Showbiz Sandbox 188: Remembering Roger – Personal Recollections of the World’s Most Famous Film Critic

April 8, 2013


The death of film critic Roger Ebert last week after a lengthy and public battle with cancer was followed by an endless stream of heartfelt appreciations. Arguably one of the most recognized and influential movie critics in the world, few were aware of Ebert’s generosity, especially when it came to fellow critics and journalists.

David Poland of Movie City News and Anne Thompson of Indiewire join our hosts in discussing a few of the personal memories each has of Ebert from spending time with him over the years. For instance, did you know filmmaker Michael Moore credits Ebert with helping spread the word about the his first movie? Or that Ebert was an early investor in a little web startup named Google?

Meanwhile, late night television dominated the entertainment news last week as NBC officially announced they would not be renewing Jay Leno’s contract as host of the “Tonight Show” in order to bring in the younger Jimmy Fallon. The move has been widely hailed as a boneheaded attempt to win ratings in key demos as competition increases, but in the end Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” might still bring in more viewers.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” sequel, “American Idol’s” declining ratings and why take-down notices issued by movie studios are actually helping pirates, not hindering them.


GI Joe Opens Big Worldwide

GI Joe Has Biggest International Debut Of Year To Date

Jack The Giant Slayer could lose $140 million for Warner Bros, Legendary

Saying Goodbye To Roger Ebert: Episode One

Why Roger Ebert Was Unique

Roger Ebert’s Final Cartoon Captions

TBS Renews Conan Through 2015

Jimmy Fallon Takes over In Spring 2014

Leno’s Ratings Rise But Colbert Wins Quarter

Amazon Acquires GoodReads for Undisclosed Price

American Idol Demos Hit All-Time Low

Voice’s Ratings Music To NBC’s Ears

Amazon, AOL Kick The Tires On Hulu

Olivier Nominations Announced For 2013

Transformers 4 Filming In China

Disney Shuts Down Gaming Division of LucasArts

Disney Planning More Layoffs

Are the French Preparing An Ebook Revolution?

Studios Send Take-Down Notices About Take-Down Notices

Prana Poised To Acquire Rhythm & Hues

Netflix Snaps Up Wachowski SciFi Series

“Finding Nemo” Sequel Titled “Finding Dory,” Due 2015

Aereo’s Court Victory and What It Means For The TV Business

Why Aereo Matters to Retrans Negotiations Immediately: Leverage, Leverage and Leverage

Broadcasters Worry About ‘Zero TV’ Homes–finance.html

Deluxe To Close Doors On Australian Film Lab As “The Industry Has Moved On”

Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production Lab Set To Close In June

James Gardiner’s CineTechGeek YouTube Channel


  • mgiltz

    I grew up watching Siskel & Ebert, attended his film festival EbertFest in Champaign, Illinois a number of times and bumped into Ebert and his wife Chazz at Cannes. The last time I sat next to him at a screening, his assistant was helping Roger write on a pad tell me he was glad to hear I’d be back at EbertFest that year. And I’ll always remember his hilariously frank review of “Date With An Angel” where he said sure the film was awful, but my gosh Emmanuelle Beart is beautiful! He’ll be missed.