mouths was, ‘Where have you eaten?’” Later, he compares her ability to describe recent culinary experiences with that of a highly attuned actor’s sense memory.

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KCRW Live Events With Matthew Weiner and Alan Ball

Yes, True Blood and Mad Men fans now have something to live for during the hiatus. Tickets for the event go on sale this Wednesday.

And yes we posted this event so we could say this to our readers: Go see Ball’s and Weiner’s…taping in person!

Release in full:

KCRW AND NPR *ONLINE* COLLABORATION

“UPCLOSE” CONTINUES WITH MATTHEW WEINER AND ALAN BALL

Next two live events Oct. 12 & Oct. 14 @ NPR West

hosted by KCRW’s ELVIS MITCHELL

Live events, creating exclusive online content, feature NPR/KCRW on-air personalities in conversation with cultural figures

Public radio station 89.9 FM KCRW-Santa Monica and NPR announce the next two events in their ongoing series UpClose, a series of live events featuring conversations with cultural figures available at www.kcrw.com/upclose and www.NPR.org/upclose.

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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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Roger Ebert Has a New Cook Book

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Roger Ebert, the sage of Twitter – a critic whose reviews are often more entertaining than the films – cancer survivor and all around interesting dude has written a cook book.

AP’s Caryn Rousseau writes:

The idea for his book came after a 2008 blog post he wrote about rice cookers prompted hundreds of comments, with many readers including their favorite recipes. “I think I was somewhat frustrated by not being able to eat and I wanted to live vicariously,” the 68-year-old said during an interview at his Chicago home, his laptop computer speaking his typed answers.

The book includes many of those comments, as well as more than two dozen recipes for dishes such as chili, risotto, jambalaya and oatmeal — Ebert’s favorite. He took a witty and funny tone when writing it; he says he didn’t want it to sound too specialized or difficult.

He’s so cool.

Here’s the pre-order on Amazon.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Roger Ebert on Twittering

  • Roger Ebert on Twittering

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    Before Roger Ebert joined Twitter, we all thought Ashton Kutcher was the oracle of the Twitterverse.

    Those were very dark times.

    Enter Ebert:

    My rules for Twittering are few: I tweet in basic English. I avoid abbreviations and ChatSpell. I go for complete sentences. I try to make my links worth a click. I am not above snark, no matter what I may have written in the past. I tweet my interests, including science and politics, as well as the movies. I try to keep links to stuff on my own site down to around 5 or 10%. I try to think twice before posting.

    And:

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    ChatRoulette to be Given Webby Breakout of the Year Award

    If you wanted more proof to add to your suspicion that after all this time anonymous schlongs still rule Internet content – here it is: ChatRoulette is being honored with a Webby.

    Press release in full:

    ChatRoulette, the video chat sensation that became a pop culture phenomenon almost overnight, will be honored with the Webby Breakout of the Year Award at the 14th Annual Webby Awards ceremony in New York City on June 14th, organizers announced today.

    Founder Andrey Ternovskiy, a Russian teenager who created the site for his friends, will be on hand to accept the honor.

    By combining video-chatting technology and randomization, ChatRoulette pairs users from all over the world in arbitrary video conversations, creating an new type of online experience that can be both thrilling and exhausting. Described by New York magazine as “one of those gloriously simple ideas that manages to harness the crazy power of the Internet in a potentially revolutionary way,” Chatroulette.com now boasts tens of thousands of users online at any given moment.

    “ChatRoulette’s success offers a refreshing reminder that the Internet still offers a level playing field where anyone with a great idea or product can flourish,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “The product of a simple yet utterly original idea, launched without any concern for profit or growth, ChatRoulette embodies the sort of accidental innovation that only the Internet can produce.”

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    Roget Ebert Wins Webby Person of the Year

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    Can we just kvell for a moment? It takes an incredibly notable person to have their jaw removed and it be the least notable thing about them. We follow film critic Roger Ebert on Twitter like giddy fanboys awaiting his next insight. Like this one. And this one.

    From PRWeb:

    Webby Person of the Year: Roger Ebert has raised the bar for online journalism and writing through his poignant and wildly popular blog, Roger Ebert’s Journal (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/). Using his blog as a platform for thoughtful discussion on film, media, politics, and life itself, Ebert has found a powerful new voice and attracted an audience that thrives on vigorous debate and conversation.

    This award says more about the caliber of the Webbys than Ebert. Congrats to both.

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