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Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

April 21, 2014

Roger Ebert spent just the first quarter of his life in Champaign-Urbana, but a statue of the late film critic will live forever just outside of The Virginia Theatre. Announced in September, just five months after Ebert died from years of battling cancer, the life-size bronze sculpture depicts the ...

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

April 21, 2014

The associate director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Mary Susan Britt, speaks about the film festival’s advancement after the passing of film critic Roger Ebert.  The Daily Illini: What was the deciding factor for Roger when he chose which movies to screen? Mary Susan Britt: Roger always chose...

Couple collects tokens, memories at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

Couple collects tokens, memories at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

By Annabeth Carlson

April 21, 2014

In Diane and Gary Stensland’s Urbana home, stacks of books with topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to weather are found in every room, and photographs of their family, friends and travels paper the walls. Diane and Gary are just shy of 70 years old, and these items tell the story of their life. One...

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

By Declan Harty

April 21, 2014

From his review of “La Dolce Vita” in 1961 for The Daily Illini to his final Chicago Sun-Times review of “To the Wonder,” Roger Ebert published countless film reviews. Even with the ever-changing film industry, and hundreds of sub-par films, one of Ebert’s lifelong loves was the cinema. “H...