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Roger Ebert gets to speak again, sorta (on Oprah!)

03.01.2010

Roger Ebert might have lost his voice (and some of his face) to cancer, but the legendary critic still has plenty to say.

And he'll actually get to say it, in a fashion, thanks to some savvy programmers and DVD commentary tracks he previously recorded.

Scottish company CereProc blended several digital recordings of Ebert's own speech that will "talk" based on what he types. Good thing all those fingers work as well as the thumbs.

His text-to-audio voice will first be heard on Tuesday's episode of "Oprah", where he will offer his Oscar predictions. Ebert says (well, types) that he might also be able to use the voice for radio and webcasts.

And in case you missed it, check out Ebert's poignant Esquire interview RIGHT HERE, and his own follow-up to the story HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Hard to believe Ebert hasn't been heard in four years, since the operation that both saved and silenced him.
Source: AP@Yahoo

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1:20AM on 03/03/2010

Absolutely horrifying.

Cancer, you are a motherfucker.
Cancer, you are a motherfucker.
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1:54PM on 03/02/2010

Feel bad, but

the real takeway, the real reason why the story is so moving, is how he's been able to handle the things so brilliantly, and how its made him more prolific. In the face of adversity that would leave most people waiting to die, he's been pretty fucking amazing. I feel bad for anyone going through that, but more than anything - I'm impressed and inspired with how he's carried on.
the real takeway, the real reason why the story is so moving, is how he's been able to handle the things so brilliantly, and how its made him more prolific. In the face of adversity that would leave most people waiting to die, he's been pretty fucking amazing. I feel bad for anyone going through that, but more than anything - I'm impressed and inspired with how he's carried on.
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1:42PM on 03/02/2010

Thumbs Up

Keep the fire, sir.
Keep the fire, sir.
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1:08PM on 03/02/2010

I feel bad

I didn't know about this either, what the hell. This is awful, and I read the interview on Esquire. I can't believe what this man has gone through, it makes me so sad. But good for him that he's still pushing forward, and doing his thing!
I didn't know about this either, what the hell. This is awful, and I read the interview on Esquire. I can't believe what this man has gone through, it makes me so sad. But good for him that he's still pushing forward, and doing his thing!
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10:50AM on 03/02/2010

damnit

Now, I have to watch Oprah...damn you Ebert! ;-)

I don't often agree with his critiques, but I can usually predict my own like or dislike for a movie based on them...if he hates a gory, slasher flick, I'll usually love it...if he enjoys an artsy fartsy movie, I'll usually like it as well...if he likes a foreign film, I often don't care for it...so he is a barometer of sorts. It's sad to know he's been silenced by cancer, but encouraging that he keeps trudging on and with this technology, we
Now, I have to watch Oprah...damn you Ebert! ;-)

I don't often agree with his critiques, but I can usually predict my own like or dislike for a movie based on them...if he hates a gory, slasher flick, I'll usually love it...if he enjoys an artsy fartsy movie, I'll usually like it as well...if he likes a foreign film, I often don't care for it...so he is a barometer of sorts. It's sad to know he's been silenced by cancer, but encouraging that he keeps trudging on and with this technology, we can "hear" him again and again.
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3:26AM on 03/02/2010
WOW I knew he was battleing cancer but I didn't know he couldn't talk and that he lost his lower jaw. crazy!
WOW I knew he was battleing cancer but I didn't know he couldn't talk and that he lost his lower jaw. crazy!
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2:06AM on 03/02/2010

Zo!

Right there with you, brother. I knew they canceled "At the Movies" and I knew he was out for a period of time because he was sick and they had a bunch of guest critics on the show (Kevin Smith) but I had NO IDEA that he lost his lower jaw and voice box. On top of that, this happened four years ago! I didn't find out till I came across the Esquire interview...
Right there with you, brother. I knew they canceled "At the Movies" and I knew he was out for a period of time because he was sick and they had a bunch of guest critics on the show (Kevin Smith) but I had NO IDEA that he lost his lower jaw and voice box. On top of that, this happened four years ago! I didn't find out till I came across the Esquire interview...
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12:25AM on 03/02/2010
I've always hated Roeper. Ebert was only at his very best with Gene Siskel. I miss that man a whole lot.
I've always hated Roeper. Ebert was only at his very best with Gene Siskel. I miss that man a whole lot.
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11:56PM on 03/01/2010
I heard about this news earlier today. Everything Ebert related these days is so bittersweet. Glad he's alive and well but it hurts to see him like that.
I heard about this news earlier today. Everything Ebert related these days is so bittersweet. Glad he's alive and well but it hurts to see him like that.
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11:53PM on 03/01/2010
goddamn that's a sad photo
goddamn that's a sad photo
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10:58PM on 03/01/2010
Good for him
Good for him
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10:55PM on 03/01/2010
Wow duse where the fuck have I been? This is news to me. Dude got cancer?
Wow duse where the fuck have I been? This is news to me. Dude got cancer?
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12:08PM on 03/02/2010
That's the kind of dumbass knee-jerk response that should come out of your mouth - not your keyboard. The internet, with its googles and wikipedias, is supposed to prevent you from looking like a surprised bonehead. FAIL.
That's the kind of dumbass knee-jerk response that should come out of your mouth - not your keyboard. The internet, with its googles and wikipedias, is supposed to prevent you from looking like a surprised bonehead. FAIL.
10:51PM on 03/01/2010
This will probably be the only time in my life i make sure i watch Oprah. Thanks for the article or i would have missed it for sure.
This will probably be the only time in my life i make sure i watch Oprah. Thanks for the article or i would have missed it for sure.
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10:50PM on 03/01/2010
I've been waiting a long time to hear this news. He's written about doing this for some time, and its nice to see it happen. Ebert is one hell of a critic.
I've been waiting a long time to hear this news. He's written about doing this for some time, and its nice to see it happen. Ebert is one hell of a critic.
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10:41PM on 03/01/2010
I hate Oprah.


I will be watching. This is worth seeing.
I hate Oprah.


I will be watching. This is worth seeing.
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