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The death of Roger Ebert

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away after a long battle with cancer.

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Roger Ebert’s film festival, “Ebertfest,” begins in Champaign-Urbana Wednesday, April 17th and runs through Sunday the 21st. The film festival will continue even though its founder, the late Roger Ebert, died last week after a long battle with cancer.  Ebertfest marks its 15th anniversary this year.  The five-day festival is not a juried festival but features Roger Ebert’s favorite films.

Festival co-chair Mary Susan Britt says when the festival started there were about 600 attendees.  That number this year is well over 18,000.   Actress Tilda Swinton is expected to attend this year’s festival to discuss her movie Julia and actor Jack Black will showcase his 2011 movie Bernie.

Listen as Andrea Darlas talks with Britt about Ebertfest and the plans Roger made before his death to ensure the festival would continue long after he was gone:

Actors, colleagues, fans gather to honor Roger Ebert

Chaz Ebert spoke at her husband Roger’s funeral Monday, saying she felt like her husband was there. She said he would have loved it.

Brian Tallerico from talks with Bill Moller about how Roger Ebert gave a voice to the Midwest, was a great writer, influenced many people, was witty without being pretentious, and more.


Roger Ebert (Buena Vista Television)

Dean remembers Roger Ebert, and listens to some past interviews with the late great film critic.


Roger Ebert in 1982 (WMAQ photo)

Legendary broadcaster and entertainment critic Roy Leonard joins Dean to remember his time with Roger Ebert.

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Roy Leonard

Collin and Erik join Nick a little early to discuss the passing of Chicago legend Roger Ebert.


Roger Ebert (Buena Vista Television)

Bob Sirott remembers Roger Ebert and plays one of his last interviews.


Roger Ebert (Handout photo via the Los Angeles Times)

David Plummer, Roger Ebert’s former producer, joins Bill to give some of his fondest memories of Roger.

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Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel and Spot the Wonder Dog in 1980 (Chicago Tribune archive)

Nick Digilio and listeners share their thoughts on the late, great Roger Ebert.  (All clips courtesy of their respective owners.)


Roger Ebert in 1982 (Joey Richardson / Chicago Tribune)