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Chaz Ebert’s Guide to Surviving the Cannes Film Festival (Guest Column)

16 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I was first introduced to Cannes by Roger’s book “Two Weeks in the Midday Sun,” with his hand-drawn illustrations of people and places in the south of France. That was back in 1990. All these years later when I return I still recognize some of the same places he wrote about and drew and inhabited. Of course some of the things have changed, but the French like tradition, and so the more things change the more they remain the same.

For instance, my room at the Hotel Splendid (pronounced Hotel Splawn-Deed) contains a plaque bearing Roger’s name in honor of the 40-plus years he stayed there. Checking in is as welcome as a warm hug for me. This beautiful little boutique hotel looks like a wedding cake on the outside, and it’s populated with journalists and film critics from America. The proprietor, Madame Cagnat, prides herself on having »

- Chaz Ebert

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Cannes American Pavilion 2017 Lineup: Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, Screen Talk Live and More

15 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Known among with-it insiders as the Ampav, the American Pavilion has become a vital part of the Cannes Film Festival over the last 30-odd years. This year’s lineup was announced today, with such special guests as Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, John Cameron Mitchell, Christine Vachon and IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson.

Read More: Cannes: ‘Dogtooth’ Made Yorgos Lanthimos One of the Most Exciting Filmmakers in the World, and He’s Just Getting Started

Such anticipated films as “Brigsby Bear,” “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “Rodney King,” “Wonderstruck” and “Patticake$” will be discussed; Kohn and Thompson are set to record a live edition of the Screen Talk podcast. Avail yourself of the full lineup below and let the Ampav Fomo wash over you in waves.

Read More: IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 148) – Here’s What We Know (And What We Don’t Know »

- Michael Nordine

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Ebertfest Honorees Share Memories of Roger Ebert

19 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every year industry heavyweights descend on Champaign, Ill., to pay tribute to Roger Ebert’s lasting legacy in the world of film.

Ebertfest, the annual week-long celebration of all things cinematic, was founded by the late Chicago Sun-Times critic and his wife, Chaz, who presides over the event with fest director Nate Kohn in collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Media.

Such legends as producers Norman Lear and Irwin Winkler; actress Isabelle Huppert; cinematographer Caleb Deschanel; and directors Charles Burnett, Gary Ross and Robert Townsend will be feted by cheering fans at screenings and scholarly panels.

Yet hoopla aside, guests can’t stop talking about another legend: Roger, the man with the big thumbs-up, whose truth goes marching on.

“It was clear how much he loved film,” Lear says. “It’s one thing to criticize, another to criticize out of love. To know his work is to know »

- Bob Verini

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Slideshow: Ebert Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

5 April 2017 6:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 11 | NextChicago Theatre marquee announces the Roger Ebert event.

Chicago – April 4th will always be a bittersweet day for the film world, as it is the day in 2013 when film critic and Chicago icon Roger Ebert passed away. But his legacy lives on through his wife Chaz Ebert and their Ebert Foundation. To uplift the anniversary, the Foundation announced 21 new recipients of $1000 grants, for their organizational contributions to arts and improving the lives of Chicagoans. Included in that recipient group was the Chicago Film Critics Association, in which Roger Ebert was a member.

HollywoodChicago.com was there, and took Exclusive Portraits at the event, which included many prominent Ebert colleagues from the area and the grant recipients. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com.

EBERT1: Chicago Theatre »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Festival Roundup: Sunscreen Unveils Main Slate, Montclair Announces Special Screenings, Dallas Names Honorees and More

30 March 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.

Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. »

- Kate Erbland

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19th Annual Ebertfest Announces First Selections, Including ‘Elle’ and ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’

17 March 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most loved and acclaimed film critics of the modern age, Roger Ebert dedicated a vast majority of his life to movies. Held not far from Chicago in Champaign, “Ebertfest,” co-founded and hosted by Ebert’s own wife Chaz, commemorates the film critic’s love of cinema though its annual events.

Every year, Ebertfest has a powerhouse slate of just 12 carefully curated films. In the past, it has screened films such as “Love and Mercy,” “Ida,” “Do the Right Thing,” “A Bronx Tale,” and many other acclaimed films.

Read More: Watch: Explore the History of Ebertfest in Exclusive Documentary Featurette

The first two picks of this year’s slate include “Elle” and  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” In support of these selections, “Elle” star Isabelle Huppert, along with”Norman Lear” producer Brent Miller and directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, will attend this year’s festival »

- Kerry Levielle

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