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article imageRoger Ebert reviews 'Life Itself', movies during book signing Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - World renowned film critic Roger Ebert is in Toronto this week for a signing of his latest book "Life Itself: A Memoir." The man best known for his thumbs up and thumbs down routine also caught some films at the 36th annual Toronto film festival.
Roger Ebert has been named the “most powerful pundit in America” and is one of the most famous film critics in the world. Ebert, a former co-host on the successful shows “At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert” and “Siskel and Ebert and The Movies.”
In 2002, Ebert grabbed international headlines when it was announced that he was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. He underwent successful surgery and is now cared for by a full-time, live-in nurse and his wife, Charlie Chaz Hammel-Smith, vice president of the Ebert Company.
The film reviewer now has a new book out called “Life Itself: A Memoir” where he chronicles his life from the beginning. Ebert covers all the aspects of his life; since the time he started reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 to his struggle with alcohol to his love affair with movies to his cancer battle.
American film critic Roger Ebert at booksigning of  Life Itself.
American film critic Roger Ebert at booksigning of "Life Itself."
On Wednesday, Ebert and Chaz were in Toronto to both catch some screenings of films at the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival and to sign copies of his latest book at the Indigo Manulife Centre book store.
The duo took questions from the crowd as fans of Ebert waited in line to get an autograph and a photo – Ebert cannot speak so Chaz speaks on behalf of him.
One person asked what has been the best film Ebert has seen yet. Chaz responded that that is one question he cannot answer because he is writing a daily column and “he also likes to let the movies digest a little bit.”
“In this day of very instant feedback and Twitter and everything, which he loves Twitter, he Tweets like a teenager, but he still likes to let the movie sort of digest a little bit, even though at a film festival you have to give instant feedback.”
When asked what his influences are when he reviews a film, Chaz replied with a Robert Warshow quote, “A man goes to the movies. The critic must be honest enough to admit that he is that man.”
For an in-depth interview with Ebert, click here.
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