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Ebert’s Comments Came Too Soon

Ryan Dunn

Roger Ebert is back on Facebook, but he was MIA for a while this morning following complaints about a post Ebert wrote after news broke of the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn.

“Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive,” he wrote. Dunn’s Jackass co-star Bam Margera was among those angered by the post. (“…fuck you!” were among Margera’s choice words.) But others agreed with Ebert. Dunn posted a picture of himself holding a drink in the hours before his death. A toxicology report, which will be complete in the next four to six weeks, will determine if alcohol was involved with the accident.

A Facebook spokesperson told that the action had been an error. On his blog today, Ebert stands by his statement, but says, “I don’t know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly.”

“People don’t need truth bombs when they’re grieving,” a commenter wrote on the blog.

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Hurt Locker Will Nab the Oscar, According to Twitter Analysis


Much has been made in the past about predicting the Academy Award winners based on ad spend in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter and other lobbying efforts.

What constitutes “other?” Well, The Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier‘s attempt to get members to vote for his film over the megablockbuster Avatar via email, for one. Chartier was caught and banned from the celebration this Sunday for “casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film”.

According to Waggener Edstrom’s (WE) analysis of Twitter using its proprietary twendz pro service, the blunder won’t matter. The Locker is going to put the hurt on the competitors, regardless of the gaffe. WE didn’t only look at thumbs-up-thumbs-down Tweets from the masses, but the people doing the influencing within the Academy community.

twendz ID’d critic Roger Ebert as a top influencer. According to his Tweet this week, “Although the rule-breaking producer of The Hurt Locker will lose Oscar tickets, his goof won’t affect the outcome.”

WE also found some interesting things in their research:

Many of the supporting tweets for Avatar as best picture referenced its budget and sales.

The average number of followers for an Avatar Twitter voter was over 110.

Those supporting Hurt Locker focused on its plot, characters and director Kathy Bigelow‘s directing capabilities.

The average number of followers for a Hurt Locker Twitter voter was over 220.

You can view the twendz Oscar analysis in action here.

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