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Video: RIP Roger Ebert

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 5, 2013
This undated file photo originally released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, shows movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. Ebert and Siskel, who died in 1999, trademarked the "two thumbs up" phrase. (AP)
This undated file photo originally released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, shows movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. Ebert and Siskel, who died in 1999, trademarked the "two thumbs up" phrase. (AP)

The balcony is now officially closed.

Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation’s most influential thumb, died Thursday, reports the Associated Press. He was 70.

Ebert had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.

The television shows Ebert co-hosted with the late Gene Siskel, his rival Chicago Tribune but also his good friend, added the phrases “two thumbs up” and “two thumbs down” to the cultural lexicon.

As a film journalist, Siskel and Ebert also are important touchstones, even though I haven’t always agreed with their reviews. As a child, them analyze and spar about movies on TV was my first exposure to film criticism, which is now my vocation.

Our thoughts are with Ebert’s family, friends and fans. He will be missed.

To read Ebert’s AP obituary, click here.

Just for fun, here is Siskel and Ebert’s review of “Jurassic Park,” which is getting its 10th anniversary 3D re-release this weekend:

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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