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Roger Ebert was an American film critic best known as one half of the popular Siskel and Ebert film critic television show.
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For Ebert, there was no shortage of archived sound to draw from, and on March 2, 2010, after months of work, he debuted his old voice on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In late March 2010, in the wake of the cancelation of At the Movies (in its most recent incarnation, hosted by critics A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips), Ebert announced on his blog plans to launch a new show.
"We will go full-tilt New Media: Television, net streaming, cell phone apps, Facebook, Twitter, iPad, the whole enchilada," Ebert wrote. "The disintegration of the old model creates an opening for us. I'm more excited than I would be if we were trying to do the same old same old. I've grown up with the internet. I came aboard back when MCI Mail was the e-mail of choice. I had a forum on CompuServe when it ruled the web. My web site and blog at the Sun-Times site have changed the way I work, and even the way I think. When I lost my speech, I speeded up instead of slowing down."
After battling cancer for more than a decade, Roger Ebert died on April 4, 2013, at the age of 70, in Chicago, Illinois. Ebert's Pultizer Prize-winning reviews and enduring presence in the entertainment industry, despite his illness, made him one of the most popular and influential movie critics of his time.
The annual EbertFest film festival, which the critic launched in 1999, continues to be regarded as a regular movie-lover's event in Champaign, Illinois.
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