An acclaimed documentary 'Life Itself' looking at the life of Roger Ebert begins its theatrical run in Champaign this weekend. Many of the late film critic's best known family and friends are part of it. But some words come from Roger himself.
To bring his life story to the screen, documentary filmmaker Steve James relied heavily on the words of those who knew Ebert best -- his wife Chaz, fellow Chicago journalists, and other film critics from around the U.S.
But portions of the narration come from Ebert's own memoir of the same name.
A voice closely resembling that of Ebert’s in the film is that of voice actor Stephen Stanton, who’s credited with over 100 roles – ranging from Disney cartoons to video games.
Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert asked Stanton how he went about supplying the voice to a real person, especially someone as iconic as Roger Ebert.
Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, screenwriter and journalist Roger Ebert will be remembered as one of the greatest film critics of all time. His mark on the cinema, our culture and our community are undeniable. This hour on Focus, guest host Jeff Bossert talks with Chicgao Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. Phillips filled in for Roger on "At the Movies" when he first became ill and later took over the show. We'll also hear from several members of the Champaign-Urbana community and a long-time Ebertfest volunteer.
Did you know and love Roger? What did he mean to you? To our community? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus.
A new local WILL-TV special, Ebert Remembered, airing at 8 pm Thursday, April 18, will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experience at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.