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Roger Ebert's memoir to be filmed courtesy of Steve James, Steve Zaillian, and Martin Scorsese

Sep. 10, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Film criticism is a dangerous job. You run the risk of alienating tons of people based on your opinion of movies. I know first hand from my Unpopular Opinion on THE AVENGERS that fans do not always agree with you (don't worry, Schmoes, I have another good one coming for ya this week!). But, it is the rare critic that both filmmakers and fans can respect. Roger Ebert is one of those rare exceptions.

Ebert and his trademark thumbs up have become part of pop culture as a whole. With all of the recent hardships he has undergone medically, he has remained at work and bringing the same high level of intelligence to his reviews of movies, past and present.

A trio of acclaimed filmmakers will bring his recent memoir, Life Itself, to film in the form of a full length documentary. HOOP DREAMS director Steve James, SCHINDLER'S LIST screenwriter Steve Zaillian, and Martin Scorsese will team up to create the film that will follow Ebert's life, his battle with alcoholism, and his cancer which has left him without a jaw or the ability to eat, drink, or speak.

Ebert is an icon who deserves the big screen treatment. I doubted the ability to make this a feature film but a documentary would be the best way to capture his story. Pretty much any clip of Ebert discussing his cancer survival is incredibly moving. I am looking forward to this quite a bit.

Extra Tidbit: My favorite Ebert story is from when gave Vincent Gallo's THE BROWN BUNNY an awful review. Gallo responded by saying his movie may be bad, but that Ebert would always be a fat, disgusting pig. Ebert returned by saying he may be fat, but he can lose weight but that THE BROWN BUNNY would always be an awful movie. Zing!

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11:51AM on 09/11/2012
Here's your next Cast This right here.

As for the tidbit, the one about him telling Rob Schneider Deuce Bigalow 2 sucks is really entertaining too.
Here's your next Cast This right here.

As for the tidbit, the one about him telling Rob Schneider Deuce Bigalow 2 sucks is really entertaining too.
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10:35PM on 09/10/2012
Sounds like Ebert's Dream Team. I definitely want to see this.
Sounds like Ebert's Dream Team. I definitely want to see this.
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10:11PM on 09/10/2012
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
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10:10PM on 09/10/2012
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
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10:09PM on 09/10/2012
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
He's one of my icons for sure and given how much admiration Ebert has shown for Martin Scorsese, it's nice to see Scorsese getting behind a project for Ebert. Plus I think HOOP DREAMS is one of his favorite films so seeing the guy behind that make his movie must be cool.
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7:58PM on 09/10/2012

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I love Roger.
But come on, how cool would it be if he gave this documentary a thumbs down?
I love Roger.
But come on, how cool would it be if he gave this documentary a thumbs down?
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10:10PM on 09/10/2012
He'd probably have the integrity not to review it much like how he didn't review BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS because he wrote it.
He'd probably have the integrity not to review it much like how he didn't review BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS because he wrote it.
7:40PM on 09/10/2012
I loved his show, I love his humor, and I love his reviews (which I seem to mostly agree with, honestly). Having lived in Chicago the past 2 years, and seeing advance film screenings on a weekly basis, I always see Roger and his wife. Truly an icon, and I'm glad the best of the best are coming together to tell the story. He definitely deserves it.
I loved his show, I love his humor, and I love his reviews (which I seem to mostly agree with, honestly). Having lived in Chicago the past 2 years, and seeing advance film screenings on a weekly basis, I always see Roger and his wife. Truly an icon, and I'm glad the best of the best are coming together to tell the story. He definitely deserves it.
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10:11PM on 09/10/2012
You ever get the chance to go over and speak to him?
You ever get the chance to go over and speak to him?
10:54PM on 09/10/2012
I remember saying something like, "Hey Roger, I'm a big fan," in passing. I tried not to hold him up or start a conversation given his current physical status.
I remember saying something like, "Hey Roger, I'm a big fan," in passing. I tried not to hold him up or start a conversation given his current physical status.
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7:13PM on 09/10/2012
I have always respected and read Ebert's film reviews. While I didn't always agree with them, I did for the most part. I recently went to an advanced screening of Lawless in Chicago, and sitting down in front of me was none other than the man himself, Roger Ebert. It's pretty awesome to be able to say that I watched a movie in the same theater, at the same time, as Roger Ebert.
I have always respected and read Ebert's film reviews. While I didn't always agree with them, I did for the most part. I recently went to an advanced screening of Lawless in Chicago, and sitting down in front of me was none other than the man himself, Roger Ebert. It's pretty awesome to be able to say that I watched a movie in the same theater, at the same time, as Roger Ebert.
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6:04PM on 09/10/2012
This is amazing news. Ebert has long been one of my idols, and in addition to admiring his work I look up to how he worked through the passing of Gene, and his bout with cancer. I think he does deserve to have a flick made about his life, and the creative team sounds incredible. Good for Mr Ebert, and as a reviewer myself I cannot wait to see this one!
This is amazing news. Ebert has long been one of my idols, and in addition to admiring his work I look up to how he worked through the passing of Gene, and his bout with cancer. I think he does deserve to have a flick made about his life, and the creative team sounds incredible. Good for Mr Ebert, and as a reviewer myself I cannot wait to see this one!
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